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; 4. He shall convert my soul: and bring nie forth in the paths of righteousness for his Names sake. .. :).." :-* Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow.of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy; fod and thy staff comfort me. no * 5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me: thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.

6 But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for

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MORNING :P R A Y ER. ! ??.. ., S Pfalm 24. Domini eft terra. : :

H E earth is the Lords, and all that therein is: the compass

of the world, and they that dwell therein.' . 2 For he hath founded it upon the feas: and prepared it upon the floods. 2.31*Who shall afcend into the hill of the Lord: or who shall rise up in his holy place?

-4 Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart: and that hath not lift up his mind-unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour. S5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord: and righteousness from the God of his falvation. .. 6 This is the generation of them that seek him: even of them that seek thyiface, O.Jacob. - one is assi

under the allegorical representation of a Shepherd are able to bear. taking care of his Flock, David gratefully acknow. This Pfalm is thought to have been composed for ledges the kind and watchful protection of the divine the occasion of removing the Ark of God from the Providence." *..

House of Obed-Edon to Mount Sion: and was defigned * Yea, though I walk through the valley, &C. As to remind the Ifraelties of God's unspeakable kindness Sheep in the Eastern Countries were frequently in towards them in choofing them for his peculiar People most danger of Wolves when feeding in the Vallies; above all the Nations of the World, and how trong yet even then were safe whilst they were under the an obligation this láid upon them to Piety and Holi eye and protection of their Shepherd : fo the Righteous nefs. ** amidit their most dangerous Trials may still be com- *Who feall afcexd into obe Hill of the Lord, &c. forted, and look up to God with humble confidence Form these and the following words we may observe, that he will not fuffer them to be tried above that they that tho'it may please God to select some parcisulas xtraordinary privileges above others; in order to pro- and especially, at the inth Verse, of some particular mote his own wise purposes: yet that the Righteous are one which he says is great ; and which has been thought bis peculiar Favourites. *

Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory fhall come in.!; } : 8 Who is the King of glory: it is the Lord strong and mighty, even the Lord mighty in battel. : 9 Lift up your heads, O'ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in. > To: Who is the King of glory: even the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. m. Proc Pfalm 25. - Ad , Domine, levavi. T INTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul, my God, I have

U put my trust in thee: O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

2 For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed: but such as transgress without a cause shall be put to confufion. 2

3. Shew me thy ways, O Lord : and teach me thy paths...?

4 Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me: for thou art the God of my salvation; in thee hath been my hope all the day long

5- Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies: and thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old. . . .

.6 Oh remember not the fins and offenees of my youth: but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness. 17 Gracious and righteous is the Lord : therefore will he teach finners in the way. . 1.8 Them that are week shall he guide in judginent: and fuch

as are gentle, them shall he learn his way. 29 All the paths of the Lorë are mercy and truth: "unto such as

keep his covenant, and his testimonies.. :- 10 For-thy Namės kake, O Lord: be' merciful unto try fin, for it is great. People or Nation; and bestow upon them fome ex caufe he so carnestly implores the pardon of his Sins, 11 What man is he that feareth the Lord: him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. ... 12 His soul fhall dwell at ease: and his feed fhall inherit the land:

habt to relate to the affair čf Uriah." Deforbing also the David seems to have composed this Pralm when 'happiness of the Righteous, and praying to be deliver. - under grievous distress from Absalom's Rebellion; be- , ed from his Aflictions.;

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13 + The secret of the Lord is among them that fear, him: and he will shew them his covenant. .,

14 Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15 Turn thee unto me; and have mercy upon 'me: for I am defolate, and in misery.

16 The sorrows of my heart are enlarged: O bring thou me out of my troubles. - 17 Look upon my adversity and misery: and forgive me all my fin.

18 Consider mine enemies how many they are: and they bear a tyrannous hate against me.

19 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee. · 20 Let perfectness and righteous dealing wait upon me: for my hope hath been in thee. 21 Deliver Israel, o God: out of all his troubles.

: Psalm 26. Judica me, Domine. DE thou my judge, O Lord, for I have walked innocently: my

trust hath been also in the Lord, therefore shall I not fall.. 2. Examine me, O Lord, and prove me : try out my reins, and my heart.

3. For thy loving kindness is ever before mine eyes: and I will walk in thy truth.

4.1. have not dwelt with vain perfons: neither will I have fellowship with the deceitful.

+ The secret of the Lord is with them that fear, &c. destructive errors; and endued with the knowledge of This passage of Scripture seems to be jo some degree all things necellary to Salvation. parallel to that expression of our Saviours. If any § In this Psalm the royal Prophet appeals to God Man will do his. Will, he foall know of the Doctrine, for proof of his innocence, in oppofition to the falfe', wbether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself John accusations of his Enemies - declares that he always* vii. 17. and signifies that whosoever is fincerely dispo avoided the company of the wicked, and that'it was." ed to serve and please God shall be preserved from all his greatest plealure to attend the publick wership of

5 I have hated the congregation of thie wicked: and will not fit among the ungodly.

6* I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord: and fo will I go to thine altar;

7. That I may shew the voice of thanksgiving: and tell of all thy wondrous works.

8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house : and the place where thine honour dwelleth. .

90 shut not up my soul with the finners: nor my life with the blood-thirsty;

10 în whose hands is wickedness: and their right hand is full of gifts.

in But as for me, I will walk innocently: 0 deliver me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth right: I will praise the Lord in the congre- * gations.

EVENING PRA Y ER. : . S Pfalm 27. Dominus illuminatio. THE Lord is my light, and my salvation; whom then shall I

I fear: the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then fhall I be afraid?..

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies, and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh: they stumbled and fell.

3 Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid : and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.

4. One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require:

God in his Tabernacle and therefore humbly hopes of the wicked is an abomination to the Lord. that he shall not share in the lot of the wicked.

In this Pfalm David tcitifies his entire confidence • I will wall my Hands in innocency, &c. As it in God in the greatest dangers; and his zeal and firm was a ceremony of the Law for the Priests to wash atherence to the true worship of him. He beseeches their hands before they offered facrifice: fo in allusion God also to grant him tokens of his favour, and. to this Rite, David refolves to pay a ftri&t regard to seems fully persuaded that he will never forfake him. purity of behaviour, in order that his religious services In this Pfalm there are many noble strains of Faich, may be acceptable to God. The necessity of this is Piety, and Devotion. at evident from the declaration of Solomon that the Prayer

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even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and to visit his temple: 65 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle: yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.

6 And now shall he lift up mine head: above mine enemies round about me.

7 Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: I will fing, and speak praises unto the Lord.

8 Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry unto thee: have mercy upon me, and hear me."

9 My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: Thy face, Lord, will I feek.

.10 O hide not thou thy face from me: nor cast thy fervant away in displeasure.

11 Thou hast been my succour: leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. T 12 When my father and my mother forsake me: the Lord taketh me up,

13 Teach me thy way, O Lord: and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.

14 Deliver'me not over into the will of mine adversaries: fór there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong. idi

.: ajit sind... 15 II should utterly have fainted: but that I believe' 'vetily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. 9:0

16 Oʻtarry thou the Lords leisure: be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart, and put thou thy trust in the Lord con

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II should utterly have fainted; but, &c. As it ap- , to society and the free exercise of Religion. So'sit -pears from this passage that David was supported un- may be a comfortable reflection to every good Chrif.

der his Afflictions by a firm trust in the divine good. tian under his greateft diftreffes, that this ligbai Aplice Dess -a humble condence that God would in his rions which are but for a moment hall work out for brim good time grant him a deliverance; and restore him a far more exceeding and sternal weight of glory. .a

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