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2 Hide me from the gathering together of the froward i and from the insurrection of wicked doers;

3 Who have whet their tongue like a sword : and shoot out their arrows, even bitter words.

4. That they may privily shoot at him that is perfect : suddenly do they hit him, and fear not.

5 They encourage themselves in mischief: and commune among themselves, how they may lay snares, and say, that no man shall see them.

6 They imagine wickedness, and practise it ; that they keep secret among themselves, every man in the depth of his heart.

7 But God shall suddenly shoot at them with a swift arrow: that they shall be wounded.

8 Yea, their own tongues shall make them fall : infomuch that whoso seeth them, shall laugh them to scorn.

9 And all men that see it, shall say, This hath God done : for they shall perceive that it is his work,

10 The righteous shall rejoice in the Lord, and put his trust in him i and all they that are true of heart shall be glad.


Psalm. lxv. Te decet bymnus.
HOU, O God, art praised in Sion: and unto thee

shall the vow be performed in Jerusalem. 2 Thou that hearest the prayer : unto thee shall all felh come.

3 My misdeeds prevail against me : O be thou merciful unto our fins.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Plalm Ixiv.) We fee here, how the wicked often 'make use of artifica and deceit to succeed in their designs, and to destroy the innocent; but that God preserves those that call opon him and trust in him, from the snares that are laid for them, and turns the devices of their enemies a their own confufion. This is a doctrine which ought to fill the righteous with joy and confidence, and engage us to adore the goodness, wisdom and jaftice of the Lord, in his proceedings both with good and bad men.




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THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 4 Blefied is the man whom thou choosest, and receiveft unto thee: he ihall dwell in thy court, and shall be satisfied with the pleasures of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

5 Thou falo sew us wonderful things in thy righteoufness, O God of our salvation : thou that art the hope of all the ends of the earth, and of them that remain in the broad fea.

6 Who in his strength fettech fast the mountains : and is girded about with power. .7 Who stilleth the raging of the sea : and the noise of his waves, and the madness of the people.

8 8 They also that dwell in the utiermoft parts of the earth, shall be afraid at thy tokens : chou that makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to praise thee.

9 Thou visitest the earth, and blefreit ir : thou makeft it very plenteous.

io The river of God is full of water : thou preparest their corn, for so thou providest for the earth.

11 Thou watereft her furrows, thou sendest rain into the Jittle valleys thereof : chou makest it soft with the drops of rain, and blesseft the increase of it.

12 Thoù crownest the year with thy goodnefs : and thy clouds drop fatness.

13. They shall drop upon the dwellings of the wilderness: and the little hills shall rejoice on every side.

14 The folds shall be full of sheep: the valleys also shall stand so thick with corn, that they shall laugh and sing.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm lxv.] This psalm suggests these too instructions: 1. That as God was formerly worshipped in Sion, and there hearkened to the prayers that were offered up to him, he now dwells in his church, and receives favourably the desires of all those that call upon him, pardons their fins, and poureth his benefits upon them. This should convince as bow hapes we are in being members of the church of God, and in the nomber of those whom he has chosen, and for whom he has prepared those com fora of infinite price, which refreth the soul, and produce that fulnels of joy which David here expresses. 2. The next in fruction is, that God geverns the world by his power; and particularly, that he provides mes with the necessaries of this life, by making the land fruitful, and caufisg it to produce bread for our fultenance. These reflections (hould convince as of our obligation to celebrate and praise his name, and to thank him, as the author of all the good things we enjoy, and gratefully employ them to his glory.


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Psalm. Ixvi. Jubilate Deo.
Be joyful in God, all ye lands fing praises unto che

honour of his Name, make his praise to be glorious.
2 Say unto God, o how wonderful art thou in thy works:
through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies be
found liars unto thee.

3 For all the world shall worship thee : ling of thee, and praise thy Name.

4 O come hither, and behold the works of God : how wonderful he is in his doing toward the children of men!

5 He turned the sea into dry land : so that they went through the water on foot ; there did we rejoice thereof. 6 Xe ruleth with his power for ever, his eyes behold

He the people : and such as will not believe, shall not be able to exalt themselves.

7 O praise our God, ye people: and make the voice of bis praise to be heard ;

8 Who holdeth our foul in life: and suffereth not our feet to Nip:

9 For thou, O God, hast proved us : chou also hast tried us, like as filver is tried.

10 Thou broughtest us into the snare: and laideft trouble upon our loins.

I Thou fuftereft men to ride over our heads : we went through fire and water, and thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

12 I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings : and will pay thee my vows, which I promised with my lips, and fpake with my mouth when I was in trouble.

13 I will offer unto thee fat burnt-facrifices, with the incenfe of rams: I will offer bullocks and goats.

14. O come hither, and hearken all ye that fear God: and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.

15 I called unto him with my mouth : and gave him prailes with my tongue.

16 If I incline unto wickedness with mine heart : the Lord will not hear me.

17 But God hath heard me : and considered the voice of my prayer.

18 Praised

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18 Praised be God, who hath not cast out my prayer : nor turned his mercy from me.

Psal. Ixvij. Deus mifereatur.
VOD be merciful unto us, and bless us : and fhew us

the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us ; 2 That thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise thee, O God : yea, let all the people praise thee.

4. O let the nations rejoice, and be glad : for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth

5 Let the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase : and God, even our own God, shall give us his blessing.

7 God shall bless us': and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm Ixvi.). 1. The example of the prophet in this pfalm teaches us, that when God has delivered us from any danger, we Mould thank him for it, declare his goodness, and stir up our neighbours to praise him with us ; but above all, that we fould faithfully discharge the vows and promises we made to him in our distress. 2. We ought to take great notice of these words of the psalmist; “ If I incline unto wickedness with mine, heart the Lord will not hear me." They teach us, that God does not receive the prayers of the wicked; and that if we desire he should hear us, our heart ought to be upright and sincere before him; and that we should sincerely and inviolably adhere to his worship, and the promoting his glory.

Psalm lxvii.] This pfalm engages us to these two duties : 1. We are to look upon the blessing of God as the fource of all temporal and spiritual good things that may contribute to our happiness, and to pray con. tinually to him in the words of the prophet, saying, “ God be merciful unto us, and thew unto us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us." 2. We must offer up this prayer, not only for ourselves, bet for all people ; that God would make himself known to them, and that his name may be praised by all nations. This prayer suits us ftill better than it did the Jews, fince under the gospel dispensation the nations of the ez tih were to be enlightened with the knowledge of God, and coriched with his blefings, through Chrift Jesus.



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Psalm lxviii. Exurgat Deus.
ET God arise, and let his enemies be scattered : let

them also that hate him, flee before hin). 2 Like as the finoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away: and like as wax melteth at the fire, fo let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God: let them also be merry and joyful.

4 O fing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name : magnify him that rideth upon the heavens, as it'were upon an horse, praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.

5 He is a father of the fatherless, and defendech the cause of the widows : even God in his holy habitation.

6 He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity : but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.

70 God, when thou wentest forth before the people : when thou wentest through the wilderness.

8 The earth Mook, and the heavens dropped at the prefence of God: even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.

9 Thou, O God, fentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance : and refreshedit it when it was weary.

10 Thy congregation Mall dwell therein : for thou, o God, haft of thy goodness prepared for the poor.

1 The Lord gave the word : great was the company of the preachers.

12 Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited : and they of the houshold divided the spoil.

13 *Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye he as the wings of a dove : that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered kings for their fake : then were they as white as snow in Salmon.

15 As the hill of Bafan, so is Gods hill : even an high hill, as the hill of Balan, 11

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