Psalms 57* David begins with prayer and complaint. (1-6) He concludeswith joy and praise. (7-11)1-6 All David's dependence is upon God. The most eminentbelievers need often repeat the publican's prayer, "God bemerciful to me a sinner." But if our souls trust in the Lord,this may assure us, in our utmost dangers, that our calamitieswill at length be overpast, and in the mean time, by faith andprayer, we must make him our refuge. Though God be most high,yet he condescends so low, as to take care that all things aremade to work for good to his people. This is a good reason whywe should pray earnestly. Look which way we will on this earth,refuge fails, no help appears; but we may look for it fromheaven. If we have fled from the wrath to come, unto JesusChrist, he that performed all things needful to purchase thesalvation of his people, will do for us and in us all thingsneedful for our enjoyment of it. It made David droop to thinkthere should be those that bore him so much ill-will. But themischief they designed against him, returned on themselves. Andwhen David was in the greatest distress and disgrace, he did notpray, Lord, exalt me, but, Lord, exalt thine own name. Our bestencouragement in prayer, is taken from the glory of God, and tothat, more than to our own comfort, we should have regard in allour petitions for mercy. 7-11 By lively faith, David's prayers and complaints are atonce turned into praises. His heart is fixed; it is prepared forevery event, being stayed upon God. If by the grace of God weare brought into this even, composed frame of mind, we havegreat reason to be thankful. Nothing is done to purpose, inreligion, unless it is done with the heart. The heart must befixed for the duty, put in frame for it; fixed in the duty byclose attention. Our tongue is our glory, and never more so thanwhen praising God; dull and sleepy devotions will never beacceptable to God. Let us awake early in the morning, to beginthe day with God; early in the beginning of a mercy. When Godcomes toward us with his favours, let us go forth to meet himwith our praises. David desired to bring others to join inpraising God; and in his psalms, he is still praising God amongthe people, singing to Him among the nations. Let us seek tohave our hearts fixed to praise his boundless mercy andunfailing faithfulness; and to glorify him with body, soul, andspirit, which are his. Let us earnestly pray that the blessingsof the gospel may be sent through every land
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