Psalms 80* The psalmist complains of the miseries of the church. (1-7)Its former prosperity and present desolation. (8-16) A prayerfor mercy. (17-19)1-7 He that dwelleth upon the mercy-seat, is the good Shepherdof his people. But we can neither expect the comfort of hislove, nor the protection of his arm, unless we partake of hisconverting grace. If he is really angry at the prayers of hispeople, it is because, although they pray, their ends are notright, or there is some secret sin indulged in them, or he willtry their patience and perseverance in prayer. When God isdispleased with his people, we must expect to see them in tears,and their enemies in triumph. There is no salvation but fromGod's favour; there is no conversion to God but by his owngrace. 8-16 The church is represented as a vine and a vineyard. Theroot of this vine is Christ, the branches are believers. Thechurch is like a vine, needing support, but spreading andfruitful. If a vine do not bring forth fruit, no tree is soworthless. And are not we planted as in a well-cultivatedgarden, with every means of being fruitful in works ofrighteousness? But the useless leaves of profession, and theempty boughs of notions and forms, abound far more than realpiety. It was wasted and ruined. There was a good reason forthis change in God's way toward them. And it is well or ill withus, according as we are under God's smiles or frowns. When weconsider the state of the purest part of the visible church, wecannot wonder that it is visited with sharp corrections. Theyrequest that God would help the vine. Lord, it is formed bythyself, and for thyself, therefore it may, with humbleconfidence, be committed to thyself. 17-19 The Messiah, the Protector and Saviour of the church, isthe Man of God's right hand; he is the Arm of the Lord, for allpower is given to him. In him is our strength, by which we areenabled to persevere to the end. The vine, therefore, cannot beruined, nor can any fruitful branch perish; but the unfruitfulwill be cut off and cast into the fire. The end of ourredemption is, that we should serve Him who hath redeemed us,and not go back to our old sins
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