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3. –— From the rising of the sun to its going down,
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 Over : —
1. Sing to Jehovah a new song,
2. Let Israel rejoice in HIM that made him,
3. Praise his name with a pipe,
4. For Jehovah is propitious to his people,
5. His beloved exult with glory,
6. “The exaltation of God" is on their lips,
7. To execute vengeance on the nations,
8. To bind their kings with chains,
9. To execute on them the judgment written.
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 throne—are 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?”
I sha LL finish the examination of the prophecies of this era with transcribing, from the introduction to my publication 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.”
* Psalm cylix.
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,
Concerning the Messiah of the God of Jacob,
The Spirit of Jehovah spake in me,
* “I will Be To HIM A FATHER, AND HE shALL BE To Me A son: (whosoever shall be concerned) in injuring IIIM, 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,
* There shall' rule a Just on E over man, He ‘shall' rule in the fear of God:
And he shall be as the morning light at the rising of the sun, A morning that dawneth without clouds.
For he shall not flourish
Truly not so is my house with God,
It is ordered in all things and sure,
But ‘the sons of Belial,
When they cannot be taken by the hand,
He will heap them together with the iron and staff of a spear, And with fire will he consume them when he hath done.
* Or Founder,
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