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PSALM CXXVII. READER, if thou art one Spirit with the Lord, does not thy very heart within thee burn and glow with holy indignation and shame, for the gross prostitution, and most unhallowed application, of this and the following divinely delicate Psalms, to the ordinary purposes of a breeding wife, with a parcel of children about her in a man's house !-How grossly have they insulted the Spouse of Christ ! The Lord, her Husband, vindicate his glory!
Christ's children are his heritage.
Whom he himself creates :
The church his season waits.
1 XCEPT the Lord do build the house,
The builders lose their pain :
The watchmen watch in vain. 2 'Tis vain for you to rise betimes,
Or late from rest to keep,
He his beloved sleep.
The womb's fruit his reward. 4 The sons of youth as arrows are,
For strong men's hands prepard, 5 0 happy is the man that hath
His quiver filld with those ;
PSALM CXXVIII. SEE the last Psalm, general preface, and margin. *
The glory of our Father's house,
With which the world shall ring,
The Spirit bids us sing. 1 BLESS'D is each one that fears the Lord,
And walketh in his ways; 2 For of thy labour thou shalt eat,
And happy be always.
By thy house sides be found:
About thy table round.
Thus blessed shall he be.
His blessing unto thee:
Whilst thou on earth dost dwell.
And peace on Israel.
PSALM CXXIX. · Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an ample that we should follow his steps.' 1 Pet. ii. 20, 21.
The Lord for us a pattern left,
The Shepherd for his flock :
He lean'd on God his Rock.
• Prose Psalms of the Bible.
FT did they vex me from my youth,
May Isr'el now declare; 2 Oft did they vex me from my youth,
Yet not victorious were. 3 The plowers plow'd upon my back ;
They long their furrows drew. 4 The righteous Lord did cut the cords
Of the ungodly crew. 5 Let Sion's haters all be turn'd
Back with confusion. 6 As grass on houses' tops be they, Which fades ere it be
grown: 7 Whereof enough to fill his hand
The mower cannot find :
Whose work is sheaves to bind. 8 Neither say they who do go by,
God's blessing on you rest:
Do wish you to be blest.
PSALM CXXX. NEVER Psalm has been more grossly and groundlessly abused than this: It is the famous De profundis of the Papists; it has also been laid by the notable and, in many respects, great Dr Owen, as the grand foundation-work of his deep mysterious something concerning faith and repentance, which he supposed to lie somewhere hereabouts, which yet he could never perfectly define, nor clearly discover where it was really to be found: it has been offered by the modern Pharisees as a remarkable and eminent ground for minting at what they call believing, &c.—Bụt if Christians are allowed to be complete in Christ, without the complement of monastic dreams,
old wives tales, and the additional work of fond hypocritical fancies, which make void the word of God, the Psalm of itself is as plain as the sufferings of CHRIST, and the following glory.
From deeps. profound, lo, Jesus cries
(Where we deserv’d to lie); That he might raise us to the skies,
To sing with God on high. 1 LORD, from the depths to thee I cry'd.
My voice, Lord, do thou hear; 2 Unto my supplication's voice
Give an attentive ear. 3 Lord who shall stand, if thou, O Lord,
Should'st mark.iniquity ? 4 But yet with thee forgiveness is,
That fear'd thou mayest be. 5 I wait for God, my soul doth wait,
My hope is in his word.
My soul waits for the Lord;
The morning light to see. 7 Let Israel hope in the Lord,
For with him mercies be.
Is ever found with him. [8 And from all his iniquities
He Israel shall redeem,
From henceforth, and for evermore, let the doat-' ing annotators, with their fairy tales, about David, with his speeches and patterns, in this Psalm, be stared out of countenance by the following New!
Testament text; viz. · Let this mind be in you
which was also in Christ Jesus ; who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be
equal with God: but made himself of no reputa' tion, and took upon him the form of a servant, and
was made in the likeness of men : and, being · found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, • and became obedient unto death, even the death I of the cross.
Wherefore God also hath highly ' exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus
knee ' should bow, of things in heaven, and things in • earth, and things under the earth, and that every
tongue should confess, that Jesus Christ is Lord, ' to the glory of God the Father.' Phil. ii5, &c.
The lowliness of Jesus see
In colours deep display'd :
In dust let us be laid.
Mine eyes not lofty be;
Or things too high for me.
With quiet sp'rit and mild.
Is like a weaned child.
"Of Israel rely,
PSALM CXXXII. MESSIAH reigning on his father David's throne, expressly called the throne of Jehovah, 1 Chron. xxix. ! 23. and 2 Chron. ix. 8. See Psal. ii.