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The 19th Part.. 145 With my whole heart I cry'd, Lord, hear;
I will thy word obey. 146 I cry'd to thee; save me, and I
Will keep thy laws alway. 147 I of the morning did prevent
The dawning, and did cry:
Did on thy word rely.
The watches of the night,
Then meditate I might.
My voice, that calls on thee;
Revive and quicken me.
They from thy law are far: 151 But thou art near, Lord; most firm truth
All thy commandments are. 152 As for thy testimonies all,
Of old this have I tryd,
RESH. The 20th Part. 153 Consider mine affliction,
In safety do me set :
Thy law do not forget.
Save me, and plead my cause. 155 Salvation is from sinners far;
For they seek not thy laws. 156 O Lord, both great and manifold
Thy tender mercies be:
According to thy judgments just,
Revive and quicken me. 157 My persecutors many are,
And foes that do combine;
My heart doth not decline.
For they keep not thy word. 159 See how I love thy law! as thou
Art kind, me quicken, Lord. 160 From the beginning all thy word
Hath been most true and sure ;
For evermore endure.
SCHIN. The 21st Part. 161 Princes have persecuted me,
Although no cause they saw :
My heart doth stand in awe. 162 I at thy word rejoice, as one
Of spoil that finds great store. 163 Thy law I love; but lying all
I hate and do abhor.
To give due praise to thee;
Which righteous ever be.
Offence they shall have none. 166 I hop'd for thy salvation, Lord,
And thy commands have done. 167 My soul thy testimonies pure
I love exceedingly.
168 Thy testimonies and thy laws
I kept with special care;
TAU. - The 22d Part. 169 O let my earnest pray'r and cry
Come near before thee, Lord :
According to thy word.
After thy word me free. 171 My lips shall utter praise, when thou
Hast taught thy laws to me.
Shall speak, and it confess;
Are perfect righteousness.
Thy precepts are my choice. , 174 I long'd for thy salvation, Lord,
And in thy law rejoice.
Give praises unto thee;
Be helpful unto me.
Thy servant seek, and find :
To slip out of my mind.
This Psalm, with the following fourteen, is entitled A song of degrees, and is, like all of them,
eminently picturesque, and descriptive of the gradual progress
and advancement of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, the Captain of Salvation, going forwards, by the due degrees appointed of the Father, to the heavenly kingdom and glory.—Parallel to Psal. cxviii. &c.
The Lord of Life, the Prince of Peace,
Among his bitter foes sojourns-
Of him who at the Saviour spurns !
gave ear to me. 2 From lying lips, and guileful tongue,
O Lord, my soul set free. 3 What shall be giv’n thee? or what shall
Be done to thee, false tongue ? 4 Ev'n burning coals of juniper,
Sharp arrows of the strong.
A sojourner so long;
To Kedar that belong.
Hath long a dweller been. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak,
For battle they are keen.
Spoken partly by, and partly of, the Prince Messiah, the Shepherd of Israel ; whose state and safety, in connection with his followers, by the way of dialogue and chorus, are here declared and described. Parallel to Psal. xvi. xci. &c.
Our Shepherd, Father, Lord, and God,
Our Guide and Guardian evermore,
For Christ our Captain goes before. 1 I TO the hills will lift mine
eyes, From , 2 My safety cometh from the Lord,
Who heav'n and earth hath made. 3 Thy foot he'll not let slide, nor will
He slumber that thee keeps. 4 Behold, he that keeps Israel,
He slumbers not, nor sleeps. 5 The Lord thee keeps, the Lord thy shade
On thy right hand doth stay : 6 The moon by night thee shall not smite,
Nor yet the sun by day. 7 The Lord shall keep thy soul; he shall
Preserve thee from all ill. 8 Henceforth thy going out and in
God keep for ever will.
CHRIST is the speaker of this Psalm; and his angels express the spirit of it, while they sing, with glory shining all around, Glory to God in the highest !
peace on earth! good-will towards men !'
Jerusalem, unto thy God!
peace are thine abode. 1 I JOY'D when to the house of God,
up, they said to me. 2 Jerusalem, within thy gates
Our feet shall standing be.