2. He is the best friend at all times, and the only friend at sometimes. It may look well to one that is blear eyed, but it will not pass for good to one that looks well to it. Salem Media Group. Commentaries for Psalm Chapter 73 The psalmist's temptation. 26. Men may die like lambs and yet have their place for ever with the goats. 25. They seem to have the greatest share of the comforts of this life. Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain. While the Papists admit in word that all things depend upon God, they are, nevertheless, constantly seeking to obtain help from this and the other quarter independent of him. Some persons say, “You may as well out with it.” You may as well keep it in; nay, a great deal better. Adam Clarke. 1871. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. Socrates, being asked what would be vexatious to good men, replied, "The prosperity of the bad." Johannine Writings George Horne. Indeed, we see that wicked men, after having for some time got everything to prosper according to their desires, cast off all shame, and are at no pains to conceal themselves, when about to commit iniquity, but loudly proclaim their own turpitude. So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. When displayed. Turner. Hence, Abenezra renders it, In locis adulationis posuisti eos: thou hast set them in places of flattery. They have neither root nor branch left. Is there knowledge in the Most High? I was envious at the foolish, etc. Usernames should only contain letters, numbers, dots, dashes, or underscores. of Scripture. Edward Parry. After conversion, God still works with us: he doth not only give grace, but actual help in the work of obedience: "He worketh all our works in us, "Isaiah 26:12. Ver. That was very wise of Asaph. No! He is a beast, and yet continually with God. He is not going to seek for prosperity that he may rival the wicked in their wealth. Men may not disbelieve a Godhead; nay, they may believe there is a God, and yet question the truth of his threatenings. They had lusty bodies, strong limbs, sound vitals, without agonies or ruptures; lived as those who had no cause to fear death; and when they expired, it was without much antecedent pain; they fell as ripe apples from the tree. Their ruin is sure and inevitable. The third night they came to another house, where they had like free entertainment as before. Hence it is, that so much is said in the Bible about guides, and that the Lord is called the guide of his people. Ver. So Paul says, in reference to the polytheism of the ancient world: "and the times of this ignorance God winked at." "Hath God forgotten to be gracious?" The strongest child that God hath is not able to stand alone; like the hop or ivy, he must have somewhat to support him, or he is presently on the ground. 2. They are but exalted, as the shellfish by the eagle, according to the naturalist, to be thrown down on some rock and devoured. Two ways. The first sight and sense of hell by a proud and wealthy sinner, who has just died in peace. Joseph Addison Alexander. 28. I can hardly think that the two latter expressions were written and read in their context by Jews without reference to the former. III. Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. Such, however, is the acted insanity of the graceless theists of this age; theists in name, because avowed infidelity is disreputable, but atheists in practice beyond all question. He preached in the same church as C. H. Spurgeon over one hundred years earlier. By thus setting himself forth as an example, he designed the more effectually to arouse and incite us to take great heed to ourselves. Ver. What effect the fact should have upon us; and how greatly it illustrates divine grace. Although the saints, while they live, may be afflicted, yet they come to a happy end at last (Psalms 73:21-24). Almost gone. We must be near God to live; to be far off by wicked works is death. What care they for death? He bade all things else go, that he might be filled with his God. 22. O for grace to detest the very appearance of evil! Ver. 5. How came he to know this? As Enoch was not, for God took him, so all the saints are taken up--received up into glory. The Hebrew carrieth it, but God is the rock of my heart, i.e., a sure, strong, and immovable foundation to build upon. It made them very insolent in their demeanour towards both God and man (, [4.] God the best portion of the Christian. The expression is draw. The order inverted. 1 John 2:16. God is the rock of a saint's heart, strength. Though beloved of God, they have to drain the bitter cup; their sorrows are as full as the wicked man's prosperity. (first clause). Ver. Doctrine 1. Though temptations many and terrible make batteries and breeches upon their spirits, yet God is good to Israel. DIVISIONS. These are the true Israel, not the ceremonially clean but the really so; those who are clean in the inward parts, pure in the vital mainspring of action. Richard Gilpin. The affairs of mankind appeared to him to be in a fearful tangle; how could it be permitted by a just ruler that things should be so turned upside down, and the whole course of justice dislocated. 7. 6. Perhaps some here will never question themselves in that way, and if they were led to do so, they would think it was of the devil. He was hereby quickened to cleave the more closely to God, and very much confirmed and comforted in the choice he had made of him. If thou shouldest live the longest measure of time that any man hath done, and spend all that time in nothing but pleasures (which no man ever did but met with some crosses, afflictions, or sicknesses), but at the evening of this life, must take up thy lodging in the "everlasting burnings" and "devouring fire" (Isaiah 30:14); were those pleasures answerable to these everlasting burnings? What's glory without God? Yet God is good. Pentateuch His eye was fixed too much on one thing; he saw their present, and forgot their future, saw their outward display, and overlooked their soul's discomfort. For I was envious at the foolish. The contemptible object: --a self righteous, or boastful, or persecuting, or cavilling, or wealthy sinner when his soul is called before God. 1858. When men doubt the righteousness of God, their own integrity begins to waver. Like the lion seeking its prey, they take long walks in their slander. It is severe and very dreadful. Thy guidance shall conduct me to this matchless terminus. 14. “God dwelleth not in temples made with hands.” He may have done so under the old covenant, but not now. But the meek, and godly, cover themselves otherwise, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10; Colossians 3:12; Colossians 3:14, etc. Ver. Minor Prophets Why, he had found it by experience, and by it he was thoroughly convinced. Ver. Truly: it's but a particle; but the smallest filings of gold are gathered up. With love dost thou embrace me, with honour ennoble me, with power uphold me. Ver. II. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. Thomas Fenton. He does not say that the Lord is continually with "his people, "and holds, and guides, and receives them; he says, "He is continually with me; He holds me; He will guide me; He will receive me." How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! And a godly man is the strangest conglomerate of all. John Calvin. All things considered, Dives had more cause to envy Lazarus than Lazarus to be envious of Dives. So surfeit swelled, so old and so profane. David by the word sanctuary alludes to the external manner of teaching, which God had appointed among his ancient people; but along with the word he comprehends the secret illumination of the Holy Spirit. The reek of the sepulchre rises through their mouths; the nature of the soul is revealed in the speech. 1620. Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. And afterward. Proverbs 24:1-2; Proverbs 24:19-20. They are liable to fall of themselves, without, being thrown down by the hand of another; as he that, stands or walks on slippery ground needs nothing but, III. By what divinely imparted considerations was the psalmist reassured? They are utterly consumed with terrors. No, after act respecting them, either for deliverance or. ; that is to say, notwithstanding all afflictions, it is certain that thou art a Father to the Church only; which is sufficient to make me judge well of these afflictions; I have done ill, and confess I have erred in this my rash judgment.