hy we should not trust in men. (1-4) Why we should trust in
Verses 1-4: If it is our delight to praise the Lord while we live, we
shall certainly praise him to all eternity. With this glorious
prospect before us, how low do worldly pursuits seem! There is a
Son of man in whom there is help, even him who is also the Son
of God, who will not fail those that trust in him. But all other
sons of men are like the man from whom they sprung, who, being
in honour, did not abide. God has given the earth to the
children of men, but there is great striving about it. Yet,
after a while, no part of the earth will be their own, except
that in which their dead bodies are laid. And when man returns
to his earth, in that very day all his plans and designs vanish
and are gone: what then comes of expectations from him?
Verses 5-10: The psalmist encourages us to put confidence in God. We
must hope in the providence of God for all we need as to this
life, and in the grace of God for that which is to come. The God
of heaven became a man that he might become our salvation.
Though he died on the cross for our sins, and was laid in the
grave, yet his thoughts of love to us did not perish; he rose
again to fulfil them. When on earth, his miracles were examples
of what he is still doing every day. He grants deliverance to
captives bound in the chains of sin and Satan. He opens the eyes
of the understanding. He feeds with the bread of life those who
hunger for salvation; and he is the constant Friend of the poor
in spirit, the helpless: with him poor sinners, that are as
fatherless, find mercy; and his kingdom shall continue for ever.
Then let sinners flee to him, and believers rejoice in him. And
as the Lord shall reign for ever, let us stir up each other to
praise his holy name.