Psalms 109

* David complains of his enemies. (1-5) He prophesies their

destruction. (6-20) Prayers and praises. (21-31)

#1-5. It is the unspeakable comfort of all believers, that

whoever is against them, God is for them; and to him they may

apply as to one pleased to concern himself for them. David's

enemies laughed at him for his devotion, but they could not

laugh him out of it.6-20 The Lord Jesus may speak here as a Judge, denouncing

sentence on some of his enemies, to warn others. When men reject

the salvation of Christ, even their prayers are numbered among

their sins. See what hurries some to shameful deaths, and brings

the families and estates of others to ruin; makes them and

theirs despicable and hateful, and brings poverty, shame, and

misery upon their posterity: it is sin, that mischievous,

destructive thing. And what will be the effect of the sentence,

"Go, ye cursed," upon the bodies and souls of the wicked! How it

will affect the senses of the body, and the powers of the soul,

with pain, anguish, horror, and despair! Think on these things,

sinners, tremble and repent.
21-31 The psalmist takes God's comforts to himself, but in a

very humble manner. He was troubled in mind. His body was

wasted, and almost worn away. But it is better to have leanness

in the body, while the soul prospers and is in health, than to

have leanness in the soul, while the body is feasted. He was

ridiculed and reproached by his enemies. But if God bless us, we

need not care who curses us; for how can they curse whom God has

not cursed; nay, whom he has blessed? He pleads God's glory, and

the honour of his name. Save me, not according to my merit, for

I pretend to none, but according to thy-mercy. He concludes with

the joy of faith, in assurance that his present conflicts would

end in triumphs. Let all that suffer according to the will of

God, commit the keeping of their souls to him. Jesus, unjustly

put to death, and now risen again, is an Advocate and

Intercessor for his people, ever ready to appear on their behalf

against a corrupt world, and the great accuser
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