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12 Be glad, O ye righteous, and rejoice in the Lord : and be joyful, all ye that are true of heart.
Píalm xxxiii. Exultate, jisti.
well the just to be thankful
3 Sing unto the Lord a new song : sing praises lustily, unto him with a good courage.
4 For the word of the Lord is true: and all his works are faithful.
5 He loveth righteousness and judgment : the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord,
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made : and all the hosts of then by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathereth the waters of the sea together, as it were upon an heap: and layeth up the deep, as in a treasure-house.
a 8 Let all the earth fear the Lord : stand in awe of him, all ye
that dwell in the world ; 9 For he spake, and it was done: he commanded, and it stood fast.
0. The Lord bringech the counsel of the heathen to noughe: and maketh the devices of the people to be of none effect, and casteth out the counsels of princes.
11 The counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever: and the thoughts of his heart from generation to generation.
12 Blelled are the people whole God is the Lord Jehovah : and blefled are the folk that he hach chofen to him to be his inheritance.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xxxii.) !. We must make the same reflection upon the firt words of this pfalm, as St Paul does in the fourth chapter of the epiftle to the Romans; which is, that the happiness of man, and his juftification before God, confifts in the pardon of fins, in peace of conscience, and a sense of God's mercy. 2. David teaches us, that if we desire to artain this happy condition, we muit have a clean heart, and a pure con. science ; that the remiffion of fins is the effect of God's mercy ; that in order to obtain it, we mult sincerely confess and forsake our fins ; which, as soon as we confess and forsake then), are blotted ous, and God reftores us to a senle of his grace and favour.'
13 The Lord looked down from heaven, and beheld all the children of men : from the habitation of his dwelling hệ considereth all them that dwell on the earth,
14 He fashioneth all the hearts of them : and understandeth all their works.
15 There is no king that can be saved by the multitude of an hoft: neither is any mighty man delivered by much ftrength.
16 A horse is counted but a vain thing to save a man : neither Mall he deliver any man by his great strength.
17 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him: and upon them that put their trust in his mercy;
18 To deliver their soul from death: and to feed them in the time of dearth.
19 Our soul hath patiently tarried for the Lord : for he is our help and our shield.
20 For our heart shall rejoice in him : because we have hoped in his holy Name.
21 Ler thy merciful kindness, O Lord, be upon us : like as we do put our trust in thee,
2. That we
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xxxiij.] This psalm leads us to make these reflections. ! That it is a duty highly reasonable as well as delightful, to praise God; but that none but upright men can discharge it in a becoming manner, and that the praise of God is only proper in their mouths. ought to praise God, because he has created the world by his almighty power, and because he governs it wisely and justly by his providence. 3. That if it was a great advantage to the Israelites, to be the people whom God had chosen for his inheritance, and who were in a peculiar manner protected by him ; the favour which God has vouchfased us, in admitting us into his church, and entering into covenant with us, is a dill more glorious privilege. 4. That God has a perfect knowledge of all that passes in the world, and in particular that he fece all the actions and thoughts of men. This thought ihould continually poflefs our fouls, that the confideration of the presence of God and of his inknite knowledge may engage us to walk before him in holiness and righteousness. Laftly, Since David has told us, “ That the eyes of the Lord are upon them thic fear him, and upon them that put their trutt in his mercy,” let us observe from thence, that the true way to have God our friend is to trust in him, to fear him, without cealing to apply to him for mercy; and to this end, ro pray continually in the words of the prophet, “Let thy inerciful kindneis, O Lord, be upon us, like as we do put our trust in thee,
Psalm xxxiv. Benedicam Domino.
ever be in my mouth. 2 My foul shall-make her boast in the Lord : the humble fhall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O praise the Lord with me : and let us magnify his Name together.
4 I sought the Lord, and he heard me : yea, he delivered me out of all my fear.
5 They had an eye unto him, and were lightened : and their faces were not ashamed.
6 Lo, the poor crieth, and the Lord heareth him : yea, and saveth him out of all his troubles.
7 The Angel of the Lord tarriech round about them that fear him : and delivereth them.
8 O taste, and fee, how gracious the Lord is : bleffed is the man that truftech in hini.
9 O fear the Lord, ye that are his Saints : for they that fear him lack nothing.
10 The lions do lack and suffer hunger : but they who seek the Lord shall want no manner of thing that is good.
11 Come, ye children, and hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the Lord.
12 What man is he that lusteth to live: and would fain see good days?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil: and thy lips that they speak no guile.
14 Eschew evil, and do good : seek peace and enfue it. 15
of the Lord are over the righteous : and his ears are open unto their prayers.
16 The countenance of the Lord is against them that do evil: to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth them: and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a contrite heart : and will lave such as be of an humble spirit.
19 Great are the troubles of the righteous : but the Lord delivereth hiin out of all;
20 He keepeth all his bones: so that not one of them is broken.
21 But misfortune shall Nay thie ungodly : and they that hate the righteous shall be delolate. 22 The Lord delivereth the souls of his servants : and all
their trust in him, shall not be desticute.
MORNING PRAY E R.
Psalm xxxv. Judicame me, Domine.
with me: and fight thou against them that fight against
2 Lay hand upon the shield and buckler : and stand up to help me.
3 Bring forth the spear, and stop the way against them that' persecute me: say unto my soul, I am thy falvation.
4 Let them be confounded, and put to sname, that seek after my soul : let them be turned back, and brought to confusion, that imagine mischief for me.
5 Let them be as the dust before the wind : and the Angel of the Lord scattering them.
6 Let their way be dark and slippery: and let the Angel of the Lord perfecute them.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.. Psalm xxxiv.] In this psalm. we are taught, i. That the Lord never fails to hear and delirer the righteous who call upon him in their distress, and employs even angels for their defence. 2. David in this psalm seems thoroughly affected with a sense of God's goodness, and the liappiness which those experience who are partakers of his love ; and describes, in a beautiful manner, the nure of piety, exhorting the saints to live always in the fear of the Lord, to be sincere in their words and actions, to by from evil, do qood, and seek peace. He fets before us the inestimable. benefits and a vantages of holirefs, fince they that fear the Lord can lack nothing; his eyes being always over the righteous, his ears open to their cries, and if they are exposed to many misfortunes, he delivers them frein them ail at the last ; whereas he tets his face againft the wicked for their destruction. Nothing can be of greater ufe, than continually to call ce mind these divine and excellent lefions, to have them continually before our cyes and in our hearts.
7 For they have privily laid their net to destroy me without a cause: yea, even without a cause have they made a pit for my soul.
8 Let a sudden destruction come upon him unawares, and his net that he hath laid privily catch himself : that he may fall into his own mischief.
9. And, my soul, be joyful in the Lord : it shall rejoice in his falvation.
10 All my bones shall say, Lord, who is like unto thee, who deliverest the poor from him that is too strong for him : yea, the poor, and him that is in misery, from him that spoileth him?
u False witnesses did rise up: they laid to my charge things that I knew not.
12 They rewarded me evil for good : to the great difcomfort of my soul.
13 Nevertheless, when they were fick, I put on sackcloth, and humbled my soul with fasting : and my prayer shall turn into mine own bosom.
14 I behaved myself as though it had been my friend, or my brother: I went heavily as one that mourneth for his mother.
15 But in mine adversity they rejoiced, and gathered themselves together : yea, the very abjects came together against me unawares, making mouths at me, and ceased not.
16 With the fatterers were busy mockers : who gnashed upon me with their teeth.
17 Lord, how long wilt thou look upon this : O deliver my soul from the calamities which they bring on me, and my darling from the lions.
18 So will I give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.
19 O let not them that are mine enemies triumph over me ungodly: neither let them wink with their eyes that hare me without a cause. 20 And why ? their communing is not for peace :
buc they imagine deceitful words againit chem that are quiet in the land.