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out, O God : wilt not thou, o 8 So will I always sing praise God, go out with our hosts? unto thy Name : that I may daily

11 O be thou our help in perform my vows. trouble : for vain is the help of man. 12 Through God will we do

MORNING PRAYER. great acts : for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.

Psalm lxii. (c)

My soul truly waiteth still upon
Psalm lxi. (n)

God : for of him cometh my sal-
Hear my crying, O God : give || vation.
ear unto my prayer.

2 He verily is my strength and 2 From the ends of the my salvation : he is my defence, earth (0) will I call upon thee: | so that I shall not greatly fall. when my heart is in heaviness. 3 How long will ye imagine

3 0 set me up upon the rock mischief against every man : ye that is higher than I : for thou shall be slain all the sort of you; hast been my hope, and a strong || yea, as a tottering wall (s) shall tower for me against the enemy. ye be, and like a broken hedge.

4. I will dwell in thy tabernacle 4 Their device is only how to for ever : and my trust shall be put him out whom God will under the covering () of thy exalt : their delight is in lies ; wings. .

they give good words with their 5 For thou, O Lord, hast mouth, but curse with their heard my desires : and hast given heart. an (9) heritage unto those that 5 Nevertheless, my soul, wait fear thy Name.

thou still upon God : for my 6 Thou shalt grant the King a hope is in him. long life : that his years may en 6 He truly is my strength and dure throughout all generations. my salvation : he is my defence,

7 He shall dwell before God so that I shall not fall. for ever : O prepare thy loving 7 In God is my health and my mercy and faithfulness, that they glory : the rock of my might, may preserve him.

and in God is my trust.

(n) This is understood to be a Psalm of David's, and is supposed to have been written on account of his flight upon Absalom's rebellion. It begins with an anxious appeal to God for protedion, and concludes as if he either had received it, or was fully assured he

6) “ Covering," &c. See note on v.4. Ps. xvii. 8. ante 255.

should. 1.2. () “The ends of the earth," i.e. the

distant parts to which he had been constrained to fee. In Ps. xli. 8. which was written on the same occasion, he says, he will remember God « concern“ ing” (or, even from) “ the land of “ Jordan, and the little hill of Hermon.”

(9) For “ given an heritage unto,” w.5. B. T. reads, “ given me the heritage of," &c. meaning the land of God's people, of the Israelites.

(r) This Psalm is supposed to have been written by David. It expresses in a strong and confident manner his reliance upon God's protection against the attempts of his enemies, and exhorts the people to put their trust in him.

(G) “ A tottering wall,” i. e. so far v.3. from being able to make any resistance, as to be hardly capable of 'standing by

him, for God is

where no water iso e I looked for

8 O put your trust in him | 2 My soul thirsteth for thee; alway, ye people : pour out your my flesh also longeth after thee : hearts before him, for God is in a barren (y) and dry land, our hope.

9 As for the children of men, 3 Thus (z) have I looked for they are but vanity : the children thee in holiness : that I might of men are deceitful upon the behold thy power and glory. weights (t); they are altogether 4 Forthy loving-kindness i lighter than vanity itself.

better than the life itself : my lip 10 O trust not in wrong and shall praise thee. robbery; give not yourselves 5 As long as I live, will I unto vanity : if riches increase, set magnify thee on this manner : not your heart upon them. and lift up my hands in thy

11 (u) God spake once, and name. twice I have also heard the same : 6 My soul shall be satisfied, that power belongeth unto God; | even as it were with marrow (a)

12 And that thou, Lord, art and fatness : when my mouth merciful : for thou rewardest praiseth thee with joyful lips. every man according to his work. 7 Have I not remembered thee

in my bed : and thought upon Psalm 1xüï. (x)

thee when I was waking ? O Gov, thou art my God : 8 Because thou hast been my early will I seek thee.

helper : therefore under the

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itself, even when no attack is made
upon it.

(0) « Upon the weights," i, e. when
weighed, when brought to the test, they
are deficient. The explanation of part of
the handwriting against Belshazzar was,
“ thou art weighed in the balances, and
« art found wanting." Dan, v. 27. This
was about 538 years before our Saviour's

(u) These verses give the reasons why it is absurd to trust in wrong, &c. ; because God is full of power and mercy, or justice; and will therefore out of mercy and justice towards those on whom wrong, &c. is committed, punish with his power those who commit it.

(x) This Psalm is supposed to have been written by David : perhaps when he Aed because of Absalom, about 1023 years before the Christian æra. It expresses his delight in praising God, his confidence in God's protection, and his conviction that God would discomfit his enemies.

(y) “ In a barren," &c. As a man thirsteth and longeth for water in a barren and dry land, where no water is, so does my soul thirst and long for thee.

The idea of feeling the same longing
after God, as extreme thirst creates for
water, often occurs. Thus Ps. xlii. 1, 2.
“ Like as the hart desireth the water
" brooks, so longeth my soul after thee,
“ O God. My soul is athirst for God,
“ yea, even for the living God: when
“ shall I come to appear before the pres
“ sence of God.” And Ps. cxlii. 6.
“ My soul gaspeth unto thee as a thirsty
“ land.”

(z) “ Thus,'' i. e. with the same **
anxiety, and then read “ have I desire
“ to see thee in the sanctuary, to bebas
“ thy power aud glory." The Best
translation is, “ to see thy power El
“ glory, as I have seen thee in the satea
“ tuary.” He was probably lamenemy
his absence from the tabernacle at Jeru:
salem, which he often makes a subject
of regret. See Ps. xlii. and lxxII.
Upon his fight on Absalom's account,
he left the ark of God behind. See
2 Sam. xv. 25, 26.

(a) “ With marrow,'' &c. The mear ing is, the praising thee with joylul tipo will be as gratifying to my soul, as mar. row, &c, that is, the choicest damities, the palate.

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shadow (6) of thy wings will I 4 That they may privily shoot rejoice.

at him that is perfect : sud9 My soul hangeth upon thee: denly do they hit him, and fear thy right hand hath upholden not. me.

5 They encourage themselves 10 These also that seek the in mischief: and commune among hurt of my soul : they shall go themselves, how they may lay under the earth (c).

snares, and say, that no man shall 11 (d) Let them fall upon the see them. edge of the sword : that they may 6 They imagine wickedness, be a portion for foxes.

and practise it : that they keep 12 But the King shall rejoice secret among themselves, every in God; all they also that swear man in the deep of his heart. by him (e), shall be commended : 7 But (b) God shall suddenly for the mouth of them that speak shoot at them with a swift arrow : lies shall be stopped.

that they shall be wounded.

8 Yea, their own tongues shall Psalm lxiv. (f)

make them fall : insomuch that Hear my voice, O God, in my whoso seeth them, shall laugh prayer : preserve my life from them to scorn. fear of the enemy.

9 And all men that see it, 2 Hide me from the gathering shallsay, “ This hath God done:"; together of the froward : and for they shall perceive that it is from the insurrection of wicked his work. doers;

10 The righteous shall rejoice 3. Who have whet their tongue in the Lord, and put his trust in like a sword (8): and shoot out him : and all they, that are true their arrows, even bitter words; of heart, shall be glad.

(6) “ The shadow,'' &c. This has “ Swearing by the name of God," is put been repeatedly noticed as a highly poeti for adhering to him, in opposition to cal figure. See Ps. xvii. 8.-xxxvi. 7. “ going after other gods.” * Thou shalt lvii. 1.-lxi. 4. “My trust shall be under “ fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, " the covering of thy wings,” and the « and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall passage in our Saviour's affectionate la “ not go after other gods, of the gods of mentation over Jerusalem, “ How often U “ the people which are round about " would I have gathered thy children | “ you.” See also Is. lxv. 16. and “ together, even as a hen gathereth her Ps. xliv, 21. " chickens under her wings, and ye (f) A Prayer for deliverance from « would not.” Matt. xxiv. 37. Luke enemies, foretelling their discomfiture.

It is supposed to have been written by (c) « Under the earth," i. e. into the David. grave, shall die, shall perish. In Ps. ( “ A sword.” See note on Ps. v. 3. Ixxi. 18. “ the grave” is called “ the || lv. 22. where the same figurative expres. “ deep of the earth.” “ Thou didst turn

sion occurs. Ante 309. “ and refresh me, yea, and broughtest (b) Whereas they shoot at others v.7,8.

“ me from the deep of the earth again." (according to the 3d and 4th verses) God 11. (d) The Bible translation is, “ they shall shoot at them, and whereas they use

“ shall fall," &c. they shall be a por. their tongues against others, (see 3d, tion, &c.

4th, and 5th verses), their own tongues 9.12. (e) “ Swear by him," i. e. adhere to shall make them fall, bring about their

him, acknowledge him. In Deuter. vi. 13. destruction.

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September 12. O&tober 12. 1 November 12. | December 12. Morn. Micah vi. Morn. Judith xv. Morn. Ecclus.xxxvii. Morn. Isa. xxxvii.

Matt.xiii.(8) Mark xv.(10) John iv. (12) A&s xii. (13) Even. Micah vii. | Even. Judith xvi. Even.Ecclus.xxxviii. Even. Isa. Xxxviii. Rom. xiii.(2) 2 Cor.xi.(11) 2 Thess, üïi.

Jam. v.

(1) ante 224. (6) ante 83. (u) ante 72.

(2) ante 11g. (3) ante 58.
(7) ante 128. 156. (8) ante 67.
(12) ante 213. (13) ante 176.

(4) ante 143. 146. 148.

(9) ante 60. 24.

(3) ante 129. 131.

(10) ante 105.


Psalm lxv. (i) Thou, O God, art praised in Sion : and unto thee shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem.

2 Thou that hearest the prayer: unto thee shall all flesh come.

3 My misdeeds prevail against me : O be thou merciful unto our sins.

4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and receivest unto thee : he shall dwell (k) in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

5 Thou shalt shew us wonder.

ful things in thy righteousness, O God of our salvation : thor that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad sea. .

6 Who in his strength setteth fast the mountains : and is girded about with power.

7 Who stilleth the raging of the sea : and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the people.

8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts of the earth shall be afraid at thy tokens : thot that makest the outgoings (1) of the morning and evening to praise thee.

(i) Upon the propriety of making God the object of Prayer on account of the blessings he confers his power and providence. It has been supposed to have been written by David upon the 11 restoration of plenty after the three years famine mentioned 2 Sam. xxi. 1. about 1020 years before the birth of 1 Christ.

(1) “ Dwell,” &c. The power of fre. ! quenting the house of God is often mentioned by David as matter of the highest gratification. See Ps. xxvi. 8.-XXVII. 4. -lxi. 4. and his being driven from it, when he Aed from Absalom, is made a topic of earnest regret. See Psalms xlii. lxxxiv.

(1) “ The outgoings," &c. i. e. (pro.

9 Thou visitest the earth, and

Psalm lxvi. () blessest it : thou makest it very | O Bejoyful in God, all ye lands: plenteous.

sing praises unto the honour of 10 The river of God (m) is

his Name, make his praise to be full of water : thou preparest glorious. their corn ; for so thou providest

2 Say unto God, "O how for the earth.

66 wonderful art thou in thy Thou waterest her furrows,

" works : through the greatness thou sendest rain into the little

" of thy power shall thine enevalleys thereof : thou makest it " mies be found liars (9) unto soft with the drops of rain, and

" thee. blessest the increase of it.

36 For all the world shall 12 Thou crownest the year

6 worship thee : sing of thee, with thy goodness : and thy clouds

6 and praise thy name.” drop fatness.

4 O come hither, and behold 13 They shall drop upon the

the works of God : how wondwellings of the wilderness (n) :

derful he is in his doing toward and the little hills shall rejoice on

the children of men! every side.

5 He turned (r) the sea in14 The folds shall be full of

to dry land : so that they went sheep : the valleys also shall

through the water on foot; there stand so thick with corn, that

did we rejoice thereof. they shall laugh and sing (o).

6 He ruleth with his power

bably) the regular succession of day and night; and then it is in unison with Ps. xix. I. “ The heavens declare the “ glory of God,” &c.

(m) “ The river of God,” i. e. his storehouse to supply the earth with water. There are many other passages where God's providence in supplying rain, &c. is made a subject of praise. See Psalm civ. 6 to 15.-cxxxv. 7.

cxlvii. 8. 13. (n) “ The wilderness," &c. It is a

sign of unusual plenty, when even the wilderness and the hills abound in pro. duce. In Ps. lxxii. 16. it is foretold among other blessings that “ there shall “ be a heap of corn upon the earth, high upon the bills.and see Ps. civ. 13.cxlvii. 8.

(0)“ Laugh and sing.” It is highly poetical to consider what is inanimate as exhibiting marks of joy. There is a grand passage of the same kind Is. Iv. 12. “ The mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the “ trees of the field shall clap their hands." So Ps. xcviii. 9. “Let the floods clap their " hands, and let the hills be joyful to: "gether before the Lord ; " and see

Psalm xcvi. 11. and cxlviii. 3. 4. So
Virgil :

Ipsi lætitiâ voces ad sidera tollunt
Intonsi montes, ipsæ jam carmina rupes,
Ipfa sonant arbusta. Eclog. v. 62. &c.

(O) A spirited invocation to praise
God, on account of his wondrous
works and the signal instances of de.
liverance he had displayed, noticing the
attention he pays to the conduct and
prayers of man, and the difference he
makes between those who look up to him,
and those who disregard him. It has the
appearance of having been written after
some deliverance from great trouble.

(9) “ Be found liars." Thy works V.2. shall prove so decisively that thou art God, as to confnte all those who say thou art not. So in Ps. lxxxi. 16. in mentioning some of the consequences which would have resulted if their obedience had been such, as to have justified the giving them deliverance and putting down their enemies, this is noticed, “the “ haters of the Lord should have been 6 found liars.”

(r) “ Turned,” &c. The miracles of w.g. | dividing the waters of the Red Sea, to

enable the Israelites to flee from the

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