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Psalm 59

Psalm 59

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BY J. STRACEY. MA.


" God sheweth me His goodness plenfeoitsly." — Psalm lix. lo.
BY J. STRACEY. MA.


" God sheweth me His goodness plenfeoitsly." — Psalm lix. lo.

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PSALM 59BY J. STRACEY. MA." God sheweth me His goodness plenfeoitsly." — Psalm lix. lo.THE event in David's life out of which, this Psalmarose, is said to be that escape for his life fromSaul which is related in the nineteenth chapter of theFirst Book of Samuel. It explains to us several of the references contained in this Psalm; as you maj'-see by comparing it with these words, "The evilspirit from the Lord was upon Saul, as he sat in hishouse with his javelin in his hand : and David playedwith his hand. And Saul sought to smite David evento the wall with the javelin ; but he slipped away outof Saul's presence, and he smote the javelin into thewall: and David fled, and escaped that night. Saulalso sent messengers unto David's house, to watch him,and to slay him in the morning : and Michal, David'swife, told him, saying, If thou save not thy lifeto-night, to-morrow thou shalt be slain. So Michal let58 < PSALM LIX.David down tlirougli a window ; and he went, and fled,and escaped. . . . And when Saul sent messengers totake David, she said, He is sick. ... So David fled,and escaped, and came to Samuel to Ramah, and toldhim all that Saul had done to him."From this we can at once understand David's prayerto God in this Psalm, to be delivered from his enemies,and to be saved from bloodthirsty men ; " for lo ! theylie waiting for my soul, (that is my life) : the mightymen are gathered against me, w'ithout any offence orfault of me, O Lord. They go to and fro in theevening."After this, as in many Psalms, the tone of fear andsorrow is dropped ; and there is a sense of hope, anddeliverance, and thankfulness, when he says, " Mystrength will I ascribe unto Thee ; for Thou art theGod of my refuge. God sheweth me His goodness
 
plenteously ; and God shall let me see my desire uponmine enemies. ... As for me, I will sing of Thypower, and will praise Thy mercy betimes in themorning ; for Thou hast been my defence and refugein the day of my trouble. Unto Thee, my strength,will I sing, for Thou hast been my refuge, and mymerciful God."But from David we turn in every Psalm to " David'sgreater Son," our Lord Jesus Christ, as all the Psalms,in some way or other, have their truest and fullestmeaning in Him. We know, '\\\ the short accoxmt of OT DEAD, BUT SLEEPETH. 59the Saviour's life wliicli we possess, how continuallyHe was surrounded by enemies, seeking occasionagainst Him ; trying to catch something out of Hismouth, that they might accuse Him to the rulers :bringing to Him hard questions, of which they soughtthe solution from Him only to bring Him into dis-repute with the people, or to accuse Him to the RomanGovernor. We know how at last He was seized bynight, by a band of armed men breaking in upon Hishour of solemn prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane.Still, we all know how in the end God frustrated alltheir designs, and turned their evil intentions intogood. True, He submitted to death, but by His owndeath He conquered death. In Him death found itsspell for ever broken, and was turned into sleep ;for He raised Himself to life, as He will raise usup at the last day, never again to return to cor-ruption. Thus, just as David escaped from the maliceof Saul, so Christ triumphed over the malice of the Jews. " He raised Himself to life again, becauseit was not possible that He should be holden of death." "I AM the Eesurrection and the Life: hethat believeth in Me, though He were dead, yet shallhe live : and whoso liveth and beliveth in Me shallnever die."But of all the verses of this Psalm, I have moreespecially selected these few beautiful words, "Godshoweth me His goodness plenteously : " for this surely,
 
60 PSALM LIX.my brethren, is the true experience we all have whenwe come eventually, if not at first, to look back onpast years, and to view things in their right light,some more so and some less, just as some men loveGod so much more than others do. And are not weourselves as a rule drawn most to those who showmost love to us : and is it not " to them who loveGod, that God makes all things work together fortheir good."Our Lord reminds us of God's imiversal goodness toman when He says, " He maketh His Sun to rise onthe evil and on the good ; and sendeth rain upon the just, and upon the unjust." There is no one alive inthe world but he is day by day a proof, though he mayknow it not, nor think about it, that God sheweth Hisgoodness to him plenteously. For what has any onethat he has not received, and does not every dayreceive, from God ? Who is there that has food andclothing, a home of his own, kind friends, and aChristian education, and the means of grace and of knowing God, if he will ; daily preservations too frommany accidents and troubles which befall others ;health continued to him, it may be, through manyyears ; a strong arm to work, and a heart to act theright part in life, as a child to its parent, or as abrother or sister, or as wife or husband, or as parent,or master, or as servant ; but does not see and feelthat all these are, each in themselves, God's good gifts,THE BAIL Y MERCIES OF E VER V LIFE. 6 1bestowed in some measure alike on the good and onthe evil, on the thankful and on the unthankful ?The pious mind of each of us will more and more beglad to feel, and to say, and to think, " God sheweth, tome at least, His goodness plenteously ; " He hath notrewarded me according to my works; He hath not dealtwith me hitherto as I deserved. We should try, myfriends, more and more to see instances and proofs of 

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