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Psalm lxxiv. Ut quid, Deus ?
why is thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy parture? 2 O think upon thy congregation : whom thou hast
purchased, and redeemed of old.
3 Think upon the tribe of thine inheritance: and mount Sion, wherein thou haft dwelt.
4 Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every enemy : which hath done evil in thy sanctuary.
5 Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations: and set up their banners for tokens.
6 He that hewed thick timber afore out of the thick trees : was known to bring it to an excellent work.
7 But now they break down all the carved work thereof: with axes and hammers.
8 They have set fire upon thy holy places : and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.
9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether : thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
10 We see not our tokens, there is not one prophet more : no, not one is there among us, that understandeth any
II O God, how long shall the adversary do this disa honour: how long shall the enemy blafpheme thy Name, for ever?
12 Why withdrawest thou thy hand : why pluckeft thou not thy right hand out of thy bolom to consume the enemy?
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. ungodly, or the sufferings of the righteous; and initead of being tempted to forsake the fear of the Lord, we shall cleave to him more and more, by a lively faith, and by such fentiments of love and confidence as Asaph expreffes when he says, “I am alway by thee ; for thou haft holden me by my right hand ; thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and after that receive me with glory. Whom have in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I defire in comparison of thee. It is good for me to hold me fait by God."
13 For God is my King of old: the help that is done upon earth, he doeth it himself.
14. Thou didft divide the sea through thy power : chou breakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
15 Thou smotest the heads of Leviathan in pieces : and gavest him to be meat for the people in the wildernels.
16 Thou broughteft our fountains, and waters out of the hard rocks : thou driedft up mighty waters.
17 The day is thine, and the night is thine : thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
18 Thou haft set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy hath rebuked: and how the foolish people hath blasphemed chy Name.
,20 O deliver not the foul of thy turtle dove unto the multitude of the enemies : and forget not che congregation of the poor for ever.
21 Look upon the covenant : for all the earth is full of darkness, and cruel habitations.
22 O lec nor the fimple go away alhamed : but let the poor and needy give praile unto thy Name.
23 Arile, O God, maintain thine own cause : remember how the foolish man blasphemeth chee daily.
24 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the presumption of them that hate thee, increaleth ever more and more.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm lxxiv.] Observe, 1. That as God, to punith the Jews for the abuse of his service, had suffered their temple to be burnt, and then to be led into captivity, by idolaters ; for the fame reasons he has often delivered his church into the hands of perfecutors, and deprived nations of the benefit of his word, and removed their candlestick ; but when he thus affiets his church, his design is to chastise it, to try it, and to purify ic. 2. That when God appears the most provoked with his people, he does not quite forsake them; but always remembers his covenant, and delivers them at last by his power and goodness. Thus it has always happened, as the Jews particularly experienced, when God delivered there from the Babylonith captivity, and they rebuilt the temple of Jerusalem, the destruction of which is lamented in this pfalm. Laitly, As the pro
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Psalm 1xxy. Confitebimur tibi.
thee, O God, do we give thanks : yea, unto thee do we give thanks. 2 Thy Name allo is fo nigh: and that do thy wondrous works declare.
3 When I receive the congregation : I shall judge ac. cording unto right:
4 The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof: I bear up the pillars of it.
5 I faid unto the fools, Deal not so madly: and to the ungodly, Set not up your horn.
6 Set nok up your horn on high : and speak not with a ftiff neck.
7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west: nor yet from the soutii.
8 And why? Guu is the Judge: he putteth down one, and fetteth up another.
9 For in the hanu of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red : it is full mixt, and he poureth out of the same.
10 As for the dregs thereof: all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and fuck them out.
11 But I will talk of the God of Jacob: and praise him
12 All the horns of the ungodly also will I break : and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. phet was grieved for the desolation of the temple, and the calamities of the Jews, and most devoutly prayed for their restoration ; lo Christians ought to be sensibly atfected with the misfortunes of the church, and to pray continually for its deliverance and prosperity. * Psalm 1xxv.] The instructions we meet with in this psalm are; 1. That it is God who establishes and ftrengthens kings, and gives peace to their dominions. 2. That it is the duty of kings and princes, and in general of all magistrates, to exercise justice, i reftrain the wicked and the proud, and to protect the innocent. 3. That we must not be lifted op in prosperity, nor make an ill use of power. 4. That the exaltatica and abasement of men proceed from God, who by his providence governs die world with wisdom and.justice. And lastly, that God ieferves a jait
Psalm 1xxvi. Notus in Judæa.
4 Thou art of more honour and might : than the hills of the robbers.
5 The proud are robbed, they have Nept their neep: and all the men whose hands were mighty, have found nothing.
6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob: both the chariot and the horse are fallen.
7. Thou, even thou are to be feared : and who may stand in thy fight when thou art angry?
8 Thou diaft cause thy judgment to be heard from hea'ven: the earth trembled, and was still.
. 9 When God arose to judgment: and to help all the meek upon earth.
10 The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise : and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain.
11 Promise unto the Lord your God, and keep it, all ye that are round about him: bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12 He shall refrain the spirit of princes : and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
Psalm lxxvii. Voce mea.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. and severe punishment for the wicked, but that he always gives proofs of his favour to good men.
Psalm 1xxvi.] In this pfalm we have a magnificent defcription of the power which God displayed in behalf of his people lírael, when they were assaulted by powerful and formidable enemies. From whence ve may conclude, that as God is always the same, he will do for his church, as he has always done; and therefore, that we need not fear either the wrath or power of men.
2 In the time of my trouble I fought the Lord: my sore ran, and cealed not in the night-season; my soul refused comfort.
3 When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God: when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
4. Thou holdeit mine eyes waking: I am so feeble that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old : and the years that are past.
6 I call to remembrance my fong: and in the night! commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirits.
7 Will the Lord absent himself for ever : and will he be no more intreated ?
8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever : and is his promise come utterly to an end forevermore?
9 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious : and will he shut up his loving kindness in difplealure ?
10 And I said, It is mine own infirmity : but I will re. member the years of the right hand of the most Highest.
1 I will remember the works of the Lord : and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
12 I will think also of all thy works : and my talking shall be of thy doings.
13 Thy way, o God, is holy: who is so great a God, as our God?
14 Thou art the God that doeth wonders : and haft declared thy power among the people.
15 Thou hast mightily delivered thy people : even the ions of Jacob and Jofeph.
16 The waters faw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid : the depths also were troubled.
17. The clouds poured out water, the air chundered : and thine arrows went abroad.
18 The voice of thy thunder was heard round about : the lightnings shone upon the ground, the earth was moved, and shook withal.
19 Tliy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters : and thy foctiteps are not known.