Psalms 115* Glory to be ascribed to God. (1-8) by trusting in him andpraising him. (9-18)1-8 Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in ourprayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by thepower of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of hismere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuitof any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must takeencouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; notthat we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that theymercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods aresenseless things. They are the works of men's hands: thepainter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them,therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of theworshippers of idols. 9-18 It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom totrust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to thosethat trust in him. Wherever there is right fear of God, theremay be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, mayrely upon it. He is ever found faithful. The greatest need hisblessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fearhim. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritualblessings. And the Lord is to be praised: his goodness is large,for he has given the earth to the children of men for their use.The souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from theburdens of the flesh, are still praising him; but the dead bodycannot praise God: death puts an end to our glorifying him inthis world of trial and conflict. Others are dead, and an end isthereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do themore for God. We will not only do it ourselves, but will engageothers to do it; to praise him when we are gone. Lord, thou artthe only object for faith and love. Help us to praise thee whileliving and when dying, that thy name may be the first and lastupon our lips: and let the sweet savour of thy name refresh oursouls for ever
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