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5 Hold up my goings, Lord, me guide
In those thy paths divine,
Out of those ways of thine. 6 I called have on thee, O God,
Because thou wilt me hear:
To me incline thine ear.
Thou that, by thy right hand,
That up against them stand.
In thy wings shade me close 9 From lewd oppressors, compassing
Me round, as deadly foes. 10 In their own fat they are enclos’d:
Their mouth speaks loftily. 11 Our steps they compass’d, and to ground
Down bowing set their eye. 12 He like unto a lion is
That's greedy of his prey,
In secret places stay.
And cast him down, O Lord :
The man which is thy sword. 14 From men, which are thy hand, O Lord,
From worldly men me save,
Their part and portion have.
Thou fill'st: they children have
15 But as for me, I thine own face,
In righteousness will see ;
I satisfied shall be.
PSALM XVIII. This remarkable Psalm, which is, every syllable, spoken by one person, stands forth in a memorable manner, and in the first line of a multitude of others, rescued from the mercy of all the commentators, (who like the unbelieving Jews of old, seldom allow free speech, even to the Holy Ghost, concerning the patriarch David); as the honest and free-hearted reader will be convinced by consulting the apostolic interpretation thereof, (and surely that is genuine), which applies it absolutely as spoken by the Rock of Israel, even by David's Lord himself; in whom every article of it is fulfilled; as the promise of Abraham's being the heir of the world was fulfilled no more in the person even of Isaac, than it was in that of Ishmael, but only in Christ, the one seed, in whom all the nations are blessed, and all the promises yea and amen:
For this cause I will confess to thee among the nations,' &c. Psalm xviii. 49. Rom. xv. 8-13.
Behold the song that David sung,
From Saul, and all his foes made free-
When he Messiah's day did see.
present signs, from God,
Upon the saints of old besion'd.
My fortress is the Lord,
Deliverance afford :
My God, my strength, whom I will trust,
A buckler unto me,
And my high tow'r, is he.
Of praises, will I cry:
Safe from mine enemy.
about me went ; 5 Hell's sorrows me environed;
Death's snares did me prévent.
distress I call'd on God,
To his ears came my cry. 7 Th’ earth, as affrighted, then did shake,
Trembling upon it siez’d:
Because he was displeas'd.
And from his mouth there came
Were turned into flame.
And thence he did descend;
Under his feet attend.
And thereon he did fly;
His flight was from on high.
About him, for his tent,
of th' airy firmament.
12 And at the brightness of that light, Which was before his
eye, His thick clouds pass'd away, hailstones,
And coals of fire did fly.
Did thunder in his ire;
Hailstones and coals of fire. 14 Yea, he his arrows sent abroad,
And them he scattered ;
And them discomfited.
The world's foundations vast At thy rebuke discover'd were,
And at thy nostrils' blast. 16 And from above the Lord sent down,
And took me from below; From many waters he me drew,
Which would me overflow. 17 He me reliev'd from
my strong foes, And such as did me hate; Because he saw that they for me
Too strong were, and too great. 18 They me prevented in the day
of my calamity; But even then the Lord himself
A stay was unto me. 19 He to a place where liberty
And room was hath me brought; Because he took delight in me,
He my deliv'rance wrought.' 20 According to my righteousness
He did me recompense,
21 For I God's ways kept, from my
God Did not turn wickedly. 22 His judgments were before me, I
His laws put not from me.
With him upright was I;
From mine iniquity.
Hath recompensed me,
To upright men upright; 26 Pure to the pure, froward thou kyth'st
Unto the froward wight.
In grief that low do lie:
Of them whose looks are high. 28 The Lord will light my candle so,
That it shall shine full bright;
My darkness to be light. 29 By thee through troops of men 1-break,
And them discomfit all;
I overleap a wall.
The Lord his word is try'd;
Who do in him confide.
Who is a rock and stay ? 32 "Tis God that girdeth me with strength,
And perfect makes my way.