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Before from hence I do depart,
: PSALM XL.
To the chief Musician. A Psalm of DAVID. Here we bave (1) David's hearty acknowledgments of God's kindness, in bringing him out of long and sore afflictions; ver. 1-5. (2) His preferring of holy obedience to God, and faithful publication of his truths and praises, to all ceremonial oblations; ver. 6-ll. (3) His improvement of his former deliverance, as an encouragement to supplicate further mercy and protection ; an encouragement to confess sin and implore the pardon thereof; an encouragement to rejoice in, and praise God for his excellencies and favours ; to trust him under affliction, and to comfort himself in him amidst poverty, sinfulness, and trouble ; ver. 12-17.
But let me here chiefly think (1) of Jesus the great shepherd of the sheep, who was brought again from his agonies and death, by the blood of the everlasting covenant, and set down at the right hand of the majesty on high, that he might receive gifts for men, and that our faith and hope might be in God; ver. 1-5. (2) Let me think of the new covenant made between him and his eternal Father, for the redemption of sinful men, and of his complete fulfilment of the divine law as the condition thereof; ver. 6—10. (3) Let me think how our iniquities were charged to his account and punished on him, as our surety ; ver. 11-13. (4) Let me think how the unrelenting vengeance of almighty God, overtook his Jewish betrayers and murderers; and hath or will overtake his heathenish, anti-christian or other implacable enemies : and of the joy and consolation, which flow from and through him to his chosen friends; ver. 14-17.
T WAITED for the Lord my God,
my voice and cry to lear.
2 He took me from a fearful pit,
and from the miry clay. And on a rock be set my feet,
establishing my way. 3 He put a new song in my mouth,
our God to magnify : • Many shall see it, and shall fear,
and on the Lord rely.
upon the Lord relies :
as turn aside to lies.
the wonders thou hast done; Thy gracious thoughts to us-ward far
above all thoughts are gone : In order none can reckon them
to thee: if them declare, And speak of them I would, they more
than can be number'd are. 6 No sacrifice, nor offering
didst thou at all desire ; Mine ears thou bord : sin-offering thou
and burnt didst not require. Then to the Lord these were my words,
I come, behold and see : . - Within the volume of thy book
It written is of me:
O thou my God that art:
I have within my heart.
I righteousness did preach:
Lo, thou dost know, O Lord, that I
refrained not my speech. 10 I never did within my heart
conceal thy righteousness :
and shown thy faithfalness;
concealed have not I,
have hid thy verity. 11 Thy tender mercies, Lord, from me
0 do thou not restrain : Thy loving-kindness, and thy truth,
let them me still maintain.
and mine inquities
I cannot lift mine eyes :
thence is my heart dismay’d. 13 Be pleased, Lord, to rescue me ;
Lord, hasten to mine aid.
that seek my soul to kill :
and sham’d, that wish me ill. 15 For a reward of this their shame,
confounded let them be,
aha, aha, to me,
who seeking thee abide ;
17 I'm poor and needy, yet the Lord
of me a care doth take :
To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David. This Psalm contains, (1) A representation of the blessedness of him who wisely considereth the case of the poor, and affords them relief; ver. 1-3. (2) David's candid acknowledgments of the justness of his affliction, and earnest supplications for a merciful deliverance ; ver. 4. (3) His sad complaints of the malicious, censorious, and spiteful reflections, and of the insolent carriage of his enemies ; ver. 5-9. (4) His hearty committing of his case and way to God, in the assured and triumphant faith of his favour; ver. 10-13
While I sing, let mine eyes be toward the Lord Jesus, who thought on me, in my low estate. Let me consider hiin, who, though he was rich, yet for our sakes became poor, that we through his poverty might be made rich Jesus, who had not where to lay his head-Jesus, whom his own disciple betrayed ; and who through manifold enemies and much tribulation, entered into the kingdom of God. D LESSED is he that wisely doth
the poor man's case consider; For when the time of trouble is,
the Lord will him deliver. 2 God will him keep, yea, save alive ;
on earth he bless'd shall live ; And to his enemies' desire
thou wilt him not up give. 3 God will give strength, when he on bed
of languishing doth mourn : And, in his sickness sore, O Lord,
Thou all his bed wilt turn.
4 I said, O Lord, do thou extend
thy mercy unto me:
I have offended thee.
of me do evil say,
may perish quite away?
vain words : but then his heart Heaps mischief to it, which he tells,
when forth he doth depart. 7 My haters, jointly whispering,
'gainst me my hurt devise. 8 Mischief, say they, cleaves fast to him,
he lieth, and shall not rise.
on whom I did rely,
against me lifted high.
and up again me raise.
according to their ways.
I favour'd am by thee :
triumphs not over me.
in mine integrity :
thou sett’st continually.
be blest for ever then,
in mine in