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SHA THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. .2 He shall feed me in a green pasture : and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.

3. He shall convert my soul : and bring me forth in the „paths of righteousness for his Names sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil : for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me. .

5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me : thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.

6 But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all . the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.


in Psalm xxiv Domini eft terra. T H E earth is the Lord's, and all that therein is: the .

1 compass of the world, and they that dwell therein.'

2 For he hath founded it upon the seas : and prepared ic upon the floods. .

3. Who shall afcend into the hill of the Lord : or who Ihall rise up in his holy place ? • 4. Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart : and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord: and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xxiii.] The happy condition of the faithful, who live io full assurance of God's love, and under his protection, is here in a most af. fecting manner set before us. David Mews by his own example, that they never want; that God protects, comforts, and supports them in every condition ; that he is with them even in death, and confers his graces and favours upon them in the highest degree, caufing them to live in a blessed communion with him. This pfalm is full of confolation to true believers; and the desire of partaking in the precious advantages cherein set forth should make us all zealousy to apply our felves to the Itudy of piety,


6 This is the generation of them that seek him: even of them that seek thy face, O Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates, and be ye lift up,'ye everlasting doors : and the King of glory shall come in.

8 Who is the King of glory : It is the Lord, strong, and mighty, even the Lord, mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, Oye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors : and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is the King of glory: even the Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory.

Psalm xxv. Ad te, Domine, levavi.. |NTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; my God, U I have put my trust in chee: O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

2 For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed : but, such as transgress without a cause, shall be put to confusion.

3 Shew. me thy ways, O Lord : and teach me chy paths.

4 Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me: for thou art the God of my salvation : in thee hath been my hope all the day long.

5 Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies : and thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old.

6 On remember not the fins and offences of my youth : but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.

7 Gracious and righteous is the Lord : therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

8 Them that are meek, shall he guide in judgement : and such as are gentle, them shall he learn his way.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxiv.) This psalm teaches us who they are whom God looks upon as children, and will admit into his glorious presence. None will be admitted there, but men of pure hands and a clean heart, who are fincere and faithful in their words and in all their behaviour ; who avoid fraud and deceit, and call upon the Lord, and seek his face with their whole heart. If therefore, we desire to be partakers of God's love, we hould examine whether we find in ourselves these characters and seatiments ; endeavouring to produce them in ourselves if we have them, not, and if we have, improving them consinually.



9. All the paths of the Lordare mercy and truth: unto such as keep his covenant, and his teftimonies.

1Q For thy Name's fake, O Lord: bę merciful unto my . sin, for it is great. .

1. What man is he that feareth the Lord : him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

12. His soul shall dwell at ease: and his feed shall inherit the land.

13 The secret of the Lord is among them that fear him : and he will shew them his covenant.

14 Mine.eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15 Turn thee unto me, and have inercy upon me: for I am desolate and in misery.

16 The sorrows of my heart are enlarged : O bring thou me out of my troubles.

17 Look upon my adversity and misery'r and forgive me all my sin. . .

18 Consider mine enemies, how many they are : and they bear, a tyrannous hate against mę.

19 O keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be confounded, for I have put my tțult in thee,

29 Let perfectness and righteous dealing for my hope hath been in thee.

21 Deliver Ifrael, O God: out of all his troubles.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm. xxv.] Observe, 1, That what we ought moft earnestly to pray for-is, that we may be filled with the knowledge of. God; that he would teach us to walk in his way, and grant us pardon for all the fins we have committed, 2. We here learn, how advantageous it is to fear God, David, has told us, that God makes known his ways, to the meck and humble ; thap he thews them that fear him the way that they should chule; thas to them he reveals his secrets and his covenant; that he blesses them and their posterity exceedingly; and when they are in aMiction, he profects them, and delivers them out of all their distresses.' These are instructions of the greatest use and importance; and carefully reading and meditating on these things, and frequently offering up to God the excellent prayers contained in this pralm, is one of the best things we can do to frengthen us more and more in the fear of the Lord, and secure our eternal welfare,


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Psalm xxvi. Judica me, Domine. DE thou my judge, O Lord, for I have walked inno. D cently : my trust hath been also in the Lord, there-fore shall I not fall.

2 Examine me, O Lord, and prove me: try out my reins, and my heart.

3 For thy loving kindness is ever before mine eyes : and I will walk in thy truth. . 4 I have not dwelt with vain persons : neither will I have fellowship with the deceitful.

5. I have hated the congregation of the wicked: and will not fit among the ungodly. .

6 I will wash my hands in innocency, O Lord : and fo will I go to thine altar;

7 That I may shew the voice of thanksgiving : and tell of all thy wonderous works.

8 Lord, I have loved the habitation of thy house : and the place where thine honour dwelleth.

9 O fhut not up my soul with the finners : nor my life with the blood-thirsty ;

10 In whose hands is wickedness: and their right hand is full of gifts.

11 But as for me, I will walk innocently : O deliver me, and be merciful unto me.

12 My foot standeth right: I will praise the Lord in the congregations.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.. Pfal. xxvi.] s. The first instruction this plalm furnishes us wish, is, that God chiefly regards our integrity and fincerity; that he searches and tries the heart; and therefore, that the only means of obtaining God's favour is to approve ourselves in his fight, to live in innocency, to walk in truth, and to hate vice. 2. David's earnelt desire to serve God in the tabernacle, Mould Air us up to discharge the duties of religion with the fame fervency, and to take the greateit delight in going to the house of God, there to praise him, and to meditate on the wonders of his love. But the care this pious king took to purify himself before he went uato the aitar of God, should convince us, that in order to appear in the presence of God, we should be pure and live a holy life.

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Psalm xxvii. Dominus illuminatio..
THE Lord is my light, and my salvation ; whom then

I shall I fear : che Lord is the strength of my life ; of whom then shall I be afraid ?

2 When the wicked, even mine enemies, and my foes came upon me to eat up my felh: they stumbled, and fell,

3 Though an host of men were laid againft me, yet shall not my heart be afraid : and though there rose up war against me, yet will I put my trust in him.

4. One thing have I desired of the Lord, which I will require : 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 me up upon a rock of stone.

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

og Therefore will I offer in his dwelling an oblation with great gladnefs : 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 háth talked of thee, Seek ye my face : thy face, Lord, will I seek.

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

11 Thou hast been my fuccour : leave me nøt, 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 : for there are false witnesses risen up against me, and such as speak wrong. . '.

,35 I should utterly have fainted: but that I believe verily to see the goodn-fs of the Lord in the land of the Living

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