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The Psalm, of which these words Ser M. are a part, seems to have been written XIV. by David in the time of some particular personal Calamity. Ver. 1. Preserve me, O God; for in thee have } put my Trust. The Ground of This his Trust, he expresses to be his Adherence to the True Religion, in opposition to the Idolatry of the Nations about him: Ver.
SERM. fo shall rest in Hope: For why? Thou wilt XIV.
not leave my Soul in Hell; neither malt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption.
'Tis remarkable here, that the former part of these words; My Heart was glad, and my Glory rejoiced; are cited, Acts ii. 26, according to the Rendring of the LXX, My Heart rejoiced, and my Tongue was glad. Which not only, in : other words, expresses the very same sense; but shows us also what it is, that the Psalmist, in Other Passages, means by his Glory. Psal. xxx. 12, To the end that
ту Glory, (that is, that my Tongue,) may fing Praise to thee, and not be filent, And Pfal. lvii. 9, Awake up, my Glory; awake, lute and Harp; I my self will awake right early: That is; Both with my Voice, and with Instruments of Musick, will I fing Praise unto thee.
The latter part of the words; My Flesh also shall rest in Hope: For why? thou wilt not leave my Soul in Hell, neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to see corruption : are by Many understood to be a highly figurative expression in the Psalmist, of his earnest expectation of a lite- SER M. ral and temporal Deliverance from the
no Affliction he was at present under. In like manner as St Paul, speaking of his own Escape from a very dangerous Persecution, calls it a deliverance from a great Death; 2 Cor. i. 9, We should not trust, says he, in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the Dead: Who delivered us from so great a Death, and doth deliver: In whom we trust that he will yet deliver us. And so likewise Those remarkable Words of yob, ch. xix. 25, I know that my
Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the Earth; And though, after my Skin, Worms destroy this Body, yet in my Flesh shall I see God; Whom I mall fee for myself, and mine eyes Mall behold, and not Another, though my reins be consumed within me : Even These words, I say, are by some Interpreters understood as a Prediction, in highly figurative and prophetical expressions, of his Restoration to his Temporal Greatness and Prosperity. But as This is a very forced Sense of the words, and, if it were
SER M. their True Meaning, would still be at XIV.
least the borrowing of a Figure from the Notion and Expectation of a Resurrection from the Dead; 'tis more reasonable and natural to understand them in that obvious and literal sense, wherein they are clearly and plainly the Expression of a better and more certain Hope. And, for the same reason, the words of
Text likewise, if they are at all to be applied to the Psalmist himself; may with a better emphasis, and as a more assured Ground of Hope, be understood to signify his expectation of a Future State, than of a Temporal Deliverance. But indeed, in their real and most proper Sense, they are not applicable to the Psalmist himself, but to Him of whom David was both a Prophet and a Type; The Same Spirit of God, which through the whole Period of the old Testament from the Beginning of the World pointed perpetually to Christ through an innumerable variety of Types and Prophecies, here likewise directing the inspired Penman to such Expressions, as might be a stri&t and literal descrip
tion of the Resurrection of Christ, but Serm. could not with the same propriety be ap
XIV. plied to David. Thus the Apostle observes, Acts xiii. 36; David, after he had served his own generation by the Will of God, fell on Sleep, and was laid unto his Fathers, and saw corruption; But he whom God raised again, faw no corrupti
And chap. ii. 29; 'The Patriarch David is both dead and buried, and his Sepulchre is with us unto This day: Therefore being a Prophet, and knowing that God had sworn with an Oath to him, that of the Fruit of his Loins, according to the Flesh, he would raise up Christ to fit on his Throne ; He, seeing this before, spake of the Resurrection of Christ, that bis Soul was not left in Hell, neither bis Flesh did see Corruption. And 'tis remarkable, by the way; that, as the fore-cited words of Job, which are much more emphatically descriptive of the Resurrection of the Dead, than of his Restoration to his Temporal Prosperity; are, in order to excite our more particular Attention, introduced with That extraordinary and most folemn