Psalms 61* David seeks God upon former experience. (1-4) He vows to serveGod. (5-8)1-4 David begins with prayers and tears, but ends with praise.Thus the soul, being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoymentof itself. Wherever we are, we have liberty to draw near to God,and may find a way open to the throne of grace. And that whichseparates us from other comforts, should drive us nearer to God,the fountain of all comfort. Though the heart is overwhelmed,yet it may be lifted up to God in prayer. Nay, I will cry untothee, for by that means it will be supported and relieved.Weeping must quicken praying, and not deaden it. God's power andpromise are a rock that is higher than we are. This rock isChrist. On the Divine mercy, as on a rock, David desired to resthis soul; but he was like a ship-wrecked sailor, exposed to thebillows at the bottom of a rock too high for him to climbwithout help. David found that he could not be fixed on the Rockof salvation, unless the Lord placed him upon it. As there issafety in Him, and none in ourselves, let us pray to be led toand fixed upon Christ our Rock. The service of God shall be hisconstant work and business: all must make it so who expect tofind God their shelter and strong tower. The grace of God shallbe his constant comfort. 5-8 There is a people in the world that fear God's name. Thereis a heritage peculiar to that people; present comforts in thesoul, earnests of future bliss. Those that fear God have enoughin him, and must not complain. We need desire no better heritagethan that of those who fear God. Those abide to good purpose inthis world, who abide before God, serve him, and walk in hisfear; those who do so, shall abide before him for ever. Andthese words are to be applied to Him of whom the angel said, theLord shall give unto him the throne of his father David, and ofhis kingdom there shall be no end, #Lu 1:32|. God's promises,and our faith in them, are not to do away, but to encourageprayer. We need not desire to be better secured than under theprotection of God's mercy and truth. And if we partake of thatgrace and truth which came by Jesus Christ, we may praise him,whatever be our outward circumstances. But renewed experience ofGod's mercy and truth towards his people in Christ, is the mainmatter of our joy in him, and our praise unto him
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