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HINTS TO THE VILLAGE PREACHERVerse 1.(second clause). 1. An evil to be dreaded: Hide not thyself,etc. (a) By long delay in an urgent case. (b) In the sinner's case by refusing to hear altogether. 2. Causes which may produce it. (a) In the man. (b) In the prayer itself. (c) In the manner of the prayer. 3. Evils which will follow a list which the preacher can readily think of. 4. Remedies for the evil. There is none of it should continue; but heart searching, repentance, importunity, pleading the name of Jesus, etc., will lead to its removal. Verse 2.The Great Hearer. 316
Psalm 551. What address shall we present to him? 2. What sort of attention do we desire? 3. How shall we secure it? 4. What is the reflex duty on our part? To attend and hear him. 1. Not ofGod but toGod. 2. Mainly of ourselves. 3. Of the world as against God and right. 4. Ever with holy grief, and not selfish vexation. Verse 4.The terrors of death. See Sermon by Grovein the Notes. Verse 7.Solitude. 1. Its fancied benefits.2. Its sore temptations.3. Its occasional benefits.4. Its sweet solaces. Verse 8.Too hasty a flight from trial. 1. Would show rebellion against God. 2. Would manifest cowardly want of faith. 3. Would involve loss of useful experience. 4. Would land us in other and worse trials. 5. Would prevent our glorifying God. 6. Would mar our conformity to Christ and fellowship with his people. 7. Would lessen the value of heaven. 317
Psalm 55Verse 9.(first clause). The Babel of heresies. Essential,for truth is one. Inevitable,for the motives of heretics clash. Providential,for so they weaken each other. Judicial,for so they torment each other. Verse 10.(first clause). The activity of evil. Verse 10.(second clause). The diabolical twins, or cause and effect. Verse 14.The social companionships which grow out of religion. 1. They are on a good foundation.2. They yield profit—counsel.3. They yield pleasure—sweet.4. They lead to enthusiasm—walked in company.5. They ought to be sacredly maintained.6. But they need to be carefully watched. Verse 16.The contrast. 1. A child of God will not wrong others as they do him. 2. He will call upon God as they do not. 3. God will hear him as he does not the wicked. 4. God will deal with him at last otherwise than with them. Verse 17.1. David will pray fervently; I will pray and cry aloud.2. He will pray frequently; every day, and three times a day, evening, and morning, and at noon. Matthew Henry.Verse 18.Our battles, our almost rout, our helper, our deliverances, our praise. Verse 19.The eternal government of God a threat to the ungodly. Verse 19.(second part). Prosperity creating atheism. This involves— 1. Ingratitude—they ought to be the more devout. 2. Impudence—they think themselves as God. 318
Psalm 553. Forgetfulness—they forget that changes will come.