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33 He made my feet swift as the hind's,
Set me on my high places. 34 Mine hands to war he taught, mine arms.
Brake bows of steel in pieces. 35 The shield of thy salvation
Thou didst on me bestow :
Thy kindness made me grow.
Enlarged under me,
feet Are kept from sliding free. 37 Mine en’mies I pursued have,
And did them overtake;
An end of them did make.
They at my feet did fall. 39 Thou girdest me with strength for war;
My foes thou brought'st down all : 40 And thou hast giv'n to me the neeks
Of all mine enemies ;
Who did against me rise.
That would or could them save ;
But he no answer gave.
Before the wind that flies;
Upon the street that lies. 43 Thou mad'st me free from people's strife,
And heathen's head to be :
Shall service do to me.
44 At hearing they shall me obey,
To me they shall submit. 45 Strangers for fear shall fade away,
Who in close places sit. 46 God lives, bless'd be my Rock; the God
my health praised be. 47 God doth avenge me, and subdues
The people under me.
Yea, thou hast lifted me
and from the man
The heathen folk among;
Sing praises in a song.
He mercy doth extend
And his seed without end.
PSALM XIX. To a person entering into the New Testament view of the Psalms, this one will appear perfectly plain, according to what is attempted in the para. phrase, * as exactly parallel to Psalm xcvii, with all those of the same spirit and expression, wherein the Godhead and glory of the Son of God, the universal Lord and King over all, are described by the Holy Ghost as declared from heaven; and filling the whole earth, not with regard to creation and providence; (which operations of his also are abundantly described elsewhere); but, with regard to the manifestation of the everlasting gospel, and of the character and glory of God, shining in the face of Jesus, as held forth in
* See Note, page 94.
the light of the apostolic testimony. As the apostle Paul has actually interpreted this Psalm, Rom. x. 18. -So that the matter is for ever decided with those, who will be determined by the account given by the Holy Spirit of inspiration himself. As to the strong poetical colourings used in this Psalm, drawn from the grandest objects in the world, the heavens, the sun, and the glory of warriors, &c. according to those times and places, they are the very mother-tongue. so to speak, of all the prophets. From the Ilth verse, and downward to the end, the form of the discourse begins naturally to slide into the first person. - And that Messiah is the
mani. fest to him who considers the meaning of the parallels quoted in the margin; * as the same shall be demonstrated in the proper places.
Like fire descending down from heav'ri,
And rushing like a mighty wind,
Announc'd his glory to mankind:
Th' apostles all his glory telt ;
And all his saints in glory dwell. 1
heav'ns God's glory do declares.
The skies his hand-works preach : 2 Day utters speech to day, and night in
To night doth knowledge teach. 3 There is no speech nor tongue to which
Their voice doth not extend : 4 Their line is gone thro' all the earth,
Their words to the world's end, In them he set the sun a tent; 5 Who, bridegroom-like, forth goes From's chamber, as a strong man doth To run his race rejoice. * Prose Psalms of the Bible.
6 From heav'n's end is his going forth,
Circling to the end again;
That hidden doth remain.
The soul in sin that lies : God's testimony is most sure,
And makes the simple wise.
And do rejoice the heart:
Light to the eyes impart.
And doth endure for ever :
And righteous altogether. 10 They more than gold, yea, much fine gold,
To be desired are :
That droppeth, sweeter far.
How he his life should frame:
For them that keep the same. 12 Who can his errors understand ?
O cleanse thou me within
From all presumptuous sin:
Dominion over me:
I from much sin shall be. 14 The words which from my mouth proceed,
The thoughts 'sent from my heart,
PSALM XX. .' This Psalm, it is allowed on all hands, is spoken in the person of the church, glorying in, and sympathising with, her King in the day of his calamity; while she breathes forth, at the same time, her fervent hope-inspired desires for his deliverance from all his troubles.—That not David, but his Lord, is the King, is certain from the last words of the Psalm, Save, Lord : let the King hear us when we call.'
To clothe his saints around with praise,
And raise them glorious by his fall,
Lo, Jesus fights their battles all
And sympathising with him too,
And plead for him the vict'ry due.
When trouble he doth send :
Thee from all ill defend.
Out of his sanctuary :
Let him give strength to thee. 3 Let him remember all thy gifts,
Accept thy sacrifice : 4 Grant thee thine heart's wish, and fulfil
Thy thoughts and counsel wise. 5 In thy salvation we will joy ;
In our God's name we will
Thy prayers all fulfil.
He from his holy heav'n
By his own right hand giv’n.