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followed, as enough for plain people; and that the opinion has been adopted, for which there is good authority, that the old titles to many of the psalms are in the main to be depended on for their correctness.

** Where the Psalms are statedly read in public worship, a look into this Handy-Book beforehand might add to the intelligent enjoyment of them.

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OBSERVATIONS

ON THE HEADINGS THAT PRECEDE THE
NOTES ON EACH PSALM.

WRITER: When matter of conjecture only, set down as "unknown." The question who was the writer is of no great practical importance.

OCCASION: The same rule has been followed here also. But when the occasion (that is, the particular circumstances that may have suggested the psalm) throws light on the meaning, it is well to consider what that occasion may have been.

CHARACTER: The Psalms are thus classified

(1.) Prophetic: that is, speaking exclusively, or almost exclusively, of Christ. Many other psalms contain passages that apply to Christ and His kingdom; but wherever in such cases there is a primary application to the writer, it will be found that the writer is David, who thus represents "David's seed," that is, Christ.

(2.) Doctrinal: that is, giving instruction on some one point of faith or practice.

(3.) Practical: that is, containing the experience of some individual or collection of persons. They are by far the most numerous.

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(4.) Historical: that is, a narration principally of the national life of Israel from Egypt to the return from Babylon.

PRINCIPAL USE: Of the practical psalms only. The object being to suggest the particular experience of our own to which each of these psalms may be most applicable.

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