Psalms 79* The deplorable condition of the people of God. (1-5) Apetition for relief. (6-13)1-5 God is complained to: whither should children go but to aFather able and willing to help them? See what a change sin madein the holy city, when the heathen were suffered to pour in uponthem. God's own people defiled it by their sins, therefore hesuffered their enemies to defile it by their insolence. Theydesired that God would be reconciled. Those who desire God'sfavour as better than life, cannot but dread his wrath as worsethan death. In every affliction we should first beseech the Lordto cleanse away the guilt of our sins; then he will visit uswith his tender mercies. 6-13 Those who persist in ignorance of God, and neglect ofprayer, are the ungodly. How unrighteous soever men were, theLord was righteous in permitting them to do what they did.Deliverances from trouble are mercies indeed, when grounded uponthe pardon of sin; we should therefore be more earnest in prayerfor the removal of our sins than for the removal of afflictions.They had no hopes but from God's mercies, his tender mercies.They plead no merit, they pretend to none, but, Help us for theglory of thy name; pardon us for thy name's sake. The Christianforgets not that he is often bound in the chain of his sins. Theworld to him is a prison; sentence of death is passed upon him,and he knows not how soon it may be executed. How ferventlyshould he at all times pray, O let the sighing of a prisonercome before thee, according to the greatness of thy powerpreserve thou those that are appointed to die! How glorious willthe day be, when, triumphant over sin and sorrow, the churchbeholds the adversary disarmed for ever! while that churchshall, from age to age, sing the praises of her great Shepherdand Bishop, her King and her God
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