Saturday, November 13, 2010

Thoughts on Psalm 71.....

This past week a friend directed me to this Psalm for encouragement - it's always been one of my favorites, but has been on my mind more these past days. I finally found some time this evening (while heating dinner, with my laptop next to me on the counter, how's that for multitasking? :-) to pull out Matthew Henry and see what he had to say on the subject, and I even found a You Tube  of a section of it being sung to one of my favorite tunes. As a side note let me just say that I am loving having fast internet and no download threshold - it's awesome to be able to play a video again:-)! I hope that this can be an encouragement to someone else, and that everyone has a blessed Lord's day tomorrow. I know I am so looking forward to a day of rest:-)

"Those that are entirely satisfied with God's all-sufficiency and the truth of his promise, and in dependence upon that, as sufficient to make them amends, are freely willing to do and suffer, to lose and venture, for him, may truly say, In thee, O Lord! do I put my trust. Those that will deal with God must deal upon trust; if we are shy of dealing with him, it is a sign we do not trust him. Thou art my rock and my fortress;  and again, "Thou art my refuge, my strong refuge",  that is, "I fly to thee, and am sure to be safe in thee, and under thy protection. If thou secure me, none can hurt me. Thou art my hope and my trust"

"Be thou my strong habitation; be thou to me a rock of repose, whereto I may continually resort. Those that are at home in God, that live a life of communion with him and confidence in him, that continually resort unto him by faith and prayer, having their eyes ever towards him, may promise themselves a strong habitation in him, such as will never fall of itself nor can ever be broken through by any invading power; and they shall be welcome to resort to him continually upon all occasions, and not be upbraided as coming too often."

"I am as a wonder unto many; every one waits to see what will be the issue of such extraordinary troubles as I have fallen into and such extraordinary confidence as I profess to have in God." 

I will hope continually, hope in all conditions, in the most cloudy and dark day; I will live upon hope and will hope to the end." Since we hope in one that will never fail us, let not our hope in him fail us, and then we shall praise him yet more and more.....When we have said all we can, to the glory of God's grace, there is still more to be said; it is a subject that can never be exhausted, and therefore we should never grow weary of it."

"I will go in the strength of the Lord God, not sit down in despair, but stir up myself to and exert myself in my work, will go forth and go on, not in any strength of my own, but in God's strength—disclaiming my own sufficiency and depending on him only as all-sufficient—in the strength of his providence and in the strength of his grace." We must always go about God's work in his strength, having our eyes up unto him to work in us both to will and to do. "

"The best of God's saints and servants are sometimes exercised with great and sore troubles in this world. God's hand is to be eyed in all the troubles of the saints, and that will help to extenuate them and make them seem light. He does not say, "Thou hast burdened me with those troubles," but "shown them to me," as the tender father shows the child the rod to keep him in awe. Though God's people be brought ever so low he can revive them and raise them troubles, though great and sore, shall be a hindrance to our joyful resurrection from the depths of the earth, witness our great Master, to whom this may have some reference; his Father showed him great and sore troubles, but quickened him and brought him up from the grave."

"Thou shalt not only comfort me, but comfort me on every side, so that I shall see nothing black or threatening on any side." Sometimes God makes his people's troubles contribute to the increase of their greatness, and their sun shines the brighter for having been under a cloud. If he make them contribute to the increase of their goodness, that will prove in the end the increase of their greatness, their glory; and if he comfort them on every side, according to the time and degree wherein he has afflicted them on every side, they will have no reason to complain."

~ Matthew Henry

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