Psalms 145

* David extols the power, goodness, and mercy of the Lord. (1-9)

The glory of God's kingdom, and his care of those that love him.

(10-21)1-9 Those who, under troubles and temptations, abound in

fervent prayer, shall in due season abound in grateful praise,

which is the true language of holy joy. Especially we should

speak of God's wondrous work of redemption, while we declare his

greatness. For no deliverance of the Israelites, nor the

punishment of sinners, so clearly proclaims the justice of God,

as the cross of Christ exhibits it to the enlightened mind. It

may be truly said of our Lord Jesus Christ, that his words are

words of goodness and grace; his works are works of goodness and

grace. He is full of compassion; hence he came into the world to

save sinners. When on earth, he showed his compassion both to

the bodies and souls of men, by healing the one, and making wise

the other. He is of great mercy, a merciful High Priest, through

whom God is merciful to sinners.
10-21 All God's works show forth his praises. He satisfies the

desire of every living thing, except the unreasonable children

of men, who are satisfied with nothing. He does good to all the

children of men; his own people in a special manner. Many

children of God, who have been ready to fall into sin, to fall

into despair, have tasted his goodness in preventing their

falls, or recovering them speedily by his graces and comforts.

And with respect to all that are heavy laden under the burden of

sin, if they come to Christ by faith, he will ease them, he will

raise them. He is very ready to hear and answer the prayers of

his people. He is present every where; but in a special way he

is nigh to them, as he is not to others. He is in their hearts,

and dwells there by faith, and they dwell in him. He is nigh to

those that call upon him, to help them in all times of need. He

will be nigh to them, that they may have what they ask, and find

what they seek, if they call upon him in truth and sincerity.

And having taught men to love his name and holy ways, he will

save them from the destruction of the wicked. May we then love

his name, and walk in his ways, while we desire that all flesh

should bless his holy name for ever and ever
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