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8 O put your trust in him 2 My soul thirsteth for thee; alway, ye people : pour out your my flesh also longeth after thee : hearts before him, for God is in a barren (y) and dry land, our hope.
where no water is. 9 As for the children of men, 3 Thus (z) have I looked for they are but vanity : the children thee in holiness : that I might of men are deceitful upon the behold thy power and glory. weights (t); they are altogether 4 For thy loving-kindness is lighter than vanity itself.
better than the life itself : my lips 10 O trust not in wrong and shall praise thee. robbery ; give not yourselves 5 As long as I live, will i unto vanity : if riches increase, set magnify thee on this manner : not your heart upon them. and lift up my hands in thy
11 (u) God spake once, and twice I have also heard the same : 6 My soul shall be satisfied, that power belongeth unto God; even as it were with marrow (a)
12 And that thou, Lord, art and fatness : when my mouth merciful : for thou rewardest praiseth thee with joyful lips. every man according to his work.
7 Have I not remembered thee
in my bed : and thought upon Psalm lxiii. (x) thee when I was waking ? O Gov, thou art my God : 8 Because thou hast been my early will I seek thee.
helper: therefore under the
itself, even when no attack is made
in The idea of feeling the same longing after God, as extreme thirst creates for water, often occurs. Thus Ps. xlii. 1, 2. « Like as the hart desireth the water " brooks, so longeth my soul after thee
, “ O God. My soul is athirst for God
, yea, even for the living God: when “ shall I come to appear before the pre
sence of God." And Ps. cxliii. 6.
My soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty << land."
(z) “ Thus," i, e with the same anxiety, and then read “ have I desired “ to see thee in the sanctuary, to behold “ thy power aud glory." The Bible translation is, " to see thy power and “ glory, as I have seen thee in the sanc “ tuary." He was probably lamenting his absence from the tabernacle at Jerusalem, which he often makes a subject
See Ps. xlü. and lxxxiv. Upon his flight on Absalom's account, he left the ark of God behind. See 2 Sam. xv. 25, 26.YITV?
“ With marrow,'' &c. The meaning is, the praising thee with joyful lips will be as gratifying to my soul, as marrow, &c. that is, the choicest dainties, to the palate.
v.9. (t) “ Upon the weights," i. e. when
weighed, when brought to the test, they
(u) These verses give the reasons why
(x) This Psalm is supposed to have
thirsteth and longeth for water in a bar-
shadow (6) of thy wings will I 4. That they may privily shoot rejoice.
at him that is perfect : sud9 My soul hangeth upon thee: denly do they hit him, and fear thy right hand hath upholden
5 They encourage themselves 10 These also that seek the in mischief: and commune among hurt of my soul : they shall go themselves, how they may lay under the earth (c).
that no man shall
and practise it : that they keep 12 But the King shall rejoice secret among themselves, every in God; all they also that swear man in the deep of his heart. by him (e), shall be commended : 7 But (b) God shall suddenly for the mouth of them that speak shoot at them with a swift arrow : lies shall be stopped.
that they shall be wounded.
8 Yea, their own tongues shall Psalm lxiv. (5)
make them fall : insomuch that Hear my voice, O God, in my whoso seeth them, shall laugh
them to scorn. prayer : preserve my life from fear of the enemy.
9 And all men that see it, 2 Hide me from the gathering shallsay,
shall say, “ This hath God done:” together of the froward : and for they shall perceive that it is from the insurrection of wicked his work. doers;
10 The righteous shall rejoice 3 Who have whet their tongue in the Lord, and put his trust in like a sword (3): and shoot out him : and all they, that are true their arrows, even bitter words; of heart, shall be glad.
(6) “ The shadow," &c. This has been repeatedly noticed as a highly poetical figure. See Ps. xvii. 8.-xxxvi. 7: lvii. 1.–1xi. 4. “My trust shall be under " the covering of thy wings," and the passage in our Saviour's affectionate lamentation over Jerusalem, “ How often “ would I have gathered thy children
together, even as a hen gathereth her - chickens under her wings, and ye “ would not.” Matt. xxiv. 37. Luke
“ Swearing by the name of God,” is put
going after other gods." * Thou shalt
See also Is. lxv. 16. and
() A Prayer for deliverance from
(3) “ A sword.” See note on Ps. v. 3. lv. 22. where the same figurative expres. sion occurs. Ante 309.
(b) Whereas they shoot at others 0.7,8. (according to the 3d and 4th verses) God shall shoot at them, and whereas they use their tongues against others, (see 3d, 4th, and 5th verses), their own tongues shall make them fall, bring about their destruction.
(c) “ Under the earth," i. e. into the grave, shall die, shall perish. In Ps. lxxi. 18. “ the grave" is called “ the “ deep of the earth.” “ Thou didst turn " and refresh me, yea, and broughtest
me from the deep of the earth again."
(d) The Bible translation is," they “ shall fall," &c. they shall be a por. tion, &c. (e)
“ Swear by him," i. e. adhere to him, acknowledge him. In Deuter. vi. 13.
Lessons for the Twelfth Day of the Month throughout the rear.
January 12. February 12.
April 12. Morn. Gen. xxi. Morn. Lev. xx. Morn. Josh, iv. Morn. 1 Sam. xxvii. Matt. x. Mark xii. Luke xxiii.(2)
A&ts ix. (3). Even. Gen. xxii. Even. Lev. xxvi. Even. Josh, v.
Even, 1 Sam. XXVII.
James i. (4)
August 12. Morn. 2 Kings vi. Morn. Job. xvi. Morn. Eccles, üi. Morn. Jer. lii. Matt. x.
Aas x. (7)
Even. Lam. i.
1 Thess.iv. (6) Jam. ïi. September 12.
December 12. Morn. Micah vi. Morn. Judith xv. Morn. Ecclus.xxxvii. Morn. Isa. xxxvii. Matt.xiii.(8) Mark xv.(10)
John iv. (12) Aets xü. (13) Even. Micah vii. Even. Judith xvi. Even.Ecclus.xxxviii. Even. Isa. XXXVIII. Rom. xiii.
(1) ante 224
(2) ante 11s.
(3) ante 58.
(4) ante 143. 146. 148.
(9) ante 60. 24.
(3) ante 129. 131
(10) ante 105.
Psalm lxv. (i)
2 Thou that hearest the prayer: unto thee shall all flesh come.
3 My misdeeds prevail against me : 0 be thou merciful unto
ful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation : thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea.
6 Who in his strength setteth fast the mountains : and is girded about with power.
7 Who stilleth the raging of the sea : and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the people.
8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens : thou that makest the outgoings (1) of the morning and evening to praise thee.
4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and receivest unto thee : he shall dwell (k) in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.
5 Thou shalt shew us wonder
(i) Upon the propriety of making (b) “ Dwell,” &c. The power of fre ! God the object of Prayer on account of quenting the house of God is often menthe blessings he confers his power and tioned by David as matter of the highest providence. It has been supposed to gratification. See Ps. xxvi. 8.—xxvii
. 4. have been written by David upon the li. 4. and his being driven frame is restoration of plenty after the three years famine mentioned 2 Sam. xxi.
topic of earnest regret. See Psalms about 1020 years before the birth of xlii. lxxxiv. Christ.
(1) “ The outgoings,” &c. i. e. (pro. •
9 Thou visitest the earth, and
Psalm lxvi. (2) blessest it : thou makest it very O Bejoyful in God, all ye lands : plenteous.
sing praises unto the honour of 10 The river of God (m) is
his Name, make his praise to be full of water : thou preparest
glorious. their corn ; for so thou providest
2 Say unto God, "O how for the earth.
- wonderful art thou in thy 11 Thou waterest her furrows, “ works : through the greatness thou sendest rain into the little
" of thy power shall thine enevalleys thereof : thou makest it
“ mies be found liars (9) unto soft with the drops of rain, and blessest the increase of it.
" For all the world shall 12 Thou crownest the year worship thee : sing of thee, with thy goodness : and thy clouds " and praise thy name.' drop fatness.
4 O come hither, and behold 13 They shall drop upon the the works of God : how wondwellings of the wilderness (n):
derful he is in his doing toward and the little hills shall rejoice on the children of men!
5 He turned (r) the sea in14 The folds shall be full of
to dry land : so that they went sheep : the valleys also shall
through the water on foot; there stand so thick with corn, that
did we rejoice thereof. they shall laugh and sing ().
6 He ruleth with his power
bably) the regular succession of day and night ; and then it is in unison with Ps. xix. I. " The heavens declare the
glory of God,” &c.
(m) “ The river of God," i. e. his storehouse to supply the earth with water. There are many other passages where God's providence in supplying rain, &c. is made a subject of praise. See Psalm civ. 6 to 15.-cxxxv. 7.cxlvii. 8. (n) “ The wilderness," &c.
It is a sign of unusual plenty, when even the wilderness and the hills abound in pro. duce. In Ps. lxxii. 16. it is foretold among other blessings that "there shall “ be a heap of corn upon the earth, high
upon the hills.” and see Ps. civ. 13.cxlvii. 8. 14.
Laugh and sing." It is highly poetical to consider what is inanimate as exhibiting marks of joy. There is a grand passage of the same kind Is. lv. 12. “ The mountains and the hills shall break " forth before you into singing, and all the
trees of the field shall clap their hands.”' So Ps. xcviii. 9. “Let the foods cláp their " hands, and let the hills be joyful too “gether before the Lord ;' and see
Psalm xcvi. ii. and cxlviii. 3. 4. So
Ipsi lætitiâ voces ad sidera tollunt
account of his wondrous
(9) “ Be found liars." Thy works V. 2. shall
prove so decisively that thou art God, as to confnte all those who say thou art not. So in Ps. lxxxi. 16. in mentioning, some of the consequences which would have resulted if their obe. dience had been such, as to have justified the giving them deliverance and putting down their enemies, this is noticed, “the “ haters of the Lord should have been « found liars."
(r) “ Turned,” &c. The miracles of v.g. dividing the waters of the Red Sca, to enable the Israelites to flee from the
for ever ; his eyes behold (s) the 15 I called unto him with my people : and such as will not be- mouth : and gave him praises lieve, shall not be able to exalt
with my tongue. themselves.
16 If I incline unto wicked. 7 O praise our God, ye peo- ness with mine heart : the Lord ple : and make the voice of his will not hear me. praise to be heard ;
17 But God hath heard (u 8 Who holdeth our soul in me : and considered the voice of life : and suffereth not our feet
my prayer. to slip.
18 Praised be God, who hath 9 For thou, O God, hast not cast out my prayer : noi proved us : thou also hast tried
turned his mercy
Psalm lxvii (x).
bless us : and shew us the light 11 Thou sufferedst men to of his countenance, and be mer. ride over our heads : we went
ciful unto us ; through fire and water, and thou
2 That thy way may be known broughtest us out into a wealthy
upon earth : thy saving health place.
among all nations. 12 I will go into thine house
3 Let the people praise thee
, with burnt-offerings : and will O God : yea, let all the people pay thee my vows, which I pro- praise thee mised with my lips, and spake 4 O let the nations rejoice and with my mouth, when I was in be glad : for thou shalt judge the trouble.
folk righteously, and govern the 13 I will offer unto thee fat nations upon earth. burnt-sacrifices, with the incense 5 Let the people praise thee, of rams : I will offer bullocks o God : let all the people praise
thee. 14 Ocome hither, and hearken, 6 Then shall the earth bring all ye
that fear God : and I will forth her increase : and God, tell you what he hath done for
even our own God, shall give us his blessing.
Egyptians, and of dividing those of
(s) “ His eyes behold.” God's at-
of the Lord are in every “ place, beholding the evil and the “ good ;” and Prov. v. 21. “ The ways “ of man are before the eyes of the Lord, “ and he pondereth all his goings.” Job puts the question, Job xxxi. 4.“ Doth
“ not he see my ways, and count
my steps ?" and see i Chron. xxviii
. 9. Ecclus. xvi. 17, 18.–Jer. xxiii. 24.Ps. xxxiii. 13, 14.—xliv. 21.—cxxxix. 1 to II. (t) “ As silver,” &c.
As silver is tried by fire, so didst thou try us by adversity, by bringing us into the soare, laying trouble upon our loins, &c.
(u) “ Hath heard,” &c. So that this is a proof that I have not inclined unto wickedness with my heart.
(*) See ante 8. where this Psalm also occurs.