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Psalm 70

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies

To the leader. Of David, for the memorial offering.

1

Be pleased, O God, to deliver me.

O Lord, make haste to help me!

2

Let those be put to shame and confusion

who seek my life.

Let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

who desire to hurt me.

3

Let those who say, “Aha, Aha!”

turn back because of their shame.

 

4

Let all who seek you

rejoice and be glad in you.

Let those who love your salvation

say evermore, “God is great!”

5

But I am poor and needy;

hasten to me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer;

O Lord, do not delay!


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36. And the seed of his servants shall inherit it. In this verse he declares that the blessing now mentioned would extend through a continued succession of ages — that, the fathers would transmit to their children the possession which they had received, as from hand to hand, and the children to their children; and the enduring possession of all good things depends upon Christ, of whom David was a type. Yet the Psalmist at the same time briefly intimates, that such only as are the legitimate children of Abraham shall inherit the land: They who love his name shall dwell in it. It was needful to take away all grounds for self-gloriation from hypocrites, who, looking to and depending solely upon the circumstances connected with the origin of their race, foolishly boasted that the land belonged to them by right of inheritance, notwithstanding of their having apostatised from the faith of their ancestors. Although that land was given to the chosen people to be possessed until the advent of Christ, we should remember that it was a type of the heavenly inheritance, and that, therefore, what is here written concerning the protection of the Church, has received a more true and substantial fulfillment in our own day. There is no reason to fear that the building of the spiritual temple, in which the celestial power of God has been manifested, will ever fall into ruins.




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