Psalms 42* The conflict in the soul of a believer.1-5 The psalmist looked to the Lord as his chief good, and sethis heart upon him accordingly; casting anchor thus at first, herides out the storm. A gracious soul can take littlesatisfaction in God's courts, if it do not meet with God himselfthere. Living souls never can take up their rest any where shortof a living God. To appear before the Lord is the desire of theupright, as it is the dread of the hypocrite. Nothing is moregrievous to a gracious soul, than what is intended to shake itsconfidence in the Lord. It was not the remembrance of thepleasures of his court that afflicted David; but the remembranceof the free access he formerly had to God's house, and hispleasure in attending there. Those that commune much with theirown hearts, will often have to chide them. See the cure ofsorrow. When the soul rests on itself, it sinks; if it catcheshold on the power and promise of God, the head is kept above thebillows. And what is our support under present woes but this,that we shall have comfort in Him. We have great cause to mournfor sin; but being cast down springs from unbelief and arebellious will; we should therefore strive and pray against it. 6-11 The way to forget our miseries, is to remember the God ofour mercies. David saw troubles coming from God's wrath, andthat discouraged him. But if one trouble follow hard afteranother, if all seem to combine for our ruin, let us rememberthey are all appointed and overruled by the Lord. David regardsthe Divine favour as the fountain of all the good he looked for.In the Saviour's name let us hope and pray. One word from himwill calm every storm, and turn midnight darkness into the lightof noon, the bitterest complaints into joyful praises. Ourbelieving expectation of mercy must quicken our prayers for it.At length, is faith came off conqueror, by encouraging him totrust in the name of the Lord, and to stay himself upon his God.He adds, And my God; this thought enabled him to triumph overall his griefs and fears. Let us never think that the God of ourlife, and the Rock of our salvation, has forgotten us, if wehave made his mercy, truth, and power, our refuge. Thus thepsalmist strove against his despondency: at last his faith andhope obtained the victory. Let us learn to check all unbelievingdoubts and fears. Apply the promise first to ourselves, and thenplead it to God
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