Psalms 27* The psalmist's faith. (1-6) His desire toward God, andexpectation from him. (7-14)1-6 The Lord, who is the believer's light, is the strength ofhis life; not only by whom, but in whom he lives and moves. InGod let us strengthen ourselves. The gracious presence of God,his power, his promise, his readiness to hear prayer, thewitness of his Spirit in the hearts of his people; these are thesecret of his tabernacle, and in these the saints find cause forthat holy security and peace of mind in which they dwell atease. The psalmist prays for constant communion with God in holyordinances. All God's children desire to dwell in their Father'shouse. Not to sojourn there as a wayfaring man, to tarry but fora night; or to dwell there for a time only, as the servant thatabides not in the house for ever; but to dwell there all thedays of their life, as children with a father. Do we hope thatthe praising of God will be the blessedness of our eternity?Surely then we ought to make it the business of our time. Thishe had at heart more than any thing. Whatever the Christian isas to this life, he considers the favour and service of God asthe one thing needful. This he desires, prays for and seeksafter, and in it he rejoices. 7-14 Wherever the believer is, he can find a way to the throneof grace by prayer. God calls us by his Spirit, by his word, byhis worship, and by special providences, merciful andafflicting. When we are foolishly making court to lyingvanities, God is, in love to us, calling us to seek our ownmercies in him. The call is general, "Seek ye my face;" but wemust apply it to ourselves, "I will seek it." The word does usno good, when we do not ourselves accept the exhortation: agracious heart readily answers to the call of a gracious God,being made willing in the day of his power. The psalmistrequests the favour of the Lord; the continuance of his presencewith him; the benefit of Divine guidance, and the benefit ofDivine protection. God's time to help those that trust in him,is, when all other helpers fail. He is a surer and better Friendthan earthly parents are, or can be. What was the belief whichsupported the psalmist? That he should see the goodness of theLord. There is nothing like the believing hope of eternal life,the foresights of that glory, and foretastes of those pleasures,to keep us from fainting under all calamities. In the mean timehe should be strengthened to bear up under his burdens. Let uslook unto the suffering Saviour, and pray in faith, not to bedelivered into the hands of our enemies. Let us encourage eachother to wait on the Lord, with patient expectation, and ferventprayer
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