A Psalm of David. I will praise thee with my whole heart: before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
(with Psalm 56:4; Psalm 61:2)
I. The hand of God is in everything. No point is more distinct to a trustful, relying spirit, no truth is more settled, than this. There are no fortuities in this world; there is not an event which has not its meaning, its connections, and its end. The confidence which gives peace, and fixedness, and strength to the mind fastens upon the views which the Bible gives of God, His agency and His purposes, as a God who is concerned with everything, and who acts in everything in reference to an end worthy of Himself.
II. The word of God, in which faith rests, contemplates man in all the various circumstances of his being, in every possible or supposable condition in which he may be placed. The promise of a Saviour, and of all good in Him, covers all our interests; hence the word which is given to us is full of promises, and they are "exceeding great and precious"—great in their range, because there is no circumstance which they do not reach; precious in their character, because there is no exigency in our affairs to which they are not adapted.
III. All these promises are promises in Christ Jesus; and herein we have the evidence of their certainty, the assurance of their fulfilment.
IV. The Christian's confidence has been actually tested by experiment, and has never yet failed. Confidence in God always ministers peace and joy to the human spirit.
E. Mason, A Pastor's Legacy, p. 124.
References: Psalm 138:8.—J. J. West, Penny Pulpit, No. 1441; A. Maclaren, Old Testament Outlines, p. 152; Spurgeon, Morning by Morning, p. 144; Ibid., Sermons, vol. v., No. 231, and vol. xxv., No. 1506; J. H. Evans, Thursday Penny Pulpit, vol. iv., p. 145; A. P. Peabody, Christian World Pulpit, vol. xii., p. 158. Psalm 138—Bishop Thorold, Clergyman's Magazine, vol. xx., p. 23.
I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.
In the day when I cried thou answeredst me, and strengthenedst me with strength in my soul.
All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O LORD, when they hear the words of thy mouth.
Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the LORD: for great is the glory of the LORD.
Though the LORD be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: but the proud he knoweth afar off.
Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.
The LORD will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O LORD, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.