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3. From the rising of the sun to its going down,
The name of Jehovah shall be the theme of praise. 4. Jehovah is exalted over all nations,
His glory above the heavens.
7. He hath raised up the poor exhausted from the dust,
He lifteth up the destitute from the ashes. 8. That he may cause him to sit with his' princes,
With the princes of his people. 9. He leadeth the barren woman to her home,
A rejoicing mother of children.
The barren woman is, doubtless, another symbol of the church reduced to a low and destitute situation ; but the exaltation of her promised “ seed,” her“ bridegroom,” and“ her Lord,” will restore her to everlasting prosperity.
The diligent searcher of the Scriptures will find much more in the Psalms, on these great subjects. They are, in fact, made more or less directly the constant theme of those songs of praise and confession, designed for the use of the public worship of God in all ages, until the time shall come. I shall, on this occasion, quote only one passage more, the last psalm but one; since, in pursuit of our inquiry, much sacred ground remains to be travelled
1. Sing to Jehovah a new song,
His praises in the congregation of his beloved. 2. Let Israel rejoice in him that made him,
Let the children of Zion be joyful in their king. 3. Praise his name with a pipe,
Chant to him with tabret and harp:
4. For Jehovah is propitious to his people,
And adorneth the meek with salvation. 5. His beloved exult with glory,
They sing triumphantly on their couches. 6. “The exaltation of God” is on their lips,
And a two-edged sword in their hands;
Chastisements on the peoples :
Their nobles in fetters of iron :
Praise ye Jehovah. *
We seem to gather from this psalm, in addition to what we have learned before, that the objects of God's love the meek partakers of his salvation, who are exalted to sit with the Redeemer on his thronemare in some way or other to be partakers with him in the triumphs of his righteous vengeance on an apostate world. Is this, then, what the apostle refers to, “ Know ye not that the saints shall judge the world ?”- or our gracious Master in the days of his flesh, “ Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth ?”
SECTION II. '
I shall finish the examination of the prophecies of this era with transcribing, from the introduction to my publi
* Psalm cxlix.
cation on the Psalms, two oracles which belong to the latter part of David's reign.
The first passage is recorded in the 2 Sam. vii., and 1 Chron. xvii. “ This passage has been much lowered by referring it literally to Solomon, and admitting only a faint and distant allusion to the Messiah. Dr. Kennicott has better instructed us, that it belongs not to Solomon, but is to be understood primarily of Christ.”
Ver. 12. “And when thy days are fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build an house for my name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom for ever. I will be his father, and he shall be my son.” “ In his sufferings for iniquity I will chasten him with the rod of men, but my kindness will I not take from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.”—
But I will settle him in mine house, and in my kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for evermore," &c. &c.*
The next passage is what are called “ the last words of David,” which seem to contain a summary of all that · had been revealed to the psalmist, while composing the public songs of praise :
David, the son of Jesse, spake,
* " I WILL BE TO HIM A FATHER, AND HE SHALL BE TO ME A SON : (whosoever shall be concerned) in injuring Ilım, even I will chastise them with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the sons of Adam.”Dr. Hales.
The God of Israel spake,