Psalms 87

* The glory of the church. (1-3) It is filled with the Divine

blessing. (4-7)1-3 Christ himself is the Foundation of the church, which God

has laid. Holiness is the strength and firmness of the church.

Let us not be ashamed of the church of Christ in its meanest

condition, nor of those that belong to it, since such glorious

things are spoken of it. Other foundation can no man lay than

that is laid, even Jesus Christ. The glorious things spoken of

Zion by the Spirit, were all typical of Christ, and his work and

offices; of the gospel church, its privileges and members; of

heaven, its glory and perfect happiness.
4-7 The church of Christ is more glorious and excellent than

the nations of the earth. In the records of heaven, the meanest

of those who are born again stand registered. When God renders

to every man according to his works, he shall observe who

enjoyed the privileges of his sanctuary. To them much was given,

and of them much will be required. Let those that dwell in Zion,

mark this, and live up to their profession. Zion's songs shall

be sung with joy and triumph. The springs of the joy of a carnal

worldling are in wealth and pleasure; but of a gracious soul, in

the word of God and prayer. All grace and consolation are

derived from Christ, through his ordinances, to the souls of

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