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PSALM IV. BESIDES what has been already observed in the respective illustrations of the three foregoing Psalms, it ought, for the honour and further ascertainment of the meaning of this Psalm, with its parallels, to be remarked, that it contains in its own bosom one pecu. liar, decisive characteristic evidence of its, divine Author, as the only speaker therein : For who besides the King of glory alone, who is God over all, blessed • for ever,' can, with any propriety, be supposed to use such an expostulation as this, "Oye sons of men,

how long will ye turn my glory into shame? • How long will ye love vanity, and seek after leas' ing? Selah.'—So expostulates the eternal Wise dom, the uncreated Word, Prov. i. 22. "How long, ' ye simple ones, will ye love simplicity and the • scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate

knowledge ? Turn you at my reproof. Behold, I will pour out my Spirit unto you; I will make known my words unto you.'— Thus also, the enemies of this King are directly charged with chang· ing their glory into the similitude of an ox that ' eateth grass,' Psalm cvi. 20. In the same derisive strain, they are upbraided by the Lord God, Jer. ii. 11. Hath a nation changed their gods, which ' yet are no gods ? but my people have changed

their glory for that which doth not profit.-And, Rom. i. 22. it is said, “They became vain in their

imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. • Professing themselves to be wise, they became

fools; and changed the glory of the incorruptible 'God into an image made like to corruptible man, ' and to birds, and to four-footed beasts, and to creeping things. And, last of all, though these


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were the figures, or outward signs, the spirit of the worship thereby signified was the devil ; for so it is expressly asserted by the apostle, 1 Cor. x. 20. 'I

say, that the things which the Gentiles sacrifice,

they sacrifice to devils, and not to God.'—Opposed to this false object of worship, become almost universal

among the nations, we behold the one, living, and true God, declaring himself' the Just God, the • Saviour, the Lord, besides whom there is none * in whom all the seed of Israel shall be justified, 4 and shall glory.' Is. xlv. 20, &c. compared with John xvii. 3. Rom. iii. 26. 1 Cor. viii. 5, 6. and 1 John v. 12.

Christ glories in his grand employ;

Fools glory all in vain-
The highest pleasures they enjoy

Decaybut his remain :
He boldly to his Father cries ;

The Father hears his Son,
And gives him from the grave to rises

The prize his valour won.
IVE ear unto me when I call,

God of my righteousness :
Have mercy, hear my pray'r; thou hast

Enlarg‘d me in distress. 2 0

ye the sons of men ! how long

Will ye love vanities?
How long my glory turn to shame,

And will ye follow lies ?
:3 But know, that for himself the Lord

The godly man doth chuse :
The Lord, when I on him do call,

To hear will not refuse.
4 Fear, and sin not; talk with your heart

On bed, and silent be. 5 Off rings present of righteousness,

And in the Lord trust ye.

60 who will shew us any good ?

Is that which many say:
But of thy countenance the light,

Lord, lift on us alway.
7 Upon my heart, bestow'd by thee,

More gladness I have found
Than they, ev’n then, when corn and wine

Did most with them abound.
8 I will both lay me down in peace,

And quiet sleep will take ; Because thou only me to dwell

In safety, Lord, dost make.


To ascertain the speaker, and consequently the meaning of this Psalm also, it is only necessary to consider, if it can be

other than the


Christ of God, who boldly builds his plea for acceptance upon justice, which hath no pleasure in sin, but hateth all the workers of iniquity.—These, under the notion of his enemies, from whom he prays to be separated and delivered, he describes, as explaired, Rom. iii. 13. imprecating and denouncing vei. geance against them for their rebellion against Goo"; and concludes with encouraging, and announcirg the blessedness of those who put their trust in the Lord, according to his own peculiar prerogativ., being the Judge of all, and having all power in heaven and earth in his hand, that those whom 1. blesseth


be blessed, and those whom he curset ha may be cursed.

Messiah pleads, and gains his plea

In per, ect righteousness;
But, lo! from him, confounded flee

The foes of holiness :

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For unbelief in Tophet ends,

And everlasting woe ;
Whereas Messiah’s aithful friends

With him to heav'n shall go.
VIVE ear unto my words, O Lord,

My meditation weigh. 2 Hear my loud cry, my King, my God ; For I to thee will

pray 3 Lord, thou shalt early hear my voice :

I early will direct
My pray’r to thee; and, looking up,

An answer will expect.
4 For thou art not a God that doth

In wickedness delight; Neither shall evil dwell with thee, 5 Nor fools stand in thy sight.

All that ill-doers are thou hat'st ; 6 Cutt'st off that liars be: The bloody and deceitful man

abhorred is by thee.
7 But I into thy house will come

In thine abundant grace;
And I will worship in thy fear

Toward thy holy place.
8 Because of those mine enemies,

Lord, in thy righteousness
Do thou me lead ; do thou thy way

Make straight before my face.
9 For in their mouth there is no truth,

Their inward part is ill;
Their throat's an open sepulchre,

Their tongue doth flatter still. 10 O God, destroy them; let them be

By their own counsel quell'd:
Them for their many sins cast out,

For they 'gainst thee rebell'a.

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11 But let all joy that trust in thee,

And still make shouting noise ;
For them thou sav'st: let all that love

Thy name in thee rejoice.
12 For, Lord, unto the righteous man

Thou wilt thy blessing yield: With favour thou wilt compass him

About, as with a shield.

PSALM VI. In this Psalm also, there is only one speaker ; and he, as being himself altogether free from unrighteousness, has authority to say, “Depart from me, all ' ye workers of iniquity; for the Lord hath heard

the voice of my weeping.–These words, cited from this and other Psalms, are spoken by the Lord, Matth. vii. 23. If any dubiety still remain in your mind concerning the person who saith these things, consult Heb. v. 7. Phil. ii. 6. John v. 22. Matth. vii. 23. and xxv. 41.

When smitten by his Father's rod,

In his deep agony:
Oppress'd, and lab'ring with the load

Of our iniquity,
Behold, the Lamb of God implores

Deliv’rance not in vain :
Both death and hell he overpow'rs,

And loads his foes with pain. | ,

ORD, in thy wrath rebuke me not ;

Nor in thy hot rage chasten me. . 2 Lord, pity me, for I am weak :

Heal me, for my bones vexed be. 3 My soul is also vexed sore:

But, Lord, how long stay wilt thou make ? 4 Return, O Lord,

ord, my soul set free; O save me, for thy mercies' sake.

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