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“ bottom, O God, and know my heart;

try me and know my thoughts, and see “ if there be any way of wickedness in

All have sinned. All we like sheep have gone astray, and if we were to be tried according to the holy law by a heart-searching God, every mouth would be stopped, and all the world would become guilty before him. O what would become of the best of us, if God was to judge us as we are. The cxixth Psalm is a description of the love of Christ to the law, his study in it, and his perfect observance of it. O what love have I unto thy law-with my whole heart have I sought thee I have not departed from thy judg: ments-" I have sworn” (with the oath of the covenant)“ and I will perform it, that “ I will keep thy righteous judgments." Are not these the peculiar descriptions of the work of the God-man, in which he was alone, and of the people there was none with him-any more than there was in the offering for fin, when he trod the wine-press alone, and of the people there was none with him, of which the xlth psalm treats—any more than there was in bringing in everlasting righteousness, for which the church praises him in several psalms, particularly in lxxi, and will triumph in his righteousness, and in his only


for evermore. The glory is his. Na 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

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 blessings, 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 ihe 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 blessing. Thus they learn to trust him, and in trusting to experience his faithfulness. He gives them cause to love him, and to rejoice in him. For having received a new birth and life in him they can fing 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 pralms, and they worship him for bearing their fins and shame and curse in his body and soul upon the crofs: the lamb that was sain and redeemed them to God by his blood is the constant theme of their grateful fongs. When they read or sing the psalms of his resurrection, they look upon him as the first fruits of the dead, the earnest 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 fubjects: for he has a kingdom, which is celebrated in many of the psalms. These tréat of his almighty power to rule all beings and things, and of the sweet sceptre of his love, by which he governs his willing people. He manifefts to them the greatness and majesty of his kingdom, so that under his royal protection chey find deliver ance from the teinptations to fin, and from




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the miseries of fin, and through his special 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 poffibly give. They live happy indeed: for he makes them fing of the good of his chofen ; 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 ipoken of thee, thou city of God, in which the great king delighteth to dwell, and to manifeft his glory. Wonderful things are written of this everlasting kingdom in the book of pfalms, with which his happy subjects mix faith, and can then fing them with a hope full of glory and immortality. The pfalms throughout fo describe the king of faints, that they who partake of his grace may find in the 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 ftedfaft. Was his walk holy, harmless, and undefiled? They depend on him for ftrength 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 conquest. Is he now in our nature in the highest glory? It is promised them, their eyes shall see the king in his beauty. O bleffed prospect ! they shall soon be with him, and like him too, when they shall see him as he is. The psalms are so written of Christ, thatevery believer may find comfort in what he reads or fings. Christ 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, resurrection 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 fubitance what is largely handled in the other parts. For Christ is


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