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7 For my loins are filled with a fore disease: and there is no whole part in my body.
8 I am feeble, and fore fmitten: I have roared for the very difquietness of my heart.
9 Lord, thou knoweft all my defire and my groaning is not hid from thee.
10 My heart panteth, my ftrength hath failed me and the fight of mine eyes is is gone from me.
11 My lovers and my neighbours did stand looking upon my trouble and my kinfmen ftood afar off.
12 They alio that fought after my life, laid fnares for me and they that went about to do me evil, talked of wickedness, and imagined deceit all the day long.
13 As for me, I was like a deaf man, and heard not: and as one that is dumb, who doth not open his mouth.
14 I became even as a man that heareth not: and in whose mouth are no reproofs.
15 For in thee, O Lord, have I put my truft: thou shalt answer for me, O Lord my God.
16 I have required that they, even mine enemies, fhould not triumph over me for when my foot flipped, they rejoiced greatly against me.
17 And I, truly, am fet in the plague: and my heavinefs is ever in my fight.
18 For I will confefs my wickednefs: and be forry for my fin.
19 But mine enemies live, and are mighty and they that hate me wrongfully, are many in number.
20 They alfo that reward evil for good, are against me : because I follow the thing that good is.
-21 Forfake me not, O Lord my God: be not thou far from me.
22 Haste thee to help me: O Lord God of my falvation.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.
Pfalm xxxviii.] What is faid in this pfalm is very proper for the inAruction and confolation of those who are afflicted with pains and difeafes, or in any other manner: David teaches them by his own example, to look upon the evils that befal them, how fevere foever they be, as a jutt correction for their fins, and to ask God pardon for them.
Pfalm xxxix. Dixi, Cuftodiam.
Said, I will take head to my ways: that I offend not in my tongue.
2 I will Keep my mouth as it were with a bridle while the ungodly is in my fight
3 I held my tongue and fpake nothing: I kept filence, yea, even from good words: but it was pain and grief to me.
4 My heart was hot within me; and while I was thus mufing, the fire kindled and at the last I spake with my tongue.
5 Lord, let me know my end, and the number of my days that I may be certified how long I have to live.
6 Behold, thou haft made my days as it were a fpan long: and mine age is even as nothing in respect of thee; and verily every man living is altogether vanity.
7 For man walketh in a vain fhadow, and difquieteth himself in vain: he heapeth up riches, and cannot tell who shall gather them.
8 And now, Lord, what is my hope: truly my hope is
even in thee.
9 Deliver me from all mine offences: and make me net a rebuke unto the foolish.
10 I became dumb, and opened not my mouth for it was thy doing.
11 Take thy plague away from me: I am even confumed by the means of thy heavy hand.
12 When thou with rebukes doft chaften man for fin, thou makeft his beauty to confume away, like as it were a moth fretting a garment: every man therefore is but vanity.
13 Hear my prayer, O Lord, and with thine ears confider my calling hold not thy peace at my tears.
14 For I am a ftranger with thee and a fojourner, as all my fathers were.
15 O fpare me a little, that I may recover my strength : before I go hence, and be no more feen.
Pfalm xxxix.] 1. This pfalm contains an excellent doctrine; which is, that the way never to fall into murmuring, when we fee the tempera!
Pfalm xl. Expectans expe&tavi.
Waited patiently for the Lord: and he inclined unto me, and heard my calling.
2 He brought me alfo out of the horrible pit, out of the mire and clay and fet my feet upon the rock, and ordered my goings.
3 And he hath put a new fong in my mouth: even a thanksgiving unto our God.
4 Many shall see it, and fear and shall put their trust in the Lord.
5 Bleffed is the man that hath fet his hope in the Lord. and turned not unto the proud, and to fuch as go about with lies.
6 O Lord my God, great are the wondrous works which thou haft done, like as be alfo thy thoughts, which are to us-ward and yet there is no man that ordereth them unto thee.
7 If I should declare them, and speak of them: they should be more than I am able to exprefs.
8 Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldst not: but mine ears haft thou opened.
9 Burnt-offerings and facrifice for fin haft thou not required: then faid I, Lo, I come.
10 In the volume of the book it is written of me, that I should fulfil thy will, O my God: I am content to do it, yea, thy law is within my heart.
II I have declared thy righteoufnefs in the great congregation lo, I will not refrain my lips, O Lord, and that thou knoweft.
12 I have not hid thy righteoufnefs within my heart my talk hath been of thy truth, and of thy falvation.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.
profperity of the wicked, is to reprefent to ourselves the fhortnefs of our lives, and the infignificancy of the good things of this world. teaches us, that God can put an end to our lives when he pleafes, and deprive us of all our advantages; that we are only ftrangers and fojourn ers here below; and that the only remedy for the miferies and vanity of human life is, to put all our hope in the Lord, to afk his affiftance, and pardon of our fins, and to fubmit with refignation to his holy will.
13 I have not kept back thy loving mercy and truth: from the great congregation.
14 Withdraw not thou thy mercy from me, O Lord: let thy loving kindness and thy truth alway preferve me..
15 For innumerable troubles are come about me, my fins have taken fuch hold upon me, that I am not able to look up: yea, they are more in number than the hairs of my head, and my heart hath failed me..
16 O Lord, let it be thy pleasure to deliver me: make hafte, O Lord, to help me.
17 Let them be afhamed and confounded together, that feek after my foul to deftroy it: let them be driven backward, and put to rebuke, that wish me evil.
18 Let them be defolate and rewarded with fhame: that fay unto me, Fie upon thee, fie upon thee.
19 Let all thofe that feek thee, be joyful and glad in thee: and let fuch as love thy falvation fay alway, The Lord be praised.
20 As for me, I am poor and needy: but the Lord careth for me.
21 Thou art my helper and redeemer: make no long tarrying, O my God.
Pfalm xl. This pfalm contains extraordinary ftrains of piety and gratitude. We here obferve the fentiments of a heart full of confidence, and affected with a lively fenfe of God's mercies, with profound humility, and an ardent defire to be entirely devoted to him. Therefore the inAtructions we here meet with are these. 1. That in our afflictions, we ought to wait patiently for the Lord; who, though he delay for a time, will come at laft to the affittance of thofe that hope in him. 2. That the true happiness of man confills in chufing the Lord for his refuge, without feeking for it in men, or in the things of the world. 3. That the mercies of God towards us are fo many in number, that we cannot reckon them, nor celebrate them as they deferve. 4. That what God chiefly requires of us is, that we should fubmit ourselves to him without reserve; faxing, "Lo, I come to do thy will, O God, thy law is within my heart" and that we should publish his praifes and his truth before all the world. We fee in this pfalm, that this is the only fervice that is pleafing to God; and that when we are in this condition, we may call upon him with a full affurance of his affiftance. Lastly, We must confider, that David fpeaks in this pfalin, as the type of Jefus Chrift, when he fays,
Leffed is he that confidereth the poor and needy: the Lord fhall deliver him in the time of trouble. 2 The Lord preferve him, and keep him alive, that he may be bleffed upon earth: and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord comfort him when he lieth fick upon his bed: make thou all his bed in his fickness.
I faid, Lord be merciful unto me: heal my foul, for I have finned against thee.
5 Mine enemies fpeak evil of me: When fhall he die, and his name perish?
6 And if he come to fee me, he speaketh vanity: and his heart conceiveth falfhood within himself, and when he cometh forth he telleth it.
7 All mine enemies whifper together against me: even against me do they imagine this evil.
8 Let the fentence of guiltinefs proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rife up no more.
9 Yea, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trusted: who did alfo eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.
10 But be thou merciful unto me, O Lord: raife thou me up again, and I fhall reward them.
11 By this I know thou favoureft me: that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
12 And when I am in my health, thou upholdeft me and fhalt fet me before thy face for ever.
13 Bleffed be the Lord God of Ifrael: world without end. Amen,
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.
**Sacrifice and meat-offering thou wouldest not, but mine ears haft thou opened. Then faid I, Lo, I come to do the will, O my God." St. Paul applies thefe words to our Lord in the epiftle to the Hebrews; and remarks, that by Jefus Chrift's oblation and facrifice of himfelf, we are fanctified and dedicated to God. This affords us a powerful motive to celebrate the infinite love of our Redeemer, to devote ourselves to the Lord, and conform in all things to his will,