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460 MORNING PRAYER.

Pfalm lvi. Miferere mei, Deus,
E merciful, unto me, o God, 'for man goeth about to

devour me: he is daily fighting, and troubling me.
.2 Mincienemies are daily in hand to swallow me up: for
they be many that fight against me, thou moft Highest.

3 Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid : yet put I my trust in thee.

4.I will praise God, because of his word: I have put my truft in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unce

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5 They daily mistake my words : all that they imaginc is to do me evil.

6 They hold all together, and keep themselves close: and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul.

z 'Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, O God, in thy displeasure thalt cast them down.

8 Thou tellest my fittings, put my tears into thy bottle: are not these things noted in thy book ?

9 Whentoever I call upon thee, then Mall mine enemies be púc to fight : this I know; for God is on my fide.

10 In God's word will I rejoice : in the Lords word will I comfort me.

11 Yea, in God have I put my trust : I will not be afraid whac nian can do unto me.

12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows: unto thee will I give thanks.

13. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling : that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

'PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. applying what David says against his persecutors to the occasions which we have of complaining against others, for any uneafiness or displeasure which we may be exposed to by them. The offences we receive are. generally speaking, trifling : and if not, a Christian is bound to forgive all, and to hate no man; and should be so far from making imprecations again at any, that he ought to pray for those who do him the greatest injury, herein conforming to the laws of the gospel, and to that pattern of patience and meekness which our Lord has given us in his life and death.

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Psalm lvii. Miferere mei, Deus. E merciful unto me, o God, be merciful unto me, for

my soul trusteth in thee: and under the shadow of thy wings shall be my refuge until this tyranny be over-part.

2 I will call unto the most high God: even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand. 3

He ihall send from heaven : and save me from the reproof of him that would eat me up:

4 God fhall send forth his mercy and truth: my soul is

among lions.

5 Ănd I lie even among the children of men, that are ses on fire: whose ceeth are spears and arrows, and their congue a sharp sword.

6 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and thy glory above all the earth.

7 They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul : they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it the nfelves.

8 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is. fixed : I will fing, and give praise.

9 Awake up, my glory , awake, lute and harp: I my. felf will awake right early.

10 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the pe ple: and I will fing unto thee among the nations.

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PRACTICAL'OBSERVATION S. Pilm lvi, lvii,] We find in these as in the preceeding psalms, that David, animated by his piety and supported by his faith, always applied

to God for deliverance in the dangers that threatened him. Though we . are not exposed to dangers like those of David formerly, and therefore

cannot apply to ourselves all we read in these psalms, we may nevertheJefs from henee conclude in general, chat in our -neceflities we should draw nigh to God, and hide ourselves under the shadow of his wings; being fully persuaded, that he will not fail to send us help from heaven, and to deliver us. But that we may thus trust in him, we must always adhere stedfaftly to our duty, and never make use of any unworthy means to extricate ourselves from any pressing difficulties ; herein imitating David, who when he had it in his power to take away Saul's life, when that king came into the cave where he was, would not do it. Lastly, As David at the end of the pfalm praises God with holy transports of joy; fo isit our duty, after we have experienced the divine affiltarce, to thank and praise his holy name, and every where poblish his gnodness towards o.

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ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 463 11 For the greatness of thy mercy 'reacheth unto the heavens : and thy truth unto the clouds.

12 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and chy glory above all the earth.

Psalm Iviii. Si vere utique.

minds set upon righteousness, O gation : and do ye judge the thing that is right, o ye íons of men ?

2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth : and your hands deal with wickedness.

3 The ungodly are froward, even from their mothers womb: as soon as they are born, they go astray, and speak Jies.

4 They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent: even like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her cars ; 5

Which refusech to hear the voice of the charmer : charm he never so wisely.

6 Break their teeth, o God, in their mouths, smite the jaw-bones of the lions, O Lord : let them fall away like water that runnerh apace, and when they shoot cheir arrows let them be rooted out.

7 Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman : and let chem not see the fun.

8 Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns : fo let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw.

9°The righteous Thall rejoice when he feeth the vengeance: he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly.

10 So that a man shall fay, Verily there is a reward for the righteous : doubtless there is a God that judgeth che earth.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Pfalm Iviii.) This is a psalm which those in public offices ought to take good notice of, because it teaches them, that if they do not administer ftrict justice, if they oppress the innocent with artifice or violence, the vengeance of God will overtake them. And in general, we see here, that all those who har den themselves in their evil ways, without hearkening to the voice of God, are likewise threatened with his vengeance.

EVENING PRAYER.

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Psalm lix. Eripe me de inimicis.
Eliver me from mine enemies, O God: defend me

from them that rise up against me. 2 O deliver me from the wicked doers: and fave me from the blood-thirsty men.

3 For lo, they lie waiting for my soul : the mighty men are gathered against me without any offence or fault of me, O Lord.

4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: arife thou therefore co help me, and behold.

5 Stand up, O Lord God of hofts, thou God of Israel, to visit all the heathen: and be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness.

6 They go to and fro in the evening: they grin. like a dog, and run about through the city.

7 Behold, they speak with their mouth, and swords are in their lips : for who doth hear?

8 But thou, O Lord, Ihalt have them in derision: and thou shalt laugh all the heathen to scorn.

9 My strength will I ascribe unto thee : for thou art the God of my refuge.

10 God Theweth me his goodness plenteously: and God fhall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.

1 Slay them not, left my people forget it: but scatter them abroad among the people, and put them down, O Lord, our defence.

12 For the fin of their mouth, and for the words of their lips, they shall be taken in their pride : and why ? their preaching is of cursing and lies.

13 Confume then in thy wrath, confume them, that they may perish : and know that it is God that ruleth in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world.

14 And in the evening they will recurn: grin like a dog, and will go about the city,

15 They will run here and there for mear : and grudge if they be not satisfied.

16 As for me, I will sing of thy power, and will praise thy mercy betimes in the morning : for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.

17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for thou, O God, art my refuge, and my merciful God.

Psalm 1x. Deus, repulifti nos.

thou hast also been displeased, O turn thee unto us again.

2 Thou hast moved the land, and divided it : heal the fores thereof, for it shaketh.

3 Thou hast shewed thy people heavy things : thou hast given us a drink of deadly wine.

4 Thou hast given a token for such as fear thee : that they may triumph because of the truth.

5 Therefore were thy beloved delivered : help me wich thy right hand, and hear me.

6 God hath spoken in his holiness, I will rejoice and divide Sichem : and mete out the valley of Succoch.

7 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine : Ephraim also is the strength of my head ; Judah is my law.giver.

8 Moab is my washpoi, over Edom will I cast out my shoe : Philiftia, be thou glad of me.

9 Who will lead me into the strong city: who will bring me into Edom?

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lix.] That we may improve by the reading of this psalm, it is proper to make these two reflections. 1. That David's prayers were beard, and that providence furnihed him with means of escaping the fury of Saul, who fought his life ; from whence we learn, that the prayers of the faithful, and their confidence in God, is never in vain. 2. It is to be observed, that what David says in this pfalm againft his enemies, was not spoken out of a principle of hatred or revenge ; but being perfecuted unjutly, and his cause being that of God, he might, as a prophet, denounce the divine judgments against them. However, it is not lawful for any private person to make the like prayers. When men treat us with malice and injustice, we must keep within the bounds of that meekness prescribed in the gospel, return good for evil, and wait with. parience for the divine afstance.

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