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ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 571 4 All the kings of the earth shall praise thee, O Lord : for they have heard the words of thy mouth.

5 Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord : that great is the glory of the Lord.

6 For though the Lord be high, yet hath he respect unto the lowly: as for the proud, he beholdeth them afar off.

7 Though I walk in the midst of trouble, yer shalt thou refresh me : thou shalt stretch forth thy hand upon the furiousness of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me.

8 The Lord fhall make good his loving kindness towards me : yea, thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever ; despise not then the works of thine own hands. 29th

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knowest my down-fitting, and mine up-rising ; thou understandest my thoughts long before.

2 Thou art about my path, and about my bed : and spiest out all my ways.

3 For lo, there is not a word in my tongue : but thou, O Lord, knowest it altogether.

4. Thou hast fashioned me behind and before : and laid thine hand upon me.

5 Such knowledge is too wonderful and excellent for me : I cannot attain unto it.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxxxviii.] 1. In this hymn, the fervent zeal which animates true believers appears in a strong light; it inclines them to rejoice in God, to worship him, to sing his praises, and declare his loving-kindness before all men, even before the great men of the earth, that they may learn to fear God, and thiew forth his glory. 2. We see in this psalm, that the great God, who dwells in the heavens, knows all that is done here below; that he does not disdain to take care of men ; but especially, that his eyes are open upon his children ; that he is with them in adversity; so that all those who fear him may say with an entire confidence, The Lord shall make good his loving kindness towards me: yea, thy mercy, O Lord, endurech for ever ; despise not then the works of thine own brands."

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6 Whither shall I go then from thy spirit: or whither shall I then from thy presence ?

7 If I climb up into heaven, thou art there: if I go down to hell, thou art there also.

8 If I take the wings of the morning : and remain in the uttermoft parts of the sea ;

Even there also shall thy hand lead me: and thy right hand shall hold me.

10 If I say, Peradventure the darkness fhall cover me: then shall my night be turned to day.

11 Yea, the darkness is no darkness with thee, but the night is as clear as the day : the darkness and light to thee are both alike.

12 For my reins are thine : thou haft covered me in my mothers womb.

13 I will give thanks unto thee, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made : marvellous are thy works, and that my foul knoweth right well.

14 My bones are not hid from thee: though I be made fecretly, and fashioned beneath in the earth.

15 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being imperfect : and in thy book were all my members written ;

16 Which day by day were fashioned : when as yet there was none of them.

17 How dear are thy counsels unto me, O God : O how great is the sum of them!

18 If I tell them, they are more in number than the fand: when I awake up, I am present with thee.

19 Wilt thou not flay the wicked, O God: depart from: me ye blood-thirsty men.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxxxix.) We ought to confider this psalm with great attention. This is one of those places of fcripture, which speak moft clearly of the divine presence and knowledge. David teaches us very exprefly, that God is every where ; that his knowledge is infinite, as well as his power; that nothing is hid from his all-Seeing eye ; and that wherever we are, he is witness not only of our words and actions, but even of our most secret thoughts. These truths should make a deep impression upon us, as they did upon David; and engage us to live always as in God's fight, and

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573 20 For they speak unrighteously against thee : and thine enemies take thy Name in vain.

21 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 they 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.
Eliver me, O Lord, from the evil man; and preserve

me from the wicked man. 2 Who imagine mischief in their hearts : and stir up ftrifie 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 : preferve me from the wicked men, who are purposed to overthrow my goings.

5 The proud have laid a snare 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 haft covered my head in the day of battle.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. 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 ones: 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 fouls 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. Lastly, That if we love God, we shall hate every thing that God hates; we should shun 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.

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8 Let not the ungodly have his desire, O Lord : let not his mischievous imagination prosper, left they be coo proud.

9 Let the mischief of their own lips fall upon the head of them : that compals me about.

10 Let hot burning coals fall upon them : let them be cast into the fire, and into the pit, that they never rise up again.

11 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.
ORD, I call upon thee, haste thee unto me: and con-

sider my voice, when I cry unto thee. 2 Let my prayer be set forth in thy fight as the incenk: and let the lifting up of my hands be an evening facrifice.

3 Set a warch, O Lord, before my mouth: and keep che door of my lips.

4 O lec 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 reprove

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6 But let not their precious balms break my head : yez, I will pray yet against their wickedness.

7 Let their judges be overthrown in ftony places: tbit they may hear my words, for they are sweet.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxl.) We are to observe, that God defends the righteous from the violence of the wicked ; that his vengeance pursues cruel and an 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 ac lat the he is their protector; and gives them occafion to own and celebrate power, justice, and goodness. In this view, and with such a {pirit this, and not with a lpirit of resentment and revenge against them to have offended us, ought we to read and meditate on this pfalm.

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575 8 Our bones lie scattered before the pit: like as when one breaketh and heweth wood upon the earth.

9 Buț mine eyes look unto thee, O Lord God: in thee is my trust; O calt 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.

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Psalm cxlii. Voce mea ad Dominum.
Cried unto the Lord with my voice : yea, even unto the

I Lord did I make my Yupplication.

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 flee unto : and no man cared for my foul.

6 I cried unto thee, O Lord, and said : Thou art my hope, and my portion in the land of the living.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxli.] The use we are to make of this psalm is, 1. To join with king David in the prayers which are here offered up to God, humbly befeeching 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 : “ Set 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 ; saying with David, as all pious men should do, “ Let the righteous finite me, it thall be a kindness; and let him reprove me, it shall be an excellent oil."

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