Psalms 19* The glory of God's works. (1-6) His holiness and grace asshown in his word. (7-10) Prayer for the benefit of them.(11-14)1-6 The heavens so declare the glory of God, and proclaim hiswisdom, power, and goodness, that all ungodly men are leftwithout excuse. They speak themselves to be works of God'shands; for they must have a Creator who is eternal, infinitelywise, powerful, and good. The counter-changing of day and nightis a great proof of the power of God, and calls us to observe,that, as in the kingdom of nature, so in that of providence, heforms the light, and creates the darkness, #Isa 45:7|, and setsthe one against the other. The sun in the firmament is an emblemof the Sun of righteousness, the Bridegroom of the church, andthe Light of the world, diffusing Divine light and salvation byhis gospel to the nations of the earth. He delights to bless hischurch, which he has espoused to himself; and his course will beunwearied as that of the sun, till the whole earth is filledwith his light and salvation. Let us pray for the time when heshall enlighten, cheer, and make fruitful every nation on earth,with the blessed salvation. They have no speech or language, sosome read it, and yet their voice is heard. All people may hearthese preachers speak in their own tongue the wonderful works ofGod. Let us give God the glory of all the comfort and benefit wehave by the lights of heaven, still looking above and beyondthem to the Sun of righteousness. 7-10 The Holy Scripture is of much greater benefit to us thanday or night, than the air we breathe, or the light of the sun.To recover man out of his fallen state, there is need of theword of God. The word translated "law," may be rendereddoctrine, and be understood as meaning all that teaches us truereligion. The whole is perfect; its tendency is to convert orturn the soul from sin and the world, to God and holiness. Itshows our sinfulness and misery in departing from God, and thenecessity of our return to him. This testimony is sure, to befully depended on: the ignorant and unlearned believing what Godsaith, become wise unto salvation. It is a sure direction in theway of duty. It is a sure fountain of living comforts, and asure foundation of lasting hopes. The statues of the Lord areright, just as they should be; and, because they are right, theyrejoice the heart. The commandments of the Lord are pure, holy,just, and good. By them we discover our need of a Saviour; andthen learn how to adorn his gospel. They are the means which theHoly Spirit uses in enlightening the eyes; they bring us to asight and sense of our sin and misery, and direct us in the wayof duty. The fear of the Lord, that is, true religion andgodliness, is clean, it will cleanse our way; and it endurethfor ever. The ceremonial law is long since done away, but thelaw concerning the fear of God is ever the same. The judgmentsof the Lord, his precepts, are true; they are righteous, andthey are so altogether; there is no unrighteousness in any ofthem. Gold is only for the body, and the concerns of time; butgrace is for the soul, and the concerns of eternity. The word ofGod, received by faith, is more precious than gold; it is sweetto the soul, sweeter than honey. The pleasure of sense soonsurfeit, yet never satisfy; but those of religion aresubstantial and satisfying; there is no danger of excess. 11-14 God's word warns the wicked not to go on in his wickedway, and warns the righteous not to turn from his good way.There is a reward, not only after keeping, but in keeping God'scommandments. Religion makes our comforts sweet, and our crosseseasy, life truly valuable, and death itself truly desirable.David not only desired to be pardoned and cleansed from the sinshe had discovered and confessed, but from those he had forgottenor overlooked. All discoveries of sin made to us by the law,should drive us to the throne of grace, there to pray. Hisdependence was the same with that of every Christian who says,Surely in the Lord Jesus have I righteousness and strength. Noprayer can be acceptable before God which is not offered in thestrength of our Redeemer or Divine Kinsman, through Him who tookour nature upon him, that he might redeem us unto God, andrestore the long-lost inheritance. May our hearts be muchaffected with the excellence of the word of God; and muchaffected with the evil of sin, and the danger we are in of it,and the danger we are in by it
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