Psalms 21* Thanksgiving for victory. (1-6) Confidence of further success.(7-13)1-6 Happy the people whose king makes God's strength hisconfidence, and God's salvation his joy; who is pleased with allthe advancements of God kingdom, and trusts God to support himin all he does for the service of it. All our blessings areblessings of goodness, and are owing, not to any merit of ours,but only to God's goodness. But when God's blessings comesooner, and prove richer than we imagine; when they are givenbefore we prayed for them, before we were ready for them, nay,when we feared the contrary; then it may be truly said that heprevented, or went before us, with them. Nothing indeedprevented, or went before Christ, but to mankind never was anyfavour more preventing than our redemption by Christ. Thou hastmade him to be a universal, everlasting blessing to the world,in whom the families of the earth are, and shall be blessed; andso thou hast made him exceeding glad with the countenance thouhast given to his undertaking, and to him in the prosecution ofit. The Spirit of prophecy rises from what related to the king,to that which is peculiar to Christ; none other is blessed forever, much less a blessing for ever. 7-13 The psalmist teaches to look forward with faith, and hope,and prayer upon what God would further do. The success withwhich God blessed David, was a type of the total overthrow ofall Christ's enemies. Those who might have had Christ to ruleand save them, but rejected him and fought against him, shallfind the remembrance of it a worm that dies not. God makessinners willing by his grace, receives them to his favour, anddelivers them from the wrath to come. May he exalt himself, byhis all-powerful grace, in our hearts, destroying all thestrong-holds of sin and Satan. How great should be our joy andpraise to behold our Brother and Friend upon the throne, and forall the blessings we may expect from him! yet he delights in hisexalted state, as enabling him to confer happiness and glory onpoor sinners, who are taught to love and trust in him
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