Psalms 84* The psalmist expresses his affection to the ordinances of God.(1-7) His desire towards the God of the ordinances. (8-12)1-7 The ordinances of God are the believer's solace in thisevil world; in them he enjoys the presence of the living God:this causes him to regret his absence from them. They are to hissoul as the nest to the bird. Yet they are only an earnest ofthe happiness of heaven; but how can men desire to enter thatholy habitation, who complain of Divine ordinances as wearisome?Those are truly happy, who go forth, and go on in the exerciseof religion, in the strength of the grace of Jesus Christ, fromwhom all our sufficiency is. The pilgrims to the heavenly citymay have to pass through many a valley of weeping, and many athirsty desert; but wells of salvation shall be opened for them,and consolations sent for their support. Those that pressforward in their Christian course, shall find God add grace totheir graces. And those who grow in grace, shall be perfect inglory. 8-12 In all our addresses to God, we must desire that he wouldlook on Christ, his Anointed One, and accept us for his sake: wemust look to Him with faith, and then God will with favour lookupon the face of the Anointed: we, without him, dare not showour faces. The psalmist pleads love to God's ordinances. Let usaccount one day in God's courts better than a thousand spentelsewhere; and deem the meanest place in his service preferableto the highest earthly preferment. We are here in darkness, butif God be our God, he will be to us a Sun, to enlighten andenliven us, to guide and direct us. We are here in danger, buthe will be to us a Shield, to secure us from the fiery dartsthat fly thick about us. Through he has not promised to giveriches and dignities, he has promised to give grace and glory toall that seek them in his appointed way. And what is grace, butheaven begun below, in the knowledge, love, and service of God?What is glory, but the completion of this happiness, in beingmade like to him, and in fully enjoying him for ever? Let it beour care to walk uprightly, and then let us trust God to give usevery thing that is good for us. If we cannot go to the house ofthe Lord, we may go by faith to the Lord of the house; in him weshall be happy, and may be easy. That man is really happy,whatever his outward circumstances may be, who trusts in theLord of hosts, the God of Jacob
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