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17 Their delight fhall be daily in thy Name: and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
18 For thou art the glory of their ftrength: and in thy loving kindness thou fhalt lift up our horns.
19 For the Lord is our defence: the holy One of Ifrael is our King,
20 Thou spakeft sometime in visions unto thy faints, and saidst: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chofen out of the people.
21 I have found David my fervant: with my holy oil have I anointed him.
22 My hand shall hold him fast: and my arm shall strengthen him.
23 The enemy fhall not be able to do him violence: the fon of wickedness fhall not hurt him.
24 I will fmite down his foes before his face: and plague them that hate him.
25 My truth alfo and my mercy shall be with him: and in my Name shall his horn be exalted.
26 I will fet his dominion alfo in the fea: and his right hand in the floods.
27 He shall call me, Thou art my Father: my God, and my ftrong falvation.
28 And I will make him my first-born: higher than the kings of the earth.
29 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore: and my covenant fhall ftand faft with him.
30 His feed alfo will I make to endure for ever: and his throne as the days of heaven.
31 But if his children forfake my law: and walk not in my judgments;
32 If they break my ftatutes, and keep not my commandments: I will vifit their offences with the rod, and their fin with scourges.
33 Nevertheless, my loving kindness will I not utterly take from him: nor suffer my truth to fail.
My covenant will I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips: I have sworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
35 His feed fhall endure for ever: and his feat is like as the sun
36. He shall stand fast for evermore as the moon: and as the faithful witness in heaven.
37 But thou hast abhorred, and forfaken thine Anointed: and art displeased at him.
38 Thou haft broken the covenant of thy fervant: and cast his crown to the ground.
39 Thou haft overthrown all his hedges: and broken down his ftrong holds.
40 All they that go by, fpoil him: and he is become a to his neighbours.
41 Thou haft fet up the right hand of his enemies: and made all his adverfaries to rejoice.
42 Thou haft taken away the edge of his sword: and givest him, not victory in the battel.
43 Thou hast put out his glory: and caft his throne, down to the ground.
44 The days of his youth haft thou shortened: and covered him with difhonour.
45 Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyfelf, for ever: and fhall thy wrath burn like fire?
46 O remember how fhort my time is: wherefore haft thoi made all men for nought?
in him alone they are fully verified, of whofe Kingaom there shall be no end. Luke i. 33.
My Covenant will I not break, &c. This covenant and the promises which God had made to David, and his pofterity evidently relate to Jefus Christ, for
47 What man is he that liveth, and fhall not fee death: and fhall he deliver his foul from the hand of hell?
48 Lord, where are thy old loving kindneffes: which thou fwareft unto David in thy truth?
49 Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy fervants have: and how I do bear in my bofom the rebukes of many people;
50 Wherewith thine enemies have blafphemed thee, and flandered the footsteps of thine Anointed: praised be the Lord for evermore. Amen, and Amen.
PRAY E R.
Pfalm 90. Domine, refugium.
ORD, thou hast been our refuge from one generation to
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
3 Thou turneft man to deftruction: again thou fayeft, Come again, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday: feeing that is past as a watch in the night.
This Pfalm was compofed by Mofes, probably whilft the Ifraelites were in the Wilderness, and at the time of fome public Mortality, when God was
5 As foon as thou scattereft them, they are even as a fleep: and fade away fuddenly like the grafs.
6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
7 For we confume away in thy difpleasure: and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
8 Thou haft fet our misdeeds before thee: and our fecret fins in the light of thy countenance.
For when thou art angry, all our days are gone: we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
executing his vengeance against them for their perverfenefs as threatned in the 14th Chap. of Numbers. In which he seriously reflects upon the many examples
10 The days of our age are threefcore years and ten; and though is their men be fo ftrong that they come to fourfcore years: yet strength then but labour and forrow; fo foon paffeth it away, and
we are gone.
But who regardeth the power of thy wrath: for even thereafter as a man feareth, fo is thy displeasure.
12 So teach us to number our days: that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be gracious unto thy fervants.
14 O fatisfy us with thy mercy, and that foon: so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15 Comfort us again, now after the time that thou haft plagued us: and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
16 Shew thy fervants thy work: and their children thy glory. 17 And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us: profper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handy-work.
|| Pfalm 91. Qui habitat.
HOSO dwelleth under the defence of the moft High:
WH fhall abide under the fhadow of the Almighty.
2 I will fay unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold: my God, in him will I trust.
3 For he fhall deliver thee from the fnare of the hunter: and from the noisome peftilence.
4 He fhall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be fafe under his feathers: his faithfulness and truth fhall be thy fhield and buckler.
Letorenim of God's displeasure against Sin, and by fervent Prayer endeavours to engage the divine mercy and protection towards the People for the future. So teach us to number cur Days, &c. He that ferioufly and frequently confiders how fort the time is which we have to pafs in this World, and how long that Eternity of happiness or mifery as which is to fucceed it, will be almoft neceffarily induced to apply
his Heart to Wijdom, i. e. to the practice of Religion and Holinefs. What pity is it then that that which is our greatelt concern, hould, by many, be least thought of!
This Pfalm can never be fufficiently admired. for the peculiar elegance and fublimity both of its language and fentiment. The fabject of it is the fecurity victory, and reward of the Virtuous. P 2
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor for the arrow that flleth by day;
6 For the peftilence that walketh in darknefs: nor for the fick nefs that deftroyeth in the noon-day.
7 A thousand shall fall beside theè, and ten thousand at thy right hand: but it fhall not come nigh thee.
7.8 Yea, with thine eye fhalt thou behold: and fee the reward of the ungodly.
9 For thou, Lord, art my hope: thou haft fet thine house of defence very high.
to There fhall no evil happen unto thee: neither fhall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
I! *For he fhall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They fhall bear thee in their hands: that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou fhalt go upon the lion and adder: the young lion and the dragon fhalt thou tread under thy feet.
14 Because he hath fet his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will fet him up, because he hath known my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him: yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
16 With long life will I fatisfy him and fhew him my falvation.
§ Pfalm 92. Bonum eft confiteri. HT is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord: and to fing praises unto thy Name, O moft
For he shall give his Angels charge over thee, &c. This paffage Satan quoted in order to induce our Saviour to caft himself down from a Pinnacle of the Temple, Mat. iii. And tho' our Lord very properly repulfed the Temptation by another quotation: yet ve y good Chriftian may juftly hope for the fupport and protection of God and his Angels amidst dangers and diftreffes that are not of his own procuring. But if we rafhly and unneceffarily expofe ourselves to troubles and difficulties in confidence of a fupernatu
ral deliverance; we thereby tempt God, and muft expect to reap the fruits of our Faith.
This Pfalm was particularly compofed to be fung upon the Sabbath Day. The Ffa mit her in joyfully celebrates the wonderful works of God; but especially the wife conduct of his Providence towards the Wiesed and the Righteous: reprefenting that though the Wicked may flourish fo. a time, yet they are rooted out at the laft; whereas the Righteous partak c ntinually and abundantly in God's favour and protection.