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18 Saying, “Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan,
39 Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the LORD,
Because he cometh to judge the earth.
34 O & give thanks unto the LoRD; for he is good;
35 And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation,
in thy praise. 36 Blessed h be the LORD God of Israel forever and ever. s Psa. 107. 1; 118, 1; 186 1. h1 Kings 8.15.
INTRODUCTION TO PSALM XV.
PSAILM OF DAVID.
When the priests had lifted the ark, and had advanced “six paces,” and saw that God approved the attempt, they paused, and “offered seven bullocks and seven rams.” As the procession approached the city, from the broad plateau of table-land west of Jerusalem, the particular hill of Zion, where the ark was to rest, arose to view in all its outline of grandeur and beauty; and the people now contemplated it as the “holy hill” where God would henceforward make his abode, and which he would consecrate by his peculiar presence. In such a place, the wicked and the profane might not fitly live. And the following Psalm seems now to have been chanted.
PS ALM XV.
ON THE SECOND REMOVAL OF THE AREC.
* LoRD, who shall' abide in thy tabernacle? Who shall dwell in thy holy hill? * He " that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, And "speaketh the truth in his heart. * He “that backbiteth not with his tongue, Nor doeth evil to his neighbour, Nor 'taketh up a reproach against his neighbour. 4 In "whose eyes a vile person is contemned, But he honoureth them that fear the LoRD. He that 'sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. * He that putteth not out his money to usury, Nor staketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things "shall never be moved.
As they ascend Mount Zion, the rejoicing of the people reaches its climax; and the measured sound of their praises and their exultations, led by the musical bands of the Levites, swell from the innumerable hosts like the sound of many waters. “Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord, with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.” As they approach the place where the ark is to rest, and where Jehovah is to place his throne among his chosen people, feelings of triumph inspire the nation. The curtains of the sacred tent are lifted, the ark is soon to enter, and “Jehovah, the King of glory,” is to “come in.” They now chant the sublimest of all their triumphal odes. The Psalm is responsive, and must have been sung or cantillated with indescribable effect.
PS ALM XXIV.
ON THE SECOND REMOVAL OF THE ARK, AS THE PRIESTs ASCENDED ZION AND APPROACHED THE SACRED TENT.
God’s dominion in the world, 1, 2; the citizens of his spiritual kingdom, 3–6; the triumphal entry of Jehovah upon Mount Zion, 7–10.
T A Psalm of David.
1 The "earth is the LoRD's, and the fulness thereof; The world, and they that dwell therein. * For he hath founded it upon the seas, And established it upon the floods. 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? And who shall stand in his holy place? ** He that hath "clean hands, and “a pure heart; Who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully; * He shall receive the blessing from the LoRD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation. * This is the generation of them that seek Him, That seek thy face, ‘O Jacob! Selah'
a Bee Gen. 1.19; 14. 19. b Job. 17. 9. 1 Tim. 2. 8. * Heb. The clean of hands. c Mat. 5, 8.
Isa. 83.15, 16. * Or, O God of Jacob /
7 Lift "up your heads, O ye gates! And be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors | And “the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LoRD mighty in battle. ° Lift up your heads, O ye gates 1 Even lift them up, ye everlasting doors And the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The LoRD of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah!
d'Isaiah 26. 2. • Psa. 97.6. Hag. 2. 7. Mal. 8.1. 1 Cor. 2.8.
INTRODUCTION TO PSALMS CV, CVI, AND XCVI.
PSALMS OF DAVID.
The priests had now deposited the ark within the curtains of the sacred tent on Mount Zion. The earnest wish of the pious king was now fulfilled. He had made provision for the more regular and edifying worship of Jehovah. He had restored the Levites to their proper rank and influence. He had opened new privileges to the people, and had awakened a universal impulse of pious feeling in the nation. Now, more than at any time since the days of Moses, the chosen seed were prepared to enjoy the high political and religious blessings chartered to them in the covenant of Abraham, and ratified and enlarged in the law of Moses. 2 Samuel vi, 17, 18.
It should be considered that the Hebrew people were originally nothing more than a nomad tribe, mixing agriculture with their pursuits only as a secondary interest, and so far as the sterner necessities of life required. As a consequence of this mode of life, they were unable to build cities, or even to maintain a permanent abode in any one locality. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had lived at Hebron, at Gerar, at Beersheba,