Psalms 68* A prayer-- The greatness and goodness of God. (1-6) Thewonderful works God wrought for his people. (7-14) The presenceof God in his church. (15-21) The victories of Christ. (22-28)Enlargement of the church. (29-31) The glory and grace of God.(32-35)1-6 None ever hardened his heart against God, and prospered.God is the joy of his people, then let them rejoice when theycome before him. He who derives his being from none, but givesbeing to all, is engaged by promise and covenant to bless hispeople. He is to be praised as a God of mercy and tendercompassion. He ever careth for the afflicted and oppressed:repenting sinners, who are helpless and exposed more than anyfatherless children, are admitted into his family, and share alltheir blessings. 7-14 Fresh mercies should put us in mind of former mercies. IfGod bring his people into a wilderness, he will be sure to gobefore them in it, and to bring them out of it. He provided forthem, both in the wilderness and in Canaan. The daily mannaseems here meant. And it looks to the spiritual provision forGod's Israel. The Spirit of grace and the gospel of grace arethe plentiful rain, with which God confirms his inheritance, andfrom which their fruit is found. Christ shall come as showersthat water the earth. The account of Israel's victories is to beapplied to the victories over death and hell, by the exaltedRedeemer, for those that are his. Israel in Egypt among thekilns appeared wretched, but possessed of Canaan, during thereigns of David and Solomon, appeared glorious. Thus the slavesof Satan, when converted to Christ, when justified andsanctified by him, look honourable. When they reach heaven, allremains of their sinful state disappear, they shall be as thewings of the dove, covered with silver, and her feathers asgold. Full salvation will render those white as snow, who werevile and loathsome through the guilt and defilement of sin. 15-21 The ascension of Christ must here be meant, and theretoit is applied, #Eph 4:8|. He received as the purchase of hisdeath, the gifts needful for the conversion of sinners, and thesalvation of believers. These he continually bestows, even onrebellious men, that the Lord God might dwell among them, astheir Friend and Father. He gave gifts to men. Having receivedpower to give eternal life, the Lord Jesus bestows it on as manyas were given him, #Joh 17:2|. Christ came to a rebelliousworld, not to condemn it, but that through him it might besaved. The glory of Zion's King is, that he is a Saviour andBenefactor to all his willing people, and a consuming fire toall that persist in rebellion against him. So many, so weightyare the gifts of God's bounty, that he may be truly said to loadus with them. He will not put us off with present things for aportion, but will be the God of our salvation. The Lord Jesushas authority and power to rescue his people from the dominionof death, by taking away the sting of it from them when theydie, and giving them complete victory over it when they riseagain. The crown of the head, the chief pride and glory of theenemy, shall be smitten; Christ shall crush the head of theserpent. 22-28 The victories with which God blessed David over theenemies of Israel, are types of Christ's victory, for himselfand for all believers. Those who take him for theirs, may seehim acting as their God, as their King, for their good, and inanswer to their prayers; especially in and by his word andordinances. The kingdom of the Messiah shall be submitted to byall the rulers and learned in the world. The people seem toaddress the king, ver. #28|. But the words are applicable to theRedeemer, to his church, and every true believer. We pray, thatthou, O God the Son, wilt complete thine undertaking for us, byfinishing thy good work in us. 29-31 A powerful invitation is given to those that are without,to join the church. Some shall submit from fear; overcome bytheir consciences, and the checks of Providence, they arebrought to make peace with the church. Others will submitwillingly, ver. #29,31|. There is that beauty and benefit in theservice of God, and in the gospel of Christ which went forthfrom Jerusalem, which is enough to invite sinners out of allnations. 32-35 God is to be admired and adored with reverence and godlyfear, by all that attend in his holy places. The God of Israelgives strength and power unto his people. Through Christstrengthening us we can do all things, not otherwise; thereforehe must have the glory of all we do, with our humble thanks forenabling us to do it, and for accepting the work of his hands inus
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