Psalms for Worship

Psalms: all selections from the RED psalter
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Psalm Meditations by John Brown of Haddington, 1793. (readings from last week)

Ps. 122: This Psalm appears to have been composed for the use of the Hebrews at their three solemn feasts, Lev. xxiii. We have in it, (1.) Expressions of great joy in going up to Jerusalem, ver. 1, 2. (2.) High commendations of the beauty, order, sanctity, and honour of Jerusalem, ver. 3—5. (3.) The duty and happiness of such as are really concerned for the welfare of Jerusalem, the church of God, ver. 6-9.- 11.

            While I sing, let me remember the gospel church, bewail her disorders, supplicate her welfare; and set my heart on the Jerusalem which is above, and into which nothing can enter that defileth or disturbs. 0 when shall ‘my feet’ stand there! When shall I see my Jesus, on his great white throne, and sit with him in his glory.

 

Ps. 71: This Psalm was probably penned on the occasion of Absalom’s rebellion, as Psalm 3d, 42d, 43d, or of Sheba’s conspiracy, 2 Sam. xx. And contains (1.) David’s firm confidence in God, encouraged by manifold experiences of his gracious kindness, ver. 1, 3, 5, 6, 7. (2.) His fervent prayers, That he might never be ashamed; but might be delivered; might find rest in God ; might have constant matter of new praises and thanksgivings afforded him; might not be forsaken of God in his old age; and might have his numerous, powerful. and crafty enemi’es, confounded with shame and perplexity, ver. 1—18, 18. – (3.) His confident and joyful expectations of God’s further kindness; particularly that God would never for sake, but revive him; that he would increase his honour and comfort, and put his enemies to shame—Along herewith, he resolves, with admiring rapture, to extol God’s righteousness and salvation, and his new covenant relation to himself, and to Israel, ver. 14—24.

            While I sing, let me be affected with my troubles. Let me never stagger at the promise through unbelief, but be strong in the faith, giving glory to God.