Psalms 144* David acknowledges the great goodness of God, and prays forhelp. (1-8) He prays for the prosperity of his kingdom. (9-15)1-8 When men become eminent for things as to which they havehad few advantages, they should be more deeply sensible that Godhas been their Teacher. Happy those to whom the Lord gives thatnoblest victory, conquest and dominion over their own spirits. Aprayer for further mercy is fitly begun with a thanksgiving forformer mercy. There was a special power of God, inclining thepeople of Israel to be subject to David; it was typical of thebringing souls into subjection to the Lord Jesus. Man's dayshave little substance, considering how many thoughts and caresof a never-dying soul are employed about a poor dying body.Man's life is as a shadow that passes away. In their highestearthly exaltation, believers will recollect how mean, sinful,and vile they are in themselves; thus they will be preservedfrom self-importance and presumption. God's time to help hispeople is, when they are sinking, and all other helps fail. 9-15 Fresh favours call for fresh returns of thanks; we mustpraise God for the mercies we hope for by his promise, as wellas those we have received by his providence. To be saved fromthe hurtful sword, or from wasting sickness, without deliverancefrom the dominion of sin and the wrath to come, is but a smalladvantage. The public prosperity David desired for his people,is stated. It adds much to the comfort and happiness of parentsin this world, to see their children likely to do well. To seethem as plants, not as weeds, not as thorns; to see them asplants growing, not withered and blasted; to see them likely tobring forth fruit unto God in their day; to see them in theiryouth growing strong in the Spirit. Plenty is to be desired,that we may be thankful to God, generous to our friends, andcharitable to the poor; otherwise, what profit is it to have ourgarners full? Also, uninterrupted peace. War brings abundance ofmischiefs, whether it be to attack others or to defendourselves. And in proportion as we do not adhere to the worshipand service of God, we cease to be a happy people. The subjectsof the Saviour, the Son of David, share the blessings of hisauthority and victories, and are happy because they have theLord for their God
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