Psalms 91

* The safety of those who have God for their refuge. (1-8) Their

favour with Him. (9-16)1-8 He that by faith chooses God for his protector, shall find

all in him that he needs or can desire. And those who have found

the comfort of making the Lord their refuge, cannot but desire

that others may do so. The spiritual life is protected by Divine

grace from the temptations of Satan, which are as the snares of

the fowler, and from the contagion of sin, which is a noisome

pestilence. Great security is promised to believers in the midst

of danger. Wisdom shall keep them from being afraid without

cause, and faith shall keep them from being unduly afraid.

Whatever is done, our heavenly Father's will is done; and we

have no reason to fear. God's people shall see, not only God's

promises fulfilled, but his threatenings. Then let sinners come

unto the Lord upon his mercy-seat, through the Redeemer's name;

and encourage others to trust in him also.
9-16 Whatever happens, nothing shall hurt the believer; though

trouble and affliction befal, it shall come, not for his hurt,

but for good, though for the present it be not joyous but

grievous. Those who rightly know God, will set their love upon

him. They by prayer constantly call upon him. His promise is,

that he will in due time deliver the believer out of trouble,

and in the mean time be with him in trouble. The Lord will

manage all his worldly concerns, and preserve his life on earth,

so long as it shall be good for him. For encouragement in this

he looks unto Jesus. He shall live long enough; till he has done

the work he was sent into this world for, and is ready for

heaven. Who would wish to live a day longer than God has some

work to do, either by him or upon him? A man may die young, yet

be satisfied with living. But a wicked man is not satisfied even

with long life. At length the believer's conflict ends; he has

done for ever with trouble, sin, and temptation
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