Psalms 37* David persuades to patience and confidence in God, by thestate of the godly and of the wicked.1-6 When we look abroad we see the world full of evil-doers,that flourish and live in ease. So it was seen of old, thereforelet us not marvel at the matter. We are tempted to fret at this,to think them the only happy people, and so we are prone to dolike them: but this we are warned against. Outward prosperity isfading. When we look forward, with an eye of faith, we shall seeno reason to envy the wicked. Their weeping and wailing will beeverlasting. The life of religion is a believing trust in theLord, and diligent care to serve him according to his will. Itis not trusting God, but tempting him, if we do not makeconscience of our duty to him. A man's life consists not inabundance, but, Thou shalt have food convenient for thee. Thisis more than we deserve, and it is enough for one that is goingto heaven. To delight in God is as much a privilege as a duty.He has not promised to gratify the appetites of the body, andthe humours of the fancy, but the desires of the renewed,sanctified soul. What is the desire of the heart of a good man?It is this, to know, and love, and serve God. Commit thy wayunto the Lord; roll thy way upon the Lord, so the margin readsit. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, the burden of thy care. Wemust roll it off ourselves, not afflict and perplex ourselveswith thoughts about future events, but refer them to God. Byprayer spread thy case and all thy cares before the Lord, andtrust in him. We must do our duty, and then leave the event withGod. The promise is very sweet: He shall bring that to pass,whatever it is, which thou has committed to him. 7-20 Let us be satisfied that God will make all to work forgood to us. Let us not discompose ourselves at what we see inthis world. A fretful, discontented spirit is open to manytemptations. For, in all respects, the little which is allottedto the righteous, is more comfortable and more profitable thanthe ill-gotten and abused riches of ungodly men. It comes from ahand of special love. God provides plentifully and well, notonly for his working servants, but for his waiting servants.They have that which is better than wealth, peace of mind, peacewith God, and then peace in God; that peace which the worldcannot give, and which the world cannot have. God knows thebeliever's days. Not one day's work shall go unrewarded. Theirtime on earth is reckoned by days, which will soon be numbered;but heavenly happiness shall be for ever. This will be a realsupport to believers in evil times. Those that rest on the Rockof ages, have no reason to envy the wicked the support of theirbroken reeds. 21-33 The Lord our God requires that we do justly, and renderto all their due. It is a great sin for those that are able, todeny the payment of just debts; it is a great misery not to beable to pay them. He that is truly merciful, will be evermerciful. We must leave our sins; learn to do well, and cleaveto it. This is true religion. The blessing of God is the spring,sweetness, and security of all earthly enjoyments. And if we aresure of this, we are sure not to want any thing good for us inthis world. By his grace and Holy Spirit, he directs thethoughts, affections, and designs of good men. By his providencehe overrules events, so as to make their way plain. He does notalways show them his way for a distance, but leads them step bystep, as children are led. God will keep them from being ruinedby their falls, either into sin or into trouble, though such asfall into sin will be sorely hurt. Few, if any, have known theconsistent believer, or his children, reduced to abject,friendless want. God forsakes not his saints in affliction; andin heaven only the righteous shall dwell for ever; that will betheir everlasting habitation. A good man may fall into the handsof a messenger of Satan, and be sorely buffeted, but God willnot leave him in his enemy's hands. 34-40 Duty is ours, and we must mind it; but events are God's,we must refer the disposal of them to him. What a strikingpicture is in ver. #35,36|, of many a prosperous enemy of God!But God remarkably blights the projects of the prosperouswicked, especially persecutors. None are perfect in themselves,but believers are so in Christ Jesus. If all the saint's dayscontinue dark and cloudy, his dying day may prove comfortable,and his sun set bright; or, if it should set under a cloud, yethis future state will be everlasting peace. The salvation of therighteous will be the Lord's doing. He will help them to dotheir duties, to bear their burdens; help them to bear theirtroubles well, and get good by them, and, in due time, willdeliver them out of their troubles. Let sinners then depart fromevil, and do good; repent of and forsake sin, and trust in themercy of God through Jesus Christ. Let them take his yoke uponthem, and learn of him, that they may dwell for evermore inheaven. Let us mark the closing scenes of different characters,and always depend on God's mercy
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