Psalms 30* Praise to God for deliverance. (1-5) Others encouraged by hisexample. (6-12)#1-5. The great things the Lord has done for us, both by hisprovidence and by his grace, bind us in gratitude to do all wecan to advance his kingdom among men, though the most we can dois but little. God's saints in heaven sing to him; why shouldnot those on earth do the same? Not one of all God's perfectionscarries in it more terror to the wicked, or more comfort to thegodly, than his holiness. It is a good sign that we are in somemeasure partakers of his holiness, if we can heartily rejoice atthe remembrance of it. Our happiness is bound up in the Divinefavour; if we have that, we have enough, whatever else we want;but as long as God's anger continues, so long the saints'weeping continues.6-12 When things are well with us, we are very apt to thinkthat they will always be so. When we see our mistake, it becomesus to think with shame upon our carnal security as our folly. IfGod hide his face, a good man is troubled, though no othercalamity befal him. But if God, in wisdom and justice, turn fromus, it will be the greatest folly if we turn from him. No; letus learn to pray in the dark. The sanctified spirit, whichreturns to God, shall praise him, shall be still praising him;but the services of God's house cannot be performed by the dust;it cannot praise him; there is none of that device or working inthe grave, for it is the land of silence. We ask aright forlife, when we do so that we may live to praise him. In due timeGod delivered the psalmist out of his troubles. Our tongue isour glory, and never more so than when employed in praising God.He would persevere to the end in praise, hoping that he shouldshortly be where this would be the everlasting work. But let allbeware of carnal security. Neither outward prosperity, norinward peace, here, are sure and lasting. The Lord, in hisfavour, has fixed the believer's safety firm as the deep-rootedmountains, but he must expect to meet with temptations andafflictions. When we grow careless, we fall into sin, the Lordhides his face, our comforts droop, and troubles assail us
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