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it,  Expressions of great joy in going up to Jerusalem ; vës. 1, 2,  High commendations of the beauty, order, sanctity, and honour of Jerusalem ; ver. 3—5.  The duty and happiness of such as are really concerned for the welfare of Jerusaa lem, the church of God; ver. 6–9.
While I sing, let me remember the gospel church, bewail her disorders, supplicate for her welfare, and set my heart on the Jerusalem which is above, and into which nothing can en. ter that defileth or disturbs. O when shall my feet stand there! When shall I see my JESUS, on his great white throne, and sit with him in his glory. I Joy'd when to the house of God,
Go up, they said to me;
our feet shall standing be.
compactly built together : 4 Unto that place the tribes go up,'
the tribes of God go thither. To Isr'els testimony, there
to God's name thanks to pay. 5 For thrones of judgment, ev’n the thrones
of David's house, there stay.
peace and felicity:
have still prosperity,
within thy walls remain; . And ever may thy palaces
prosperity retain. . 8 Now, for my friends and brethren's sakes,
Peace be in thee, I'll say ;
A Song of Degrees.
and contains,  Earnest longings for, and believing expectations of merciful deliverances from God; ver. 1, 2.  An improvement of great distress, as a plea for speedy and re. markable relief; ver, 3. 4.
While I sing this, let me, in the full assurance of faith, cry to God, for the mercies which my own soul, my family, and the church and nation wherewith I am connected, so much need. Nor let me accept of a denial of my believing requests.
THOU, that dwellest in the heav'ns,
I lift mine eyes to thee..
their masters' hand to see;
so do our ears attend
to us he mercy send.
unto us gracious be :
exceedingly are we.
that at their ease abide, . And with their insolent contempt
of those that swell in pride.
A Song of Degrees of David. This Psalm is highly applicable to every remarkable delia verance which God works for his church, especially to the great redemption wrought for his people by Christ. In it,  David magnifies the danger they were in; ver. 1-5.  As. cribes, the glory of their deliverance to God; 1, 2, 6, 7.  Improves the deliverance as an encouragement to trust in. God; ver. 8.
Let me behold JEHOVAH as a present help in trouble. Let my waiting eyes be towards him, who, notwithstanding all the combined power and policy of hell and earth, is able and ready to pull my feet out of the net. · TTAD not the Lord been on our side,
may Israel now say;
2 Had not the Lord been on our side,
when men rose us to slay: 3 They had us swallow'd quick, when as
their wrath 'gainst us did flame: 4 Waters had cover'd us, our soul
had sunk beneath the stream. 5 Then had the waters, swelling high,
over our soul made way. 6 Bless'd be the Lord, who to their teeth
us gave not for a prey. 7 Our souls escaped as a bird
out of the fowler's snare : The snare asunder broken is,
and we escaped are.
is in JEHOVAH's name; ,
and who the earth did frame.
may say, and that truly
had not our cause maintain’d: 2 If that the Lord . had not our right sustain'd, When cruel men
against us furiously Rose up in wrath,
to make of us their preys 3 Then certainly
they had devour'd us all, And swallow'd quick,
for aught that we could deem;
Such was their rage,
as we might well esteem: 4 And as fierce floods
before them all things drown, So had they brought
our soul to death quite down. $ The raging streams
with their proud swelling waves, Hąd then our soul
o’erwhelmed in the deep; 6 But bless'd be God,
who doth us safely keep, And hath not giv'n
us for a living prey Unto their teeth
and bloody cruelty. 7 Ev'n as a bird
out of the fowler's snare Escapes away,
so is our soul set free; Broke are their nets,
and thus escaped we, 8 Therefore our help
· is in the Lord's great name,
A Song of Degrees. Let me, in this Psalm behold,  The happiness of the saints; in the fixedness of their new covenant state ; the safety of their condition; the seasonableness of their deliverances; and the advantage of effectual fervent prayers in their behalf; ver. 14.  The misery of the wicked, particularly of apostates from the ways of God; ver. 5.
Let me then never be of them that draw back, but of them who believe, to the fixing of their heart, and the saving of their soul.
THEY in the Lord that firmly trust
but standeth ever still.
the mountains stand alway,
from henceforth, and for ay. 3 For ill men's rod upon the lot
of just men shall not lie: Lest righteous men stretch forth their hands
thy goodness Lord impart;
upright within their heart. 5 But as for such as turn aside
after their crooked way, God shall lead forth with wicked men : on Isra’l peace shall stay,
A Song of Drgrees. This Psalm relates to some remarkable deliverance of the Jewish church, perhaps from Babrion, as typical of those of the gospel church; and  Represents great admiration of, and thankfulness for the deliverance; ver. 1-3.  Contains prayers for, and encouragement of saints exercised with tribulations; ver. 4-6.
While I sing, let me admire the Lord's kindness to my country ;-to his gospel church ;-to mankind;-to my soul. And, in my remaining distress, personal or relative, let me sow in mourning and supplication, that I may reap joyful deliveran. ces, and everlasting consolations, through grace. T HEN Zion's bondage God turn'd back,
Vas men that dream'd were we.
our tongue with melody: