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3 For while I held my tongue: my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.
4. For thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and my moisture is like the drought in summer.
5 I will acknowledge my fin unto thee: and mine unrighteousness have I not hid.
6 I said, I will confess my sins unto the Lord: and so thou forgavest the wickedness of my fin.
7 For this shall every one that is godly make his prayer unta thee, in a time when thou mayesi be found: but in the great water-floods they shall not come nigh him.
8 Thou art a place to hide me in, thou shalt preserve me from trouble: thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance,
9. I will inform thee, and teach thee in the way wherein thou fhalt go: and I will guide thee with mine eye.
10 Be ye not like to horse and mule, which have no understanding: whöfe mouths must be held with bit and bridle, left they fall' upon thee..
li Great plagues remain for the ungodly: but whoso putteth his trust in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on every side.
12 Be glad, Oye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord: and be joyful all ye that are true of heart.
Psalm 33. Exultate, justi. D Ejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous : for it becometh well the R just to be thankful..
2 Praise the Lord with harp: fing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten ftrings.
3 Sing unto the Lord a new song: fing praises lustily unto him: with a good courage.
Man had a claim to the blessings and privileges of the with the utmost fervency and fincerity, from the con Gospel on account of his observing the rites and cere- fideration or goodness, righteousness, and powers which monies of the Law of Moses, neither because he was a appear in the works of his Creation and Providence.. lew or a Gentile: but that these were the gift alone of. He represents God also as seeing all things, examining God's unmerited favour to all of every Nation, who the actions of all Mer, and displaying bis mercy, tos Thould believe and embrace the Gospel."
wards them that fear and trust in him. $ David here exhorts the Righteous to praise God
4. For the word of the Lord is true; and all his works are faithful.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment: the earth is full of the goodnefs of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made: and all the hosts of them by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the fea together as it were upon an heap: and layeth up the deep as in a treasure-house.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: stand in awe of him all ye that dwell in the world;
9 For he spake, and it was done : he commanded, and it stood faft.
10. The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and easteth out the counsels of princes.
11 The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever: and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.
iz Blessed are the people, whose God is the Lord Jehovah: and blessed are the folk that he hath chosen to him to be his inheritance.
13 The Lord looked down from heaven, and beheld all the children of men : from the habitation of his dwelling he considereth all them that dwell on the earth.
14 He fashioneth all the hearts of them: and understandeth all their works.
15 There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an hoft: neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength..
16 A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man: neither. fhall he deliver any man. by his great strength.
17 * Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him: and upon them that put their trust in his mercy.
• Behold the Eye of the Lord is upon therx, &s from him as will engage: us to obey. his commands; and bence it may.be obsery'd, that the true way to make to repose luch a pious trust in him, as will make us reGod our. Friend is to have such a reverential fear of fign'd to his will under all his dispensations.
18 To deliver their soul from death: and to feed them in the time of dearth.
19 Our soul hath patiently tarried for the Lord: for he is our help, and our shield.
20 For our heart shall rejoice in him: because we have hoped in his holy Name.
21 Let thy merciful kindness, O Lord, be upon us: like as we do put our trust in thee.
Ś Psalm 34. Benedicam Domino. T Will alway give thanks unto the Lord: his praise shall ever be I in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear there of, and be glad. . 3 O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his Name together.
4 I fought the Lord, and he heard me: yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him: yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
7 The Angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him: and delivereth them.
8 O taste, and see, how gracious the Lord is: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his faints: for they that fear him, lack nothing.
10 The lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they who seek the Lord, shall want no manner of thing that is good.
11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
$ This is a Psalm of Thanksgiving for David's de. sents God's care and protection of his People - the liverance, when he was discovered by the Philistines in advantages which a regard to Religion procures thems Gath, 1 Sam. xxi, 10, &c. In which also he repre- and the fatal lot of the wicked.
12 *What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain fee good days?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips that they speak no 14 Eschew evil, and do good: seek peace, and ensue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers.
16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart : and will save such as be of an hunible fpirit.
19 Great are the troubles of the righteous : but the Lord delivereth him out of all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.
21 But misfortune shall slay the ungodly: and they that hate the righteous, fhall be desolate.
22 The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him shall not be destitute.
MORNING PRAY E R.
|| Psalm 35. Judica me, Domine. DLEAD thou my cause, O Lord, with them that strive with
me: and fight thou against them that fight against me. 2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler: and stand up to help me.
3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy salvation.
What Man is be that·lufteth to live, &c. &c. It if David here earnestly implores God's assistance, as may be observed upon this pailage in the words of Arch well against Saul and his Forees; as at the 11th verit Bishop Tillotson, that “no Man knows in the chance against some faise Accusers, who though they had re. • of things and the mutability of human affairs, ceived favours from him, yet mal?ciously misrepresentse whose kindness or goodwill he may come to stand in ed him to the King. The iniprecations whichi David u need of before he dies. So that did a Man only here pronounces against his Adversaric;, are chiefly to « consult his own safety and quiet, he ought to be considered as Prophetical. But, as Christians, it is «. refrain from evil speaking,"
our duty to love and pray for our Enemies.
3:4 Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul: let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
5 Let them be as the dust before the wind: and the Angel of the Lord scattering them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord persecute them.
7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause: yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my foul.
8 Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net that he hath laid privily catch himself; that he may fall into his own mischief.
9 And, my soul, be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his salvation.
10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him: yea, the poor, and hin that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
11 False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 * They rewarded me evil for good: to the great discomfort of my soul. . 13 Nevertheless, when they were fick, I put on fackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting: and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself, as though it had been my friend, or my brother: I went heavily as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together: yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares making mouths at me, and ceased not.
• Tbey rewarded me evil for good, &c. Never do we can take upon an ungrateful Enemy is to forgive the Arrows of Malice pierce lo deeply as when they are him, to pray for him, and to do him kind offices accordpointed with Ingratitude. Yet the nobles revenge that ing as we have opportunity ; because we not only here