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Psalm xvi. Conferva me, Domine.

O God : for in thee have I put my trust. 20 my soul, thou haft said unto the Lord: Thou art my God; my goods are nothing unto thee.

3 All my delight is upon the faints 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 make 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 chaften me in the night-season.

ġ I have fet God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall.

10 Wherefore my heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced : my flesh also shall rest in hope.

11 For why ? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt thou suffer thy Holy One to fee corruption.

12 Thou Male Mew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy : and at thy right hand there is pleasure for evermore.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. church; but only those who walk in uprightness, who are faithful and fincere in their discourse and all their behaviour ; who avoid Dander, injeftice, and extortion; who love good men, and religiously keep their promises and engagements. Such is the character of a virtuous man, and one that fears God; and such is the glorious recompence that is promised to him: and since none but these can enjoy the effects of God's love in this world or the next, we ought to apply ourselves with great earneftness to all these duties, and live in innocence and integrity; and then thall we experience the truth of the promise made in this pfalm, “Whoro doeth these things shall never fall.”

Psal. xvi.] We are here to obferve the sentiments of the children of God, and their kappiness. As to their sentiments, Dand teaches us by his example, that they always truit in God; that they love and esteem che

Psalm xvii. Exaudi, Domine.
EAR the right, O Lord, consider my complaint: and

hearken unto my prayer, that goeth not out of teigned lips.

2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: and lec thine eyes look upon the thing that is equal.

3 Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the nightseason; thou hart tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me: for I am 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 goiogs in thy paths: that my footsteps Rip nor.

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 eneinies compass me round about to take away my soul.

10 They are inclosed in their own fat : and their mouth speakech proud things.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. pious and virtuous above all; that they avoid the company and errors of the wicked, and adhere inviolably to the pure service of God. As to their happiness, this pfalm teaches us that it is very great ; that God himself is their portion and inheritance; that h: is on their right hand, that they may never be moved ; and that the sense of their happiness makes them rejoice and praise God continually; and that they are even convinced that God will not abandon them to the power of death. Lastly, though what has been said in this psalın may fuit David and all the faithful, yet it is to be observed, that those words, “ Thou wilt not leave my. foul in hell, neither shalt thou suffer thy holy One to see corruption, were compleatly fulfilled only in Chrift; who, (as St Peter takes notice, Ads ii. being the holy One of God, did not remain in the grive nor iee corruption ; but was raised the third day, and exaliet to heaven, where ke reignech over all things, and has prepared for all true believers joys that rever Thall expire.

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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 lion's 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 filieit with thy hid treasure.

15 They have children at their desire: and leave the rest of their fubstance for their babes.

+6 But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness: and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.

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EVENING PRAYER.

Psalm xviii. 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 truft, my buckler, the horn also of my salvation, 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 sorrows of death compassed me : and the overflowings of ungodlinefs made me afraid.

4 The pains of hell came about me: the snares of death overcook me.

5 In my trouble I will call upon the Lord: and complain unto my God.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psal. xvii ] 1. The confidence with which David calls upon the Lord in this psalm, shews the great advantage of an honest and fincere heart; Ince in all conditions good men can apply to God with assurance, knowing that he will always be their protector ; "that he preserves them as the apple of his eye, and keeps them under the shadow of his wings." 2. The last words of this psalm, “But as for me, I will behold thy prefence in righteousness; and when I awake up after thy likeness, I thall be Tatisfied with it;" should raise our thoughts to the desire and expectation of eternal happiness, which the righteous Shall enjoy after the resurrection.

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409 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 smoak out in his presence : and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindlec 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 Ay: he came flying 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.

12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed: hail-stones, and coals of fire.

13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven, and the Highest gave his chunder: hail-Itones, and coles of fire.

14 He fent out his arrows, and scattered them : he cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.

15 The springs of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered at thy chiding, O Lord : at the blasting 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 was my upholder.

He brought me forth also into a place of liberty : lie brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.

20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing: according to the cleanneis of 'my hands shall he recompense me.

21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord : and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doch.

22 For I have an eye unto all his laws: and will not cast out his cominandments from me.

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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 in his eye-fight.

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 frowar I thou ihalt learn frowardness.

27 For thou shalt save the people that are in adversity : and shalt bring down the high looks of the proud.

28 Thou also shalt light my candle: the Lord my God fhall make my darkness to be light. 29

For in thee I Mall discomfit an hoft of men : 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 him.

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 falvation: thy right hand also mall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.

36 Thou shalt make room enough under me for to go: that my footsteps shall not side.

37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overcake chem: neither will I curn again till I have destroyed them.

38 I will smite them that they shall not be able to stand: but fall under my feet.

39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battle: thou shalt 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.

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