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20 For they speak unrighteously against thee : and thine ençmies take thy Name in vain.
2. Do not I hate them, O Lord, that hate thee: and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 Yea, I hate them right fore : even as though th were mine enemies.
23 Try me, O God, and seek the ground of my heart : prove me, and examine my thoughts.
24 Look well if there be any way of wickedness in me: and lead me in the way everlasting.
Psalm cxl. Eripe me, Domine.
me from the wicked man. ? Who imagine mischief in their hearts : and stir up strife all the day long. . 3 They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent : adders poison is under their lips.
4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the ungodly: preserve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.
5 The proud have laid a fnare for me, and spread a net abroad with cords : yea, and set traps in my way.
6 I said unto the Lord, Thou art my God: hear the voice of my prayers, O Lord.
7.0 Lord God, thou strength of my health : thou hast covered my head in the day of battle.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. to fear that great God, who is present every where, and, as nothing can be hid from him, will judge us according to our works. To this general reflection, which is the principal, we may add these three particular onęs: 1. that the wonderful manner, in which God has given us life, affords us abundant motives to acknowledge his power and goodness, and to employ both our souls and bodies in his service. 2. That the power and goodness of God ought to fill the righteous with great confidence, and secure them against all fear of men. Latly, That if we love God, we shall hate every thing that God hates; we should thun vice, and the company of the wicked, but without hating them personally; herein imitating our heavenly father, who hates unrighteousnels, but bears with finners, doing them good continually, and using great patience towards them, to bring them to repentance.
8 Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord : let no: his mischievous imagination prosper, left they be too proud.
9 Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them: that compals me abour.
10 Lęt hot burning coals fall upon them : let them be caft into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.
Il A man full of words shall not prosper upon the earth: evil shall hunt the wicked person to overthrow him.
12 Sure I am, that the Lord will avenge the poor : and maintain the cause of the helpless.
13 The righteous also shall give thanks unto thy Name: and the just shall continue in thy sight.
Pfalm. cxli. Domine, clamavi. I ORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me: and coL sider my voice, when I cry unto thee.
2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy fight as the incente: and let the lifcing up of my hands be an evening facrifice.
3 Ser a warch, O Lord, before my mouth: and keep the door of my lips.
4 O les not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing: la me not be occupied in ungodly works, with the men tha: work wickednels, left I eat of such things as please them.
5 Let the righteous rather smite me friendly : and repror: me.
6 But let not their precious balms break my head : yeu, I will pray yer against their wickedness.
7 Let their judges be overthrown in ftony places : bat they may hear my words, for they are sweet.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cxl.) We are to observe, that God defends the righteous free the violence of the wicked ; that his vengeance pursues cruel and anj* men, and those who slander and deceive their neighbours; that how for midable soever their power may appear, he defeats their defigns; and he suffers the innocent to be oppreffed for a while, he shews at lat tt he is their protector; and gives them occafion to own and celebrate to power, justice, and goodness. In this view, and with such a spirit a this, and not with a spirit of resentment and revenge against them to be have offended us, ought we to read and meditate on this pfalm.
8 Our bones lie scattered before the pit : like as when one breaketh and hewech wood upon the earth.
9 Buç mine eyes look unto thee, O Lord God: in thee is my trust; O cast not out my soul.
10 Keep me from the snare that they have laid for me : and from the traps of the wicked doers.
11 Let the ungodly fall into their own nets together; and let me ever escape them.
EVENING PRAY E R.
Psalm cxlii. Voce mea ad Dominum. I Cried unto the Lord with my voice : yea, even unto the I Lord did I make my supplication.
2 I poured out my complaints before him: and shewed him of my trouble.
3 When my spirit was in heaviness, thou knewest my - path: in the way wherein I walked have they privily laid a fnare for me. .
4 I looked also upon my right hand : and saw there was no man that would know me.
5 I had no place to fee unto : and no man cared for my soul.
6 I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said : Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living. '
P.RACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxli.] The use we are to make of chis psalm is, 1. To join with king David in the prayers which are here offered up to God, humbly beseeching him favourably to receive our requests, and that our prayers may ascend into his presence; that he would preserve us from offending him, either by rash words or evil thoughts; and that he would not suffer us to be drawn away by the wicked; which is the design of this excellent prayer : “Ser a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; and keep the door of my lips. O let not mine heart be inclined to any evil thing : let me not be occupied in ungodly works, with the men that work wickedness, left I eat of such things as please them.” 2. David teaches us to receive with pleasure and thankfulness the warnings and correction of good men ; laying with David, as all pious men should do, “ Let the righteous smite ne, it shall be a kindness; and let him reprove me, it shall be an excelent oil."
7. Consider my complaint : for I am brought 'very low.
8 o deliver me from my persecutors: for they are coo strong for me.
9 Bring my soul out of prison, that I may give thanks unto thy Name : which thing if thou wilt grant me, then shal} the righteous resort unto my company.
Psalm cxlü. Domine, exaudi. U EAR my prayer, O Lord, and consider my desire : U hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness sake.
2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant : for in thy fight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hach persecuted my soul, he hath (mitten my life down to the ground: he hath laid me in the darkness, as the men that have been long dead.
4 Therefore is my spirit vexed within me: and my heart within me is desolate.
5 Yet do I remember the time past, I muse upon all thy works : yea, I exercise myself in the works of thy hands.
6 I stretch forth my hands unto thee : my soul galpeth unto thee as a thirfty land.
7 Hear me, O Lord, and that soon, for my spirit wax. eth faint: hide not thy face from me, left I be like unto them that go down into the pit.
8 O let me hear thy loving-kindness betimes in the morning, for in thee is my trust : Thew thou me the way that I should walk in, for I lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, from mine enemies : for I fee unto thee to hide me.
10 Teach me to do the thing that pleaseth thee, for thou art my God : let thy loving fpirit lead me forth into che land of righteousness.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxlii.] This prayer, which David offered up to God when he was in danger of falling immediately into the hands of Saul, teaches us, that to the Lord we must apply for the help we stand in need of; and the deliverance which God vouchsafed him in this extremity, Mews, that the confidence of the faithful is never in vain ; that God never wants means to deliver them from danger, and to change their forrow into joy and thanksgiving
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. Big 11 Quicken me, O Lord, for thy names fake: and for thy righteousness fake bring iny soul out of trouble.
12 And of thy goodness nay mine enemies : and destroy all them that vex my soul, for I am thy fervant..
Psalm cxliv. Benedi&tus Dominus. DLESSED be the Lord my strength : who teacheth my D hands to war, and my fingers.co fight.
2 My hope and my fortress, my castle and deliverer, my defender in whom I trust : who subdueth my people that is under me.
3 Lord, what is man, that thou hast such respect .unto him : or the son of man, that thou so regardest him.
4 Man is like a thing of nought: his cime paffech away like a shadow.
5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down : touch the mountains, and they ihall smoke.
6 Cast forch thy lightning, and tear them : shoot out thine arrows, and consume them.
7 Send down chine hand from above : deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strange children.
8 Whole mouth talketh of vanity: and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.
9 I will sing a new fung unto thee; O God: and sing praises unto thee upon a ten-stringed lute:
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cxliii.] 1. The prayer which king David makes at the beginning of this psalm, in there words, “ Enter not into judgment with thy fervant; for io thy figh: fhall no min living be justified,” is of such gene. ral use, that there is no man who has not reason to make it with humility and fervency. 2. When we obterve with what warmth David, in this and many other pfalms; beseeches God to deliver him from those who hated him, we must conlider, we have not the same reasons to inake that prayer as this king had ; but if we have not the same reason as he had, we ought heartily to implore the divine afistarice against the eneroies of our salvation, fince we are always liable to be assaulted by them, and Hey are infinitely more to be leared chancur temporal enemies..