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MORNING PRAY E R.
Plalm 1. Deus deorum.
and called the world, from the rising up of the fun, unto the going down thereof.
2 Out of Sion hath God appeared: in perfect beauty.
3 Our God shall come, and shall not keep silence : there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempeft shall be stirred up round about him.
4 He shall call the heaven from above; and the earth, that he may judge his people.
5 Gather my faints together unto me: those that have made a covenant with me with facrifice,
6 And the heavens Thail declare his righteousness : for God is judge himself.
? Hear, O niy people, and I will speak : I myself will tefiry againit thée, o Israel ; for I am God, even thy God, I 8 I wili rot reprove thee because of thy facrifices, or for thy burnt-off rings : because they were not alway before me.
9 I will take no bullock oui of thing house: nor he-goas out of thy folds.
1o For all the beasts of the forest are mine : and so are the cattle up in a thousand hills.
!1 I know all the fowls upon the mountains : and the wild beasts of the field are in my sight.
12 If I be hungry, I will not tell thee : for the whole world is mine, and all that is therein.
13. Thinkest thou that I will eat bulls felh : and drink the blood of goats ?
14 Offer unto God thanksgiving: and pay thy vows unto the moft Higheit.
15 And call upon nie in the time of trouble : so will I hear thee, and thou Malt praise me.
•16 But unto the ungodly said God: Why doft chou preach my laws, and takest my covenant in thy mouth;
17 Whereas thou hatest to be reformed : and hatt caft my words behind thee?
18 When thou sawest a chief, thou consentedft unto him : and haft been partaker with the adulterers.
19 Thou haft let thy mouth speak wickedness: and with thy tongue thou haft set forth deceit.
20 Thou lattest and spakest against thy brother : yea, and halt Nandered thine own mothers son.
21 Thele things haft thou done, and I held my tongue, and thou thoughtest wickedly, that I am even such a one as thyself: but I will reprove thee, and set before thee the things that thou hast done.
22 O consider this, ye that forget God : left I pluck you away, and there be none to deliver you.
23 Whoso offereth me thanks and praise, he honoureth me : and to him that ordereth his conversation right, will I shew the lalvation of God.
Psalm li. Miferere mei, Deus.
according to the multitude of thy mercies do away nine offences.
2 Wash me thoroughly from my wickedness : and cleanse me from my sin:
3 For I acknowledge my faults : and my fin is ever be
4 Against thee only have I sinned, and done this evil in thy light : that thou mightett be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm 1.) This pfalm teaches us, that the true worship which God Tequires, is to serve him in spirit and in truth, to praise him, to call upon
, and to do his will. As for those who profess to serve God, to take bis covenant in their mouth's, and who, nevertheless, abandon themselves to fin, and particularly to injustice, impurity, deceit, and flander ; we fe here, that God cannot endure their hypocrisy; and that though he does not punish them immediately, they must not ima ine they mali escape his judgment. Sinners and false Christians should carefully inprove to their advantage what is faid in this plaim; and all of us ought feriouNy to refeet upon it, that we may not offend God by an hypocritical worship, but calling upon him with fincerity, and ftudying above all things to do whac he commandeth, may render to him such service as hall be acceptable in his fight, and procure his favour towards us.
5 Behold, I was shapen in wickedness : and in fin hath my mother conceived me.
6 But lo, thou requirest truth in the inward paris : and Nialt make me to understand wisdom secretly.
7 Thou shalt purge me with hyffop, and I shall be clean : thou shalt wah me, and I shall be whiter than liow.
8. Thou shalt make me hear of joy and gladness : thać the bones which thou hast broken, may mjoyce. 9
Turn thy face from iny sins : and put out all my misdeeds.
10 Make me a clean heart, O God: and renew a right fpirit within me.
11 Caft me not away from thy presence : and take not thy Holy Spirit from me.
12 O give me the comfort of thy help again and stablishi me with thy free Spirit.
iz Then shall I reach thy ways unto the wicked : and finners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from blood-guiltiness, O God, thou that art the God of my health : and my tongue shall sing of thy righteousness.
15 Thou shalt open my lips, O Lord: and my mouth shall shew thy praise.
16 For thou desirest no sacrifice, else would I give it thee: but thou delightest nor in burnt offerings.
17 The sacrifice of God is a troubled spirit a broken and concrite heart, O God, fhalt thou not defpife.
18 O be favourable and gracious unto Sion : build thou the walls of Jerufalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the facrifice of righ seouiness, with the burni-offerings and oblations : then sha they offer young bullocks upon thine altar.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm. li.) David's example in this plalm teaches us, 1. That it is the dury of finners, and particularly of those that have fallen into great fins; to be fenable of the greatneis of them, humbly to acknowledge and confess them, and even publicly before men, when it is necesary; earnestly zo implore the mercy of God with true contrition, and to beg of him a fitcore converfion, and the allistance of his spirit, that they may never
Pfalm lii. Quid gloriaris ?
. Y boastest thou thyself, thou tyrant : that thou
canft do mischief; 2 Whereas the goodness of God: endureth yet daily?
3 Thy tongue imagineth wickedness: and with lies thou cuctest like a sharp rafor.
4 Thou hast loved unrighteousness more than goodness : and to talk of lies more than righteousness. 5
Thou hast loved to speak all words, that may đo hurt: o thou false tongue.
6 Therefore sallGod destroy thee for ever : he shall take thee, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling, and root thee out of the land of the living.
7 The righteous allo shall see this, and fear : and shall laugh him to scorn.
8 Lo, this is the man that took not God for his strength : but trusted unto the multitude of his riches, and (trengthened himself in his wickedness.
9 As for me, I am like a green olive-tree in the house of God: my trust is in the tender mercy of God for ever and ever.
10 I will always give thanks unto thee for that thou hast done: and I will hope in thy name, for thy saints like it well.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. more fall into fin. 2. That a penitent finner, who is truly humbled for -his fins, confiders himself indiipensably obliged to repair the scandal be has given, and contribute his uimoft towards the conversion of other Anners, and the edification of all by his example, by his exhortations, and by his prayers. This is the only way to obtain pardon for the fins we bave committed, and to procure peace of conscience, and the renewal of the grace of God.
Pfalm lii.) We may gather from this pfalm, 1. That the wicked, and particularly cruel men and Nanderers, such as Doeg was, receive from God the punishment they deferve; and that God abhors lying and ca. lumny. 2. That those who erust in their riches, or in their address, be. come examples of the juft judgment of God: whilft he bestows his favour oa chose chat put their trust in him, and walk in his ways.
THE COMMON PRAYER, &e.
Psalm liji Dixit infipiens.
God. 2 Corrupt are they, and become abominable in their wickedness : there is none chat doeth good.
3 God looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and feek after God,
4. But they are all gone out of the way, they are altogether become abominable: there is also none that doeth good, no not one.
5 Are not they without understanding, that work wickednels : eating up my people as if they would eat bread ? they have not called
6 They were afraid, where no fear was : for God hath broken the bones of him that besieged chee : thou hast puc them to confufton, because God hath despifed them.
7 Oh that the falvation were given unto Israel out of Sion: Oh that the Lord would Deliver his people out of captivity!
8 Then should Jacob rejoice: and Israel should be right glad.
Plalm. liv. Deus, in Nomine.
in thy ftrength. -2. Hear my prayer, O God: and hearken unto the words of my mouth, .
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS Psalm liii.)
!. The complaint which David here makes of the impiecy of the men of his age, may be applied to a great number of Cristians, who profess to know God, but in works deny him, giving themselves up to all manner of impiety. 2. It appears, however, from the evils which David says the righteous are exposed to by means of the ungodly, and from the promises made to che godly in ami&ions, that when the corruption is most general, God has always some crue worshippers, who lament this corruption, endeavour to keep shemkelves free from the infection, and, in the midst of the disorders that prevail, always loo : up to God, ind put th-ir truk in him. 3. It should be remarked, thi: St Paul, (Ron. iii.) qtes this psalm, to prove that the Jews were fin ers as well as th: heathe ; that consequently they could rot be jufaid by the law of Moses, but only by faith in Jefus Chrik.