Remember me, O LORD, with the favor that you bore to your people: O visit me with your salvation;…
The text contains a petition which is very expressive of the desires of the renewed soul; and which no one in truth can really offer who is not under the influence of the Spirit of God.
I. WHAT ARE THE THINGS WHICH THE PERSON, WHO SINCERELY USES THIS PETITION, BELIEVES.
1. That the Lord has a people, a people in this world peculiar to Himself, who in an especial manner belong to Him, and in a way different from others, are His property, the objects of His care, and the sheep of His pasture.
2. That the Lord has a peculiar favour to His people.
(1) Gracious and free in its origin.
(2) Active in its operation.
(3) Constant in its exercise.
(4) Unchangeable both as to its degree and duration.It does not depend upon their feelings, neither is it the less because of their fears.
II. WHAT IS THE DESIRE WHICH THE PERSON WHO SINCERELY USERS THIS PETITION, HEARTILY FEELS AND EXPRESSES. "Remember me, O Lord," etc. Believing that the Lord has a peculiar people, and that He beareth to them a peculiar favour, he longs to be included in their number, and to participate in their privileges. Do you feel a lively interest for your own salvation, and do you anxiously pray for your own soul? Do you look upon true religion as s personal transaction between yourself and God? Be then of good courage. If you heartily desire His favour, you have already obtained it. None but those who are His people, and possess His favour, ever thus heartily desire, and sincerely pray for these things.
(E. Cooper, M.A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Remember me, O LORD, with the favour that thou bearest unto thy people: O visit me with thy salvation;