THE PROSPERITY OF THE RIGHTEOUS.REV. W. JAY.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm-tree ; he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon.Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to shewthat the Lord is upright ; he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him." — Psalm, xcii. 12 — 15.
The title of this Psalm is, " A Psalra or sung for the Sabbath-day." Manyfoolish writers believe that it was written by Adam himself. If this were true,it would be an immense curiosity indeed : for of all he did, nothing else hascome down to us but the sad consequences of his eating the forbidden fruit." In Adam all died." " By one man sin entered into the world." Thissupposition is groundless : it is contradicted by the internal evidence of thesong itself; for there were then no musical instruments ; then, there were noadversaries — there were no wicked men to rise up against him. " But theleaders of this people have always caused them to err ; they destroyed the wayof their fathers." The Jews are a lamentable proof that infidelity does notarise from want of evidence : they could always believe any thing, unless thatHe who opened the eyes of the blind, and who raised the dead, and who wasraised again the third day, was the Son of God. We have every reason toconclude that it was composed by D^vid, who was more distinguished by anattachment to the sanctuary of God, than by anything else. He could say, " Ihave loved the habitaion of thy house, and the place where thy honour dwelleth."" One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after, that I may dwellin the house of the Lord for ever."It consists of praise ; the materials of which are sketched from the works of Jehovah, and especially his dealings with the wicked, and above all, with therighteous. The case is this : the Lord loves his people infinitely ; " he takespleasure in them that fear him, in them that hope in his mercy." And it isof this that David here speaks.Let us interrogate this tei(t, and obtain from it, if possible, answers to thesesix questions : first, Who shall flourish ? The righteous. " He shall flourishlike the palm-tree." Secondly, How shall they flourish? " He shall flourishlike the palm-tree : they shall grow like cedars in Lebanon." Thirdly, Whereshall they flourish ? " In the house of our Lord, in the courts of our God."Fourthly, When shall they flourish? " They shall still bring forth fruit in oldage." Fifthly, Why shall they flourish ? " To shew that the Lord is upright,"&c. Si.xthly, Who can come forward and bear his testimony to this ? " I," saysthe Psalmist; " he is my rock."