Psalms 52

* The enemies of the truth and the church described, Their

destruction. (1-5) The righteous rejoice. (6-9)1-5 Those that glory in sin, glory in their shame. The patience

and forbearance of God are abused by sinners, to the hardening

of their hearts in their wicked ways. But the enemies in vain

boast 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 appear

otherwise than it was. The more there is of craft and

contrivance in any wickedness, the more there is of Satan in it.

When good men die, they are transplanted from the land of the

living on earth, to heaven, the garden of the Lord, where they

shall take root for ever; but when wicked men die, they are

rooted out, to perish for ever. The believer sees that God will

destroy those who make not him their strength.
6-9 Those wretchedly deceive themselves, who think to support

themselves in power and wealth without God. The wicked man

trusted in the abundance of his riches; he thought his

wickedness would help him to keep his wealth. Right or wrong, he

would get what he could, and keep what he had, and ruin any one

that stood in his way; this he thought would strengthen him; but

see what it comes to! Those who by faith and love dwell in the

house of God, shall be like green olive-trees there. And that we

may be as green olive-trees, we must live a life of faith and

holy confidence in God and his grace. It adds much to the beauty

of our profession, and to fruitfulness in every grace, to be

much in praising God; and we never can want matter for praise.

His name alone can be our refuge and strong tower. It is very

good for us to wait on that saving name; there is nothing better

to calm and quiet our spirits, when disturbed, and to keep us in

the way of duty, when tempted to use any crooked courses for our

relief, than to hope, and quietly wait for the salvation of the

Lord. None ever followed his guidance but it ended well
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