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courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh rejoice in the living God.
3 Yca, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young: even thy altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God..
4. Blefied are they that dwell in thy house: they will be alway praising thee.
5 Blefied is the man whose strength is in thee: in whose heart are thy ways.
Ó Who going through the vale of misery, use it for a well: and the poo's are filled with water. :: 7 They will go from strength to strength: and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion.
8 O Lord God of hosts hear my prayer: hearken, O God of Jacob.
9 Behold, O God our defender: and look upon the face of thine Anointed.
Ic For one day in thy courts: is better than a thousand.
11 I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God; than to dweil in the tents of ungodliness.
12 For the Lord God is a light and defence: the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life.
13 * O Lord God of hosts: blessed is the man that putteth his trust in thee.
. || Psalm 85. Benedixisti, Domine. T ORD, though art become gracious unto thy land: though L hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
2 Thou haft forgiven the offence of thy people: and covered all their sins.
* O Lord God of bels: blessid is the Man that put. “ prosperity when thou feest it beft for us.” Such a'to teth his trufi, &c. Which is as if David had said may be the Confolation of ev ry fincere Chriftian un' “ Though we are at present distressed, and forced to der afiliation. “ wander far distant from thy Tabernacle; yet, this l This Psalm is supposed to have been occasioned by “ comfort still remains; we can still firmly rely on thy the return of the Ifraelites from their Babylonian Capti. 86 goodness, that thou wilt deliver us, and restore us to vity; wher), the Temple being rebuilt &c. the people
3 Thou hast taken:away all thy displeasure : and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
4 Turn us then, O God our Saviour : and let thine anger cease from us.
5 Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever: and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another ?
6 Wilt thou not turn again and quicken us: that thy people may rejoice in thee?
9 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord: and grant us thy falvation.
8 I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his faints, that they turn not again.
9. * For his falvation is nigh them that fear him: that glory may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kiffed each other. · 11 Truth shall Aourish out of the earth: and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
12 Yea, the Lord shall Thew loving kindness: and our land shall-give her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him: and he shall direct his going in the way.
MORNING PRAY E R.
| Psalm 86. Inclina Domine. DOW down thine ear, O Lord, and hear me: for I am poor D and in mifery.
2 $ Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: my God, fave thy fervant that putteth his trust in thee.
began to be united into one body and to be elevated but Jejus Chrift, concerning whom it is said that he with hopes of their former gl') y Though, in a sub- was made Flesh and dwelt among us (and wo beh la bis limer sente, it has been thought to refer to the times Glory, the Glory as of the only begoiten of the Father) of the M Mah.
full of Grace and Truth. Johir i. 14. He is also said * For bis Salvation is nigh them that fear him; to be the Glory of his People Ifrael Luke ii. 32. 'that Glory, &6. This was completely fulfilled in none David, conscious of his own Weakness and need
3 Be merciful unto me, O Lord: for I will call daily upon thee.
4 Comfort the soul of thy servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good and gracious: and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer: and ponder the voice of my huinble desires.
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou hearest me.
8 Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord: there is not one that can do as thou doelt.
9 All nations whom thou hast made, shall come and worship thee, O Lord: and shall glorify thy Name.
10 For thou art great, and doest wondrous things: thou art God alone.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in thy truth: 0 knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.
12 I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and will praise thy Name for evermore.
13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou haft deltered my soul from the nethermost hell.
14 O God, the proud are risen against me: and the congregations of naughty men have fought after my soul, and have not set thee before their eyes.
15 But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.
16 O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me: give thy strength unto thy servant, and help the son of thine handmaid. 17 Shew fome token upon me for good, that they who hate me may see it, and be afhamed: because thou, Lord hast holpen, me, and comforted me.
of the divine Affance, here earnestly calls upon God that in Gud's fighi no Man living ball be justified: jiet to help, teach, govern, and establish him in Innocency David might be said to be koly in respect of his ene: of Life. He prays to him with a firm confidence of mies; and might therefore have realon to hope that being heard ; and at the fame Time proclaims his in- God on that account would thew Kindness to him in finite power, Majesty, and Mercy.
preference to them, because, as the Man that had I Preserve thou my Soul, for I am boly &c. This Ex. been born blind juftly obterved, We know that God preslion may at first Sight appear harsh for David to heareth not Sinners: bi if any Man be a Worshippers utter concerning himselt; because, he says elsewhere God and doeth his Will, bım be bearerb John 9. 31. 1
. $ Psalm 87. Fundamenta ejus. T JER foundations are upon the holy hills: the Lord loveth M t he gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2. Very excellent things are spoken of thee: thou city of God.
3 I will think upon Rahab and Babylon: with them that know me.
4 Behold ye the Philistines also: and they of Tyre, with the Morians; lo, there was he born.
5 And of Sion it shall be reported that he was born in her: and the most High shall stablish her. :: 6 The Lord shall rehearse it when he writeth up the people: that he was born there.
9 The fingers alfo and trumpeters shall he rehearse: all my fresh fprings shall be in thee.
|| Psalm 88. Domine Deus. Lord God of my salvation, I have cried day and night beU fore thee: O let my prayer enter into thy presence, incline thine ear unto my calling.
2 For my soul is full of trouble: and my life draweth nigba unto hell.
3 I am counted as one of them that go down into the pit: and I have been even as a man that hath no strength.
4 Free among the dead, like unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave: who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.
5 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit: in a place of darkness and in the deep.
The Prophet here celebrates the praises ofthe City Judea as to the Men of renown wlio were pacivcs of it. of crusalem and Mount Sion, in preference to all the This Psalin seems to have been composed by one neighbouring Kingdoms and Cilies: who, although who was under the deepest Affiliation, and almost de they might boast of famous and remarkable Per- prived of all consolation. He represents herein the fonages being born among them; yet could not equal violence and continuance of his Sufferigns, and the
· 6 Thine indignation lieth hard upon me: and thou hast vexed me with all thy storms,
7 Thou hast put away mine acquaintance far from me: and made me to be abhorred of them. :'
8 I am so fast in prison: that I cannot get forth. :)
9 My îight failech for very trouble: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched forth my hands unto thee.
10 Dost thou shew wonders among the dead: or shall the dead rise up again, and praise thee?
11 Shall thy loving kindness be shewed in the grave: or thy faithfulness in destruction ?
12 Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark: and thy righteousness in the land where all things are forgotten?
13 Unto thee have I cried, O Lord: and early shall my prayer come before thee.
14 Lord, why abhorrest thou my soul: and hidest thou thy face from me?
15 I am in misery, and like unto him that is at the point to die: even from my youth up thy terrors have I suffered with a troubled mind.
16 Thy wrathful displeasure goeth over me: and the fear of thee hath undone me.
17 They came round about me daily like water: and compassed me together on every side.
18 My lovers and friends hast thou put away from me: and hid mine acquaintance out of my sight.
E V E N IN Ğ PRA Y É R.
Psalm 89. Misericordias Domini. Y song shall be alway of the loving kindness of the Lord: IV with my mouth will I ever be shewing thy truth from one generation to another.
Terrors which discomposed his mind, complaining that are commonly called penitential. that God did not hear him, tho' he called upon him I This Píaim was composed at a time when the with great fervency. This Plalm agrees with those Jews were under 1oine publick calamity. The writes