Psalms 77* The psalmist's troubles and temptation. (1-10) He encourageshimself by the remembrance of God's help of his people. (11-20)1-10 Days of trouble must be days of prayer; when God seems tohave withdrawn from us, we must seek him till we find him. Inthe day of his trouble the psalmist did not seek for thediversion of business or amusement, but he sought God, and hisfavor and grace. Those that are under trouble of mind, must prayit away. He pored upon the trouble; the methods that should haverelieved him did but increase his grief. When he remembered God,it was only the Divine justice and wrath. His spirit wasoverwhelmed, and sank under the load. But let not theremembrance of the comforts we have lost, make us unthankful forthose that are left. Particularly he called to remembrance thecomforts with which he supported himself in former sorrows. Hereis the language of a sorrowful, deserted soul, walking indarkness; a common case even among those that fear the Lord,#Isa 50:10|. Nothing wounds and pierces like the thought ofGod's being angry. God's own people, in a cloudy and dark day,may be tempted to make wrong conclusions about their spiritualstate, and that of God's kingdom in the world. But we must notgive way to such fears. Let faith answer them from theScripture. The troubled fountain will work itself clear again;and the recollection of former times of joyful experience oftenraises a hope, tending to relief. Doubts and fears proceed fromthe want and weakness of faith. Despondency and distrust underaffliction, are too often the infirmities of believers, and, assuch, are to be thought upon by us with sorrow and shame. When,unbelief is working in us, we must thus suppress its risings. 11-20 The remembrance of the works of God, will be a powerfulremedy against distrust of his promise and goodness; for he isGod, and changes not. God's way is in the sanctuary. We are surethat God is holy in all his works. God's ways are like the deepwaters, which cannot be fathomed; like the way of a ship, whichcannot be tracked. God brought Israel out of Egypt. This wastypical of the great redemption to be wrought out in the fulnessof time, both by price and power. If we have harboured doubtfulthoughts, we should, without delay, turn our minds to meditateon that God, who spared not his own Son, but delivered him upfor us all, that with him, he might freely give us all things
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