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EVENING PRAY E R.
· Pfalm xxxii. Beati, quoriim. D Leffed is he, whole unrighteousness is forgiven : and D whose sin is covered.
2 Eleffed is the man, unto whom the Lorj imputech no fin : and in whofe spirit chere is no guile.
3 For while I held my tongue; my bones consumed away through my daily complaining.
4 For thy hand is heavy upon me day and night: and my moisturt is like the drought in summer.
5 I will acknowledge my sin unto thee: and mine uns righteousness have I not bid.
6. I said, I will confe's my sins unto the Lord : and lo thou forgavest the wickedness of my sin.
7 For this Mall every one that is godly make his prayer unto thee, in a time when thou mayest be found: but in the great water-foods they hall not come nigh him.
8 Thou art a place to hide me in ; thou shalt preserve me from trouble : thou shalt compass me about with longs of deliverance.
9 I will inform thee, and teach thee in the way wherein thou malt go: 'and I will guide tiree with mine eye.
10 Be ye not like to horle and mule, which have no understanding : whole mouchs inust be held with bic and bridle, left they fall upon thee.
i Great plagues remain for the ungodly: but whoso putteth his crust in the Lord, mercy enibraceth him on every lide.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. do us, but waiting with resignation for the divine asistance. Observe, 2. How David is transported with the sense of God's favours towards thoie that fear him, and of the greatness of those good things he lays up in store for them. Let all that fear God confider this for their confort; and let this confideration encourage them more and more to obey and plezle him. The exhortation witch concludes this hymn, naturally tends to produce this effect: () love the Lorel, all ye his faints, for the Lord preliveth them that are faithful; be iirong, and he hall eitablish your heart, all ye that put your truit in the LO:!,”!.
12 Be glad, o ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord : and be joyful, all ye chat are true of heart.
Plalm xxxiii. Exultate, jufti. DF.joice in the Lord, O ye righteous : for it becomech A well the just to be thankful
2 Praise the Lord with harp: sing praises unto him with the lute, and instrument of ten strings.
3 Sing unto the Lord a new song : sing praises lustily, unto him with a good courage.
4 For the word of the Lord is true : and all his works are faithful.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment : the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord,
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made : and all the hosts of then by the breach of his mouch.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap: and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord : stand in awe of him, all ye that dwell in the world; 1.9 For he spake, and it was done : he commanded, and it stood falt,
oi The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to noughe: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and casteth out the counsels of princes.
11 The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever : and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.
12 Blelled are che people whole God is the Lord Jehovah : and blessed are the folk that he hach chosen to him to be his inheritance.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm xxxii.] !. We must make the same reflection upon the first words of this pfalm, as Sc Paul does in the fourth chapter of the epittle to the Romans; which is, that the happiness of man, and his justification before God, consists in the pardon of 'sins, in peace of conscience, and a sense of God's mercy. 2. David teaches us, that if we desire co art in this happy condition, we must have a 'clean heart, and a pure con science ; that the remission of fins is the effect of God's mercy ; that in order to obtain it, we mult sincerely confess and forsake our fins; which, as soon as we confess and forsake them, are blotted out, and God reftores 2: to a sense of his grace and favour.'
13 The Lord looked down from heaven, and beheld all the children of men : from the habitation of his dwelling he considereth all them that dwell on the earth,
14 He fashioneth all the hearts of them : and understand. eth all their works.
15 There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an host : neither is any mighty man delivered by much strength.
16 A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man : neither Tall he deliver any man by his great strength."
17 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him: and upon them that put their trust in his mercy;
18 To deliver their soul from death : and to feed them in the time of dearth.
19 Our soul hath patiently tarried for the Lord : for he is our help and our shield.
20 For our heart shall rejoice in him : because we have hoped in his holy Name.
21 Ler thy merciful kindness, O Lord, be upon us : like as we do put our trust in thee,
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm xxxiii.] This pralon leads us to make these reflections. 1. That it is a duty highly reasonable as well as delightful, to praise God; but that none but upright men can discharge it in a becoming manner, and that the praise of God is only proper in their mouths. 2. That we ought to praise God, because he has created the world by his almighty power, and because he governs it wisely and justly by his providence. 3. That if it was a great advantage to the Israelites, to be the people whom God had chosen for his inheritance, and who were in a peculiar manner protected by him ; the favour which God has vouchfased us, in admitting us into his church, and entering into covenant with us, is a ftill more glorious privilege. 4. That God has a perfect knowledge of all that passes in the world, and in particular that he sees all the actions and thoughts of men. This thought should continually roffefs our souls, that the confideration of the presence of God and of his infnite knowledge may engage us to walk before him in holiness and righteousness. Laftly, Since David has told us, “ That the eyes of the Lord are upon them that fear him, and upon them that put their truft in his mercy," let us observe from thence, that the true way to have God our friend is to trust in him, to fear him, without cealing to apply to him for mercy; and to this end, to pray continually in the words of the prophet, “Let thy inerciful kindneis, O Lord, be upon us, like as we do put our cruit in thee,
Psalm xxxiv. Benedicam Domino. . Will alway give thanks unto che Lord : his praise shall I ever be in my mouth.
2 My foul Thall-make her boast in the Lord : the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O praise the Lord with me : and let us magnify his Name together.
4 I fought the Lord, and he heard me : yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened : and their faces were not ashamed.
6 Lo, the poor criech, and the Lord heareth him : yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
7 The Angel of the Lord carrieth round about them that fear him : and delivereth chem.
8 O taste, and fee, how gracious the Lord is : blefied is the man that crusteth in hini.
9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his Saints : for they that fear him lack nothing. ?
10 The lions do lack and suffer hunger : but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.
u Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he chat lufteth to live: and would fain see good days?
iz Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips that they speak no guile.
14 Eschew evil, and do good : seek peace and enfue it.
15 The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous : and his ears are open unto their prayers.
16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil : to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a concrite heart : and will save such as be of an humble spirit.
19 Great are the troubles of the righteous : but the Lord delivereth himn out of all:
20 He keepeth all his bones : so that not one of them is broken.
21 But misfortune shall say the ungodly and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The Lord deliverech the souls of his servants: and all they that put their trust in him, shall not be defticute.
ott MORNING PRAYER.
Psalm xxxv. Judicame me, Domine.
P with me: and fight thou against them that fight against me.
2 Lay hand upon the field and buckler : and stand up to help me.
3. Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy falvation.
4 Let them be confounded, and put to shame, that seek after my soul: let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
5 Let them be as the dust before the wind : and the Angel of the Lord scattering them.
6 Let their way be dark and flippery: and let the Angel of the Lord persecute them.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.. Psalm xxxiv.] In this psalm we are taught, i. That the Lord never fails to hear abd deliver the righteous who call upon him in their diftress, and employs even angels for their defence. 2. David in this psalm Items thoroughly afic:cted witli a sense of God's goodness, and the happiness which chofe experience who are partakers of his love ; and describes, in a beautiful manner, the nature of piety, exhorting the saints to live always in the fear of the Lord, to be sincere in their words and a&ions, to fly from evil, do qood, and seek peace. He fets before us the ineftimable benefits and advantages of holiness, since they that fear the Lord can lack nothing; his eyes being always over the righteous, his ears open to their cries, and if they are exposed to many misfortunes, he delivers them from them ail at the latt; whereas hie' tets his face again the wicked for their destruction. Nothing can be of greater ufe, chan continually to call to mind these divinc and excellent leftons; to have them continually before our cyes and in our hearts.