Psalms 85* Prayers for the continuance of former mercies. (1-7) Trust inGod's goodness. (8-13)1-7 The sense of present afflictions should not do away theremembrance of former mercies. The favour of God is the fountainof happiness to nations, as well as to particular persons. WhenGod forgives sin, he covers it; and when he covers the sin ofhis people, he covers it all. See what the pardon of sin is. Incompassion to us, when Christ our Intercessor has stood beforethee, thou hast turned away thine anger. When we are reconciledto God, then, and not till then, we may expect the comfort ofhis being reconciled to us. He shows mercy to those to whom hegrants salvation; for salvation is of mere mercy. The Lord'speople may expect sharp and tedious afflictions when they commitsin; but when they return to him with humble prayer, he willmake them again to rejoice in him. 8-13 Sooner or later, God will speak peace to his people. If hedo not command outward peace, yet he will suggest inward peace;speaking to their hearts by his Spirit. Peace is spoken only tothose who turn from sin. All sin is folly, especiallybacksliding; it is the greatest folly to return to sin. SurelyGod's salvation is nigh, whatever our difficulties anddistresses are. Also, his honour is secured, that glory maydwell in our land. And the truth of the promises is shown by theDivine mercy in sending the Redeemer. The Divine justice is nowsatisfied by the great atonement. Christ, the way, truth, andlife, sprang out of the earth when he took our nature upon him,and Divine justice looked upon him well pleased and satisfied.For his sake all good things, especially his Holy Spirit, aregiven to those who ask him. Through Christ, the pardoned sinnerbecomes fruitful in good works, and by looking to and trustingin the Saviour's righteousness, finds his feet set in the way ofhis steps. Righteousness is a sure guide, both in meeting God,and in following hi
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