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Psalm cxvi. Dilexi, quoniam. Am well pleased: that the Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer.
2 That he hath inclined his car unto me: therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3 The soares of death compassed me round about: and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.
4. I shall find trouble and heaviness, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord : O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous : yea, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was in mifery, and ye helped me.
7 Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul : for the Lord hath rewarded thee.
8 And why? thou haft delivered my foul from death : mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
I will walk before the Lord ; in the land of the living. 10 I believed, and therefore will I speak, but I was fore troubled : I said in my hafte, All men are liars.
11 What reward shall I give unto the Lord: for all the benefits that he bath done unto me? 12 I will receive the cup of salvation : and call upon the
; Name of the Lord.
13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people: righe dear in the fight of the Lord is the death of his laints.
14 Behold, O Lord, how that I am thy servant : I am thy, lervant, and the fon of thine handmaid, thou haft broken my bonds in funder. .
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxvi.] In this psalm the devotion and zeal of king David appear with niost extraordinary luitre. We should particularly here observe, with what sentiments of joy and gracitude he celebrates the wonderful de liverances which God had vouchlafed him in the great dangers he had been exposed to ; with what zeal he praises him, and vows to love and obey
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED
545 16 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thankfgiving : and will call upon che Name of the Lord.
16 I will påy my vows unto the Lord, in the fight of all his people : in the courts of the Lords house; even in the midit of thee, o Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.
Psalm cxvii. Laudate Dominum.
2 For his 'merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord.
Pral cxviü. Confitemini Domino.
cause his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let Ifrael now confess, that he is gracious: and that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the houle of Aaron now confess : that his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Yea, let them now that fear the Lord, confefs : that his mercy endureth for ever.
25. I called upon the Lord in trouble. and the Lord heard me at large.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. kim. From this pious prince we learn, that when God has bestowed any particular blefling on us, and especially when he has delivered us from any great danger, it is our duty to love him, to blefs his holy name, to perform our vows, and praise him in the presence of all his people; and above all, to walk before him all the days of our life, and to tell ify our gratitude to him, not only by our words, but by our actions. This is what *e are in an especial manner to do for the spiritual favours he bestows upon us, when he pardons our fins, and delivers us from condemnation and death, and receives us into the number of his children and servants. The fight and sense of such ineltimable blessings should fill all those who partake of them with joy and consolacion, and make them fay with the pfalmist: ** Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath rewarded thee. What reward Mall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he. hath done unto me? I will receive the cup of falvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the presence of all his people. Praise the Lord."
24 THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 6 The Lord is on my side: I will not fear what man doeth unto me.
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me : therefore shall I fee my desire upon mine enemies.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord : than to put any confidence in man.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord : than to put any confidence in princes.
10 All nations compafled me round about : but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.
11 They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, 1 say, on every side : but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them.
12 They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns : for in the Name of the Lord I will destroy them.
13 Thou hast thrust fore at me, that I might fall: but the Lord was my help.
14. The Lord is my strength and my fong: and is become my salvation.
15 The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous : the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.
16 The right hand of the Lord hath the pre-eminence : the right hand of the Lord bringech mighty things to pass.
17 I shall not die, but live : and declare the works of the Lord..
18 The Lord hath chastened and corrected me : but he hath not given me over unto death.
19 Open me the gates of righteousness: that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord : the righteous shall enter into it.
23 I will thank thee, for thou hast heard me : and art become my salvation.
22 The same stone which the builders refused: is become the head stone in the corner.
23. This is the Lords doing: and it is marvellous in our eyes.
24 This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.
25 Help me now, O Lord: O Lord, send us now profpericy.
26 Bleffed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord : we have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the Lord.
27 God is the Lord, who hath shewed us light: bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the altar.
28 Thou art my God, and I will thank thee : chou art my God, and I will praise thee.
29 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.
E VENING PRA Y E R.
Psalm cxix. Beati immaculati. Leffed are those chat are undefiled in the way : and walk
in the law of the Lord. 2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies : and seek him with their whole heart.
3 For they who do no wickedness : walk in his ways.
4 Thou haft charged : that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.
5 O that my ways were made fo direct : that I might keep thy statutes !
6 So shall I not be confounded : while I have respect unto all thy commandments.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm cxviii.) This pfalm, which the Jews sung at their feasts, fhould be made use of by Christians in giving thanks to God, not only for the favours and deliverances, whether public or private, which he grants them ; but above all, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Chrift. The Spirit of God fignifies in this pfalm, that the Meffiah should be rejected by the chief of the Jews; and that, notwithstanding, he should become the king and head of the church, which was fulfilled when Jesus Christ was crucified, and when, after his resurrection, he ascended into heaven, and bis kingdom was eltablidhed in the world.
2 I will
7 I will thank thee with an unfeigned heart : when I shall have learned the judgments of thy righteousness. 8 I will keep thy ceremonies : o forsake me not utterly.
In quo corriget ?
by ruling himself after thy word. 2 With my whole heart have I sought thee : O let me not go wrong out of thy commandments.
3 Thy words have I hid within my heart : that I should not sin against thee.
4. Blested art thou, O Lord : 0 teach me thy statutes.
5 With my lips have I been telling : of all the judgments of thy mouth.
6 I have had as great delight in the way of thy teftimo, nies : as in all manner of riches.
7.1 will talk of thy commandments : and have respect unto thy ways..
8 My delight shall be in thy statutes : and I will not forget thy word.
Retribue fervo tuo,
thy word. 2 Open thou mine eyes : that I may see tho wonderous things of thy law.
3. I am a stranger upon earth : O hide not thy commandments from me.
4 My soul breaketh out for the very fervent defire: that it hath alway unto thy judgments.
5 Thou hast rebuked the proud : and cursed are they that do err from thy commandments.
6 O turn from me sharne and rebuke: for I have kept thy teftimonies.
7 Princes also did fit and speak against me : but thy fervant is occupied in thy statutes.
8 For thy testimonies are my delight i and my councellors.
Adhæfit pavimento. Y soul cleaveth to the dust: O quicken thou me according to thy word.
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