Psalms 90* The eternity of God, the frailty of man. (1-6) Submission toDivine chastisements. (7-11) Prayer for mercy and grace. (12-17)1-6 It is supposed that this psalm refers to the sentencepassed on Israel in the wilderness, #Nu 14|. The favour andprotection of God are the only sure rest and comfort of the soulin this evil world. Christ Jesus is the refuge anddwelling-place to which we may repair. We are dying creatures,all our comforts in the world are dying comforts, but God is anever-living God, and believers find him so. When God, bysickness, or other afflictions, turns men to destruction, hethereby calls men to return unto him to repent of their sins,and live a new life. A thousand years are nothing to God'seternity: between a minute and a million of years there is someproportion; between time and eternity there is none. All theevents of a thousand years, whether past or to come, are morepresent to the Eternal Mind, than what was done in the last houris to us. And in the resurrection, the body and soul shall bothreturn and be united again. Time passes unobserved by us, aswith men asleep; and when it is past, it is as nothing. It is ashort and quickly-passing life, as the waters of a flood. Mandoes but flourish as the grass, which, when the winter of oldage comes, will wither; but he may be mown down by disease ordisaster. 7-11 The afflictions of the saints often come from God's love;but the rebukes of sinners, and of believers for their sins,must be seen coming from the displeasure of God. Secret sins areknown to God, and shall be reckoned for. See the folly of thosewho go about to cover their sins, for they cannot do so. Ouryears, when gone, can no more be recalled than the words that wehave spoken. Our whole life is toilsome and troublesome; andperhaps, in the midst of the years we count upon, it is cut off.We are taught by all this to stand in awe. The angels thatsinned know the power of God's anger; sinners in hell know it;but which of us can fully describe it? Few seriously consider itas they ought. Those who make a mock at sin, and make light ofChrist, surely do not know the power of God's anger. Who amongus can dwell with that devouring fire? 12-17 Those who would learn true wisdom, must pray for Divineinstruction, must beg to be taught by the Holy Spirit; and forcomfort and joy in the returns of God's favour. They pray forthe mercy of God, for they pretend not to plead any merit oftheir own. His favour would be a full fountain of future joys.It would be a sufficient balance to former griefs. Let the graceof God in us produce the light of good works. And let Divineconsolations put gladness into our hearts, and a lustre upon ourcountenances. The work of our hands, establish thou it; and, inorder to that, establish us in it. Instead of wasting ourprecious, fleeting days in pursuing fancies, which leave thepossessors for ever poor, let us seek the forgiveness of sins,and an inheritance in heaven. Let us pray that the work of theHoly Spirit may appear in converting our hearts, and that thebeauty of holiness may be seen in our conduct
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