Psalms 17* David's integrity. (1-7) The character of his enemies. Hishope of happiness. (8-15)1-7 This psalm is a prayer. Feigned prayers are fruitless; butif our hearts lead our prayers, God will meet them with hisfavour. The psalmist had been used to pray, so that it was nothis distress and danger that now first brought him to his duty.And he was encouraged by his faith to expect God would noticehis prayers. Constant resolution and watchfulness against sinsof the tongue, will be a good evidence of our integrity. Awareof man's propensity to wicked works, and of his own peculiartemptations, David had made God's word his preservative from thepaths of Satan, which lead to destruction. If we carefully avoidthe paths of sin, it will be very lead to destruction. If wecarefully avoid the paths of sin, it will be very comfortable inthe reflection, when we are in trouble. Those that are, throughgrace, going in God's paths, should pray that their goings maybe held up in those paths. David prays, Lord, still hold me up.Those who would proceed and persevere in the ways of God, must,by faith prayer, get daily fresh supplies of grace and strengthfrom him. Show thy marvellous loving-kindness, distinguishingfavours, not common mercies, but be gracious to me; do as thouusest to do to those who love thy name. 8-15 Being compassed with enemies, David prays to God to keephim in safety. This prayer is a prediction that Christ would bepreserved, through all the hardships and difficulties of hishumiliation, to the glories and joys of his exalted state, andis a pattern to Christians to commit the keeping of their soulsto God, trusting him to preserve them to his heavenly kingdom.Those are our worst enemies, that are enemies to our souls. Theyare God's sword, which cannot move without him, and which hewill sheathe when he has done his work with it. They are hishand, by which he chastises his people. There is no fleeing fromGod's hand, but by fleeing to it. It is very comfortable, whenwe are in fear of the power of man, to see it dependent upon,and in subjection to the power of God. Most men look on thethings of this world as the best things; and they look nofurther, nor show any care to provide for another life. Thethings of this world are called treasures, they are soaccounted; but to the soul, and when compared with eternalblessings, they are trash. The most afflicted Christian need notenvy the most prosperous men of the world, who have theirportion in this life. Clothed with Christ's righteousness,having through his grace a good heart and a good life, may we byfaith behold God's face, and set him always before us. When weawake every morning, may we be satisfied with his likeness setbefore us in his word, and with his likeness stamped upon us byhis renewing grace. Happiness in the other world is preparedonly for those that are justified and sanctified: they shall beput in possession of it when the soul awakes, at death, out ofits slumber in the body, and when the body awakes, at theresurrection, out of its slumber in the grave. There is nosatisfaction for a soul but in God, and in his good will towardsus, and his good work in us; yet that satisfaction will not beperfect till we come to heaven
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