God to be praised as the Creator of the world. (1-9) As
Israel's God and Saviour. (10-22) For his blessings to all.
Forgetful as we are, things must be often repeated to us.
By "mercy" we understand the Lord's disposition to save those
whom sin has rendered miserable and vile, and all the provision
he has made for the redemption of sinners by Jesus Christ. The
counsels of this mercy have been from everlasting, and the
effects of it will endure for ever, to all who are interested in
it. The Lord continues equally ready to show mercy to all who
seek for it, and this is the source of all our hope and comfort.
The great things God did for Israel, when he brought them
out of Egypt, were mercies which endured long to them; and our
redemption by Christ, which was typified thereby, endures for
ever. It is good to enter into the history of God's favours, and
in each to observe, and own, that his mercy endureth for ever.
He put them in possession of a good land; it was a figure of the
mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God's everlasting mercy is here praised for the
redemption of his church; in all his glories, and all his gifts.
Blessed be God, who has provided and made known to us salvation
through his Son. May we know and feel his redeeming power, that
we may serve him in righteousness all our days. May He who
giveth food to all flesh, feed our souls unto eternal life, and
enliven our affections by his grace, that we may give thanks and
praise to his holy name, for his mercy endureth for ever. Let us
trace up all the favours we receive to this true source, and
offer praise continually.