Psalms 86* The psalmist pleads his earnestness, and the mercy of God, asreasons why his prayer should be heard. (1-7) He renews hisrequests for help and comfort. (8-17)1-7 Our poverty and wretchedness, when felt, powerfully pleadin our behalf at the throne of grace. The best self-preservationis to commit ourselves to God's keeping. I am one whom thoufavourest, hast set apart for thyself, and made partaker ofsanctifying grace. It is a great encouragement to prayer, tofeel that we have received the converting grace of God, havelearned to trust in him, and to be his servants. We may expectcomfort from God, when we keep up our communion with God. God'sgoodness appears in two things, in giving and forgiving.Whatever others do, let us call upon God, and commit our case tohim; we shall not seek in vain. 8-17 Our God alone possesses almighty power and infinite love.Christ is the way and the truth. And the believing soul will bemore desirous to be taught the way and the truth. And thebelieving soul will be more desirous to be taught the way andthe truth of God, in order to walk therein, than to be deliveredout of earthly distress. Those who set not the Lord before them,seek after believers' souls; but the compassion, mercy, andtruth of God, will be their refuge and consolation. And thosewhose parents were the servants of the Lord, may urge this as aplea why he should hear and help them. In considering David'sexperience, and that of the believer, we must not lose sight ofHim, who though he was rich, for our sakes became poor, that wethrough his poverty might be rich
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