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the former, when David was banished from Jerusalem by Absalom his son ; 2 Sam. xv. xvi. We have here, (1) David's ardent affection towards the public ordinances of God, and sense of their happiness who enjoyed them; ver. 1-7, 10. (2) His heart-burning desire to the God of ordinances ; ver. 8, 9. (3) His assured faith of God's kindness, and persuasion of the happiness of such as trust in him ; ver ll, 12.
So let my heart cry out for God, the living God. So let me covet earnestly intimate fellowship with him in his ordinances. So let me praise his name, and hold on in his way, till I arrive at the Zion above. So let God be my friend, my protector, my supplier; my store, and the everlasting rock of my rest. ITOW lovely is thy dwelling-place, 1 O Lord of hosts, to me! The tabernacles of thy grace,
how pleasant, Lord, they be ! 2 My thirsty soul longs veh’mently,
yea, faints thy courts to see : My very heart and flesh cry out,
O living God, for thee. 3 Behold the sparrow, findeth out
an house wherein to rest;
hath purchased a nest;
her young ones forth may bring;
* To me, it is inconceivable, how sparrows or swallows could fix their nests in the altars of God, which were of brass or rough stones, and had a fire perpetually burning upon them, and multitudes of Priests and Levites crouding around them. God did not allow of any trees to be planted near them. I cannot believe God's tabernacle or temple was polluted with the nests and ordure of birds, in the manner of our ruinous churches, Nor, can I see this idea answerable to the context, or scope of the psalm. Might not the verse be rather transe
O thou almighty Lord of hosts,
who art my God and King. 4 Bless'd are they in thy house that dwell,
they ever give thee praise. 5 Blest is the man whose strength thou art,
in whose heart are thy ways. 6 Who passing through Baca's vale,
therein do dig up wells; Also the rain that falleth down
the pools with water fills. y So they from strength unwearied go
still forward unto strength, Until in Zion they appear
before the Lord at length. 8 Lord God of hosts, my prayer hear :
O Jacob's God give ear. 9 See, God, our Shield, look on the face
of thine anointed dear.
a thousand : rather in
than dwell in tents of sin.
And will with-hold no good from them w that uprightly do live.
lated, “ As the sparrow findeth the house, and the swal. “ low the nest for herself, where she hath put her young « ones, my soul findeth thine altars, O Lord of hosts, 6 my King, and my God :"-i. e. with inexpressible ardor I long for, and desire them; and with ineffable pleasure I approach them, in order to intimate fellowship with my God. Compare ver. 1, 2, 10, of this psalm, with psalms xli. 1, 2.xliii. 3, 4; .
12 O thou that art the Lord of hosts,
that man is truly blest, Who by assured confidence, on thee alone doth rest.
PSALM LXXXV. To the chief musician. A Psalm for the sons of KORAN,
This Psalm relates to some remarkable deliverance of the Jewish nation ; but whether that effected by the advancement of David to the throne, or that from the Assyrian invasion, 2 Kings xix. or from the Chaldean captivity, Ezra i. is uncertain. It contains, (1) Thankful acknow. ledgments of divine favours received; ver. 1-3. (2) Supplications that further favor:rs and deliverances may be speedily bestowed; ver. 4–7. (3) Firm expectations of a gracious answer, in the coming, mediation, and blessings, of the Messiah ; ver. 8-13.
While I sing, let my soul be affected with the mercies, which I, which my country, which the church of God, have enjoyed. Let me be thereby encouraged to plead for more. And let me, without doubting, credit the promises, and expect supply from the fulness of Christ,
LORD thou hast been favourable.
to thy beloved land : Jacob's captivity thou hast
recall’d with mighty hand.
all their iniquities;
hast cover'd from thine eyes. 3 Thou took'st off all thine ire and turn’d'si
from thy wrath's furiousness. 4 Turn us, God of our health, and cause
thy wrath 'gainst us to cease. 5 Shall thy displeasure thus endure
against us without end ?
Wilt thou to generations all
thine anger forth extend ? 6 That in thee may thy people joy,
wilt thou not us revive ? hy Shew us thy mercy; Lord, to us
do thy salvation give. 8 I'll hear what God the Lord will speak :
to his folk he'll speak peace, And to his saints ; but let them not
return to foolishness.
is his salvation ;
and peace kiss'd mutually: 11 Truth springs from earth, and righteousness
looks down from heav'n high. 12 Yea, what is good the Lord shall give :
our land shall yield increase. 13 Justice to set us in his steps,
shall go before his face.
: A Prayer of David. This Psalm contains, (1) David's fervent supplications, that God would hear his prayers ; ver. 1, 6, 7. mercifully preserve and save him ; ver. 2, 3, 16. afford him joy, strength, and honour; ver. 4, 11, 17.(2) His pleas, wherewith he enforceth his prayers, drawn from the goodness of God; ver. 5, 13, 15. his own relation to, and trust in God; ver. 2, 4, 16. his former experin ence of God's kindness; ver. 17. and from the malice of his enemies; ver. 14. (3) His ascription of praise to tod, aş matchless in his nature and work; as ihe sole
object of worship; and as great and infinitely gracious; ver. 8, 9, 10, 12, 13.
While I sing, let me reniember, that the Psalmist hath left me an example, that I should walk in his steps.
O LORD, do thou bow down thine ear,
and am in poverty,
by thee preserved be:'.
that puts his trust in thee. 3 Sith unto thee I daily cry,
be merciful to me : -4 Rejoice thy servant's soul; for, Lord,
Í lift my soul to thee. 5 For thou art gracious, O Lord,
and ready to forgive,.. And rich in mercy, all that call
upon thee, to relieve. 6 Hear, Lord, my prayer ; unto the yoice
of my request attend. hy In troublous times I'll call on thee;
for thou wilt answer send. 8 Lord, there is none among the gods
that may with thee compare ; And like the works which thou hast done,
not any work is there. 9 All nations whom thou madst, shall come
and worship rev’rently
thy name shall glorify.