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Sermon LXXIII

Psalm 119:65 “Thou hast dealt with thy servant, O Lord, according to thy word.”

“We must not always be complaining, but sometimes giving of thanks.”

He outlines the structure of the text

Doctrine 1: That God doth good to his servants.

A. This comes from God’s nature. Psalms 119:68

B. God has obliged himself to good by promise. Psalms 84:11, Psalms 34:9-10, Micah 2:7

C. The capacity of his servants. “God is good and doeth good … expect we tie his hands and hinder our own mercies.” Amos 6:12, Psalms 18:25-26, Psalms 125:4

Use 1: “Let us be persuaded of this truth; it one of the first things in religion.” Hebrews 11:6, Genesis 3:5.

A. If God does good to his enemies, he will certainly do good to his servants.

B. If even the most godless men will do good to their children, how much more will God do so. “He is more fatherly than all the fathers in the world can be; all the goodness in men is but as a drop to the ocean.”

C. He has never given his people a cause to complain of him. Micah 6:3, Jeremiah 2:5

1. His commandments are not grievous. Matthew 11:30, 1 John 5:3, Deuteronomy 6:24, Genesis 18:19

2. He does not try us beyond that we are able to bear. 1 Corinthians 10:13, Isaiah 27:8

3. His punishments do not exceed what we deserve. Ezra 9:13, Job 11:6

4. He is not hard to please. Malachi 3:17. “Many think God watcheth occasions to destroy them, or at least to molest and trouble them. No; he passeth by many weaknesses, or else what would become of the best of his children?” 2 Chronicles 30:18-19

D. Even if God does not give us the good things of this world, he gives us something better in their place. “While they [his children] are here in this world they have those things not only that are good, but make them good, which cannot be said of all the things in this world; they may easily make us worse, but they cannot make us better. He giveth them such things as tend to the enjoyment of the chiefest good, which is himself.”

E. He even turns evil things to good. Romans 8:28

F. He gives us such good things as are useful and fit for us. Psalms 34:9, Psalms 84:11, Nahum 1:7, Ezra 6:22

G. His greatest good will be in the world to come. John 12:26, Malachi 317

Use 2 “To persuade you to beocme the servants of God: you will have a good master if you be what you profess to be.”

A. Acts 27:23: there are two elements to such service: To belong to God & to serve God

1. We belong to God by creation. Colossians 1:16, 1 Corinthians 6:20, Isaiah 44:5, Ezekiel 16:8

2. We must serve God

a. We must serve God in spirit. Romans 1:9, Philippians 3:3, Romans 7:6,

b. We must serve God faithfully. “You must serve him faithfully, devoting yourselves to do his will, and to seek his glory. Your inteniton, trade, and study must be to honor God and please him, that if it be asked for whom are you at work?for whom speaking or spending your time? whose business are you doing? you may answer, All is for God. Romans 16:18.

c. We serve cheerfully. Psalms 116:16, Psalms 123:2, 1 Corinthians 3:22-23, Malachi 3:18, John 12:26