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17 According to his righteousness

the Lord I'll magnify:
And will sing praise unto the name

of God that is most high.

PSALM VIII. To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of David,

This Psalm contains a pleasant but solemn meditation upon the glory, the greatness, and the grace of God. Let me here observe [i] how illustrious and wide spread are all his glory and renown, ver. 1, 3, 9. [27 By how weak and insignificant instruments, he manifests and spreads his superlative fame, ver. 2. [37 Behold his marvellous condescension and bounty to mankind, but chiefly to the man Christ, in uniting his human nature to his divine person, and in giving him ail power in heaven and earth, for the benefit of his chosen people, ver. 4-8.

May this Jesus, this name of God in him, be the enthroned inhabitant, the everlasting wonder, and the superlative darling of my heart. Let me with the babes of Jerusalem, Mutt. 21. pour forth my Hosannas to him that cometh in the name of the Lord to save me. HosannAS in the highest. Let all the works of nature lead, and excite me to admire their Creator's kindness towards men towards sinful and insignificant me. TTOW excellent in all the earth, IT Lord, our Lord, is thy name ! Who hast thy glory far advanc'd

above the starry frame. 2 From infants and from sucklings' mouth

thou didest strength ordain, For thy foes cause, that so thou might'st

th’ avenging foe restrain. 3 When I look up unto the heavens,

which thine own fingers fram’d, Unto the moon, and to the stars,

which were by thee ordain’d:

4 Then say I, what is man, that he

remember'd is by thee?
Or what the son of man, that thou

so kind to him should'st be ? 5 For thou a little lower hast

him than the angels made, With glory and with dignity

thou crowned hast his head. 6 Of thy hands' works thou mad'st him lord :

all under's feet did'st lay : ng All sheep and oxen, yea, and beasts

that in the field do stray : 8 Fowls of the air, fish of the sea,

all that pass through the same. 9 How excellent in all the earth, Lord, our Lord, is thy name !


To the chief Musician upon Mu'h-Labbens

A Psalm of David. This Psalm was perhaps composed on the occasion of his son Absaloni's death. 2 Sam. 18. or on the occasion of the death of Goliath the champion and duellist of Gath, 1 Sam. 17. We have in it, [i] David's hearty thanksgis. ings to God, for his pleading of his cause against his and his country's enemies, and for giving him a complete victory over them, ver. 1-6. and his excitement of others to join with him therein, ver. 11, 12. [2] His triumph in God as the righteous judge of the world, protector of his people, and the destroyer of his implacable enemies, ver. 7--10. 15—18. [3] His requests for further grounds of praising God as his own deliverer ; and the confounder of his enemies, ver. 13, 14, 19, 20.

While I sing these subjects, let me chiefly consider the blessings of redemption, the victories of my redeemer over sin, death, and hell; and believe that I, through him, shall be more than a conqueror. Let the ruin of

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transgressors effectually admonish me to stand in awe of God, and at the furthest distance froin sin. T ORD, thee I'll praise with all my heart,

thy wonders all proclaim. 2 In thee, most High, I'll greatly joy

and sing unto thy name. 3 When back my foes were turn'd, they fell,

and perish'd at thy sight ; 4 For thou maintain’dst my right and cause,

on throne satt’st, judging right. 5 The heathen thou rebuked hast,

the wicked overthrown ; .
Thou hast put out their names, that they

may never more be knowii.
6 O en’my! now destructions have

an end perpetual :
Thou cities raz'd; perish'd with then

is their memorial.
v God shall endure for ay; he doth

for judgment set his throne : 8 In righteousness to judge the world,

justice to give each one. 9 God also will a refuge be

for those that are oppress'd ; A refuge will he be, in times

of trouble, to distrest. 10 And they that know thy name, in thee

their confidence will place ; For thou hast not forsaken them

that truly seek thy face. 11 O sing ye praises to the Lord,

that dwells on Sion hill : And all the nations among,

his deeds record ye still.

12 When he enquireth after blood, S he then remembreth them :

The humble folk he not forgets,

that call upon his name.
13 Lord, pity me; behold the grief

which I from foes sustain;
Ev’n thou who from the gates of death

dost raise me up again :
14 That I, in Sion's daughters' gates,

may all thy praise advance : And that I may rejoice always

in thy deliverance. 15 The heathen are sunk in the pit,

which they themselves prepar'd; And in the net which they have hid

their own feet fast are snar'd.
16 The Lord is by the judgment known,

which he himself hath wrought:
The sinners' hands do make the snares

wherewith themselves are caught. 17 They who are wicked, into hell,

each one shall turned be:
And all the nations that forget
i to seek the Lord most high.
18 For they that needy are, shall not

forgotten be alway;
The expectation of the poor

shall not be lost for ay.
19 Arise, Lord, let not man prevail;

judge heathens in thy sight : 20 That they may know thiemselves but men,

the nations, Lord, affright.


In this Psalm of lamentation and woe, we have fi) David's mournful complaints of God's withdrawment of his gracious and con fortable presence, ver. 1. [2] His mournful and shocking representation of the wicked men who persecuted him during Gou's absence : They proudly gloried in themselves; they counteracted the laws, and contemned the judgments of God; they contiadicted and defied their opposers ; they were malicious, treache. rous, crafty, hypocrital, and atheistical persecutors, ver, 2ll. [37 His earnest supplications for relief to the people of God, attended with the firm faith of obtaining it, ver. 12-18.

While I sing these, ponder, O my soul, what a privilege it is to enjoy familiar feilowship with God! What abominations lie hid in an evil heart of unbelief! What a mercy, that the Lord hath withheld me from that outrage in wickedress, of which may coi l'upt nature is capabie! Let all my views of sins and of judgments cause me to flee to Jesus for relief. If he prepare my heart to prey, he will surely grant my requests.

TTHEREFORE isit, that thou, O Lord,
V dost stand from us afar ?
And wherefore liidest thou thyself,

when times so troubleus are ? 2 The wicked in his loftiness,

doth persecute the poor :
In these devices they have fram’d,

let them be taken sure.
3 The wicked of his heart's desire

doth talk with boasting great; He blesseth him that's covetous,

whom yet the Lord doth hate. : 4 The wicked, through his pride of face,

on God he doth not call : And in the councils of his heart

the Lord is not at all.

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