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and new sweets extracted from them. He who hath once tasted their excellencies, will desire to taste them again; and he who tastes them oftenest, will relish them best.
That the reader may the more easily turn to such Psalms
as will best suit the present state of his mind, according to the different circumstances, whether external or internal, into which, by the changes of life, or the variations of temper and disposition, he may, at any time, be thrown, the common table of Psalms, classed under their several subjects, is here subjoined.
PRAYERS. ,1. Prayers for pardon of sin. Psalm 6, 25, 38, 51,
130. Psalms stiled Penitential 6, 32, 38, 51, 102,
130, 143. 2. Prayers composed when the Psalmist was deprived of
an opportunity of the public exercise of religion. Psalm
42, 43, 63, 84. 3. Prayers wherein the Psalmist seems extremely deject
ed, though not totally deprived of consolation under
his afflictions. Psalm 13, 22, 69, 77, 88, 143. 4. Prayers wherein the Psalmist asketh help of God, in
consideration of his own integrity, and the uprightness
of his cause. Psalm 7, 17, 26, 35. 5. Prayers expressing the firmest trust and confidence
in God under fflictions. Psalm 3, 16, 27, 31, 54, 56,
57, 61, 62, 71, 86. 6. Prayers composed when the people of God were un
der affliction or persecution. Psalm 44, 60, 74, 79, 80,
83, 89, 94, 102, 123, 137. 7. The following are likewise prayers in time of trouble • and affiction. Psalm 4, 5, 11, 28, 41, 55, 59, 64, 70,
109, 120, 140, 141, 142. 8. Prayers of intercession. Psalm 20, 67, 122, 132, 144.
PSALMS OF THANKSGIVING. d. Thanksgivings for mercies vouchsafed to particular
persons. Palm 9, 18, 22, 30, 31, 40, 75, 103, 108,
116, 118, 138, 144. 2. Thanksgivings for mercies vouchsafed to the ISRAEL
Ites in general. Psalm 45, 43, 65, 68, 76, 81, 85,
93, 105, 124, 126, 129, 66, 135, 136, 1.19. PSALMS OF PRAISE AND ADORATION, DISPLAYING
THE ATTRIBUTES OF GOD. 1. General acknowledgments of God's goodness and
and mercy, and particularly his care and protection of good men. Psalm 23, 34, 36, 91, 100, 103, 107,
117, 121, 145, 146. 2. Psalms displaying the power, majesty, glory, and other attributes of the divine being. Psalm 8, 19, 24, 29, 33, 47, 50, 65, 66, 76, 77, 93, 95, 96, 97, 99, 104, 111, 113, 114, 115, 134, 139, 147, 148, 150.
INSTRUCTIVE PSALMS. 1. The different characters of good and bad men; the
happiness of the one, and miseries of the other, are represented in the following Psalms 1, 5, 7, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 17, 24, 25, 32, 34, 36, 37, 50, 52, 53, 58, 73, 75, 84, 91, 92, 94, 112, 119, 121, 125, 127, 128,
133. 2. The excellence of God's law. Psalm 19, 119. 3. The vanity of human life. Psalm 39, 49, 90. 4. Advice to magistrates. Psalm 82, 101, 5. The virtue of humility. Psalm 131. Psalms more eminently and directly prophetical. Psalm 2, 16, 22, 40, 45, 68, 72, 87, 101, 118.
HISTORICAL PS AL 318. Psalm 78, 105, 106.
The Psalms of David.
Perhaps this Psalm was added by Ezra, or whoever els was the collector of the others into one book. We have represented to us in it, (1) The character of the godly · how holy they are, abstaining from every temptation to, or appearance of evil; and with pleasure meditating on, and endeavouring to fulfil the whole law of God, ver. 1, 2. and how happy, planted in the nearest fellowship with Jesus, the river of life, they prosper in their lawful attempts : They never fall from their grace or profession; and they shall stand with approbation at the judgment seat of God, ver. 3. (2) The sinfulness and misery of the wicked: How different from, and contrary to the godly in their inclination, companions, exercises and ends! How light and unsubstantial, as chaff, und ready to be hurl. ed by the storms of infinite wrath, into the depths of hell, as cast and condemned in the righteous judgment of God! ver. 4, 5. (3) The great reason of the happiness of saints, and of the misery of sinners. The Lord loveth the righteous, and observes and approves their inclinations and behaviour ; but as an enemy, he brings destructive vengeance upon the wicked, ver. 6.
While I sing these important lines, let my soul lift up her eyes to that great pattern of perfection, JESUS, the man of God's right hand, who was holy, harmless, undefiled, and separate from sinners ; and who fulfilled all righteousness, magnified the law, and made it honorable for men--for ME. United to his person, cloathed with his righteousness, and all inflamed and animated with his redeeming love shed abroad in my heart, let me examine myself as in his sight; let me walk in him as ny way, and follow him as my pattern and guide : Let me with solemn awe look to, and prepare for his last, his eternal judgment
THAT man hath perfect blessedness,
nor stands in sinners' way,
on his law day and night. 3 He shall be like a tree that grows
near planted by a river, Which in his season yields his fruit
and his leaf fadeth never : And all he doth shall prosper well. 4 The wicked are not so : But like they are unto the chaff
which wind drives to and fro. 5 In judgment, therefore, shall not stand
such as ungodly are ; Nor in th' assembly of the just
shall wicked men appear. 6 For why ? the way of godly men
unto the Lord is known : Whereas the way of wicked men
shall quite be overthrown.
Perhaps this psalm relates partly to David's instalment on his throne and the victories over his enemies which attended it. Compare Psalm 18, 2 Sam. 3, 5, 8, 10, 18, 20. But the whole of it respects Jesus our Redeemer. Behold  The violent and harmonious, but unsuccessful opposition, which Jews and Gentiles of all ranks make to the person and redemption work of the great God my Saviour. Behold what ruin and woe they "law upon them.selves by their attempts ! ver. 1.-5, 9.
527 Behold how, notwithstanding all their raging malice and furious opposition, JEHOVAH instals our Redeemer King in his church, and infallibly fisoih him on his throue ; avows him his only begotten Son, and gives uria to him the Gentiles for his people ! ver. 6-8.  Behold Jehovali's demand of serious consideration and fear of, joy in, and trust, obedience and love to his exalted Son, ver. 9-12.
While I sing let me remark the horrid nature of sin ; let me with broken heart, bewail my neglect of and opposition to Jesus Christ. Let me with wonder bless his name, that I have not already perished in mine iniquiiy, Let me with earnestness accept that once debased redeemer, as my saviour, my sovereign, my proprietor, my God and my all. Let me learn to know hiin, lejoice in him, and with holy a we, commit my whole sal. vation, and the salvation of my country, nay, of all the ends of the earth, to him. .
TTTHY rage the heathen ? and vain things
V why do the people mind ?
and princes are combin'd
anointed, saying thus,
and cast their cords from us. 4 He that in lieaven sits, shall laugh;
the Lord shall scorn them all. : 5 Then shall he speak to them in wrath,
in rage he vex them shall., 6 Yet, notwithstanding, I have him
to be my king appointed :
I have him king anointed.
the Lord hath said to me,