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21 O Let not those that be oppress'd,
return again with shame :
give praise unto thy name :
the cause that is thine own; Remember how thou art reproach'd
still by the foolish one.
that are thine enemies:
thalose the the enemise of those
To the chief Musician, AL-TASCHITH. A Psalm or song
of ASAPH. Here, (1) David returns thanks to God for advancing him to the throne of Israel, and resolves to act for the public welfare ; ver. 1-3, 9, 10. (2) He rebukes the insolence of such as opposed his advancement, which sprung from the sovereign disposal of God, the judge of the world, and denounceth their destruction ; ver. 4-8.
While I sing, let me think of Jesus, whom God hath crowned with glory and honour, and of the infinite danger of opposing his government. And if he exalt me to the spiritual honours of his kingdom, let it be my care to glorify him, and to profit his people. TO thee, O God, do we give thanks,
we do give thanks to thee : Because thy wondrous works declare
thy great name near to be. 2 I purpose, when I shall receive
IP the coastal
render to ev'ry one.
8 Dissolved is the land, with all
that in the same do dwell; But I the pillars thereof do
bear up and 'stablish well. 4 I to the foolish people said,
do not deal foolishly;
lift not your horn on high. 5 Lift not your horn on high, nor speak 6 With stubborn neck. But know, That not from east, nor west, nor south,
promotion doth flow. . ng But God is judge ; he puts down one,
and sets another up.
of red wine is a cup :
and makes the wicked all
yea, and they drink them shall. 9 But I for ever will declare,
I Jacob's God will praise. 10 All horns of lewd men I'll cut off ; but just men's horns will raise.
PSALM LXXVI. "To the chief Musician, on NerinoTH. A Psalm or Song
of ASAPH, This Psalm is like to the 48th, and was penned on occasion of some remarkable victory ; but whether in the days of David, Asa, Jehoshaphat, or Hezekiah, 2 Chron. xiv. xx. xxxii. is uncertain. We have in it, (1) encouraging congratulations of the church's happiness in having God so manifested in her, and so near unto her; and in having his power so employed in her behalf, to
the advancement of his own glory, and the destruction of her enemies; ver. 1-6. (2) Important instructions how to improve this victory, to the terror of enemies, the comfort of saints, and the excitement of all to yow to God, and to obey and revere him; ver. 7-12.
While I sing this Psalm, let my soul bless the Lord, that my lot hath been always cast in a land of gospel light. Let me, with thankful heart, remember what he hath done for this church and land; and give him the praise of every deliverance. Let me never fear the rage of men; but in every danger and doubt commit my way to God, that he may bring it to pass.
TN Judah's land God is well known,
his name's in Isr’el great : 2 In Salem is his tabernacle,
in Zion is his seat. 3 There arrows of the bow he brake,
the shield, the sword, the war. 4 More glorious thou than hills of prey,
more excellent art far. 5 Those that were stout of heart are spoil'd,
they slept their sleep outright ;
that were the men of might.
had forth against them past,
were in a dead sleep cast. hy Thou, Lord, ev’n thou art he that sliould
be fear'd, and who is he
if once thou angry be ? 8 From heav'n thou judgment caus'd be heard,
the earth was still with fear, 9 When God to judgment rose, to save
al meek on earth that were.
10 Surely the very wrath of man
unto thy praise redounds : Thou to the remnant of his wrath
wilt set restraining bounds.
all ye that near him be ;
For to be fear’d is he.
of those that princes are: · Unto the kings that are on earth he fearful doth appear.
PSALM LXXVII. To the chief Musician to Fidui han. A Psalm of ASAPIT.
This Psalm relates to, (1) A most afflicted case, in which are remarkable, fervent, and incessant prayers, agoniziog resticssness, heart-overwhelming meditations, melancholy fears, and almost desperate outcries, concerning God; ver. 1-9. (2) The effectual cure of this mournful case, by serious meditation on and solemn ac. knowledgment of the power, greatness, and grace of God, as our God; and of the holiness and mysteriousness of his providential conduct; particuloriy in bringing Is. rael out of Egypt, and leading thein through the wilderness to the promised lard; ver. 10--20.
While I sing, let me stand in awe of that God, who so Chiastiseth his favourite saints. Let me sympathize with men of wounded spirits. If my soul is overwhelmed within me, let me call to mind the gracious character, and great works of my God, for his church, or for my soul.
T INTO the Lord I with my voice,
his ear he did apply.
2 I in my trouble sought the Lord,
my sore by night did run,
did consolation shun.
yet trouble did remain :
whilst I did sore complain. 4 Mine eyes, debarr'd from rest and sleep,
thou makest still to wake : My trouble is so great, that I
unable am to speak.
and oft did think upon
full many years agone.
and commune with my heart; My sp'rit did carefully enquire
how I might ease my smart. hy For ever will the Lord cast off,
and gracious be no more? 8 Forever is his mercy gone ?
fails his word evermore ? 9 Is't true, that to be gracious
the Lord forgotten hath ? And that his tender mercies he
hath shut up in his wrath?
is mine infirmity ;
of him that is most High.
performed by the Lord ;
9 Is alls his his me