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O praise our God, ye people: and make the voice of his praise to be heard;
8 Who holdeth our soul in
life: and suffereth not our feet 8 + Into ruine and to slip t. destruction.
9 For thou, O God, häst proved us : thou also haft tried
us, like as silver is tried. 10 [Thou hast per 10 [Thou broughtest us into mitted our Enemies to the fnare]: and laidst trouble ensnare us.]
upon our loyos. II [To insult and II Thou sufferedft men [to trample upon us in the ride over our heads]: we went most tyrannical man. through fire and water,
thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
12 I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings: and will pay thee my vows, which I promised with my lips, and spake with my mouth, when I was in trouble.
13 I will offer unto thee fat burnt-facrifices, with the incense of rams: I will offer bullocks and
goats. 14. O come hither, and hearken, all
that fear God : and I will tell ye what he hath done for my soul.
15 I called unto him with my mouth : and gave him praises with my tongue.
16 If I incline unto wickedness with mine heart: the Lord will not hear me. 17 But God hath heard me:
and considered the voice of my prayer.
18 Praised be God,who hath not cast out my prayer: nor turned his mercy from me.
A Psalm or Song, Bishop Patrick conjectures, that it is
that form of words which David used in Blessing the People; 2 Sam. vi. 17, 18. wherein he imitates that form of Blessing used by the Priests on solemn Occasions, Numb. vi. 23, 24, 25.
Deus mifereatur. Psal. LXVII.
I and bless us : and shew
[Thy true Religió known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.
3 Let the people praife thee, OGod: yea, let all the people praise thee.
4 O let the nations rejoyce, and be glad : for thou shalt judge the
folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.
s Let the people praise thee, oGod: let all the people praise thee.
6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase. : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing
z God shall blefs us; and all the ends of the world fhall fear him.
The Thirteenth Day. Morning Prayer. A Psalm or Song of David. It seems manifestly to have
been composed, and used at the solemn carrying the Ark out of Zion into the Camp, in hopes of obtaining Succefs, in a War against some very formidable Enemy, by this means.
It is certain, Tbat the Ark was in the Army in the War against Rabbah, 2 Sam. xi. 11.
And it was carried out of Zion again in the War an gainst Absalom, but was sent back before it came to the Camp, 2 Sam. xv. 24. Now that this Psalm was endited on some such occasion, appears from the first Verse, which are the very words used by Moses, Numb.x. 35. when the Ark and Army began their March. And as the former part of the Psalm ió a Recital of those former Mercies and Vi&tories which were owing to God's espea cial Presence among them: So from the 20th Verse to the end, it contains Petitions for Success in their present Expedition, and pious presages of it : But it does not appear what Nation or Prince it was, against whom this War was waged, whether that against Rabbah, or some other.
Further, This Psalm contains a Prophe cys of Christ Jesus, of whom the Cloud of Glory, and the Ark, were but faint Resemblances; because in Him dwelt all the fulness of the Godhead bodily; that is, in a more perfect manner than they did either in the Cloud cr the Ark : And the Victories obtained by those Tokens of God's Presence, are scarce to be compared with those Conquests of Christ over Hell and Deatb. Exurgat Deus. Psal. LXVIII.
Et God arise, and let his
enemies be scattered : let them also that hate him, flee before him.
2 Like as the smoké vanilhieth, so shalt thou drive them away: and like as wax melteth
at the fire, so let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.
3 But let the righteous be glad, and rejoyce before God: let them alfo be merry and joyful.
4. O sing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name; magnifie him that [rideth upon]
4 [Sits upon, and the heavens, as it were upon
governs,] an horse ; praise him in his Name t, yea, and rejoyce be + Jah. fore him.
s. He is a father of the fatherless, and defendeth the 5 The Ark here because of the widows : even
low, and the Heaven God in his holy habitation t.
6 ['Tis he that has 6 [He is the God that ma
brought all the Tribes kech men to be of one mind in
to his House, united as an house,) and bringeth the if they were but one prisoners t out of captivity :
Family,to join and fight but letteth the* runagates con
against the common E
nemy. See ver. 27, 28.} tinue in scarceness.
+ Who being taken by the Heathens, yet keep true to God, and their Religion.
* Runagates,] Apoftates, such as to ingratiate with those that have taken chem Prisoners, worship their false. Gods, and so in effect renounce the true One. 'The Hebrew word fignifies chose who go afide.
7 O God, when thou wentest' forth before the people ;
7 f In a Pillar af when thou wentest through the Cloud and Fire, Exod, wilderness to
xiii. 21. 8 The earth shook, and the Exod. xix. 16. heavens dropped at the presence of God: even as Şinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel. 9 Thou, O. God; senteft a
9 The X Rain here gracious *rain upon thine inhe- mearioned, might be
that Shower which ritance :
and refreshedst it dropt from the Cloud, when it was weary. (as Gataker and other Learned Men suppose) when the Cloud removed over the Peoples Heads from the Van to the Rear, Exod. xiv. 19. by which St. Paul says, the People were washed, or bapcized, 1 Cor. x 3. or we may hereby understand the Manna which is said to be rained down from Heaven.
10* Thy Congregation 10 * Thy congregation shall or Army, viz. of An. dwell therein : for thou, O gels : The Hebrem word fignifies either Living God, hast of thy goodness preCreatures, or great pared for the poor. Companies. Angels are frequently called Living Creatures (Beasts in our English Tranflation in the Book of Revelations. And God's Congregacions, Armies, or Hosts, are his Angels in an especial manner; so that however the word be turn'd, hereby is meant God's Angels, who are said to dwell in his Inheritance, or among his people; for God used the Miniftry of Angels, in giving the Law, Deut. xxxiii. 2. A&ts vii. 53. in conducting the People, Exod. xiv, 19, and in all his Providences towards them; and he still uses the Service of Angels for the benefit of his Church, Heb. i. 14. I Cor. xi. 10. and the Cherubims or Resemblances of Angels which over-shadowed the Ark, were an Emblem of this, See ver. 17. * The Word] pro
II The Lord geve *the word : bably signifies here, as it does, Ephef. vi. 19.
great was the company of the where it is translated preachers. (Utterance,] that is, a Gift or faculty of Speaking, explaining Difficulties, resolving Doubes, or the like. This was the Gift be ftowed on the Sevency Elders, Numb. xi. 16, 25. and on the Apoftles, and other Disciples in the New-Teftament. See the word Preachers in the Vocabulary.
12 [Many Kings and 12 [Kings with their armies their People were con
did flee, and were discomfired : quered,while Moses and the High-Priest, and and they of the houshold dithey who atęended the
vided the spoil.] Tabernacle, and employ'd themselves in Divine Service and Prayer for the Success of the War, who were the Houshold, or Family of God, had not only their share in the Booty, but the privilege of dividing the whole.) Numb. xxxi. 8, 12, 26, 27.
13 To * lie among the 13 [ Though ye have *lien pots fignifies the moft fordid and base condi- among the pots, yet shall ye be țion of Life, like that as the wings of a dove : that is