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19 Let all those that seek thee be joyful and glad in thee: and let such as love thy salvation say alway, The Lord be praised.
20 As for me, I am poor and needy : but the Lord careth
21 Thou art my helper and redeemer: make no long tarrying,
O my God,
E V ENING P'R Á Y E R.
|| Psalm 41. Beatus qui intelligit. Lessed is he that considereth the poor and needy: the Lord
shall deliver him in the time of trouble. 2 The Lord preserve him, and keep him alive, that he
be blessed upon earth: and deliver not thou him into the will of his enemies.
3 The Lord comfort him when he lieth fick upon his bed: make thou all his bed in his sickness.
4 I said, Lord, be merciful unto me: heal my soul, for I have finned against thee.
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me: When shall he die, and his name perish?
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: and his heart conceiveth falshood within himself, and when he cometh forth, he telleth it.
7 All mine enemies whisper together against me: even against me do they imagine this evil.
8. Let the sentence of guiltiness proceed against him: and now that he lieth, let him rise up no more.
9 * Yea, even mine own familiar friend, whom I trusted; who did also eat of my bread, hath laid great wait for me.
# The Pfalmift here pronounces particular blessings pailage our Saviour himself quotes as a prophecy conon those that behave themselves charitably towards the cerning the treachery of Judas, John. xiii
. 18. Let us ami&ed; and complains of the cruelty of his Ene- take heed that the base ingratitude of that Traytor mies, and even of those who had been 'bis pretended be not chargeable upon us through forsaking our alFriends; who instead of compassionating his miferies, legiance to the Lord that bought us; and giving up owwished for his death, and reprefented his calamities as felves to the dominion of our finful Lufts and Ap. the punishment of his crimes.
petites, * Yea, even mine own familiar Friend, &c.This.
10 But be thou' merciful unto me, O Lord: raise thou me up again, and I shall reward them. -.
11 By this 1 know thou favourest me: that mine enemy doth not triumph against me.
12. And when I ain' in my health, thou upholdest me: and fhalt set me before thy face for ever.
13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel: world without end. Amen.
|| Pfalm 42. Quemadmodum. IKE as the hart desireth the water-brooks: to longeth my
soul after thee, O God. 2 My soul is athirst for God, yea, even for the living God: When shall I come to appear before the presence of God?
3 My tears have been my meat day and night: while they daily say unto me, Where is now thy God?
4 Now when I think thereupon, I pour out my heart by myself: for I went with the multitude, and brought them forth into the house of God;
In the voice of praise and thanksgiving: among such as keep holy-day.
6 Why art thou so full of heaviness, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me?
7 Put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks for the help of his countenance.
8 My God, my soul is vexed within me: therefore will I re
This Psalm affords a most elegant specimer
. of the thickest darkness of adversity admitting, at intervals, Hebrew Elegy. The royal Prophet banished far from some rays of hope; he loves and mourns ; complains the Temple, and publick worship of God to the utmost and expoftulates; despairs and hopes; faints and takes confines of judea, oppressed by his Enemies and vexed comfort; and by turns almost expresses all the various by their taunts pours out his complaint and his prayers pallions together. to God. Here is wonderfully expressed the most fer- I When Jhall I come to appear before tle presence, &c. vent desires of a pious Soul, forrow frequently break. The complaints of the Prophet Lecause he could not ing forth upon the remembrance of abient good things; attend the House of God kould engage those who have an extreme dejection of mind, yielding to its grief, yet the liberty to serve God in the religious assemblies, bearing it impatiently ; overcome with diftreffes, yet in gratefully to improve so inestimable a blefing. fome degree irugling against them, and even in the
member thee concerning the land of Jurdan, and the little laill of Hermon.
9 One deep calleth another, because of the noise of the waterpipes: all thy waves and storms are gone over me.
10 The Lord hath granted his loving kindness on the day. time: and in the night-season did I sing of him, and made my prayer unto the God of my life.
11 I will say unto the God of my strength, Why haft thou forgotten me: why go I thus heavily, while the enemy oppresseth me?
12 My bones are smitten asunder as with a fword; while mine. enemies that trouble me cast me in the teeth;
13 Namely, while they say daily unto me: Where is now thy God?
14 Why art thou fo vexed, O my soul: and why art thou so disquieted within me? 15
O put thy trust in God: for I will yet thank him, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
|| Psalm 43. Judica me, Deus. IVE fentence with me, o God, and defend my cause
against the ungodly people: O deliver me from the deceitful and wicked man. 2 For thou art the God of my strength, why halt thou put
me from thee: and why go I fo heavily while the enemy oppresseth me?
3. NO fend out thy light and thy truth, that they may lead me: and bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy dwelling.
4. And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, o God, my God.
In this. Plalm, as well as the foregoing, David publick, and comforts himself with the prospect of his
persecuted and driven from the Tabernacle, intreats atbistance. God to deliver him from his Enemies, and restore him
fend out thy light and thy frutb, &c. Let it be ibe valuable bletting of serving, and praising him. ia observed here that if the Prophet intreated. God to 10 But now thou art far off, and puttest us to confusion: and goeft not forth with our armies. deliver him from the malice of his Enemies, it was Blessings which God' had formerly conferred chiedy with a view to return to the Tabernacle, that Nation; from whence he hopes that God would he might praise God, and express his joy, love and grati- again display his power in their behalf, and deliver tude. Upon a like principle caght we always to pray them. He describes in a very effecting manner their for deliverance from amictions in general--not that we present distressed situation; earnestly imploring relief.. may be more at liberty to gratify our worldly Lufts • We have beard with our Ears, O God, &c. As and Affe&ions; but that we may be better enabled to the Israelites, amidlt their Amictions, thus callei to ferve God, and do good in our generation.
5 Why art thou fo heavy, O my soul: and why art thou fo disquieted within me?
6. O put thy trust in God: for I will yet give him thanks, which is the help of my countenance, and my God.
MORNING PRAY E R.
$ Psalm 44. Deus, auribus, E have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have
told us: what thou hast done in their time of old. 2 How thou haft driven out the heathen with thy hand, and planted them in : how thou hast destroyed the nations, and cast them out.
3 For they gat not the land in poffeffion through their own fword: neither was it their own arın that helped them;
4 But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance: because thou hadít a favour unto them.
5 Thou art mry King, O God: fend help unto Jacob.
6 Through thee will we overthrow our enemies: and in thy Name will we tread them under that rise up against us.
7 For I will not trust in my bow: it is not my sword that shall help me.
8 But it is thou that savest us from our enemies: and puttest them to confusion that hate us.
9 We make our boast of God all day long: and will praise thy Name for ever.
remembrance the pait Mercies of the Almighty toThis Psalm seems to have been composed at a' wards them, as a comfortable ground of hope for. time when the Ifraelites were under Afiction and fucure favours; fo fhould we under our greatest diftrelo a sfecütion. The Prophet here recounts the signal ses gratefully reflet. apon the many and undefervel.
apon that bencfits we have received from our Maker, as a reason to create in us a humble trust that he will deliver os, tor patience and religna:ion to his will; as well as when he in his infinite wisdom f.es it best for us.
I Thou makest us to turn our backs upon our enemies: fo that they, which hate us, spoil our goods.
12 Thou letreft us be eaten up like sheep: and haft scattered us among the heathen.
13 Thou sellest thy people for nought: and takest no' money for them.
14 Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours: to be laughed to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about
15 Thou maķest us to be a by-word among the heathen: and that the people shall shake their heads at us. 16 My confusion is daily before me: and the shame of
face hath covered me;
17 For the voice of the flanderer, and blasphemer: for the enemy, and avenger.
18 And though all this become upon us, yet do we not forget thee: nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.
19 Our heart is not turned back: neither our steps gone out of thy way;
20 No, not when thou hast smitten us into the place of dragons: and covered us with the shadow of death.
21 If we have forgotten the Name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange God: shall not God search it out? for lie knoweth the very secrets of the heart.
22 For thy fake also are we killed all the day long: and are counted as sheep appointed to be flain.
23 Up, Lord, why sleepest thou: awake, and be not absent from us for ever.
24 Wherefore hidest thou thy face: and forgetteft our misery and trouble?