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But let US read the whole Psalm. And we may notice that
here the words occur, for the first time, " My King and my God."
On this Augustine remarks, " Recte prirao ' Rex meus,' et
deinde Deiis meus,' secundum illud quod dictum est, 'Per me
itur ad Patrem/'' He that is peculiarly " King" to Israel is on
Israel's side, for 1 Sam. viii. 20 shews that the idea included
in this term is fighting for his subjects. The blue, (Exod. viii.
15), purple, and scarlet, at the gate of the Tabernacle, and on all
its veils, proclaimed, " This is the dwelling of Israel's Kmg,
as well as Israel's God."

We seem to see One going up to the Tabernacle early, in
prospect of the morning sacrifice. It is near the time ; the
priest is already at the altar, setting the wood in order, and
the Lamb is bound to the altar's horns ; the worshipper's eye
and heart are upward, — " Give ear to my words, O Lord, con-
sider my silent prayer" (ver. 1), a prayer made up of the " un-
utterable groanings" (Rom. viii. 26), and which can be heard,
as well as presented, while he stands amid the crowd that are
gathering in the courts. " My voice shalt thou hear in the
morning" (ver. 3), is the expression of a resolution habitually
to come before him early, — " My earliest cry shall always be
to thee ; in the morning will I direct my (spiritual) offering
unto thee, and will look up to that house of prayer where
stand the altar and the mercy-seat, and where God is revealed
in grace." The altar presents " God reconciling the world unto
himself, not imputing unto men their trespasses." Jehovah's
look of love is there ; his voice is love from its four horns ;
everything tells man of grace.

He is up early, securing the best hour of the day, " like a
diligent artificer," (Home). But how careless are those around
this worshipper ; some coming up to the altar to lull their con-
science asleep by the formality of a visit to the courts of God ;
others hurrying off to their earthly pursuits. This leads him

member. Charity, therefore, is not to be known by soft words and gentle ac-
tions, which are oftener the form of policy and courtesy ; but must be sought in
the principles of the heart, out of which our words, thoughts, and actions come
forth. Is it love to God by which we are moved ? Then it is charity, be its
form mildness, or zeal, or the stern inflictions of justice."



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to meditate before God on the " world lying in wickedness"
(ver. 4-9), interposing his own resolute determination to be
rnilike that world (ver. 7) by the help of Jehovah (ver. 8). A
''dwelling lulth God," which at the lowest means friendly in-
tercourse, is what his righteous soul relishes and revels in the
enjoyment of, and the want of this he reckons to be the misery
of the ungodly. (Ver 4.) This is the very spirit of the beloved
John (J John. iv. IG), — " He that dwelleth in love, dwelleth in
God, and God in him ; " and the resemblance is all the closer
when we find ver. 7 speak of his coming " in the imultltude of
thytnercii," or "greatness of thy love," to worshij) in Jehovah's
" Holy Temple," And then the believer's soul prays to be led
by the pillar cloud of divine wisdom, knowing the snares of
his foes.

It is after this that he is brought into such deep sympathy
with the holy purposes and righteous sentences of Jehovah, in
whose love he dwells, as to cry, " Destroy them, God," (ver.
10). And we leave him singing with assured confidence, " For
thou, O Lord, wilt bless the righteous ; with favour thou wilt
compass him, as with a shield."

It is a Psalm which most certainly Messiah could use ; none
could ever use it so fully as He. Think of Him, some morning
leaving Bethany early that He may be in time for the morning-
sacrifice, and breathing forth this Psalm b}^ the way and as He
enters the Temple-courts. Every word of it becomes doubly
emphatic in his lips, down to the last verse, where we see Him
as " The Righteous One," encompassed with the Father's love
and well-pleasedness. But whether we read it as peculiarly
the utterance of Messiah, or as that of one of his members, we
may describe this Psalm as being

The Righteous One's thoughts of G



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