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521 7 I have watched, and am even as it were a sparrow : that fitteth alone upon the house-top.
8 Mine enemies revile me all the day long: and they that are mad upon me, are sworn together against me.
9 For I have eaten alhes as it were bread : and mingled my drink with weeping;
10 And that because of thine indignation and wrath : for thou hast taken me up, and cast me down.
11 My days are gone like a shadow : and I am withered
12 But thou, O Lord, shalt endure for ever : and thy remembrance throughout all generations.
13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Sion : for it is time that thou have mercy upon her, yea, the time is coine.
14. And why? thy servants think upon her stones : and it pitieth them to see her in the dust.
15 The heathen shall fear thy Name, O Lord : and all the kings of the earth thy Majesty;
16 When the Lord ihall build up Sion : and when his glory shall appear ;
19 When he turneth him unto the prayer of the poor deftitute : and despisech not their desire.
is This shall be written for those that come after: and the people which shall be born shall praise the Lord.
19 For he hath looked down from his sanctuary: out of the heaven did the Lord behold the earth;
20 That he might hear the mournings of such as are in captivity: and deliver the children appointed unto death ;
21 That they may declare the Name of the Lord in Sion : and his worship at Jerusalem ;
22. When the people are gathered together : and the kingdoms also to serve the Lori.
23 He brought down my strength in my journey: and shortened my days.
24 But I said, O my God, cake me not away in the midst of mine age : as for thy years, they endure throughout all gener.cions.
25 Thou, Lord, in the beginning haft laid the foundation of the earth : and the heavens are the work of thy hands.
26 They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: they ail shall wax ld as dith a garment;
27 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
28 The children of thy servants shall continue : and their seed shall stand fast in thy sight.
Psalm cïi. Bertedic, animamea. RAISE the Lord, O my soul : and all that is within
me praise his holy Name. 2. Praife the Lord, O my soul : and forger not all his benefits ;
3 Who forgiveth all thy fons : and healeth all thine in firmiries;
4. Who saveth thy life from destruction :: and crowneth thue with mercy and loving kindness;
5 Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things : making thee young and lusty as an eagle.
6 The Lord executech righteousness and judgment : for all them that are oppressed with wrong.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Palm,cü.) There are two things chiefly to be considered in this pfalm: First, The sad condition of the captive Jews, and their extreme affliction ; and secondly, Their hope in God. Therefore the reading of this plalm furnish-g us with these two instructions: 1. That the children of God have a tender affection for the church, and that there is nothing whick more deeply concerns them than to see it exposed to sufferings. 3. As the ancient Jews firmly trusted that God would arise and take pity u poa Sion, and restore it to its glorious state ; and that he would, by deliver. ing the Jews from their captivity, manifeft his glory to all the kings and nations of the earth'; we ought not to doubt but God will do the fame thing, and even after a more illustrioas manner, in favour of the Christiaa church ; and that the time is coming, wherein his glory and his kingdom will appear in splendor. This happy. restoration is what true Christians delire above all things, and what they ask of God in most fervent prayers. This too will undoubtedly be brought to pass by the infinite power of Jesus Chrift, fince he is the Lord of the world, and is over all God bleffed for ever.
This St Paul teaches.us, Heb. 1. where he applies to the Son of God what is said of the creation of the world at the end of this psalm.
7 He thewed his ways unto Moses : his works unto the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is full of compassion and mercy : long-suffering, and of great goodness.
9 He will not alway be chiding: neither keeperh he his anger for ever.
10 He hath not dealt with us after our fins : nor rewarded us according to our wickednesses.
1 For look how high the heaven is in comparison of the carth: so great is his mercy also toward them that ti ar him.
12 Look how wide also the east is from the west : lo far hath he fet our sins from us.
13 Yea, like as a father pitieth his own children: even so is the Lord merciful unto them that fear him.
14 For he knoweth whereof we are made: he remembereth that we are but duft.
15 The days of man are but as grafs : for he flourisheth as a flower of the field.
16 For. as soon as the wind goeth over it, it is gone : and the place thereof shall know it no more.
17 But the merciful goodness of the Lord endureth for ever and ever upon them that fear him : and his righteourness upon childrens children
18 Even upon such as keep his covenant : and think upon his commandments to do them.
19 The Lord hath prepared his leat in heaven: and his kingdom ruleth over all.
20 O praise the Lord, ye angels of his, ye that excel in strength : ye that fulfil his commandments, and hearken unto the voice of his words.
21 O praise the Lord, all ye his hosts : ye fervants of his that do his pleasure.
22 O 1peak good of the Lord, all ye works of his, in all places of his dominion : praise thou che Lor!, O my loui.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm cili.) This is a most excellent sung of thankigiving. David here seems inspired with the higheit Atrains of devotion, did the mutt lively fense ut gratitude. He here teaches us by his example to ble
E VENING PRAYER.
Psalm civ. Benedic, anima mea.
art become exceeding glorious, thou art clothed with majesty and honour.
2 Thou deckest thyself with light as it were with a garment: and spreadest out the heavens like a curtain.
3 Who layeth the beams of his chambers in the waters : and maketh the clouds his chariot, and walketh upon the wings of the wind.
4 He maketh his angels spirits : and his ministers a flaming fire.
5 He laid the foundations of the earth : that it never should move at any time.
6 Thou coverelt it with the deep like as with a garment: the waters stand in the hills.
7 At thy rebuke they flee : at the voice of thy thunder they are afraid.
8 They go up as high as the hills, and down to the val. leys beneath: even unto the place which thou haft appointed for them.
9 Thou haft set them their bounds which they shall not pals : neither turn again to cover the earth.
10 He sendeth the springs into the rivers : which run among the hills.
11 All bearts of the field drink thereof: and the wild asses quench their thirst.
12 Beside them shall the fowls of the air have their habi. tation : and sing among the branches.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. God, not only with our mouth, but with our whole heart, and with all the powers of our soul. He here celebrates particularly the infinite mcrcy of God; who, knowing that we are but dust, bears with us, and does not render to us what our fins de serve; and entertains the fame compaflion and kindness as a father does for his children. But he teaches us, at the fame time, that the divine goodness is displayed only in behalf of those that foar him and reverence him; and that his mercy extends only to them that” keep his covenant, and remember his commandments to do them."
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He watereth the hills from above: the earth is filled with the fruit of thy works.
14 He bringeth forth grass for the cattle: and green herb for the service of men.
15 That he may bring food out' of the earth. and wine that maketh glad the heart of man: and oil to make him a cheerful countenance, and bread to strengthen mans heart.
16 The trees of the Lord also are full of sap: even the cedars of Libanus which he hath planted :
17 Wherein the birds make their nefts ; and the fir-trees are a dwelling for the stork.
18 The high hills are a refuge for the wild goats: and fo are the flony rocks for the conies.
19 He appointed the moon for certain seasons: and the sun knoweth his going down.
20 Thou makest darkness that it may be night : wherein all the beasts of the forest do move.
21 The lions roaring after their prey: do seek their meat from God.
22 The sun ariseth, and they get them away together : and lay them down in their dens.
23 Man goech forth to his work, and to his labour : until the evening.
24 O Lord, how manifold are thy works : in wisdom halt thou made them all, the earth is full of thy riches.
25 So is the great and wide sea also : wherein are things creeping innumerable, both small and great beasts.
26 There go the ships, and there is that Leviathan : whom thou hast made to take his pastime therein.
27 These wait all upon thee: that thou mayest give them meat ir. due season.
28 When thou givest it them, they gather it: and when thou openest thy hand, they are filled with good.
29 When thou hidest thy face they are troubled : when thou takelt away their breath they die, and are turned again to their duft.
30 When thou letcest thy breath go forth, they shall be made : and thou shalt renew the face of the earth,