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for evermore. The glory is his. No offering, no righteousness, but his, can fave: the praises therefore of the great salvation of our God, which run through the book of psalms, are the peculiar prerogatives of the king of saints. They are his crown and diadem. The honors are solely his, and he will wear them with unrivalled fame. His name is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and the armies of heaven follow him with one mind and one heart, ascribing unto him honor and glory and blessing and praise for ever and ever.
Amen. But although the work was altogether his from first to last, none being capable of any part, but he who is God as well as man, yet eternal bleflings on him, he did it for us and for our salvation. His people have an interest in what he is God in our nature--they have their share in what he did and suffered for them, and they have an unspeakable benefit in what he is now doing for them in the presence of the Father. By believing they have pardon and peace through his offering on the tree.
By believing they put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and find acceptance in his righteousness. By believing they commit their persons and concerns into his hands, and he ever liveth their prevailing
interceffor to obtain for them every needful blefling. Thus they learn to trust him, and in trusting to experience his faithfulness. He gives them caufe to love him, and to rejoice in him. For having received a new birth and life in him they can sing the psalms of his nativity, and join angels and men in ascribing glory in the highest to the incarnate God. They read of his dying love in several psalms, and they worship him for bearing their fins and shame and curse in his body and soul upon the crofs: the lamb that was flain and redeemed them to God by his blood is the constant theme of their grateful fongs. When they read or sing the pfalms of his resurrection, they look upon him as the first fruits of the dead, the earneft of the whole harvest, and with grateful hearts they bless him for making, and for keeping them alive to God. They share in all his victories and triumphs, being his happy subjects : for he has a kingdom, which is celebrated in many of the psalms. These treat of his almighty power to rule all beings and things, and of the sweet fceptre of his love, by which he governs his willing people. He manifests to them the greatness and majesty of his kingdom, so that under his royal protection they find deliverance from the temptations to fin, and from
the miseries of fin, and through his specia) love he gives them here in the kingdom of his grace a happiness, which all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them, cannot poflibly give. They live happy indeed: for he makes them sing of 'the good of his chosen ; they do rejoice in the gladness of his nation, and they glory in his inheritance. These are high privileges; but they are only the earnests of that kingdom, which endureth for ever. O what glorious things are spoken of thee, thou city of God, in which the great king delighteth to dwell, and to manifest his glory. Wonderful things are written of this everlasting kingdom in the book of psalms, with which his happy subjects mix faith, and can then sing them with a hope full of glory and immortality. The psalms throughout fo describe the king of saints, that they who partake of his grace may find in them continual exercise of their faith, and continual improvement of it ; for they have an interest in all he was, and in all he is. Was his trust in God unshaken? They hope he will make theirs stedfast. Was his walk holy, harmless, and undefiled ? They depend on him for strength to tread in his steps. Were his tempers perfectly holy? They admire his example, and through his Spirit they daily
put off the old man, and put on the new. Was he carried through the greatest sufferings with entire resignation? They look up under all their trials for his promised support. Has he all his enemies under his feet? They are waiting in joyful hope for the fruit of his conqueft. Is he now in our nature in the highest glory? It is promised them, their eyes shall see the king in his beauty. O blessed prospect ! they shall soon be with him, and like him too, when they shall fee him as he is. The psalms are so written of Christ, that every believer may find comfort in what he reads or sings. Chrift being the head of the body the church, all the members do share with their head in what he is and has, in his incarnation, life and death, resurrectïon and intercession, yea they shall live and reign with him for ever and ever. That my meaning may be better understood, I will give an instance in the first psalm. Let us consider, how it is to be understood of Christ, and in what manner it is useful to those, who through faith are one with Christ.
As it treats of Christ, it is a proper preface to the whole book. It gives an account of the subject, and is an abridgment of it, containing in substance what is largely handled in the other parts. For Christ is
here described under the character of that perfect person, who was to retrieve for his people all the losses of the fall. He was in their nature, and yet he was by nature and practices in heart and life, separate from finners; negatively he had not the least communion with them, being without one spot of sin, positively he was perfectly holy. He fulfilled all the righteousness of the law in its highest requirements, both in obedience to its precepts, and also in suffering its penalties. Thus he became to his people the tree of life, having life in himself, as God self-existent, and having life communicatively, as God-man, to bestow upon every branch in him.-I am che yine, says he, ye are the branchés, by him they are quickened, in him they live, through him they become fruitful, and by his influence they prosper and bring forth much fruit to the glory of God. Herein they are directly contrary to the wicked, who are never quiękened by him, but left to perish in their sins. ': 1
A L M I. 1. Successful are the steps of that per: fon, who never walks in the council of transgressors, and in the way of finners neyer stands, and in the seat of mockers never fits..