Vs. 120 — My flesh trembles for fear of You, And I am afraid of Your judgments.

William Cowper:

Familiarity with men breeds contempt; familiarity with God, not so: none reverence the Lord more than they who know him best and are most familiar with him.

Matthew Henry:

Instead of exulting over those who fell under God’s displeasure he humbleth himself. What we read and hear of judgments of God upon wicked people should make us (1) To reverence his terrible majesty, and to stand in awe of him. Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? 1 Sam. 6:20. (2) To fear lest we offend him, and become obnoxious to his wrath. Good men have need to be restrained from sin by the terrors of the Lord; especially when judgment begins at the house of God, and hypocrites are discovered, and put away as dross.


My flesh trembles for fear of You, and I am afraid of Your judgments. Do not, I pray, let me lose sight that You are the great and awesome God–the Eternal One, the One and All Sovereign God. Though You have made me a son, it is only by Your grace … nothing more. If it were not for Your abundant mercy and grace through Christ Jesus, I would under Your righteous and violent judgment. Praise to the Savior. He has delivered me! In Him I boast!

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