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BOOK OF PSALMS,
GEORGE HORNE, D.D.
LATE LORD BISHOP OF NORWICH.
IN THREE VOLUMES.
WITH AN INTRODUCTORY ESSA Y,
JAMES MONTGOMERY, ESQ.
AND MEMOIR OF THE AUTHOR,
BY THE LATE
REV. WILLIAM JONES,
John Hatchard and Son, Piccadilly ;
STATIONERS' COURT; TALBOYS, OXFORD; DEIGHTON,
BOOK OF PSALMS.
ARGUMENT.-In this Psalm, the sheep of God's pasture'
address themselves to their great and good Shepherd, declaring, 1. their acquiescence and confidence in him; 2. his diligence in feeding them with the food of eternal life ; 3. his watchful care in bringing them back from the ways of error, and conducting them in the path of truth; 4. his power in saving them from death ; 5. his loving-kindness in vouchsafing his spiritual comforts, during their pilgrimage in an enemy's country; and, 6. they express their hope and trust, that a continuation of that loving-kindness, will enable them to pass through the vanities and vexations of time, to the blissful glories of eternity.
VERSE 1. The Lord is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
In these words, which one cannot utter without feeling the happiness they were intended to describe, the believer is taught to express his absolute acquiescence and complacency, in the guardian care of the great Pastor of the universe, the Redeemer and Preserver of men. With joy he reflects, that he hath a 'Shepherd ;' and that that shepherd is Jehovah, one possessed of all the qualities requisite to constitute the pastoral character
in the highest perfection. For where shall
ll we ever find such unexampled diligence, such inexpressible tenderness, such exquisite skill, such all-subduing might, and such unwearied patience ? Why should they fear, who have such a friend ? How can they'want, who have such a 'Shepherd ?? Behold us, O Lord Jesus, in ourselves hungry, and thirsty, and feeble, and diseased, and defenceless; and lost. O feed us, and cherish us, and heal us; and defend us, and bear with us, and restore us!?
2. He maketh me to lie down in green pastureshe leadeth me beside the still waters.
The loveliest image afforded by the naturale world, is here represented to the imagination ; that of a flock, feeding in verdant meadows, and reposings: in quietness, by the rivers of water, running gently through them. It is selected, to convey an idea of the provision made for the souls, as well as bodies of men, by His goodness, who 'openeth his hand, and filleth all things living with plenteousness. By me' saith the Redeemer, ‘ if any man enter in, be shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture:' John, x. 9. And what saith the Spirit of peace and comfort ? • Let him that is athirst comes and whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely : Rev. xxii. 17. Every flock that we s. should remind us of our necessities; and every: pasture should excite us to praise that love by: which they are so bountifully supplied.
3. He restoreth my soul : he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
To restore,' or bring back, those that had gone astray,' that is, in other words, to call sinners to