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ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED 451 9 The princes of the people are joined unto the people of che God of Abraham : for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a fhield.
Pfalm xlviii. Magnus Dominus.
ciry of our God, even upon his holy hill, 2 The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth ; upon the north fide licth the city of the great King; Gud is well knowngin her palaces as a sure refuge.
3 For lo, the kings of the earth : are gathered, and gone by together.
4. They marvelled to see such things: they were astonished and suddenly cast down.
5 Fear came there upon them, and sorrow : as upon a woman in her travail,
6 Thou shalt break the ships of the sea : through the esit-wind.
7 Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hults ; in the city of our God : God upholdeth the same for ever.
8 We wait for thy loving kindness, O God: in the midst of thy temple.
90 God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the worlds end : thy right hand is full of righteouinels.
10 Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughter of Judah be glad : because of thy judg:nents.
11 Walk about Sion, and go round about her: and tell the towers thereof.
12 Mark well her bulwarks, set up her houles : that ye may tell them that come after.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xlvii,] This plalım should excile us to praise God, and to celébrate his glory with holy transports, as he is the king of the whole earth, and deseryes the adoration of all men ; buc above a!!, because he has chosen as to be his people and his inheritance. What we read in this psalm is particularly applicable to the times of the gospel, and especially to our Lord's triumphant ascension to the glory of his kingdom, a: : 10 the happiness which the several nations of the earth now enjoy ir being accounted the people of God.
13 For this God iş our God for ever and ever : hę stalı be our guide unto death.
Psalm xlix. Audite bål, omnes. Hear ye this, all ye people : ponder it with your ears, O
all ye that dwell in the worisl. 2 High and low, rich and poor : one with another.
3 My mouth shall speak of wisdom: and my heart shall mufe of understanding:
4 I will incline mine ear to the parable :, and shew my dark speech upon the harp.
5 Wherefore should I fear in the days of wickedness; and when the wickedness of my heels compasseth me found about.
6 There he some that put their trust in their goods; and boast themselves in the multicade of their riches.
7 But no man may deliver his brother: nor make agreement unto God for him :
8 For it cost more to redeem their souls ; so that he must let that alone for ever : 9 Yea, though he live lorg; and see not the grave.
1o For he seech that wise men also die, and perilh cogether : as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave theiç riches for other.
11 And yet they think that their houses shall continue for ever: and that their dwelling places mall endure from one generation to another, and call the lands after their own
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION $. Plalm xlviii.] The reflection we are to make upon this pfalm is, that the church has often been attacked by the kings and nations of the world, who had conspired together to destroy it ; but that God has always waiched over it, and rendered all the conspiracies of its enemies vain, and turned them to their own confufion. This pralm aflures uş very exprefly, that the church is the deareft thing to God upon earth, that he dwells in the midt of it, that he encompasses it with his protection, and that he will always support it. These promises are AiH better suited to the Chrißian than to the Jewish church, and ought to convince us of our happinets in being members of Chtift's church, and fill all fincere Chriftians with itedfat hope and confidence in God.
12 Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour: seeing he
may be compared unto the beasts that perish ; this is the way of them.
13 This is their foolishness : and their pofterity praise their saying
14. They lie in the hell like sheep, death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall have dominion over them in the morning: their beauty shall consume in the fepulche put of their dwelling.
15 But God hath delivered my soul from the place of hell: for he shall receive me.
16 Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich: or if the glory of his house be increased ;
17 For he shall carry nothing away with him, when he dieth: neither shall his pomp follow him.
18 For while he lived, he counted himself an happy man; and so long as thou deeft well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.
19 He fhall follow the generation of his fathers : and shall never see light.
20 Man being in honour hath no understanding : but is compared unto the beasts that perish.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS." Psalm-xlix.] There are many very important reflections to be made on this psalm. It teaches us, that such as trust in their goods and riches, or that are puffed up with their honours and credit, are feols and blind. We have here represented the vanity and folly of the projects and schemes laid by worldly men for their own advancement, and the glory of their families. The prophet remarks, that God makes all their ichemes aborrive; that death robs them of all their glory; that they 'become a prey to the grave ; and that their riches cannot redeem their souls, nor
fecure them from death and the judgment of God; but that it is not so wich those that pût their trust in God, fince they are sure that he will redeem shem, even from death, and will take them to himself to all eternicy. High and low ought to attend to and meditate on these instructions, as the prophet exhorts them : those who are rich, or in an exalted station, should remember them, left they forget God, and fall into pride ; and people of mean rank, should learn from hence, never to envy the glory, Fiches, and prosperity, which fall to the lot of others ; and all in general are here taught to wean their affections from the world, and to seek their happiness wholly in the favour and love of God.
MORNING PRAY E R.
Plalm I. 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 thall not keep silence : there shall go before him a consuming fire, and a mighty tempeft shall be ftirred 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 himlelf.
? Hear, O niy people, and I will speak : I myself will tefiry againit chée, o Israel; for I am God, even thy God,
8 I wili rot reprove thee because of thy facrifices, or for thy burnt offerings : because they were not alway before me.
9 I will take no bullock out of thine house: nor he-goat out of thy folds.
1o Fur 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 most Higheit.
15 And call upon me 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 mouch;
17 Whereas thou hatelt to be reformed : and haft cast my words behind thee?
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED 455 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 latest and spakest against thy brother : yea, and haft 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 lhew 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
fin: 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 sight: that thou mightett be justified in thy saying, and clear when thou art judged.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Plalm l.] This pfalm teaches us, that the true worship which God requires, is to serve him in spirit and in truth, to praise him, to call upon hiin
, 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 studying 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.