Psalms 31* Confidence in God. (1-8) Prayer in trouble. (9-18) Praise forGod's goodness. (19-24)1-8 Faith and prayer must go together, for the prayer of faithis the prevailing prayer. David gave up his soul in a specialmanner to God. And with the words, ver. 5, our Lord Jesusyielded up his last breath on the cross, and made his soul afree-will offering for sin, laying down his life as a ransom.But David is here as a man in distress and trouble. And hisgreat care is about his soul, his spirit, his better part. Manythink that while perplexed about their worldly affairs, andtheir cares multiply, they may be excused if they neglect theirsouls; but we are the more concerned to look to our souls, that,though the outward man perish, the inward man may suffer nodamage. The redemption of the soul is so precious, that it musthave ceased for ever, if Christ had not undertaken it. Havingrelied on God's mercy, he will be glad and rejoice in it. Godlooks upon our souls, when we are in trouble, to see whetherthey are humbled for sin, and made better by the affliction.Every believer will meet with such dangers and deliverances,until he is delivered from death, his last enemy. 9-18 David's troubles made him a man of sorrows. Herein he wasa type of Christ, who was acquainted with grief. Davidacknowledged that his afflictions were merited by his own sins,but Christ suffered for ours. David's friends durst not give himany assistance. Let us not think it strange if thus deserted,but make sure of a Friend in heaven who will not fail. God willbe sure to order and dispose all for the best, to all those whocommit their spirits also into his hand. The time of life is inGod's hands, to lengthen or shorten, make bitter or sweet,according to the counsel of his will. The way of man is not inhimself, nor in our friend's hands, nor in our enemies' hands,but in God's. In this faith and confidence he prays that theLord would save him for his mercies's sake, and not for anymerit of his own. He prophesies the silencing of those thatreproach and speak evil of the people of God. There is a daycoming, when the Lord will execute judgment upon them. In themean time, we should engage ourselves by well-doing, ifpossible, to silence the ignorance of foolish men. 19-24 Instead of yielding to impatience or despondency underour troubles, we should turn our thoughts to the goodness of theLord towards those who fear and trust in Him. All comes tosinners through the wondrous gift of the only-begotten Son ofGod, to be the atonement for their sins. Let not any yield tounbelief, or think, under discouraging circumstances, that theyare cut off from before the eyes of the Lord, and left to thepride of men. Lord, pardon our complaints and fears; increaseour faith, patience, love, and gratitude; teach us to rejoice intribulation and in hope. The deliverance of Christ, with thedestruction of his enemies, ought to strengthen and comfort thehearts of believers under all their afflictions here below, thathaving suffered courageously with their Master, they maytriumphantly enter into his joy and glory
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