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10 The days of our age are threescore years and ten ; and though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; fo foon passeth it away, and we are gone.
11 But who regardeth the power of thy wrath : for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.
12 So teach us to number our days : chat we may apply our hearts unto wisdam,
13 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be gracious unto thy servants.
14 O sacify us with thy mercy, and that foon : fo shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life,
15 Comfort us again, now after the time that thou haft plagued us : and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
16 Shew thy servants thy work : and their children thy glory.
19 And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us ; O prosper chou our handy-work.
Psalm xci. Qui habitat. HOSO dwelleth under the defence of the most High ; shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xc.) 1. We here learn, that God, who is the Creator of the world, and has given men life, makes them, when he pleases, return to dult; that life is short, and is soon passed away, and is moreo' er attended with many troubles and affiliations. 2. We are to confider, that as the rebellion of the Israelites exposed them to the wrath of God, and to death in the wilderness ; so the miseries of this life, and death itself, are the consequences of fin; but to the children of God, death is an effect of his love, and a means which he makes use of to procure their happinefs. 3. Mofes teaches us, that the use we ought to make of our koowledge of che thortness of this life, is to learn from hence to become wife, and fear God, and by prayer to apply to him, that whilft we remain in this world he would be pleaf.d always to grant us his grace, and make us at all times feel the eff &ts of his bounty, that we may pass this life in peace and happiness. Laftlv, The confideration of the vanities of the present life, Mhould raise our thoughts to the expectation of a better, and make us aspire after that immortality which is prepared for us in the heavens, and has been purchased for us by Jesus Chrift our Lord.
2 I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my ftrong hold: my God, in him will I trust.
3 For he shall deliver thee froin the snare of the hunter : and from the noisome peftilence.
4 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers : his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor; for the arrow that fieth by day;
6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness : nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand aç thy right hand : but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold : and see the reward of the ungodly.
9 For thou, Lord, art my hope : thou hast fet chine house of defence very high.
10 There shall no evil happen unto thee : neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling,
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee in their hands : that thou hurt not thy foot againit a stone.
13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
14. Because he hath fet his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him up, because he hath known
15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy him : and Mew him my salvation.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xci.] We may fee in this psalm how happy those are that trust in God, and draw near to hiin. God commands his angels to keep their from all dangers; he loves them tenderly; he pin leives them from every thing that might hurt them, delivers them when they call upon him in
Psalm xcii. Bonum eft confiteri. T is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord : and to
fing praises unto thy Name, O most highest;
2 To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning : and of thy truith in the night. feason ;
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute : upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
4 For thou, Lord, haft made me glad through thy works : and I will rejoice in giving praile for the operations of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how glorious are thy works : thy thoughts are very deep.
6 An unwise man doth not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand it.
7 When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish : then shall they be destroyed for ever ; but thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.
8 For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perih : and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed. 9
But mine horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn : for I ain anointed with fresh oil,
10 Mine eye allo shall see his lust or mine enemies : and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
11 The righteous shall nourish like a palm-tree : and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
12 Such as te planted in the house of the Lord : shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
13 They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and Thall be fac and well-liking.
14 That they may few how true the Lord my strength is : and that there is no unrighteousness in him.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. their distress, and heads upon them all kinds of blessings. These glorious privil•ges and excellent promiles are very proper to comfort and en: courage all such as fear God, and to fill then with unfpeakable joy and unhaken confidence.
E V EN ING PRAY E R.
Pfalm xcili. Dominus regnavit.
the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himfeir with strength.
2 He hath made the round world so lure : that it cannot be moved.
3 Ever since the world began, hath thy seat been pre pared: chou art from everlasting.
4 The fools are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice : the floods lift
their waves. 5 The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly : but
yet the Lord, who dwellech on high, is mightier.
Psalm xciv. Deus ultionum.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xcii.] Since we learn, from the firft words of this plalm, that wit is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to declare his good. ness and faithfulness day and night ;" we ought all of us to b animated with a holy zeal, to the diligent, cheerful, and earneft discharge of 1 duty so jutt and agreeable
. This we shall have a powerful motive to, if we apply ourselves to the confideration of the works of God, which are great and marvellous ; and above all, if we attend to the ways of provi
: dence, and the conduct of the Almighty towards good and bad men. I sometimes happens that wicked and worldly men nourish and are happy but their poterity pafleth away like the grass ; God destroys them, and roots them out utterly. On the contrary, he blestes the righteous, secures their happiness, and inakes them prosper and flourish and bear fruit, even unto their old age, and to be in this world examples of his faithfulness.
Pfalm xciii.) This psalm teaches us, that God rules with glory and magnificence over all the world: that his throne is eftablished in righteousness; that his power infinitely exceeds that of all created beings! from whence we ate to conclude, that he will reign for ever
, for et good and advantage of his people, and of all those who serve him and Submit themselves to him.
2 Arise, thou Judge of the world : and reward the proud after their deserving.
3 Lord, how long shall the ungodly : how long shall the ungodly triumph ?
4 How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully : and make fuch proud boasting ?
5 They smite down thy people, O Lord : and trouble thine heritage.
6 They murder the widow.and the stranger : and put the fatherless to death.
7 And yet they say, Tush, the Lord shall not see : neither Thall the God of Jacob regard it.
8 Take heed, ye unwile among the people: O ye fools, when will ye understand?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not bear : or he that made the eye, shall he not see?
10 Or he that nurtureth che heathen : it is he that teacheth man knowledge, shall not he punish ?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man : that they are but vain.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord : and teacheft him in thy law ;
13 That thou mayest give him patience in time of adverfity : until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
14 For the Lord will not fail his people : deither will be forsake his inheritance ;
15 Until righteousness turn again unto judgment: all such as are true in heart shall follow it. 16 Who will rise up with me against the wicked :: or who .
, will take my part against the evil-doers ?
17. If the Lord had not helped me : it had not failed but my soul had been put to silence.
18 But when I laid, My foot hath Nipped : thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. 19 In the multitude of the forrows that I had in
heart: thy comfocs have refreshid my soul.
20 Wilt thou have any thing to do with the stool of wickedness which imagineih mischief as a law ?