Psalms 33* God to be praised. (1-11) His people encouraged by his power.(12-22)1-11 Holy joy is the heart and soul of praise, and that is herepressed upon the righteous. Thankful praise is the breath andlanguage of holy joy. Religious songs are proper expressions ofthankful praise. Every endowment we possess, should be employedwith all our skill and earnestness in God's service. Hispromises are all wise and good. His word is right, and thereforewe are only in the right when we agree with it. His works areall done in truth. He is the righteous Lord, therefore lovethrighteousness. What a pity it is that this earth, which is sofull of the proofs and instances of God's goodness, should be soempty of his praises; and that of the multitudes who live uponhis bounty, there are so few who live to his glory! What theLord does, he does to purpose; it stands fast. He overrules allthe counsels of men, and makes them serve his counsels; eventhat is fulfilled, which to us is most surprising, the eternalcounsel of God, nor can any thing prevent its coming to pass. 12-22 All the motions and operations of the souls of men, whichno mortals know but themselves, God knows better than they do.Their hearts, as well as their times, are all in his hand; heformed the spirit of each man within him. All the powers of thecreature depend upon him, and are of no account, of no avail atall, without him. If we make God's favour sure towards us, thenwe need not fear whatever is against us. We are to give to himthe glory of his special grace. All human devices for thesalvation of our souls are vain; but the Lord's watchful eye isover those whose conscientious fear of his name proceeds from abelieving hope in his mercy. In difficulties they shall behelped; in dangers they shall not receive any real damage. Thosethat fear God and his wrath, must hope in God and his mercy; forthere is no flying from him, but by flying to him. Let thymercy, O Lord, be upon us; let us always have the comfort andbenefit, not according to our merits, but according to thepromise which thou hast in thy word given to us, and accordingto the faith thou hast by thy Spirit and grace wrought in us
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