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The King's Accession

The King's Accession

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Ps. Ixxi. 7 — ?. I (i^n as a wonder unto many: hut thou art
tny strong refuge. Let my mouth be Jilled with thy praise
and ivith thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the
time of old age; forsake me not, when my strength faileth.

Ps. Ixxi. 7 — ?. I (i^n as a wonder unto many: hut thou art
tny strong refuge. Let my mouth be Jilled with thy praise
and ivith thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the
time of old age; forsake me not, when my strength faileth.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Jun 21, 2014
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Ps. Ixxi. 7 — ?. I (i^n as a wonder unto many: hut thou art
tny strong refuge. Let my mouth be Jilled with thy praise
and ivith thy honour all the day. Cast me not off in the
time of old age; forsake me not, when my strength faileth.
THIS day being called The Jubilee, it will be pro-
per to inform you whence that name is given to it.
By the Mosaic law, every seventh year was a sab-
batical year, or year of rest. At the end of the
seventh sabbatical year, that is the 49th, there was
a year of univ^ersal rest, not to the land only, but
to persons of every description: debtors were re-
leased, captives liberated, and inheritances restored.
This was, as might be expected, a season of peculiar
joy. The connexion between that day, and this
which we now celebrate, is only in the time, the
grounds of joy being altogether different. We are
called to celebrate the fiftieth year of our Monarch's
reign. On this account, I have chosen a subject
which I consider as more appropriate to the occa-
sion. The psalm before us was written (we appre-
hend) after Absalom's rebellion. In discoursing on
that portion of it which we have read to you, it will
be proper,
I. To consider it in reference to David —
Absalom being dead, and the rebellion suppressed.
R David
242 PSALMS, Lxxi. 7 — 9. [339.
David finds himself firmly seated on his throne : on
jwjiich occasion,
" 1. He acknowledges the mercies he had received —
[He felt himself most peculiarly circumstanced: his trials
had been great, and his deliverances most extraordinary. His
hair-breadth escapes from Saul, and afterwards from foreign
and domestic enemies, were very numerous He had re-
cently been even driven from his throne by his son Absalom, the
partisans of whom were ordered to direct their efforts exclusively
against him : yet from this danger also had he been deUvered : so
that he seemed to all to be under the peculiar protection of
Heaven.", 'His mind too had in all these trials been wonderfully
preserved from any thing vindictive, or unworthy of his high
character. On all these accounts he was "a. wonder unto
There was indeed a reason for these mercies, which his enemies
had no idea of: " he had made God his refuge." When per-
secuted by men, he betook himself to prayer, and " encouraged
himself in God." Thus under all circumstances he had " God
for his glory and defence."]
2. He makes a suitable improvement of them —
[He renders thanks to God for his past favours. — In this
the Psalmist was so exemplary, that he seems frequently to
breathe almost the very language of heaven itself In
this too he is distinguished from almost all other saints : others
abound in prayer, but he in praise —
He next prays for a continuance of these favours. — He well
knew that he could no longer be safe than whilst he was
under the care of the Almighty ; and that now in his advanced
age he needed, if possible, more than ever the guidance and
protection of Heaven Hence he prayed that God would
" not cast him off in his old age, nor forsake liim when his
strength failed him."]
Such is the import of the passage. Let us now,
IL Accommodate it to the circumstances of this
Well may we at this time acknowledge the mer-
cies of God to us —
[Our king may truly be said to be " a wonder unto many,"
whether we consider the length, or the prosperity, of his reign.
Twice only, witliin the space of a thousand years, has any mon-
arch of ours reigned so long as to s^e a jubilee kept on his
account. And if we consider the state of the world, it is truly
wonderful, that, after so many difficulties as we have encountered,
"''¦'¦"' "' we
,88S.j] THE king's accession. 243
we should stand so eminent among the nations. Some indeed
are fond of representing us as in a distressed and fallen state. But
let such persons compare us with all the other nations of Europe,
and they will see, that, whilst all of them have fallen a sacrifice
to the politics or arms of France, we are as rich and potent as
at any period of our history. That we have burthens to bear, is
certain : but it is very unfair to ascribe them to our Governors.
They have arisen out of the circumstances of the world around
us ; in which we were of necessity involved ; and from which we
could no more disengage ourselves, than we could exempt our
nation from the physical motion of the globe.}
We should also make a similar improvement of
them —
[Many are the grounds which we have for praise and
thanksgiving: and our mouths may well " be filled with God's
praise all the day." On this day especially we are called to
manifest our gratitude both in a way of spiritual, and, if I may
so speak, of carnal joy. Some, in their zeal for spiritual joy,
forget that we consist of body as well as of a spiritual part ; and
that in the Scriptures we have numerous instances of national
gratitude expressed by the combined exercise of spiritual and
carnal joy. Such was that holy feast which David himself, toge-
ther with his people, kept, not long after he had written this
psalm ^. And it is truly gratifying to think, that, through the
benevolence of the rich, all the poorer classes of society are en-
abled to participate, in a more than ordinary measure, the boun-
ties of Providence, and to share in the general joy.
Yet have we also peculiar need of prayer, — At this moment
our Enemy is disengaged from other contests, and enabled to
direct all his force against us. Our own Government also is un-
happily disunited, and our aged king begins to find " his strength
fail him." What, in such a state, shall we do, if God forsake
us ? We have need to pray unto him " not to cast us off." Our
pit)sperity hitherto has doubtless been in a great measure owing
to this, that we " have made God our refuge." Both king and
people, when compared with other nations, have been exemplary
in this. Let us continue to seek Him more and more : and then,
whatever be our state on earth, we shall keep an eternal jubilee
in heaven.]
* 1 Chron. xxix. 2C — 22.

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