Psalms 18* David rejoices in the deliverances God wrought for him. (1-19)He takes the comfort of his integrity, which God had cleared up.(20-28) He gives to God the glory of all his mighty deeds.(29-50)1-19 The first words, "I will love thee, O Lord, my strength,"are the scope and contents of the psalm. Those that truly loveGod, may triumph in him as their Rock and Refuge, and may withconfidence call upon him. It is good for us to observe all thecircumstances of a mercy which magnify the power of God and hisgoodness to us in it. David was a praying man, and God was founda prayer-hearing God. If we pray as he did, we shall speed as hedid. God's manifestation of his presence is very fullydescribed, ver. #7-15|. Little appeared of man, but much of God,in these deliverances. It is not possible to apply to thehistory of the son of Jesse those awful, majestic, andstupendous words which are used through this description of theDivine manifestation. Every part of so solemn a scene of terrorstells us, a greater than David is here. God will not onlydeliver his people out of their troubles in due time, but hewill bear them up under their troubles in the mean time. Can wemeditate on ver. 18, without directing one thought to Gethsemaneand Calvary? Can we forget that it was in the hour of Christ'sdeepest calamity, when Judas betrayed, when his friends forsook,when the multitude derided him, and the smiles of his Father'slove were withheld, that the powers of darkness prevented him?The sorrows of death surrounded him, in his distress he prayed,#Heb 5:7|. God made the earth to shake and tremble, and therocks to cleave, and brought him out, in his resurrection,because he delighted in him and in his undertaking. 20-28 Those that forsake the ways of the Lord, depart fromtheir God. But though conscious to ourselves of many a falsestep, let there not be a wicked departure from our God. Davidkept his eye upon the rule of God's commands. Constant care tokeep from that sin, whatever it be, which most easily besets us,proves that we are upright before God. Those who show mercy toothers, even they need mercy. Those who are faithful to God,shall find him all that to them which he has promised to be. Thewords of the Lord are pure words, very sure to be depended on,and very sweet to be delighted in. Those who resist God, andwalk contrary to him, shall find that he will walk contrary tothem, #Le 26:21-24|. The gracious recompence of which Davidspoke, may generally be expected by those who act from rightmotives. Hence he speaks comfort to the humble, and terror tothe proud; "Thou wilt bring down high looks." And he speaksencouragement to himself; "Thou wilt light my candle:" thou wiltrevive and comfort my sorrowful spirit; thou wilt guide my way,that I may avoid the snares laid for me. Thou wilt light mycandle to work by, and give me an opportunity of serving thee.Let those that walk in darkness, and labour underdiscouragements, take courage; God himself will be a Light tothem. 29-50 When we praise for one mercy, we must observe the manymore, with which we have been compassed all our days. Manythings had contributed to David's advancement, and he owns thehand of God in them all, to teach us to do likewise. In verse#32|, and the following verses, are the gifts of God to thespiritual warrior, whereby he is prepared for the contest, afterthe example of his victorious Leader. Learn that we must seekrelease being made through Christ, shall be rejected. In Davidthe type, we behold out of trouble through Christ. The prayerput up, without reconciliation Jesus our Redeemer, conflictingwith enemies, compassed with sorrows and with floods of ungodlymen, enduring not only the pains of death, but the wrath of Godfor us; yet calling upon the Father with strong cries and tears;rescued from the grave; proceeding to reconcile, or to put underhis feet all other enemies, till death, the last enemy, shall bedestroyed. We should love the Lord, our Strength, and ourSalvation; we should call on him in every trouble, and praisehim for every deliverance; we should aim to walk with him in allrighteousness and true holiness, keeping from sin. If we belongto him, he conquers and reigns for us, and we shall conquer andreign through him, and partake of the mercy of our anointedKing, which is promised to all his seed for evermore. Amen
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