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4. He shall convert my soul: and bring nie forth in the paths of righteousness for his Names fake.

* Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me.

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 ever.

MORNING, ;P.RAY E:R.

$ Psalm 240 - Domini eft terra. HE 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. 13.3 * Who Thallafcend 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. 95 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, Jacob. 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 aftern Countries were frequently in towards them in choofing them for his peculiar People mot danger of Wolves when feeding in the Vallies; above all the Nations of the World, and how frong yet even then were safe wbilst they were under the ant obligation this laid upon them to Piety and Holic eye and protection of their Shepherd : fo the Righteous nefs. amidit their moft dangerous Trials may still be com * Who Reall afcend into the Hill of the Lord, &c. forted, and look up to God with humble confidence Form there 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 telect some particulas

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7 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.

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.

rich Pfalm 25. - Ad , Domine, levavi. (NTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul, my God, I have

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 confusion.

Show 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

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

6 Oh remember not the sins 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. ...:8 Them that are week shall he guide in judginent: and fuch as are gentle, them fhall he learn his way.

9 All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth: unto such as keep his covenant, and his testimonies.

io For-thy Namės kike, O Lord: bei merciful unto my fin,

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People or Nation; and bestow apon them fome cx caufe he so carnestly implores the paroon of his Sinse traordinary privileges above others; in crder to pro- and especially, at the ith 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.

to relate to the affair of Uriah. Defer bing also the David seems to have composed this Pfalm when 'happiness of the Righteous, and praying to be deliver. under grievous distress from Absalom's Rebellion; be-ed from his Aficions.

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11 What man is he that feareth the Lord: him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

12 His foul shall dwell at ease: and his seed shall inherit the land.

2 st.. 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 Í am defolate, and in milery.

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:

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my hope hath been in thee. 21 Deliver Israel, o God: out of all his troubles.

§ Psalm 26. Judica me, Domine. E 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

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

4. I have not dwelt with vain perfons: neither will I have fel-, lowship with the deceitful.

+ The Jecret of the Lord is with them that fear, &c. destructive errors į and endued with the knowledge of This passage of Scripture seems to be in some degree all things necessary to Salvation. parallel to that expresion of our Saviours. If any In this Psalm the royal Prophet appeals to God Mar will do his Will

, he foall know of the Doctrine, for proof of his innocence, in opposition to the falle whether 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 sincerely dispo avoided the company of the wicked, and that'it was ed to serve and please God Mall be preserved from all his greatest pleasure to attend the publick wership of

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

. 6 * I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord: and so 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.

9 O shut not up my soul with the finners: nor my life with hé blood-thirsty ;

10 În whose hands is wickedness: and their right hand is full

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

12 My foot standeth right: I will praise the Lord in the congregations.

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§ Pfalm 27. Dominus illuminatio. HE Lord is my light, and my salvation; whom then shall I

fear: the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall 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, yét 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.

$ In this Plalm David tcstifies 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 adherencc to the true worship of him. He beseeches their hands before they offered facrifice: fu in allusion God also to grant hiin tokens of his favour, and. to this Rite, David refolves to pay a ftrict regard to seems fully periuaded that he will never forfake him. purity of behaviour, in order that his religious services In this Pfalm there are many noble itrains of Faiche may be acceptable to God. The necessity of this is Piety, and Devotion. evident from the declaration of Solomon that sbe Prazer

that he shall not share in the lot of the wicked.

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:

"5 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 see 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 servant away in displeasure. 11 Thou hast been my succour: leave me not, neither forsake

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salvation. 1 :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.

15 I should utterly have fainted: but that I believe vetily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

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

1 I fhould utterly have fainted; but, &c. As it ap- to society and the free exercise of Religion. Soʻsit pears from this passage that David was supported un may be a comfortable reflection to every good Chrif. der his Afflictions by a firm truft in the divine good- tian under his greateft diftreffes, that this lighn Afflicpessoa humble coniidence that God would in his tions which are but for a moment fall work out for him good time grant him a deliverance; and restore him a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.

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