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him and keep him alive ; and he shall be blessed upon the earth.”a
Hast thou many enemies, and fearest the loss of thy life by them ? Apply, “ The number of thy days will I fulfil : the Lord will preserve him and keep him alive.”
fearest thou that thou shalt either live too long, or die too soon ? Apply, “Thou shalt go to thy, grave in a full age; as a rick of corn cometh in due season' into the barn.
If thou fearest hurt by any of the creatures.
“ The fear of you, and the dread of you, shall be upon every beast of the earth, and upon every fowl of the air, upon all that moveth upon the earth, upon all the fishes of the sea; into your hand are they delivered.b Thou shalt be in league with the stones of the field; and the beasts of the field shall be at peace with thee."
When thou hast a troubled heart, either for soul or
“The peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds. The Lord will bless his people with peace.”e.
Is thine heart troubled with many temptations of satan, or with fears of sin and misery? Ap
a Psalm xli. 2. b Gen. ix. 2. 7. e Psalm xxix. 11.
c Job v. 23. d Phil. iv.
ply, “The peace of God shall preserve your hearts.” Hast thou many troubles outwardly? Apply, “The Lord shall bless his people with peace.”
If thou wouldest hate thy purpose to prosper.
“Thou shalt also decree a thing, and it shall be established unto thee: and the light shall shine upon thy ways,a
“Whatsoever he doth shall prosper. Commit thy way unto the Lord: trust also in him, and he shall bring it to pass.”
When thou often purposest to do good both for thy soul and body, and yet findest thy purposes broken, apply, “ Thou shalt decree a thing, and the Lord shall establish it unto thee; he shall bring it to pass.” When thou art in doing of any thing, apply, “Whatsoever he doth shall prosper."
When thou art called to a great work, wherein thou
shalt have great opposition.
“ The Lord—he it is that doth go before thee, he will be with thee; he will not fail thee, neithor forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed. The Lord will show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect towards him.
a Job xxii. 28. b Psalm i. 3. c Psalm xxxvii. 5. d Deut. xxxi. 8. e 2 Chron. xvi. 9.
“ He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways: they shall bear thee up in their hands, lest thou dash thy foot against a stone. Thou shalt tread upon the lion and the adder ; the young lion and dragon shalt thou trample under foot.”'a
It matters not what be the lets that oppose us, when the Lord goes before us; he will easily beat them down : nor what strength resists such as he has promised to show his strength for: nor how many be our dangers, when his angels have charge over us to keep us. Therefore go on in the work, and fear not the issue, being strengthened by the promises of Him that never faileth.
In times of danger.
“ The Lord will keep the feet of his saints. Whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
“Thou shalt be secure, because there is hope; yea, thou shalt dig about thee, and thou shalt take rest in safety; also, thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid.d They which trust in the Lord shall be as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever. As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the
a Psalm xci. 11, 12, 13. d Job xi. 18, 19.
b 1 Sam. ii. 9.
cProv. i. 33.
Lord is round about his people, from henceforth, even for ever.a
“He will not suffer thy foot to be moved: he that keepeth thee will not slumber. Behold, he that keepeth Israel will neither slumber nor sleep; the Lord is thy keeper, the Lord is thy shade upon thy right hand." Seeing the Lord is our keeper, we need not fear the danger.
When thou art in great trouble, &c.
“When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee; when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burnt, neither shal the flame kindle upon thee. I will give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.
“Surely in the floods of great waters, they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou art my hiding place, thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance."
When thou seest thyself compassed with many troubles, and beginnest to fear, apply, “I will be with thee, they shall not overflow thee.” In the fire of affliction, thou shalt not only not be burnt, but the flame shall not kindle upon thee; the greatest trouble shall do thee the least
a Psalm cxxv. 1, 2. b Psalm cxxi. 3, 4, 5. c Isa. Zliii. 2, 20. d Psalm xxxii. 6, 7.
harm, for God being with thee will bring thee out, as he did Israel through the sea, and the three children out of the fire, with not so much as the savor of fire about them : so shall not so much as the savor of evil be upon his, but he will compass them about with songs of deliver
When thou seemest to be forgotten in affliction.
“The Lord will also be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. For the needy shall not always be forgotten, the expectation of the poor shall not perish for ever.a
“He will not always chide, neither will he keep his anger for ever. The Lord will not cast off for ever. But though he cause grief, yet will he have compassion, according to the multitude of his mercies."
When thou fearest thou shalt die in misery.
They shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures."d
When thy sorrows grow great.
« Thou shalt forget thy misery, and remember it as waters that pass away. Bebold, God
a Psalm is. 9, 18. b Psarm ciil. 9 Job xxxvi. 11. e Job xi. 16.
c Lam, iii. 31, 32.