Prayers that God would deliver and save. (1-13) Believing
David prays that he might never be made ashamed of
dependence upon God. With this petition every true believer may
come boldly to the throne of grace. The gracious care of Divine
providence in our birth and infancy, should engage us to early
piety. He that was our Help from our birth, ought to be our Hope
from our youth. Let none expect ease or comfort from the world.
Those who love the Lord, often are hated and persecuted; men
wondered at for their principles and conduct; but the Lord has
been their strong refuge. The faithful servants of God may be
assured that he will not cast them off in old age, nor forsake
them when their strength fails.
The psalmist declares that the righteousness of Christ,
and the great salvation obtained thereby, shall be the chosen
subject of his discourse. Not on a sabbath only, but on every
day of the week, of the year, of his life. Not merely at stated
returns of solemn devotion, but on every occasion, all the day
long. Why will he always dwell on this? Because he knew not the
numbers thereof. It is impossible to measure the value or the
fulness of these blessings. The righteousness is unspeakable,
the salvation everlasting. God will not cast off his grey-headed
servants when no longer capable of labouring as they have done.
The Lord often strengthens his people in their souls, when
nature is sinking into decay. And it is a debt which the old
disciples of Christ owe to succeeding generations, to leave
behind them a solemn testimony to the advantage of religion, and
the truth of God's promises; and especially to the everlasting
righteousness of the Redeemer. Assured of deliverance and
victory, let us spend our days, while waiting the approach of
death, in praising the Holy One of Israel with all our powers.
And while speaking of his righteousness, and singing his
praises, we shall rise above fears and infirmities, and have
earnests of the joys of heaven. The work of redemption ought,
above all God's works, to be spoken of by us in our praises. The
Lamb that was slain, and has redeemed us to God, is worthy of
all blessing and praise.