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gay THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 7
Conhider my complaint : for I am brought'very low. 8 o deliver me from my persecutors: for they are too 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 shall the righteous resort unto my company.
Psalm cxlü. Domine, exaudi.
hearken unto me for thy truth and righteousness fake. 2 And enter not into judgment with thy servant : for in thy fight shall no man living be justified.
3 For the enemy hath persecuted my soul, he hath sinitten 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 defolate.
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 gaspeth unto thee as a thirfty land.
7 Hear me, O Lord, and that foon, 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 í lift up my soul unto thee.
9 Deliver me, O Lord, froin mine enemies : for I flee unto chee 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 OBSERVATION S. 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 muit apply for the help we stand in need of; and the deliverance which God vouchsafed him in this extremity, news, 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
İLLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 597 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 servant.
who teacheth my
MORNING PRA Y E R.
Psalm cxliv. Benedictus Dominus.
hands to war, and my fingers to 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 fon of man, that thou so regardest him.
4 Man is like a thing of nought: his time paffith away like a shadow.
5 Bow thy heavens, O Lord, and come down : touch the mountains, and they thall smoke.
6 Caft forch thy lightning, and tear them : fhoot out thine arrows, and consume them.
z Send down thine hand from above : deliver me, and take me out of the great waters, from the hand of strange children.
8 Whole niouth talkethi of vanity : and their right hand is a right hand of wickedness.
9 1 will fing a new song 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, “ Encer not into judgment with thy servant; for in thy fight thall no man living be justified,” is of such genetal use, that there is no man who has not reason to make it with humilitý and fervency. 2. When we oblerve with what warmth David, in this and many other pfalmis, beseeches God to deliver him from those who hated him, we muit confider, 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 asi tance against the enemies of our salvacion, since we are always liable to be afraulted by them, and they are infinitely more to be lezred chancur temporal enemies..
30 THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 10 Thou hast given victory unto kings : and hast deliver: ed David thy servant from the peril of the sword.
11 Save me, and deliver me from the hand of strange children : whose mouth talketh of vanity, and their right hand is a right hand of iniquity.
12 That our fons may grow up as the young plants: and that our daughters may be as the polished corners of the temple.
13 That our garners may be full and plenteous with all manner of store: that our sheep may bring forth thousands and ten thousands in our streets.
14 That our oxen may be strong to labour, that there be no decay: no leading into captivity, and no complaining in our streets.
15 Happy are the people that are in such a case: yea, blessed are the people who have the Lord for their God.
Pfalm cxlv. Exultabo te, Deus. Will magnify thee, O God, my King: and I will praise thy Name for ever and ever.
2 Every day will I give thanks unto thee : and praise thy Name for ever and ever.
3 Great is the Lord, and marvellous, worthy to be prailed: there is no end of his greatness.
4. One generation shall praise thy works unto another : and declare thy power.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxliv.] 1. David's thanksgivings to God for the victories he had obtained, teach us to give glory to God for all the good things that befal us ; and that it is he who protects pious kings, and, in general, all that fear him, and who delivers them from the greatest dangers. 2. This pfalm teaches us, that plenty, peace, and temporal prosperity, are the effects of the goodness of God and his providence; and that we ought to receive these blessings with thankfulness, and to make a right use of them. But let us remember, that these temporal bleffings which the Jews asked of God, and which were promised by the covenant made with them, are not the good things which Christians should chiefly look after : let us be still more sensible of the fpiritual blessings which God grants es in the church, and which secure us the enjoyment of never-cealing hapness. A prospect of such blessings as these, gives us greater reason than the Jews to say, “Happy is that people whose God is the Lord.”
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579 5 As for me I will be talking of thy worship : thy glory, thy praise, and wonderous works;
6 So that men shall speak of the might of thy marvellous acts: and I will also tell of thy greatness.
7 The memorial of thine abundant kindness shall be shewed : and men shall sing of thy righteousness.
8 The Lord is gracious and merciful : long-suffering, and of great goodness.
9 The Lord is loving unto every man : and his mercy is over all his works.
10 All thy works praise thee, O Lord: and thy saints give thanks unto thee.
12 They shew the glory of thy kingdom : and talk of thy power;
12. That thy power, thy glory, and mightiness of thy kingdom : might be known unto men.
13 Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom : and thy dominion endureth throughout all ages.
14 The Lord upholdeth all such as fall: and lifteth up all those that are down.
15 The eyes of all wait upon thee, O Lord : and thou givest them their meat in due season.
16 Thou openest thine hand: and fillest all things living with plenteousness.
17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways: and holy in all his works.
18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him : yea, all such as call upon him faithfully.
19 He will fulfill the desire of them that fear him : he also will hear their cry, and will help them.
20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him ; but scattereth abroad all the ungodly.
21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord : and let all Aesh give thanks unto his holy Name for ever and
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxlv.] This psalm is very proper to inflare our zeal, and to encourage us to praise God with a fervent devotion, David expreffes in
Pfalm cxlvi. Lauda, anima mea. Raile the Lord, O my foul; while I live will I praise
the Lord : yea, as long I have any being I will fing praises unto my God.
2 Oput not your trust in princes, nor in any child of man : for there is no help in them.
3 For when the breath of man goeth forth, he shall turn again to his earth; and then all his thoughts perish.
4. Blefied is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help: and whole hope is in the Lord his God;
5 Who made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that therein is: who keepeth his promise for ever.
6 Who helpeth them to right that suffer wrong: who feedeth the hungry.
7 The Lord looseth inen out of prison : the Lord giveth fight to the blind.
8 The Lord helpeth them that are fallen : the Lord careth for the righteous.
9 The Lord careth for the strangers; he defendeth the fatherleis and widow; as for the way of the ungodly, he turneth it upfide down.
10 The Lord thy God, o Sion, thall be King for evermore : and throughout all generations.
PRACTICAL OBSE R V A TIONS. the most affecting terms, the ravishing joys and holy zcal with which the faints meditate upon the wonderful works of the Lord, and celebrate his power, majesty, truth, and justice, and above all his goodness and mercy, which are over all his works. He teaches us in this psalm, that as by the Lord all things were made, so by him all things fubfift ; that his providence extends even to the beasts: but his fatherly care he represents chiefly over these that fear him ; afsuring us, that God is always near them to defend them; that he hears them when they cry unto him ; that Irc delivers them in their distress, and grants them their hearts desire. The confideration of ail these things ought to fill us with great love for lo good a Gad, lead us to imitate his goodness, inspire us with a finccre attachment to piety, which procures these precious advantages and animate us with ardient acal to bless him, to declare his praises, and to glorify him for ever.
Palm cxlvi. We may learn from this psalm, 1. That the beft ofe We can make of our lives, is to employ them ivholly in praising and gloriiog Gou's holy name. 2. That it is a great fölly to put our trust in