Psalms 3* David complains to God of his enemies, and confides in God.(1-3) He triumphs over his fears, and gives God the glory, andtakes to himself the comfort. (4-8)1-3 An active believer, the more he is beaten off from God,either by the rebukes of providence, or the reproaches ofenemies, the faster hold he will take, and the closer will hecleave to him. A child of God startles at the very thought ofdespairing of help in God. See what God is to his people, whathe will be, what they have found him, what David found in him.1. Safety; a shield for me; which denotes the advantage of thatprotection. 2. Honour; those whom God owns for his, have truehonour put upon them. 3. Joy and deliverance. If, in the worstof times, God's people can lift up their heads with joy, knowingthat all shall work for good to them, they will own God asgiving them both cause and hearts to rejoice. 4-8 Care and grief do us good, when they engage us to pray toGod, as in earnest. David had always found God ready to answerhis prayers. Nothing can fix a gulf between the communicationsof God's grace towards us, and the working of his grace in us;between his favour and our faith. He had always been very safeunder the Divine protection. This is applicable to the commonmercies of every night, for which we ought to give thanks everymorning. Many lie down, and cannot sleep, through pain of body,or anguish of mind, or the continual alarms of fear in thenight. But it seems here rather to be meant of the calmness ofDavid's spirit, in the midst of his dangers. The Lord, by hisgrace and the consolations of his Spirit, made him easy. It is agreat mercy, when we are in trouble, to have our minds stayedupon God. Behold the Son of David composing himself to his restupon the cross, that bed of sorrows; commending his Spirit intothe Father's hands in full confidence of a joyful resurrection.Behold this, O Christian: let faith teach thee how to sleep, andhow to die; while it assures thee that as sleep is a shortdeath, so death is only a longer sleep; the same God watchesover thee, in thy bed and in thy grave. David's faith becametriumphant. He began the psalm with complaints of the strengthand malice of his enemies; but concludes with rejoicing in thepower and grace of his God, and now sees more with him thanagainst him. Salvation belongeth unto the Lord; he has power tosave, be the danger ever so great. All that have the Lord fortheir God, are sure of salvation; for he who is their God, isthe God of Salvation
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