Psalms 52* The enemies of the truth and the church described, Theirdestruction. (1-5) The righteous rejoice. (6-9)1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patienceand forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardeningof their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vainboast in their mischief, while we have God's mercy to trust in.It will not save us from the guilt of lying, to be able to say,there was some truth in what we said, if we make it appearotherwise than it was. The more there is of craft andcontrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it.When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of theliving on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where theyshall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they arerooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God willdestroy those who make not him their strength. 6-9 Those wretchedly deceive themselves, who think to supportthemselves in power and wealth without God. The wicked mantrusted in the abundance of his riches; he thought hiswickedness would help him to keep his wealth. Right or wrong, hewould get what he could, and keep what he had, and ruin any onethat stood in his way; this he thought would strengthen him; butsee what it comes to! Those who by faith and love dwell in thehouse of God, shall be like green olive-trees there. And that wemay be as green olive-trees, we must live a life of faith andholy confidence in God and his grace. It adds much to the beautyof our profession, and to fruitfulness in every grace, to bemuch in praising God; and we never can want matter for praise.His name alone can be our refuge and strong tower. It is verygood for us to wait on that saving name; there is nothing betterto calm and quiet our spirits, when disturbed, and to keep us inthe way of duty, when tempted to use any crooked courses for ourrelief, than to hope, and quietly wait for the salvation of theLord. None ever followed his guidance but it ended well
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