Psalms 5* God will certainly hear prayer: David gives to God the glory,and takes to himself the comfort. (1-6) He prayed for himself,that God would guide him, and for all the Lord's people, thatGod would give them joy, and keep them safe. (7-12)1-6 God is a prayer-hearing God. Such he has always been, andhe is still as ready to hear prayer as ever. The mostencouraging principle of prayer, and the most powerful plea inprayer, is, to look upon him as our King and our God. David alsoprays to a sin-hating God. sin is folly, and sinners are thegreatest of all fools; fools of their own making. Wicked peoplehate God; justly are they hated of him, and this will be theirendless misery and ruin. Let us learn the importance of truthand sincerity, in all the affairs of life. Liars and murderersresemble the devil, and are his children, therefore it may wellbe expected that God should abhor them. These were thecharacters of David's enemies; and such as these are still theenemies of Christ and his people. 7-12 David prayed often alone, yet was very constant inattendance on public worship. The mercy of God should ever bethe foundation both of our hope and of our joy, in every thingwherein we have to do with him. Let us learn to pray, not forourselves only, but for others; grace be with all that loveChrist in sincerity. The Divine blessing comes down upon usthrough Jesus Christ, the righteous or just One, as of old itdid upon Israel through David, whom God protected, and placedupon the throne. Thou, O Christ, art the righteous Saviour, thouart the King of Israel, thou art the Fountain of blessing to allbelievers; thy favour is the defence and protection of thychurch
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