Psalms 58

* Wicked judges described and reproved. (1-5) A prayer that they

may be disabled, and their ruin predicted. (6-11)1-5 When wrong is done under the form of law, it is worse than

any other; especially it is grievous to behold those who profess

to be children of God, joining together against any of his

people. We should thank the Lord for merciful restraints; we

should be more earnest in seeking renewing grace, more watchful

over ourselves, and more patient under the effects of fallen

nature in others. The corruption of their nature was the root of

bitterness. We may see in children the wickedness of the world

beginning. They go astray from God and their duty as soon as

possibly they can. And how soon will little children tell lies!

It is our duty to take pains to teach them, and above all,

earnestly to pray for converting grace to make our children new

creatures. Though the poison be within, much of it may be kept

from breaking forth to injure others. When the Saviour's words

are duly regarded, the serpent becomes harmless. But those who

refuse to hear heavenly wisdom, must perish miserably, for ever.
6-11 David prayed that the enemies of God's church and people

might be disabled to do further mischief. We may, in faith, pray

against the designs of the enemies of the church. He foretells

their ruin. And who knows the power of God's anger? The

victories of the Just One, in his own person and that of his

servants, over the enemies of man's salvation, produce a joy

which springs not from revenge, but from a view of the Divine

mercy, justice, and truth, shown in the redemption of the elect,

the punishment of the ungodly, and the fulfilment of the

promises. Whoever duly considers these things, will diligently

seek the reward of righteousness, and adore the Providence which

orders all thing aright in heaven and in earth
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