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6 Thou makelt him to have dominion of the works of thy hands : and thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet;

7 All theep and oxen : yea, and the beasts of the field;

8 The fowls of the air, and the fishes of the fea; and whatsoever walketh through the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord our Governor: how excellent is thy Name in all the world!

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Psalm ix. Confitebor tibi. Will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, with my whole

heart: I will speak of all thy marvellous works. 2 I will be glad and rejoice in thee : yea, my songs will I make of thy Name, O thou moft Highest.

3 While mine enemies are driven back: they shall fall and perish at thy presence.

4 For thou hait maintained my right, and my cause : thou art set in the throne that judgest right.

5 Thou hast rebuked the heathen, and destroyed the ungodly: thou haft put out their name for ever and ever.

60 thou enemy, destructions are come to a perpetual end : even as the cities which thou hast deltroyed; their, memorial is perished with them.

? But the Lord shall endure for ever : he hath also prepared his seat for judgment.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Plal. viii.] This psalm engages our attention to the marks of God's infoite power, which we discover in the heavens, in the stars, and in the wonders we meet with by land and water. The use we ought to make of this meditation is to adore the majesty of the Lord, and froin the due conbideration of his greatness, and our own meannels, to say, “ Lord, what is man, that thou art mindful of him; and the son of man, that thou vifiteft him !" And fince God has created us in his own image, enduing us with reason and understanding, that we may know and praise him, and has made other creatures subject to us, we ought gratefully to improve these advantages to his glory, and continually praile our creator and benefactor; saying, with David, “O Lord our governor, how excellent is thy name in all the world !"

8 For he shall judge the world in righteousness: and minister true judgment unto the people.

9 The Lord also will be a defence for the oppressed : even a refuge in due time of trouble.

10 And they that know thy Name, will put their truft in thee: for thou, Lord, haft never failed them that seek thee.

11 Opraise the Lord, which dwelleth in Sion : shew the people of his doings.

12 For when he maketh inquisition for blood, he remembereth them: and forgeteth not the complaint of the poor.

13 Have mercy upon me, O Lord; consider the trouble which I suffer for them that hate me : thou that lifteft me up from the gates of death :

14 That I may shew all thy praises within the ports of the daughter of Sion: I will rejoice in thy salvation.

15 The heathen are funk down in the pit that they made: in the same net which they hid'privily, is their foot taken.

16 The Lord is known to execute judgment : the ungodly is trapped in the work of his own hands.

17 The wicked shall be turned into hell: and all the people that forget God.

18 For the poor shall not alway be forgotten : the pasient abiding of the meek shall not perish for ever.

19 Up, Lord, and let not man have the upper hand : let the heathen be judged in thy sight.

20 Put them in fear, O Lord : that the heathen may know themselves to be but men.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. ix.] In this song David Mews forth his piety, joy and gratitude, an account of the victories he had gained by the divine afliftance ; which fhould likewise itir us up to praise God with all our heart, for the deliverances he grants us, and for all his favours to us. Not content with praising him ourselves, we should, like David, publish abroad his kindness to us, and by that means engage others to join with us in blessing God and in fearing him. Moreover, the praimift here teaches us, that those who fear the Lord may rely upon him, and that the expectation of the righteous fhall not be in vain.


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Psalm x. Ut quid, Domine ?
HY ftandelt thou so far off, O Lord : and hidest

thy face in the needful time of trouble ?
2 The ungodly for his own lust doch persecute the poor :
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3 For the ungodly hath made boast of his own hearts delire : and speaketh good of the covetous whom God abhorreth.

4. The ungodly is so proud, that he careth not for God: neither is God in all his thoughts.

5 His ways are alway grievous : thy judgments are far above out of his sight, and therefore defieth he all his enemies.

6 For he hath said in his heart, Tush, I shall never be cast down : there shall no harm happen

7 His mouth is full of cursing, deceit, and fraud : under his congue is ungodliness and vapicy,

8 He fitteth lurking in the thievish.corners of the streets : and privily in his lurking dens doth he murder the innocent ; his eyes are set against the poor.

9 For he lieth waiting secretly, even as a lion lurkech he in his den: that he may ravish the poor.

10 He doth ravish the poor : when he getteth him into his net.

II He fallech down, and humbleth himself : that the congregation of the poor may fall into the hands of his captains.

12 He hath said in his heart, Tush, God hath forgotten : he hideth away his face, and he will never fee it.

13 Arife, O Lord God, and lift up thine hand : forget not the poor.

14 Wherefore should the wicked blaspheme God; while he doth say in his heart, Tush, thou, God, carest not for it.

15 Surely thou hast seen it : for thou beholdest ungodliness and wrong.

16 That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor committeth himself unto thee ; for thou art the helper of the friendlers,

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17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious : take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.

18 The Lord is King for ever and ever : and the heathen are perished out of the land.

19 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor : chou prepareft their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto;

20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: chat the man of the earth be no more exalted against them.

Psalm. xi. In Domino confido. N the Lord put I my trust : how say ye then to my soul, that she should flee as a bird unto the hill ?

2 For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, 'and make ready their arrows within the quiver: that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.

3 For the foundations will be cast down: and what hath the righteous done?

4 The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lord's seat is in heaven,

5 His eyes consider the poor : and his eye-lids try the children of men.

6 The Lord alloweth the righteous : but the ungodly, and him that delighteth in wickedness doth his soul abhor.

7 Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempest: this shall be their portion to drink.

8 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness : his countenance will behold the thing that is just.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. x.] The complaints which the faithful make in this pfalm, teach us not to be surprifed if we fee the righteous sometimes oppreffed, and the wicked succeed in their unjust and cruel designs. But this pfalm teaches us likewise, that God does not always suffer the proud and unjoft to prevail, båt takes vengeance on their crimes; and as for the meek and humble, that he beholds their afficions, hears their cries and never for fakes them.

Psal. xi.] 1. This psalm furnishes us with an example of the consdence which the righteous have in the Lord their God, who is their sure refuge, even when they are in the most deplorable condition, and know not what will become of thein.

2. King David teaches us, that God has his throne in th: heavens ; that he sees and knows both the good and the





Psalm xii. Salvum me fac. ELP me, Lord, for there is not one godly man left: for the faithful are minilhed from

among the children of men.

2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour : they do but fatter with their lips, and dissemble in their double heart.

3 The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips : and the -tongue that speaketh proud things.

4. Which have said, With our congue will we prevail : we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?

5 Now for the comfortless troubles sake of the needy : and because of the deep fighing of the poor ; : 6 I will up, faith the Lord: and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at reft.

7 The words of the Lord are pure words: even as the filver, which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.

8 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord: thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever.

9 The ungodly walk on every side: when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke.

Pfalm xiii. Usque quo, Domine ? OW long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever : how long wilt thou hide thy face from me ?

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. wicked ; that his soul hates those that love unrighteousness ; that he will cause the fire of his vengeance to fall upon them; and as he is perfectly juft himself, he loves justice above all things, and always favours the upright.

Pfal. xii.) David's complaint of the small number of good people in his time, and his prayer to God upon that occasion, teach us, that when we see iniquity abound, and how little there remains of honety and fincerity among men, we ought to pray to God, that he would deliver us from the snares and malice of the wisked, and especially from imitating chem.


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