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514 THE COMMON PRAYER, &c.'
21 They gather them together against the sout of the righteous : and condemn the innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my refuge : and my God is the strength of my confidence.
23. He shall recompence them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice : yea, the Lord our God hall destroy them.
Psalm xcv. Venite, exultemus.
rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
3 For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods.
4. In his hand are all the corners of the earth : and the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared : the dry land.
6 0 come, let us worship and fall down : and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pafture, and the sheep of his hand.
8 To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts : as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptacion in the wilderness ;
9 When your fathers tempted me : proved me, and faw
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said : It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways :
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xciv.] This psalm teaches us, that God will never forsake his people, and his inheritance; that he is the defender of the faithful; that he is the joy of their souls in the midst of their troubles, and that he • fupports then againit those who perfecute them, and seek to destroy them.
11 Unto whome I sware in my wrath : that they should aot enter into my reft.
Psalm xcvi. Cantate Domino.
all the whole earth.
Declare his honour unto the heathen: and his wonders unto all people.
4 For the Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised : he is more to be feared than all gods.
5 As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols : but it is the Lord that made the heavens.
6 Glory and worship are before him: power and honour are in his fanctuary.
7 Ascribe unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people : ascribe unto Lord worship and power.
8 Alcribe unto the Lord, the honour due unto his name: bring presents, and come into his courts.
9 0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : let the whole earth stand in awe ot him.
10 Tell it out among the heathen, that the Lord is King: and that it is he who hath made the round world so fait that it cannot be moved : and how that he shall judge the people righteously.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xcv.] This psalm engages us to two duties. The first is, To render to God, with an holy joy and fervency, the adorations and praises which belong to him, on account of his power and majeity; but above all, because he is our God, and we have the happiness to be his people. The second duty is, To improve the exhortations which David addresses - to the Ifraelites, not to harden cheir hearts as their fathers bad done. These words, “To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearis ;” and those, “I have sworn in my wrath, that they hall' nor .enter into my reft;" do concern Christians as well as the Jews; as the
author of the epiftle to the Hebrews, (chap. iii. 4.) observes, where he .bids us take heed, left, by hardness of heart and rebellion against the gospel, we should be deprived of eternal reft, as the rebellious Ifraclites were excluded from the land of Canaan for their incredulity.
11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad : let che lea make a noite, and all that therein is.
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.
13 For he cometh, for he coneth to judge the earth : and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth.
Psalm xcvii. Dominus regnavit. THE Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea,
the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about him : righteoufness and judgement are the habitation of his seat,
3 There shall go a fire before him : and burn up his enemies on every side.
4. His lightnings gave shine unto the world: the earth saw it, and was afraid.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens have declared his righteousness : and all the people have seen his glory.
7 Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain "gods : worship him, all ye gods.
8 Sion heard of it, and rejoice i : and the daughters of Juda were glad, because of thy judgments, O Lord.
9 For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth : thou art exalted far above all gods.
10 Oye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: the Lord preserveth the souls of his faines; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xevi.) When the prophet, in this psalm, exhorted all the natio. s of the earth to fing praises unto God, and to come and worship in his temple ; they were not in a condition to discharge this duty, because they were engaged in ignorance and idolatry. Therefore these exhorta. tio 's are peculiarly applicable to the times of the gospel, and defcribe the zeal which should inspire us, and the joy which good men Should express, when they reflect, that the several nations of the world are en. lightened with the knowledge of the true God, and of his son Jesus Chrilt.
u There is sprung up a light for the righteous : and joy. ful glauness for such as are true-hearted.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous : and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.
E V EN ING PRAY E R.
Psalm xcviii. Cantate Domino.
O Speecus chine. ord a new fong: for he hath done mar
vellous things 2 With his own right hand, and with his holy arm : hath he gotten himself the victory. 3
The Lord declared his salvation : iis righteousness hath he openly shewed in the sight of the heathen.
4 He hath remembered his mercy and truth toward the house of Israel: and all the ends of che world have seen the falvation of our God.
5 Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye lands : sing, rejoice, and give thanks.
6 Praise the Lord upon the harp : fing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
7 With trumpets also and shawms : 0 (hew yourselves joyfut before the Lord the King.
8 Let the sea make a noise, and all that therein is : the round world, and they that dwell therein.
9 Let the foods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful rogether before the Lord : for he is come to junge che earth.
10 With righteousness shall he judge the world : and the people with equity.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm xcvii.] This pfalm is not so much a description of God's dopinion over the Jews, as a prophecy of the establishment of the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all nations, and the destruction of idolatry and im. piety. The holy spirit here describes the effects which the coming of that kingdom would produce, and the joy which the faithful would feel when it fhould be manifested ; wherefore it principally concerns us to improve shofe affections of zeal and devotion which are manifeft in this divine fong.
Psalm xcix. Dominus regnavit.
he fitcelt between the Cherubims, be the earth never so unquiet
2 The Lord is great in Sion: and high above all people.
3 They fhall give thanks unto thy name : which is great, wonderful, and holy.
4 The Kings power loveth judgment ; thou haft prepared equity : thuu hast executed judgment and righteous. ness in Jacob.
5 O magnify the Lord our God: and fall down before his footstool, for he is holy.
6 Mises and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among such as call upon his Name : these called upon the Lord, and he heard them.
7 He spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar : for they
7 kept his testimonies, and the law that he gave them.
8 Thou heardest them, O Lord our God: chou forgavest them, O God, and punishedst their own inventions.
9. O magnity the Lord our God, and worship him upon his holy hill : for the Lord our God is holy.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xcviii.] This psalm regards Christians, rather than the Jews; as it is only since the coming of Jesus Christ, that we can properly fay, that God has fulfilled his promises, and “hath remembered his mercy and his truth ;" and that is all the ends of the world have seen the falsation of our God.” It is now therefore that men should “fing unto the Loid a new song.” Now ought his glory to be celebrated by all nations, and in all places of the world, with holy transports of joy. Now, finct we live in these happy times when God reigns over us, and know that he is to judge the world in righteousness, we ought to submit to him with humility and obedience, and answer the valuable favour he has betowed on us, in "
delivering us from the power of darkness, and tranflating us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
Pfal. xcix ] Here we learn, i. That it is the duty of those who have the happiness to know God, and to be the subjects of his kingdom, * fear him, to reverence his majesty, to worhip him with the profounde humility, and without ceafing, to celebrate his name, which is grez, terrible, and holy. 2. That God did forme ly deliver the Israelites whe Mores, Aaron, and Samuel, called upon him; and that he also taak