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On ev'ry side, against all grief.

thou wilt me comfort send. 22 Thee, ev’n thy truth, I'll also praise,

my God, with psaltery : Thou holy one of Israel,

with harp I'll sing to thee. .
23 My lips shall much rejoice in thee,

when I thy praises sound :
My soul, which thou redeemed hast,

in joy shall much abound.
24 My tongue tby justice shall proclaim,

continuing all day long:
For they confounded are, and sham'd,
that seek to do me wrong.

PSALM LXXII. '

A Psalm for Solomon, This Psalm was composed by David, about the time of Solomon's instalment in the throne of Israel ; I Kings i. and ii. With respect to him, here is, (1) Fervent prayer for proper qualifications to furnish him for goyernment; ver. 1. (2) Predictions of the peace, glory, extent, wealth, duration and happiness, of his government; ver. 2-17. (3) Praise to the God of Israel for his mercies to his people; ver. 18, 19. But as our Re, deemer is principally intended, we have concerning him, (1) His being furnished with the Holy Ghost above measure, to qualify him for his work; ver. 1. (2) The glories of his government ; how righteous, how prudent, how orderly, how condescending and merciful, how destruc, tive to oppressors, how efficaciously productive to real religion, and how comfortable to his faithful subjects his administrations are ! ver. 2-9. How extensive his church among all ranks and pations ; how tender his care of the meanest of his subjects, how much he is revered and adored by them; how astonishing their increase, by means of his gospel truth preached ; and low permanent

and useful his government ! ver. 10-17. (3) A solemn ascription of all the praise of these wonderful works to God alone, with an earnest request and believing expectation, that his glory shall fill the whole earth; ver. 18, 19.

While I sing these lofty notes of the dying Psalmist, let me admire, let me adore, let me sing praises to Jesus my King. Let me rejoice in his bighness, in his extens sive usefulness to meħ.

O LORD, thy judgments give the king

his son thy righteousness." 2 With right he shall thy people judgé,

thy poor with uprightness. 3 The lofty mountains shall bring forth

unto the people peace; Likewise the little hills the same

shall do, by righteousness.
4 The people's poor ones he shall judge,

'the needy's children save :
And those shall he in pieces break,

who them oppressed have. 5 They shall thee fear, while sun and moon. i do last through ages all... 6 Like rain on mown grass he shall drop,

or show’rs on earth that fall. The just shall flourish in his days, '. . and prosper in his reign : He shall, while doth the moon endurt,

abundant peace maintain. 8 His large and great dominion shall

from sea to sea extend : It from the river shall reach forth

unto earth’s utmost end. g They in the wilderness that dwell

bow down before him must :

And they that are his enemies

shall lick the very dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish, and the isles

to him shall presents bring; And unto him shall offer gifts

Sheba's and Seba's king. 11 Yea, all the mighty kings on earth

before him down shall fall : And all the nations of the world

do service to him shall.
12 For be the needy shall preserve,

when he to him doth call;
The poor also, and him that hath

no help of man at all.
13 The poor man, and the indigent,

in mercy he shall spare ;
He shall preserve alive the souls'

of those that needy are.
14 Both from deceit and violence,

their soul he shall set free; And in his sight right precious

and dear their blood shall be.
15 Yea he shall live, and giv'n to him

shall be of Sheba's gold;
For hinn still shall they pray, and be

shall daily be extoll’d.
16 Of corn an handful in the earth

on tops of mountains high,
With prosp'rous fruit shall shake, like trees,

on Lebanon that be.
The city shall be flourishing,

her citizens abound
In number shall, like to the grass

that grows upon the ground.

17 His name forever shall endure ;

last like the sun it shall : Men shall be bless'd in him, and bless'd

all nations shall him call.
18 Now blessed be the Lord our God,

the God of Israel,
For he alone doth wondrous works,

in glory that excel.
19 And blessed be his glorious name,

to all eternity;
The whole earth let his glory fill :

Amen, so let it be.

The Prayers of David the son of Jesse are ended

PSALM LXXIII.

A Psalm of ASAPĦ.

This Psalm and the ten following are called Psalms of Asaph; but whether because he composed most of them, or because he led the music in singing them, is not altogether certain. Here we have, (1) the great foundation of all religion, viz. the goodness of God to his people, strongly asserted; ver. 1. (2) The Psalmist's faith fearfully shaken by the consideration of the freedom, prosperity, plenty, and peaceful like death of the wicked ; which rendered them proud, oppressive, insolent, atheistical, and profane; while himself was in a manner consigned to nothing but trouble; ver. 2-13. (3) The temptation, when it had reduced him to the brink of atheism, is broken, by a discovery of the connected purposes and providences of God, in his word and ordinances; ver. 14–20. (4) His improvement of his fall and recovery, to promote a deep sense of his own meanness, ignorance and folly ; a coinplete dependence on God as his guide ; a cleaving to him as his portion, infinitely preferable to every thing else ; without whom one is necessarily miserable, and in the enjoyment of whom ho

assured of happiness, and excited to praise and thanksgiving ; ver. 21-28.

While I sing, let me remember my own wickedness and folly ; let me receive instruction in duty. Let me cleave to God as my portion, and resolve to draw my light and comfort from the oracles of his mouth, and ordinances of his grace.

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V ET God is good to Israel,

to each pure hearted one. 2 But as for me, my steps near slipt,

my feet were almost gone. 3 For I envious was, and grudg'd

the foolish folk to see, When I perceiv'd the wicked sort

enjoy prosperity 4 For still their strength continueth firm;

their death of bands is free; 5 They are not toil'd as other men,

nor plagu'd as others be. 6 Therefore their pride, like to a chain,

them, compasseth about : And, as a garment, violence

doth cover them throughout.
Their eyes stand out with fat; they have

more than their hearts could wish. 8. They are corrupt ; their talk of wrong

both lewd and lofty is. 9 They set their mouth against the heav'ns

in their blasphemous talk; And their reproaching tongue throughout

the earth at large doth walk. 10. His people oftentimes for this. - look back, and turn about;

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