Where it is warmest. A word of affection—My God, as taking delight, and rejoicing in him. This made her grievously to bewail and lament her estate, reasoning with herself, why her Lord God did in so heavy a wise afflict her, and suffered her thus to be sequestered from the sweet society of her loving prison fellows. Like the parched traveller in the wilderness, whose skin bottle is empty, and who finds the wells dry, he must drink or die— he must have his God or faint. J. P. Lange. All sorrow of heart springs principally from our unbelief, not from the greatness of other evils; I mean, destructive sorrow, for godly sorrow is a friend to godly joy. Samuel Clarke's "Mirror.". David was never so much at home as in the house of the Lord; he was not content with private worship; he did not forsake the place where saints assemble, as the manner of some is. I doubt not but the worldly and carnal man, now that I am talking so much of night, and sleep, will be ready to say that I do but dream, and to answer me as the fellow did the hunter, when he bade him hear "what heavenly music his dogs made." Why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy? As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after thee, O God. As with a sword in my bones, mine enemies reproach me; while they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? 1. See Keach in his metaphors. Is the thing good that is befallen thee? as if God had been only a God of observation, to be observed outwardly in all his passages towards his children; whereas, as I said, he is a God hiding himself ofttimes; and he shows himself in contrary conditions most of all, most comfortably. ; she received comfort in the midst of her sorrows, and so continued joyful to the time of her release. With a multitude that kept holy day. It is strange that he should have enemies, that was so harmless a man that when they were sick and distressed, he prayed for them, and put on sackcloth for them, as it is, Psalms 35:1-28. 3,10. Vain are all pretences to religion where the outward means of grace have no attraction. Though the devil and wicked men, the one do tempt, the other do oppress as instruments of punishment for sin; yet we with David are to chide our own hearts. Oh! Who would think when Job scraped his sores upon the dunghill, all his houses were burned, all his cattle stolen, and all his children dead, that he should be richer than ever he was? Secondly, operatively, because he is the only giver of life unto man. 1652. I am not ashamed to own him amid your sneers and taunts, for he will rescue me out of your hands. Ver. Ver. There is danger of mistaking; of supposing it to be all spiritual, and hence of imagining the soul to be in a higher state of grace than it really is, and so, of being imperceptibly drawn into a state of false security. If any of these be the Why, the ground of thy sorrows, if such thoughts have cast thee down; know, that thy Saviour hath already blessed thee, for "Blessed are they that mourn." Debarred from public worship, David was heartsick. See what liberties saints take with God; how they reason with him, how they argue with him; and God loves them to do so. He saw the torrents falling from the precipices, and heard them resounding, and as if calling to one another for assistance; so, says he, all thy waves, that is, afflictions and troubles, come upon me and overwhelm me. I will say unto God my rock, Why hast thou forgotten me? Alas, how many appear before the minister, or their fellow men, and think that enough! “Who is the health of my countenance,” says the psalmist; and then he comes to the sweetest note of all, “and my God.”. There is, through human degeneracy, a proneness to value things less, however excellent in themselves, because of their being common, or plentiful, or of easy attainment. Hope thou in God. There is no wisdom in doing what the psalmist says he did: “I pour out my soul in me:”—. I will think of these, and take comfort from them, for thou art an unchanging God; and what thou didst for me aforetime, thou wilt do for me again and yet again. Why art thou troubled, then? 10. Oh, sweet word that! Psalm 42:6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me: therefore will I remember thee from the land of Jordan, and of the Hermonites, from the hill Mizar. When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me. This is the grace that swims, though the waves roar and be troubled. 3. “Put me in remembrance,” saith he, “let us plead together.” “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord.” If we reasoned more with God, we should reason less with ourselves. While they say daily unto me, Where is thy God? He had been in these situations and circumstances, and had experienced in them displays of divine providence and grace. Ver. Ver. 5,11. Affliction may put out our candle, but if it cannot silence our song we will soon light the candle again. For so it is with one that is falling into a well or a dungeon. From the hill. this is no questionable mark of grace. Ver. My soul thirsteth for God, for the living God: when shall I come and appear before God? That therefore you may try the same experiments upon yourselves, do but set your affections for a tune in the same key in which these words were spoken; if really you feel none, imagine some affliction laid upon you; when you have done so, that you may be the more fully moved, place your attention at a convenient distance, look narrowly on this holy prophet, observe how he retires himself, shuts out the world, calls his sad soul to as sad a reckoning: Quare tam tristis? For I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God. 2. Let go your hold of no duty until you find something of Christ in it; and until you get not only an handful, but an armful (with old Simeon, Lu 2:28); yea, a heartful of the blessed and beautiful babe of Bethlehem therein. Ver. 7. Note how incessant was their jeer, and how artfully they framed it! Time was, says the poor soul, when I thought of God with comfort, and when I thought of him as my own God; and to lose a God that I once enjoyed is the loss of all my losses, and of all my terrors the most terrible. 6. It keeps the king's peace in the heart, which else would soon be in an uproar. As the hart panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my. Ver. God will bear his children company, not only whilst they are in a delightful paradise, but also when they are in a howling wilderness. His tears, since they were shed because God was blasphemed, were "honourable dew, "drops of holy water, such as Jehovah putteth into his bottle. The help of his countenance, or the sustaining power of God's presence.


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