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And under covert of thy wings,
with confidence me hide.
O Lord my God, didst hear:
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:
prepare, that may him save. - 8 And so will I perpetually
sing praise unto thy name;
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 :
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.
upon thy God alone :
and my strong rock is he; He only is my sure defence :
I shall not moved be.
and my salvation sure :
my refuge most secure.
in him continually;
God is our refuge bigh.
and great men are a lie :
In balance laid, they wholly are
more light than vanity.
in robb’ry be not vain :
increased is your gain.
yea this I heard again, That power to almighty God
alone doth appertain.
belongs, O Lord, alone :
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 :
wherein no waters be:
and brightness of thy face,
within thy holy place,
my lips thee praise shall give. 4 I in thy name will lift my hands,
and bless thee while I live.
my soul shall filled be;
· sing praises unto thee.
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.
and each one glory shall
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.
who do live wickedly;
that work iniquity.
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:
shall therence then dolay