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IT. They had us swallow'd quick, when as.
their wrath 'gainst us did flame: Waters had cover'd us, our soul . had sunk beneath the stream.
over our soul made way : Bleit be the Lord, who to their teethi, gave us not for a prey.
out of the fowler's snare, The snare asunder broken is,
and we escaped are.
Our fure and all-sufficient help
Our fure ahovah's name; cav'ns create;
His name who did the heav'ns create ; and who the earth did frame.
PSALM CXXV. ...in
The subject of this psalm is nearly the same with the
laft:. It describes the perfect safety of those who truft in the Lord. He himself will be their almighty protector. When enemies invade them, as the hills stand about Jerusalem, fo will he stand round about his people. His falvation shall be for walls and bul
warks. Happy are the people, that are in such a cafe! Yea blessed are the people, who have the Lord for their defence! 0 for more faith in his word, and more dependence upon his persevering love, and almighty arm. He will certainly fulfill. his promises in this psalm, great though they be, to those who trust in him. May we now put honor upon the promises here made us, and fing of his. faithfulness with rejoicing hearts.; .
THOSE that do place their confidence
Seventeenth Sunday after Trinity.
1. RIGHT wife and good is our Lord God,
· And will not suffer certainly
This pfalm was written for our admonition, upon whom
the ends of the world are come. It was not peculiar to one age or time of the church. It is not of any such private interpretation, but belongs to the whole people of God: For it relates to a spiritual captivity, which we are all under through sin, and it sets forih the holy joy, which Chrift gives, when he proclaims liberty to the captives. He enables them to find redemption through faith in his blood, and he puts a new song in their mouths, even a thanksgiving to their almighty deliverer. Then such persons under. stand the psalm well. They remember the joy of their first love, and what great things God did for them. And they know their own hearts, how ready they are to turn to captivity again, if the holy Spirit was to leave them, therefore they pray, that the streams of his grace may be to them, what streams of water are to dry ground, (such as was fouth of Judah) kept alive and made fruitful through him, they shalt not turn again to folly, but shall go on their way rea joicing : they may fow in tears, always sorrowful for what they are in themselves, but they may now always rejoice in Christ Jesus, and they shall reap in him a harvest of joy everlasting. Is this psalm true of us? Are we his lawful captives, whom he has de. livered from the hand of all our enemies? O let us sing of the liberty wherewith Chritt hath made us free. Let us exalt our redeemer to day. Here is a glorious hymn for the occasion. May all within us bless him, and may the holy Spirit glorify him in our hearts, while we praise him with our lips.
1. W HEN Sion's sad captivity
the Lord return'd again, Like unto them that dream were we, our mouth was filled then
then said they thereupon
we joyful are thereby.
who goeth on and mourns
bearing his sheaves returns.