Psalms 94* The danger and folly of persecutors. (1-11) Comfort and peaceto the persecuted. (12-23)1-11 We may with boldness appeal to God; for he is the almightyJudge by whom every man is judged. Let this encourage those whosuffer wrong, to bear it with silence, committing themselves toHim who judges righteously. These prayers are prophecies, whichspeak terror to the sons of violence. There will come a day ofreckoning for all the hard speeches which ungodly sinners havespoken against God, his truths, and ways, and people. It wouldhardly be believed, if we did not witness it, that millions ofrational creatures should live, move, speak, hear, understand,and do what they purpose, yet act as if they believed that Godwould not punish the abuse of his gifts. As all knowledge isfrom God, no doubt he knows all the thoughts of the children ofmen, and knows that the imaginations of the thoughts of men'shearts are only evil, and that continually. Even in goodthoughts there is a want of being fixed, which may be calledvanity. It concerns us to keep a strict watch over our thoughts,because God takes particular notice of them. Thoughts are wordsto God. 12-23 That man is blessed, who, under the chastening of theLord, is taught his will and his truths, from his holy word, andby the Holy Spirit. He should see mercy through his sufferings.There is a rest remaining for the people of God after the daysof their adversity, which shall not last always. He that sendsthe trouble, will send the rest. The psalmist found succour andrelief only in the Lord, when all earthly friends failed. We arebeholden, not only to God's power, but to his pity, forspiritual supports; and if we have been kept from falling intosin, or shrinking from our duty, we should give him the glory,and encourage our brethren. The psalmist had many troubledthoughts concerning the case he was in, concerning the course heshould take, and what was likely to be the end of it. Theindulgence of such contrivances and fears, adds to care anddistrust, and renders our views more gloomy and confused. Goodmen sometimes have perplexed and distressed thoughts concerningGod. But let them look to the great and precious promises of thegospel. The world's comforts give little delight to the soul,when hurried with melancholy thoughts; but God's comforts bringthat peace and pleasure which the smiles of the world cannotgive, and which the frowns of the world cannot take away. God ishis people's Refuge, to whom they may flee, in whom they aresafe, and may be secure. And he will reckon with the wicked. Aman cannot be more miserable than his own wickedness will makehim, if the Lord visit it upon him
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