Psalms 34* David praises God, and encourages to trust him. (1-10) Heexhorts to fear. (11-22)1-10 If we hope to spend eternity in praising God, it is fitthat we should spend much of our time here in this work. Henever said to any one, Seek ye me in vain. David's prayershelped to silence his fears; many besides him have looked untothe Lord by faith and prayer, and it has wonderfully revived andcomforted them. When we look to the world, we are perplexed, andat a loss. But on looking to Christ depends our whole salvation,and all things needful thereunto do so also. This poor man, whomno man looked upon with any respect, or looked after with anyconcern, was yet welcome to the throne of grace; the Lord heardhim, and saved him out of all his troubles. The holy angelsminister to the saints, and stand for them against the powers ofdarkness. All the glory be to the Lord of the angels. By tasteand sight we both make discoveries, and have enjoyment; Tasteand see God's goodness; take notice of it, and take the comfortof it. He makes all truly blessed that trust in him. As to thethings of the other world, they shall have grace sufficient forthe support of spiritual life. And as to this life, they shallhave what is necessary from the hand of God. Paul had all, andabounded, because he was content, #Php 4:11-18|. Those who trustto themselves, and think their own efforts sufficient for them,shall want; but they shall be fed who trust in the Lord. Thoseshall not want, who with quietness work, and mind their ownbusiness. 11-22 Let young persons set out in life with learning the fearof the Lord, if they desire true comfort here, and eternalhappiness hereafter. Those will be most happy who begin thesoonest to serve so good a Master. All aim to be happy. Surelythis must look further than the present world; for man's life onearth consists but of few days, and those full of trouble. Whatman is he that would see the good of that where all bliss isperfect? Alas! few have this good in their thoughts. Thatreligion promises best which creates watchfulness over the heartand over the tongue. It is not enough not to do hurt, we muststudy to be useful, and to live to some purpose; we must seekpeace and pursue it; be willing to deny ourselves a great dealfor peace' sake. It is the constant practice of real believers,when in distress, to cry unto God, and it is their constantcomfort that he hears them. The righteous are humbled for sin,and are low in their own eyes. Nothing is more needful to truegodliness than a contrite heart, broken off from everyself-confidence. In this soil every grace will flourish, andnothing can encourage such a one but the free, rich grace of thegospel of Jesus Christ. The righteous are taken under thespecial protection of the Lord, yet they have their share ofcrosses in this world, and there are those that hate them. Bothfrom the mercy of Heaven, and the malice of hell, theafflictions of the righteous must be many. But whatever troublesbefal them, shall not hurt their souls, for God keeps them fromsinning in troubles. No man is desolate, but he whom God hasforsaken
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