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The Lord's own works, nor did regard

The doing of his hand.
6 For ever blessed be the Lord,

For graciously he heard
The voice of my petitions,
And
prayers

did regard. 7 The Lord's my strength and shield; my heart Upon him did rely

;
And I am helped ; hence my heart

Doth joy exceedingly,
And with my song I will him praise.
8 Their strength is God alone :
He also is the saving strength

Of his anointed one.
9 O thine own people do thou save,

Bless thine inheritance;
Them also do thou feed, and them

For evermore advance.

PSALM XXIX.

SEE Psalm ii.

The Voice, the WORD, th' incarnate WORD,
Th' eternal God, th' almighty Lord,
From whom the universe began,
Who perfects all his Father's plan,
Upholding all things by his pow'r-
He reigneth King for evermore :
Let heav'n and earth in one combine,

To give him glory all divine !
1
GIVE ye

unto the Lord, ye sons
That of the mighty be,
All strength and glory to the Lord

Vith cheerfulness give ye.

2 Unto the Lord the glory give

That to his name is due;
And in the beauty of holiness

Unto JEHOVAH bow.
3 The Lord's voice on the waters is ;

The God of majesty
Doth thunder, and on multitudes

Of waters sitteth he.
4 A pow'rful voice it is that comes

Out from the Lord most high ;
The voice of that great Lord is full

Of glorious majesty.
5 The voice of the Eternal doth

Asunder cedars tear;
Yea, God the Lord doth cedars break

That Lebanon doth bear.
6 He makes them like a calf to skip,

Ev'n that great Lebanon,
And, like to a young unicorn,

The mountain Sirion.
7 God's voice divides the flames of fire ;
8 The desert it doth shake :
The Lord doth make the wilderness

Of Kadesh all to quake. 9 God's voice doth make the hinds to calve,

It makes the forest bare:
And in his temple ev'ry oné

His glory doth declare.
10 The Lord sits on the floods; the Lord

Sits King, and ever shall. 11 The Lord will give his people strength, And with peace bless them all.

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This most delicate and heavenly Psalm has been nost grossly and grievously abused by our modern sons of Levi, together with their bewitched followers, whom, by their blind zeal and unhallowed diligence, they seem to have rendered twofold more (if possible) the children of hell than themselves, particularly in these memorable words of the 7th verse,

Thou didst hide thy face, and I was troubled ; which they, good people and wise ! universally apply to David, and, by consequence, to the weaklings of the flock, whom they call babes in Christ, as being often uncertain of their sonship, and that they have known the Father, and that their sins are forgiven them, (See 1 John ii. 12 to the 4th verse of chap. iii.), under certain hidings and withdrawings of their Father's counterance, in certain times of darkness and desertion..But, leaving dreams and old wives' fables, the words are expressive of the agonies and death of the person who uses them; as is clear from Psalm civ. 29; and sọ by the Lord they are applied, John xü. 27. Now is my soul

troubled ; and what shall I say?-_and Matt. xxvi. 38. My soul is exceeding sorrowful, even unto death;

-and, chap. xxvii. 46. “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?'N. B. These words in the 5th verse of this Psalm ought particularly to be remarked, as literally fulfilled in the death and resurrection of Christ, whereof they are an evident prophecy, viz. · Weeping may,' or shall, 'endure, or commence, ' in the night,' (the Hebrew reads, according to the note on the margin,

(in the evening'), the same night wherein he was betrayed; but joy cometh in the morning,' namely, of the resurrection, early in the morning of the first day of the week, as saith the Scripture.

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• Prose Psalms of the Bible.

The Lord of glory dedicates

Himself, with all his house, to God,
Acknowledging, in both estates,
The
mercy

that his Father show'd:
His anger lasted but a while ;

For, when the night of death was o'er, The rising morn began to smile

With mercy, lasting evermore.

,

1 ORD, I will thee extol, for thou

Hast , And over me thou to rejoice

Mad'st not minę enemy.
20 thou who art the Lord my God,

I in distress to thee,
With loud cries lifted up my voice,

And thou hast healed me. 30 Lord, my soul thou hast brought up,

And rescu'd from the grave; That I to pit should not go down,

Alive thou didst me save. 4 0 ye that are his holy ones,

Sing praise unto the Lord;
And give unto him thanks, when ye

His holiness record.
5 For but a moment lasts his wrath;

Life in his favour lies :
Weeping may for a night endure,

At morn doth joy arise. 6 In my prosperity I said

That nothing shall me move. 70 Lord, thou hast my mountain made

To stand strong by thy love.
But when that thou, O gracious God,

Did'st hide thy face from me,
Then quickly was my prosp'rous state

Turn'd into misery.

8 Wherefore unto the Lord my cry

I caused to ascend :
My humble supplication

I to the Lord did send. I
9 What profit is there in my blood,

When I go down to pit ?
Shall unto thee the dust give praise ?

Thy truth declare shall it ?
10 Hear, Lord, have mercy ; help me Lord.
11 Thou turned hast

my

sadness
To dancing; yea, my sackcloth loos’d,

And girded me with gladness;
12 That sing thy praise my glory may,

And never silent be.
O Lord my God, for evermore

I will give thanks to thee.

PSALM XXXI.

Of all the memorable things, testified beforehand concerning Christ in the Psalms, there is none recorded in the New Testament, as more remarkably and literally fulfilled than his last words upon the cross, crying with a loud voice, Luke xxiii. 46. Fa

ther, into thy hands 1 commend my spirit:' which words are evidently taken from the prophetic record in the 5th verse of this Psalm. Now, this Psalm being all spoken in one person, this undeniable application of one conspicuous part thereof must infallibly determine the sense of the whole, and consequently, for the same reason, of all the parallels thereof; for which the reader is referred to his own sagacity and taste in such matters, and to the marginal refer

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ences.

* Prose Psalms of the Bible.

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