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E VENING PRAYER.
Psalm lix. Eripe me de inimicis.
from them that rise up against me. 2 O deliver me from the wicked doers : and fave me from the blood-thirsty men.
3 For lo, they lie waiting for my soul : the mighty, men are gathered against me without any offence or fault of
me, O Lord.
4. They run and prepare themselves without my fault: arife thou therefore co help me, and behold.
5 Stand up, O Lord God of hofts, thou God of Israel, to visit all the heathen: and be not merciful unto them that offend of malicious wickedness.
6 They go to and fro in the evening: they grin. like a dog, and run about through the city.
7 Behold, they speak with their mouth, and swords are in their lips : for who doth hear?
8 But thou, O Lord, Ihalt have them in derision: and thou shalt laugh all the heathen to scorn.
9 My strength will I ascribe unto thee : for thou art the God of my refuge:
10 God Theweth me his goodness plenteously: and God thall let me see my
upon mine enemies. 11 Slay them not, left my people forget it: but scatter them abroad among the people, and put them down, O Lord, our defence.
12 For the fin of their mouth, and for the words of cheir lips, they shall be taken in their pride : and why ? their preaching is of cursing and fies.
13 Confume them in thy wrath, confume them, that they may perish : and know that it is God that ruleth in Jacob, and unto the ends of the world.
14 And in the evening they will recurn: grin like a dog, and will go about the city.
15 They will run here and there for meat : and grudge if they be not satisfied.
16 As for me, I will fing of thy power, and will praise thy mercy betimes in the morning : for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I fing: for thou, O God, art my refuge, and my merciful God.
thou hast also been displeased, o turn thee unto us again.
2 Thou hast moved the land, and divided it : heal the sores thereof, for it shaketh.
3 Thou hast shewed thy people heavy things : thou hast given us a drink of deadly wine.
4 Thou hast given a token for such as fear thee : that they may triumph because of the truth.
5 Therefore were thy beloved delivered: help me with thy right hand, and hear me.
6 God hath spoken in his holiness, I will rejoice and divide Sichem: and mete out the valley of Succoth.
7 Gilead is mine, and Manasses is mine : Ephraim also is the strength of my head ; Judah is my law.giver.
8 Moab is my washpot, over Edom will I cast out my shoe : Philistia, be thou glad of me.
9 Who will lead me into the strong city: who will bring me into Edom?
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm lix.] That we may improve by the reading of this pfalm, it is proper to 'make these two reflections. 1. That David's prayers were heard, and that providence furnihed him with means of escaping the fury of Saul, who fought his life'; from whence we learn, that the prayers of the faithful, and their confidence in God, is never in vain. 2. It is to be observed, that what David says in this pfalm against his enemies, was not spoken out of a principle of hatred or revenge; but being persecuted unjuftly, and his cause being that of God, he might, as a prophet, denounce the divine judgments againf them. However, it is not lawful for any private person to make the like prayers. When men treat us with malice and injustice, we must keep within the bounds of that meekness prescribed in the gospel, return good for evil, and wait with patience for the divine afstance.
10 Haft not thou cast us out, o God : Wilt not thou, O God, go out with our bosts?
11 O be thou our help in trouble : for vain is the help
12 Through God will we do great acts : for it is he chat shall cread down our enemies.
Psalm Ixi. Exaudi, Deus.
2 From the ends of the earth will I call upon thee : when my heart is in heaviness.
3 O let me up upon the rock that is higher than I : for thou haft been my hope, and a strong tower for me against the enemy:
4 I will dwell in thy tabernacle for ever : and my trust shall be under the covering of thy wings.
5 For thou, O Lord, haft heard my desires : and haft given an heritage unto thufe that fear thy Name.
6 Thou shali grant the King a long life: that his years may endure throughout all generations. 7
He shall dwell before God for ever : O prepare thy loving mercy and faithfulness, that they may preserve him.
8 So will I always sing praise unto thy Name : that I may daily perform my vows.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm 1x.) The firft thing observable in this pfalm is, that David lays before God the miseries which had befallen the Israelites; which teaches us, that when nations are exposed to war, and other public calamities, God is the difpenfer of them, to chastise and humble them. 2. David celebrates the power and goodness of God, who had afgifted his people, and given them the victory over their enemies. Thes is God reconciled with men, after he has afficted them; and in particular, disappoints the plots and contrivances of the enemies of his church. Lally, This pfalm teaches us, that the Arength and assistance of man is but vanity, and that there is none but the Lord who can help and deliver us in our distress, and in whom we may fafely and perfe&tly confide.
Pfalm sxi.) I'n chis psalm, we fee David groaning and calling upon the Lord for help; but at the same time, we fee him full of joy and confidence. Such are the dispositions of all those that fear God; they implore his affittance when any dangers thrcates them, and make him their fesure refuge.
MORNING PRA Y E R.
Psalm Lxii. Nonne Deo ?
cometh my salvation. 2 He verily is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence, so that I shall not greatly fali.
3 How long will ye imagine mischief against every, man: ye shall be Alain all the sort of you, yea, as a tottering wall shall ye be, and like a broken hedge.
4. Their device is only how co put him out whom God will exalt : their delight is in lies, they give good words with their mouth, but curse with their heart,
5 Nevertheless, my soul, wait thou fill upon God: for my hope is in him.
6 He truly is my strength and my salvation : he is my defence, so that I fhall not fall.
7 In God is my health and my glory: the rock of my might, and in God is my trust.
8 O put your trust in him alway, ye people: pour out your hearts before him, for God is our hope.
9 As for the children of men, they are but vanity: the shildren of men are deceitful upon the weights, they are altogether lighcer than vanity itself.
10 O cruit not in wrong and robbery, give not yourselves unto vanity: if riches increase, fet not your heart upon them.
11 God spake once, and twice I have also heard the fame: that power belongeth unto God :
12 And that thou, Lord, art mercifut: for thou rewardest every man according to his work.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm lxii.) David teaches us, by his example, 1. That the crue and only way to enjoy uninterropted peace aud tranquility of mind, is to trust in God alone; and that when we depend upon him, we need fear nothing that men can do to us. 2. That it is great blindness to trust in men, who are vanity itself; to set out our heart upon the good things of this wc:11, as become proud and haughty when we abound in then.
Psalm Ixiii. Deus, Deus meus.
2 My soul thirsteth for thee, my Aesh also longeth after thee : in a barren and dry land where no water is.
3 Thus have I looked for thee in holiness : that I might behold thy power and glory.
4. For thy loving kindness is better than the life itself : my lips shall praise thee.
15 As long as I live will I magnify thee on this manner : and lift up my hands in thy Name.
6 My foul shall be satisfied even as it were with marrow and fatness : when my mouth praiseth thee with joyful lips.
7 Have I not remembered thee in my bed : and thought upon thee when I was waking?
8 Because thou hast been my helper : therefore under the shadow of thy wings will I rejoice. 9 My soul hangeth upon thee: thy right hand hath up
. holden me.
20 These also that seek the hurt of my soul : they shall go under the earth.
11 Let them fall upon the edge of the sword : that they may be a portion for foxes.
12 But the King shall rejoice in God; all they also that swear by him, shall be commended: for the mouth of them that speak lies shall be stopped.
Psalm lxiv. Exaudi, Deus.
life from fear of the enemy.'
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm Ixiii.] 1. The ardent zeal with which David, when a fugitive and persecuted, desired to enjoy the presence of the Lord in his holy cabernacle, thews, that while we are strangers and sojourners in this world, there is nothing we ought more earneily to desire, than to serve God, to praise him in his house, and to behold his face one day in heaven. 2. The comfort, joy and confidence, which David gives such extraordinary proofs of in this pfalm, most evidently fhew, that the sense of the grace and love of God produces unspeakable joy and satisfaction in the hearts of the faithful, even when they are most ami&ed ; that they fear no evil whilft they are under his protection, and that nothing can disturb or rob them of their peace.