Psalms 36* The bad state of the wicked. (1-4) The goodness of God. (5-12)1-4 From this psalm our hearts should be duly affected withhatred of sin, and seek satisfaction in God's loving-kindness.Here is the root of bitterness, from which all the wickedness ofwicked men comes. It takes rise from contempt of God, and thewant of due regard to him. Also from the deceit they put upontheir own souls. Let us daily beg of God to preserve us fromself-flattery. Sin is very hurtful to the sinner himself, andtherefore ought to be hateful; but it is not so. It is nomarvel, if those that deceive themselves, seek to deceive allmankind; to whom will they be true, who are false to their ownsouls? It is bad to do mischief, but worse to devise it, to doit with plot and management. If we willingly banish holymeditations in our solitary hours, Satan will soon occupy ourminds with sinful imaginations. Hardened sinners stand to whatthey have done, as though they could justify it before Godhimself. 5-12 Men may shut up their compassion, yet, with God we shallfind mercy. This is great comfort to all believers, plainly tobe seen, and not to be taken away. God does all wisely and well;but what he does we know not now, it is time enough to knowhereafter. God's loving-kindness is precious to the saints. Theyput themselves under his protection, and then are safe and easy.Gracious souls, though still desiring more of God, never desiremore than God. The gifts of Providence so far satisfy them, thatthey are content with such things as they have. The benefit ofholy ordinances is sweet to a sanctified soul, and strengtheningto the spiritual and Divine life. But full satisfaction isreserved for the future state. Their joys shall be constant. Godnot only works in them a gracious desire for these pleasures,but by his Spirit fills their souls with joy and peace inbelieving. He quickens whom he will; and whoever will, may come,and take from him of the waters of life freely. May we know, andlove, and uprightly serve the Lord; then no proud enemy, onearth or from hell, shall separate us from his love. Faithcalleth things that are not, as though they were. It carries usforward to the end of time; it shows us the Lord, on his throneof judgment; the empire of sin fallen to rise no more
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