Psalms 81* God is praised for what he has done for his people. (1-7)Their obligations to him. (8-16)1-7 All the worship we can render to the Lord is beneath hisexcellences, and our obligations to him, especially in ourredemption from sin and wrath. What God had done on Israel'sbehalf, was kept in remembrance by public solemnities. To make adeliverance appear more gracious, more glorious, it is good toobserve all that makes the trouble we are delivered from appearmore grievous. We ought never to forget the base and ruinousdrudgery to which Satan, our oppressor, brought us. But when, indistress of conscience, we are led to cry for deliverance, theLord answers our prayers, and sets us at liberty. Convictions ofsin, and trials by affliction, prove his regard to his people.If the Jews, on their solemn feast-days, were thus to call tomind their redemption out of Egypt, much more ought we, on theChristian sabbath, to call to mind a more glorious redemption,wrought out for us by our Lord Jesus Christ, from worse bondage. 8-16 We cannot look for too little from the creature, nor toomuch from the Creator. We may have enough from God, if we prayfor it in faith. All the wickedness of the world is owing toman's wilfulness. People are not religious, because they willnot be so. God is not the Author of their sin, he leaves them tothe lusts of their own hearts, and the counsels of their ownheads; if they do not well, the blame must be upon themselves.The Lord is unwilling that any should perish. What enemiessinners are to themselves! It is sin that makes our troubleslong, and our salvation slow. Upon the same conditions of faithand obedience, do Christians hold those spiritual and eternalgood things, which the pleasant fields and fertile hills ofCanaan showed forth. Christ is the Bread of life; he is the Rockof salvation, and his promises are as honey to pious minds. Butthose who reject him as their Lord and Master, must also losehim as their Saviour and their reward
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