Psalms 66

* Praise for God's sovereign power in the creation. (1-7) For

his favour to his church. (8-12) And the psalmist's praise for

his experience of God's goodness. (13-20)1-7 The holy church throughout all the world lifts up her

voice, to laud that Name which is above every name, to make the

praise of Jesus glorious, both by word and deed; that others may

be led to glorify him also. But nothing can bring men to do this

aright, unless his effectual grace create their hearts anew unto

holiness; and in the redemption by the death of Christ, and the

glorious deliverances it effects, are more wondrous works than

Israel's deliverance from Egyptian bondage.
8-12 The Lord not only preserves our temporal life, but

maintains the spiritual life which he has given to believers. By

afflictions we are proved, as silver in the fire. The troubles

of the church will certainly end well. Through various conflicts

and troubles, the slave of Satan escapes from his yoke, and

obtains joy and peace in believing: through much tribulation the

believer must enter into the kingdom of God.
13-20 We should declare unto those that fear God, what he has

done for our souls, and how he has heard and answered our

prayers, inviting them to join us in prayer and praise; this

will turn to our mutual comfort, and to the glory of God. We

cannot share these spiritual privileges, if we retain the love

of sin in our hearts, though we refrain from the gross practice,

Sin, regarded in the heart, will spoil the comfort and success

of prayer; for the sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination of

the Lord. But if the feeling of sin in the heart causes desires

to be rid of it; if it be the presence of one urging a demand we

know we must not, cannot comply with, this is an argument of

sincerity. And when we pray in simplicity and godly sincerity,

our prayers will be answered. This will excite gratitude to Him

who hath not turned away our prayer nor his mercy from us. It

was not prayer that fetched the deliverance, but his mercy that

sent it. That is the foundation of our hopes, the fountain of

our comforts; and ought to be the matter of our praises
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