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so high: * and yet humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven and earth ?
6 He taketh up the simple out of the dust: and lifteth the poor out of the mire
7. That he may set him with the princes: even with the princes of his people.
8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house: and to be a joyful mother of children.
E V EN ING PRA Y E R.
In exitu Ifrael.
from among the strange people,
4 The mountains skipped like rams: and the little hills like young sheep.
5 What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest: and thou, Jordan, that thou walt driven back? 6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams: and
and ye little hills like young sheep?
7 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 standing water: and the Aint-stone into a fpringing well.
| Plalm 115. Non nobis Domine. OT unto us, O Lord, not unto us, but unto thy Name
give the praise: for thy loving mercy, and for thy truths fake.
served, and the lowly in particular are exalted § This Psalm is a poetical narration of the mira.
• And yet bumbleth himjelf to behold the Things, &c. culous conveyance of the Mraelites from Egypt to When we confider the unspeakable distance there is be Canaan. twixt God and his Creatures it must be considered as 1 When Ifraebcame ext of Egypt, &c. If the Jews an act of the greatef is.miliation in him to regard ibe had reason to exalt the power and
goodness of God Things that are in Heaven, where even his Angels must on account of their deliverance from Egyptian slavery: humbly acknowledge all their excellency to be received much more reason have Chriftians to praise and bless from him,
him for their Redemption from Sin and Death: 0
2 Wherefore shall the heathen say : Where is now their God?
3 As for our God, he is in heaven: he hath done whatsoever pleased him.
4 Their idols are silver and gold: even the work of mens hands.
5 They have mouths and speak not: eyes have they and see not.
6 They have ears and hear not: noses have they and smell not.
7 They have hands and handle not; feet have they and walk not: neither fpeak they through their throat.
8 They that make them are like unto them: and so are all such as put their trust in thein.
9 But thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their fuccour and defence.
10 Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.
11 Ye 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. 6.15 All the whole heavens are the Lords: the earth hath he given to the children of men. which the former was but a faint emblem.
yet faithful Servants of God. The Master whom ye | This Pialm seems to have been wrote when the serve is no respecter of Persons He takes care for the Ifraelites were under some grievous and public calami. lowest as well as the higheit of the Sons of Men: and ty. The Pfalmift herein implores their deliverance he distinguishes his Favourites only in prepartion as describes the vanitv of Idols-and represents the hapa they excel each other in Virtue and 'H liness. A piness of those who serve and worship the true God. diftin&tion which the poor Man. has als equal opporsa
He shall bless them that fear the Lord, both small tunity of Haring in with the rich. and great, &c. Be of good comfort cherefore ye poor
17 The dead praise not thee, O Lord: neither all they th it go down into filence.
18 But we will praise the Lord: fron this time forth for evermore.. Praise the Lord. M O R N I N G PRAY E R
|| Pfalm 116. Dilexi, quoniam. AM well pleased: that the Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer.
2 That he hath inclined his ear 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 gat 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 fimple: I was in misery, and he helped me.
5. Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul: for the Lord hath, rewarded thee.
8 And why?. thou hast delivered my soul from death: mine eyes from tears and my feet from falling,
9 I will walk before the Lord: in the land of the living.
io I believed, and therefore will I speak, but I was sore 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 hath done unto me?
12. I will receive the cup.of. salvation: and call upon the Name of the Lord.
| This seems to be a Psalm of Thanklgiving after a # I said in my hafte, all Men are liars. It may seem recovery from Sickness, or deliverance from some grie- at first fight as if David-bad uttered a rah unadvivous calamity. In which the Pfalmift affectingly def- fed exprellion for which he thought himfelf blameable. cribes the distress to which he had been reduced and But this paslage implies only that “ he was info praises God for his Mercies towards him, in strains of " difficult and dangerous a situation, that he could the most fervent gratitude,
“ not forbear openly declaring that all human help
13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people; right dear in the fight of the Lord is the death of his faints.
14 Behold O Lord, how that I am thy servant: I am thy servant, and the son of thine handmaid, thou hast broken my bonds in sunder.
15 I will offer to thee the sacrifice of thanksgiving: and will call upon
the Name of the Lord. 16 I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the sight of all his people: in the courts of the Lords house, even in the midst of thee, o Jerusalem. Praise the Lord. * Psalm 117.
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.
|| Psalm 118. Confitemini, Domino. Give thanks unto the Lord, for he is gracious: because 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 endureth
4 Yea, let them now that fear the Lord confess: that his mercy endureth for ever.
I called upon the Lord in trouble: and the Lord heard me at large.
6 The Lord is on my side: I will not fear what man doeth
Was vain; and that God was his only sure depen- Rom. xv. 11. Because as all People partake in the di" dence.”
vine goodness, all certainly ought to join alfo in thanks + The Pfalmift here calls „upan all the Nations of the to their common Benefactor. World io praise God, because of bis Merey and Trath. || David here exhorts all the Ifreelites to celebrate
* O praise the Lord all ye Heathen, &c. This the goodness of God: and fervently praises him for en. passage St. Paul confiders as a piophecy concerning abling him to triumph over his Enemies. The People the conversion of the Gentiles: and as a reason why the answering his invitations, by blessing the Lord, and Gentiles (hould hare with the Jews in offering up their praying for the prosperity of their Sov reign. The united praises to God for his Mercies in Christ Jesus. latter part of this Psalm relates to our Lord Jefus Chrift:
7 The Lord taketh my part with them that help me: therefore shall I see my desire upon mine enemies.
8 It is better to trust in the Lord: than to put any confidence in mani.
9 It is better to trust in the Lord: than to put any confidence in princes.
10 All nations compassed 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 say, on every side: but in the Name of the Lord will I destroy 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 sore at me, that I might fall: but 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 tlre preeminence: the right hand of the Lord bringeth mighty things to pass.
17 I shall not die but live: and declare the works of the Lord.
18 The Lord hath chastened 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. 21 I will thank thee, for thou hast heard me: and art become
22 The same stone which the builders refused: is become the head-stone in the corner.
* Tbe Jame Stone which the Builders refused, is, &c. of Ifrael; and was yet notwithstanding advanced to · Tho' this passage may in some degree relate to David, the Kingd m, yet it more fully and completely belongs as he was despised by his Brethren and the great Men to Christ. Because as the Head-Stone in sbe Corner is