Psalms 74* The desolations of the sanctuary. (1-11) Pleas for encouragingfaith. (12-17) Petitions for deliverances. (18-23)1-11 This psalm appears to describe the destruction ofJerusalem and the temple by the Chaldeans. The deplorable caseof the people of God, at the time, is spread before the Lord,and left with him. They plead the great things God had done forthem. If the deliverance of Israel out of Egypt wasencouragement to hope that he would not cast them off, much morereason have we to believe, that God will not cast off any whomChrist has redeemed with his own blood. Infidels and persecutorsmay silence faithful ministers, and shut up places of worship,and say they will destroy the people of God and their religiontogether. For a long time they may prosper in these attempts,and God's oppressed servants may see no prospect of deliverance;but there is a remnant of believers, the seed of a futureharvest, and the despised church has survived those who oncetriumphed over her. When the power of enemies is mostthreatening, it is comfortable to flee to the power of God byearnest prayer. 12-17 The church silences her own complaints. What God had donefor his people, as their King of old, encouraged them to dependon him. It was the Lord's doing, none besides could do it. Thisprovidence was food to faith and hope, to support and encouragein difficulties. The God of Israel is the God of nature. He thatis faithful to his covenant about the day and the night, willnever cast off those whom he has chosen. We have as much reasonto expect affliction, as to expect night and winter. But we haveno more reason to despair of the return of comfort, than todespair of day and summer. And in the world above we shall haveno more changes. 18-23 The psalmist begs that God would appear for the churchagainst their enemies. The folly of such as revile his gospeland his servants will be plain to all. Let us call upon our Godto enlighten the dark nations of the earth; and to rescue hispeople, that the poor and needy may praise his name. BlessedSaviour, thou art the same yesterday, to-day, and for ever. Makethy people more than conquerors. Be thou, Lord, all in all tothem in every situation and circumstances; for then thy poor andneedy people will praise thy name
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