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NAME in the midst of her, which had been evidenced by the “wonderful works” wrought for her falvation. Upon whatever occasion these words were ori. ginally indited, the Christian church now celebrates in them that great deliverance, which, by so many miracles of
hath been accomplished for her, through Messiah, who is in Scripture frequently styled, “ the NAME of Jehovah." See
Ifai. xxx. 27
2. When I Mall receive the congregation, I will judge uprightly.
The first verse was spoken by many persons ; “ unto thee, O God, do we give thanks ;" here the speaker is one, and that one is plainly a ruler, who promises, that when he lhall have “ received the con“gregation," or, as some render it, « when he shall o have gotten an appointed, or fit time, or season," that is, when he shall be established in power and authority, at a fit time and place, he will “ judge
uprightly,” and introduce a thorough reformation into a kingdom, which, as we shall find by the following verse, stood greatly in need of it. From these circumstances it should seem most probable, that David is speaking of his advancement to the throne of Ifrael, and the intended rectitude of his adminiftration, when he should be settled thereon. What David did in Israel, was done in the church universal, by him who sate upon the throne of David, when he “ received,” for his inheritance, the great “ congregation” of the Gentiles, and the earth was full of the “ righteousness” of Jehovah.
3. The earth, or, the land, and all the inhabi. tants thereof are, or, were disolved: I bear up the pillars of it.
Civil distractions, and the continual irruptions of foreign enemies, had thrown the Israelitish affairs into confusion, and “ diffolved” the frame of government; until, by the re-establishment of royal authority; countenance and support were again given to all the subordinate magistrates; who are, in their respective stations, the “pillars” of a community. Such was the universal corruption and dissolution of manners both among Jews and Gentiles, when Mef.. fias, entering upon his regal office, reformed the world, raised the glorious fabric of the church, and inade his apostles and their successors the “ pillars" of his spiritual kingdom. Let men support religion ; and God will support them.
4. I said unto the fools, deal not fooliMly; and to the wicked, lift not up the horn: 5. Lift not up your horn on high ; Speak not with a fiff neck.
“ Where the word of a king is, there is power. The prophet addresses himself to the opposers of his government, and the disturbers of Israel : he urges the “ folly” of exalting themselves against their prince; and exhorts them, for their own fakes, to humility and obedience. Is not this the very mefsage which the ministers of Christ have received from their king; and are commanded to deliver to the world?
6. For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west, nor from the south : 7. But God put down,”
is the judge ; he putteth down one, and setteth up another.
The opposition, mentioned in the preceding verse, was called “folly.” In these verses it is proved to be such ; as being an opposition, in effect, to the counsels of beaven; for, not by worldly power or craft, but by the designation and providence of God himself, the supreme judge of princes, and disposer of kingdoms, was the house of Saul “ and the house of David " set up." And are not, then, the enemies of the Son of God in arms against the Father; who, according to the promises going before concerning him, hath highly exalted him'; hath committed all power and judgment to him; and hath put all things under his feet? Yea, and the hour is coming, when he shall put down all rule, and all authority, and power, and the Lord Jesus alone fhall be exalted in that day. What will then he the portion of his impenitent adversaries, the next verse will inform us.
8. For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red: it is full of mixture, and he pouretle out of the same; but the dregs thereof all the wicked of the earth Mall wring them out, and drink them.
As the choicest of heavenly blessings are frequently in Scripture represented by the falutary effects of wine, a cup of which the Master of the family is supposed to hold in his hand, ready to distribute due portions of it to those around him; fo from the noxious and intoxicating qualities of that liquor, when drank strong, and in too large a quantity, is borrowed a most tremendous image of the wrath and indignation of Almighty God. Calamity and sorrow, fear and trembling, infatuation and despair, the evils of the present life, and of that which is to come, are the bitter ingredients which compose this most hor: rible cup of mixture. It is entirely in the hand and disposal of God, who through every age, has been pouring out, and administering of it's contents, more or less, in proportion to the sins of men. But much of the strength and power of the liquor still remains behind, until the day of final vengeance. It will be then exhausted, even to the dregs, by unrepenting rebels; when “ burning coals, fire, and brimstone," and eternal “ tempeft,” shall be “the portion of their “cup.” Pf. xi. 6.
9. But I will declare for ever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
*These dispensations of mercy and judgment the prophet resolves to “declare” to the world for ever, by thus “ singing" the works and the “praises” of God, in psalms, and hymns, and spiritual songs. And while we now sing them, we declare our resolution to be the same with his.
10. All the horns of the wicked also will I cut off; but the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
He determines likewise, as every good governor should do, to exert the authority with which he was entrusted; to break the power of triumphant wickedness; and to exalt that righteousness which exalteth a nation; hereby rendering himself a fit image of Him, who hath fince done away transgression, and brought in everlasting righteousness, who will one
day turn the wicked into hell, and exalt his faithful servants, to reign with him in heaven. Already he reigns in them upon earth : causing “ all carnal af“ fections to die in them, and all things belonging " to the Spirit to live and grow in them.”
It is obvious, at first sight, to any one who
reads this Psalm, that it was composed, as a thanksgiving hymn, on account of some great deliverance, wrought for his people, by the immediate hand of God. The misaculous destruction of the Assyrian army, by the angel, in the days of king Hezeķiah, is generally pitched upon, as the subject of it, and affirmed to be so by the ancient Greek inscription prefixed to it in the LXX version. The prophet, 1, 2. declares the glory which God hath gotten him in Israel ; 3—6. describes the circumstances of the deliverance, with 7. a reflection thereupon; 8-10. he mentions the effects it had produced among the nations, and 11, 12. those which it ought to produce in ļsraelitish hearts. The ideas are to be transferred to the salvation of the church univerfal, by the destruction of sin and Satan, and the overthrow of the persecuting powers.