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2. But in the law of Jehovah is his delight, and in his law will he meditate day and night.
3. For then he shall be like a tree that was planted by the streams of waters, which will yield its fruits in their season, and its top-shoot shall never fade, but whatsoever he shall take in hand he shall . be able to make it prosperous.
4. It shall not be fo with transgressors, but they shall be like the chaff which the wind blows away.
5. Because the tranfgreffors shall not be set up in judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
6. For Jehovah acknowledgeth the way of the righteous, but the way of finners Thall be destroyed.
This pfalm is a general description of the success of Jesus in his work, shewing what steps he was to take for the salva. tion of his people: He was to be a man like us in all things, excepting fin; from which he was perfectly free: No thought of it ever entered his mind, not one moment did he decline from the way of duty, but always acted under the influence of divine love, in his life, and by his example reproving thofe who made a mock at fin. He was holy, harınless and
undefiled in his nature, and separate from sinners in his practice : For
He was perfectly acquainted with the divine law: It was his continual Itudy, and to obey it was his continual delightIt was his meat and drink-"Lo I come, " says he, to do thy will, O God :" He rejoiced to fulfil its precepts by his life, and he was a willing facrifice to suffer its penalties in his death. In both he magnified the law, and made it infinitely ho nourable. And
Thus it became him to bring many fons unto glory. Whatsoever he under took for them had perfect fuccess. He was the tree of life watered with abundant streams of grace, the Spirit being given not by measure unto 'him; a tree subject to no change, but always growing and Aourishing, always bearing forth fruit, and making every branch in it a partaker of the heavenly influences of the stock upon which it grows.
But, the transgressors, who are not grafted into him by faith, liave no fpiritual life, 'nor fruit - they are lighter than vanity itfelf: And they shall be driven from the judgment feat of God, as easily as any light chaff is driven about by a strong wind, and they shall be juftly banished for evermore from the
general assembly and church of the first born :
For Jehovah always approved of the way of the righteous, whom he chose and called, and justified freely by his
grace through the redemption which is in Christ Jesus, but the way of transgrefsors he disapproves, and they shall loon utterly perish.
In this sense the Psalm is true of Christ, but believers have their share in the bles. sings of which it treats : For in his fuccess they partake. They have fellowfhip with him in every step which he took to work out their salvation. When they have redemption through faith in his blood, and free acceptance through faith in his righteousness, then they walk humbly with him, and he puts his fear within them. He teaches them to depart from evil, they do not walk in the council of the ungodly, nor stand in the way of sinners, nor fit in the seat of the scornful:
But he puts his law in their inward parts and writes it in their hearts: In their renewed mind they are brought to delight in it; they make it their continual study, and through grace to walk in it is their continual practice. Yea, they live by the faith of the Son of God, as
branches in the tree of life: Because he lives they shall live also; drawing from their life-giving root every thing needful to mortify fin in them, and to enable them to bring forth fruit unto God :
Thus he separates them from tranfgressors, who live and die in their fins, these are like chaff, which the wind driveth away:
Because they shall not stand in the judgment of God, nor come into the church of Christ.
For the Lord with his loving kindness regarded the way of the righteous, but the way of transgreffors shall perish.
Thus believers look upon the psalms. They consider them as treating of the glorious person and work of the Godman, and considering themselves in him, as members under him their head, quickened by his Spirit and receiving all the blessings of spiritual life out of his fulness,
1 they can understand and sing the praises of Immanuel, with melody in their hearts : For they can apply to themselves the benefits of his atonement and righteousness, of his intercession and glory, and this renders the psalms precious, and finging them an high ordinance. Their God does meet them and bless them in singing psalms. While they express their
love to him, he communicates his love to them, and they have fellowship with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Chrift by the Spirit.
But this will be more evident from considering some particulars relating to the subject; such as
CH A P. II.
The fcripture names of the Psalms. THERE are three Hebrew names of
ten used in the titles of the psalms,, which the Septuagint have translated psalms, hymns, and songs. The word rendered by them hymns is Tbebilim, which is the running title to this book, exprefsive of the general design, and is an abridgment of the whole matter. . It comes from a Hebrew word that signifies the brisk motion of light, shining and putting its splendor upon any object, and this makes it bright, and illustrious. Hence comes the propriety of the word, as it is used to praise, which is to set an object in the light; that the rays shining upon it may render it splendid and beautiful, and thereby glorious and praiseworthy. Such are the Psalms. They