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561 4 Yea; the Lord hath donė great things for us already : whereof we rejoice.
5 Turn our captivity, O Lord: as the rivers in the south. 6 They that low in tears : Ihall reap in joy.
7 He that now goeth on his way weeping, and beareth forth good - seed : shall doubtless come again with joy; and and bring his sheaves with him.
Psalm cxxvii. Nifi Dominus.
Encephede bir debuild the house : their labour is but
lost that build it. 2 Except the Lord keep the city : the watchman waketh but in vain.
3 It is but lost labour that ye haste to rise up early, and so late take rest, and eat the bread of carefulness : for so he giveth his beloved sleep.
4 Lo, children and the fruit of the womb : are an heritage and gift that cometh of the Lord.
5 Like as the arrows in the hand of the giant : even fa are the young children. .
6 Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of themi : they shall not be ashamed when they speak with their enemies in the gate.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxxvi.] This psalm engages us to refect on the wonderful things which God has done in all times for his people, by delivering them, contrary to all appearance, from the power of their enemies. It assures us, moreover, that if the church, or the righteous, are in affliction and in tears, God gives them at last occasion to rejoice ; and in general, when men have been tried and humbled by affliction, he makes gladness succeed to forrow; so that, as the Jews here exprels ir, “ they that low in tears, fhall reap in joy."
Psalm cxxvii.) Here we learn, 1. That it is not so much the care which men take, as the blessing of God, that makes itates, cities, and families fubfift; and therefore, that inagiftrates, and heads of families, ought to labout to bring this blessing upon them. 2. That God gives children ; and that we ought to esteem them a particular blefling ; lince, if we bring them up in virtue and godliness, chey will be the joy and glory of their parents, not only in this world, but in that which is to come,
Psalm cxxviii. Beati omnés.
ways, 2 For thou shalt eat the labours of thine hands : 0 well is thee, and happy shalt thou be.
3 Thy wife shall be as the fruitful vine : upon the walls of thine house.
4 Thy children like the olive-branches : round about thy table.
5 Lo, thus shall the man be blefled: that feareth the Lord.
6 The Lord from out of Sion shall so bless thee : that thou shalt see Jerusalem in prosperity all thy life long.
7 Yea, that thou shalt see thy childrens children : and peace upon Ifrael.
Plalm cxxix. Sæpe expugnaverunt.. ANY a time have they fought against me from mỹ youth up: may
Israel now say. 2 Yea, many a time have they vexed me from my youth up: but they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back : and made long furrows.
4 But the righteous Lord: hath hewn the snares of the ungodly in pieces.
5 Let them be confounded and turned backward : as many as have evil will at Sion.
6 Let them be even as the grafs growing upon the housetops : which withereth afore it be plucked up.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxxviii.] This psalm aflures us, that God blesses the labour and the families of those that fear him and walk in his ways. Though the temporal blessings which were formerly promised to the Jews, are not the chief things which Christians ought to aspire after; yet they are to be considered as a reward of piety, and to be received with thankfulness. Godliness has the promise of the life that now is. God always blefies those families where piety prevails, and does particularly shower down upon them Spiritual blesings; and at lait exalts them who live in innocence to the supreme happiness which he has prepared for them in heaver.
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Whereof the mower filleth not his hand : neither he that bindeth up the sheaves his bofom.
8 So that they who go by fay not so much as, The Lord prosper you :.we wish you good luck in the Name of the Lord. Psalm cxxx.
Lord, hear my voice. 2 O let thine ears consider well : the voice of my complaint.
3 If thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss : O Lord, who may abide it?
4 For there is mercy with thee: therefore shalt thou be feared.
5 I look for the Lord, my soul doth wait for him : in his word is my trust.
6 My soul feeth unto the Lord, before the morning watch, I say, before the morning watch.
7 O Israel, trust in the Lord ; for with the Lord there is mercy : and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Ifrael : from all his sins.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxxix.) What is said in, this psalm engages us to consider, that the church has been often assaulted, both under the Old Testament and under the New; but that God has always preserved it, and that its enemies have never been able to destroy it. This ought to confirm us in our belief, that the church and all its true members will for ever fubfift; and that all those who set themselves against them, shall have nothing but shame and confufion for their portion.
Pfalm cxxx.] The pfalmift here gives us three lessons of instruction. 1. That if God Thould examine us in the rigour of his justice, none would be found righteous before him: wherefore we ought all to have recourse to his- mercy, and say, with the deepeft humility, “if thou, Lord, wilt be extreme to mark what is done amiss, O Lord, who may abide it?" 2. That if God is inclined to pardon men, it is to engage them to fear him; and that without this fear there is no pardon to be expected from him. This is express in these words ; “ There is mercy with thee, that thou mayest be feared.” 3. That God has always been, and will be, the defender of his church, and of crue believers.
Pfalm cxxxi. Domine, non eft.
2 I do not exercise myself in great matters : which are too high for me.
3 But i refrain my soul, and keep it low, like as a child that is weaned from his mother : yea, my soul is even as a weaned child.
4 O Israel trust in the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
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LORDremember pe avid: cand all his trouble.
Psalm cxxxii. Memento, Domine.
2 How he sware unto the Lord : and vowed a vow unto the Almighty God of Jacob.
3 I will not come within the tabernacle of mine house : nor climb up into my bed ;
4 I will not luffer mine eyes to sleep, nor mine eye-lids to Number: neither the temples of my head to take any reit,
5 Until I find out a place for the temple of the Lord : an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob.
6 Lo, we heard of the same at Ephrata : and found it in the wood.
7 We will go into his tabernacle: and fall low on our Inces before his footstool.
8 Arile, O Lord, into thy refting-place: thou, and the ark of thy strength.
9 Let thy priests be clothed with righteousness : and let t'iy taints fing with joyfulness.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxxxi. This pfalm expresses the sentiments which all the children of God ought to entertain : They are to be humble, not aiming at high things, but resembling little children in innocency and fimplicity, What David teaches us on this head, is the same with what our Lord more fully recommends in the gospel, when he tells us, that, if we become not as little children, he will not acknowledge os for his disciples, bet hall we enter into the kingdom of heaven.
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED 565 10 For thy servant Davids sake : turn not away
pre: sence of thine anointed.
11 The Lord hath made a faithful oath unto David : and he shall not shrink from it ;
12 Of the fruit of thy body: shall I set upon thy seat.
13 If thy children will keep my covenant, and my ceftimonies that I shall learn them : their children also shall fit upon thy seat for evermore.
14 For the Lord hath chofen Sion to be an habitation for himself: he hath longed for her.
15 This shall be my rest for ever : here will I dwell, for I have a delight therein.
16 I will bless her victuals with increase: and will satisfy her poor with bread.
17 I will deck her priests with health: and her saints shall rejoice and sing:
18 There shall I make the horn of David to flourish : I have ordained a lantern for mine Anointed.
19 As for his enemies, I shall cloche them with shame : but upon himself shall his crown flourish.
Psalm cxxxiii. Ecce, quam bonum ! Ehold, how good and joyful a thing it is : brethren to dwell together in unity.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxxxii.] 1. The vow mentioned in this pfalm, which David made to establish divine service, is a mark of his piety. From hence great men, magistrates, and all men in general, ought to learn, that the giory of God, and his true worship, is what they should defire with the greatest fervency, and procure to the utmost of their power. 2. The fa. vour God shewed David, in enabling him to execute his pious design, fnews as, that God blesses those undertakings that me formed with a good intention. 3. The choice which God had made of Sion for the place of his worship; and the promises with which he had engaged to dwell there for ever to bless and prosper it, are to be applied to the Christian church, in which he dwells in a more particular manner, and wherein he is to be worshipped and adored unto the end of the world. Lastly, We ought all of us, in imitation of the psalmist, continually to pray for the preserva, tion of the church, for a bleding on its ministers, and for prosperity to all its mem-ers.