Psalms 44* A petition for succour and relief.1-8 Former experiences of God's power and goodness are strongsupports to faith, and powerful pleas in prayer under presentcalamities. The many victories Israel obtained, were not bytheir own strength or merit, but by God's favour and free grace.The less praise this allows us, the more comfort it affords,that we may see all as coming from the favour of God. He foughtfor Israel, else they had fought in vain. This is applicable tothe planting of the Christian church in the world, which was notby any human policy or power. Christ, by his Spirit, went forthconquering and to conquer; and he that planted a church forhimself in the world, will support it by the same power andgoodness. They trusted and triumphed in and through him. Let himthat glories, glory in the Lord. But if they have the comfort ofhis name, let them give unto him the glory due unto it. 9-16 The believer must have times of temptation, affliction,and discouragement; the church must have seasons of persecution.At such times the people of God will be ready to fear that hehas cast them off, and that his name and truth will bedishonoured. But they should look above the instruments of theirtrouble, to God, well knowing that their worst enemies have nopower against them, but what is permitted from above. 17-26 In afflictions, we must not seek relief by any sinfulcompliance; but should continually meditate on the truth,purity, and knowledge of our heart-searching God. Hearts sinsand secret sins are known to God, and must be reckoned for. Heknows the secret of the heart, therefore judges of the words andactions. While our troubles do not drive us from our duty toGod, we should not suffer them to drive us from our comfort inGod. Let us take care that prosperity and ease do not render uscareless and lukewarm. The church of God cannot be prevailed onby persecution to forget God; the believer's heart does not turnback from God. The Spirit of prophecy had reference to those whosuffered unto death, for the testimony of Christ. Observe thepleas used, ver. #25,26|. Not their own merit and righteousness,but the poor sinner's pleas. None that belong to Christ shall becast off, but every one of them shall be saved, and that forever. The mercy of God, purchased, promised, and constantlyflowing forth, and offered to believers, does away every doubtarising from our sins; while we pray in faith, Redeem us for thymercies' sake
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