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6 This is the generation of them that seek him : even of
them that seek thy face, O Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, Oye gates, and be ye lift up,'ye

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everlasting doors : and the King of glory shall come in.

8. Who is the King of glory : It is the Lord, strong and mighty, even the Lord, mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, o ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is the King of glory: even the Lord of hosts, he
is the King of glory.
Psalm XXV.

Ad te, Domine, levavi.
NTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; my God,

I have put my trust in thee: O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

2 For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed : but, such as transgress without a cause, shall be put to confusion.

3 Shew me thy ways, O Lord : and teach me thy paths.

4 Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me: for thou art the God of my salvation : in thee hath been my hope all the day long.

5 Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies : and thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old.

6 Oh remember not the fins and offences of my youth : but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.

7. Gracious and righteous is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

8 Them that are meek, shall he guide in judgement : and such as are gentle, them shall he learn his way.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xxiv.] This psalm teaches us who they are whom God looks upon as children, and will admit into his glorious presence. None will be admitted there, but men of pure hands and a clean heart, who are fin. cere and faithful in their words and in all their behaviour ; who avoid fraud and deceit, and call upon the Lord, and seek his face with their whole heart. If therefore, we desire to be partakers of God's love, we fhould examine whether we find in ourselves these characters and sentiments ; endeavouring to produce them in ourselves if we have them not, and if we have, improving them continually.

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9. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth: unto such as keep his covenant, and his teftimonies.

19. For thy Name's fake, O Lord: bę merciful unto my fin, for it is great.

11 What man is he that feareth the Lord : him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

12 His soul shall dwell at case: and his feed shall inheric the land.

13 The secret of the Lord is among them that fear him : and he will shew them his covenant.

14 Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15 Turn thee unto me, and have inercy upon me: for I am desolate and in misery.

16 The sorrows of my heart are enlarged : O bring thou me out of my troubles.

17 Look upon my adyersity and misery': and forgive me all my sin.

18. Consider mine enemies, how many they are : and they bear a tyrannous hate against mę.

19 O'keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee,

29 Let perfectness and righteous dealing wait upon me : for my hope hath been in thee.

21 Deliyer Ifrael, o God: out of all his troubles.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm. xxv.] Observe, !, That what we ought moft earnestly to pray for is, that we may be filled with the knowledge of God; that he would teach us to walk in his way, and grant ys pardon for all the fins we have committed, 2. We here learn, how advantageous it is to fear Gott David has told us, that God makes known his ways to the meck and humble ; that he shews them that fear him the way that they should chuse; taas to them he reveals his secrets and his covenant ; that he blesses them and their pofterity exceedingly; and when they are in affliction, he proļects them, and delivers them out of aļl their distreffes. These are instructions of the greatest use and importance; and carefully reading and meditating on these things, and frequently offering up to God the excellent prayers contained in this psalm, is one of the best things we can do to strengthen us more and more in the fear of the Lord, and secure our eter: nal welfare,

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Plalm xxvi. Judica me, Domine.
E thou my judge, O Lord, for I have walked inno-

cently : my trust hath been also in the Lord, there. fore shall I not fall.

2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me: try out my reins, and my heart.

3 For thy loving kindness is ever before mine eyes : and I will walk in thy truth.

4 I have not dwelt with vain persons: neither will I have fellowship with the deceitful.

5 I have hated the congregation of the wicked: and will not fit among the ungodly.

6 I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord : and fo will I go to thine altar;

7 That I may shew the voice of thanksgiving : and tell of all thy wonderous works.

8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house : and the place where thine honour dwellech.

9 O fhut not up my soul with the finners: nor my life , with the blood-thirsty

10 In whose hands is wickedness : and their right hand is full of gifts.

!! But as for me, I will walk innocently : O deliver me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot ftandeth right: I will praise the Lord in the congregations.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xxvi.] 1. The first instruction this pfalm furnishes us with, is, that God chiefly regards our integrity and fincerity; that he searches and tries the heart; and therefore, that the only means of obtaining God's favour is to approve ourselves in his fight, to live in innocency, to walk. in truth, and to hate vice. 2. David's earnest delire to serve God in the tabernacle, should air us up to discharge the duties of religion with the fame fervency, and to take the greatelt delight in going to the house of God, there to praise him, and to meditate on the wonders of his love. But the care this pious king took to purify himself before he went unto the aitar of God, should convince us, that in order to appear in the presence of God, we hould be pure and live a holy life.

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Psalm xxvii. Dominus illuminatio.
HE Lord is my light, and my salvation; whom then

shall I fear : the Lord is the strength of my life ; of whom then shall I be afraid ?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies, and my foes came upon me to eat up my flesh: they stumbled, and fell.

3 Though an host of men were laid against me, yet shall not my heart be afraid : and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.

4 One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require : even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and to visit his temple.

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle : yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set me up upon a rock of stone.

6 And now shall he lift up mine head : above mine enemies round about me..

7 Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladnefs : I will fing, and speak praises unto the Lord.

8 Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry unto thee : have mercy upon me, and hear me.

9 My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face : thy face, Lord, will I seek.

10 O hide not thou thy face from me: nor cast thy fervant away in displeasure.

11 Thou hast been my fuccour : leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation.

12. When my facher and my mother forsake me: the Lord taketh me up.

13 Teach me thy way, O Lord: and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.

14 Deliver me not over into the will of mine adversaries : for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong:

15 I should utterly have fainted: but that I believe verily to see the yoodness of the Lord in the land of the living

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16 O carry thou the Lords leisure : be strong, and he Ihall comfort chine heart, and put thou thy trust in the Lord.

Psalm xxviii. Ad te, Domine.
NTO thee will I cry, O Lord my strength : think

no scorn of me, left if thou make as though thou heareft not, I become like them that go down into the pit.

2 Hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto thee : when I hold up my hands towards the mercyfeat of thy holy temple.

3 O pluck me not away, neither destroy me with the ungodly and wicked doers: which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.

4 Reward them according to their deeds : and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.

5 Recompense them after the work of their hands : pay them that they have deserved.

6 For they regard not in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands : therefore shall he break them down, and not build them up.

7 Praised be the Lord : for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.

8 8 The Lord is my strength and my shield, my heart hach trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart dancech for joy, and in my long will I praise him.

9 The Lord is my strength : and he is the wholsome defence of his Anointed.

10 O save thy people, and give thy blessing unto thine inheritance : feed them, and set them up for ever.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxvii.) 1. Observe, That the most inestimable advantage and

) the greatest confolation we can enjoy in this world is, to meet often in the house of God, there to praise and adore him, and to receive the testimonies of his favour. 2. David's assurance thews, that should we be forfaken by all the world, yet God will never forsake us, if we fear him and depend upon him; that nothing but our trust in him, and hope in his promises, can support us in the midit of the troubles of this life; and that the expectation of those who seek their happiness in God alone, thall never be in vain.

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