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Li Jl. Pfalm 28. Ad te, Domine.......ES T INTO thee will I cry, O Lord my strength: think no

fcorn of me, left if thou make as though thou heareft not, I become like them that go down into the piti' . ..,

2 Hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto, thee: when I hold up my hands towards the mercy-feat of thy: holy temple.

3 O pluck me not away, neither destroy me with the ungodly: and wicked doers : which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts. 1-4 Reward them according to their deeds: and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.

5 Recompense them after the works of their hands: pay them that they have deserved.

6 * For they regard not in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands: therefore shall he break them down, and not build them up.

7 Praised be the Lord: for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.

8 The Lord is my strength, and my shield, my heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him. 19, The Lord is my strength: and he is the wholsomc defence of his Anointed.

10 O save thy people, and give thy blessing unto thine inhen ritance : feed them, and fet them up for ever.

§ Psalm 29. Afferte Domino DRING unto the Lord, Oye mighty, bring young rams unto D the Lord: ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength. .., | The Pfalmilt here in treats God to def. nd him from * For they regard not in their Mind the works, c.

the malice and artifices of his Enemies, and from the It may be justly observed here that inconfideration is the judgments that should fall upon them. He praises root of irreligion and all iniquity. ror did mankind him likewise for his providential care and protection-- duly reflect upon God's wonderful works of Creation, exprefles a firm reliance upon him, and prays for the Providence and Redemption; they would be almost prosperity of Ifrael.

neceffarily induced to love, worship, and obey him. .

2 Give the Lord the honour due unto his name: worship the Lord with holy worship. .

3 It is the Lord that commandeth the waters: it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.

4 It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation: the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees: yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.

'6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf: Libanus also, and Sirion like a young unicorn.

7 The voice of the Lord divideth the fames of fire, the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness: yea, the Lord Thaketh the wilderness of Cades.

8 $ The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discoverth the thick bushes: in his temple doth every man speak of his honour. .

9 The Lord fitteth above the water-flood; and the Lord remaineth a King for ever. . · 10 The Lord shall give strength unto his people: the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

MORNING PRAY E R.

Psalm 30. Exaltabo te, Domine. I Will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou haft set me up: and not I made my foes to triumph over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou hast healed me.

3 Thou, Lord, haft brought my foul out of hell: thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.

$ This Psalm is supposed to have been occahored Poetry. Præl 27. p. 363. Deservedly was a Thunder by a violent florm. From the terrible noise and won- storm made here a subject of sacred Poetry. For either derful force of the Thunder David proves the su. he must le more than Man, or less than Brute who can preme dominion and infinite power of God. . be entirely unaffected on such an occasion. But we are

I The voice of the Lord maketh the Hinds to bring affected to small purpose if it do not inspire us with an forth, &c. This might have been full as properly awful sense of God's power and majesty. trapslated, the voice of the Lord, i. e. the Thunder This Psalm is supposed to have been sung upon Dassersih ibe Oaks. See Ds. Lowth on the Hebrew the dedication of David's House which had been pol

44 Sing praises unto the Lord, o ye faints of his: and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness.,:..

5 For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 * And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadít made my hill so strong.

7 Thou didit turn thy face from me: and I was troubled.

8 Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gat me to my Lord right humbly.

9 What profit is there in my blood: when I go down to the pit?

10 Shall the dust give thanks unto thee: or shall it declare thy truth?

11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

12 Thou haft turned my heaviness into joy: thou haft put off my fackloth, and girded me with gladness.

13 Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing: O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

$ Psalm 31. In te, Domine, speravi. TN thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: let me never be put to I confusion, deliver me in thy righteousness.

2 Bow down thine ear to me: make hafte to deliver me. ?

3. And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence: that thou mayeft fave me.

Hited by the crimes of Absalom, 2 Sam. xvi. 21, 22. * And in iny, profperity I said, I fall never, &c and xvii. 1. &c. and xx. 3. And he therefore se- What was David's case here is too common in some turns fclcmn Thanks to God that he had delivered degree even to the best of Men. Prosperity being too him and in Wrath remembered Mercy. He acknow- apt to put them off their guard, and make them froer ledges that he had in prosperity forgot himielf, and themselves. How kind therefore is it in Col when therefore God had chaftened him to bring him to a by Ami&tions he endeavours to bring us to a proper sense of his duty, and to remind him of his dependence sense of ourselves, and our duty! and how inuch rean upon him; and he vows he will praise God for ever, son have we even amiatt his chatents to pile because he had heard himi

him.

4. For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Names fake.

5 Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemd me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities: and my trust hath been in the Lord.

8 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast considered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities.

9 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: but haft set my feet in a large room.

10 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.

11 For my life is waxen old with heaviness: and my years with mourning. . .

12 My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity: and my bones are consumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me, and they that did see me without, conveyed themselves from me.

14 I am clean forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am be€ome like a broken veffel. - 15 For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude: and fear is on every fide, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.

16 But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord.: I have faid, Thou art my God.

17 My time is in thy hand, deliver me from the hand of mine enemies: and from thein that persecute me.

18 Shew thy fervant the light of thy countenance: and save me for thy mercies fake. .

David appears to have composed this l'falm upon and distress; as it affords a lively description of afflice

his flight from Saul: and it seems to be well adapted to the use of all gocd People who are in exireme danger

tion, anxiety, earnest. desire and humble confidence in God.

19 Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee: let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put to silence in the grave.

20 Let the lying lips be put to filence: which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.

21 O how plentiful is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee: and that thou haft prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the sons of men !

22 Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own presence from the provoking of all men: thou shalt keep them secretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.

23 Thanks be to the Lord: for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.

24 And when I made hafte, I said: I am cast out of the fight of thine eyes.

25 Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer: when I cried unto thee.

26 10 love the Lord, all ye his faints: for the Lord preserveth them that are faithful, and plenteously, rewardeth the proud doer. · 27 Be strong, and he shall establish your heart: all ye that put your trust in the Lord.

E V ENIN Ġ P R A Y E R.

| Psalm 32. Beati, quorum. $D Lessed is he, whose unrighteousness is forgiven: and whole D fin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man unto whom the Lord imputeth no fin: and in whose spirit there is no guile.

O love the Lord, all ye bis Saints, &c. If David Psalms; and teaches us that man's true happinel confound reason for such an affectionate exclamation on fists in the pardon of his Sins, and in the purity of his account of some temporal deliverance: then how much Conscience which is to be obtained by fincerely corought it to be the sentiment of every Christian who felling, and forsaking our Iniquities: and concludes enjoys the light of ihe blessed Gospel; in which God with an earneit Exhortation to Repentance, and Hohath declared that he will reward every Man according liness of Life. to his works, in the Day when he shall judge the secrets § Blefjed is he whole Unrighteousness, &c. This para of Men by Christ Jefus.

age is qaoted by St. Paul in the fourth chapter of che This is the second in the number of the penitential Epistle to the Romans with a design to flew that to

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