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Pfalm lxxy. Confitebimur tibi.
thee, O God, do we give thanks : yea, unto thee do we give thanks. 2 Thy Name allo is so nigh: and that do thy wondrous works declare.
3 3. When I receive the congregation : I shall judge according unto right:
4 The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof : I bear
up the pillars of it. 5 I faid unto the fools, Deal not so madly: and to the ungodly, Set not up your horn.
6 Set nok up your horn on high : and speak not with a ftiff neck.
7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west: nor yet from the souti.
8 And why? Gou is the Judge: he putteth down one, and fetteth up another.
9 For in the hanu of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red : it is full mixt, and he poureth out of the same.
10 As for the dregs thereof: all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and fuck them out.
n But I will talk of the God of Jacob: and praise him for ever.
12 All the horns of the ungodly also will I break : and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. phet was grieved for the desolation of the temple, and the calamities of the Jews, and most devoutly prayed for their restoration ; lo Christians ought to be sensibly affected with the misfortunes of the church, and to pray continually for its deliverance and profperity. * Psalm 1xxv.] The instructions we meet with in this psalm are; 1. That it is God who establishes and strengthens kings, and gives peace to their dominions. 2. That it is the duty of kings and princes, and in general of all magistrates, to exercise justice, i reftrain the wicked and the proud, and to protect the innocent. 3. That we must not be lifted op in prosperity, nor make an ill use of power. 4. That the exaltatica and abasement of men proceed from God, who by his providence governs die world with wisdom and.justice. And lastly, that God ieferves a jait
Psalm 1xxvi. Notus in Judæa.
2 At Salem is his tabernacle : and his dwelling in Sion. 3 There brake he the arrows of the bow: the shield, the sword, and the battle.
4 Thou art of more honour and might : than the hills of the robbers.
5 The proud are robbed, they have Nept their neep: and all the men whose hands were mighty, have found nothing.
6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob: both the chariot and the horse are fallen.
7. Thou, even thou are to be feared : and who may stand in thy fight when thou art angry?
8 Thou diaft cause thy judgment to be heard from hea'ven: the earth trembled, and was still.
. 9 When God arose to judgment: and to help all the meek upon earth.
10 The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise : and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain.
11 Promise unto the Lord your God, and keep it, all ye that are round about him: bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12 He shall refrain the spirit of princes : and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
Psalm lxxvii. Voce mea.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. and severe punishment for the wicked, but that he always gives proofs of his favour to good men.
Psalm 1xxvi.] In this pfalm we have a magnificent defcription of the power which God displayed in behalf of his people lírael, when they were assaulted by powerful and formidable enemies. From whence ve may conclude, that as God is always the same, he will do for his church, as he has always done; and therefore, that we need not fear either the wrath or power of men.
2 In the time of my trouble I fought the Lord: my sore ran, and cealed not in the night-season; my soul refused comfort.
3 When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God: when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
4. Thou holdeit mine eyes waking: I am so feeble that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old : and the years that are past.
6 I call to remembrance my fong: and in the night! commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirits.
7 Will the Lord absent himself for ever : and will he be no more intreated ?
8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever : and is his promise come utterly to an end forevermore?
9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious : and will he shut up his loving kindness in difplealure ?
10 And I said, It is mine own infirmity : but I will re. member the years of the right hand of the most Highest.
1 I will remember the works of the Lord : and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
12 I will think also of all thy works : and my talking shall be of thy doings.
13 Thy way, o God, is holy: who is so great a God, as our God?
14 Thou art the God that doeth wonders : and haft declared thy power among the people.
15 Thou hast mightily delivered thy people : even the ions of Jacob and Jofeph.
16 The waters faw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid : the depths also were troubled.
17. The clouds poured out water, the air chundered : and thine arrows went abroad.
18 The voice of thy thunder was heard round about : the lightnings shone upon the ground, the earth was moved, and shook withal.
19 Tliy way is in the sea, and thy paths in the great waters : and thy foctiteps are not known.
20 Thou leddest thy people like sheep : by the hand of Moies and Aaron.
E V E N I N G PRAY E R.
Psalm lxxviii. Attendite, popule.
the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable : I will declare hard fentences of old ;
3 Which we have heard and known: and such as our fathers have tol.1 us ;
4 That we fhould not hide them from the children of the generations to come: but to shew the honour of the Lord, his mighty and won 'erful works that he hath done.
5 He made a covenant with Jacob, and gave Israel a law : which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children;
6 That their pofterity might know it : and the children which were yet unborn ;
ỳ To the intent that when they came up : they might Thew their children the same;
8 That they might put their trust in God : and not to forget the works of God, but to keep his commandments:
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm. lxxvii.) There are cwo things to be considered in this psalm, which are particularly adapted to persons in afli&ion. 1. The fighs and complaints of the prophet thew, that persons who are otherwise acceptable to God are sometimes in extreme anguish, and have great conflicts in themselves, and are deprived of the actual sense of God's grace to such a degree, that God seems to have forsaken them, and withdrawn his love from them. 2. Those who pass through such trials may learn from hence, that the way not to sink under their grief, is to meditate on God's infinite mercy, the firmness of his covenant, and the marks he has given, at divers times, of his love and prote&tion to his people, and to all his faithful servants. Bur Christians have ftill greater motives of comfort, when they reflect upon God's love manifeited in Christ Jesus, and all that our great Redeemer has suffered in body and soul for our redemp:ion, and to bring about our reconciliation with God.
9 And not to be as their forefathers, a faithless and stubs born generation : a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit.cleaveth not ftedfastly unto God;
1o Like as the children of Ephraim : who being har. neffed, and carrying bows, turned themselves back in the day of battle.
11. They kept not the covenant of God; and would not walk in his law
12 But forgat what he had donc : and the wonderful works that he had thewed for them.
13. Marvellous things did he in the fight of our forefathers, in the land of Egypt : even in the field of Zoan.
14. He divided the sea, and let them, go through : he made the waters to stand on an heap.
15. In the day-time also he led them with a cloud : and all the night through with a light of fire,
16 He clave the hard rocks in the wilderness : and gave. them drink thereof, as it had been out of the great depth.
17. He brought waters out of the stony rock: so that it gushed out like the rivers.
18. Yet for all this they sinned more against him; and provoked the most Highest in the wildernefs.
19 They tempted God in, cheir hearts : and required meat for their luft.
20 They spake against God also, saying: Shall God prepare a table in the wilderness ?
21 He sinote the ftony rock indeed, that the water gushed out, and the streams fowed withal : but can he give bread also,, or provide Aesh for his people ?
22. When the Lord heard this, he was wroth : so the fire w.is kindled in Jacob, and there came up heavy displeasure agiinft: Ifrael,
23 Because they believed nor in God: and put not their trust in his help
24 So he commanded the clouds above : and opened the doors of heaven.
25 He rained down Manna also upon them for to eat : and gave them food from heaven.
26.So man did eat angels food : for he fent them meat enough.