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Ps. 69.] 149

the experience of patriarchs, prophets, and saints,
who in all ages have sought, and found him, by
repentance and faith: and that the Lord " despiseth
not his prisoners," is evident from what he did and
suffered, to deliver their souls from the bondage of
sin, their bodies from the prison of the grave, and
both from the dungeon of hell. Therefore,

" 34. Let the heaven and earth praise him, the
seas and every thing that moveth therein."

The mercies of God in Christ are such, that they
cannot worthily be praised by any thing less than a
universal chorus of the whole old and nevv creation;
and what should such a chorus celebrate, but those
mercies by which all things have been made, pre-
served, and redeemed ?

" 35. For God will save Sion, and build the
cities of Judah, that they, that is, men, may dwell
there, and have it in possession."

The salvation and edification of the church follow-
ed the passion and resurrection of Christ. " God
will save Sion," that is, the church, which at first
consisted of the apostles, who were Jews, and others
of that nation by them converted to the faith.
" And build the cities of Judah," or cause churches
to arise in all the world, which shall from thence-
forth take the names, and inherit the privileges of
" Israel and Judah ; that men," even such as God
shall call from among the nations, " may dwell
there," as citizens of the new Jerusalem, " and,"
instead of the rejected Jews, " have it in their

150 [Ps. 70.

" 36. The seed also of his servants shall inherit
it, and they that love his name shall dwell therein."

The continuation of the church in the posterity
of the faithful, is here predicted. Accordingly, the
descendants of the proselyted Gentiles have been in
possession of the Gospel privileges, for above 1700
years. And thus it will be, while they abide in the
faith, and " love the name," of Jesus. Should
the Gentiles apostatize as the Jews did, and the
Jews be converted as the Gentiles were, then the
Gospel would go from the Gentiles to the Jews, as
before it went from the Jews to the Gentiles ; then
would there *' come out of Sion the Deliverer, to
turn away ungodliness from Jacob." Rom. xi. 26.


The words of this Psalm occur, without any material variations,
in Psalm xl. ver. 13. to the end. The reader is therefore re*
ferred thither for the exposition.

" 1. Make haste, O God, to deliver me; make
haste to help me, O Lord. 2. Let them be ashamed
and confounded that seek after my soul : let them
be turned backward, and put to confusion, that
desire my hurt. 3. Let them be turned back for a
reward of their shame that say. Aha, aha ! 4. Let
all those that seek thee rejoice and be glad in thee:
and let such as love thy salvation say continually,
Let God be magnified. 5. But I am poor and
needy; make haste unto me, O God: thou ai't my
help and my deliverer; O Lord, make no tarrying."

Ps. 71.] 151


Fourteenth Day. — Morning Prayer,

ARGUMENT. — The Psalmist, sorely distressed in his old age
(see ver. 9. and 18. ) by the rebellion of Absalom, which was his
great affliction at that period of life, ver. 1. prayeth for the di-
vine assistance; pleading, 2. God's righteousness, 3. and pro-
mise J 4. the iniquity of his persecutors ; 5, 6. the mercies
vouchsafed him from his birth ; 7, 8. Iiis being deserted and
given up by man ; 9. his old age; 10, 11. the taunts and in-
sults of his adversaries ; 12. he repeateth his request ; 13. pro-
phesietli the downfall of his enemies ; declareth, H. his hope,
15. his gratitude, 16. his faith ; 17, 18. wisheth to be pre-
served, that he might show forth the power and glory of God,
whose righteousness and marvellous acts, 19. he extolleth,
and thence, 20, 21. promiseth himself a final redemption from
all his troubles, and a restoration to honour and comfort; when,
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