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liberty ;' to reverence it, to love it, and to obey it; not with terror, as slaves trembling for fear of damnation, nor with mercenary considerations, as hirelings working for the wages of eternal life, but with the pure, generous affections of love, gratitude, and joy, before the Lord their Saviour, who hath redeemed them, not only from the curse of the law, but also from all such unhallowed and dispiriting meditations concerning it; constrained by bis love to hate evil, and to give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness; while, with holy heart-subduing awe, astonished and amazed at such sovereign, distinguishing mercy, manifested towards themselves, they behold the terrors of the Lord falling dreadful upon all the fearful and unbelieving, and overwhelming them with eternal perdition—So shall it fare with all those whom death, in an evil hour, shall surprise without faith, and so without Christ, - without God,
without hope in the world.-Lise chaff they shall be driven away, in the judgment, and burnt with everlasting fire ; whereas those, who are in union with Christ by the faith of his resurrection, shall, like the palm-tree, flourish evermore: because he liveth, who is the Lord their Righteousness, from whom their fruit is found, they shall live also, and live with God. Upon the whole, it may be observed, that the same distinct line of interpretation runs visibly, like a beam of light, through the otherways utterly impenetrable darkness and obscurity of all the prophetic writinge, but most eminently through the whole book of Psalms ; dispelling the clouds of erroneous representation, and clearly discovering the glory of God, as it shines, and ever shone, in the face of Jesus; and darting, into every wise and understanding heart, the instructions and consolations of the Holy Ghost. See particularly, among many others, these following Psalms, viz. iii. iv. v. xv. xvi. xvii. xviii. xxiv. xxv. xxvi. xxxv. xl. &c. but especially the exix. throughout-All of which, as shall be shown in the
proper place, belong to the same class, and must, of consequence, be opened by the same key.
Th' eternal perfect blessedness
Of David's Lord and Son,
For us the blessing won,
And chaunt aloud their joy !
He'll death and hell destroy.
Who walketh not astray
Nor stands in sinners' way,
"On his law day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree that
And his leaf fadeth never :
The wicked are not so ;
Which wind drives to and fro.
Such as ungodly are ;
r 6 For why? The way of godly men
Unto the Lord is known:
PSALM II. This Psalm stands in the front of a large catalogue of parallel ones, all evidently supposing, or expressly, as here, declaring and ascertaining, according to Rom. i. 4. the divine, eternal Sonship, character, and office of Jesus Christ, the King of glory, in his mediatorial kingdom of grace and truth; the blessedness of his faithful subjects; and the utter destruction of all his enemies, the unbelievers, who will not have him to reign over them, Luke xix. 14. Acts iv. 25. and xiii. 33. Heb. i. 5. and v. 5.
Among many others, wherein the expression is various, but the sense undeniably the same, the following Psalms are parallel with this, and set beyond all possibility of controversy with regard to their subject; as any one, who will be determined by the Holy Ghost's public and infallible interpretation in the New Testament, may clearly perceive by reading them over, and consulting the marginal references as he goes along; viz. the two next, xvi. xviii. xx. xxi. xxii. xxiv. xxix. xlv. xlyi. xlvii. xlviii. 1. lx. Ixi. lxiii. lxviii. lxxii. lxxxix. xci. xciii. xcvi. xcvii. xcviii. xcix. cviii. cx. cxlv. and cxlix.
Messiah rais'd again from death,
Declar'd the Son of GOD.
Or feel his iron rod :
Must mourn in hell forlorn. 1 W VHY rage the heathen ? and vain things
Why do the people mind ?
And princes are combind,
Anointed, saying thus,
3 Let us asunder break their bands,
And cast their cords from us. 4 He that in heaven sits shall laugh;
The Lord shall scorn them all. 5 Then shall he speak to them in wrath,
In rage he vex them shall.
To be my King appointed ;
I have him King anointed.
The Lord hath said to me,
I have begotten thee.
The heathen I'll make thine ; And, for possession, I to thee
Will give earth's utmost line.
Of iron, break them all;
Them dash in pieces small. 10 Now, therefore, kings, be wise; be taught,
Ye judges of the earth : 11 Serve God in fear, and see that
ye Join trembling with your
mirth. 12 Kiss ye the Son, lest in his ire
Y e perish from the way,
Bless'd all that on him stay.
PSALM III. The last Psalm, as was already observed in the illustration thereof, perfectly ascertains the meaning
of this and the following one--Both whereof are remarkably similar, in spirit and expression, to Psalm xxvii.—The attentive reader, who enters into these views, will find abundance of pleasure and profit, by tracing out and discovering the innumerable, and surprising parallels, that run through the whole divine effusions of the one Spirit breathing in the Psalms, and prophecying of all the then future things, now past, and accomplished in Messiah our King. Blessed are they who are honoured to look within the veil, and to behold his glory.
Clap, clap your hands, exult, and sing
Ye saints, for evermore!
And hell's dominion's o'er :
O’ercame by prayer and pow'r :
But death did them devour.
Against me many rise. 2 Many say of my soul, For him
In God no succour lies. 3.Yet thou my shield and glory art,
Th’ uplifter of mine head. 4 I cried, and, from his holy hill,..
The Lord me answer made. 5 I laid me down and slept, I wak’d;
For God sustained me. 6 I will not fear though thousands ten
Set round against me be.
For thou my foes hast stroke
Of wicked men hast broke.