"Deeds done for the house of God and the offices of it, for the support of religion and the encouragement of it, are good deeds. There is both righteousness and godliness in them, and God will certainly remember them, and not wipe them out; they shall in no wise lose their reward."
"This cheerfulness in promising was well, but that which follows was better: They did according to this promise, and adhered to what they had done....Good promises are good things, but good performances are all in all."
"He concludes with a prayer: Think upon me, my God, for good....He mentions it to God in prayer, not as if he thought he had hereby merited any favor from God, as a debt, but to show that he looked not for any recompense of his generosity from men, but depended upon God only to make up to him what he had lost and laid out for his honor; and he reckoned the favor of God reward enough. "If God do but think upon me for good, I have enough."
"Now therefore, O God! strengthen my hands. It is the great support and relief of good people that in all their straits and difficulties they have a good God to go to, from whom, by faith and prayer, they may fetch in grace to silence their fears and strengthen their hands when their enemies are endeavoring to fill them with fears and weaken their hands. When, in our Christian work and warfare, we are entering upon any particular services or conflicts, this is a good prayer for us to put up: "I have such a duty to do, such a temptation to grapple with; now therefore, O God! strengthen my hands."
"He concludes this passage with a prayer....Remember me (as the thief on the cross, Lord, remember me); that is enough. God's thoughts to us ward are very precious...God's mercy is what we must depend upon, and not any merit of our own, when we appear before God."
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