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For evermore so let it be.
Amen, yea, and amen.
A prayer of Moses, the man of God.
This Psalın was composed by Moses, the man of God, some time after God had sentenced the Hebrews to wandering and death in the wilderness; Num. xiv. In it, (1) Moses comforts himself, and his people, with the eternal and unchangeable duration of God himself, and their interest in him ; ver. 1, 2. (2) He humbles himself and his people with the consideration of human frailty; ver. 3—6. (3) He submits himself and his people to the righteous sentence of God passed upon them; ver. 7-ll. (4) By prayer he commits himself and his people to their gracious and merciful God : and requests the sanctified use of their awful chastisements; the averting of divine wrath, the bestowal of true comforts and joys; the returns of his favour, and the progress of his work of mercy among their children ; ver. 12-17.
Let me sing this as the tenant of an hour, who hath none assurance of his present life : Sing it as resigned to my lot on earth, however afflicted ; as active in preparation for death ; and committing myself and family to the God of truth as our Redeemer, our God, and our eyerlasting ALL..
T ORD thou hast been our dwelling-place
in generations all. 2 Before thou ever hadst brought forth
the mountains great or small : Ere ever thou hadst form’d the earth,
and all the world abroad, Ev’n thou from everlasting art
to everlasting God. 3 Thou dost unto destruction
man that is mortal turn :
And unto them thou say'st again,
no more before thy sight
or than a watch by night. 5 As with an overflowing flood
thou carriest them away : They like a sleep are ; like the grass
that grows at morn are they. 6 At morn it flourishes and grows,
cut down at ev'n doth fade. hy For by thine anger we're consumid;
thy wrath makes us afraid.
dost in thy presence place,
the brightness of thy face,
do pass on to an end;
so we our years do spend. . 10 Threescore and ten years do sum up:
our days and years, we see :
in some fourscore they be:
but grief and labour prove ; For it is soon cut off, and we
fly hence, and soon remove. 11 Who knows the power of thy wrath ?
according to thy fear, 12 So is thy wrath : Lord, teach thou us: our end in mind to bear ;
And so to count our days, that we
our hearts may still apply
that we may live thereby.
how long thus shall it be ?
that servants are to thee.
us early satisfy; .
and still be glad in thee.
wherein we grief have had,
so do thou make us glad,
thy servant's face before ;
thy glory evermore.
our God be us upon ;
establish them each one.
This Psalm was perhaps penned on the occasion of zhe pestilence, inflicted for numbering the people'; % Sam. xxiv. In it, while the Psalmist, by faith, takes God for his own refuge and keeper; ver. 2-9. he for the encouragement of others to do the same, represents, (1) the dignity, extent, and continuance, of their happiness and safety who have God for their residence ; ver. 1 4 . (2) Their preservation from all malice and baleful
Muence of the powers of darkness, while multitudes
are ruined thereby; ver. 3—9. (3) Their enjoyment of angels for their guard ; and their triumph over devils and other opposers; ver. 10–12. (4) Their possession of special favour from, and delightful intimacy with God, here and hereafter; ver. 13-16.
In singing these, let mine eyes be fixed on Jesus, the Man of God's right hand, in whom all these promises were fulfilled to the highest ; and, in his name, let me depend on them to be accomplished in myself. And let all the begun experience I have had thereof, encourage me to rejoice in hope of the more abundant mercies and and glory of God.
TTE that doth in the secret place
1 of the most High reside, Under the shade of him that is
th' Almighty shall abide.
he is my refuge still,
and in him trust I will.
and give deliverance
the noisome pestilence.
under his wings shall be :
and buckler unto thee..
for terrors of the night; Nor for the arrow that doth fly
by day, while it is light : 6 Nor for the pestilence, that walks . in darkness secretly ; Nor for destruction, that doth waste.
at noon-day openly.
Ý A thousand at thy side shall fall,
on thy right hand shall lie
it shall not once come nigh.
and a beholder be ;
of wicked men shalt see.
my refuge is alone, Ev’n the most High, is made by thee
thy habitation; 10 No plague shall near thy dwelling come,
no ill shall thee befall : .. 11 For thee to keep in all thy ways
his angels charge he shall. 12 They in their hands shall bear thee up,
still waiting thee upon ;
thy foot against a stone.
and on the lion strong :
and on the lions young.
I'll save and set him free :
I will him set on high.
I will be with him still
and honour him I will.
I will him satisfy ;