Psalms 39* David meditates on man's frailty. (1-6) He applies for pardonand deliverance. (7-13)1-6 If an evil thought should arise in the mind, suppress it.Watchfulness in the habit, is the bridle upon the head;watchfulness in acts, is the hand upon the bridle. When not ableto separate from wicked men, we should remember they will watchour words, and turn them, if they can, to our disadvantage.Sometimes it may be necessary to keep silence, even from goodwords; but in general we are wrong when backward to engage inedifying discourse. Impatience is a sin that has its causewithin ourselves, and that is, musing; and its ill effects uponourselves, and that is no less than burning. In our greatesthealth and prosperity, every man is altogether vanity, he cannotlive long; he may die soon. This is an undoubted truth, but weare very unwilling to believe it. Therefore let us pray that Godwould enlighten our minds by his Holy Spirit, and fill ourhearts with his grace, that we may be ready for death every dayand hour. 7-13 There is no solid satisfaction to be had in the creature;but it is to be found in the Lord, and in communion with him; tohim we should be driven by our disappointments. If the world benothing but vanity, may God deliver us from having or seekingour portion in it. When creature-confidences fail, it is ourcomfort that we have a God to go to, a God to trust in. We maysee a good God doing all, and ordering all events concerning us;and a good man, for that reason, says nothing against it. Hedesires the pardoning of his sin, and the preventing of hisshame. We must both watch and pray against sin. When under thecorrecting hand of the Lord, we must look to God himself forrelief, not to any other. Our ways and our doings bring us intotrouble, and we are beaten with a rod of our own making. What apoor thing is beauty! and what fools are those that are proud ofit, when it will certainly, and may quickly, be consumed! Thebody of man is as a garment to the soul. In this garment sin haslodged a moth, which wears away, first the beauty, then thestrength, and finally the substance of its parts. Whoever haswatched the progress of a lingering distemper, or the work oftime alone, in the human frame, will feel at once the force ofthis comparison, and that, surely every man is vanity.Afflictions are sent to stir up prayer. If they have thateffect, we may hope that God will hear our prayer. The believerexpects weariness and ill treatment on his way to heaven; but heshall not stay here long : walking with God by faith, he goesforward on his journey, not diverted from his course, nor castdown by the difficulties he meets. How blessed it is to sitloose from things here below, that while going home to ourFather's house, we may use the world as not abusing it! May wealways look for that city, whose Builder and Maker is God
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