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Sixth Sunday after Epiphany.
This is a prayer of the beloved Jesus against his enemies
and, in which he was heard and answered: He' was kept safe and carried happily through all oppofition, till he had finished the work, which his Father had given him to do. By the same divine love and . power all that believe in him are kept, as tenderly as the apple of the eye, as fafely as they can be under the covert of covenant faithfulness. May we take up the words in the confidence of our hearts, and fing them rejoicing in the sure mercies of our beloved.
guide thou me and preserve,
surely thou wilt me aid,
to those who trust in thee,
the apple of thine eye,
defend me secretly.
This is a triumphant hymn, in which the work of Christ
is celebrated, and the church of Christ glories therein. God the Father, according to what is here written, has accepted his person and his work, and the pleasure of the Lord is now prospering in his Son's hand. O that we could fing of this most blessed salvation, as they did of old in this psalm: They not only had faith in it, but they also triumph, and set up their banners as conquerors over all their enemies. Thus they .put honor upon their almighty Jefus. May his Spirit help us to do the same this day. May he enable us to fing in faith, and to glorify him with our lips and lives.
HE Lord will hear thee in the day
when trouble he doth fend, And the name of Jacob's God will thee from all ill defend :
out of his sanctuary, From Sion his own holy hill
he will give strength to thee.
accept thy sacrifice,
thy thoughts and counsel wise.
in our God's name we will Display our banners; and the Lord will all thy prayers fulfill.
he from his holy heav'n
some horses trust upon :
are bowed down and fall,
This psalm is spoken in the character of the good shep
herd : He expresses his perfect trust in the covenant engagements of Jehovah, assured that all would go well with him in life in death and in eternity. Every word of it has been literally fulfilled to him, and it will be literally fulfilled to all his. When the Theep of his pasture have heard his voice, and are enabled to follow him, then they can use the same words, and expect the same blessings. O with what thankful hearts should they extol their good shepherd, when it is given them to receive his words without doubt or wavering—" My Meep, says he, hear my “ voice, and I know them, and they follow me: “ And I give unto them eternal life, and they shall “ never perish, neither shall any pluck them out of “ my hand, They hear, they believe, they rejoice. Safe under the pastoral care of his loving heart and faithful arm, they can fing with gratitude of the dear shepherd and bishop of their souls. May he be glorified in our song this day.
and he who doth me feed, How can I then lack any thing whereof I stand in need.
where I do safely lie,
My soul he doth restore again,
and me to walk doth make, In the plain paths of righteousness
ey'n for his own name's fake.
YEA, tho'. I walk in vale of death,
yet I will fear no ill, Thy rod and staff do comfort me
and thou art with me still.
My table thou haft furnished
in presence of my foes : My head with oil thou dost anoint, and my cup overflows.
the God whom we adore, Be glory as it was, is now,
and shall be evermore.