Psalms 40* Confidence for deliverance. (1-5) Christ's work of redemption.(6-10) Prayer for mercy and grace. (11-17)1-5 Doubts and fears about the eternal state, are a horriblepit and miry clay, and have been so to many a dear child of God.There is power enough in God to help the weakest, and graceenough to help the unworthiest of all that trust in him. Thepsalmist waited patiently; he continued believing, hoping, andpraying. This is applicable to Christ. His agony, in the gardenand on the cross, was a horrible pit and miry clay. But thosethat wait patiently for God do not wait in vain. Those that havebeen under religious melancholy, and by the grace of God havebeen relieved, may apply ver. #2| very feelingly to themselves;they are brought up out of a horrible pit. Christ is the Rock onwhich a poor soul can alone stand fast. Where God has givenstedfast hope, he expects there should be a steady, regular walkand conduct. God filled the psalmist with joy, as well as peacein believing. Multitudes, by faith beholding the sufferings andglory of Christ, have learned to fear the justice and trust inthe mercy of God through Him. Many are the benefits with whichwe are daily loaded, both by the providence and by the grace ofGod. 6-10 The psalmist foretells that work of wonder, redemption byour Lord Jesus Christ. The Substance must come, which is Christ,who must bring that glory to God, and that grace to man, whichit was impossible the sacrifices should ever do. Observe thesetting apart of our Lord Jesus to the work and office ofMediator. In the volume, or roll, of the book it was written ofhim. In the close rolls of the Divine decrees and counsel, thecovenant of redemption was recorded. Also, in all the volumes ofthe Old Testament something was written of him, #Joh 19:28|. Nowthe purchase of our salvation is made, the proclamation is sentforth, calling us to come and accept it. It was preached freelyand openly. Whoever undertook to preach the gospel of Christ,would be under great temptation to conceal it; but Christ, andthose he calls to that work, are carried on in it. May webelieve his testimony, trust his promise, and submit to hisauthority. 11-17 The best saints see themselves undone, unless continuallypreserved by the grace of God. But see the frightful view thepsalmist had of sin. This made the discovery of a Redeemer sowelcome. In all his reflections upon each step of his life, hediscovered something amiss. The sight and sense of our sins intheir own colours, must distract us, if we have not at the sametime some sight of a Saviour. If Christ has triumphed over ourspiritual enemies, then we, through him, shall be more thanconquerors. This may encourage all that seek God and love hissalvation, to rejoice in him, and to praise him. No griefs norpoverty can render those miserable who fear the Lord. Their God,and all that he has or does, is the ground of their joy. Theprayer of faith can unlock his fulness, which is adapted to alltheir wants. The promises are sure, the moment of fulfilmenthastens forward. He who once came in great humility, shall comeagain in glorious majesty
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