Psalms 55* Prayer to God to manifest his favour. (1-8) The greatwickedness and treachery of his enemies. (9-15) He is sure thatGod would in due time appear for him. (16-23)1-8 In these verses we have, 1. David praying. Prayer is asalve for every sore, and a relief to the spirit under everyburden. 2. David weeping. Griefs are thus, in some measure,lessened, while those increase that have no vent given them.David in great alarm. We may well suppose him to be so, upon thebreaking out of Absalom's conspiracy, and the falling away ofthe people. Horror overwhelmed him. Probably the remembrance ofhis sin in the matter of Uriah added much to the terror. Whenunder a guilty conscience we must mourn in our complaint, andeven strong believers have for a time been filled with horror.But none ever was so overwhelmed as the holy Jesus, when itpleased the Lord to put him to grief, and to make his soul anoffering for our sins. In his agony he prayed more earnestly,and was heard and delivered; trusting in him, and following him,we shall be supported under, and carried through all trials. Seehow David was weary of the treachery and ingratitude of men, andthe cares and disappointments of his high station: he longed tohide himself in some desert from the fury and fickleness of hispeople. He aimed not at victory, but rest; a barren wilderness,so that he might be quiet. The wisest and best of men mostearnestly covet peace and quietness, and the more when vexed andwearied with noise and clamour. This makes death desirable to achild of God, that it is a final escape from all the storms andtempests of this world, to perfect and everlasting rest. 9-15 No wickedness so distresses the believer, as that which hewitnesses in those who profess to be of the church of God. Letus not be surprised at the corruptions and disorders of thechurch on earth, but long to see the New Jerusalem. He complainsof one that had been very industrious against him. God oftendestroys the enemies of the church by dividing them. And aninterest divided against itself cannot long stand. The trueChristian must expect trials from professed friends, from thosewith whom he has been united; this will be very painful; but bylooking unto Jesus we shall be enabled to bear it. Christ wasbetrayed by a companion, a disciple, an apostle, who resembledAhithophel in his crimes and doom. Both were speedily overtakenby Divine vengeance. And this prayer is a prophecy of the utter,the everlasting ruin, of all who oppose and rebel against theMessiah. 16-23 In every trial let us call upon the Lord, and he willsave us. He shall hear us, and not blame us for coming toooften; the oftener the more welcome. David had thought all wereagainst him; but now he sees there were many with him, more thanhe supposed; and the glory of this he gives to God, for it is hethat raises us up friends, and makes them faithful to us. Thereare more true Christians, and believers have more real friends,than in their gloomy hours they suppose. His enemies should bereckoned with, and brought down; they could not ease themselvesof their fears, as David could, by faith in God. Mortal men,though ever so high and strong, will easily be crushed by aneternal God. Those who are not reclaimed by the rod ofaffliction, will certainly be brought down to the pit ofdestruction. The burden of afflictions is very heavy, especiallywhen attended with the temptations of Satan; there is also theburden of sin and corruption. The only relief under it is, tolook to Christ, who bore it. Whatever it is that thou desirestGod should give thee, leave it to him to give it in his own wayand time. Care is a burden, it makes the heart stoop. We mustcommit our ways and works to the Lord; let him do as seemeth himgood, and let us be satisfied. To cast our burden upon God, isto rest upon his providence and promise. And if we do so, hewill carry us in the arms of his power, as a nurse carries achild; and will strengthen our spirits by his Spirit, so thatthey shall sustain the trial. He will never suffer the righteousto be moved; to be so shaken by any troubles, as to quit theirduty to God, or their comfort in him. He will not suffer them tobe utterly cast down. He, who bore the burden of our sorrows,desires us to leave to him to bear the burden of our cares,that, as he knows what is best for us, he may provide itaccordingly. Why do not we trust Christ to govern the worldwhich he redeemed
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