Psalms 66* Praise for God's sovereign power in the creation. (1-7) Forhis favour to his church. (8-12) And the psalmist's praise forhis experience of God's goodness. (13-20)1-7 The holy church throughout all the world lifts up hervoice, to laud that Name which is above every name, to make thepraise of Jesus glorious, both by word and deed; that others maybe led to glorify him also. But nothing can bring men to do thisaright, unless his effectual grace create their hearts anew untoholiness; and in the redemption by the death of Christ, and theglorious deliverances it effects, are more wondrous works thanIsrael's deliverance from Egyptian bondage. 8-12 The Lord not only preserves our temporal life, butmaintains the spiritual life which he has given to believers. Byafflictions we are proved, as silver in the fire. The troublesof the church will certainly end well. Through various conflictsand troubles, the slave of Satan escapes from his yoke, andobtains joy and peace in believing: through much tribulation thebeliever must enter into the kingdom of God. 13-20 We should declare unto those that fear God, what he hasdone for our souls, and how he has heard and answered ourprayers, inviting them to join us in prayer and praise; thiswill turn to our mutual comfort, and to the glory of God. Wecannot share these spiritual privileges, if we retain the loveof sin in our hearts, though we refrain from the gross practice,Sin, regarded in the heart, will spoil the comfort and successof prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination ofthe Lord. But if the feeling of sin in the heart causes desiresto be rid of it; if it be the presence of one urging a demand weknow we must not, cannot comply with, this is an argument ofsincerity. And when we pray in simplicity and godly sincerity,our prayers will be answered. This will excite gratitude to Himwho hath not turned away our prayer nor his mercy from us. Itwas not prayer that fetched the deliverance, but his mercy thatsent it. That is the foundation of our hopes, the fountain ofour comforts; and ought to be the matter of our praises
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