« PreviousContinue »
10 But be thou' merciful unto me, O Lord: raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them.
11 By this 1 know thou favourest me: that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
12 And when I aih' in my health, thou upholdest me: and shalt set me before thy face for ever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: world without end. Amen.
|| Psalm 42.
foul after thee, O God. 2 My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night: while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
4 Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself: for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
5 In the voice of praise and thanksgiving: among such as keep holy-day.
Ó Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
7 Put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.
8 My God, my soul is vexed within me: therefore will I re
This Psalm affords a moft elegant specimen of the thickest darkness of adversity admitting, at intervals, Hebrew Elegy. The royal Prophet banished far from some says of hope; he loves and mourns; complains the Temple, and publick
worship of God to the utmost and expoftulates; despairs and hopes; faints and takes confines of Judea, oppressed by his Enemies and vexed comfort; and by turns almost expresses all the various by tbeir taunts pours out his complaint and his prayers pallions together. to God. Here is wonderfully expressed the most fer # When Jhall I come to appear before the presence, &c. vent desires of a pious Soul, sorrow frequently break. The complaints of the Prüphet Lecause he could not ing forth upon the remembrance of absent good things; attend the House of God lould engage those who have an extreme dejection of mind, yielding to its grief, yet the liberty to serve God in the religious affemblies, bearing it impatiently ; overcome with difresies, yet in gratefully to improve so ineitimable a blefing. fome degree Krugling against them, and even in the
member thee concerning the land of Jurdan, and the little will of Hermon.
9 One deep calleth another, because of the noise of the waterpipes: all thy waves and storms are gone over me.
10 The Lord hath granted his loving kindness on the daytime: and in the night-season did I sing of him, and made my prayer unto the God of
life. 11 I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast. thou forgotten me: why go I thus heavily, while the enemy.oppresseth me?
12 My bones are smitten asunder as with a fword: while mine. enemies that trouble me cast me in the teeth;
13 Namely, while they say daily unto me: Where is now thy God?
14. Why art thou fo vexed, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
15 O put thy trust in God; for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
|| Psalm 43. Judica me, Deus. IVE fentence with me, o God, and defend my cause
against the ungodly people: O deliver me fiom the deceitful and wicked man. 2 For thou art the God of my strength, why haft thou put
me from thee: and why go I lo heavily while the enemy oppresseth. me?
3. O fend out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me: and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling. 4 And that I
may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, o God, my God.
In this Pfalm, as well as the foregoing, David publick, and comforts himself with the prospect of his
persecuted and driven from the Tabernacle, intreats a distance. God to deliver him from his Enemies, and restore him 1 o fend out thy light and thy frutb, &c. Let it be the valuable bledling of serving and praising him in obferved here that of the Prophet iatreated. God.co
5 Why art thou so heavy, 0 my foul: and why art thou fo disquieted within me?
6. O put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my
$ Psalm 44. Deus, auribus,
told us: what thou hast done in their time of old. 2 How thou haft driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted them in : how thou hast destroyed the nations, and cast them out.
3 For they gat not the land in poffeffion through their own fword: neither was it their own arın that helped them;
4 But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance: because thou hadít a favour unto them.
5 Thou art my King, O God: fend help unto Jacob.
6 Through thee will we overthrow our enemies: and in thy Name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
7 For I will not trust in my bow: it is not my sword that shall help me.
8 But it is thou that savest us from our enemies: and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
9 We make our boast of God all day long: and will praise thy Name for ever.
10 But now thou art far off, and puttest us to confusion: and goeft not forth with our armies. deliver him from the malice of his Enemies, it was Blessings which God had formerly conferred chiefly with a view to return to the Tabernacle, that Nation ; from: whence he hopes that God would he might praise God, and express his joy, love and grati- again display his power in their behalf
, and deliver tude. Upon a like principle ought we always to pray them. He describes in a very effecting manner their for deliverance from afflictions in general--not that we present distressed situation; earneftly imploring relief, may be more at liberty to gratify our worldly Lufts • We have beard with our Ears, God, &c. As and affe&ions ; but that we may be better enabled to the Ifraelites, amid their Africtions, thus callei to ferve God, and do good in our generation.
remembrance the patt Mercies of the Almighty toThis Psalm seems to have been composed at a wards them; as a comfortable ground of hope for time when the Israelites were under A Miction and fu:ure favours; fo should we under our greatest deftrelor a sfecution. The Prophet here recounts the signal fes gracefully reflet. apon the many and undeferve!
ii Thou makeit us to turn our backs upon our enemies: so that they, which hate us, spoil our goods.
12 Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep: and hast scattered us among the heathen.
13 Thou selleft thy people for nought: and takeft no' money for them.
14 Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours: to be laughied to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about
15. Thou makest us to be a by-word among the heathen: and that the people shall shake their heads at us.
16 My confusion is daily before me: and the shame of my face hath covered me;
17 For the voice of the slanderer, and blasphemer: for the enemy, and avenger.
18 And though all this become upon us, yet do we not forget thee: nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
19 Our heart is not turned back: neither our steps gone out of thy way;
20 No, not when thou hast smitten us into the place of dragons: and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange God: shall not God search it out? for he knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
22 For thy fake also are we killed all the day long: and are counted as sheep appointed to be flain.
23 Up, Lord, why sleepest thou: awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face: and forgettest our misery and trouble?
benefits we have received from our Maker, as a feason to create in us a humble trust that he will deliver us, tor patience and refigna:ion to his will; as well as when he in his infinite wisdom f.es it best for us.
25 For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the ground. 26 Arise, and help us: and deliver us for thy mercies fake. lj Psalm 45.
Eru&tavit cor meum.
which I have made unto the King.
3 Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
4 Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most mighty: according to thy worship and renown.
5 Good luck have thou with thine honour: ride on because of the word of truth, of meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
6 Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be fubdued unto thee: even in the midst among the Kings enemies. 7
Thy feat, O God, endureth for ever: the scepter of thy kingdom is a right scepter.
8 Thou haft loved righteousness and hated iniquity: wherefore God, even thy God; hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
9 All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia: out of thie ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
10 Kings daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
1 Hearken, O daughter, and consider, incline thine ear: forget also thine own people, and thy fathers house.
12 So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty: for he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him. | This is a nuptial Song upon Solomon's marriage the 1st chapter of his Epistle to the Hebrews, v. 8.9.
* Thy seat, o God, endureth for ever, &c. This gured the spiritual unity and marriage betwixt Chrif paffage is quoted by St. Paul in order to thew the and lis Church, as appears from St. Paul's quotation in, fuperior excellency of the Gospel above that of the
with Pharoah's Daughter and seems to have prefi