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|| Psalm 74.
Whom have I in heaven but theer and there is none upon earth, that I desire in comparison of thee.
25 My flesh, and my heart faileth : but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
26 For lo, they that forsake thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that commit fornication against thee.
27 But it is good for me to hold me fast by God, to put my trust in the Lord God: and to speak of all thy works in the gates of the daughter of Sion.
Ut quid, Deus ?
thy wrath so hot against the sheep of thy pasture? 2 O think upon thy congregation whom thou hast purchased, and redeemed of old.
the tribe of thine inheritance: and mount Sion, wherein thou hast dwelt.
4 Lift up thy feet, that thou mayest utterly destroy every ene. my: which hath done evil in thy fanctuary.
5 Thine adversaries roar in the midst of thy congregations: and set up their banners for tokens.
6 He that hewed timber afore out of the thick trees: was known to bring it to an excellent work.
7 But now they break down all the carved work thereof: with axes and hammers.
8 They have set fire upon thy holy places: and have defiled the dwelling-place of thy Name, even unto the ground.
9 Yea, they said in their hearts, Let us make havock of them altogether: thus have they burnt up all the houses of God in the land.
* Whom have I in Heaven but thee, &c. “ If a Man | The destruction of the Temple feems to have been “ were to chuse a Happiness for himself, (Says Dr. Tito the occafion of this Pfalm in which the Jewish Nation “ Intfon, on this passage,) and were to ransack Heaven describes the melancholy fituation to which it is redu" and Earth for it; alter all
his search and enquiry he ced in its captivity-implores the assistance of the Ale *** would at last fix upon God, as the chiet happiness mighty, and is comforted with the confideration of “ of Man, and the true and only reft and center of our the deliverances he had formerly granted to that Peo4 Soul.”
ple, and the proofs of his power in the order of the
10 We see not our tokens, there is not one prophet more: no, not one is there among us, that understandeth any more. .
11 O God, how long shall the adversary do this dishonour: how long shall the enemy blaspheme thy Name, for ever?
12 Why withdrawest thou thy hand : why pluckest thou not thy right hand out of thy bosom to consume the enemy?
13 For God is my King of old: the help that is done upon earth, he doeth it bimself.
14 Thou didst divide the sea through thy power : thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
15 * Thou smotest the heads of Leviathan in pieces: and gavest him to be meat for the people in the wilderness.
16 Thou broughtest out fountains, and waters out of the hard rocks: thou driedít up mighty waters.
17. The day is thine, and the night is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the fun.
18 Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.
19 Remember this, O Lord, how the enemy hath rebuked: and how the foolish people hath blasphemed thy Náme.
20 O deliver not the soul of thy turtle dove unto the multitude of the enemies: and forget not the congregation of the
21 Look upon the covenant: for all the earth is full of darkness, and cruel habitations,
22 O let not the simple go away ashamed: but let the poor and needy give praise unto thy Name.
23 Arile, O God, maintain thine own cause: remember how the foolish man blasphemeth thee daily.
World, and the common course of Nature,
the shore, the Ifraelites probably were enriched with * Thou Smorest the Heads of Leviathan in pieces, &c. their spoils.—The remembrance of past Mercies encoue By this is fgnified the deftruction of Pharaoh and his rage us to hope for more. Hoft in the Red Sea; who being afterwards cast upon
24 Forget not the voice of thine enemies: the presumption of them that hate thee, increaseth ever more and more.
MORN I N G PRA Y E R.
§ Pfalm 75. Confitebimur tibi. NTO thee, O God, do we give thanks: yea, unto thee do
we give thanks. 2 Thy name also is so nigh: and that do thy wondrous works declare.
3 When I receive the congregation : I shall judge according un. to right.
4. The earth is weak, and all the inhabiters thereof: I bear up the pillars of it.
I said unto the fools, Deal not so madly: and to the ungodly, Set not up your
horn. 6 Set not up your horn on high: and speak not with a stiff neck.
7 For promotion cometh neither from the east, nor from the west: nor yet from the south:
8 And why? God is the Judge: he putteth down one and setteth
* For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup, and the wine is red: it is full mixt, and he poureth out of the same.
10 As for the dregs thereof: all the ungodly of the earth shall drink them, and suck them out.
11 But I will talk of the God of Jacob: and praise him for ever.
12 All the horns of the ungodly also will I break: and the horns of the righteous shall be exalted.
|| Psalm 76. Notus in Judæa. N Jewry is God known: his Name is great in Ifrael.
2 At Salem is his tabernacle: and his dwelling in Sion. 9 The author of this Plalm, who was probably World, punishes the Wicked, and protects the RighDavid; praises God, that alter various troubles he had ettablished him in his Kingdom; and he determines to * For in the hand of the Lord there is a cup. &c. The govern it righteoully, and to suppress Iniquity; he fense of this paffage is as if David had said "Unless declares that God is the disposer of all things, railing " ye cease to rebel against me, God will inflict the most fome and debasing others, and who, as Judge of the grievous ca.comities upon you, which shall be worse
3. There brake he the arrows of the bow: the shield, the fword, and the battel.
4 Thou art of more honour and might: than the hills of the robbers.
5 The proud are robbed, they have slept their sleep: and all the men whose hands were mighty, have found nothing.
6 At thy rebuke, O God of Jacob: both the chariot and horse are fallen.
7 * Thou, even thou art to be feared: and who may stand in thy fight when thou art angry?
8 Thou didst cause thy judgment to be heard from heaven: the earth tiembled, and was still,
9 When God arose to judgments and to help all the meek upon earth.
10 The fierceness of man shall turn to thy praise: and the fierceness of them shalt thou refrain... 11 Promise unto the Lord your God, and keep it, all ye
that are round about him: bring presents unto him that ought to be feared.
12 He fhall refrain the spirit of princes: and is wonderful among the kings of the earth.
§ Pfalm 77, Voce mea ad Dominum." i WILL cry unto God with my voice: even unto God will I cry
with my voice, and' he shall hearken unto me. 2 In the time of my trouble I fought the Lord: my fore ran, and ceased not in the night-season; my soul refused comfort. bs than the bittereit potion to the palale."-Gracious his 'Providence difposes the issue of all we pojectGod! teach us so to live that we be not obliged to his elleem is of more importance to us than that of all drink the bitter cup of thy eternal vengeance.
the World and his pleasure determines both all our ! This is a Song of 'Thanksgiving for some re. ease and all our sufferings-In a word he is able to de markable victory which God had vouchlafed his People, ftroy both Body and soul in Hell. and an Exhortation to acknowelge the divine power is the Prophet being poprefied with most grievous and Majesty.
Afiction here expreiles the extremne deje tion and trou. * Thou, even thou art to be fiared, &c. i. e. God ble of his mind; and beautifully describes the conis to be feared before all things. And he certainly, in ficts and struggles he underwent betare he could make reason, ought to be the principal object of our fear, his anxiety give way to hope and humble coahdence in because his bounty is the Fountain of all our supplies the divine goodness!
3 When I am in heaviness, I will think upon God: when my heart is vexed, I will complain.
4. Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so feeble that I cannot speak.
5 I have considered the days of old: and the years that are past.
6 I call to remembrance my song: and in the night I commune with mine own heart, and search out my spirits.
7 Will the Lord absent himself for ever: and will he be no more intreated ?
8 Is his mercy clean gone for ever: and is his promise come uttcrly to an end for evermore? 9 Hath God forgotten to be gracious: and will he shut
his loving kindness in displeasure ?
And I said, It is mine own infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most Highest.
II I will remember the works of the Lord: and call to mind thy wonders of old time.
12 I will think also of all thy works: and my talking shall be of thy doings.
13 Thy way, O God, is holy: who is so great a God as our God?
14 Thou art the God that doeth wonders: and hast declared thy power among the people.
15 Thou hast nightily delivered thy people: even the sons of Jacob and Joseph.
16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee, and were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
17 The clouds poured out water, the air thundered: and thine arrows went abroad.
18 The voice of thy thunder was heard round about: the lightn
And I said it is mine own Infirmity, &c. When those Afictions may be laid upon us: and this, in AMictions would lead us to diftrust the divine good- every well disposed mind, will 'effe&ually banith all ness; let us reflect upon God's paft mercies towards murmuring and discontent. us; and consider for what wife and excellent purposes