Psalms 118

* It is good to trust in the Lord. (1-18) The coming of Christ

in his kingdom. (19-29)1-18 The account the psalmist here gives of his troubles is

very applicable to Christ: many hated him without a cause; nay,

the Lord himself chastened him sorely, bruised him, and put him

to grief, that by his stripes we might be healed. God is

sometimes the strength of his people, when he is not their song;

they have spiritual supports, though they want spiritual

delights. Whether the believer traces back his comfort to the

everlasting goodness and mercy of God, or whether he looks

forward to the blessing secured to him, he will find abundant

cause for joy and praise. Every answer to our prayers is an

evidence that the Lord is on our side; and then we need not fear

what man can do unto us; we should conscientiously do our duty

to all, and trust in him alone to accept and bless us. Let us

seek to live to declare the works of God, and to encourage

others to serve him and trust in him. Such were the triumphs of

the Son of David, in the assurance that the good pleasure of the

Lord should prosper in his hand.
19-29 Those who saw Christ's day at so great a distance, saw

cause to praise God for the prospect. The prophecy, ver
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