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even that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the fair beauty of the Lord, and to visit his temple.

5 For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his tabernacle: yea, in the secret place of his dwelling shall he hide me, and set mê up upon a rock of stone.

6 And now shall he lift up mine head: above mine enemies round about me.

7 Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladness: I will fing, and speak praises unto the Lord.

8 Hearken unto my voice, O Lord, when I cry unto thee: have mercy upon me, and hear me,

9 My heart hath talked of thee, Seek ye my face: Thy face, Lord, will I feek.

10 O hide not thou thy face from me: nor cast thy fervant away in displeasure.

11 Thou hast been my succour: leave me not, neither forsake me, O God of my salvation. ! 12 When my father and my mother forsake me: the Lord taketh me up: ;

13 Teach me thy way, O Lord: and lead me in the right way, because of mine enemies.

14 Deliver'me not over into the will of mine adversaries: fór there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong.

15 I should utterly have fainted: but that I believe 'vetily to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living!

16 O tarry thou the Lords leisure: be strong, and he shall comfort thine heart, and put thou thy trust in the Lord. I

| I fhould utterly have fainted; but, &c. As it ap- , to society and the free exercife of Religion. Soʻrit pears from this paffage that David was supported un- may be a comfortable reflection to every good Chrilder his Afflictions by a firm trust in the divine good- tian under his greatest diftreffes, that this lighn AfflicDefs--a homble cori.dence that God would in his tions which are but for a moment shall work out for bar good time grant him a deliverance; and restore him a far more exceeding and sternal weight of plory. .


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1 Pfalm 28. Ad te, Dornine, NT

TO thee will I cry, O Lord my strength: think no

fcorn of me, lest if thou make as though thou heareft not, I become like them that go down into the pit.

2 Hear the voice of my humble petitions, when I cry unto thee: when I hold up my hands towards the mercy-seat of thy: holy temple.

3 O pluck me not away, neither destroy me with the ungodly: and wicked doers: which speak friendly to their neighbours, but imagine mischief in their hearts.

4 Reward them according to their deeds: and according to the wickedness of their own inventions.

5 Recompense them after the works of their hands: pay them that they have deserved.

6 * For they regard not in their mind the works of the Lord, nor the operation of his hands: therefore shall he break them down, and not build them up.

7 Praised be the Lord: for he hath heard the voice of my humble petitions.

8 The Lord is my strength, and my shield, my heart hath trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart danceth for joy, and in my song will I praise him.

9. The Lord is my strength: and he is the wholsomc defence of his Anointed.

10 O save thy people, and give thy blessing unto thine inheritance : feed them, and set them up for ever.

§ Pfalm 29. Afferte Domino DRING unto the Lord, Oye mighty, bring young ranis unto

the Lord: ascribe unto the Lord worship and strength. | The Pfalmift here in treats God to defund him from For they regard not in their Mind the works, &c. the malice and artifices of his Enemies, and from the It may be juftly observed here that inconfideration is the judgments that should fall upon them. He praises root of irreligion and all iniquity. for did mankind him likewise for his providential care and protection-- duly reflect upon God's worde:ful works of Creation, Expretres a firm reliance upon him, and prays for the Providence and Redemption; they would be almost prosperity of Ifrael.

necessarily induced to love, worship, and obey Him.

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2 Give the Lord the honour due unto his name: worship the Lord with holy worship.

3. It is the Lord that commandeth the waters: it is the glorious God that maketh the thunder.

4 It is the Lord that ruleth the sea; the voice of the Lord is mighty in operation: the voice of the Lord is a glorious voice.

5 The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedar-trees: yea, the Lord breaketh the cedars of Libanus.

6 He maketh them also to skip like a calf: Libanus also, and Sirion like a young unicorn.

7 The voice of the Lord divideth the fames of fire, the voice of the Lord shaketh the wilderness: yea, the Lord shaketh the wilderness of Cades.

8 I The voice of the Lord maketh the hinds to bring forth young, and discoverth the thick buihes: in his temple doth every man speak of his honour.

9 The Lord sitteth above the water-flood: and the Lord remaineth a King for ever.

10 The Lord Thall give strength unto his people: the Lord shall give his people the blessing of peace.


|| Psalm 30. Exoltabo te, Domine, Will magnify thee, O Lord, for thou hast set me up: and not made

my foes to triumph over me. 2 O Lord my God, I cried unto thee: and thou hast healed me.

3 Thou, Lord, hast brought my foul out of hell: thou hast kept my life from them that go down to the pit.

$ This Pfalm is supposed to have been occanoned Poetry. Præl 27. p. 363. Deservedly was a Thunder by a violent florm. From the terrible noise and won- ftorm made here a subject of sacred Poetry. For either derful force of the Thunder David proves the fue he mustle more than Man, or less than Brute who can preme dominion and infinite power of God.

be entirely unaffected on such an occafion. But we are The voice of the Lord makesh the Hinds to bring affected to small purpose if it do not inspire us with an forih, &c. This might have been full as properly awful sense of God's power and majesty. translated, the voice of the Lord, i. e. the Thunder | This Pfalm is supposed to have been sung upon Asasteroib obe Oaks. See Dr. Lowth on the Hebrew the dedication of David's House which had been pol


4. Sing praises unto the Lord, Oye saints of his: and give thanks unto him for a remembrance of his holiness.

5 For his wrath endureth but the twinkling of an eye, and in his pleasure is life: heaviness may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.

6 * And in my prosperity I said, I shall never be removed: thou, Lord, of thy goodness hadít made my hill so strong.

7 Thou didst turn thy face from me: and I was troubled. 8 Then cried I unto thee, O Lord: and gat me to my

Lord right humbly. 9 What profit is there in my blood: when I go down to the pit ?

10 Shall the dust give thanks unto thee: or shall it declare thy truth?

11 Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me: Lord, be thou my helper.

12 Thou hast turned my heaviness into joy: thou hast put off my fackloth, and girded me with gladness.

13 Therefore shall every good man sing of thy praise without ceasing: O my God, I will give thanks unto thee for ever.

$ Psalm 31. In te, Domine, speravi. thee, O Lord, have I put my trust: let me never be put to confufion, deliver me in thy righteousness. 2 Bow down thine ear to me: make haste to deliver me.

3 And be thou my strong rock, and house of defence: that thou mayest fave me.

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Jited by the crimes of Absalom, 2 Sam. xvi. 21, 22. * And in iny prt perity I said, I fall never, &c and xvii. 1. &c. and xx• 3. And he therefore se- What was David's cafe here is too common in some turns fclemn Thanks to God that he had delivered degree even to the best of Men. Prosperity, being too him and in Wrath remembered Mercy. He acknow- apt to put them off their guard, and nake their ! roet ledges that he had in prosperity forgot himself, and themselves. How kind the efore is it in Cor when therefore God had chaftened him to bring him to a by Ami&tions he endeavours to bring us to a pnper sense of his duty, and to remind him of his dependence sense of ourselves, and our duty! and how much 541upon him; and he vows he will praise God for ever, fon have we even amiatt his chati2..s to Pile because he had heard himi



4 For thou art my strong rock, and my castle: be thou also my guide, and lead me for thy Names fake.

5 Draw me out of the net that they have laid privily for me: for thou art my strength.

6 Into thy hands I commend my spirit: for thou hast redeemd me, O Lord, thou God of truth.

7 I have hated them that hold of superstitious vanities: and my trust hath been in the Lord.

8 I will be glad and rejoice in thy mercy: for thou hast confidered my trouble, and hast known my soul in adversities.

9 Thou hast not shut me up into the hand of the enemy: but haft set my feet in a large room.

10 Have mercy upon me, O Lord, for I am in trouble: and mine eye is consumed for very heaviness; yea, my soul and my body.

11 For my life is waxen old with heaviness: and my years with mourning

12 My strength faileth me, because of mine iniquity: and my bones are consumed.

13 I became a reproof among all mine enemies, but especially among my neighbours: and they of mine acquaintance were afraid of me, and they that did see me without, conveyed themselves.

from me,

14 I am clean forgotten as a dead man out of mind: I am be€ome like a broken veffel.

15 For I have heard the blasphemy of the multitude: and fear is on every fide, while they conspire together against me, and take their counsel to take away my

life. 16 But my hope hath been in thee, O Lord: I have said, Thou art my God.

17 My time is in thy hand, deliver me from the hand of mine enemies: and from thein that persecute me.

18 Shew thy fervant the light of thy countenance: and save me for thy mercies sake.

Davia appears to have composed this Italim upon and distress; as it affords a lively description of afiche fr m Saul: and it seems to be well adapted tion, anxiety, earnest desire and humble confidence

fall gocd People who are in extreme danger in God.

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