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Meditations on the Psalms

By J.G. Bellet

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   Introduction - Short Meditations on the Psalms, Chiefly in their Prophetic Character "All things must be fulfilled which were written in the law of Moses, and in
   Chapter 1 - Psalm 1-5 - Psalm 1 JESUS, the Son of man, is here presented in His personal holiness and integrity, and then in His rewards, as "the tree planted by the river
   Chapter 2 - Psalm 6-10 - Psalm 6 This is another meditation by night. (See v. 6) But it is of deeper sorrow than the fifth. It was mystically midnight, and in it the same o
   Chapter 3 - Psalm 11-15 - Psalm 11 This is the meditation of a soul in great outward perplexity. The natural securities of the righteous, "the foundations" of the social ord
   Chapter 4 - Psalm 16-18 - Psalm 16 We know from the Holy Ghost, in Acts 2: 31, that this Psalm is the utterance of Jesus through David. It is the language of the Lord consci
   Chapter 5 - Psalm 19-22 - Psalm 19 This is the meditation of a true worshipper of God, honouring Him both in His works and His word. The Gentiles should (but did not, Rom. 1
   Chapter 6 - Psalm 23-26 - Psalm 23 This may be read as a meditation of the Lord Jesus as He walked by faith in this world. He perfected the life of faith, the author and fin
   Chapter 7 - Psalm 27-30 - Psalm 27 Still another utterance of the same suppliant in the same condition. But there is more desire after the house of God, longing for the ark
   Chapter 8 - Psalm 31-34 - Psalm 31 This Psalm is still the utterance of the Lord in resurrection. He recites His cry in the day when He was appointed for the slaughter, as H
   Chapter 9 - Psalm 35-38 - Psalm 35 This Psalm may be read as a silent musing of the afflicted soul of Jesus as he stood before Pilate. He pleads with God both for His own re
   Chapter 10 - Psalm 39-42 - Psalm 39 David's conduct towards Shimei can explain this Psalm also. He was dumb while the wicked were before him. He was accepting the punishment
   Chapter 11 - Psalm 43-46 - Psalm 43 This is very similar to the preceding. The character of the enemy is perhaps more defined, and the wilful king or the lawless one, and the
   Chapter 12 - Psalm 47-51 - Psalm 47 The God of Jacob, who had been celebrated in the preceding Psalm in His warrior character, or as God of battles, is in this greeted in a f
   Chapter 13 - Psalm 52-55 - Psalm 52 This Psalm presents something quite in contrast with the preceding. There the sinner, as we saw, was broken down and turned to God in repe
   Chapter 14 - Psalm 56-60 - Psalm 56 This is still the cry of the same sufferer, by reason of the pressure of the same enemy. He is here under the sense of being completely sh
   Chapter 15 - Psalm 61-65 - Psalm 61 This is a beauteous and touching little Psalm. It is as an utterance of Jesus in the sense of being rejected by Israel, though He were con
   Chapter 16 - Psalm 66-69 - Psalm 66 Here the praise anticipated and waited for in the preceding Psalm breaks forth in Zion. Jehovah has answered the prayer by terrible things
   Chapter 17 - Psalm 70-73 - Psalm 70 We have here much the language of the closing verses of Psalm 40. And it is a suited utterance for the man of many, many sorrows, and migh
   Chapter 18 - Psalm 74-77 - Psalm 74 We have in this Psalm a sample of very tender and sorrowful pleading with God. It is evidently the utterance of the Remnant in sight of th
   Chapter 19 - Psalm 78-81 - Psalm 78 A certain distinguished Prophet here announces himself as having deep secrets to open. (v. 1, 2) A company of Prophets then, according to
   Chapter 20 - Psalm 82-86 - Psalm 82 In this Psalm the Lord God, in sovereign right, stands to judge the powers and governments of the world, those Gentile powers to whom He h
   Chapter 21 - Psalm 87-89 - Psalm 87 This Psalm is in praise of Zion. Zion is the witness of Israel set in grace and not under law. (See Ps. 78: 65-72) This is the distinctive
   Chapter 22 - Psalm 90-91 - Psalm 90 At the opening of this sublime Psalm the worshipper or "man of God" utters his sense of everything failing but the Lord, and those who tru
   Chapter 23 - Psalm 92-95 - Psalms 92-101 constitute so many parts or chapters of one little book. They celebrate the introduction of the kingdom, or "the world to come," and sho
   Chapter 24 - Psalm 96-100 - Psalm 96 They continue their joy here, which shows that the Lord had not by His exhortation (Ps. 95: 7- 11) designed to check it; and here they sum
   Chapter 25 - Psalm 101-102 - Psalm 101 The previous Psalms have been, as we have seen, varied happy exercises of the Remnant on the great themes connected with the kingdom, and
   Chapter 26 - Psalm 103-107 - Psalms 103-107 These Psalms form the different chapters of another little book. The contents prove that; and the first of them alone having a title
   Chapter 27 - Psalm 108-110 - Psalm 108 In the beginning of this Psalm, Messiah, identifying Himself with the Remnant in the last days of their trouble, calls for the manifestat
   Chapter 28 - Psalm 111-117 - Psalm 111 This Psalm, and all those down to the Psalm 118, are without any title. This we may take as a little notice that they hang, in some sense
   Chapter 29 - Psalm 118-119 - Psalm 118 This Psalm closes this series of lofty songs of praise. The 110th had seated Adon or Christ at Jehovah's right hand in heaven, and antici
   Chapter 30 - Psalm 120-126 - Psalm 120 This Psalm duly suits an Israelite, still (though about to leave it) an unwilling captive in Babylon, or the abodes of wickedness. The to
   Chapter 31 - Psalm 127-132 - Psalm 127 This Psalm is also suited to the returning captives, who must on their journey have had the house and the city in their prospect, and the
   Chapter 32 - Psalm 133-137 - Psalm 133 The preceding Psalm was an utterance of the captives, just approaching Jerusalem or the house of God. This comes in order, and suits them
   Chapter 33 - Psalm 138-140 - Psalm 138 This Psalm is one of peculiar interest to the soul. In Psalm 56 the soul rejoiced in the word above all. All in God was matter of praise,
   Chapter 34 - Psalm 141-145 - Psalm 141 This Psalm very suitably follows the preceding. For it is the prayer of the Remnant to be kept from all fellowship in word or deed with t
   Chapter 35 - Psalm 146-149 - Psalm 146 This note of praise rehearses the vanity of man and of all confidence in him, which surely now, in this day of the closing history of man
   Chapter 36 - Psalm 150 - Psalm 150 This is the closing hallelujah, the praise of God in His sanctuary, His upper sanctuary, "the firmament of His power." The preceding was
   Chapter 37 - Conclusion - Having now, in our measure, passed through these breathings of the Spirit of God, we might ask, what have we got in them? rather, perhaps, in a large

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