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411 41 They shall cry, but there shall be none to help them : yea, even unto the Lord Ihall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
42 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind : I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.
43 Thou shalt deliver me from the frivings of the people: and thou shalt make me the head of the heathen.
44 A people whom I have not known : shall serve me.
45 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: but the strange children shall diffemble with nie.
46 The strange children shall fail : and be afraid out of their prisons.
47 The Lord liveth, and blessed be my strong helper : and praised be the God of my salvation.
48 Even the God that seeth that I be avenged : and subdueth the people unto me.
49 It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and fetteth me up above mine adversaries : thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.
50 For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles : and sing praises unto thy Name.
51 Great prosperity giveth he unco his King: and sheweth loving-kindness unto David his Anointed, and unto his feed for evermore.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xviii.] 1. From the first words of this song we learn, that the divine favours and deliverances should inspire us with
the most tender and Gocere affection, and lead us to praise God continually. 7. David's account of the extreme dangers he had been exposed to, and the wonderful power of God displayed in his deliverance, Thews, that whatever extremities we fall into, we should never despair of God's asistance, if we fear him; that his power is greater than man's ; and that he never wants means to deliver those who hope in him. 3. When David says, that God had rewarded him according to his righteousness, it cannot mean, that he thought himself innocent before God; but he thus speaks, first, to signify that God had maintained the justice of his cause against Saul, and all those who had perfecuted him unjustly, or would not own him for king; and secondly, to thew that God had approved of his never forfaking the pure religion, and the worship of the true God. 4. We obferve in this psalm, the unhappy state of the wicked; since, as David fays, when they are in distress, there is none to deliver them, and when
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Pralm xix. Cæli enarrant.
ment fheweth his handy-work. 2 One day telleth another : and one night certifieth another.
3. There is neither speech, nor language : but their voices are heard among them.
4 Their found is gone out into all lands : and their words into the ends of the world.
5 In them hath he fet a tabernacle for the fun : which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chaniber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
6 li goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again : and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7 The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wildom unto the simple.
8 The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart: the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever : the judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether,
io More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold : swerter also than hony, and the hony-comb.
11 Moreover, by them is thy servant taught; and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12 Who can tell how oft he offendeth : O cleanse thou me from my ficret faults.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION $. they cry to the Lord, he will pot hear them. The conhderation of lo in-lancholy a condition, ought to be a powerful motive to deter us from fin. Lilly, David's zeal, expressed in the last veries of this plalm, prove, that it is not luficient to praise God in private for his mercies, but that we ought to proclaim his praites and loving kindness to the ai mo't of our power, that his holy name may be glorified by us, and by all iden,
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413 13 Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, left they get the dominion over me : fo fhall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.
14 Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of
Exaudiat te Dominus.
of the God of Jacob defend thee.
3 Remember all thy offerings : and accept thy burntsacrifice,
4 Grant thee thy hearts desire : and fulfil all thy mind.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and triumph in the Name of the Lord our God; the Lord perform all thy pe. titions.
6 Now know I, that the Lord helpeth his. Anointed, and will hear him from his holy heaven : even with the wholesome strength of his right hand.
7 Some put their trust in chariots, and some in horses : but we will remember the Name of the Lord our God.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. xix.] King David here mentions the two principal means by which God has made himself known to us; which are, ihe works of nature, and his word. Let us therefore make a good use of both these means; meditating upon the former, which affords us such proofs of his power and wisdom; but particularly let us apply ourselves to the reading and meditating on his word, David's high encomiums on God's word inform us, that it is a fure, evident, and unerring rule of faith and practice; that it is of infinitely more value than the most excellent things of this world ; that it was given to enlighten and fan&tify us, to rejoice and comfort the heart; that the fear of the Lord procures perfect happiness to those who are possessed with it; and that there is great reward in the keeping of his holy commandments. To these reflečtions let us add cur humble and hearty prayers to God, with David, that he would imprint these truths in our hearts; that he wouid pardon all our fins; thut he would preserve us above all from the fins of presumption ; and that ho would lo fanctify our thoughts, words, and actions, that they may be always acceptable in his fight.
8 They are brought down, and fallen : but we are risen, and stand upright. 9 Save, Lord, and hear us, o King of heaven : when upon
Pfalm. xxi, Domini, in virtute tua. HE King shall rejoice in thy. strength, O Lord : 2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire: and haft not denied him the request of his lips.
3 For thou shalt prevent him with the blessings of goodnels : and shalt fet a crown of pure gold upon his head,
4 He asked life of thee, and thou gavest him a long life : éven for ever and ever.
5 His honour is great in thy salvation ; glory and great worship shalt thou lay upon him.
. 6 Fur thou shalt give him everlasting felicity': and make him glad with the joy of thy countenance.
7 And why? because the King putteth his trust in the Lord : and in the mercy of the most Highest he shall not mifcarry.
8 All thine enemies shall feel thy hand : thy right hand shall find out them that hate thee.
9 Thou shalt niake them like a fiery oven in time of thy wrath: the Lord thall destroy them in his displeasure, and the fire shall consume them.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. xx.] It appears from this psalm, that the people are in duty bound to pray for kings and princes, whom God has fet over them. That this is the duty of Christians, as it was of the Jews, appears from St Paul's exhortation, " That prayers and fupplications be made for kings, and all that are in authority.” The Israelites beseech God in this plalm to hear the desires of their king, and to grant him the victory over his enemies. Christians, in like manner, should beg of God to support and defend their princes in jult and necesfary wars, and all their lawful undertakings; but the chief subject of their prayers should be, that they may lead a quiet, peaceable, and godly life under those who have the rule over them. Lastly, We here find, that the glory and security of kings and states depend on the divine favour and protection, to which they owe all their victories and success; and therefore, that kings and their fub. jects ought to labour above all things to render God propitious.
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415 10 Their fruit fhalt thou root out of the earth : and their feed from among the children of men.
1 For they intended mischief against thee : and imagined such a device as they are not able to perform.
12 Therefore shalt thou put them to flight: and the strings of thy bow shalt thou make ready against the face of them.
13 Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: fo will we sing and praise thy power.
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Psalm xxii. Deus, Deus meus.
saken me: and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint ?
2 O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not : and in the night-season also I take no rest.
3 And thou continuest holy : O thou worship of Israel.
4 Our fathers hoped in thee : they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliver them,
5 They called upon thee, and were holpen : they put their truft in thee, and were not confounded.
6 But as for mí, I am a worm, and no man: a very scorn of men, and the out-cast of the people.
7 All they that see me, laugh nie to scorn : they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, laying,
8 He trusted in God, that he would deliver him : let him deliver hiin, if he will have him.
9 But thou art he that took me out of my mothers womb: thou waft my hope when I hanged yet upon my mothers breasts.
10 I have
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxi.] In this pfalm we obfirve, 1. That as it is the peoples duty to pray for their kings, so ought they to rejoice when God b'esses th m and their lawful defigns, and heartily thank him. 2. Tht God lovna, and in a very extraordinary manner defends, juit and pious kings, who call upon him and trust in him. 3. That he brings lov and deitious unrighteous princes, and especially fuch as oppose the establishment of his kingdom and the designs of his providence.