Psalms 125

* The security of the righteous. (1-3) Prayer for them, The ruin

of the wicked. (4,5)1-3 All those minds shall be truly stayed, that are stayed on

God. They shall be as Mount Zion, firm as it is; a mountain

supported by providence, much more as a holy mountain supported

by promise. They cannot be removed from confidence in God. They

abide for ever in that grace which is the earnest of their

everlasting continuance in glory. Committing themselves to God,

they shall be safe from their enemies. Even mountains may

moulder and come to nothing, and rocks be removed, but God's

covenant with his people cannot be broken, nor his care of them

cease. Their troubles shall last no longer than their strength

will bear them up under them. The rod of the wicked may come,

may fall upon the righteous, upon their persons, their estates,

their liberties, their families names, on any thing that falls

to their lot; only it cannot reach their souls. And though it

may come upon their lot, it shall not rest thereon. The Lord

will make all work together for their good. The wicked shall

only prove a correcting rod, not a destroying sword; even this

rod shall not remain upon them, lest they distrust the promise,

thinking God has cast them off.
4,5 God's promises should quicken our prayers. The way of

holiness is straight; there are no windings or shiftings in it.

But the ways of sinners are crooked. They shift from one purpose

to another, and turn hither and thither to deceive; but

disappointment and misery shall befal them. Those who cleave to

the ways of God, though they may have trouble in their way,

their end shall be peace. The pleading of their Saviour for

them, secures to them the upholding power and preserving grace

of their God. Lord, number us with them, in time, and to

eternity
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