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Our Times in God's Hand.

Our Times in God's Hand.

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Ps. xxxi. 15. My times are in thy hand.

Ps. xxxi. 15. My times are in thy hand.

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Published by: glennpease on Jun 20, 2014
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OUR TIMES I GOD'S HAD. BY REV. C. SIMEO, M. A.Ps. xxxi. 15. My times are in thy hand. TO the ungodly it is a satisfaction to deny the providence of God, and to cut him off, as it were, from any connection with his creatures. But the saints find a rich consolation in the thought that God reiffneth. This it is which reconciles them to the o evils they endure, and fortifies them against those which they have reason to apprehend. David, in the psalm before us, complains that there were many who " took counsel together against him, and devised to take away his life." But he comforted himself in the reflection, that, however man might be his enemy, God was " his God ;" and that however bitterly his enemies 350.] OUR TIMES I god's HAD. S5 enemies might be enraged against him, ** his times were not in their hands, but in God's;" and, conse- quently, that they could do nothing against him but by his permission. From this view of the text we are led to notice, I. Our dependence on God — God is the Governor of the universe : he appoints the stars their courses ; he makes the raging elements to fulfil his will"; he imposes a restraint upon the
most savage beasts, causing them to suppress "^ or forget '^ their instinctive ferocity, or over-ruling the exercise of it, for the preservation '' or destruction of men % as he sees occasion. The affairs of men he more especially controuls. In his hands are, 1 . The occurrences of life — [There is nothing realiy casual or contingent in the world. It is Go<l that disposes of us from our earliest infancy to the latest hour of our lives. " He determines the bounds of our habi- tation ^." If we are called to the possession of wealth, or deprived of it by any untoward circumstarices, it is ^' the Lord who gives, and the Lord who taketh it aways." If we enjoy health, orpine away in sickness, it is " the Lord who both wounds and heals, who kills and makes alive*"." " There is neither good nor evil in the city, but the Lord is the doer of it'." Even the falling of a hair of our head, trifling as it is, takes not place but by hia appointment''.] 2. The seasons of death — [To every man "there is an appointed time upon earth*: there are " bounds which he cannot pass™." " God holdeth our souls in life":" and " when he taketh away our breath, we die, and return to the dust°." Youth and health are no security again^t the stroke of death : the most vigorous constitutions are soon broken, when God is pleased to afflict us ?: the skill of phy- sicians, however useful when attended witli his blessing, is of no avail''. So numerous are the occasions of death, that no caution can possibly avoid them: " a man may flee from a lion, and a *bear meet him ; or he may go into a house for safety, and a ser- pent bite him""." When God "requires our souls," we must surrender » Ps. cxlviii. 8. ^ 1 Kin. xiii. 28. " Dan. vi. 22. •^ Jon. i. 17. '2 Kin. ii. 24. ' Acts xvii. 26.
* Job 1.21. " 1 Sam. ii. 6, 7. ' Am. ill. 6. ^ Malt. X. 30. ' Job vii. 1. "^ Job.\iv. 5. "Ps. Ixvi. 0. "Ps. civ. 29. * Job xxi. 23— 25. " Mark v. 26. * Amos v. I9. 86 PSALMS, XXXI. 15. [350. surrender them at his call^" Our days are protracted to an ad- vanced age, if he be pleased to uphold us ; if not, our course is finished as soon as ever it is commenced. It is " in God, and in God alone, that we live, and move, and have our being*."] But though these ideas are certainly comprehended in the text, its more immediate scope is to declare, IT. Our security in God — We have already observed, that the words of the text were introduced by David as a consolatory reflection, under the cruel treatment which he had received from friends and enemies. We are there- fore taught by them to assure ourselves, 1. That none can destroy us before our time — • [We appear to be, yea, we really are, in the midst of many and great dangers. But however we may be- encompassed with enemies, they cannot prevail against us till the Lord's time for our removal is come. David was continually exposed to the rage and jealousy of Saul, who repeatedly cast a javelin at him, and hunted him incessantly with armed hosts " like a partridge upon the mountains." Yet though he was often in the most im- minent danger**, and certainly would have been betrayed by the men of Keilah % yet God watched over him, and kept him in perfect safety. Many sought to apprehend our Lord; but " they

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