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Verse 5:“ Who fatisfieth thy mouth with good; thy youth is renewel like the eagles, which may receive illustration froin Isaiali xl. 31. “ they that wait upon the Lord shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, théý Mall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint."
When any are brought from the most anxious and interesting enquiry;" Wherewithal shall I come before the Lord ?" to know the allfufficient Good he has shewed in his word; or, in other words, are brought to the knowledge of Christ, the forgiveness of: fins, and hope of eternal life through him ; they are then brought to wait upon liim; ftanding anong his servants to know his will; -- Lord; what wilt thou have ine to do? What faith my Lord to his fervant ?"-Such renew their strength; and whereas Before their bores waxed old, and their moisture was turned into drought of summer ; they now find the fear of the Lord to be health or medicine to the navel, and marrow to the bones ; according to Proverbs iii. 7, 8.
Or perhaps this expression, “thy youth is renewed like the eagles,” may have an allusion to Deuterono my xxxii. 10, 11, 12. 4 be found him in a defert land, and in the waste howling wilderness : He led him about; he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his
eye. As an eagle stirreth up her nett, Huttereth over her young, fpreadeth abroad her wings, taketh ther, beareth them on her wings, fo the Lord alone did lead him; and there was no strange god with him.", The leading of antient Ifrael here, I think, must tipify spiritual Ifrael being led by the spi rit of God, whose office it is to'take of the things of Christ, and fhew them to them ; for no man lean fay, that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost. I his teaching. (to with that Jesus is the Lord, is shewed in the word by which the knowledge of Christ, or faith is communicated; John xvii. 20.
6 those that shall believe on me THROUGH THEIR***ORD," "By this
word also are they nourished, ist of Timothy iv. 6. ( nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine,” ist of Peter ii. 2, 3. " defiring the fincere milk of the word, that ye may grow, thereby : If fo be
ye have tasted thať the Lord is gracious :—who satisfieth thy mouth with good.
" Thy youth is renewed like the eagles.-As the eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, &c. so the Lord alone did lead them. Thus when Jesus was glorified, or when “ the Lord faid to my Lord, sit thou at my right hand,” the Holy Ghost was fhed forth upon the disciples, and came and fat upon them, Acts ii. 3. the effect was a numerous offspring to Christ, as dew from the womb of the morning. The Lord alone did then lead them, and there was no strange god with them. And thus they appeared in the beauties of holiness, according to Pfalni čx. 1, 3.
Verses 7, 8. (of Psalm ciïi.) " He made known his ways to Mofes, his acts unto the children of Ifrael. The Lord is merciful and gracious, Now to anger, and plenteous in merey.
merey. Mofes prays, Exodus xxxiii. 13. “ fhew me now thy way, that I nay
know thee, that I may find grace in thy fight. The answer is, verses 17, 19." I will do this thing also that thou haft spoken ; and I will proctaim the name of the Lord before thee; and will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and will shew mercy on whom I will fhew mercy.”chap. xxxiv. 6, 7." And the Lord paffed by before him, and proclaimed, the Lord, the Lord God merciful and gracious, long-fuffering, abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thoufands, forgiving iniquity, tranfgression and fin, and that will by no means clear*, God's
• Those who have taken liberty to read this text thus, and will by no means clear the IMPENITENTLY GUILTY,'have been guilty of obscuring the passage, and patting penitence - in the room of the grea: propitiation for finá
[ ] mercy, forgiving iniquity, transgression and sin, is here made manifest in transferring guilt to the forety whom ļie would by no means clear," Isaiah liï. 6. " the Lord hath laid on him the iniquities of us all." Romans viïi, 32," he spared not his own Son, but gave him up for us all.” It is evident that wherever forgiveness is spoken of in the Old Testament, direct re, fpect is had to the satisfaction of Jefus, Christ; whïch may be seen by comparing Jeremiah xxxi. 34. “ For I will forgive their iniquities, and remember their fins no more," with Hebrews x. 12, 14, 17, 18, where the apostle Thews the virtue and efficacy of the one facrifice for sin, which procures remission, and on count of which he will remember fin no more, verse 18. “now where remission of these is, there is no more offering for fin."'--And by comparing Psalm xxxii, 1, 2, with Romars iv, 5, 6, 7, where the apostle shews that David is describing the blessedness of the man to whom the Lord imputeth righteousness without works, when he says, ' blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose fins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute fin,”--having respect to that righteousness by which it is covered, the Lord imputing rigteousnefs without works, and being gracious to whom he will be gracious, shewing mercy on whom he will shew mercy, and forgiving iniquity, transgression and fin, on account of the surety whom he would by no means clear, I say, by comparing these texts together, they illustrate each other, shewing, that wherever forgiveness is spoken of in the Old Testament, direct respect is had to the one offering made by Christ, as the complete satisfaction for fin. Thus Jefus Christ, who is the way to the Father, or God's way of shewing mercy, was made known to Moses. This shews his righteousness, that he may be just, and the justifier of him that believeth in Jesus,--and fo the following
verses of Psalm cii. may receive illustration by a com parison of them with Romans viii. 32, 33, 34.
"The Lord is merci. Ir • He that fpared not ful and gracious, flow to | his own Son, but deliver, in ed him up
for us all, how
shall he not with him always chide neither will he so freely give us all things? keep anger for ever." He
Who shall lay any thing hath not dealt with us to the charge of God's after our sins, nor elect! It is God that warded us according to } justifieth ;-Who is he our iniquities. For as the that condemneth! It is heaven is high above the Cbrist that died; yea earh, so great is his mer- rather, that is risen ai. cy towards them that gain, who is even at the fear him. As far as the right hand of God, who east is from the west, fo also maketh intercession far hath le removed our ll for us.'! transgressions from us."? j i
It may not be amiss here to attend to a comparing of the 17th and 18th verses of this ciïi. Psalm, with Acts ii. 39, though it might lead to a digression from the subject.
" But the mercy of " The promise is unthe Lord is from everlast
and to your chiling to everlasting, to them dren, and to all that are that fear him, , and his afar off, even as many righteousness to childrens as the Lord our God children ; to such as keep
shall call.” his covenant, and to those that remember his commandments to do them.")
Those that were brought to the knowledge of Christ at that day recorded in Acts ii. were such as a little before had their voices in the cry, “ crucify him, crucify him ;-his blood be on us, and on our children.” When therefore they were brought to know assuredly, that God had made that same Jesus whom
they * Peter was directed by Jesus Christ to manifest his love for the much forgiveness he had received, by feeding his sheep, and feeding his lambs. He here takes this first opportunity to declare the lambs belong to the fold as well as the Sheep,-agreeable to Isaiah xl. 10, 11. He shall gather the lambs with his
they had crucified, both Lord and Christ, they were pricked to the heart. The knowledge of Chrift, or the believing that Jesus was the Christ, shewed them not only their guilt in combining against him, crying, crucify him, crucify him—but the awful aggravation of it in imprecating his blood on their children as well as themselves. That the gospel might therefore prove good news indeed, the apostle Peter * was authorised to lead them to “repentance and baptifm for the reniission of their fins; telling them, they should receive the gift of the Holy Ghoft.
" The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to them that fear him.”
The knowledge of the true God, or faith in him, is the ground of fear. Thus those perfons above-mentioned, when they knew assuredly the true character of Jesus Chrift, were taught to fear him; and this was made evident in their keeping his commandments, verses 41, 42, 43.-6. Then tiey that gladly received his word, were baptised, and--added-and continued stedfaft in the apostles doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers ; and fear came upon every foul.? Thus we fee they answered the character of them that fear him, of those that remeniber his commandments to do them; and that the grace which reigns through the righteousness of Christ to eternal life, was manifest at first in such a manner as was suited to reach the bottom of the wounds of those pricked to the heart, under a sense of the guilt imprecated on themselves, and on their children.And left they might think these words, " the promise
carry them in his bofom, - which was literally fulfilled, Mark x. 16. And he soak then up in his arms, put his hands upon them, and' bleged them.