Psalms 48

* The glories of the church of Christ.1-7 Jerusalem is the city of our God: none on earth render him

due honour except the citizens of the spiritual Jerusalem. Happy

the kingdom, the city, the family, the heart, in which God is

great, in which he is all. There God is known. The clearer

discoveries are made to us of the Lord and his greatness, the

more it is expected that we should abound in his praises. The

earth is, by sin, covered with deformity, therefore justly might

that spot of ground, which was beautified with holiness, be

called the joy of the whole earth; that which the whole earth

has reason to rejoice in, that God would thus in very deed dwell

with man upon the earth. The kings of the earth were afraid of

it. Nothing in nature can more fitly represent the overthrow of

heathenism by the Spirit of the gospel, than the wreck of a

fleet in a storm. Both are by the mighty power of the Lord.
8-14 We have here the improvement which the people of God are

to make of his glorious and gracious appearances for them. Let

our faith in the word of God be hereby confirmed. Let our hope

of the stability of the church be encouraged. Let our minds be

filled with good thoughts of God. All the streams of mercy that

flow down to us, must be traced to the fountain of His

loving-kindness. Let us give to God the glory of the great

things he has done for us. Let all the members of the church

take comfort from what the Lord does for his church. Let us

observe the beauty, strength, and safety of the church. Consider

its strength; see it founded on Christ the Rock, fortified by

the Divine power, guarded by Him who neither slumbers nor

sleeps. See what precious ordinances are its palaces, what

precious promises are its bulwarks, that you may be encouraged

to join yourselves to it: and tell this to others. This God, who

has now done such great things for us, is unchangeable in his

love to us, and his care for us. If he is our God, he will lead

and keep us even to the last. He will so guide us, as to set us

above the reach of death, so that it shall not do us any real

hurt. He will lead us to a life in which there shall be no more

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