Psalms 89* God's mercy and truth, and his covenant. (1-4) The glory andperfection of God. (5-14) The happiness of those in communionwith him. (15-18) God's covenant with David, as a type ofChrist. (19-37) A calamitous state lamented, Prayer for redress.(38-52)1-4 Though our expectations may be disappointed, yet God'spromises are established in the heavens, in his eternalcounsels; they are out of the reach of opposers in hell andearth. And faith in the boundless mercy and everlasting truth ofGod, may bring comfort even in the deepest trials. 5-14 The more God's works are known, the more they are admired.And to praise the Lord, is to acknowledge him to be such a onethat there is none like him. Surely then we should feel andexpress reverence when we worship God. But how little of thisappears in our congregations, and how much cause have we tohumble ourselves on this account! That almighty power whichsmote Egypt, will scatter the enemies of the church, while allwho trust in God's mercy will rejoice in his name; for mercy andtruth direct all he does. His counsels from eternity, and theirconsequences to eternity, are all justice and judgment. 15-18 Happy are those who so know the joyful sound of thegospel as to obey it; who experience its power upon theirhearts, and bring forth the fruit of it in their lives. Thoughbelievers are nothing in themselves, yet having all in ChristJesus, they may rejoice in his name. May the Lord enable us todo so. The joy of the Lord is the strength of his people;whereas unbelief dispirits ourselves and discourages others.Though it steals upon us under a semblance of humility, yet itis the very essence of pride. Christ is the Holy One of Israel;and in him was that peculiar people more blessed than in anyother blessing. 19-37 The Lord anointed David with the holy oil, not only as anemblem of the graces and gifts he received, but as a type ofChrist, the King Priest, and Prophet, anointed with the HolyGhost without measure. David after his anointing, waspersecuted, but none could gain advantage against him. Yet allthis was a faint shadow of the Redeemer's sufferings,deliverance, glory, and authority, in whom alone thesepredictions and promises are fully brought to pass. He is themighty God. This is the Redeemer appointed for us, who alone isable to complete the work of our salvation. Let us seek aninterest in these blessings, by the witness of the Holy Spiritin our hearts. As the Lord corrected the posterity of David fortheir transgressions, so his people shall be corrected for theirsins. Yet it is but a rod, not a sword; it is to correct, not todestroy. It is a rod in the hand of God, who is wise, and knowswhat he does; gracious, and will do what is best. It is a rodwhich they shall never feel, but when there is need. As the sunand moon remain in heaven, whatever changes there seem to be inthem, and again appear in due season; so the covenant of gracemade in Christ, whatever alteration seems to come to it, shouldnot be questioned. 38-52 Sometimes it is not easy to reconcile God's providenceswith his promises, yet we are sure that God's works fulfil hisword. When the great Anointed One, Christ himself, was upon thecross, God seemed to have cast him off, yet did not make voidhis covenant, for that was established for ever. The honour ofthe house of David was lost. Thrones and crowns are often laidin the dust; but there is a crown of glory reserved for Christ'sspiritual seed, which fadeth not away. From all this complaintlearn what work sin makes with families, noble families, withfamilies in which religion has appeared. They plead with God formercy. God's unchangeableness and faithfulness assure us that Hewill not cast off those whom he has chosen and covenanted with.They were reproached for serving him. The scoffers of the latterdays, in like manner, reproach the footsteps of the Messiah whenthey ask, Where is the promise of his coming? #2Pe 3:3,4|. Therecords of the Lord's dealings with the family of David, show ushis dealings with his church, and with believers. Theirafflictions and distresses may be grievous, but he will notfinally cast them off. Self-deceivers abuse this doctrine, andothers by a careless walk bring themselves into darkness anddistress; yet let the true believer rely on it for encouragementin the path of duty, and in bearing the cross. The psalm endswith praise, even after this sad complaint. Those who give Godthanks for what he has done, may give him thanks for what hewill do. God will follow those with his mercies, who follow himwith praises
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