Psalms 106* The happiness of God's people. (1-5) Israel's sins. (6-12)Their provocations. (13-33) Their rebellions in Canaan. (34-46)Prayer for more complete deliverance. (47,48)1-5 None of our sins or sufferings should prevent our ascribingglory and praise to the Lord. The more unworthy we are, the moreis his kindness to be admired. And those who depend on theRedeemer's righteousness will endeavour to copy his example, andby word and deed to show forth his praise. God's people havereason to be cheerful people; and need not envy the children ofmen their pleasure or pride. 6-12 Here begins a confession of sin; for we must acknowledgethat the Lord has done right, and we have done wickedly. We areencouraged to hope that though justly corrected, yet we shallnot be utterly forsaken. God's afflicted people own themselvesguilty before him. God is distrusted because his favours are notremembered. If he did not save us for his own name's sake, andto the praise of his power and grace, we should all perish. 13-33 Those that will not wait for God's counsel, shall justlybe given up to their own hearts' lusts, to walk in their owncounsels. An undue desire, even for lawful things, becomessinful. God showed his displeasure for this. He filled them withuneasiness of mind, terror of conscience, and self-reproach.Many that fare deliciously every day, and whose bodies arehealthful, have leanness in their souls: no love to God, nothankfulness, no appetite for the Bread of life, and then thesoul must be lean. Those wretchedly forget themselves, thatfeast their bodies and starve their souls. Even the truebeliever will see abundant cause to say, It is of the Lord'smercies that I am not consumed. Often have we set up idols inour hearts, cleaved to some forbidden object; so that if agreater than Moses had not stood to turn away the anger of theLord, we should have been destroyed. If God dealt severely withMoses for unadvised words, what do those deserve who speak manyproud and wicked words? It is just in God to remove thoserelations that are blessings to us, when we are peevish andprovoking to them, and grieve their spirits. 34-48 The conduct of the Israelites in Canaan, and God'sdealings with them, show that the way of sin is down-hill;omissions make way for commissions: when they neglected todestroy the heathen, they learned their works. One sin led tomany more, and brought the judgments of God on them. Their sinwas, in part, their own punishment. Sinners often see themselvesruined by those who led them into evil. Satan, who is a tempter,will be a tormentor. At length, God showed pity to his peoplefor his covenant's sake. The unchangeableness of God's mercifulnature and love to his people, makes him change the course ofjustice into mercy; and no other change is meant by God'srepentance. Our case is awful when the outward church isconsidered. When nations professing Christianity, are so guiltyas we are, no wonder if the Lord brings them low for their sins.Unless there is general and deep repentance, there can be noprospect but of increasing calamities. The psalm concludes withprayer for completing the deliverance of God's people, andpraise for the beginning and progress of it. May all the peopleof the earth, ere long, add their Amen
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