Psalms 9* David praises God for protecting his people. (1-10) And forcause to praise him. (11-20)1-10 If we would praise God acceptably, we must praise him insincerity, with our whole heart. When we give thanks for someone particular mercy, we should remember former mercies. Our joymust not be in the gift, so much as in the Giver. The triumphsof the Redeemer ought to be the triumphs of the redeemed. Thealmighty power of God is that which the strongest and stoutestof his enemies are no way able to stand before. We are sure thatthe judgment of God is according to truth, and that with himthere is no unrighteousness. His people may, by faith, flee tohim as their Refuge, and may depend on his power and promise fortheir safety, so that no real hurt shall be done to them. Thosewho know him to be a God of truth and faithfulness, will rejoicein his word of promise, and rest upon that. Those who know himto be an everlasting Father, will trust him with their souls astheir main care, and trust in him at all times, even to the end;and by constant care seek to approve themselves to him in thewhole course of their lives. Who is there that would not seekhim, who never hath forsaken those that seek Him? 11-20 Those who believe that God is greatly to be praised, notonly desire to praise him better themselves, but desire thatothers may join with them. There is a day coming, when it willappear that he has not forgotten the cry of the humble; neitherthe cry of their blood, or the cry of their prayers. We arenever brought so low, so near to death, but God can raise us up.If he has saved us from spiritual and eternal death, we maythence hope, that in all our distresses he will be a verypresent help to us. The overruling providence of God frequentlyso orders it, that persecutors and oppressors are brought toruin by the projects they formed to destroy the people of God.Drunkards kill themselves; prodigals beggar themselves; thecontentious bring mischief upon themselves: thus men's sins maybe read in their punishment, and it becomes plain to all, thatthe destruction of sinners is of themselves. All wickedness cameoriginally with the wicked one from hell; and those who continuein sin, must go to that place of torment. The true state, bothof nations and of individuals, may be correctly estimated bythis one rule, whether in their doings they remember or forgetGod. David encourages the people of God to wait for hissalvation, though it should be long deferred. God will make itappear that he never did forget them: it is not possible heshould. Strange that man, dust in his and about him, should yetneed some sharp affliction, some severe visitation from God, tobring him to the knowledge of himself, and make him feel who andwhat he is
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