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over those enemies seems here to be predicted. Through grace he makes us inore than conquerors in our conflicts with the same adversaries. “The God of peace," saith St. Paul, “shall bruise Satan under your feet shortly:" And it is observable that; when the seventy disciples return to Christ with joy, saying, “Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name;" he answers in the metaphorical language of our Psalm: “Behold, I give unto you power to tread on scorpions and serpents, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not, that the SPIRITS are subject unto you,” &c. Give us, O Lord, courage to resist the lion's rage, and wisdom to elude the wiles of the serpent.
14. Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on kigh, because he hath known my name. 15. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him, and honour, or, glorify, him. 16. With long life will I satisfy him, and show him my salvation.
In the former part of our Psalm, the prophet had spoken in his own person; here God himself is plainly introduced as the speaker. And, o how sweet, how delightful and comfortable are his words, addressed eminently to his beloved Son Messiah; and in him to all of us, his adopted children, and the heirs of eternal life; to all who love God, and have known his name! To such are promised, an answer to their prayers; the presence of their heavenly Father with them; in the day of trouble, protection and deliver
ance; salvation, and honour, and glory, and immortality. All these promises have already been made good to our gracious Head and Representative. His prayers have been heard; his sufferings are over: he is risen and ascended; and behold, he liyeth and reigneth for evermore. Swift fly the intermediate years, and rise that long-expected morning, when He who is gone “to prepare a place for us, shall come again, and take us to himself, that where he is we may be also!" .
Tue Psalmist invites all the world to join with the
Israelites, in the service of him who was kind and gracious to them beyond expression. Accordingly, we Christians now properly use this Psalm in acknowledgment of God's wonderful love to us in Christ; by whom we offer up continually spiritual sacrifices, for redeeming us by the sacrifice which he made of himself; for making the world anew, and creating us again unto good works; according to his faithful promises, which we may depend upon for ever.
1. Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands : 2. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing.
The prophet addresses himself to all lands, or to all the earth; to Gentiles, as well as Jews. He exhorts them to make a joyful noise, a noise like that of the trumpets at the time of jubilee, a sound of universal triumph and exultation, in honour of Jehovah, now become their Lord and Saviour. The service of this our Master is perfect freedom; it is a service of love, a freedom from Pharaoh and the task-masters, from Satan and our own imperious lusts; it is a redemption
from the most cruel bondage, into the glorious liberty of the sons of God. Let us therefore serve the Lord with gladness; and when we come before his presence, let it be with singing to the praise and glory of our Redeemer. Thus he is served in heaven, and thus he delights to be served on earth.
3. Know ye that the Lord he is God, it is 'he that hath made us, and not we ourselves: we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. · Or, He hath made us, and we are his, his people, and the sheep of his fiasture.
The motives here urged for serving and praising Jehovah are the same with those above, in Psalm xcv. namely, that he is our God, engaged by covenant on our behalf; that his hands created us, and have since new-created us; that we stand in the peculiar relation of his people, whom he hath chosen to himself, and over whom he presides as king; that we are the sheep of his pasture, for whom the good Shepherd laid down his life, and whom he nourishes unto eternal life. These are points which every Christian ought to know and believe, unto his soul's health. And whoever doth know them aright, will ever be ready, with heart and voice, to obey the injunction which follows in the next verse. -. - '.'.::
4. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and bless his name.
. . . . The Christian church is a temple, whose gates stand continually open, for the admission of the nations from all the four quarters of the world. Into the courts of this temple, which are now truly courts
of the Gentiles, all men are invited to come, and offer their evangelical sacrifices of confession and praise ; to express their gratitude to their Saviour, and bless his gracious and hallowed name. How glorious will be that day, which shall behold the everlasting gates of heaven lifting up their heads, and disclosing to view those courts above, into which the children of the resurrection are to enter, there, with angels and archangels, to dwell and sing for evermore!
5. For the LORD is good ; his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth to all generatione.
Jehovah is good: he is the source of all beauty and perfection in the creature; how altogether lovely must he needs be in himself! His mercy is everlasting, extending through time into eternity; and his truth, or fidelity in accomplishing his promises, endureth to all generations, evidenced to the whole race of mankind, from Adam to his last-born son. The Psalms which celebrate these attributes, will never, therefore, be out of date, but each successive generation will chant them with fresh propriety, and fresh delight, until by saints and angels they are sung new in the kingdom of God.