Psalms 58* Wicked judges described and reproved. (1-5) A prayer that theymay be disabled, and their ruin predicted. (6-11)1-5 When wrong is done under the form of law, it is worse thanany other; especially it is grievous to behold those who professto be children of God, joining together against any of hispeople. We should thank the Lord for merciful restraints; weshould be more earnest in seeking renewing grace, more watchfulover ourselves, and more patient under the effects of fallennature in others. The corruption of their nature was the root ofbitterness. We may see in children the wickedness of the worldbeginning. They go astray from God and their duty as soon aspossibly 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 newcreatures. Though the poison be within, much of it may be keptfrom breaking forth to injure others. When the Saviour's wordsare duly regarded, the serpent becomes harmless. But those whorefuse to hear heavenly wisdom, must perish miserably, for ever. 6-11 David prayed that the enemies of God's church and peoplemight be disabled to do further mischief. We may, in faith, prayagainst the designs of the enemies of the church. He foretellstheir ruin. And who knows the power of God's anger? Thevictories of the Just One, in his own person and that of hisservants, over the enemies of man's salvation, produce a joywhich springs not from revenge, but from a view of the Divinemercy, justice, and truth, shown in the redemption of the elect,the punishment of the ungodly, and the fulfilment of thepromises. Whoever duly considers these things, will diligentlyseek the reward of righteousness, and adore the Providence whichorders all thing aright in heaven and in earth
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