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In this psalm of lamentation and woe, we have, (1.) David's mournful complaints of God's withdrawment of his gracious and comfortable presence, ver. 1. (2.) His mournful and shocking representation of the wicked men, who persecuted him, during God's absence: They proudly gloried in themselves; they counteracted the laws, and contemned the judgments of God; they contradicted and defiled their opposers; they were malicious, treacherous, crafty, hypocritical, and atheistical persecutors, ver. 2-11. (3.) His earnest supplications for relief to the people of God, attended with the firm faith of obtaining it, ver. 12-18. While I sing these lines, ponder, O my soul, what a privilege it is to enjoy familiar fellowship with God! What abominations lie hid in an evil heart of unbelief! What a mercy, that the Lord hath withheld me from that outrage in wickedness, of which my corrupt nature is capable. Let all my views of sins and of judgments cause me to flee to Jesus for relief. If he prepare my heart to pray, he will surely grant my requests. 1 Wherefore is it that thou, O Lord, dost stand from us afar? And wherefore hidest thou thyself, when times so troublous are? 2 The wicked in his loftiness doth persecute the poor: In these devices they have fram'd let them be taken sure. 3 The wicked of his heart's desire doth talk with boasting great; He blesseth him that's covetous, whom yet the Lord doth hate. 4 The wicked, through his pride of face, on God he doth not call; And in the counsels of his heart the Lord is not at all. 5 His ways they always grievous are; thy judgments from his sight Removed are: at all his foes he puffeth with despight. 6 Within his heart he thus hath said, I shall not moved be; And no adversity at all shall ever come to me. 7 His mouth with cursing, fraud, deceit, is fill'd abundantly; And underneath his tongue there is mischief and vanity. 8 He closely sits in villages; he slays the innocent: Against the poor that pass him by his cruel eyes are bent. 9 He, lion-like, lurks in his den; he waits the poor to take; And when he draws him in his net, his prey he doth him make. 10 Himself he humbleth very low, he croucheth down withal, That so a multitude of poor may by his strong ones fall. 11 He thus hath said within his heart, The Lord hath quite forgot; He hides his countenance, and he for ever sees it not. 12 O Lord, do thou arise; O God, lift up thine hand on high: Put not the meek afflicted ones out of thy memory. 13 Why is it that the wicked man thus doth the Lord despise? Because that God will it require he in his heart denies. 14 Thou hast it seen; for their mischief and spite thou wilt repay: The poor commits himself to thee; thou art the orphan's stay. 15 The arm break of the wicked man, and of the evil one; Do thou seek out his wickedness, until thou findest none. 16 The Lord is King through ages all, ev'n to eternity; The heathen people from his land are perish'd utterly. 17 O Lord, of those that humble are thou the desire didst hear; Thou wilt prepare their heart, and thou to hear wilt bend thine ear; 18 To judge the fatherless, and those that are oppressed sore; That man, that is but sprung of earth, may them oppress no more.

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