Psalms 48* The glories of the church of Christ.1-7 Jerusalem is the city of our God: none on earth render himdue honour except the citizens of the spiritual Jerusalem. Happythe kingdom, the city, the family, the heart, in which God isgreat, in which he is all. There God is known. The clearerdiscoveries are made to us of the Lord and his greatness, themore it is expected that we should abound in his praises. Theearth is, by sin, covered with deformity, therefore justly mightthat spot of ground, which was beautified with holiness, becalled the joy of the whole earth; that which the whole earthhas reason to rejoice in, that God would thus in very deed dwellwith man upon the earth. The kings of the earth were afraid ofit. Nothing in nature can more fitly represent the overthrow ofheathenism by the Spirit of the gospel, than the wreck of afleet in a storm. Both are by the mighty power of the Lord. 8-14 We have here the improvement which the people of God areto make of his glorious and gracious appearances for them. Letour faith in the word of God be hereby confirmed. Let our hopeof the stability of the church be encouraged. Let our minds befilled with good thoughts of God. All the streams of mercy thatflow down to us, must be traced to the fountain of Hisloving-kindness. Let us give to God the glory of the greatthings he has done for us. Let all the members of the churchtake comfort from what the Lord does for his church. Let usobserve the beauty, strength, and safety of the church. Considerits strength; see it founded on Christ the Rock, fortified bythe Divine power, guarded by Him who neither slumbers norsleeps. See what precious ordinances are its palaces, whatprecious promises are its bulwarks, that you may be encouragedto join yourselves to it: and tell this to others. This God, whohas now done such great things for us, is unchangeable in hislove to us, and his care for us. If he is our God, he will leadand keep us even to the last. He will so guide us, as to set usabove the reach of death, so that it shall not do us any realhurt. He will lead us to a life in which there shall be no moredeath
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