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12 Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord: and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.

Pfalm xxxiii.

Exultate, jufti.

Rejoice in the Lord, O ye righteous: for it becometh

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2 Praife the Lord with harp: fing praifes unto him with the lute, and inftrument of ten strings.

3 Sing unto the Lord a new fong: fing praifes luftily. unto him with a good courage.

4 For the word of the Lord is true: and all his works are faithful.

5 He loveth righteoufnefs and judgment: the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord,

6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made: and all the hofts of them by the breath of his mouth.

7 He gathereth the waters of the fea together, as it were upon an heap and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house. 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord: ftand in awe of him, ye that dwell in the world;

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9 For he fpake, and it was done; he commanded, and it ftood faft.

of The Lord bringeth the counfel of the heathen to nought: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and casteth out the counfels of princes.

I The counfel of the Lord fhall endure for ever: and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.

12 Bleffed are the people whofe God is the Lord Jehovah : and bleffed are the folk that he hath chofen to him to be his inheritance.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.

Pfalm xxxii.]. We must make the fame reflection upon the first words of this pfalm, as St Paul does in the fourth chapter of the epiftle to the Romans; which is, that the happiness of man, and his juftification before God, confifts in the pardon of fins, in peace of confcience, and a fenfe of God's mercy. 2. David teaches us, that if we desire to attain this happy condition, we must have a clean heart, and a pure con fcience; that the remiffion of fins is the effect of God's mercy; that in order to obtain it, we mult fincerely confefs and forfake our fins; which, as foon as we confefs and forfake them, are blotted out, and God reftores us to a fenfe of his grace and favour, PRAC.

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13 The Lord looked down from heaven, and beheld all the children of men: from the habitation of his dwelling he confidereth all them that dwell on the earth,

14 He fashioneth all the hearts of them: and understandeth all their works.

15 There is no king that can be faved by the multitude of an hoft neither is any mighty man delivered by much. ftrength.

16 A horfe is counted but a vain thing to fave a man: neither shall he deliver any man by his great ftrength.

17 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him and upon them that put their truft in his mercy;

18 To deliver their foul from death: and to feed them in the time of dearth.

19 Our foul hath patiently tarried for the Lord: for he is our help and our fhield.

20 For our heart fhall rejoice in him

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hoped in his holy Name.

21 Let thy merciful kindnefs, O Lord, be upon us: like as we do put our truft in thee,

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Pfalm xxxiii.] This pfalm leads us to make thefe reflections. That it is a duty highly reasonable as well as delightful, to praise God; but that none but upright men can discharge it in a becoming manner, and that the praife of God is only proper in their mouths. 2. That we ought to praife God, because he has created the world by his almighty power, and because he governs it wifely and justly by his providence. 3. That if it was a great advantage to the Ifraelites, to be the people whom God had chofen for his inheritance, and who were in a peculiar manner protected by him; the favour which God has vouchfafed us, in admitting us into his church, and entering into covenant with us, is a ftill more glorious privilege. 4. That God has a perfect knowledge of all that paffes in the world, and in particular that he fees all the actions and thoughts of men. This thought should continually poffefs our fouls, that the confideration of the prefence of God and of his infinite knowledge may engage us to walk before him in hølinefs and righteousness. Laftly, Since David has told us, "That the eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear him, and upon them that put their truft in his mercy," let us observe from thence, that the true way to have God our friend is to trust in him, to fear him, without ceafing to apply to him for mercy; and to this end, to pray continually in the words of the prophet, "Let thy merciful kindnets, O Lord, be upon us, like as we do put our trust in thee,

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Pfalm xxxiv. Benedicam Domino.

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Will alway give thanks unto the Lord: his praise fhall ever be in my mouth.

2 My foul fhall make her boaft in the Lord: the humble fhall hear thereof, and be glad.

3 O praise the Lord with me: and let us magnify his Name together.

4 I fought the Lord, and he heard me: yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.

5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened and their faces were not afhamed.

6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him: yea, and faveth him out of all his troubles.

7 The Angel of the Lord tarrieth round about them that fear him and delivereth them.

8 O tafte, and fee, how gracious the Lord is: bleffed is the man that trufteth in him.

9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his Saints: for they that' fear him lack nothing.

10 The lions do lack and fuffer hunger: but they who feek the Lord fhall want no manner of thing that is good.

11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is he that lufteth to live: and would fain fee good days?

13 Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips that they fpeak no guile.

14 Efchew evil, and do good feek peace and enfue it. 15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous: and his ears are open unto their prayers.

16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart and will fave fuch as be of an humble fpirit.

19 Great are the troubles of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of all;

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20 He keepeth all his bones: fo that not one of them is

broken.

21 But misfortune fhall flay the ungodly and they that hate the righteous fhall be defolate.

22 The Lord delivereth the fouls of his fervants: and all they that put their trust in him, fhall not be deftitute.

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MORNING PRAYER.

Pfalm xxxv. Judicame me, Domine.

Lead thou my caufe, O Lord, with them that strive with me and fight thou against them that fight against

me.

2 Lay hand upon the fhield and buckler: and stand up to help me.

3 Bring forth the fpear, and ftop the way against them that perfecute me: fay unto my foul, I am thy falvation.

4 Let them be confounded, and put to fhame, that feek after my foul: let them be turned back, and brought to confufion, that imagine mitchief for me.

5 Let them be as the duft before the wind and the Angel of the Lord fcattering them.

6 Let their way be dark and flippery and let the Angel of the Lord perfecute them.

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Pfalm xxxiv.] In this pfalm we are taught, i. That the Lord never fails to hear and deliver the righteous who call upon him in their distress, and employs even angels for their defence. 2. David in this pfalm seems thoroughly affected with a fenfe of God's goodness, and the happiness which thofe experience who are partakers of his love; and defcribes, in a beautiful manner, the nature of piety, exhorting the faints to live always in the fear of the Lord, to be fincere in their words and actions, to y from evil, do good, and feek peace. He fets before us the ineftimable. benefits and advantages of holinefs, fince they that fear the Lord can lack nothing; his eyes being always over the righteous, his ears open to their cries, and if they are expofed to many misfortunes, he delivers them from them all at the laf whereas he tets his face againft the wicked for their deftruction. Nothing can be of greater ufe, than continually to call to mind thefe divine and excellent leffons, to have them continually before our eyes and in our hearts.

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7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me with-out a caufe: yea, even without a caufe have they made a pit for my foul.

8 Let a fudden deftruction come upon him unawares, and his net that he hath laid privily catch himself: that he may fall into his own mifchief.

9 And, my foul, be joyful in the Lord: it shall rejoice in his falvation.

10 All my bones fhall fay, Lord, who is like unto thee, who delivereft the poor from him that is too ftrong for him: yea, the poor, and him that is in mifery, from him that fpoileth him?

11 False witneffes did rife up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.

12 They rewarded me evil for good: to the great difcomfort of my foul.

13 Nevertheless, when they were fick, I put on fackcloth, and humbled my foul with fafting: and my prayer shall

turn into mine own bofom.

14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend, or my brother: I went heavily as one that mourneth for his mother.

15 But in mine adverfity they rejoiced, and gathered themfelves together: yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.

16 With the flatterers were bufy mockers: who gnashed upon me with their teeth.

17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this: O deliver my foul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions.

18 So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

19 O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly neither let them wink with their eyes that hate me without a caufe.

20 And why? their communing is not for peace : : buc they imagine deceitful words against them that are quiet in

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