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5 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit: in a place of darkness, and in the deep.

6 Thine indignation lieth hard upon me : and thou hat vexed me with all thy storms.

7 Thou haft put away mine acquaintance far from me: and made me to be abhorred of them.

8 I am so fast in prison : that I cannot get forth.

9 9 My light faileth for very trouble: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched forth my hands unto thee.

10 Doft thou shew wonders among the dead : or shall the dead rise up again, and praise thee?

11 Shall thy loving kindness be thewed in the grave: or thy faithfulness in destruction ?

12 Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark: and thy righteousness in the land where all things are for

gotten ?

13 Unto thee have I cried, O Lord : and early shall my prayer come before thee.

14 Lord, why abhorrest thou my soul: and hideft thou thy face from me ?

15 I am in misery, and like unto him that is at the point to die: even froni my youth up thy terrors have I suffered with a troubled mind.

16 Thy wrathful displeasure goech over ine and the fear of thee hath unclone me.

17 They came round about me daily like water: and compassed me together on every side.

18 My lovers and friends halt thou put away from me: and hid mine acquaintance out of my light.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm 1xxxviii.] The reading and meditating on this pfalm is very proper for the confort and instruction of those that are overwhelmed with deep forrow. The condition of the prophet, who speaks here may convince them, that the saints have undergone the like trials; that they hate been, as it were, forfiken and deprived of all comfort, so that for a cogliderable cime God seemed to parsue them in his wrath, and scourge them severely. Wherefore, those that fear God should not lofe courage when they are exposed to outward afflictions, and even inwardly troubled for want of comfort and by the terrors they feel in their soul. But they ought

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Psalm. lxxxix. Misericordias Domini.
Y fong shall be alway of the loving-kindness of the

Lord: with my mouth will I ever be lhewing thy trurn from one generation to another,

2 For I have fail, Mercy shall be set up for ever : thy truch shalt thou stablish in the heavens.

3 I have made a covenant with my chosen : I have sworn unto David my servant ;

4 Thy seed will I itablish for eyer: and set up thy throne from one generation to another.

5. O Lord, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works : and thy truch in the congregation of the saints.

6 For who is he among the clouds : that shall be compared unto the Lord.

7. And what is he among the gods: that shall be like unto the Lord ?

8 God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints : and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.

9 O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee : thy truth móft mighcy Lord, is on every side.

10 Thou rulest che raging of the sea : thou stilleft the waves thereof when they arise.

1 Thou hast fubdued Egypt, and destroyed it: thou haft scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighey arm.

12 The heavens are chine, the earth also is thine: thou haft laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.

13 Thou hast made the north and the south : Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION $. to represent to God their fad condition, wait with patience for his confoJarion, and remember likewise, that anguish of Ipiric does not hinder God from beholding them in his mercy. This we are more certainly aflured of, by the terrors which our Lord felt in his soul at the time of his pafton, than by the example of the prophet who speaks in this pfalme.

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14 Thou 14 Thou hast a mighty arm : strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.

15 Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat : mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

16 Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee : they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.

17 Their delight shall be daily in thy Name : and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.

18 For thou art the glory of their strength : and in thy loving kindness chou shalt lift up our horns.

19 For the Lord is our defence : the holy one of Israel is our King.

20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy faints, and faidft: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.

21 I have found David my fervant: with my holy oil have I anointed him.

22 My hand shall hold him fast: and my arm shall strengthen him.

23 The enemy shall not be able to do him violence: the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.

24. I will smite down his foes before his face: and plague them that hate him.

25 My truth also and my mercy shall be with him : and in

my Name shall his horn be exalted.

26 I will set bis dominion also in the sea : and his right hand in the flouds.

27 He shall call me, Thou art my Father : my God, and my strong falvation.

28 And I will make him my first born : higher than the kings of the earth.

29 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore : and my covenant shall it and fast with him.

30 His feed also will I make to endure for ever: and his throne as the days of heaven,

31 But if his children forsake my law : and walk not in my judginents.

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32 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments : I will visit their ciences with the rod, and their fin with scourges.

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33 Nevertheless, my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him : nor suffer my truth to fail.

34 My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips : I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.

35 His feed shall endure for ever: and his feat is like as the fun before me.

36 He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon : and as the faithful witness in heaven.

37 Bur thou hast abhorred, and forsaken thine Anointed : and art displeased at him.

38 Thou hast broken the covenant of thy fervant: and cait his crown to the ground.

39 Thou hast overthrown all his hedges: and broken down his strong holds.

40 All they that go by, spoil him : and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.

41 Thou hast fet up the right hand of his enemies : and made all his adversaries to rejoice.

42 Thou hast taken away the edge of his sword : and gives him not victory in the battle.

43 Thou hast put out his glory: and cast his throne down to the ground.

44 The days of his youth hast thou shortned : and covered him with dishonour.

45 Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever : and shall thy wrath burn like fire ?

46 O remember how short my time is : wherefore haft thou made all men for nought? 47

What man is he that liveth, and shall not fee death : and shall he deliver his soul from the hand of hell ?

48 Lord, where are thy old loving kindneffes : which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxix.] 1. The reading of this pfalm thould animate us with an holy zeal to declare the loving kindness of the Lord, his power and faithfulness, which appear in the creation and government of the world, and in the wonders he has done, not only for the children of Israel, but

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49 Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy fervants have: and how I do bear in my bolom the rebukes of many people,

50 Wherewith thine enemies have blafphemed thee, and Nandered the footsteps of thine Anointed : praised be the Lord for evermore.

Amen, and Amen.

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MORNING PRAYER.

Plalm xc, Domine, refugium.

LOB Dorothea hatt been our refuge : from one generation

to another. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: thou art God from ever. Jasting; and world without end.

3 Thou turnest man to destruction : again, thou sayeft, Come again, ye children of men.

4 For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday : fecing that is paft as a watch in the night.

5 As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a fleep: and fade away suddenly like the grass.

6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.

7 For we consume away in thy displeasure: and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.

8 Thou haft let our misdeeds before thee : and our secret fins in the light of thy countenance.

9 For when thou art angry, all our days are gone; we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is cold:

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. also in behalf of the Christian church. 2. What is here faid of the prothises made to David and his posterity, and the deplorable condition which the descendants of that prince were reduced to, thews, that God protects kings and nations whillt they continue faithful to him; but when they break his covenant, he withdraws his protection from them ; that, nevertheless, he does not forsake them entirely, and chattises them only for their conversion, and to bring them to himself. 3. We must remember, that the covenant which God had made with David, and the promises with which he had engaged to establish his throne and pofterity for every related to the Messiah; and that it was verified in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, which will fubäift to all eternity.

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