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That for my soul have sought ; and thee
Before them have not set.
A God most gracious,
And mercy plenteous.
And mercy on me have;
Of thine own handmaid save.
Which do me hate may see,
Didst help and comfort me.
PSALM LXXXVII. COMMEMORATIVE and descriptive of the glory of the Messiah's kingdom, (spoken in the person of the Messiah ; parallel in the beginning to Psalm xlviii. and in the latter part to the conclusion of Psal. xxii. as appears by the margin *), fully ascertains its own most evident meaning in general, as here narrated. As to that particular passage in ver. 2. · The Lord • loveth the gates of Zion more than all the dwell
ings of Jacob,' which hath, upon occasions, been most grievously abused, it is explained by its parallel, Psal. lxxviii. 67. . Moreover, he refused the
tabernacle of Joseph, and chose not the tribe of
Ephraim ; but chose the tribe of Judah, the mount • Zion which he loved.'
Come, lift aloud the voice of joy!
* Prose Psalms of the Bible,
UPON the hills of holiness
The Lord of Glory's Lord of all :
And round him dance, and sing, and play! 1
the hills of holiness
He his foundation sets, 2 God, more than Jacob's dwellings all,
Delights in Sion's gates. 3 Things glorious are said of thee,
Thou city of the Lord.
That know me, will record :
The land of Palestine,
This man was born therein. 5 And it of Sion shall be said,
This man and that man there
Himself shall stablish her.
That this man born was there. 7 There be that sing and play; and all
My well-springs in thee are.
How grievously have the authors of the Westminster Confession of Faith and Catechisms (which, by the way, all the ministers and probationers of the Kirk of Scotland have sworn to and subscribed, as the confession of their faith, as well as the Seceders and Relief-people, with the writer of this illustration among the rest, before he knew better, while he continued to call the Kirk his mother) mistaken the Author and Finisher of the one divine apostolic faith
of all God's elect, when they have ventured to ada vance this Psalm throughout, as they word it, together with Psal. xxii. Ixxvii. and others equally foreign to their purpose, as proofs, that one who
doubteth of his being in Christ, may have true in'terest in Christ, though he be not yet assured there'of!—They commonly say, that the Son of God himself died under a cloud; and that, in so dying, he was a pattern to his followers in all ages. They have said, that, if the Son of God expressed two acts of faith in crying, “ My God, my God,' he also expressed one act of doubting and unbelief in adding, · Why hast thou forsaken me?'-_And many more such things with them there be..My soul, come not thou into their counsel! mine honour, with theirs be not united !--Now, to forbear a little, and to allow them all they desire with regard to this famous Psalm ; suppose that, indeed, Heman the Ezrahite, giving instruction, was, as they allow, by the Holy Ghost inspired to describe his own personal experiences, (and not those of the Messiah); and moreover, that those said experiences of Heman were meant as patterns to all other saints in time coming, and good proofs, that persons might have true interest in Christ, though not yet assured thereof, fc. suppose, I say, all this, and whatever more you please in the same strain
that the Holy Ghost should inspire a man to cry out at a venture without assurance, without certainty, as in the first words of this Psalm, 'O Lord God of my
salvation,' &c.-or that these words were a proof, that he might possibly have an interest in God's salvation, and yet at the same time have no assurance thereof?-0 enemy ! enemy! how hast thou deceiv. ed the nations See the parallels.-Consider the New Testament, and give God, O believer, the praise of all his glory, as it shines in the face of Jesus. I say no more.
This song of mourning Jesus sang -
When war and trumpet's dreadful clang
Alarm'd his soul with fearfulness :
From wounds of death have made thee whole ! I LORD God, my Saviour, day and night
Before thee cry'd have I. 2 Before thee let my prayer come;
Give ear unto my cry: 3 For troubles great do fill my soul ;
My life draws nigh the grave, 4 I'm counted with those that go down
To pit, and no strength have.
That slain in grave do lie ;
Thou hast in memory.
In deeps and darksome caves. 7 Thy wrath lies hard on me, thou hast
Me press'd with all thy waves.
Thou mad'st them to abhor me ;
Mine eye mourns dolefully:
My hands continually.
Shall they rise, and thee bless ? 11 Shall in the grave thy love be told ?
In death thy faithfulness ? 12 Shall thy great wonders in the dark,
Or shall thy righteousness,
Be known to any in the land
Of deep forgetfulness ? 13 But, Lord, to thee I cryd; my pray'r.
At morn prevent shall thee. 14 Why, Lord, dost thou cast off my soul,
And hid'st thy face from me?
I ready am to die;
They did pursue me só.
Like water, they did roll;
Have compassed my soul.
And him that did me love;
To darkness didst remove.
PRECISELY parallel to Psal. ii. See ver. 27. ' I ' will make him, my First-born, higher than the kings of the earth,' &c.
Descriptive of THE SON OF GOD,