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And under covert of thy wings,

with confidence me hide.
5 For thou the vows that I did make,

O Lord my God, didst hear:
Thou hast giv'n me the heritage

of those thy name that fear. 6 A life prolong'd for many days

thou to the king shalt give; Like many generations be

the years which he shall live, hy He in God's presence his abodo

for evermore shall have:
O do thou truth and mercy botla

prepare, that may him save. - 8 And so will I perpetually

sing praise unto thy name;
That, having made my vows, I may
each day perform the same.


To the chief Musician, to Jeduthan. A Psalm of DAVID.

In this Psalm, (1) David solemnly avows his manifold relations to God; his composed dependence on, fixed trust in, and quiet waiting for God; and his hopes of the ruin of his enemies; ver. 1-7. (2) He earnestly encourageth others to trust in, and call on God, who is infinite in power, -mercy, and justice; and to beware of trusting in men, or in outward riches or honours, which are deceitful, and unsubstantial ; ver. 8–12.

While I sing, go thou, my soul, and do likewise. Be weaned from all dependence on creatures; but cleave to, and depend on this all-sufficient JEHOVAH, as answerable to all thy needs, all thy desires, all thy enjoying powers, for time and for eternity. Then, O how fixed in safety! and how filled with the consolations of Christ? M Y soul with expectation

V depends on God indeed :
My strength and my salvation doth

from him alone proceed. 2 He only my salvation is,

and my strong rock is he ; He only is my sure defence :

much mov'd I shall not be. 3 How long will ye against a man

plot mischief ? ye shall all Be slain ; ye as a tott'ring fence

shall be, and bowing wall. 4 They only plot to cast him down

from his excellency; They joy in lies ; with mouth they bless,

but they curse inwardly.
5 My soul, wait thou with patience

upon thy God alone :
On him dependeth all my hope

and expectation.
6 He only my salvation is,

and my strong rock is he; He only is my sure defence :

I shall not moved be.
hy In God my glory placed is,

and my salvation sure :
In God the rock is of my strength,

my refuge most secure.
8 Ye people place your confidence

in him continually;
Before him pour ye out your heart:

God is our refuge bigh.
9 Surely mean men are vanity,

and great men are a lie :

In balance laid, they wholly are

more light than vanity.
10 Trust ye not in oppression;

in robb’ry be not vain :
On wealth set not your hearts, when as

increased is your gain.
11 God hath it spoken once to me,

yea this I heard again, That power to almighty God

alone doth appertain.
12 Yea, mercy also unto thee

belongs, O Lord, alone :
For thou, according to his work,
rewardest ev'ry one.


A Psalm of DarID, when he was in the wilderness of

JUDAH. This Psalm was penned by David, while he hid himself from the fury of Saul, in the wilderness of Judah ; I Sam. xxii. 5,-or xxiii. 14, 24, 25-or xxiv. 1-Or when he fled from Absalom, 2 Sam. xv. xvi. We have, (1) His strong faith working in ardent desires after the most familiar fellowship with God in public ordinances; ver. 1, 2. (2) His superlative estimation of God, issuing in hearty resolutions to be for ever employed in his praise; ver. 3, 4. (3) His heart-ravishing satisfaction in God, amidst secret and fixed meditation on his excellencies and love ; ver. 5, 6. (4) His joyful dependence on God, as his Saviour and portion ; ver. 7, 8. (5) His holy triumph in God, as his preserver, and the destroyer of his enemies ; ver. 9-11.

While I sing these high praises of God, let my soul be strong in the faith, giving glory to God; embracing the promise of himself, and calling all the fulness of the Godhead my own. Let me be all in raptures of divine love, and holy deiight; let no guile, no corruption, no carnal care, enervate or damp my inward powers. B?

· fet all be opened, be wide stretched, to grasp my infinite All, the great I AM.

T ORD, thee my God, I'll early seek ;

my soul doth thirst for thee :
My flesh longs in a dry parch'd land, .

wherein no waters be:
2 That I thy power may behold,

and brightness of thy face,
As I have seen thee heretofore,

within thy holy place,
3 Since better is thy love than life,

my lips thee praise shall give. 4 I in thy name will lift my hands,

and bless thee while I live.
5 Ev'n as with marrow and with fat

my soul shall filled be;
Then shall my mouth with joyful lips

· sing praises unto thee.
6 When I do thee upon my bed

remember with delight, And when on thee I meditate

in watches of the night. my In shadow of thy wings I'll joy;

for thou mine help hast been. 8 My soul thee follows hard ; and me • thy right hand doth sustain. 9 Who seek my soul to spill, shall sink

down to earth's lowest room. 10 They by the sword shall be cut off,

and foxes prey become.
11 Yet shall the king in God rejoice,

and each one glory shall
That swear by him: but stopt shall be

the mouth of liars all,

PSALM LXIV. To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

This Psalm contains, (1) David's earnest supplications for preservation from his enemies, who were so spiteful in their calumnious reproaches ; so close and subtile in their malicious plots; and so industrious and active, in executing their cruel projects ; ver. 1-6. (2) His predictions, that God, by just vengeance, would quickly render these enemies a terror to themselves and others, and an occasion of holy joy and confidence to the saints ; ver. 7-10.

While I sing, let me commit my spiritual enemies into the hand of God, who is able to destroy them, and will quickly, to my everlasting comfort, tread them all under my feet.

THEN I to thee my prayer make,

Lord to my voice give ear; My life save from the enemy,

of whom I stand in fear.
2 Me from their secret council hide

who do live wickedly;
From insurrection of those men

that work iniquity.
3 Who do their tongues with malice whe

and make them cut like swords ; In whose hent bows are arrows set,

ev'n sharp and bitter words. 4 That they may at the perfect man

in secret aim their shot: Yea suddenly they dare at him

to shoot, and fear it not. 5. In ill encourage they themselves :

and their snares close do lay ; Together conference they have ; wbo shall them see they say:


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