Psalms 143* David complains of his enemies and distresses. (1-6) He praysfor comfort, guidance, and deliverance. (7-12)1-6 We have no righteousness of our own to plead, thereforemust plead God's righteousness, and the word of promise which hehas freely given us, and caused us to hope in. David, before heprays for the removal of his trouble, prays for the pardon ofhis sin, and depends upon mercy alone for it. He bemoans theweight upon his mind from outward troubles. But he looks back,and remembers God's former appearance for his afflicted people,and for him in particular. He looks round, and notices the worksof God. The more we consider the power of God, the less we shallfear the face or force of man. He looks up with earnest desirestowards God and his favour. This is the best course we can take,when our spirits are overwhelmed. The believer will not forget,that in his best actions he is a sinner. Meditation and prayerwill recover us from distresses; and then the mourning soulstrives to return to the Lord as the infant stretches out itshands to the indulgent mother, and thirsts for his consolationsas the parched ground for refreshing rain. 7-12 David prays that God would be well pleased with him, andlet him know that he was so. He pleads the wretchedness of hiscase, if God withdrew from him. But the night of distress anddiscouragement shall end in a morning of consolation and praise.He prays that he might be enlightened with the knowledge ofGod's will; and this is the first work of the Spirit. A good mandoes not ask the way in which is the most pleasant walking, butwhat is the right way. Not only show me what thy will is, butteach me how to do it. Those who have the Lord for their God,have his Spirit for their Guide; they are led by the Spirit. Heprays that he might be enlivened to do God's will. But we shouldespecially seek the destruction of our sins, our worst enemies,that we may be devotedly God's servants
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