Psalms 140* David encourages himself in God. (1-7) He prays for, andprophesies the destruction of, his persecutors. (8-13)1-7 The more danger appears, the more earnest we should be inprayer to God. All are safe whom the Lord protects. If he be forus, who can be against us? We should especially watch and pray,that the Lord would hold up our goings in his ways, that ourfootsteps slip not. God is as able to keep his people fromsecret fraud as from open force; and the experience we have hadof his power and care, in dangers of one kind, may encourage usto depend upon him in other dangers. 8-13 Believers may pray that God would not grant the desires ofthe wicked, nor further their evil devices. False accusers willbring mischief upon themselves, even the burning coals of Divinevengeance. And surely the righteous shall dwell in God'spresence, and give him thanks for evermore. This is truethanksgiving, even thanks-living: this use we should make of allour deliverances, we should serve God the more closely andcheerfully. Those who, though evil spoken of and ill-used bymen, are righteous in the sight of God, being justified by therighteousness of Christ, which is imputed to them, and receivedby faith, as the effect of which, they live soberly andrighteously; these give thanks to the Lord, for therighteousness whereby they are made righteous, and for everyblessing of grace, and mercy of life
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