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Pfalm xxix. Afferte Domino.


RING unto the Lord, O ye mighty, bring young ranis unto the Lord: afcribe 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 fea; 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 fhaketh the wilderness: yea, the Lord flaketh the wildernefs of Cades.

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

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

10 The Lord fhall give ftrength unto his people: the Lord fhall give his people the bleffing of peace.


Pfal. xxviii.] What we gather from this pfalm is, 1. In all our wants to call upon the Lord, lifting up our hands and hearts to him, to implore his affiftance, befeeching him not co fuffer us to be expofed to the miferies of the ungodly. 2. That God destroys the double-minded and deceitful men, who fpeak peace to their neighbours, whilst their 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 pfalm leads us to adore with reverence and fear the majefty of God, which he gives fo many proofs of in his works. In him we fhould put our whole truft; remembering that he is the Lord and judge of the world, and exerts his power to punish thofe who offend him, as he employs it at other times for the good of his people and all his children. PRAC

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Exaltabo te, Domine.

Pfalm xxx.

Will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou haft fet me up : and not made my foes to triumph over me.

2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou haft healed me.

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

4 Sing praifes 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 profperity I faid, I fhall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadft made my hill so strong.

7 Thou dift turn thy face from me: and I was troubled. 8 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 duft give thanks unto thee or fhall it declare thy truth?

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


12 Thou bat turned my heavinefs into joy: thou haft off my fackcloth, and girded me with gladness.

13 Therefore fhall every good man fing of thy praife without ceafing: O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.


Pfalm xxx.] This religious fong of thanksgiving is particularly adapted to perfons that have efcaped fome great danger. Such ought to celebrate his goodness, and invite all men to celebrate it with them; acknowledging, that his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his p'e fure is life." But above all, we ought to take notice of the inftructions here given us concerning the usefulness of affiction. David obferves, That when he was in profperity, he faid, he should never be removed; but as foon as God had hid his face, he was troubled;" 3 li





Pfalm xxxi. In te, Dimine, fperavi.

'N thee, O Lord, have I put my truft: let me never be
put to confufion, deliver me in thy righteousness.

z Bow down thine ear to me: make hafte to deliver me. 3 And be thou my ftrong rock, and house of defence: that thou mayeft fave me.

4 For thou art my ftrong rock, and my caftle: be thou alfo my 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 ftrength.

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

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

8 I will be glad, and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou haft confidered my trouble, and haft known my foul in adverfities. 9 Thou haft not fhut me up into the hand of the enemy: but haft fet my feet in a large room.

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

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

12 My ftrength faileth me, because of mine iniquity and my bones are confumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but efpecially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me, and they that did fee 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.


and that when he cried to the Lord, he was heard by him. Let this convince us of the ufe and neceffity of afflictions. Even the belt of men fometinies forget themfelves in profperity: but God makes ufe of adverfity to infpire them with a holy fear, to bring them to a fenfe of their duty, and to oblige them to have recourfe to him; and then he is reconciled, and hears their cry, changing their forrow into joy, and their complaints into fongs of praife.


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

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

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

18 Shew thy fervant the light of thy countenance: and fave 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 confufion, and be put to filence in the grave.

20 Let the lying lips be put to filence: which cruelly, disdainfully, and defpitefully fpeak against the righteous.

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


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

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

24 And when I made hafte, I faid; I am caft out of the fight of thine eyes.

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

26 O love the Lord, all ye his faints: for the Lord preferveth them that are faithful, and plenteously rewardeth the proud deer.

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


Pfalm xxxi.] 1. The evils and perfecutions which David fuffered, even from his nearest relations, and the manner in which he submitted to thefe fevere trials, prove, that if we are expofed to fufferings, we ought to bear them patiently, without entertaining any malice or hatred in our hearts against thofe who injure us; not refenting the evils they



Pfalm xxxii. Beati, quorum.

Leffed is he, whofe unrighteoufnels is forgiven: and
whofe fin is covered.

2 Eleffed is the man, unto whom the Lord imputeth no fin and in whofe fpirit there is no guile.

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

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

5 I will acknowledge my fin unto thee: and mine unrighteoulnefs have I not hid.

6 I faid, I will confefs my fins unto the Lord: and fo thou forgaveft the wickedness of my fin.

7 For this half every one that is godly make his prayer unto thee, in a time when thou mayeft be found; but in the great water-floods they fhall not come nigh him.

8 Thou art a place to hide me in; thou fhalt preferve me from trouble: thou fhalt compafs me about with fongs of deliverance.

9 I will inform thee, and teach 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: whofe mouths must be held with bit and bridle, left they fall upon thee.

11 Great plagues remain for the ungodly: but whofo putteth his truft in the Lord, mercy embraceth him on every fide.



do us, but waiting with refignation for the divine affiftance. Observe, 2. How David is transported with the fenfe of God's favours towards thole that fear him, and of the greatnefs of thofe good things he lays up in ftore for them. Let all that fear God confider this for their comfort; and let this confideration encourage them more and more to obey and plezte him. The exhortation watch concludes this hymn, naturally rends to rodure this effect: * O love the Lord, all ye his faints, for the Lord preferveth them that are faithful; be roag, and he hall establish your heart, all ye that put your trust in the Lo":


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