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CHRIST's Cross and CROWN, viewed from Pfal.

xl. 1, 2, 3. I waited patiently for the Lard, and he inclined ụnte me, and heard my cry, &c, p.

P ART 1. of the Redeemer's Humiliation or Cross. CHAP. I. Of Christ's active abedience, or of his

waiting, waiting patiently, and crying 3 CHAP. II. Of the Meliah's passive obedience, or

his being in the horrible pit, and miry " clay,"

PART II. of the Redeemer's Exaltation and Crown, CHAP. I. Of the Father's inclining unto him,

and hearing his cry, CHAP. II. Of the Father's bringing up the Man

Christ out of the horrible pit and miry clay, 51 CHAP. III. Of the Father's setting Christ's feet upon a rack,

62 CHAP. IV. of the Fathers establibing the Me diator's goings,

P A RT III. of our Lord's Employment with the faved Ones in

Heaven, and of his Triumph over the Hearts of .

Sinners on Earth
CHAP. I. Of the new song of praise ; with the

Father's putting it into the nouth of Christ, as
Man Mediator,





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I waited patiently for the LORD, and he inclined

unto me, and heard my cry. He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and fet my feet upon a rock, und establisbed my goings. And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praises unto our God: many fall see it, and fear, and fall trust in the LORD.


T HE promises, prophecies, and doctrines of

1 the Old Tesament, meet in Jesus Christ, as the different radii, from whatever point of the circumference, meet in the center. They have all a regard, more immediate or remote, to him; and can only afford encouragement and consolation to finners, as they respect the Saviour. There are a variety of passages in the Old Testainent writings,

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which have such a direct and evident relation to the Messiah, that almost no Christians disagree in the application of them; but there are others, tho' „no less expressive of the Messiah, in his humbled or exalted state, or both, which are not universally viewed in that light. Of these we take the passage now mentioned to be one : for though generally these verses are considered as pointing out the exercile of David, the then church, or after faints, they are more probably a prophetical description of his exercise who is David's Lord, the church's,head, and the king of saints, namely, of the Old Testament Mesijah, our New Testament Redeemer; and they are fo, chiefly, because we find the 6th, 7th, and 8th verses of that psalm quoted and applied to Jesus Christ, by the author of the epistle to the Hebrews, in the xth chapter of that epiftle, 5th, 6th and 7th verses; and having an inspired commentator to copy after, we need have no reluctance in treading his steps *. Besides, the repeated mention our Lord makes of what was written of him in the pfalms, as well as by Moses and the prophets, corroborates the presumption ; and fur.

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* The original text runs thus :

“ Sacrisice and offering thou didst not desire, mine “ ears haft thou opened: burnt-offering and fin-offer“ ing halt thou not required. Then said I, LO, I “ come : in the volume of the book it is written of " nie: I delight to do thy will, () my God: yea, " thy law is within mny heart.”

The quotation by the apostle runs thus :

" Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he “ faith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldst not, but a “ body hast thou prepared me : in burnt-offerings, “ and sacrifices for sin thou hast had no pleasure : then “ laid I, Lo, I come (in the volume of the book it is. “ written of me) to do thy will, o God.”


ther justifics the application of that passage to him f. To which it need scarce be added, that in the ts of the apostles, we are informed of their following that immaculate pattern, unce, again and again I, for the imitation, doubtless, of after faints, in their Audy of the Old Testament scriptures.

PART 1. Of the REDEEMER's Humiliation or Cross.

CH A P I. Of Christ's a&tive obedience, or of his waiting, waiting patiently, and crying.

S E C T. 1. HIS waiting for the Father fays, that, as the L1 Messiah, or Christ, he stood and acted in the capacity of the Father's servant; and did so in the different regards to be mentioned : according to the doctrine of the holy Ghost, Psal. cxxiii. 2. where the church is represented as saying, “ Be. " hold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hands “ of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto " the hand of her mistress; fo our eyes wait upon " the Lord our God.” For our Lord, in his mediatory character, is denominated the Father's fervant, both by Old and New Testament writers, The prophet represents the Father as saying of Christ the Messiah, “ Behold my Servant whom I

+ Luke xx. 42. and xxiv. 44.
Afts ii. 25, 26, 27, 23. and xiii. 33, 35.
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