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6 Thou art my helper, and my Redeemer: O Lord, make no long tarrying
MORNING PRAY E R.
| Pfalm. 71. In te, Domine. N thee, O Lord, have I put my trust, let me never be put to
confusion: but rid nie, and deliver me in thy righteousness; incline thine ear unto me, and save me.
2 Be thou my strong hold whereunto I may alway resort: thou hast promised to help me, for thou art my house of defence and my castle.
3 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the ungodly: out of the hand of the unrighteous and cruel man.
4. For thou, O Lord God, art the thing that I long for: thou art my hope even from my youth.
5 Through thee have I been holden up ever since I was born thou art he that took me out of my mothers womb, my praise shall be always of thee.
6 I am become as it were a monster unto many: but my sure trust is in thee.
7 let my mouth be filled with thy praise: that I may fing of thy glory and honour all the day long. 8 Cast me not away in the time of age: forsake me not when
my strength faileth me.
9 For mine enemies speak against me, and they that lay wait for my soul, take their counsel together,, saying: God hath forsaken him, persecute him, and take him; for there is none to deliver him.
10 Go not far from me, O God: my God, haste thee to help nie.
11 Let them be confounded and perish, that are againft my soul: Falt. So uncertain is.human greatness ! fo frail is our fion : in which, David beseeches God to deliver him, dependence upon worldly enjoyments !--How. strongly and to let him again experience the fame goodness, qught this to inspire those that are sich in this world wirich he had felt the effects of from his Youth. He With Humility and Moderation!
complains of the insults and cruelties of his Enemies ; # This Psalm seems to have a connection with the and, in full assurance that God will protect him is preceding, as it was probably wrote on the same occa- filled with an holy joy, and vows to praise him for ever,
let them be covered with shame and dishonour, that seek to do me evil.
12 As for me, I will patiently abide alway: and will praise thee more and more.
13 My mouth shall daily speak of thy righteousness and falvation: for I know no end thereof.
14 I will go forth in the strength of the Lord God: * and will make mention of thy righteousness only.
15 Thou, O God, hast taught me from my youth up until now: therefore will I tell of thy wondrous works.
16 Forsake me not, O God, in mine old age, when I am grayheaded: until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to all them that are yet for to come.
17 Thy righteousness, O God, is very high: and great things are they that thou hast done; O God, who is like unto thee?
18 O what great troubles and adversities halt thou shewed me! and yet didst thou turn and refresh me: yca, and broughtest me from the deep of the earth again.
19 Thou hast brought me to great honour: and comforted ine on every side.
20 Therefore will I praise thee and thy faithfulness, O God, playing upon an instrument of musick: unto thee will I sing upon the harp, O thou holy One of Israel.
21 My lips will be fain when I sing unto thee: and so will my soul whom thou hast delivered.
22 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, and brought unto shame, that seek to do me evil.
|| Psalm 72. Deus, judicium. MIVE the king thy judgments, O God: and thy righteousness Junto the kings son. * And will make mention of thy Righteousness only. Places of Scripture (when it relates to God) fignifies, The word Righteousness here as welí as in many other faving Mercy, or preserving goodness. And this paslage
2 Then shall he judge thy people according unto right: and defend the poor:
3 The mountains also shall bring peace: and the little hills righteousness unto the people.
4 He fall keep the simple folk by their right: defend the children of the poor, and punish the wrong docr.
5 They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endureth: from one generation to another.
6 * He shall come down like the rain into a fleece of wool: even as the drops that water the earth. 7
In his time shall the righteous flourish: yea, and abundance of peace, so long as the moon endureth.
& His dominion shall be also from the one sea to the other: and from the flood unto the worlds end.
9 They that dwell in the wilderness shall kneel before him: his enemies shall lick the dust.
10 The kings of Tharsis, and of the isles shall give presents: the kings of Arabia, and Saba shall bring gifts.
11 All kings shall fall down before him: all nations shall do hiin service.
12 For he shall deliver the poor when he crieth: the needy also, and him that hath no helper.
13 He shall be favourable to the simple and needy: and shall preferve the fouls of the poor.
He shall deliver their souls from fallhood and wrong: and dear shall their blood be in his fight.
implies that David would always gratefully, acknow him to govern his People: describing, at the same ledge the divine goodness towards him in delivering time, the future glory and extent of Solomon's Kinghim from his Enemies: ascribing the glory to God, and dom, and the happiness his Subjects would enjoy under 10 him alone. Such is the conduct of him whole Heart him. Yet, several of the antient Jewish Writers is daly affected with a sense of God's Mercics. allow that this Psalm relates, in a more exalted scose,
This Psalm was probably wrote a little before to che Meffiah. David's death, when he had declared Solomon to be * He shall come down like the Rain, &c. This may his successor, had ordered him to be anointed by Zadoc, be applied in a temporal tense to Solomon's wise admiand publickly inauqurated, 1 Kings i. Hercin he com- nistration of justice, whereby his Kingdom and People meuds bis Son to God, beseeching him to endue him should flourish and increase. But it teenis to be mots Bith such Wisdom and Righteouiness as would enable perfe&tly fulfilled in the influence which Christ's Dor.
15 He shall live, and unto him shall be given of the gold of Arabia: prayer shall be made ever unto him, and daily shall he be praised.
16 There shall be an heap of corn in the earth, high upon the hills: his fruit shall shake like Libanus, and shall be the city like grass upon the earth.
17 His Name shall endure for ever, his Name shall remain under the sun among the posteritics: which shall be blessed through hin, and all the heathen shall praise him.
18 Blessed be the Lord God, even the God of Israel: which only doeth wondrous things ;
19 And blessed be the Name of his Majesty for ever: and all the earth shall be filled with his Majesty. Amen, Amen.
E V ENING P R A Y E R.
Psalm 73. Quam bonus Ifrael!
a clean heart. 2 Nevertheless, my feet were almost gone: my treadings had well-nigh slipt.
3 And why? I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in luch prosperity. 4. For they are in no peril of death: but are lusty and strong.
They come in no misfortune like other folk: neither are they plagued like other men.
6 And this is the cause that they are so holden with pride: and overwhelmed with cruelty.
7 Their eyes swell with fatness: and they do even what they luft.
8 They corrupt other, and speak of wicked blasphemy: their talking is against the most High. trine hath upon all true Believers : by which they are the prosperity of the Wicked, and the afiliations o rendered fruitful in every goed Work, increasing with the Righteous. For that the felicity of the Wicked the increaje of God, Col. i. 10. See also Isaiah Iv. 10, 11. is, at best, but fleeting, transitory and unsabstantial; | This Plalm teacheth us how we ought to judge of whereas the Righteous enjoy comfort and peace, amidi
Ta clean heart.
9 For they stretch forth their mouth unto the heaven: and their tongue goeth through the world.
10 Therefore fall the people unto them: and thereout suck they no small advantage,
11 Tush, say they, how should God perceive it: is there knowledge in the most High?
12 Lo, these are the ungodly, these prosper in the world, and these have' riches in poffeffion : and I said, Then have I cleansed my heart in vain, and washed mine hands in innocency.
13 All the day long have I been punished : and chastened every morning.
14 Yea, and I had almost said even as they: but lo, then I should have condemned the generation of thy children.
15 Then thought I to understand this: but it was too hard for me,
16 Until I went into the sanctuary of God: then understood I the end of these men;
17 Namely, how thou doft set them in slippery places : and castest them down, and destroyest them.
18 Oh how suddenly do they consume: perish, and come to a fearful end !
19 Yea, even like as a dream when one awaketh fo fhalt thou make their image to vanish out of the city.
20 Thus my heart was grieved: and it went even through my reins.
21 So foolish was I, and ignorant: even as it were a beast before thee.
22 Nevertheless, I am alway by thee: for thou hast holden me by my right hand.
23 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel: and after that receive me with glory. their de pest distresses, from the confideration that they cious God, who will make all things work together for are under the continual care and protection of a gra- goca to them that love him.