Psalms 47* The people exhorted to praise God.1-4 The God with whom we have to do, is a God of awful majesty.The universal and absolute sovereignty of a holy God would betoo terrible for us even to think of, were it not exercised byhis Son from a mercy-seat; but now it is only terrible to theworkers of iniquity. While his people express confidence andjoy, and animate each other in serving him, let sinners submitto his authority, and accept his salvation. Jesus Christ shallsubdue the Gentiles; he shall bring them as sheep into the fold,not for slaughter, but for preservation. He shall subdue theiraffections, and make them a willing people in the day of hispower. Also it speaks of his giving them rest and settlement.Apply this spiritually; the Lord himself has undertaken to bethe inheritance of his people. It shows the faith and submissionof the saints. This is the language of every gracious soul, TheLord shall choose my inheritance for me; he knows what is goodfor me better than I do. 5-9 Praise is a duty in which we ought to be frequent andabundant. But here is a needful rule; Sing ye praises withunderstanding. As those that understand why and for what reasonsthey praise God, and what is the meaning of the service. It isnot an acceptable service, if it is not a reasonable service. Weare never to forget the end of Messiah's exaltation, socontinually do the prophets dwell upon the conversion of thenations to the gospel of Christ. Why do we vainly fancy that webelong to him, unless the Spirit reign in our hearts by faith?Lord, is it not thy glory and delight to give repentance toIsrael and remission of sins, now that thou art exalted as aPrince and a Saviour? Set up thy kingdom in our hearts. Bringinto captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. And sosweetly constrain all the powers and faculties of the souls ofthy redeemed, into holy love, fear, and delight in thee, thatpraise with the understanding may rise from every heart, bothhere and for ever, to Thee, our God
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