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Reflections and Prayers on Psalms 76-150

Reflections and Prayers on Psalms 76-150

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REFLECTIO S.
This is our consolation in all circumstances — Jeho-
vah reigneth, He is glorious and almighty ; the Crea-

tor and Upholder of all things ; the everlasting God.
The floods of the sea, and the floods of human passion,
may swell and rage ; hut He stills both by His word.
For our instruction, guidance, and comfort here, we
have His testimonies, the revelation of His will ; and
in this we have what is true, faithful, and unchanging.
Oh be it our study to receive the word of truth and
life, and to worship Him and walk before Him in holi-
ness.

PEAYER.

O Almighty God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
may we stand in awe of Thy majesty, acknowledge
Thy government over all things, trust in Thy mercy
and goodness, and worship Thee in the beauty of holi-
ness ; to Thy honour and glory, and to our own sal-
vation. Grant this for Thine own ame's sake. Amen.

PSALM XCIV.

Prayer, as Psalm zliy. This Psalm has been supposed to have
been written by David in the rebellion of Absalom. Compare Psidms
XIV. Iviu.

(I. Prayer for the fall of wickedness.)

1 O Lord God, to whom vengeance belongeth ;
O God, to whom vengeance belongeth,

show Thyself.

2 Lift up Thyself, Thou Judge of the earth :
Render a reward to the proud.

274 PSALM XCIV.

3 Lord, how long shall the wicked,
How long shall the wicked triumph ?

4 How long shall they utter and speak hard things?
And all the workers of iniquity boast themselves ?

(IL Cruelty and impiety of the wicked.)

5 They break in pieces Thy people, O Lord,
And afflict Thine heritage.

6 They slay the widow and the stranger,
And murder the fatherless.

7 Yet they say^ The Lord shall not see,
either shall the God of Jacob regard it.

(IIL God^s omniscience.)

8 Understand, ye brutish among the people ;
And ye fools, when will ye be wise ?

9 He that planted the ear, shall He not hear ?
He that formed the eye, shall He not see ?

10 He that chastiseth the heathen,

shall not He correct?
He that teacheth man knowledge
shall not He know ?

11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man.
That they are vanity.

(IV. Blessedness of the afflicted.)

12 Blessed is the man whom Thou chastenest, O Lord,
And teachest him out of Thy law ;

13 That Thou may est give him rest

from the days of adversity.
Until the pit be digged for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not cast oflF His people,
either will He forsake His inheritance.

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PSALM xciv. 275

15 But judgment shall return unto righteousness:
And all the upright in heart shall follow it

(V. God is the refuge of His people^

16 Who will rise up for me against the evil doers ?
Or who will stand up for me

against the workers of iniquity ?

17 Unless the Lord had been my help,
My soul had almost dwelt in silence.

18 When I said, My foot slippeth;
Thy mercy, O Lord, held me up.

19 In the multitude of my thoughts within me
Thy comforts delight my soul*

20 Shall the throne of iniquity

have fellowship with Thee,
Which frameth mischief by a law ?

21 They gather themselves together

against the soul of the righteous,
And condemn the innocent blood.

22 But the Lord is my defence :

And my God is the rock of my refuge.

23 And He shall bring upon them their own iniquity.
And shall cut them off in their own wickedness ;
Yea, the Lord our God shall cut them off.

REFLECTIO S.

1, 2. We live in an evil world ; in a world of trial
and sorrow. In verses 5 — 7 we see the cruelty and
impiety of ungodly men. And in verses 1 — 4 we see
how the righteous present their prayer to God, and
plead with Him. In all our troubles here, we should
follow their example ; not avenge ourselves, but com-

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S76 PSALM ZCIV.

mit our cause to Him to whom vengeance belongeth.
Rom. xii. 19.

3. Our bodily senses may shadow out to us the di-
vine perfections. To God all things are known: to
Him all hearts are open. The ungodly will do well
to consider this, and to remember, that, sooner or
later, they will receive at the hands of God according
to their doings. Only timely repentance can prevent
final ruin.

4. These verses are full of consolation to the right-

eous. They are chastened, but they shall not be for-
saken : they shall be instructed in God's word, shall
be upheld in the way of righteousness, and shall ob-
tain rest — rest in God here, and with God hereafter.
Thus blessed are all those who know God in the Go-
spel of His Son.

5. Here we see how the true believer encourages
himself in God. He may be reduced to a painful state
of mind ; but still the comforts of God will sustain and
delight his soul. He maybe surrounded with ungodly
men, who meditate mischief; but God will be his de-
fence and refuge. Thus his faith supports him amidst
all dangers and difficulties.

PRAYER.

Grant, O merciful God, that in all our sorrows and
troubles in this world we may put our confidence in
Thee. Whatever be the malice and cruelty of un-
godly men, help us to commit ourselves and our cause
to Thee. Sanctify to us, we beseech Thee, all trials
and chastisements. Uphold us in the way of righte-

PSALM xcv. 277

ousness ; comfort us and strengthen us in our souls ;
and give us rest in Thee both now and for ever,
through Jesus Christ Thy Son our Lord. Amen.

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