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Psalm c. Jubilate Deo.
with gladness, and come before his presence with a . song.
2 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves : we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Psalm ci. Misericordiam & judicium.
O Lord, will I fing.
3 When wilt thou come unto me: I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.
4 I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the sins of unfaithfulness: there shall no such cleave unto me.
5 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
6 Whoso privily Nandereth his neighbour: him will I destroy.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. vengeance on them for their fins, when they offended him. This thews, that as God is always good, he is also juft, and has fometimes made men feel the marks of his mercy, and sometimes of his wrath, to engage them to love and fear him.
Psalm c.] There are three reflections to be made on this plalm : 1. That we ought to pray, that all nations of the world may worship the Lord, and glorify his name ; and that to this end God would make him. self known anto them, and give them the knowledge of his son Jesus Chrift. 2. That if we desire to serve God in an acceptable manner, we must not do it by constraint, or with our lips only, but heartily and with a boly joy. 3. That in order to excite us to this duty, we muit confier, that God is our Creator; that “we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture ;” and that he heaps his favour; upon us, not only of nature, but especially of grace, and gives his church tokens of his goodness and muercy.
7 Whoso hath also a proud look and high ftomach: 1 will not suffer hiin.
8 Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land: that they may dwell with me.
9 Whoso leadeth a godly life: he shall be my servant.
10 There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house: he that telleth lies, shall not tarry in my fight.
11 I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land: that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.
MORNING PRA Y E R.
Psalm cii. Domine, exaudi.
unto thee. 2 Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ears unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right foon.
3 For my days are consumed away like smoke : and my bones are burnt up as it were a fire-brand.
4. My heart is smitten down, and withered like grafs : so that I forget to eat my bread.
5 For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to my Ach.
6 I am become like a pelican in the wilderness: and like an owl that is in the delert.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm ci.] In this pfalm we see what are the duties and sentiments of gord princes and good mag itrates, and how they ought to conduct themselves in the government of iheir states. 1. They ought to walk in upsighiners, to abhor evil, and to apply themselves to govern their people with justice.
2. It is their dutv to punish the wicked and the ungodly; to drive froin them proud men, landerers, dece'vers, and Aatterers; and on the contrary, to make mich of uprisht and sincere men, protecting them, and employing them in their service. Persons in authority ought to meditace pin this pfalm for their instruction ; and we ought all of us to pray to God that he would inspire those that govern the people with ther fentiments; ince upon that depene's the happiness and tranquility of the public, and the promoting of the glory of God.
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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 wil shall wax ld as dich a garment;
27 And as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they fhall be changed: but thou art the same, and thy years shall not fail.
28 The children of thy fervants shall continue : and their feed shall stand fast in thy fight.
Psalm cïi. Bertedic, animamea.
me praise his holy Name. 2 Praise the Lord, 'O my soul : and forget not all his benefits ;
3. Who forgiveth all thy fons : and healeth all thine infirmiries;
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, Psalm cii.). 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 pfalm 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 which more deeply concerns them than to see it exposed to sufferings. 2. As the ancient Jews firmly trusted that God would arise and take pity upon Sion, and restore it to its glorious state ; and thac he would, by delivering the Jews from their captivity, manifeft his glory to all the kings and pations of the earth; we ought not to doubt but God will do the fame thing, and even after a more illustrious manner, in favour of the Christian 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 Christ, fince he is the Lord of the world, and is over all God blessed
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 pfalm.
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