Psalms 116* The psalmist declares his love to the Lord. (1-9) His desireto be thankful. (10-19)1-9 We have many reasons for loving the Lord, but are mostaffected by his loving-kindness when relieved out of deepdistress. When a poor sinner is awakened to a sense of hisstate, and fears that he must soon sink under the just wrath ofGod, then he finds trouble and sorrow. But let all such callupon the Lord to deliver their souls, and they will find himgracious and true to his promise. Neither ignorance nor guiltwill hinder their salvation, when they put their trust in theLord. Let us all speak of God as we have found him; and have weever found him otherwise than just and good? It is of hismercies that we are not consumed. Let those who labour and areheavy laden come to him, that they may find rest to their souls;and if at all drawn from their rest, let them haste to return,remembering how bountifully the Lord has dealt with them. Weshould deem ourselves bound to walk as in his presence. It is agreat mercy to be kept from being swallowed up with over-muchsorrow. It is a great mercy for God to hold us by the righthand, so that we are not overcome and overthrown by atemptation. But when we enter the heavenly rest, deliverancefrom sin and sorrow will be complete; we shall behold the gloryof the Lord, and walk in his presence with delight we cannot nowconceive. 10-19 When troubled, we do best to hold our peace, for we areapt to speak unadvisedly. Yet there may be true faith wherethere are workings of unbelief; but then faith will prevail; andbeing humbled for our distrust of God's word, we shallexperience his faithfulness to it. What can the pardoned sinner,or what can those who have been delivered from trouble ordistress, render to the Lord for his benefits? We cannot in anyway profit him. Our best is unworthy of his acceptance; yet weought to devote ourselves and all we have to his service. I willtake the cup of salvation; I will offer the drink-offeringsappointed by the law, in token of thankfulness to God, andrejoice in God's goodness to me. I will receive the cup ofaffliction; that cup, that bitter cup, which is sanctified tothe saints, so that to them it is a cup of salvation; it is ameans of spiritual health. The cup of consolation; I willreceive the benefits God bestows upon me, as from his hand, andtaste his love in them, as the portion not only of mineinheritance in the other world, but of my cup in this. Letothers serve what masters they will, truly I am thy servant. Twoways men came to be servants. By birth. Lord, I was born in thyhouse; I am the son of thine handmaid, and therefore thine. Itis a great mercy to be children of godly parents. By redemption.Lord, thou hast loosed my bonds, thou hast discharged me fromthem, therefore I am thy servant. The bonds thou hast loosedshall tie me faster unto thee. Doing good is sacrifice, withwhich God is well pleased; and this must accompany giving thanksto his name. Why should we offer that to the Lord which cost usnothing? The psalmist will pay his vows now; he will not delaythe payment: publicly, not to make a boast, but to show he isnot ashamed of God's service, and to invite others to join him.Such are true saints of God, in whose lives and deaths he willbe glorified
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