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Pfalm. xxi. Domini, in virtute tua.
HE King shall rejoice in thy strength, O Lord :

exceeding glad shall he be of thy salvation. 2 Thou hast given him his heart's desire: and haft not denied him the request of his lips.

3 For thou shalt prevent him with the blessings of goodnels : and Malt fet a crown of pure gold upon his head.

4. He asked life of thee, and thou gavest him a long life: even for ever and ever.

5 His honour is great in thy salvation; glory and great worship shalt thou lay upon him.

6 Fur thou shalt give him everlasting felicity: and make him glad with the joy of thy countenance.

7 And why? because the King putteth his trust in the Lord : and in the mercy of the most Highest he shall not mitcairy.

8 All thine enemies shall feel thy hand : thy right hand shall find out them that hate thee. 9

Thou shalt make them like a fiery oven in time of thy wrath: the Lord thall destroy them in his displeasure, and the fire shall confume them.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. xx.] It appears from this psalm, that the people are in duty bound to pray for kings and princes, whom God has fet over them. That this is the duty of Christians, as it was of the Jews, appears from St Paul's exhortation, “ That prayers and fupplications be made for kings, and all that are in authority.” The Israelites befeech God in this pfalm to hear the desires of their king, and to grant him the victory over his ene mies. Christians, in like manner, should beg of God to support and defend their princes in jult and neceffary wars, and all their lawful undertakings; but the chief subject of their prayers thould be, that they may lead a quiet, peaceable, and godly life under those who have the role over them. Lastly, We here find, that the glory and security of kings and stares depend on the divine favour and protection, to which they owe all their victories and success; and therefore, that kings and their subjects ought to labour above all things to render God propicious.




415 10 Their fruit fhalt thou root out of the earth : and their feed from among the children of men.

1 For they intended mischief against thee : and imagined such a device as they are not able to perform.

12 Therefore shalt thou put them to flight: and the strings of thy bow shalt thou make ready against the face of them.

13 Be thou exalted, Lord, in thine own strength: fo will we sing and praise thy power.


E V E N I N G P R A Y E R.

Psalm xxii. Deus, Deus meus.
Y God, my God, look upon me, why haft thou for-

saken me: and art so far from my health, and from the words of my complaint ?

2 O my God, I cry in the day-time, but thou hearest not : and in the night-season also I take no rest.

3 And thou continuest holy : O thou worship of Israel.

4 Our fathers hoped in thee : they trusted in thee, and thou didst deliver them,

5 They called upon thee, and were holpen : they put their truft in thee, and were not confounded.

6 But as for mí, I am a worm, and no man: a very scorn of men, and the out-cast of the people.

7 All they that see me, laugh nie to scorn : they shoot out their lips, and shake their heads, laying,

8 He trusted in God, that he would deliver him : let him deliver hiin, if he will have him.

9 But thou art he that took me out of my mothers womb: thou waft my hope when I hanged yet upon my mothers breasts.


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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxi.] In this pfalm we obfirve, 1. That as it is the peoples duty to pray for their kings, so ought they to rejoice when God b'esses th m and their lawful defigns, and heartily thank him. 2. Tht God lovna, and in a very extraordinary manner defends, juit and pious kings, who call upon him and trust in him. 3. That he brings lov and deitious unrighteous princes, and especially fuch as oppose the establishment of his kingdom and the designs of his providence.

10 I have been left unto thee ever since I was born : thou art my God even from my mothers womb.

1 O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand : and there is none to help me.

12 Many oxen are coine about me : fat bulls of Basan clofe me in on every side.

13 They gape upon me with their mouths : as it were a ramping, and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint : my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my congue cleaveth to my gums: and thou shalt bring me into the dust of death.

16 For many dogs are come about me: and the council of the wicked layeth siege against me. 17 They pierced my hands and my feet, I tell all

may my bones: they stand staring and looking upon me.

18 They part my garments among them : and cast lots upon my vesture. 19

But be not thou far from me, O Lord : thou art my succour, hafte thee to help me.

20 Deliver my soul from the sword : my darling from the power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lions mouth; thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy Name unto my brethren: in the miuft of the congregation will I praise thee.

23 O praile the Lord, ye that fear him: magnify him, all

ye of the feed of Jacob, and fear him, all ye feed of Israel. 24 For he hath nct detpiled nor abhorred the low eltate of the poor : he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called unto him, he heard him.

25 My praise is of thee in the great congregation : my vows will I perform in the fight of eheimthat fear him.

26 The poor ihall cat, and be satisfied : they chat feek. after the Lird thall praité him ; your heart shall live for


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29 All the ends of the world Mall remember themselves, and be turned unto the Lord : and all the kindreds of the nations shall worship before him.

28 For the kingdom is the Lords : and he is the Governor among the people.

29 All such as be fat upon earth : have eaten, and worshipped.

30 All they that go down into the duít, fhall kneel before him: and no man hath quickened his own soul.

31 My seed shall serve him : they shall be counted unto the Lord for a generation.

32. They shall come, and the heavens shall declare his righteousness : unto a people that shall be born, whom the Lord hath made.


Psalm xxiii. Dominus regit me.
THE Lord is my shepherd : therefore can I lack no-


PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxii.) To improve by the reading of this pfalm, we must conlider it as it relates to David, and as it refers to Jesus Christ. If we confider it in the first respect, we learn by David's complaints, that those whom God loves fometimes fall into fo deplorable a condition as to believe God has forsaken them. But the faith which David testifies in this psalm, hews us likewise, that we should never be discouraged under af. Ri&tions ; because the Lord will deliver his children out of all their troubles, and give them cause to celebrate his goodness. 2. This pfalm tontains a very plain description of our Lord's sufferings and profound humiliation. Here we read those words which he uttered at his crucifixion; My God, my God, look upon me, why halt thou forsaken me " Here we ice how the Jews insulted him when he hang upon the cross, his hands and his feet pierced, his garments divided by lot, and the principal circumstances af. his passion and death. God was pleafed all these things thould be foretold by David, that when they happened to our Lord, we might not be so much surprised, and might acknowledge him to be the Meliah." We fhould therefore deplore the blindness of the Jews, who are fcandalized at the sufferings and cross of Christ, which ought rather to convince them, that he is the Mefliah whom God had promised. These confiderations ought to strengthen our faith in Jefus the Saviour of the world; as this psalm sets before us the glory to which God has exalted him after his füfa ferings, and which he now enjoys at the right hand of his father, and his kingdom is established throughout all the eartb.


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-2 He shall feed me in a green pasture : and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.

3 He shall convert my soul: and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness for his Names sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will

fear no evil : for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me.

5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be ful).

6 But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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Psalm xxiv Domini est terra.
HE earth is the Lord's, and all that therein is: the .

compass of the world, and they that dwell therein. 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas : and prepared it upon

the floods. 3

Who shall afcend into the hill of the Lord : or who Ihall rise up in his holy place?

4 Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart : and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive liis neighbour.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord : and righteoufness from the God of his falvation.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxiil.] The happy condition of the faithful, who live io full assurance of God's love, and under his protection, is here in a most af. fecting manner set before us. David shews by his own example, that they never want; that God protects, comforts, and supports them in every condition ; that he is with them even in death, and confers his graces and favours upon them in the highest degree, causing them to live in a blessed communion with him. This pfalm is full of confolation to true believers; and the desire of partaking in the precious advantages therein set forth should make us all zealousy to apply ourselves to the study of piety.


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