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LORD, for a little while thou hast
Him lower than the angels made,
This psalm treats of the wonderful work of God in
delivering Chrift from all his enemies, and from death especially. A right understanding of this deliverance, and faith in it, will lead us to praise God for it at all times: Because he will give us reason to sing of our own deliverance through him from all our fins and foes and miseries : And this will keep our hearts in tune to praise the Lord.
WITH my whole heart to thee, O Lord,
will I sing laud and praise, And speak of all thy wondrous works
and them record always.
I will be glad and much rejoice
in thee, O God most high,
And turned unto fight,
by thy great pow'r and might.
Fifth Sunday after Epipbany.
what time they be distrest,
their confidence will place, For thou hast not forsaken them who truly seek thy face.
who dwells on Sion hill,
his deeds record ye still.
In this psalm we have a humbling view of the finfulness
of human nature, as guilty of practical atheism, totally corrupt and filthy, deftitute of all good, and set upon all evil, yea even to persecute the children of God. St. Paul quotes it Rom. iii. to prove that there are none righteous in themselves, no not one, and therefore no Aeth living can be jutified by any works of their own.
Whoever is made sensible of this corruption will find no relief, but in the glorious salvation mentioned in the last part of the psalm, for which the prophet prays, and in which he rejoices.
This psalm should be sung with a heart felt conviction
of our guilty state by nature, and with a humbling sense of our total helplessness under it. May the Lord the Spirit thus convince us; and then he will thew us our need of a Saviour, and having received him by faith he will enable us to rejoice in the salvation of our God. The humbleft heart will enter deepest into the subject of the pfalm, and will therefore fing it to day with the best melody.
I. THE "HERE is no God, the foolish men
do in their hearts conclude,
the whole race of mankind,
III. They altogether filthy are,
they all aside are gone, And there is none that doeth good, yea, sure there is not one.
IV. These workers of iniquity
do they not know at all, That they my people eat as bread,
and on God do not call.
1. WHEN thus they rage, then suddenly
great fear shall on them fall: For God doth love the righteous men, and will preserve them all.
and cast upon them shame: Because they put their trust in God, and call upon his name.
or when wilt thou fulfill Thy promise made to Ifrael from out of Sion hill ?
such as were captive led, Then Jacob shall therein rejoice
and Isra'l shall be glad.