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Verse 5: " Who' fatisfieth thy mouth with good thy youth is renewel like the eagles," which nay receive illustration froin Isaiali xl. 31.66 they that wait upon the Lord shall renew strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” "'
When any are brought from the most anxious and interesting enquiry i Wherewithal shall I come before the Lord?" to know the allfufficient Good he has fhewed in his word; or, in other words, are brought to the knowledge of Christ, the forgiveness of lins, and hope of eternal life through him ; they are then brought to wait upon him; ftanding among his sertants to know his will; Lord; what wilt thou have me to do? What faith my Lord to his fervant ?!?.. Such renew their strength; and whereas before their bones 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. is in
Or perhaps this expression, "thy youth is renewed Jike, the eagles,' may have an allusion to Deuterono my xxxii. to; ii, 12. she 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 thens, beareth them on her wings; fo the Lord alone did lead him; and there was no ftrange god with him."...The leading of antient Israel here, I think, malt tipify fpiritual Ifrael being led by the spi rit of God, whose office it is to take of the things of Christ, and shew them to them; for no man can say, that Jesus is the Lord but by the Holy Ghost. This teaching (to wit) that Jesus is the Lord, is shewed in the word by which the knowledge of Christ, or faith is communicated; John xvii. 20. those that shall believe on mę THROÙ GH THEIR WORD," " "By this
word also are they nourished, ist of Timothy iv. 6. o nourished up in the words of faith and of good doctrine,” ist of Peter ii. 2. 3. 4. defiring the fincere milk of the word, that ye may grow, thereby : If so be ye have tasted that the Lord is gracious :---who fatisfieth thy mouth with good."
; ,.' . " Thy youth is renewed like the eagles.-As the cagle stirreth up her neft, fluttereth over her young, &c. fo the Lord alone did lead them.". Thus when Jesus was glorified, or when " the Lord faid to my Lord, fit thou at my right hand,” the Holy Ghost was fhed forth upon the disciples, and came and fat upon thein, 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 holinefs, according to Pfalm èx. 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. Moses prays, Exodus xxxiii. 13. “ thew me now thy way, that I may 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 proclaim 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, tranfgreffion and fin, and that wil by no means clear*. God's way of shewing
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*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 sini
verses of Pfalm ciï. may receive illustration by a com parison of them with Romans viii. 3.2., 33, 34.
66The Lord is merci- r ^ He that spared not ful and gracious, flow to his own Son, but deliveranger, and plenteous inį i ed him up for us all, how mercy. He will not al- Mall 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 pf God's after our fins, nor re elect? It is God that warded us according to } justifieth ;-Who is he our iniquities. For as the that condemnneth ? --It is heaven is high above the Christ that died; yea earh, so great is his mer rather, that is risen aicy 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, fol! also maketh intercession far hath le removed our for us.'? .
' , transgressions from us.”! ji!
" It may not be amiss here to attend to a comparing of the 17th and 18th verses of this ciii. Pfalm, 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- to you, 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.''j
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 had crucified, both Lord and Christ, they were pricked to the heart. The knowledge of Christ, or the believing that Jesus was the Christ, fewed 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 reniillion of their fins ; telling then, they lhould receive the gift, of the Holy Ghost."
" The mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting to them that fear him." The knowledge of the true God, or faith in bim, is the ground of fear. Thus those persons 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.!". Then ley that gladly received his word, ** were baptised, and added and continued stedfast in the apostles doctrine, and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers ; and fear came upon every foul. Thus we see they answered the character of them that fear him, of those that remenuber 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 thiese words, " the promise
* 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 arms, and carry them in his bofom,—which was literally fulfilled, Mark x. 16. And he soak them up in bis arms, put his hands upon them, and' blefed thein.