Psalms 88* The psalmist pours out his soul to God in lamentation. (1-9)He wrestles by faith, in his prayer to God for comfort. (10-18)1-9 The first words of the psalmist are the only words ofcomfort and support in this psalm. Thus greatly may good men beafflicted, and such dismal thoughts may they have about theirafflictions, and such dark conclusion may they make about theirend, through the power of melancholy and the weakness of faith.He complained most of God's displeasure. Even the children ofGod's love may sometimes think themselves children of wrath andno outward trouble can be so hard upon them as that. Probablythe psalmist described his own case, yet he leads to Christ.Thus are we called to look unto Jesus, wounded and bruised forour iniquities. But the wrath of God poured the greatestbitterness into his cup. This weighed him down into darkness andthe deep. 10-18 Departed souls may declare God's faithfulness, justice,and lovingkindness; but deceased bodies can neither receiveGod's favours in comfort, nor return them in praise. Thepsalmist resolved to continue in prayer, and the more so,because deliverance did not come speedily. Though our prayersare not soon answered, yet we must not give over praying. Thegreater our troubles, the more earnest and serious we should bein prayer. Nothing grieves a child of God so much as losingsight of him; nor is there any thing he so much dreads as God'scasting off his soul. If the sun be clouded, that darkens theearth; but if the sun should leave the earth, what a dungeonwould it be! Even those designed for God's favours, may for atime suffer his terrors. See how deep those terrors wounded thepsalmist. If friends are put far from us by providences, ordeath, we have reason to look upon it as affliction. Such wasthe calamitous state of a good man. But the pleas here used werepeculiarly suited to Christ. And we are not to think that theholy Jesus suffered for us only at Gethsemane and on Calvary.His whole life was labour and sorrow; he was afflicted as neverman was, from his youth up. He was prepared for that death ofwhich he tasted through life. No man could share in thesufferings by which other men were to be redeemed. All forsookhim, and fled. Oftentimes, blessed Jesus, do we forsake thee;but do not forsake us, O take not thy Holy Spirit from us
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