Psalms 56* David seeks mercy from God, amidst the malice of his enemies.(1-7) He rests his faith on God's promises, and declares hisobligation to praise him for mercies. (8-13)1-7 Be merciful unto me, O God. This petition includes all thegood for which we come to throne of grace. If we obtain mercythere, we need no more to make us happy. It implies likewise ourbest plea, not our merit, but God's mercy, his free, rich mercy.We may flee to, and trust the mercy of God, when surrounded onall sides by difficulties and dangers. His enemies were too hardfor him, if God did not help him. He resolves to make God'spromises the matter of his praises, and so we have reason tomake them. As we must not trust an arm of flesh when engaged forus, so we must not be afraid of an arm of flesh when stretchedout against us. The sin of sinners will never be their security.Who knows the power of God's anger; how high it can reach, howforcibly it can strike? 8-13 The heavy and continued trials through which many of theLord's people have passed, should teach us to be silent andpatient under lighter crosses. Yet we are often tempted torepine and despond under small sorrows. For this we should checkourselves. David comforts himself, in his distress and fear,that God noticed all his grievances and all his griefs. God hasa bottle and a book for his people's tears, both the tears fortheir sins, and those for their afflictions. He observes themwith tender concern. Every true believer may boldly say, TheLord is my helper, and then I will not fear what man shall dounto me; for man has no power but what is given him from above.Thy vows are upon me, O Lord; not as a burden, but as that bywhich I am known to be thy servant; as a bridle that restrainsme from what would be hurtful, and directs me in the way of myduty. And vows of thankfulness properly accompany prayers formercy. If God deliver us from sin, either from doing it, or byhis pardoning mercy, he has delivered our souls from death,which is the wages of sin. Where the Lord has begun a good workhe will carry it on and perfect it. David hopes that God wouldkeep him even from the appearance of sin. We should aim in allour desires and expectations of deliverance, both from sin andtrouble, that we may do the better service to the Lord; that wemay serve him without fear. If his grace has delivered our soulsfrom the death of sin, he will bring us to heaven, to walkbefore him for ever in light
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