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6 They have search'd out iniquities,
a perfect search they keep : Of each of them the inward thought,
and very heart is deep. ✓ God shall an arrow shoot at them,
and wound them suddenly. 8 So their own tongue shall them confound;
all who them see shall iy.
God's works they shall declare ;
what these his doing are.
and trust upon his might;
Here we are directed to praise God, (1) For his kindness manifested in his kingdom of grace-in hearing prayers; in pardoning iniquities; in satisfying the souls of his people with his blessings ; and in protecting and supporting them in every exigence; ver. 1-5. (2) For his kindness in the kingdom of providence in fixing the mountains ; in calming the seas; in preserving the reg. ular succession of day and night ; and in rendering the fields fruitful, and the flocks numerous and happy ; ver. 6-13,
While I sing, let praise wait, in my soul, for the Lord; and let me pour out my heart before him. Under a deep sense of guilt and pollution, let me believe his unbounded forgiveness, and sanctifying influence. Let me come even to his seat, and enjoy ravishing fellowship with him. Let all my confidence be fixed on him; and, even in the blessings of providence, let me discern the Sxceeding riches of his grace
T RAISE waits for thee in Zion, Lord :
to thee vows paid shall be. 20 thou that hearer art of pray'r,
all flesh shall come to thee. 3 Iniquities, I must confess,
prevail against me do :
them purge away shalt thou. 4 Blest is the man whom thou dost choose,
and mak'st approach to thee; That he within thy courts, O Lord,
may still a dweller be :
with thy abundant grace;
ev’n of thy holy place. 5 O God of our salvation,
thou, in thy righteousness,
and those afar that be
O Lord will place in thee. 6 Who, being girt with pow'r, sets fast,
by his great strength, the hills. on Who noise of seas, noise of their waves,
and people's tumult, stills. 8 Those in the utmost parts that dwell
are at thy signs afraid : · Th’ out-goings of the morn and ev'n
by thee are joyful made. 9 The earth thou visit'st, watring it;
thou mak'st it rich to grow
With God's full flood; thou corn prepar’st,
when thou provid’st it so.
her furrows settlest :
her spring by thee is blest. 11 So thou the year most lib’rally
dost with thy goodness crown And all thy paths abundantly
on us drop fatness down.
that do in desarts lie :
rejoice right pleasantly.
the vales with corn are clad; And now they shout and sing to thee, for thou hast made them glad.
To the chief Musician. A Psalm or Song. In this Psalm of thanksgiving, in which the fate of Is. rael is to be considered as typical of that of the gospelchurch and people of God, we have, (1) David, as the messenger of God, calling all the nations of mankind to praise God for the manifestation of his sovereign dominion in his works, so wonderful in themselves, terrible to his enemies, comfortable to his people, and command. ing and awful to all men ; ver. 1-7. And for trying his people with afflictions, for supporting under them, protecting amidst them, and delivering from them at last ; ver. 8-12. (2) David, as the servant of God, exemplifying his own exhortations in honouring God, by costly oblations, and by thankful declarations of what God had done for his soul, particularly in answer to his prayers ; ver, 13-20.
LL lands to God, in joyful sounds, A aloft your voices raise. 2 Sing forth the honour of his name,
and glorious make his praise. B Say unto God, how terrible
in all thy works art thou ? Through thy great pow'r thy foes to thee
shall be constrain’d to bow.
they shall thy praise proclaim
unto thy holy name. 5 Come, and the works that God hath wrought
with admiration see :
most terrible is he.
and they a passage had; Ev'n marching through the flood on foot,
there we in him were glad. He ruleth ever by his pow'r,
his eyes the nations see :
lift up themselves on high.
the voice speak of his praise : 9 Our soul in life who safe preserves,
our foot from sliding stays. 10 For thou didst prove and try us, Lord,
as men do silver try : 11 Brought'st us into the net, and mad'st
bands on our loins to lie. 12 Thou hast caus’d men ride o'er our heads,
and though that we did pass.
Through fire and water, yet thou brought'st
us to a wealthyllace to the house. 13 I'll bring burnt off"rings to thy house,
to thee my vows I'll pay, 1+ Which my lips utter'd, my mouth spake,
when trouble on me lay. 15 Burnt-sacrifices of fat rams,
with incense, I will bring; Of bullocks and of goats I will
present an offering. 16 All that fear God, come here, I'll tell
what he did for my soul. 17 I with my mouth unto him cry'd,
my tongue did him extol. 18 If in my heart I sin regard,
the Lord me will not hear; 19 But surely God me heard, and to
my prayer's voice gave ear.
for ever blessed be:
· PSALM LXVII.
To the chief Musician, on NEGINOTH. A Psalń or Song.
Here we have, (1) David's prayer for the church of Israel, ver. 1. (2) His supplication for the comforting, and praise producing spread of the gospel among the Gentiles; ver. 2-5. (3) His believing prospect of the divine blessings, and true piety, which should attend the same; ver. 6, 7. .
While I sing, let me request the salvation of Israel. Let me supplicate the gathering of the nations to SHILOH. Let me praise the Lord, that already this great work is begun; and that the Lord, who is mighty, shall finish it in his time.