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This is a day big with wonders. Christ the Lord is,
risen. He has put away fin, has subdued Satan, and death, and all our enemies, and we are met to share with him in his victories. Here is an Easter hymn, to be sung with thanksgiving to our triumphant Jefus. It treats, as the new testament abún. dantly shews, of his fufferings, his resurrection, and of his entrance into his kingdom, whereby he became the head ftone of the corner, uniting both: Jews and Gentiles into one fpiritual building. I have. felected a paffage out of it for the present exercise of our faith and gratitude. Its fense is fixed by our. Lord and his apoftles. If we understand it as they did, and believe Christ to be risen for our justifica. tion, we cannot but bless him, and praise him this day, reckoning ourselves to be dead indeed unto fin, but alive onto God in Jesus Christ our Lord. May we sing with hearts alive to him, triumphing in his, complete and eternal salvation.
THE stone which formerly among
1 the builders was refus'd, Is now become the corner stone and chiefly to be us’d. '; o
it was the Lord's own fact, And it is wondrous to behold this great and noble act.
which God himself hath wrought,
IV. . Thou art my God I will confess
and render thanks to thee, Thou art my God and I will praise thy mercy towards me.
Ps ALM XVI. The words of the psalm, which follow, are spoken by
Chrift in faith of his rising from the dead, and they are applied in this sense by the apostle Peter : He quotes them Acts ii. as a proof of its not being pof- sible that Chrift fhould be holden of death. Since Christ the first fruits is risen, fo are all who believe in him risen already from the grave of fin, and they shall rise one day from the grave of death, when the last enemy shall be destroyed. In this hope, which Mould be full of glory and immortality, they ought to praise their rifen Jesus, and in their songs to bless him to day and for ever.
I SET the Lord still in my sight - '
and joy shall be expreft,
because thou lovest me, Nor yet will give thy holy one corruption for to see ;
iv. But wilt shew me the path of life,
where there is joy in store, And where at thy right hand there are
pleasures for evermore.
. This psalm is applied to Christ in the New Testament.
It treats of his death, his resurrection, and his king. dom. The title explains it all: for it says, the psalm was spoken by Chrift upon his being delivered from the power of all his enemies, and from the power of the grave. This has been literally fulfilled in the person of Jesus Christ. We are remembring the fact to day. May it be with thankful faith. May the singing of these lines tend to exite and improve it.
THE pangs of death did compass me
did put me in great fear,
II. The II.
The sorrows and the bonds of hell
were round about me fet,
did pray to God for grace,
Iv. He to a place where liberty
and room was, hath me brought, Because he took delight in me
he my deliverance wrought..
St Jerom says, he muft be a very bold man, who would
dare to give any other interpretation of this psalm, than Peter has done in the A&ts of the Apostles. He and his beloved brother Paul have quoted it several times. It confits of three parts, according to which
I have divided it. Firit, It describes the opposition, which the kingdom of tion. Then as King-mediator he was seated a priest on his throne, until all. his enemies death itself be
Christ Tould meet with from the great ones of the world, and which would certainly bring destruction upon their own heads: So Herod, and Pontius Pilate
and the people of the Jews found it : For Secondly, Christ is in the Godhead omnipotent and eter
nal, but as God-man he had all power in heaven and earth committed to him by the decree of the everblefied Trinity, which took place upon his resurrec
made his footstools Thirdly, It being in 'vain to oppose such an almighty
Sovereign, kings and people are called upon to do him homage, to kiss the Son and trust in his royal care
and love: Because all such are blessed of the Lord. This psalm should be sung with faith in his resurrection,
that being risen with him we may share in the blessings of his kingdom and glory. Our affections hould delight to be, where he is fitting at the right hand of God, and we thould with grateful hearts acknowlege our subjection to our Lord and king.
W H Y did the Gentiles tumults raise
what rage was in their brain?.. Why do the people still contrive . a thing that is but vain ?
MOLIT. .0 49tt. id The kings and rulers of the earth and
conspire, and are all bent : 1 Sit td Against the Lord, and Christ his Son, i od whom he among us fent.
II. iirisson Shall we be bound to them, say they, ' '
let all their bonds be broke,
and sees how they combine,