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27 Though they curfe, yet blefs chou : and let them be confounded that rise up against me ; but let thy servant rejoice.
28 Let mine adversaries be clothed with shame : and let then cover themselves with their own confufion, as with a cloke.
29 As for me, I will give great thanks unto the Lord with my mouch : and praise him among the multicude.
30 For 'he shall stand at the right hand of the poor : to save his soul from unrighteous judges.
MORNING. PRA Y E R.
Psalm cx. Dixit Dominus. THE Lord said unto my Lord : Sit thou on my right
1 hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstoo). .2 The Lord shall send the rod of thy power out of Sion : be thou ruler, even in the midst among thine enemies.
3 In the day of thy power shall the people offer thee freewill-offerings with an holy worship : the dew of thy birth is of the womb of the morning. . .
4 The Lord sware, and will not repent: Thou art a Priest for ever after the order of Melchifedech. .
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm cix.] We may learn in generale from this plalm, that as God protects good men, his curse does usually pursue the wicked, and ever cleaves to their poterity, and that the evil which they have done or wished to others, often falls upon themselves. But care mult be taken not to pervert this psalm, by imagining we are at any time allowed to with that the vengeance of God may fall upon those who hate us and do us hurt. David here speaks in quality of a king chosen by God, and of a prophet. He rather foretold than desired the deftruction of his enemies; he even returned them good for evil, as he himself says, and love for hatred. Besides, what is here said regards only the enemies of God, and certain great finners, such as Judaš, to whom fome of the words of this psalm are applied in the New Testament. But above all, let us remember, that a Chriftian Mould hate no man; and that the character we bear as disciples of Jesus Christ, obliges us to love all men, even our greatest enemies, to pray for them with all our heart, and to wish and do to them all the good in our power.
. 5 The Lord upon thy right hand : Shall wound even kings in the day of his wrath.
6 He shall judge among the heathen ; he shall fill the places with the dead bodies ? and smite in fünder the heads over divers countries,
7 He shall drink of the brook in the way: therefore shall he lift up his head.
Psalm cxi. Confitebor tibi. I Will give thanks unto the Lord with my whole heart : | secretly among the faithful, and in the congregacion.
2 The works of the Lord are great : fought out of all them that have pleasure therein. .
3 His work is worthy to be praised and had in honour : and his righteousness endurech for ever.
4 The merciful and gracious Lord hath so done his marvellous works : that they ought to be had in remembrance.
5 He hath given meat unto them that fear him : he shall ever be mindful of his covenant.
6 He hath shewed his people the power of his works : that he may give them the heritage of the heathen. ...7 The works of his hands are verity and judgment; all his commandments are true..
PRACTICAL OBSE.RVATION S. Pfalm cx,] Jesus Chrift himself and the apottles, teach us in the New Testament, that this psalm relates to the Melliah. We bere learn the dir vine dignity of his person; the nature of bis kingdom, which was to be spiritual and heavenly; the supreme glory to which God would exalt him, by letting him at his right hand ; and the power by which he would establish his empire, by the destruction of his enemies. The holy Spirit here likewise foretels, thac the Messiah should be not only a powerful king, but also our high priest, who should atone for our fins; as St Paul proves, Heb. vii. This psalm teaches us further, that those who are the fubjects of this glorious King, should be a willing people, and that they would submit without reltraint, willingly and joyfully obeying him. Lastly, What is here said suffers us not to doubt but Jesus Christ will for ever reign over the faithful, and that he wlll one day tread under his feet all his and our enemies; which will be especially accomplished when he shall destroy death, our last enemy, by a happy resurrection, as St Paul remarks, 1 Cor. xv.
8 They stand fast for ever and ever : and are done in truth and equity.
9 He rent redemption unto his people ; he hath commanded his covenant for ever ; holy, and reverend is his Name.
10 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do thereafter ; the praise of it endureth for ever."
Pfalm cxii. Beatus vir. **". D Lessed is the man that feareth the Lord: "he hath great D delight in his commandments..
2. His feed shall be mighty upon earth": the generation of the faithful shall be blessed. ..
: 3 Riches and plenteousness shall be in his house: and his righteousness endureth for ever. "
4. Unto the godly, there ariseth up light in the darkness ; he is merciful, loving, and righteous' . ... 5 A good man is merciful, and lendeth: and will guide his words with discretion.
6 For he shall never be moyed; and the righteous fhall be had in everlalling remembrance,
9 He will not be afraid of any evil tidings: for his heart ftandech fast, and believeth in the Lord...?
8. His heart is ftablished, and will not ihrink : Until he Tee his delire upon his enemies
9 He hath dispersed abroad, and given to the poor : 20 his righteousness remaineth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honour. i ni
10 The ungodly shall see it, and it shall grieve him: he shall gnash with his teeth, and consume away, the desire of the ungodly shall perish.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION s. . Psalm cxi.] We ought to join our praises to those which are offered on God in this fong : we have even more reason than the faithful of old had, to confess that the works of God are great and wonderful ; that he is merciful, righteous, and full of compaflion ; that he has remembered his covenani, and fent salvation and redemption to his people.
: Pfalm cxiii. Laudate, pueri. “ do any . : DRaise the Lord, ye servants : O praise the Name of the
r Lord. 2 Bleffed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
3 The Lords Name is praised; from the rising up of the i fun, unto the going down of the same.
4 The Lord is high above all heathen: and his glory above the heavens.
-5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his i dwelling so high : and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and carth?
6 He taketh up the simple out of the duft ; and ļiftech che poor out of the mire,
That he may fet him with the princes : even with the princes of his people. ii. be8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house : and to
be a joyful mother of children. ;
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm cxii.] This psalm teaches us, what are the distinguiting chaI raders of truc piety, and how great the happiness of those is who are
poflessed with it. i. The character which the psalmiit gives of good men is, that they fear the Lord; that they take great delight in his commandments ; that they are just and fincere ; that they conduct all their affairs, wich uprightness; that they ar kind and fall of compasion, and love to give aims to the poor. 2. The prophet teaches us next, that those who live chos are perfectly happy; thar God blesses them in their persons, in their posterity, and in their poffeflions ; that they enjoy peace of conscience ; that they fear no evil, always trusting in the Lord; and that their righteousness and their memory shall remain for ever. These are very important infructions, which fould powerfully encourage us to the fudy and practice of piecy.
Pfalm cxiii.] This psalm should excite us to praise the name of the Lord, and continue to publish his glory, which appears every where with so much luftre ; and to celebrate that adorable providence with which he governs all things here below, and by which he exaltech and humblech meni as he pleases. These confiderations, are powerful motives to engage us to fear God, to depend entirely upon him, and to put our whole trol in his mercy,
EVENING P R A YER.
Psalm cxiv. In exitu Israel. W H EN Israel came out of Egypt: and the house of VV Jacob from among the strange people, 2' Judahi was his fanctuary : and Israel his dominion. 2 The sea saw that, and fed : Jordan was driven back.
4 The mountains skipped like rams : and the little hills like young, sheep. 55'What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest : and thou Jordan, that thou waft driven bạck ?
6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams : and ye little hills like young sheep? .
y Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord : at the presence of the God of Jacob;
8 Who turned the hard rock into a itanding water : and the fine-stone into a springing-well.
Pfalm cxv. Non nôbis, Domine. TOT unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto the N Name give tive praise : forthy-loving mercy, and for thy truths sake.
2 Wherefore shaļl the heathen lay: Where is now the God ?
3 As for our God, he is' in heaven : he hath done whæfoever pleased him.
4. Their idols are silver and gold: even the work of mens hands. . .
5 They have mouths, and speak nor: eyes have they, and fee not.
6 They have ears, and hear not : , noses haye they, a.) smell not.
7 They have hands, and handle not•;. feet have they, and walk not :: neither speak they through their chroat.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Palm cxiv.] The principal reflection suggested by this plalm is, tha: since the wonders mentioned in this pralm are not so considerable as the which God has wrought for us in the work of our redemption, we har more' reason than the Jews to exalt the power and goodness of our Go and to bless him for ever.