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Psalm xxix. Afferte Domino. RING unto the Lord, Oye mighty, bring young ranis

unto the Lord: ascribe unto the Lord worship and Itrength.

2 Give the Lord the honour due unto his name: worship the Lord with holy worship. 3

It is the Lord that commandeth the waters : it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.

4 It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord is mighty. in operation: the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees : yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.

6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf: Libanus also, and Sirion like a young unicorn.

7 The voice of the Lord' divideth the flames of fire, the voice of the Lord shakech the wilderness : yea, the Lord Diaketh the wilderness of Cades.

8 The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discovereth the chick bushes : in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.

9 The Lord fictech above the water-flood : and the Lord remaineth a King for ever.

10 The Lord shall give strength unto his people : the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pral. xxviii.) What we gather from this pfalm is, l. In all our wants to call upon the Lord, lifting up our hands and hearts to him, to implore ħis asistance, befeeching him not co suffer us to be exposed to the mileries of the ungodly. 2. That God defroys the double-minded and deceitful men, who spek peace to their neighbours, whilft cheir hearts are full of rancour and hatred. 3. That what brings men to mifery and destruction is, their not taking heed to the works of the Lord, that they may learn from thence to fear him.

Pfal. xxix.] The reading of this pralm leads us to adore with reverence and fear the majesty of God, which he gives so many proofs of in his works. In him we Tould put our whole truit ; remembering that he is the Lord and judge of the world, and exerts his power to punish those who offend ním, as he employs it at other times for the good of his people and all his children.


Psalm xxx

Exaltabo tej.Domine.
Will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast fet me up:

and not nya le my foes to triumph over nie. 20 Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou hast healed me.

3 Thou, Lord, haft brought my foul out of hell : thou haft kept my life from them that go down to the pic.

4. Sing praises unto the Lord, O ye faints of his : and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 And in my prosperity I laid, I Mall never be removed : thou, Lord; of thy goodness hadít made iny hill so strong.

7 Thou diift turn thy face from me: and I was troubled.

g Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gät me to my Lord right humbly.

9 What profit is there in my blood : when I go down to the pit?

to Shall the dust give thanks unto thet : or shall it declare thy truth?

u Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

12 Thou bait iurned my heaviness into joy : thou hast put off my fackcloth, and girded me with gladness.

13 Therefore all every good man fing of thị praise without ceasing; O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Plalm *xx.] This religious fong of thanksgiving is particularly alapted to persons that have e caped fome great danger. Such ought to cele. brate his goodness, and invite all men to celebrate it with them; acknowledging. that " his wrath endureth but the twinkiing of an eye, and in his perfure is life.” But above all, we ought to take notice of the inftructions here g ven iis concerning the usefulnefs of af:ction. David observes, " That when he was in prosperity, he said, he hould Dever be removed; but as foon as God had hid his fáce, he was troubled;" 10


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- Psalm xxxi. In tlg Dimine, speravi. N thee, O Lord, have I put my trust : let me never be

put to confusion, deliver me in thy righteousness. 2 Bow down thine ear to 'me : make halte to deliver me.

3 And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence : that thou mayest save me.

4 For thou art my strong rock, and my castle : be thou also ny guide, and lead me for thy Names fake.

5 Draw ine out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit : for thou hast redeemed me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

7 I have hated them that hold of fuperftitious vanities : and my trust hath been in the Lord.

8 I will be glad, and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou haft considered my trouble, and haft known my soul in adversities.

9 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy : but haft set my feet in a large room.

a 10 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble : and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness: yea, my soul and my body.

11 For my life is waxen old with heaviness : and my years with mourning.

12 My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity : and my bones are consumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among niy neighbours : and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me, and they that did see me without, conveyed themselves from me.

14 I am clean forgotten, as a dead man out of mind : I am become like a broken veffel.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. and that when he cried to the Lord, he was heard by him. Let this convince us of the use and necessity of afflictions. Even the bett of men sometines forget themselves in prosperity: bat God makes use of adversity co inspire them with a holy fear, to bring them to a sense of their duty, and to oblige them to have recourse to him; and then he is reconeiled, and hears their cry, changing their forrowinto joy, and their complaints into songs of praise,



15 For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude: and fear is on every side, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my life.

16 But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord: I have said, Thou art my

God. 17 My time is in thy hand, deliver me from the hand of mine enemies : and from them that persecute me.

18 Shew thy fervant the light of thy countenance: and save me for thy mercies fake.

19 Let me not be confounded, O Lord, for I have called upon thee : let the ungodly be put to confusion, and be put co silence in the grave.

20 Let the lying Tips be put to filence : which cruelly, disdainfully, and despitefully speak against the righteous.

21 O how plentiful is thy goodness which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee : and that thou hast prepared for them that put their trust in thee, even before the fons of men.

22 Thou shalt hide them privily by thine own presence from the provoking of all men : thou shalt keep them fecretly in thy tabernacle from the strife of tongues.

23 Thanks be to the Lord: for he hath shewed me marvellous great kindness in a strong city.

24 And when I made haste, I said; I am cast out of the fight of thine eyes.

25 Nevertheless, thou heardest the voice of my prayer : when I cried unto thee.

26 O love the Lord, all ye his saints: for the Lord preserveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud doer.

27 Be strong, and he shall establish your heart : all ye that put your trust in the Lord.

PRÀCTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xxxi.] 1. The evils and persecutions which David suffered, , even from his nearest relations, and the manner in which he submisied to these fevere trials, prove, that if we are exposed to sufferings, we ought to bear them patiently, without entertaining any malice or hatred in our hearts againlt those who injure us;, not resenting the evils they






Psalm xxxii. Biati, quoriim.
Leffed is he, whole unrighteousness is forgiven : an

whole sin is covered. 2 Elefied is the man, unto whom the Lord inputech no sin : and in whole spiric there is no guile.

3 For while I held my tongue : my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.

4 For thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and my moisturt is like the drought in summer.

5 I will acknowledge my sin unto thee: and mine unrighteoulness lave I not bid.

6 I said, I will confels my sins unto the Lord : and lo thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin.

7 For this Malf every one that is godly make his prayer

. unto thee, in a time when thou mayeit be found: buț in the great water-Hoods they hall not come nigh him.

8 Thou art a place to hide me in; thou shalt preserve me from trouble : thou shalt compass me about with longs of deliverance.

9 I will inform thee, and peach thee in the way wherein thou shalt go: 'and I will guide thee with mine eye.

10 Be ye not like to horie and mule, which have no understanding: whose mouthis must be held with bit and bridle, left they full upon thee.

u Great plagues remain for the ungodly: but whoso putteth his cruit in the Lord, mercy enibraceth him on

every side.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. do us, but waiting with regnation for the divine asittance. Observe, 2. How David is traníported with the sense of God's favours towards those that fear him, and of the greatness of those good things he lays up in store for them. Let all that fear God consider this for their comfort; and let this consideration encourage them more and more to obey and plezle him. The exhortation which concludes this hymn, naturaily tends to rolure this ettect : " () love the Lori!, all ye bis faints, for the Lord prefisveth them thit are faithful; be irong, and he hall establih your heart, all ye that put your trust in the Loi?"


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