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Sermon on Psalm Thirty

Sermon on Psalm Thirty

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W. J. STRACEY

''For His wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in His pleasure is life : heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." — Psalm xxx. 5.
W. J. STRACEY

''For His wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in His pleasure is life : heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning." — Psalm xxx. 5.

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SERMO O PSALM THIRTYW. J. STRACEY''For His wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in Hispleasure is life : heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in themorning." — Psalm xxx. 5.THIS psalm appears to have been composed byDavid after his recovery from some severe sick-ness ; for he says in the second verse, " Lord myGod, I cried unto Thee, and Thou hast healed me." Itis therefore a psalm most fitted for any of us to useafter our recovery from any great sickness, or preservationin any great danger. Alas ! there are many, we know,upon whom all such mercies seem to be thrown away.They repine at sickness, and their hearts are sometimesstirred and affected by it so long as it lasts ; but whenit is over, in many of us there is no remembrance of themercy of God thus shown to us in our recovery, littleor no gratitude felt for what God has done for us. Wetake it all as a matter of course, and rise up and returnto our usual work in life, but little, if at all, alteredfor the better, or that perhaps only for a little while, bywhat we may so lately have gone through. The storyof the ten lepers, which is read as the gospel for theWHERE ARE THE IE? 3714th Sunday after Trinity, is but too true a history of human nature and man's ingratitude in every genera-tion on earth. "Were there not ten cleansed?" said theLord ; " but where are the nine ? There are not foundthat returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.And He said unto him, Go in peace : thy faith hathmade thee whole." Let us remember from this, mybrethren, that gratitude and thanksgiving to God afterany and every special mercy we may have received, and
 
a daily thanksgiving for our daily and perpetual mercies,is at least as necessary and right as it is for us to prayfor His pardon and forgiveness for all we do amiss, andfor His goodness and protection while our trial liesupon us.I do not think gratitude is one of those Christiangraces which is common in men's hearts of our genera-tion. We are cast down and sad enough if we are inpain and tribulation ; but no sooner is the trial pastthan we forget the goodness and mercy which has beenshown us. We very soon forget benefits we have re-ceived. There is so seldom, at least for all the rest of our days, a feeling in our hearts like that which thepsalmist expresses, when he says at the beginning of this psalm, " I will magnify Thee, Lord ; for Thouhast lifted me up, and not made my foes to triumphover me. . . . Thou, Lord, hast brought my soul out of hell (the grave) : Thou hast kept my life from themthat go down to the pit. Sing praises unto the Lord,38 PSALM XXX.ye saints of His, and give thanks unto Him for a re-membrance of His holiness." This, then, seems to bethe primary subject of this psalm, thanksgiving to Godfor recovery and restoration to health and life after painand sickness.And how true and beautiful a description is thatwhich my text contains of every man's daily experienceof God's goodness towards us, notwithstanding ourmany and grievous offences against Him ! " His wrathendureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in His pleasureis life : heaviness may endure for a night, but joycometh in the morning." Just as the darkness of nightis a figure to us of the blackness and darkness of sin inGod's sight, and of the consequent withdrawal of His
 
favour, so day by day does the return of light remindus of God's goodness and long-suffering. " His merciesare new every morning." How ready He is to forgive !How willing He is to take us back again into His favourand protection ! It was David's experience that God'sanger endureth but for a moment. " athan said untoDavid, Thou art the man." Immediately it follows," The Lord also hath put away thy sin ; thou shalt notdie." In His favour standeth our eternal life. If weeping endure for a night, joy is almost sure to comein the morning. So is this our experience also. " Everycloud has its silver lining," and it is happy for us thatit is so ; for if all were sorrow with any of us, the heartwould soon die down within us ; or if all were for everHEAVIESS FOR THE IGHT. 39 joy and health and prosperity, there are very few indeedof us who would still hold us fast by God. It is sadto think that very few persons can endure prosperityfor long, and live unto God ; but so it is. Earthly goodis only too apt to draw off our hearts from God ; there-fore it is that our Lord Himself tells us that it requiresfar more grace from God to save a rich man than a poorman, simply because this world has so much greaterhold upon his heart, and in many ways his temptationsto sin and selfishness are so much greater. And so of all other kinds and degrees of outward prosperity, God'sgoodness to us, instead of leading us, as it ought, to love,fear, and honour Him who is the Author and Giver of all good things, always without His special grace doesexactly the reverse. It makes us love this world, andthe things that are in the world ; and in proportion aswe love it supremely, and set our hearts upon it andserve it, we cease to love God, and to give our first andbest powers of soul and body to Him, Who is so good tous. Therefore it is, I am sure, that sorrows and troublesare so often, so thickly, so freely, distributed around us.

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