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OW lovely is thy dwelling-place,
O Lord of hosts, to me!
How pleasant, Lord, they be !
Yea faints, thy courts to see ;
O living God, for thee.
An house wherein to rest;
Hath purchased a nest;
Her young ones forth may bring,
Who art my God and King.
They ever give thee praise. 5 Bless d'is the man whose strength thou art,
In whose heart are thy ways:
Therein do dig up wells ;
The pools with water fills. To me, it is inconceivable, how sparrows or swallows could fix their nests in the altars of God, which were of brass or rough stones, and had a fire perpetually burning upon them, and multitudes of priests and Levites crouding around them. God did not allow of any trees to be planted near to them. I cannot believe God's tabernacle or temple was polluted with the nests and ordure of birds, in the manner of our ruinous churches. Nor, can I see this idea answerable to the context, or scope of the Psalm: Might not the verse be rather translat. ed, As the sparrow findeth the house, and the swallow the nest for herself, where she hath put her young ones, my soul findeth thine altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God, i. e. with inexpressible ardour I long for, and desire them, and with ineffable pleasure I approach them, in order to intimate fel. lowship with my God. Compare ver. 1, 2. 10. of this Psalm. with Psalms xlii. 1, 2.xlii. 3. 4. Rev. Mr Brown, Haddington.)
* 7 So they from strength unwearied go
Still forward unto strength,
Before the Lord at length.
O Jacob's God give ear.
Of thine Anointed dear.
A thousand; rather in,
Than dwell in tents of sin.
He'll grace and glory give;
That uprightly do live.
That man is truly blest,
On thee alone doth rest.
PSALM LXXXV. DESCRIPTIVE and commemorative, according to the season then being, of the past, present, and future ways of the Lord God towards his people, his elected church; who indeed, as to their persons, are innumerable, but as to their spirits, are one with their Lord their Head, in whose name and communion, by the Holy Ghost, who dwelleth in them all, they are authorised and led, conjunctly and severally, to breathe forth their joyful spirits into their Father's bosom, in this gloriously triumphant song of praise.
Behold the blessings, here describ'd,
Of everlasting Grace,
Whose reign is only circumscribd
By the utmost bounds of space :
In a divine embrace. 10
LORD, thou hast been favourable
To thy beloved land:
Recall'd with mighty hand.
All their iniquities;
Hast cover'd from thine eyes.
From thy wrath's furiousness. 4 Turn us, God of our health, and cause
Thy wrath 'gainst us to cease. 5 Shall thy displeasure thus endure
Against us without end?
Thine anger forth extend ?
Wilt thou not us revive? 7 Shew us thy mercy, Lord' to us :
Do thy salvation give.
To his folk he'll speak peace,
Return to foolishness.
Is his salvation.
And peace kiss'd mutually :
11 Truth springs from earth, and righteousness
Looks down from heaven high. 12 Yea, what is good the Lord shall give;
Our land shall yield increase : 13 Justice, to set us in his steps,
Shall go before his face.
PSALM LXXXVI. The speaker in this Psalm (for there is but one,) finds himself authorised to plead his own holiness, as the foundation of his claim to the divine favour; wherefore, he says, ver. 2, · Preserve my soul ; FOR · I am HOLY: 0 thou my God, save thy Servant
that trusteth in thee.'—See parallels, Psal. xxxv. xl. cxvi. &c. Who can this be but the Lord of David ?
The Father's Servant here become,
Who was in God's own form,
And all his will perform :
When he to God draws near ;
Of his ANOINTED DEAR.
LORD, do thou bow down thine ear,
And hear me graciously ;
And am in poverty.
By thee preserved be:
That puts his trust in thee. 3 Sith unto thee I daily cry,
Be merciful to me.
4 Rejoice thy servant's soul; for, Lord,
I lift my soul to thee.
And ready to forgive;
Upon thee to relieve. 6 Hear, Lord, my pray’r; unto the voice
Of my request attend : 7 In troublous times I'll call on thee;
For thou wilt answer send. 8 Lord, there is none among the gods That may with thee
compare; And like the works which thou hast done,
Not any work is there. 9 All riations whom thou mad'st shall come
And worship rev’rently
Thy name shall glorify.
And works by thee art done
Art God thyself alone,
O Lord, then walk will I;
May fear continually.
To thee will I give praise;
Unto thy name always :
In greatness doth excel;
Out from the lowest hell.
And vi'lent men have met,