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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 minifters 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:
a 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 hast set then 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 beasts 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."
13 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 niakech 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 fap: 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 so are the fiony 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 hast 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 haft made to take his pastime therein.
27. These wait all upon thee : that thou mayest give them ineat ir. due season.
28 When thou givest it them, they gather it: and when thou openelt thy hand, they are filled with good.
29 When thou hidest thy face they are troubled : when thou takeft away their breath they die, and are turned again to their duft.
30 When thou lettest thy breath go forth, they shall be made : and thou shalt renew the face of the earth.
31 The glorious Majesty of the Lord shall endure for ever: the Lord shall rejoice in his works.
32 The earth shall tremble at the look of him : if he do but touch the hills, they shall smcke.
33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will praise my God while I have my being.
34 And so Ihall my words please him: my joy shall be in the Lord.
35 As for sinners, they shall be consumed out of the earth, and the ungodly shall come to an end: praise thou the Lord, O iny soul, praise the Lord.
MORNING PRAY E R.
Psalm cv. Confitemini Domino.
tell the people what things he hath done. 2 O let your fongs be of him, and praise him : and let your talking be of all his wondrous works.
3 Rejoice in his holy name : let the heart of them rejoice that seek the Lord.
4 Seek the Lord and his strength : seek his face ever
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm civ.] The design of this pfalm is, to teach us to praise God for his marvellous works; and to this end to consider, with great attention, the wonders which the world presents to our view; the many different creatures it contains, and which we see in the heavens, in the air, upon the earth, and in the waters ; the regular and wonderful order that reigns among them; the manner in which God preserves and governs them : and the care which his adorable providence takes of plants and animals, and particularly in providing for the neceflities of man ; fince all creatures serve to the various uses and conveniences of our life. These reflections lead us to acknowledge, that God is the author of all these things; thas by him alone they sublist; that as he has created them by his power, he can also dettroy them by his will alone. Above all, we shouid remember, that if all these creatures were made for man, man was made for God; and that God has placed us in this world, and has made us capable of feeing so many wonders, and of enjoying so many different blefings that we may know our Creator, and love him and thank him for all his kindnefies,
5 Remember the marvellous works that he hach done : his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
6 O ye feed of Abraham his fervant : ye children of Jacob his chosen.
? He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the world.
8 He hath been alway inindful of his covenant and promise: that he made to a thousand generations ;
9 Even the covenant that he made with Abraham : and the oath that he fware unto Isaac ;
10 And appointed the same unto Jacob for a law : and and to Israel for an everlasting testament,
11 Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan : the lot of your inheritance.
12 When there were yet but a few of them : and they Itrangers in the land ;
13 What time as they went from one nation to another : from one kingdom to another people ;
14 He suffered no man to do them wrong: but reproved even kings for their fakes.
15 Touch not mine Anointed : and do my prophets no harm.
16 Moreover, he called for a dearth upon the land : and destroyed all the provision of bread,
17 But he had sent a man before them : even Joseph, who was fold to be a bond-fervant,
18 Whose feet they hurt in the stocks : the iron entered into his soul;
19 Until the time came that his cause was known : the word of the Lord tried him.
20 The king sent and delivered him : the prince of the people let him
free. 21 He made him lord also of his house: and ruler of all his substance ;
22 That he might inform his princes after his will : and teach his fenators wisdom.
23 Israel also came into Egypt: and Jacob was a stranger in the land of Ham,
24 And he increased his people exceedingly : and made them stronger than their enemies ;
25 Whose heart turned so, that they hated his people ; and dealt untruly with his servants.
26 Then fent he Moses his fervant : and Aaron whom he had chosen.
27 And these shewed his tokens among them : and won. ders in the land of Ham.
28 He rent darkness, and it was dark : and they were not obedient unto his word.
29 He turned their waters into blood : and new cheir fish.
30 Their land brought forth frogs : yea, even in their kings chambers
3. He spake the word, and there came all manner of flies : and lice in all their quarters
32 He gave them hail-ftones for rain : and flames of fire in their land.
33 He finote their vines also and fig-trees : and destroyed the trees that were in their coasts.
34 He spake the word, and the grashoppers came, and Caterpillars innumerable : and did eat up all the grass in their land, and devoured the fruit of their ground.
35 He smote all the first-born in their land : even the chief of all their ftrength.
36 He brought them forth also .with Gilver and gold : there was not one feeble person among their tribes.
37 Egypt was glad at their departing : for they were afraid of them
38. He spread out a cloud to be a covering : and fire to give light in the night-fealon.
39 At their desire he brought quails : and he filled them with the bread of heaven.
40 He opened the rock of stone, and the waters flowed out: so that rivers ran in the dry places.
41 For why ? he remembered his holy promise : and Abraham his fervant..
42 And he brought forth his people with joy : and his chofen with gladneis;