Friday, March 11, 2011

sorrow for sin

my soul is consumed with longing
for your rules at all times.
psalm 119:20

when we find ourselves dull we must go to god and beg of him to quicken us; he has an eye to god's word as a means of quickening(for the words which god speaks, they are spirit and they are life to those that receive them), and as an encouragement to hope that god would quicken him, having promised grace and comfort to all the saints, and to david in particular. god's word must be our guide and plea in every prayer. while the souls of the children of this world cleave to the earth as their portion, the children of light are greatly burdened, because of the remains of carnal affections in their hearts. it is unspeakable comfort to a gracious soul, to think with what tenderness all its complaints are received by a gracious god. we can talk of the wonders of redeeming love, when we understand the way of god's precepts, and walk in that way. the penitent melts in sorrow for sin: even the patient spirit may melt in the sense of affliction; it is then its interest to pour out its soul before god. the way of lying means all false ways by which men deceive themselves and others, or are deceived by satan and his instruments. those who know and love the law of the lord, desire to know it more, and love it better. the way of serious godliness is the way of truth; the only true way to happiness: we must always have actual regard to it. those who stick to the word of god may in faith expect and pray for acceptance with god. those that are going to heaven should still press forward. god, by his spirit, enlarges the hearts of his people when he gives them wisdom. the believer prays to be set free from sin.
{matthew henry}

psalm 119:25-32esv
25 My soul clings to the dust;
   give me life according to your word!
26 When I told of my ways, you answered me;
   teach me your statutes!
27 Make me understand the way of your precepts,

    and I will meditate on your wondrous works.
28 My soul melts away for sorrow;
   strengthen me according to your word!
29 Put false ways far from me
   and graciously teach me your law!
30 I have chosen the way of faithfulness;
    I set your rules before me.
31 I cling to your testimonies, O LORD;

    let me not be put to shame!
32 I will run in the way of your commandments
   when you enlarge my heart!

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