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CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH IN THE BOOK OF PSALMS

by REV. ANDREW A. BONAR

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of his completed work, "therefore God hath highly exalted him/' (Philip, ii. 8, 9).

We who are his members seek to realize all this in our measure. "We seek that everything in us should be to the glory of God—heart, words, actions—all that may adorn the gospel, as well as all that is directly holy. Having the imputed righteousness of this Saviour, we earnestly long to have his holiness imparted too; though conscious that He alone comes up to the picture drawn here so beautifully,, In either view, we may inscribe as the title of this Psalm,

The blessed path of the Righteous One,

PSALM II.

Preferred to in Acts xiii.

1 WHY do the lieatlien rage, and the people imagine a vain thing f

2 The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, Against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,

3 Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.

4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laughs—the Lord shall have them in

derision. & Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath, and vex them in his sore displeasure.

6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

7 I will declare the decree :—the Lord hath said unto me,
Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee.

8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance,
And the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.

9 Thou shalt break them with a rod of iron 5

Thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel.

10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings; be instructed, ye judges of the earth,

11 Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

12 Kiss the Son, lest he be angry,

And ye perish from the way,—when his wrath is kindled, but a little.
Blessed are all they that put their trust in him.

We have a quotation from this Psalm in Acts xiii. S3, where
recent criticism reads, "As it is written in the first Psalm."
It is not unlikely that it had at one time been considered as
a second part of Psalm i., instead of standing as a separate
hymn of praise. But, at all events, it is an appropriate

OF EXALTATION TO THE THRONE. 5

advance upon the preceding, inasmuch as it places before us the Righteous One in a new position. The view taken of Messiah by the world and by Jehovah is the theme; our eye is fixed on the purpose of Jehovah, triumphantly accomplished in Messiah's glory, in spite of all opposition. Nor let us forget the quotation of ver. 1, 2, in Acts iv. 2.3, which countenances us in asserting that it speaks of the fierce enmity of the world to the Righteous One from the period of his First coming onward to his Second appearing. The nations, or Gentiles (EPfa), have raged, and the tribes of Israel (D^fotf!?) have agreed in hostility to the Lord's Messiah, ever since the day when Jew and Gentile met at Calvary to kill the Prince of life; and their rage is not evaporated, but shall be manifested more fiercely still when the beast and the false prophet lead on their hosts to Armageddon. It is quoted with reference to that clay in Rev. ii. 27, xi. 18; and xix. 15, quotes "the rod of iron/' from ver. 9.

Perhaps the expression used so frequently in the epistles, Referred to in "fear and trembling" is taken from ver. 11. It is used in exhortations to servants (Ephes. vi. 5) regarding duty; in Philip, ii. 13, to all believers engaged in striving for holiness; while in 1 Corinth, ii. 3, Paul describes his state of mind in his ministry at Corinth by these terms. May there not be a reference in all these, and similar passages, to our Psalm? It is as if it had been said, Remember our instructions for serving our King Messiah, in prospect of his glorious coming and kingdom—" Serve the Lord with fear, and rejoice with trembling/'


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