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The prophet having tifted that the Lord is gracious,

here expresses the fervent desires of his heart after - growing communion with him in the place and means of his appointment. He vehemently longs for public ordinances, and the divine presence in thein, arising from the sense he had of their happiness, who enjoyed those privileges. He prays for the Meffiah's fake to be one of them. This is a very delightful psalm. It is adapted to all ages of the church, and expresses the sentiments of true believers, especially if for some time they have been kept from the ordinances. Blessed be God for the means of grace, and for his Spirit in them. May we find more of his influence in them daily. While we sing the words may he enable us to mix faith with them, so that every privilege here mentioned may be ours, and may become in experience a matter of praise.

OW pleasant is thy dwelling

O Lord of hosts of me! The tabernacles of thy grace how pleasant Lord they be!

. : II. My thirsty foul longs veh’mently,

yea faints' thy courts to see, My very heart and Aesh cry out, O living God for thee.

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O they be blessed, who may dwell

within thy house always :
For they all times thy facts do tell
and ever give thee praise.

Yea, bleffed fure likewise are they

whose stay and strength thou art, Who to thy house do mind the way,

and seek thee with their heart.

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AS they go through the thirsty. vale - they dig up fountains still, That as a spring it does appear, and thou their pools doft fill.

I. So they from strength unwearied go

still forward unto strength, Until in Sion, they appear before the Lord at length..

III. .
O Lord of hosts to me give heed

and hearken to my cry,
And let it come into thine ears.

O Jacob's. God moft high..

O God our shield of thy good grace

look on me and draw near, Behold me in the lovely face

of thine anointed dear.



LORD, within thy courts one day

is better to abide, Than other where to dwell or stay a thousand days beside :

. II. Much rather had I keep a door

within the house of God, Than in the tents of wickedness : to settle mine abode.'

For God the Lord, our sun and shield,

will grace and glory give,
And no good thing will he withhold
from them who purely live,

O Lord of hosts that man is blest,

and prosp'rous sure is he, Who is perfuaded in his breast

to trust all times in thee.


Afcenfion Day.

In chis pfalm the holy Ghoft by the mouth of David de

scribes the Lord Chrift, the maker of all worlds vifible and invisible. He gives us the character of this universal king, as he was God manifest in the flesh: And then relates the fulfillment to him of every covenant engagement. After he had drank of the brook in the way his head was lifted up. He ascended up on high leading captivity captive, and went with great triumph into his kingdom. This is described in language worthy of the author and of the subject. The ideas are truly sublime. The king of glory is set forth in a manner suited to excite the faith and to warm the affections of his people. May the divine inspirer of this hymn open our hearts to receive the king of glory, that we may be happy in singing his praises to-day and for ever.

VE gates and everlasting doors

• lift up your heads on high, Then shall the king of glory come ent'ring triumphantly.

II. . But who of glory is the king?

the mighty Lord is this, Ev’n that same Lord, who great in might and strong in battle is. ..


Ye gates and everlasting doors

lift up your heads on high,
Then shall the king of glory come
ent’ring triumphantly.

Who is the king of glory? who?

the Lord of hosts renown'd, . Of glory he alone is king, .

who is with glory crown'd.


This pfalm describes the kingdom of Christ, which

ruleth over all, Gentiles as well as Jews: for they are both here called upon to acknowlege his fo. vereignty and to rejoice in it. He is ascended up on high: he has all power in heaven and earth to gather together, and to protect his people, and he will give them reason to praise him for ever and ever. This hymn was written to excite their joy in the Lord. 'Every word contains matter of praise, and Thould lead them to rejoice in their God and king. May we take up the hymn in faith, that as he is ascended into the heavens, fo we may also in heart and mind thither ascend, and may dwell to-day with pure delight on the subject of his praises, joining. all his redeemed in exalting, as highly as we can, the great king of heaven and earth.

OUR God ascended up on high

with shouts of joyful noise, The Lord goes up above the sky

with trumpets, voice.

II. Siin

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