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10 Who perished at Endor: and became as the dung of the earth.

11 Make them and their princes like Oreb and Zeb : yea, make all their princes like as Zeba and Salmana ;

12 Who say, Let us take to ourselves : the houses of God in poffeffion.

13 O my God, make them like unto a wheel : and as the ftubole before the wind;

14 Like as the fire that burneth up the wood : and as the flame that consumech the mountains.

15 Persecute them even fo with thy tempest : and make them afraid with thy storm.

16 Make their faces ashamed, O Lord : that they may feek thy Name.

17 Les them be confounded and vexed ever more and -more: let them be put to shame and perith.

18 And they shall know that thou, whose Name is Jehovah : art only the most Highest over all the earth.

Psalm lxxxiv. Quam dilesta!
How amiable are thy dwellings : thou Lord of hosts!

2 My soul hach a desire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord: my heart and my felh rejoice in the living God.

3 Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a neft, where she may lay her young : even thy alcars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.

4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy houle: they will be alway praising thee.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm 1xxxiii.] The contents of this psalm engage us to consider, 1. That as God formerly permitted the people bordering upon the Israelites to unite themselves against them, he suffers also, for wise and just reasons, that his church at some times thould be exposed to the assaults of a great number of powerful and formidable enemies; and that the juft Tould be exposed to the contradiâion and malice of the world. 2. That God, by his infinite power, has always defeated the contrivances of those who seek the ruin of his church ; and that all the united Atrength of men can

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5 Bleffed is the man whose strength is in thee : in whose heart are thy ways.

6 Who going through the vale of mifery, use it for 2 well : and the pools are filled with water.

7 They will go from strength to strength : and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion:

8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, 0 : God of Jacob.

9. Behold, O God our defender : and look upon the face of thine anointed.

10 For one day in thy courts : is better than a thousand.

1 I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God: chan to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.

12 For the Lord God is a light and defence: the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing thall he: withhold from them that live a godly life.

13 O Lord God of hosts : blesed is the man that puctech his trust in thee. Psalm 1xxxv. Benedixifti, Domine.

land : thou haft turned away the captivity of Jacob. 2 Thou haft forgiven the offence of thy people : and covered all their fins.

3. Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure: and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.

4 Turn us then, O God our Saviour; and let thine anger cease froni us.

5 Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever :-and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxiv.) What ię chiefly to be considered here is, the tender and fincere regard which the faithful bear to the service of God. The fervent regard that David here expresies for the tabernacle, and for the altar of God, teaches us, that there is nothing we ought to wish with fa much earnestness, as to serve God, and to praise him; that this is the greatest happiness, and comfort we can enjoy in this life; that it is an advantage preferable to all the riches and glories of the world, fince " the Lorde will give grace and worship, and no good thing thall he withhold from them that live a gödly life



6 Wile thou not curn again and quicken us : chat chy people may rejoice in thee?

Shewys hy mercy, O Lord: and grant us thy falva. tion.

8 I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his laints, that they turn not again.

9 For his salvation is nigh them that fear him: that glory, may dwell in our land.

10 Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kifed each other.

1 Truth shall Aourish out of the earth : "and righteousness hach looked down from heaven.

12 Yea, the Lord shall shew loving kindness : and our land shall give her increase.

13 Righteousness shall go before him : and he shall direct his going in the way.

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Psalm lxxxvi. Inclina, Domine.
OW down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me : for I am

poor and in misery. 2 Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: my God, fave chy servant that putteth his trust in thee.

3. Be merciful unto me, O Lord : for I will call daily


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4. Comfort the foul of thy servant : for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.

5 For thou, Lord, art good and gracious: and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm lxxxv.] In this psalm we have two principal instructions: 1. That God makes men, and sometimes his own people and his church, feel the effects of his wrath for the punishment of their fins; and that the end which he proposes by it is, to recover men from their errors. That when he sees men humbled, he is reconciled to them, and is always ready to deliver them that fear him, and to beltow on them his choiceft biefings, both temporal and spiritual.




6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer : and ponder the voice of my humble desires .

7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee : for thou hearest me.

8. Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord : there is not one that can do as thou doest.

9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worfhip thee, O Lord : and shall glorify thy Name.

io For thou art great, and docft wondrous things : thos art God alone.

11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in chy truth: O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.

12 I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart : and will praise thy Name for evermore.

13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou haft delivered my soul from the nethermost hell.

14 O God, the proud are rifen against me: and the Congregations of naughty men have fought after my soul, and have not let thee before their eyes.

15 But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.

16 O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me : give thy strength unto thy fervant, and help the lon of thine handmaid.

17 Shew some coken upon me for good, that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed : because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxvi.) This prayer, and the example of king David, fhould excite and encourage those who are in affliction and distress to call uppa God for help, with profound humility, and firm conhdence in his mercy and power; beseeching him, not only to deliver them from the evils which press fore upon them, but, above all, to give them grace to please

and obey him, as David did in this prayer : Teach me thy way, o - Lord; and I will walk in thy truth : O knie my heart unto thee, that

I may fear tby name." We ought likewise, in our troubles, to meditaz ppon God's infinite goodness, and consider, “ that he is full of compalson and mercv, long-suffering, and plenteous in goodness and truth," and always ready to give tokens of his favour to those that serve his. This will support us under all our trials, fill us, with joy and coafolation,

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Psalm 1xxxvii. Fundamenta ejus.
ER foundations are upon the holy hills : the Lord

loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.

2 Very excellent things are spoken of thee: thou city of God.

3 I will think upon Rahab and Babylon : with them that know me.

4. Behold ye the Philistines also : and they of Tyre, with the Murians, lo, there was he born.

5 And of Sion it shall be reported, that he was born in her: ard the most High shall itablish her.

6 The Lord shall rehearse it when he writeth up the people : that he was born there.

7. The singers also and trumpeters shall he rehearse: all my fresh springs shall be in thee.

Psalm lxxxviji. Domine Deus.
Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night

before thee: Olet my prayer enter into thy presence, incline thine ear unto my calling.

2 For my soul is full of trouble : and my life draweth nigh unto h 11.

3 I am counted as one of them that go down into the pit: and I have been even as a man that hath no strength.

4 Free among the dead, like unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave: who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.. and afford us, even in the midt of our trouble, reason to praise and blefs him.

Psalm !xxxvij.} This pfalm, which describes the glory of the Israel. ites, is still better suited to the Christian church. The Holy Ghost foretells cherein that the pagans, and the most distant nations, thould be one day admitteil into the divine covenant, and numbered among the worshippers of the true God. This is our happiness, throagh the coming of our Lord Jesus Chrift; and for this we ough to return continual thanks to God.


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