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who are grieved and wearied with the burden of our fins. Thy property is always to have inercy; to thee only it appertainech to forgive sins. Spare us therefore, good Lord, spare thy people whom thou hast redeemed ; enter not into judgment with thy servants, who are vile earth, and miserable finners; but so turn thine anger from us, who meekly acknowledge our vileness, and truly repent us of all our faults; and so make haste to help us in this world, that we may ever live with thee in the world to come, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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turned. Be 'favourable, O Lord, be favourable to thy people, who turn to thee in weeping, fafting, and praying. For thou art a merciful God, Full of compassion, long-suffering, and of great pity. Thou sparest when we deserve punishment, And in thy wrath thinkest upon mercy. Spare thy people, good Lord, spare them, And let not chine hericage be brought to confusion. Hear us, O Lord, for thy mercy is great, And after the multitude of thy mercies look upon us, through the merits and mediation of thy blessed Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
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light of his countenance upon us, and give us peace now and for evermore. Amen.
Pointed as they are to be sung or faid in CHURCHES.
THE FIRST DAY.
Plalın i. Beatus vir, qui non abiit.
of finners: and hath not fat in the seat of the scorntul.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord : and in his law will he exercise himself day and night.
3 And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-lide: that will bring forth his fruit in due season.
4 His leaf also shall not wither; and look, whatsoever he doeth, it hall prosper.
5 As for the ungodly, it is not so with them : but they are like the chaff which the wind scarcereth away from the face of the earth,
6 Therefore the ungodly, shall not be able to stand in the judgement : neither the finners in the congregation of the righteous.
7 But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous : and the way of the ungodly shall perish
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm i.] In this psalm we are taught; 1. That one mark of a good man is, that he shun all intercourse with the wicked and ungodly, that he observe none of their falfe maxims, imitate none of their disorders, and that he make his chief pleasure confit in meditating upon and keep
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED.
Psalm ii. Quare fremuerunt gentes?
why do the people imagine à vain thing?
3 Let us break their bonds asunder: and cast away their cords from us.
4 4. He that dwelleth in heaven, shall laugh them to scorn : the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath : and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king: upon my holy hill of Sion.
7 I will preach the law, whereof the Lord hath said unto me : Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
8 Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inhericance: and the utmost parts of the earth for thy poffeffion. 9
Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron : and break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings : be learned, ye that are judges of the earth.
1 Serve the Lord in fear : and rejoice unto him with reverence.
12 Kiss the Son, left he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way: if his wrath be kindled (yea, but a little) bleffed are all they that put their crust in him.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. ing the law of God. 2. That the righteous are perfectly happy; that the Lord knows and blesses them, and makes them prosper. 3. That the wicked will not escape his vengeance; and that, sooner or later, they will fall into the utmost miseries.
Psal. ii.] The confidence which David manifefts in this pfalm, fhews, in general, that attempts against the designs of God are vain; that what he has decreed will always come to pass; and that nothing can hurt those whom he loves and has promised to bless. But the application which the apostles make to our Lord of these words, “ Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee,” leads us more especially to consider this psalm as it relates to the kingdom of Jesus Chrilt, the Son of God, which has been established in the world, in Ipite of all opposition from kings and the great
Psalm iii. Domine, quid multiplicati ?
are they that rise against me. 2 Many one there be that say of my soul: There is no help for him in his God.
3 But thou, O Lord, art my defender : thou art my worship, and the lifter up of
4 I did call upon the Lord with my voice: and he heard me out of his holy hill.
5 I laid me down and Nept, and rose up again : for the Lord sustained me.
6 I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people: that have set themselves against me round about.
7 Up, Lord, and help me, O my God : for thou smiteft all mine enemies upon the cheek-bone; thou haft broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord, and thy bleffing is upon thy people.
Pfalm iv. Cum invocarem.
thou haft set me at liberty, when I was in trouble ; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.
2 Oye fons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour: and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing?
3 Know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himself the man that is godly: when I call upon the Lord, he will hear
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. men of the earth, and will subfift for ever. And fince this kingdom is established among us, and we have the happiness to be Christ's subjects, let us fubmit ourselves to this glorious King ; let us serve him with humility and joy; let us dread exposing ourselves to his wrath ; and let us place all our trust and confidence in his favour and protection.
Psal. iii.] David's firm confidence in God, when pursued by his son Absalom, teaches us, that a man who fears God may be reduced to great extremities; but that, whatever condition he is in, he is easy and full of trust; that he fears not men, having God on his ade; that he rises op and lies down with confidence, and always depends upon the divine affiftance, even in the greatest dangers.
Stand in awe, and sin not : commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still.
5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your truft in the Lord.
6 There be many that say: Who will shew us any good ? 7 Lord, lift chou up: the light of thy countenance upon
8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart: since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil increased.
9 I will lay me down in peace, and take my reft : 'for it is thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.
Psalm v. Verba mea auribus.
2 O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King, and my God : for unto thee will I make my prayer :
3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord : early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4 For thou art the God that haft no pleasure in wickedness : neither shall any evil dwell with chee.
5 Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight: for thou hatest all them that work vanity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speek leasing : the Lord will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thine house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy: and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies : make thy way plain before my face.
9 For there is no faithfulness in his mouth : their inward parts are very wickedness.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psal. iv.} We learn from this psalm, 1. That good men always apply to God in their distress. 2. That the enterprises formed against those whom God favours, are in vain, and without effect. 3. That worldly men seek after nothing but the advantages of this life, but that the righte. ous aspire after the favour of God ; that his favour is all their happiness, and all their security; and fills their hearts with more joy, even under the greatest afflictions, than worldly men feel in their greatest plenty and prosperity.
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