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His ways they always grevious are;
thy judgments from his sight Removed are : at all his foes
he puffeth with despite. 6 Within his heart he thus hath said,
I shall not moved be; And no adversity at all
shall ever come to me. His mouth with cursing, fraud, deceit,
is fill'd abundantly :
mischief and vanity.
he slays the innocenti Against the poor, that pass him by,
· his cruel eyes are bent. ' 9 He, lion-like, lurks in his den: - he waits the poor to take : And when he draws him in his net
his prey he doth him make. 10 Himself he humbleth very low,
he croucheth down withal, That so a multitude of poor,
“ may by his strong ones fall. 11 He thus hath said within his heart,
the Lord hath quite forgot : ? He hides his countenance, and he i forever sees it not. 12 O Lord, do thou arise ; O God,
lift up thine hand on high : Put not the meek afflicted ones
out of thy memory. ' 13 Why is it that the wicked man
thus doth the Lord despise
Because, that God will it require,
he in his heart denies.
and spight thou wilt repay :
thou art the orphans' stay.
and of the evil one :
until thou findest none.
ev’n to eternity :
are perish'd utterly.
thou the desire did'st hear :
to hear wilt bend thine ear.
that are oppressed sore ;
PSALM XI. To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Behold here (1) David, tempted by his timerous friends to escape to some mountain, and hide himself from the fury of Saul, or of Absalom, as if that were his only safe course now, when his enemies were exerting themselves to the uttermost, and all things were in disorder and confusion, ver. 1-3. (2) David baffling the temptation by a resolute profession of his trust in God, as the observer of all men; as the holy and righteous punisher of the wicked, and friend of the godly, ver. 4—7.
Let no temptation decoy me from my duty. Let no
danger deter me from it." While JEHOVAX, my reconciled God and Father, manageth and judgeth the world, my safest course is to commit myself to him in well doing. Let the just vengeance of God upon sinners detor: my heart from sinning, and his kindness to his people entcourage me to holiness in all manner of conversation.
T IN the Lord do put my trust :
how is it then that ye
. unto your mountain high ?
their shafts on string they fit : That those who upright are in heart
they privily may hit. 3 If the foundations be destroy'd,
what hath the righteous done ? 4 God in his holy tomple is.
in heaven is his throne : His eyes do see, his eye-lids try õ men's sons. The just he proves : But his soul hates the wicked man,
and him that vi’lence loves. 6 Snares, fire and brimstone, furious storms,
on sinners he shall rain : '
doth unto them pertain.
in righteousness delight;
A Psalm of DAVID.
This, as to them. mostris
reign of Saul, observe, (1) The times rendered extremeJy bad by the almost universal death of the godly, the general decay of piety and honesty, the common prevalence of dissimulation and flattery; and by the proud and daring contempt of God, and oppression of the poor; and by the protection and encouragement of wickedness, by those that bare rule in church or state, ver. 1-4, 8.  Enough in God to balance the evils of the worst of times. He is ready to help. He will in due time reckon with the wicked, and restrain their insolence. He will seasonably and effectually relieve his oppressed people. His words are pure, firm and faithful; and he will always secure a remnant for himself, ver. 1-5, 6, 7.
In evil times, do thou my soul, live on thy God. Walk humbly with thy God. Hope continually in thy God and rejoice in his new-covenant promises to men,tome
TTELP, Lord, because the godly man
doth daily fade away; And from among the sons of men
the faithful do decay.
doth utter vanity :
and lips of flattery.
tongues that speak proudly, thus, 4 We'll with our tongue prevail, our lips
are ours : who's Lord o’er us? 5 For poor oppress’d, and for the sighs
of needy, rise will I, Saith God, and him in safety set
from such as him defy.
they be like silver try'd
that hath been purify’d.
ng Lord, thou shalt them preserve and keep
for ever from this race. 8 On each side walk the wicked, when
vile men are high in place.
To the chief Musician. A Psalm of David. Here we have the Psalmist sowing in tears, but reaping in joy. Observe (1) his extreme distress, occasioned by God's apparent unkindness, and by inward anguish of soul, and insolence of enemies, ver. 1, 2. (2) his fervent supplications that God would consider his case, strengthen his faith, direct his goings, and comfort his heart, ver. 3, 4, (3) Sudden deliverance, flowing from a fixed trust in God, and inducing to a triumphant joy in him, ver. 5, 6.
Think, my soul, how divine withdrawments, sensibly perceived, sting a renewed heart! How changeable the saints' spiritual frames are, while they contique in this world. Weeping endures for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. And behold, how quickly the prayers of faith are answered, and its expectations fulfilled! ITOW long'wilt thou forget me, Lord, I shall it for ever be ? O how long shall it be that thou.
wilt hide thy face from me ? 2 How long take council in my soul,
still sad in heart, shall I ? How long exalted over me
shall be mine enemy? 3 O Lord, my God, consider well,
and answer to me make: Mine eyes enlighten, lest the sleep
of death me overtake: 4 Lest that mine enemy should say, against him I prevail'd;