Psalms 107* God's providential care of the children of men in distresses,in banishment, and dispersion. (1-9) In captivity. (10-16) Insickness. (17-22) Danger at sea.(23-32) God's hand is to be seenby his own people. (33-43)1-9 In these verses there is reference to the deliverance fromEgypt, and perhaps that from Babylon: but the circumstances oftravellers in those countries are also noted. It is scarcelypossible to conceive the horrors suffered by the haplesstraveller, when crossing the trackless sands, exposed to theburning rays of the sum. The words describe their case whom theLord has redeemed from the bondage of Satan; who pass throughthe world as a dangerous and dreary wilderness, often ready tofaint through troubles, fears, and temptations. Those who hungerand thirst after righteousness, after God, and communion withhim, shall be filled with the goodness of his house, both ingrace and glory. 10-16 This description of prisoners and captives intimates thatthey are desolate and sorrowful. In the eastern prisons thecaptives were and are treated with much severity. Afflictingprovidences must be improved as humbling providences; and welose the benefit, if our hearts are unhumbled and unbroken underthem. This is a shadow of the sinner's deliverance from a farworse confinement. The awakened sinner discovers his guilt andmisery. Having struggled in vain for deliverance, he finds thereis no help for him but in the mercy and grace of God. His sin isforgiven by a merciful God, and his pardon is accompanied bydeliverance from the power of sin and Satan, and by thesanctifying and comforting influences of God the Holy Spirit. 17-22 If we knew no sin, we should know no sickness. Sinnersare fools. They hurt their bodily health by intemperance, andendanger their lives by indulging their appetites. This theirway is their folly. The weakness of the body is the effect ofsickness. It is by the power and mercy of God that we arerecovered from sickness, and it is our duty to be thankful. AllChrist's miraculous cures were emblems of his healing diseasesof the soul. It is also to be applied to the spiritual cureswhich the Spirit of grace works. He sends his word, and healssouls; convinces, converts them, makes them holy, and all by theword. Even in common cases of recovery from sickness, God in hisprovidence speaks, and it is done; by his word and Spirit thesoul is restored to health and holiness. 23-32 Let those who go to sea, consider and adore the Lord.Mariners have their business upon the tempestuous ocean, andthere witness deliverances of which others cannot form an idea.How seasonable it is at such a time to pray! This may remind usof the terrors and distress of conscience many experience, andof those deep scenes of trouble which many pass through, intheir Christian course. Yet, in answer to their cries, the Lordturns their storm into a calm, and causes their trials to end ingladness. 33-43 What surprising changes are often made in the affairs ofmen! Let the present desolate state of Judea, and of othercountries, explain this. If we look abroad in the world, we seemany greatly increase, whose beginning was small. We see manywho have thus suddenly risen, as suddenly brought to nothing.Worldly wealth is uncertain; often those who are filled with it,ere they are aware, lose it again. God has many ways of makingmen poor. The righteous shall rejoice. It shall fully convinceall those who deny the Divine Providence. When sinners see howjustly God takes away the gifts they have abused, they will nothave a word to say. It is of great use to us to be fully assuredof God's goodness, and duly affected with it. It is our wisdomto mind our duty, and to refer our comfort to him. A truly wiseperson will treasure in his heart this delightful psalm. Fromit, he will fully understand the weakness and wretchedness ofman, and the power and loving-kindness of God, not for ourmerit, but for his mercy's sake.$-$-$- PS:108- We may usefully select passages from different psalms, ashere, #Ps 57; 60|, to help our devotions, and enliven ourgratitude. When the heart is firm in faith and love, the tongue,being employed in grateful praises, is our glory. Every gift ofthe Lord honours and profits the possessor, as it is employed inGod's service and to his glory. Believers may pray with assuredfaith and hope, for all the blessings of salvation; which aresecured to them by the faithful promise and covenant of God.Then let them expect from him help in every trouble, and victoryin every conflict. Whatever we do, whatever we gain, God musthave all the glory. Lord, visit all our souls with thissalvation, with this favour which thou bearest to thy chosenpeople
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