Psalms 103* An exhortation to bless God for his mercy. (1-5) And to thechurch and to all men. (6-14) For the constancy of his mercy.(15-18) For the government of the world. (19-22)1-5 By the pardon of sin, that is taken away which kept goodthings from us, and we are restored to the favor of God, whobestows good things on us. Think of the provocation; it was sin,and yet pardoned: how many the provocations, yet all pardoned!God is still forgiving, as we are still sinning and repenting.The body finds the melancholy consequences of Adam's offence, itis subject to many infirmities, and the soul also. Christ aloneforgives all our sins; it is he alone who heals all ourinfirmities. And the person who finds his sin cured, has awell-grounded assurance that it is forgiven. When God, by thegraces and comforts of his Spirit, recovers his people fromtheir decays, and fills them with new life and joy, which is tothem an earnest of eternal life and joy, they may then be saidto return to the days of their youth, #Job 33:25|. 6-14 Truly God is good to all: he is in a special manner goodto Israel. He has revealed himself and his grace to them. By hisways we may understand his precepts, the ways he requires us towalk in; and his promises and purposes. He always has been fullof compassion. How unlike are those to God, who take everyoccasion to chide, and never know when to cease! What wouldbecome of us, if God should deal so with us? The Scripture saysa great deal of the mercy of God, and we all have experiencedit. The father pities his children that are weak in knowledge,and teaches them; pities them when they are froward, and bearswith them; pities them when they are sick, and comforts them;pities them when they are fallen, and helps them to rise; pitiesthem when they have offended, and, upon their submission,forgives them; pities them when wronged, and rights them: thusthe Lord pities those that fear him. See why he pities. Heconsiders the frailty of our bodies, and the folly of our souls,how little we can do, how little we can bear; in all which hiscompassion appears. 15-18 How short is man's life, and uncertain! The flower of thegarden is commonly more choice, and will last the longer, forbeing sheltered by the garden-wall, and the gardener's care; butthe flower of the field, to which life is here compared, is notonly withering in itself, but exposed to the cold blasts, andliable to be cropt and trod on by the beasts of the field. Suchis man. God considers this, and pities him; let him consider ithimself. God's mercy is better than life, for it will outliveit. His righteousness, the truth of his promise, shall be untochildren's children, who tread in the footsteps of theirforefathers' piety. Then shall mercy be preserved to them. 19-22 He who made all, rules all, and both by a word of power.He disposes all persons and things to his own glory. There is aworld of holy angels who are ever praising him. Let all hisworks praise him. Such would have been our constant delight, ifwe had not been fallen creatures. Such it will in a measurebecome, if we are born of God. Such it will be for ever inheaven; nor can we be perfectly happy till we can take unweariedpleasure in perfect obedience to the will of our God. And letthe feeling of each redeemed heart be, Bless the Lord, O mysoul
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