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20 Thou leddest thy people like sheep : by the hand of
Moies and Aaron.
E V E N I N G PRAY E R.
Psalm lxxviii. Attendite, popule.
the words of my mouth. 2 I will open my mouth in a parable : I will declare hard fentences of old ;
3 Which we have heard and known: and such as our fathers have tol.1 us ;
4 That we fhould not hide them from the children of the generations to come: but to shew the honour of the Lord, his mighty and won 'erful works that he hath done.
5 He made a covenant with Jacob, and gave Ifrael a law: which he commanded our forefathers to teach their children;
6 That their pofterity might know it: and the children which were yet unborn ;
To the intent that when they came up : they might Thew their children the same;
8 That they might put their trust in God : and not to forget the works of God, but to keep his commandments:
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm. lxxvii.) There are cwo things to be considered in this psalm, which are particularly adapted to persons in afli&ion. 1. The fighs and complaints of the prophet thew, that persons who are otherwise aceptable to God are sometimes in extreme anguish, and have great conflicts in themselves, and are deprived of the actual sense of God's grace to such a degree, that God seems to have forsaken them, and withdrawn his love from them. 2. Those who pass through such trials may learn from hence, that the way not to sink under their grief, is to meditate on God's infinite mercy, the firmness of his covenant, and the marks he has given, at divers times, of his love and prote&tion to his people, and to all his faithful servants. Bur Christians have ftill greater motives of comfort, when they reflect upon God's love manifeited in Christ Jesus, and all that our great Redeemer has suffered in body and soul for our redemp:ion, and to bring about our reconciliation with God.
9 And not to be as their forefathers, a faithless and stubs born generation : a generation that set not their heart aright, and whose spirit.cleaveth not ftedfastly unto God;
1o Like as the children of Ephraim : who being har. neffed, and carrying bows, turned themselves back in the day of battle.
11. They kept not the covenant of God; and would not walk in his law
12 But forgat what he had donc : and the wonderful works that he had thewed for them.
13. Marvellous things did he in the fight of our forefathers, in the land of Egypt : even in the field of Zoan.
14. He divided the sea, and let them, go through : he made the waters to stand on an heap.
15. In the day-time also he led them with a cloud : and all the night through with a light of fire,
16 He clave the hard rocks in the wilderness : and gave. them drink thereof, as it had been out of the great depth.
17. He brought waters out of the stony rock: so that it gushed out like the rivers.
18. Yet for all this they sinned more against him; and provoked the most Highest in the wildernefs.
19 They tempted God in, cheir hearts : and required meat for their luft.
20 They spake against God also, saying: Shall God prepare a table in the wilderness ?
21 He sinote the ftony rock indeed, that the water gushed out, and the streams fowed withal : but can he give bread also,, or provide Aesh for his people ?
22. When the Lord heard this, he was wroth : so the fire w.is kindled in Jacob, and there came up heavy displeasure agiinft: Ifrael,
23 Because they believed nor in God: and put not their trust in his help
24 So he commanded the clouds above : and opened the doors of heaven.
25 He rained down Manna also upon them for to eat : and gave them food from heaven.
26.So man did eat angels food : for he fent them meat enough.
27 He caused the east-wind to blow under heaven : and through his power' he brought in the south-west-wind.
28 He rained Aeh upon them as thick as dust: and feathered fowls like as the land of the sea.
29 He let it fall among their tents : even round about their habitation.
30 So they did eat, and were well filled, for he gave them their own desire : they were not disappointed of their luft.
31 But while the meat was yet in their mouths, the heavy wrath of God came upon them, and Qew the wealthiest of them : yea, and smote down the chosen men that were in Ifrael.
32 But for all this they finned yet more: and believed not his wonderous works.
33 Therefore their days did he consume in vanity : and their years in trouble.
34 When he flew them, they fought him: and turned them early, and enquired after God.
35 And they remembered that God was their strength : and that the high God was their redeemer.
36 Nevertheless, they did but facter him with their mouth: and diffembled with him in their tongue.
37 For their heart was not whole with him: neither continued they stedfast in his covenant.
38 But he was so merciful, that he forgave their mildeeds: and destroyed them not.
39 Yea, many a time turned he his wrath away: and would not suffer his whole displeasure to arife.
40 For he considered that they were but Acth : and that they were even a wind that paffech away, and cometh out again.
41 Many a time did they provoke him in the wilderness : and grieved him in the desert.
42 They turned back, and tempted God: and moved the holy One in Israel.
43 They thought not of his hand : and of the day when he delivered them from the hand of the enery;
44 How he had wrought his miracles in Egypt: and his wonders in the fild of Zoan.
THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 45 He turned their waters into blood : fo that they might not drink of the rivers.
46 He jent lice among them, and devoured them up: an frogs to destroy them.
47 He gave their fruit unto the caterpillar : and their labour unt the grashopper.
48 He destroyed their vines with hailftones: and their mulberry-trees with the tr ft.
49 He (mote their cattle also with hailstones : and their Aocks with hot thunder bolts.
59 He caft upon them the furiousness of his wrath, anger, displeasure, and trouble: and sent evil angels among them.
^ He made a way to his indignation, and spared not their foul from death : but gave their life over to the pefti. ler ce.
52 And smote all the first-born in Egypt: the most principal and mightiest in the dwellings of Ham.
53 But as for his own people, he led them forth like fhrep: and carried them in the wilderness like a fock.
54 He brought them out fately, that they should not fear : and overwhelmed their enemies with the sea.
55 And brought them within the borders of his fan&uary: even to his mountain which he purchased with his right hand.
56 He cast out the heathen also before them : caused their land to be divided among them for an heritage, and made the tribes of Israel to dwell in their tents.
57. So they tempted and displeased the most high God: and kept not his teftimonies;
58 But turned their backs, and fell away like their forefathers : starting aside like a broken bow.
59 For they grieved him with their hill-altars : and provoked him to displeasure with their images.
60 When God heard this, he was wroth: and took sore displeasure at Ifrael,
61 So that he forfook the tabernacle in Silo: even the tent that he liad pitched among men.
62 He delivered their power into captivity : and their beauty into the enemies hand.
63 He gave his people over alfo unto the sword: and was wroch with his inheritance.
64 The fire consumed their young men : and their maidens were not given to marriage.
65 Their priests were Nain with the sword : and there were no widows to make lamentation.
66 So the Lord awaked as one out of Neep: and like a giant refreshed with wine.
67 He smote his enemies in the hinder parts : and put them to a perpetual shaine.
68 He refused che tabernacle of Joseph: and chose not the cribe or Ephraim ;
69 But chose the cribe of Judah: even the hill of Sion which he loved.
70 And there he built his temple on high: and laid the foundation of it like the ground which he hath made continually.
71 He chose David also his servant : and took him away from the sheep-tol 's.
72 As he was following the ews great with young ones, he took hiin: that he might feed Jacob his people, and Israel his inheritance.
73 So he fed them with a faithful and true heart : and ruled them prudently with all his power.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm lxxvii.) This psalm, which was written for the initruction of the Israelites, should likewise serve for ours, and may teach us, 1. That we ought carefully to preserve the remembrance of God's me cies; and that it is the duty of parents to teach them to their children and chir pofterity. 2. That the mercies of God should engage us to love and fear him; and that if the Jews became guilty before God, by their fins and frequent r bellions, our ing atitude would be itill more heinous, if. after all that God has done for us, we should prove faithiels. 3. The judgments which fell upon the Jews, inform us, that God cannot leave thole fins unpunished, which are commit.ed hi persons who have received great favours from him; and that if we imitate the Jews in their rebellion, we have reason to expect the most drua.ful effects of God's wrathe and vengeance. Lastly, The judgments of God upon the enemies of his people, and the favours he bestowed on them after he had afl'Aed them, should convince us, that God cannrt neglect to promote his own glory, and will for ever be the support and defender of his church