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4 And that I may go unto the altar of God, even unto the God of my joy and gladness: and upon the harp will I give thanks unto thee, O God, nty God.

5 Why art thou so heavy, my soul c and why art thou fo disquieted within me ?

6 0 put thy trust in God for I will yet give him thanks which is the help of my countenance, and my God.

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Píalm xliv. Deus, auribus.
E have heard with our ears, O God, our fathers have

told us : what thou haft done in their time of old, 2 How thou halt driven cut the heathen with thy hand and planted them in : how thou haft destroyed the nations, and cast them out.

3 For they gat not the land in poffeffion through their own sword : neither was it their own arm that helped them.

4 But thy right hand, and thine arm, and the light of thy countenance : becaule thou hadst a favour unto them.

5 Thou art my kiny, O God : fend help unto Jacob.

6 Through the will we overthrow our enemies : and in thy name will we tread them under that rise up against us.

7 For I will noc trust in my bow; is is not my sword that shall help nie.

8 But it is thou that savest us from our enemies : and putteft them to confusion that hate us.

9 We make our boast of God all day long: and will praise thy name for ever.

10 But now thou art far off, and putreft us to confusion : and goeft not forth with our armies.

11 Thou makelt us to turn our backs upon our enemies : so that they which hate us, spoil our goods.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xliii.] The complaints and fighs of the prophet, in this and the foregoing pfalm, because he could not come into the house of God, mould engage those who have the liberty to serve God in the religious ademblies, gladly to improve so inestimable a bleiling.

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12 Thou lettest us be eaten up like sheep: and haft fcatteted us among the heathen.

13 Thou sellest thy people for nought: and takest no money for them.

14 Thou makest us to be rebuked of our neighbours : to be laughed to scorn, and had in derision of them that are round about us.

15 Thou makest us to be a by-word among the heathen: and that the people shake their heads at us. 16 My confusion is daily before me: and the shame of

my face hath covered me;

17 For the voice of the Nanderer and blasphemer : for the enemy and avenger.

18 And though all this become upon us, yet do we noć forget thee : nor behave ourselves frowardly in thy covenant.

19 Our heart is not turned back : neither our steps gone out of thy way;

20 No, not when thou haft smitten us into the place of dragons : and covered us with the shadow of death.

21 If we have forgotten the name of our God, and holden up our hands to any strange god : shall not God search ic out; for he knoweth the very secrets of the heart.

22 For thy fake also are we killed all the day long : and are counted as sheep appointed to be sain.

23 Up, Lord, why deepest thou : awake, and be not abfent from us for ever.

24. Wherefore hideft thou thy face : and forgettest our milery and trouble ?

25 For our soul is brought low, even unto the dust: our belly cleaveth unto the ground.

26 Arise, and help us : and deliver us for thy mercies sake.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Plalm xliv.1 This pralm was composed at a time when the people of Ifrael were under affliction and persecution. The complaints here made of their deplorable condition, thew, that in all times the church has been afflicted ; and that God often permits his people to be delivered into the bands of the wicked, and the faithful to be cruelly persecuted. This is St Paul's reflection, (Rom. viii.) where he applies to Christians there

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Pralm xlv. Eructavit cor meum. heart is inditing of a good matter : I speak of the

things which I have made unto the King. 2 My tongue is the pen : of a ready writer:

3 Thou art fairer than the children of men i full of grace åre thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.

4 Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thighO thou moft mighty : according to thy worship and renown.

5 Good luck have thou with thine honour: ride on, be. cause of the word of truth, of meekness and righteousness, and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.

6 Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee : even in the midst among the kings enemies.

7 Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right fceptre.

8 Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God even thy God hach anointed thee with thee oyl of gladness above thy fellows.

9 All thy garments (mell of myrrh, aloes, and casfia: out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.

10 Kings daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the Queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.

11 Hearken, o daughter, and consider, incline thine car: forget also thine own people, and thy fathers house. 12 So shall

the King have pleasure in thy beauty : for he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.

13 And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift: like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.

14 The Kings daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold.

15 She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle work : the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. words of this psalm ; « For thy fake also we are killed all the day long, we are counted as sheep appointed to be fain.” God permits it fo to be for the glory of his name, and to try and purify his church.

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17 In stead of thy father's thou shalt hiave children: whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.

18 I will remember thy name from one generation to anôther : therefore Thall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.

Praim xlvi. Deus nofter refugiüm.
OD is our hope and strength : a very present help

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2 Therefore will wé not fear, though the earth be moved :
and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea.

3. Though the waters thereof tage and fwell, and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the fame.

4. The rivers of the food thereof shall make glad the city of God: the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.

5 God is in the midst of her, therefore fhall fhe not be removed : God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved : but God hath fewed his voice, and the earth Thall melt away.

ŷ The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xlv:] This pfalm is to be considered in two lights : 1. As a hynin designed to procure the divine blefling upon the marriage of Solomon and upon his kingdom. 2. As it properly relates to Jesus Chrift, the husband and king of the church. In this psalm there is exprefs mention made of his divinity, of his anointing, of his power, of the glory and duration of his kingdom. This St Paul teaches us, in the first chapter of the epiftle to the Hebrews, where he applies to our Lord the words of this pfalm: “ Thy feat, O God, is for ever and ever; a fceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom ; God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." These words can properly fuit no other but Christ Jelts; and as they describe his in. finite power and glory, they engage us to reverence and adore him, and in all things to fubmit to him, that we may share in the blessings he pours upon his church, and upon all those who have the happinefs to dive under bis dominion,

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8 O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord : what destruction he hath brought upon the earth.

9 He maketh wars to cease in all the world : he break th the bow, and knappeth the spear in funder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.

IÓ Be ftill then, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.

11 The Lord of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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E Y EN ING PRAYER.

Psalm xlvii. Omnes gentes plaudite.
Clap your hands together, all ye people : Osing unto

God with the voice of melody. 2 For the Lord is high, and to be feared : he is the great King upon all the earth.

3. He fhall subdue the people under us : and the nations under our feet.

4 He shall choose out an heritage for us : even the worship of Jacob, whom he loved.

5 God is gone up with a merry noise; and the Lord with the found of the trump.

6 O sing praises, sing praises unto our God : O fing praises sing praises unto our King.

3 For God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reigneth ove, che heathen: God fitteeh upon his holy feat.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Pfalm xlvi.] We are to learn from hence, that God is the protector of his charch; and that even when kings and nations, who are repre. fested in this pfalm by foods and corrents, are confederate against ii, God renders all their efforts vain, and powerfully delivers it. The Christian church has fill greater share in these promises and the divine pro:ection than the ancient people had, since this is for ever to fubiit. This the churih tias always experienced ; this the faithful should consider for their cum fort, and the confirmation of their faith.

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