Trust, Delight, Commit, Rest, Wait
23 The steps of a man are established by the LORD,
And He delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he shall not be hurled headlong,
Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.
39 But the salvation of the righteous is from the LORD;
He is their strength in time of trouble.
40 The LORD helps them and delivers them;
He delivers them from the wicked and saves them,
Because they take refuge in Him.
· We cannot too carefully watch against the insidious attacks of evil tempers. Even a little indulgence in irritability will torment us and displease God.
· “[F]retfulness, unchecked and allowed to have its way undisturbed, will eventually undermine and corrode all that is valuable and estimable and lovely in the character.” (Bouchier)
· He who makes God his refuge has a right to expect that his lawful undertakings will be finally crowned with more than ordinary success, although for a time things may look dark.
· “Desert not thy station. Enjoy quietly what thou hast at present. Be pleased with God’s way. Labor in an honest vocation, and leave the rest to him. Acquiesce in his will and in the dispensations of his providence; wait patiently for him. His time is best.” (Nicolson)
· The nature of all sin is to recoil on its author.
· Let the humble pious be content. If they have not much, they have more than they deserve; they have as much as infinite love sees best for them; they have no account to give of what never was under their control; and they have God’s blessing on what is theirs.
· True religion has its seat in the heart. Genuine purity is internal.
· The path of duty, however steep and thorny, always terminates in the land of peace and blessedness.