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Psalm xlii. Quemadmodum.
my soul after thee, O God, 2 My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: When thall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night : while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?"
• 4 Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself: for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
5 In the voice of praise and thanksgiving : among such as keep holy-day.
6 Why art thou so full of heavineis, O my soul : and why art thou so disquieted within me?
7 Put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.
8 My God, my soul is vexed within me: therefore will i remember thee concerning the land of Jordan, and the little hill of Hermon.
9 One deep calleth another, because of the noise of the water-pipes: all thy waves and storms are gone over me.
10 The Lord hath granted his loving kindness in the daytime; and in the night-seafon did I sing of him, and made my prayer unto the God of my life.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm xli.] In this pfalm, the bleffing of God is promised to those who have compaffion on the afflicted, who julge charitably of them, and comfort them in their sufferings. David assures the kind and charitable, that God will deliver them in their calamities ; that he will heal them when they are fick and languishing; and that he will preserve them, and make them happy in this life. These promises ought to inspire us with sentiments of charity, and compassion for the unfortunate ; and engage us to comfort them, and contribute to their ease as far as we are able, On the other hand, what David says of the proceedings of his enemies, thews us, that it is a great fin to insult the miserable, to wish evil to of desire the death of any one, and to judge that all those whom God afflicts are punished because of their fins. This should teach us to avoid hard. heartedness and rash judgments, and to think always favourably of people in afli&ion, and especially of those who are remarkable for piety and the fear of the Lord.
11 I will say unto the God of my strength, Why hast thou forgotten me : why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppreffech me?
12 My bones are smitten asunder as with a sword : while mine enemies that trouble me cast me in the teeth ;
13 Namely, while they say daily unto me: Where is now thy God?
14. Why art thou so vexed, O my soul : and why art thou so disquieted within me?
15 o put thy trust in God: for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my
gainst the ungodly people : 0 deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man.
2 For thou art the God of my strength, why hast thou put me from thee: and why go I fo heavily, while the enemy opprefleth me?
3 O send out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me : and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xlii.] In the earnest desire of the prophetic author of this psalm, who was probably David, to com: again to the house of God, which he was kept from, we see what sentiments true devotion and fincere piety inspire men with. The faithful desire nothing more fincerely, than to appear before God, and particularly to worship in the affemblies of the faints, and to be edified by the company and good examples of godly men. In like manner, there is nothing grieves them more than to be deprived of that comfort, and to see the wicked impiously insult God, and scoff at the just man's trust in him. Obferve next, that the author of this psalm had been in exceeding great distress, and as it were finking under the afflicting hand of God ; in which condition his soul was dit. tracted, and almost deftitate of comfort; but that, nevertheless, his faith had raised and supported him. This example ought to strengthen the righteous in their afflictions, comfort them in their greatest bitterness of Soul, and make them say with the psalmist, “Why art thou so vexed, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me? O put thy trust in God : for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.”
4 And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God, nty God.
5 Why art thou so heavy, my soul c and why art thou fo disquieted within me ?
6 0 put thy trust in God for I will yet give him thanks which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
Píalm xliv. Deus, auribus.
told us : what thou haft done in their time of old, 2 How thou halt driven cut the heathen with thy hand and planted them in : how thou haft destroyed the nations, and cast them out.
3 For they gat not the land in poffeffion through their own sword : neither was it their own arm that helped them.
4 But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance : becaule thou hadst a favour unto them.
5 Thou art my kiny, O God : fend help unto Jacob.
6 Through the will we overthrow our enemies : and in thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
7 For I will noc trust in my bow; is is not my sword that shall help nie.
8 But it is thou that savest us from our enemies : and putteft them to confusion that hate us.
9 We make our boast of God all day long: and will praise thy name for ever.
10 But now thou art far off, and putreft us to confusion : and goeft not forth with our armies.
11 Thou makelt us to turn our backs upon our enemies : so that they which hate us, spoil our goods.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xliii.] The complaints and fighs of the prophet, in this and the foregoing pfalm, because he could not come into the house of God, mould engage those who have the liberty to serve God in the religious ademblies, gladly to improve so inestimable a bleiling.
12 Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep: and haft fcatteted us among the heathen.
13 Thou sellest thy people for nought: and takest no money for them.
14 Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours : to be laughed to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about us.
15 Thou makest us to be a by-word among the heathen: and that the people shake their heads at us. 16 My confusion is daily before me: and the shame of
my face hath covered me;
17 For the voice of the Nanderer and blasphemer : for the enemy and avenger.
18 And though all this become upon us, yet do we noć forget thee : nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
19 Our heart is not turned back : neither our steps gone out of thy way;
20 No, not when thou haft smitten us into the place of dragons : and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange god : shall not God search ic out; for he knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
22 For thy fake also are we killed all the day long : and are counted as sheep appointed to be sain.
23 Up, Lord, why deepest thou : awake, and be not abfent from us for ever.
24. Wherefore hideft thou thy face : and forgettest our milery and trouble ?
25 For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the ground.
26 Arise, and help us : and deliver us for thy mercies sake.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Plalm xliv.1 This pralm was composed at a time when the people of Ifrael were under affliction and persecution. The complaints here made of their deplorable condition, thew, that in all times the church has been afflicted ; and that God often permits his people to be delivered into the bands of the wicked, and the faithful to be cruelly persecuted. This is St Paul's reflection, (Rom. viii.) where he applies to Christians there
Pralm xlv. Eructavit cor meum. heart is inditing of a good matter : I speak of the
things which I have made unto the King. 2 My tongue is the pen : of a ready writer:
3 Thou art fairer than the children of men i full of grace åre thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
4 Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thighO thou moft mighty : according to thy worship and renown.
5 Good luck have thou with thine honour: ride on, be. cause of the word of truth, of meekness and righteousness, and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
6 Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee : even in the midst among the kings enemies.
7 Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right fceptre.
8 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God even thy God hach anointed thee with thee oyl of gladness above thy fellows.
9 All thy garments (mell of myrrh, aloes, and casfia: out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
10 Kings daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
11 Hearken, o daughter, and consider, incline thine car: forget also thine own people, and thy fathers house. 12 So shall
the King have pleasure in thy beauty : for he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.
13 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift: like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
14 The Kings daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold.
15 She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle work : the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. words of this psalm ; « For thy fake also we are killed all the day long, we are counted as sheep appointed to be fain.” God permits it fo to be for the glory of his name, and to try and purify his church.