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3 All my delight is upon the saints that are in the earth: and upon such as excel in virtue.
4 But they that run after another god: shall have great trouble.
5 Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer: neither inake mention of their names within my lips.
6 The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of
my cup: thou shalt maintain my lot.
7 The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground: yea, I have a goodly heritage.
8 I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my reins also chasten me in the night-feafon.
9 *I have set God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.
16 Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced: my Aesh also shall rest in hope.
11 For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt thou suffer thy holy One to see corruption.
12 Thou shalt shew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy: and at thy right hand there is pleasure for everinore.
|| Pfalm 17. Exaudi, Domine. (EAR the right, O Lord, consider my complaint: and
hearken unto my prayer that goeth not out of feigned lips. 2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: and let thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.
true Religion ; and they who are poffefied of them God strengthned, and cheered with the hope of being raised will one Day most affuredly acknowledge as his Fa- from death to a life of endler Happiness. From the voorites, and admit them as Citizens of the New Jerue interpretation of St. Peter and Paul in the 2d and 13th Jalem, Whilst to all mere nominal Believers, of what- 'of Acts David in this Pfalm represents Christ, prophecy, ever fe&, he will declare, I know you not, depart fram ing concerning his own Resurrection, and eternal me all ye sbat work Iniquity.
Glory. In this Psalm David implores the divine protection, • I have for God always before me, &c. i. e. by not as due to his Merit, but as an act of Mercy: pro- considering him as always present with him,- privy to mifing to thew his Gratitude for God's goodness, by his most secret Thoughos, Words and Actions ; and an affectionate regard to all such as are truly religious; ready to help and alot him under all dangers and and an atter abhorrence of Idolatry and Prophane- distresses. And would we hope to fare in God's.faness, acknowleding that Jehovah is the only true God, vour and protection, it is necessary that we live always bis chief good, and the Author and Fountain of all as in his presence. good, by whom he is afifted, defended, governed, | The royal Prophet in this Hymn inercats. God
3 Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night-season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me: for utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.
4 Because of mens works that are done against the words of thy lips: I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer.
5 O hold thou up my goings in thy paths: that my footsteps Nip not.
6 I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me : incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words.
7 Shew thy marvellous loving kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee: from such as resist thy right hand.
8 Keep me as the apple of an eye: hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
-9 From the ungodly that trouble me: mine enemies compass me round about to take away my soul.
10 They are inclosed in their own fat: and their mouth speaketh proud things.
11 They lie waiting in our way on every side: turning their eyes down to the ground.
12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey: and as it were a lions whelp, lurking in secret places.
13 Up, Lord, disappoint him, and cast him down : deliver my soul from the ungodly, which is a sword of thine.
14. From the men of thy hand, O Lord, from the men, I say, and from the evil world: which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.
15 They have children at their desire: and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.
16 * But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness: to deliver him from his Enemies, especially from Saul, * But as for me, I will beheld ohy presence, et whose temporary felicity and fleeting pleasures he de. These words contain a summary account of the qualifi. rides, and comforts himself amidf his afli&ions with cation for future Happiness, viz. Righteousness and the hopes of eternal Life,
wherein that happiness confifts, viz. in a Likeness to God,
and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it,
E V E N I N G PRA Y E R.
|| Psalm 18. Diligam te, Domine. Will love thee; O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my stony
rock, and my defence: my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, my buckler, the horn also of my falvation, and my refuge.
2 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised : so shall I be safe from mine enemies.
3 The forrows of death compassed me: and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.
4 The pains of hell came about me: the snares of death overtook me. 5 In my
trouble I will call upon the Lord: and complain unto
6 So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple: and my complaint shall come before him, it shall enter even into his ears.
7 The earth trembled and quaked: the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
8 There went a smoke out in his presence: and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it. 9
He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and it was dark under his feet.
10 He rode upon the Cherubins, and did fly: he came Aying upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place: his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him. Let
therefore fo learn to imitate God in all Ho- expr sed to, his wonderful deliverances, and the Vice liness here, that we may be like him hereafter in eter- tories he had gained by the divine aitance ; extolling na city
the power, justice, and goodness, which God had shewn This is a Hymn of Thanksgiving for David' in his preservation. deliverance from Saul, and from all his Enemies : 1 i be Eartb trembled and quaked, &c. &c. This which as it is truly fublime in its language ; so the truly sublime and rhetorical defcription of God's insentiments it contains are just and admirable. In terposition in David's behalf, feems strongly to allude swhich he describes the great Dangers he had been to the representation of God's appearance upon Mount
12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed: hailftones, and coals of file.
dib 13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven,,and the highest gave his thunder: hail-stones, and coals of fire.--
14. He sent out his arrows, and scattered obensahe cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.
ad! to ym } 15 The fprings of waters were seen, and the foundations o£ the round world were discovered at thy chiding, O Lord: as the blading of the breath of thy displeasure.
16 He shall send down from on high to fetch me: and shall take me out of many waters.
17. He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me: for they are too mighty for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my trouble: but the Lord svas iny upholder.
19 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty: he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.
20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing: according to the cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me.
21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord: and have not forfaken my God, as the wicked doth.
22 For I have an eye unto all his laws: and will not cast out his commandments from me.
23 I was also uncorrupt before him: and eschewed mine own wickedness.
24 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing: and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-light.
25 With the holy thou shalt be holy: and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.
26 With the clean thou shalt be clean; and with the froward thou shalt learn frowardness. Sinai at the delivery of the Law: and under the fgu- against David's Enemies, bis readinefs to deliver him sative expressions of Clouds, Hail, Thunders, Light. and the dreadful exercise of his power in taking vernings and Earthquakes is represented God's displeature geance upon iben. That we may in like manner esa
For thou shalt fave the people that are in adversity and fhalt bring down the high looks of the proud.
28 Thou also thalt light my candle: the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be light. -29 For in thee I thall discomfit an host of inen: and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.
30 The way of God is an undefiled way: the word of the Lord also is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that put' their trust in hiin.
31 For who is God, but the Lord: or who hath any strength, except our God?
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength of war: and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like harts feet: and setteth me up on high.
34 He teacheth mine hands to fight: and mine arms shall break even a bow of steel.
35 Thou hast given me the defence of thy salvation : thy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great. 36 Thou shalt make rocm enough under me for to go:
that my footsteps shall not slide.
37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them: neither will I turn again till I have destroyed theni.
38 I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand; but fall under
feet. 39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battel : 'thou Ahalt throw down mine enemies under me.
40 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me: and I shall destroy them that hate me. gage God's alistance and protection let us be caref. I the Lord, and having an Eye unil all bis Laws. Verfus Joik w David's example, viz. by keeping the ways of 21. 22.