For you, LORD, have made me glad through your work: I will triumph in the works of your hands.…
I. THE WORK OF THE LORD.
3. Grace. The renovation of the heart of man, the removal of idolatry, the creation of the beauties of holiness, that is the work of God. And it is His chief work, His sublimest achievement.
II. SOME REASONS OR GROUNDS ON WHICH A CONTEMPLATION OF THIS WORK OF GRACE IS SO EMINENTLY FITTED TO INSPIRE THE BREASTS OF GOOD MEN WITH SENTIMENTS OF PECULIAR GLADNESS.
1. Because it is a work of such beneficial character and tendency. Wherever you see a sinner converted from the error of his ways, you see the firstfruits of a most glorious state, the scene of a mighty harvest.
2. Because it contains the richest impress of the hand of its Author.
3. Because it is a work so surprising and unexpected. "Eye hath not seen," etc.
4. On account of its permanency. This work shall advance and triumph, till there shall be unbelief nowhere, faith everywhere; hatred nowhere, love everywhere; confusion nowhere, order everywhere; darkness nowhere, light everywhere; Satan nowhere on earth, Christ everywhere.
5. Because of its necessary connection with still higher operations. The work is too much for one world to hold. When it has filled one world it will rush over into another, and fill the recesses of eternity when earth is a cinder and time a story.
(W. Beaumont, D.D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands.