Psalms 105* A solemn call to praise and serve the Lord. (1-7) His graciousdealings with Israel. (8-23) Their deliverance from Egypt, andtheir settlement in Canaan. (24-45)1-7 Our devotion is here stirred up, that we may stir upourselves to praise God. Seek his strength; that is, his grace;the strength of his Spirit to work in us that which is good,which we cannot do but by strength derived from him, for whichhe will be sought. Seek to have his favour to eternity,therefore continue seeking it while living in this world; for hewill not only be found, but he will reward those that diligentlyseek him. 8-23 Let us remember the Redeemer's marvellous works, hiswonders, and the judgments of his mouth. Though true Christiansare few number, strangers and pilgrims upon earth, yet a farbetter inheritance than Canaan is made sure to them by thecovenant of God; and if we have the anointing of the HolySpirit, none can do us any harm. Afflictions are among ourmercies. They prove our faith and love, they humble our pride,they wean us from the world, and quicken our prayers. Bread isthe staff which supports life; when that staff is broken, thebody fails and sinks to the earth. The word of God is the staffof spiritual life, the food and support of the soul: the sorestjudgment is a famine of hearing the word of the Lord. Such afamine was sore in all lands when Christ appeared in the flesh;whose coming, and the blessed effect of it, are shadowed forthin the history of Joseph. At the appointed time Christ wasexalted as Mediator; all the treasures of grace and salvationare at his disposal, perishing sinners come to him, and arerelieved by him. 24-45 As the believer commonly thrives best in his soul whenunder the cross; so the church also flourishes most in trueholiness, and increases in number, while under persecution. Yetinstruments shall be raised up for their deliverance, andplagues may be expected by persecutors. And see the special careGod took of his people in the wilderness. All the benefitsbestowed on Israel as a nation, were shadows of spiritualblessings with which we are blessed in Christ Jesus. Havingredeemed us with his blood, restored our souls to holiness, andset us at liberty from Satan's bondage, he guides and guards usall the way. He satisfies our souls with the bread of heaven,and the water of life from the Rock of salvation, and will bringus safely to heaven. He redeems his servants from all iniquity,and purifies them unto himself, to be a peculiar people, zealousof good works
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