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for the service of the King, and strengthen unto all patience and long-suffering with joyfulness in the walk and work of faith during "the little while" that remains; and it will make us cry more earnestly and watch more diligently for the day of His glad return, when “we, with all those that are departed in the true faith of His holy name, shall have our perfect consummation and bliss, both in body and soul, in His eternal and everlasting glory.”

E. C.

THE BRIDEGROOM-KING.

PSALM xlv.

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HIS remarkable psalm is divided into

two principal parts, containing a

description of Christ, and of His Church. The first part begins with verse 2, and ends with the conclusion of the 9th verse; the second part commences at the Ioth verse, and concludes at the 16th verse. The first verse is a preface, and the last is a doxology.

PSALM XLV.

Y heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of

the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.

2 Thou art fairer than the children of men: grace is poured into thy lips: therefore God hath blessed thee for ever.

3 Gird thy sword upon thy thigh, O most mighty, with thy glory and thy majesty.

4 And in thy majesty ride prosperously because of truth and meekness and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

5 Thine arrows are sharp in the heart of the king's enemies; whereby the people fall under thee.

6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.

7 Thou lovest righteousness, and hatest wickedness: therefore God, thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.

8 All thy garments smell of myrrh, and aloes, and cassia, out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

10 Hearken, o daughter, and consider, and incline thine ear; forget also thine own people, and thy father's house;

11 So shall the king greatly desire thy beauty: for he is thy Lord; and worship thou Him.

12 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift; even the rich among the people shall intreat thy favour.

13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.

14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

15 With gladness and rejoicing shall they be brought: they shall enter into the king's palace.

16 Instead of thy fathers shall be thy children, whom thou mayest make princes in all the earth.

17 I will make thy name to be remembered in all generations: therefore shall the people praise thee for ever and ever.

The Opening of the Glorious Subject.

"My heart is inditing a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made touching the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready writer.”— Verse 1.

AWAKE! my harp and lute,

Awake! my tongue, to tell
The glories of our God and King,

Jesus, Immanuel !

We know no other name

While rallying round the Throne;
O.:r eyes are gazing on Thy face,

We worship Thee alone.

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