Psalms 78* Attention called for. (1-8) The history of Israel. (9-39)Their settlement in Canaan. (40-55) The mercies of God to Israelcontrasted with their ingratitude. (56-72)1-8 These are called dark and deep sayings, because they arecarefully to be looked into. The law of God was given with aparticular charge to teach it diligently to their children, thatthe church may abide for ever. Also, that the providences ofGod, both in mercy and in judgment, might encourage them toconform to the will of God. The works of God much strengthen ourresolution to keep his commandments. Hypocrisy is the high roadto apostacy; those that do not set their hearts right, will notbe stedfast with God. Many parents, by negligence andwickedness, become murderers of their children. But youngpersons, though they are bound to submit in all things lawful,must not obey sinful orders, or copy sinful examples.#9-39. Sin dispirits men, and takes away the heart.Forgetfulness of God's works is the cause of disobedience to hislaws. This narrative relates a struggle between God's goodnessand man's badness. The Lord hears all our murmurings anddistrusts, and is much displeased. Those that will not believethe power of God's mercy, shall feel the fire of hisindignation. Those cannot be said to trust in God's salvation astheir happiness at last, who can not trust his providence in theway to it. To all that by faith and prayer, ask, seek, andknock, these doors of heaven shall at any time be opened; andour distrust of God is a great aggravation of our sins. Heexpressed his resentment of their provocation; not in denyingwhat they sinfully lusted after, but in granting it to them.Lust is contented with nothing. Those that indulge their lust,will never be estranged from it. Those hearts are hard indeed,that will neither be melted by the mercies of the Lord, norbroken by his judgments. Those that sin still, must expect to bein trouble still. And the reason why we live with so littlecomfort, and to so little purpose, is, because we do not live byfaith. Under these rebukes they professed repentance, but theywere not sincere, for they were not constant. In Israel'shistory we have a picture of our own hearts and lives. God'spatience, and warnings, and mercies, imbolden them to hardentheir hearts against his word. And the history of kingdoms ismuch the same. Judgments and mercies have been little attendedto, until the measure of their sins has been full. And higheradvantages have not kept churches from declining from thecommandments of God. Even true believers recollect, that formany a year they abused the kindness of Providence. When theycome to heaven, how will they admire the Lord's patience andmercy in bringing them to his kingdom! 40-55. Let not those that receive mercy from God, be therebymade bold to sin, for the mercies they receive will hasten itspunishment; yet let not those who are under Divine rebukes forsin, be discouraged from repentance. The Holy One of Israel willdo what is most for his own glory, and what is most for theirgood. Their forgetting former favours, led them to limit God forthe future. God made his own people to go forth like sheep; andguided them in the wilderness, as a shepherd his flock, with allcare and tenderness. Thus the true Joshua, even Jesus, bringshis church out of the wilderness; but no earthly Canaan, noworldly advantages, should make us forget that the church is inthe wilderness while in this world, and that there remaineth afar more glorious rest for the people of God. 56-72 After the Israelites were settled in Canaan, the childrenwere like their fathers. God gave them his testimonies, but theyturned back. Presumptuous sins render even Israelites hateful toGod's holiness, and exposed to his justice. Those whom the Lordforsakes become an easy prey to the destroyer. And sooner orlater, God will disgrace his enemies. He set a good governmentover his people; a monarch after his own heart. With good reasondoes the psalmist make this finishing, crowning instance ofGod's favour to Israel; for David was a type of Christ, thegreat and good Shepherd, who was humbled first, and thenexalted; and of whom it was foretold, that he should be filledwith the Spirit of wisdom and understanding. On the uprightnessof his heart, and the skilfulness of his hands, all his subjectsmay rely; and of the increase of his government and peace thereshall be no end. Every trial of human nature hitherto, confirmsthe testimony of Scripture, that the heart is deceitful aboveall things, and desperately wicked, and nothing but beingcreated anew by the Holy Ghost can cure the ungodliness of any
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