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25 ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 543 8 They that make them are like unto them: and so are all such as put their trust in them.

9 But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord : he is their luccour and defence.

19 Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.

1 Yė that fear the Lord, put your trust' in the Lord : he is their helper and defender.

12 The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us : even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron. ..

13 He shall bless them that fear the Lord; both small and great."

14 The Lord shall increase you more and more: you and your children.

15 Ye are the blessed of the Lord : who made heaven and earth.

16. All the whole heavens are the Lords: the earth hach he given to the children of men.

17 The dead praise not thee, O Lord: neither all they that go down into silence,

18 But we will praise the Lord : from this time forth for evermore. Praise the Lord...

PRACTIC’AL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cxy.) This psalna teaches us three things : 1. That when God does good to men, he is led to do it, not by any merir in them, but by bis own pure mercy; which ought to be the foundation of our trust, when... we direct our prayers to him. 2. What is here said of the folly and itu.. pidity of idolaters, who worship dead idols and the works of mens hands, ended to dissuade the Ifraelites from the worship of false gods, and the nore effectually to prevent their forsaking the worship of the true God. Chis too Mould engage us to bless the Lord for delivering us from idolatry, ' by making himself known to us; and should teach us to serve him with

arity, zeal, and fidelity. 3. We here fee how happy chofe are who worhip God, and fear him ; fiuce the psalmist assures us, that God is the help and buckler of all thoie that trust in him; that they are blessed of be Lord, who has made the heyyens and the earth ; and that his favour's re extended to them and their posterity. There glorious promises should revail on us more effectually to fear God, and to expect all our happiness. tom bis blessing alone,

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! MORNING PRAYER.

Pralm cxvi. Dilexi, quoniam. T Am well pleased : that the Lord hath heard the voice · 1 of my prayer.

2 That he hath inclined his car unto me: therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.

3 The snares of death compassed me round about : and the pains of hell gar hold upon me.

4. I shall find trouble and heaviness, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord : O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver my soul.

5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous : yea, our God is merciful.

6 The Lord preserveth the simple : I was in mifery, and ye helped me.

7 Turn again then unto thy reft, O my soul : for the Lord hath rewarded thee.

8 And why? thou hast delivered my foul from death: mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.

9 I will walk before the Lord: in the land of the living,

10 I believed, and therefore will I speak, but I was scre troubled : I said in my hafte, All men are liars.

1 What reward shall I give unto the Lord: for all the · benefits that he hach done unto me?

12 I will receive the cup of salvation ; and call upon the Name of the Lord.

13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people : righe dear in the fight of the Lord is the death of his jaints. 2 42\§2§2§2ņē? 2222222m2\\2\§m\§â\►ēņģētiņ2/§2§2–2/22– thy, servant, and the fon of thine handmaid, thou hafi broken my bonds in funder.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxvi.] In this psalm the devotion and zeal of king David ? pear with most extraordinnary lustre. We should particularly here obser with what sentiments of joy and gratitude he celebrates the wonderful & Jiverances which God kad vouchlafed him in the great dangers he had beel exposed to ; with what zeal he praises him, and vows ce love aad ot

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16 I will offer to thëe the sacrifice of tha will call upon the Name of the Lord.. '16 I will pay my vows into the Lord, in the fight all his people : in the courts of the Lords house, even in the midst of thee, O Jerusalem. Praise the Lord.

Psalm cxvii. Laudate Dominum. n Praise the Lord, all ye heathen : praise him, all ye

nations. 2 For his 'merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us: and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord.

Psal cxviü. Confitemini Domino.
Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : be.

cause his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let Israel now confess, that he is gracious: and that his mercy endureth for ever.

3 Let the house of Aaron now confess: that his mercy endurech for ever,,,

4 Yea; let them now that fear the Lord, confefs : that his mercy endureth for ever.

5 I called upon the Lord in trouble : and the Lord heard me at large.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS...' him. From this pious prince we learn, that when God has bestowed any particular blefling on us, and especially when he has delivered us from any great danger, it is our duty to love him, to bless his holy name, to perform our vows, and praise him in the presence of all his people; and above all, to walk before him all the days of our life ; and to teftify our gratitude to hin, not only by our words, but by our actions. This is what, *e are in an especial manner to do for the spiritual favours he bestows upon us, when he pardons our fins, and delivers us from condemnation and death, and receives us into the number of his children and servants. The fight and sense of such ineltimable blellings should fill all those who partake of them with joy and consolacion, and make them say with the pfalmift: * Turn again then unto thy ret, O my soul, for the Lord hath rewarded thee. What reward shall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he hath done unto me? I will receive the cup of salvation, and call upon che name of the Lord. I will pay my vows onto the Lord, in the presence of all his people. Praise the Lord.”

6 The Lord is on my side : I will not fear what man

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z The Lord taketh my part with them that help me : therefore shall I see my desire tlpon mine enemies.

8. It is better to trust in the Lord : than to put any confidence in man.

9. It is better to trust in the Lord : than to put any confidence in princes. 1. 10 All nations compaffed me round about : but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy them. .. 11 They kept me in on every side, they kept me in, I. fay, on every side : but in the Name of the Lord will I de stroy them. . . . .

12 They came about me like bees, and are extinct even as the fire among the thorns : for in the Name of the Lord I will destroy them

13 Thou hast thrust fore ac me, that I might fall: buc the Lord was my help.

14. The Lord is my strength and my fong: and is become my salvation.

15 The voice of joy and health is in the dwellings of the righteous : the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass. ' • 16 The right hand of the Lord hath the pre-eminence : the right hand of the Lord bringech mighty things to pats.

17 I shall not die, but live :. and declare the works of the Lord,

18 The Lord hath chaítened and corrected me : but he hath not given me over unto death. ,

19 Open me the gates of righteousness: that I may go into them, and give thanks unto the Lord.

20 This is the gate of the Lord : the righteous shall enter into it.

21I will thank thee, for thou hast heard me : and ar: become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders refused: is becomix the head stone in the corner. · 23 This is the Lords doing; and it is marvellous in oC eyes,

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24 This is the day which the Lord hath made: we will rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Help me now, O Lord: O Lord, send us now prolperily.

26 Blessed be he that cometh in the Name of the Lord : we have wished you good luck, ye that are of the house of the Lord.

27 God is the Lord, who hath shewed us light: bind she sacrifice with cords, yea, even unto the horns of the alcar.

28 Thou art my God, and I will thank thee : chou art my God, and I will praise thee.

29 O give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious : and his mercy endureth for ever.

EVENING PRAYER...

Psalm cxix. Beati immaculati. D Lessed are those that are undefiled in the way : and walk D in the law of the Lord.

2 Blessed are they that keep his testimonies : and seek him with their whole heart.

3 For they who do no wickedness : walk in his ways.

4 Thou haft charged : that we shall diligently keep thy commandments.

5 that my ways were made so direct : that I might keep thy statutes !

Ô So' shall I not be confounded : while I have respect unto all thy commandments.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm cxviii.) This pfalm, which the Jews sung at their feasts, should be made use of by Christians in giving thanks to God, not only for the favours and deliverauces, whether public or private, which he grants them ; but above all, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Chrift. The Spirit of God fignifies in this pfalm, that the Mefljah should be rejected by the chief of the Jews ; and that, notwithstanding, he should become the king and head of the church, which was fulfilled when Jesus Christ was crucified, and when, after his resurrection, hc ascended into heaven, and bis kingdom was e tablihed in the world.

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