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For God, his bones that thee besieg'd

hath scatter'd all abroad:
Thou hast confounded them, for they

despised are of God.
6 Let Isr’el's help from Zion come;

· when back-the Lord shall bring His captives, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall sing.

PSALM LIV.

To the chief Musician, on NEGINOTH MASCHIL. À

Psalm of DAVID, when the 21phims came and said to SAUL, Doth not David hide himself with us.

This Psalm was composed when the Ziphites, men of the same tribe with David, instigated Saul to destroy him, and directed him how to accomplish it; 1 Sam. xxiii. xxvi. It contains, (1) David's strong cries to his God, that he would save and judge him, and hear his re. quests; ver. 1, 2. (2) Bitter complaints of the oppreg. sion and iinpiety of his enemies ; ver. 3. (3) His triumphant consolation of himself, in the view of what God was to him, and would do for him, intermixed with holy resolutions to praise him for his kindness; vér. 4-7.

While Satan and my lusts, and the men of this world, unite to destroy me, let me call on God. Let me be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might. Let me rejoice in him, who hath delivered, doth deliver, and in whom I trust that he will deliver me. ,

QAVE me, O God, by thy great name,

and judge me by thy strength. 2 My prayer hear, God; give ear

unto my words at length. 3 For they that strangers are to me

do up against me rise ; Oppressors seek my soul, and God

set not before their eyes.

4 The Lord my God my helper is,

lo, therefore I am bold: He taketh part with every one

that doth my soul uphold. 5 Unto mine enemies he shall

: mischief and ill repay.
0, for thy truth's sake, cut them off,

and sweep them clean away. 6 I will a sacrifice to thee

give with free willingness :
Thy name, O Lord, because 'tis good,

with praise I will confess. hy For he hath me delivered

from all adversities; And his desire mine eye hath seen ; upon mine enemies.

PSALM LV.

To the chief Musician, on NEGINOTH MASCHIL.

A Psalm of DAVID. This Psalm was probably penned by David, when he fled from Jerusalem, for fear of Absalom his son; 2 Sam xv, xvi. Observe, (1) David's earnest prayers for help and favour from God, amidst his great oppression, griefs, and fears; ver. 1-8. (2) His requests for the just manifestation of God's vengeance, in the dispersion and destructon of his enemies, who, in Jerusalem, particularly Ahitophel, had behaved in so base and treacherous a manner; ver. 9-15. (3) Resolved on frequent and fervent prayer, he encourages himself and friends to trust in God for support and deliverance, and for the speedy destruction of their enemies, however deceitful and bloody ; ver. 16

23.

While I sing, behold, my soul, as in a glass, how Jesus our Redeemer, was hated, was betrayed, and murdered by his bretheren of Judah, at Jerusalem ; and how the fearful vengeance of the Almighty overtook them, on

that account. And if I am oppressed, defamed, or per secuted, that I know not whither to flee; if in cities, or in particular friends, wickedness and malice discover themselves, let me study resignation to the disposals of Providence, and call upon God in the assured hopes that he will answer in due time. Let me cast all my wants and burdens on him, who is my God, that doth me save.

T ORD, hear my pray'r, hide not thyself L from my intreating voice : 2 Attend and hear me; in my plaint

I mourn and make a noise : 3 Because of th’ en’my's voice, and for

lewd men's oppression great : On me they cast iniquity,

and they in wrath me hate. 4 Sore pain’d within me is my heart:

death's terrors on me fall. 5 On me comes trembling, fear and dread

oʻerwhelmed me withal. 6 O that I like a dove had wings,

said I, then would I fleeFar hence, that I might find a place

where I in rest might be. Lo, then far off I wander would,

and in the desart stay : 8 From windy storm, and tempest I

would haste to 'scape away. 9 O Lord, on them destruction bring,

and do their tongues divide : For in the city violence

and strife I have espy'd.
10 They day and night upon the walls

dó go about it round;
There mischief is, and sorrow there

in midst of it is found.

11 Abundant wickedness there is

within her inward part;
And from her streets deceitfulness

and guile do not depart.
12 He was no foe that me reproach’d,

then that endure I could ;
Nor hater that did 'gainst me boast,

from him me hide I would.
13 But thou, man, who mine equal, guide

and mine acquaintance wast. 14 We join'd sweet counsels, to God's house.

in company we past.
15 Let death upon them seize, and down

let them go quick to hell :
For wickedness doth much abound

among them where they dwell.
16 l’ll call on God: God will me save,
17 I'll pray, and make a noise
At ev’ning, morning, and at noong

and he shall hear my voice. 18 He hath my soul delivered,

that it in peace might be
From battle that against me was ;

for many were with me.
19 The Lord shall bear and them aff

of old who hath abode; Because they never changes have,

therefore they fear not God. 20 'Gainst those that were at peace with hió

he hath put forth his hand : The covenant that he hath made,

by breaking he profan’d. 21 More smooth than butter were his words,

while in his heart was war;

His speeches were more soft than oil,

and yet drawn swords they are. 92 Cast thou thy burden on the Lord,

and he shall thee sustain ;
Yea, he shall cause the righteous man

unmoved to remain.
23 But thou, O Lord my God, those men

in justice shalt o’erthrow,
And in destructions dungeon dark

at last shall lay them low :
The bloody and deceitful men

shall not live half their days; But upon thee with confidence

I will depend always.

PSALM LVI.

2o the chief Musician, upon JONAH RELEM-ECHOKIM.

MICHTAM of David, when the PHILISTINES took him in Gath.

This Psalm was penned by David, when the Philistines apprehended him in Gath ; 1 Sam. xxi, ver. 10–15. And contains, (1) His earnest supplications to God, for merciful protection, and deliverance from his enemies, who were barbarous, powerful, crafty, malicious, and restless ; ver. 1, 2, 5, 6, 7. (2) His assured confidence in God, as his own God, who had spoken good concerning him, and took particular notice of his grievances; ver. 3, 4, 8, 11. (3) Firm hopes that his prayers should issue in the defeat of his enemies, and that his faith would set him above the slavish fears of men ; ver. 9-11, and that, while he paid his vows to God, he should have further occasion to praise the Lord, for what he had done, and would do for him ; ver. 12, 13.

Thus let me, in all my straits, have recourse to God. While his promises remain infallible, let me rejoice therein, and without anxiety cheerfully expect the fulfil. ment thereof.

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