Psalms

A Clear Conscience

Mar 13

A Clear Conscience   “Then shall I not he ashamed, when I have respect unto all thy commandments.” — Psalm cxix. 6.   ANY attempt to keep the law of God with the view of being saved thereby is sure to end in failure. So contrary is it to the express warnings of the divine Lawgiver, and so much …

Psalms:119:6

Praises and Vows Accepted in Zion

Feb 03

Praises and Vows Accepted in Zion   "Praise waiteth for thee, O God, in Sion: and unto thee shall the vow be performed. O thou that hearest prayer, unto thee shall all flesh more."—Psalm 65:1-2        Upon Zion there was erected an altar dedicated to God for the offering of sacrifices. Except when prophets were commanded by …

Psalms:65:1-2

The Alarum

Jan 15

The Alarum   "I myself will awake early."—Psalms 57:8        The proper subject to treat upon with such a text would be the propriety and excellence of early rising, especially when we are desirous of praising or serving God. The dew of dawn should be consecrated to devotion. The text is a very remarkable expression, and might …

Psalms:42:8

Moab is My Washpot

Jan 09

Moab is My Washpot   "Moab is my washpot."—Psalm 60:8        Moab, which had threatened Israel, was to be so completely subdued, and become so utterly contemptible as to be likened to a washpot or basin in which men wash their feet. More than this, however, may have been intended—nay, we feel sure was intended by the …

Psalms:60:8

The Student’s Prayer

Oct 29

THE STUDENT’S PRAYER.   “Make me to understand the way of thy precepts: so shall I talk of thy wondrous works.”— Psalm cxix. 27.   WHEN we seek any good thing from God, we ought also to consider how we may use it for his glory. It is meet that desires for good things should flow from good motives. …

Psalms:119:27

Enlivening and Invigorating

Oct 29

Enlivening and Invigorating   “Quicken thou me according to thy word.”— Psalm cxix. 25.   You will frequently find David uttering this petition; it is a favourite prayer of his: “Quicken thou me, O Lord!” And, as David was like the rest of us — indeed, his experience is the mirror of the experience of all believers — you …

Psalms:119:25

The Trees in God’s Court

Oct 29

The Trees in God's Court   “Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing; to show that the Lord is upright: he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him.”— …

Psalms:92:13-15

The Danger of Unconfessed Sin

Oct 29

The Danger of Unconfessed Sin   “When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.” — Psalm xxxii. 3.   IT is well known that in ordinary cases grief which is kept within the bosom grows more and more intense. It is a very great relief to shed tears; it gives a vent …

Psalms:32:3

Morning and Evening Songs

Oct 21

Morning and Evening Songs   “To shew forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night.” — Psalm xcii. 2.   IT is a notion of the Rabbis that this Psalm was sung by Adam in Paradise. There are no reasons why we should believe it was so, and there are a great many why we should …

Psalms:92:2

Plenary Absolution

Oct 20

Plenary Absolution   “As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us.” — Psalm ciii. 12.   WE shall aim at no novelty to-night, nor shall we try to serve up the old truths in any new and attractive forms. Upon your tables you always require bread, and generally you …

Psalms:103:12