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candid and truly sorrowful acknowledgments of his sin, particularly his adultery and murder, as highly dishonourable to God; and of his original sin, as the source therex of ; ver. 1-5, 17.(2) His earnest supplications for pardon of his offences, and for heart-purifying, and renewing grace ; for renewed influences of the Holy Ghost; for peace of conscience, and comfortable fellowship with God for himself; ver. 1, 2, 6–15. and for reformation of, and prosperity to the church, which had been burt by his sin ; ver. 18, 19. (3) His sincere purposes of heart, to improve God's favours to himself, in promoting the instruction of others, and in giving them an honourable pattern of an exact celebration of God's public worship; ver. 13, 14, 15, 16, 19.
While I sing this penetential Psalm, let my heart be filled with clear but evangelic views of my aggravated, my unnumbered transgressions ; and with deep sorrow and remorse for them. Let me pour forth supplications, strong cries and tears to him who is able to forgive all mine iniquities, and to deliver me from every corruption. Let me wash myself in Jesus' blood, as the fountain opened to men for sin and for uncleanness.
FTER thy loving-kindness, Lord,
have mercy upon me;
2 Me cleanse from sin, and throughly.wash
from mine iniquity. 3 For my transgressions I confess,
my sin I ever see. 4 'Gainst thee, thee only, have I sinn'd;
in thy sight done this ill : That when thou speak’st, thou mayst be just
and clear in judging still, 5 Behold, I in iniquity
was form’d the womb within; My mother also me conceiv'd in guiltiness and sin,
6 Behold, thou, in the inward parts,
with truth delighted art; And wisdom thou shalt make me know
within the hidden part.
I shall be cleansed so :
be whiter than the snow.
make me to hear the voice; That so these very bones, which thou
hast broken, may rejoice. 9 All mine iniquities blot out;
thy face hide from my sin. 10 Create a clean heart, Lord renew
a right sp’rit me within. 11 Cast me not from thy sight, nor take
thy holy Sp’rit away. 12 Restore me thy salvation's joy,
with thy free Sp’rit me stay. 13 Then will I teach thy ways unto
those that trangressors be ; And those that sinners are shall then
be turned unto thee. 14 O God, of my salvation God,
me from blood-guiltiness Set free : then shall my tongue aloud
sing of thy righteousness. 15 My closed lips, O Lord, by thee
let them be opened ; Then shall thy praises by my mouth
abroad be published. 16 For thou desir'st not sacrifice,
else would I give it thee :
Nor wilt thou with burnt-offering
at all delighted be.
. a pleasing sacrifice :
Lord thou wilt not despise.
to Zion thine own hill: The walls of thy Jerusalem
build up of thy good will. 19 Then righteous off’rings shall thee please,
and off'rings burnt, which they, With whole burnt-off’yings, and with calves, shall on thine altar lay.
To the chief Musician, MASCHIL. A Psalm of DAVID,
when Doeg the EDOMITE, came and told SAUL, and said unto him, David is come to the house of ABIMELECH.
This Psalm relates to Doeg the Edomite, who informed Saul, how Abimelech the high-priest had entertained David and his servants, and in consequence thereof murdered Abimelech, and above fourscore other priests; 1 Sam. xxii. Here, (1) David charges Doeg that, notwithstanding the manifested and everlasting goodness of God, he gloried in his malice, craft, cruelty, and other wickedness; ver. 1-5. (2) By the spirit of prophecy he condemns him for his wickedness, to be pluckt from his dwelling, and rooted out of the land of the living, to the great joy of the fearers of God; ver. 6, 7. (3.) He comforts himself in the everlasting mercy of God, and with the assured hopes that he should yet praise him for his kindness; ver. 8, 9.
Learn, O my soul, to detest all deceit and cruelty. Learn, to imitate the goodness of God, which endureth continually; and, while friends are cut off or foes pre
vail, let me live by faith on a gracious God, as my ALL
Y of mischief and of ill?
endureth ever still.
O thou deceitful tongue.
remove thee, pluck thee out
of life he shall thee root.
and laugh at him they shall: Lo, this the man is, that did not
make God his strength at all:
his confidence did place;
from his own wickedness. . 8 But I am in the house of God
like to an olive green : My confidence for ever hath
upon God's mercy been.
because thou hast done this :
before thy saints it is.
To the chief Musician, upon MAHALATH MASCHIL.
A Psalm of DAVID. This Psalm is much the same as the 14th. It speaks, (1) Huinbling convictions to all men, of their sinfulness of nature and practice ; ver. 1-3. (2) Fearful terrors to them who persecute and oppress the people of God; ver. 4, 5. (3) Abundant comfort, in the salvation of God, to his persecuted saints ; ver. 5, 6.
Learn, my soul, frequently to review thy original and contracted filthiness. Admire the patience and mercy of God towards mankind. Trust not in man, for wherein is he to be accounted of! In the the full assurance of faith, wait patiently for God's salvation.
THAT there is not a God, the fool
doth in his heart conclude:
not one of them do'th good.
from Heaven did cast his eyes, To see if any one there was
that sought God, and was wise, 3 They altogether filthy are,
they all are backward gone; - And there is none that doeth good,
no not so much as one.
do they not know at all,
and on God do not call ?
with trembling all dismay’d; Whereas there was no cause at all
why they should be afraid :