Psalms 147* The people of God are exhorted to praise him for his merciesand care. (1-11) For the salvation and prosperity of the church.(12-20)1-11 Praising God is work that is its own wages. It is comely;it becomes us as reasonable creatures, much more as people incovenant with God. He gathers outcast sinners by his grace, andwill bring them into his holy habitation. To those whom Godheals with the consolations of his Spirit, he speaks peace,assures them their sins are pardoned. And for this, let otherspraise him also. Man's knowledge is soon ended; but God'sknowledge is a dept that can never be fathomed. And while hetelleth the number of the stars, he condescends to hear thebroken-hearted sinner. While he feeds the young ravens, he willnot leave his praying people destitute. Clouds look dull andmelancholy, yet without them we could have no rain, therefore nofruit. Thus afflictions look black and unpleasant; but fromclouds of affliction come showers that make the soul to yieldthe peaceable fruits of righteousness. The psalmist delights notin things wherein sinners trust and glory; but a serious andsuitable regard to God is, in his sight, of very great price. Weare not to be in doubt between hope and fear, but to act underthe gracious influences of hope and fear united. 12-20 The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preservedby the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praisehim for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; andthese are represented by his favours in the course of nature.The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and thethawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared tothe wind, #Joh 3:8|. Converting grace softens the heart that washard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makesgood reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stoppedup. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how itis done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in theconversion of a soul, when God's word and Spirit are sent tomelt it and restore it to itself
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