« PreviousContinue »
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED.
501 6 Wile thou not turn again and quicken us : that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7 Shew us thy mercy, O Lord: and grant us thy falva. tion.
8 I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me: for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his laints, that they turn not again.
9 For his salvation is nigh them that fear him: that glory, may dwell in our land.
10 Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kiffed each other.
Ht Truth shall Aourish out of the earth :"and righteousness hach looked down from heaven.
12 Yea, the Lord shall shew loving kindness : and our land shall give her increase.
13 Righteousness shall go before him : and he shall direct his going in the way.
MORNING PRAY E R. 19
Psalm 1xxxvi. Inclina, Domine.
poor and in misery. 2 Preserve thou my soul, for I am holy: my God, fave chy servant that putteth his trust in thee.
3 Be mercitul unto me, O Lord : for I will call daily
4. Comfort the foul of thy servant : for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul.
5 For thou, Lord, art good and gracious : and of great mercy unto all them that call upon thee.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm lxxxv.] In this psalm we have two principal instructions: 1. That God makes men, and sometimes his own people and his church, feel the effects of his wrath for the punishment of their fins; and that the end which he proposes by it is, to recover men from their errors. That when he sees men humbled, he is reconciled to them, and is always ready to deliver them that fear him, and to beltow on them his choiceft biesings, both temporal and spiritual.
6 Give ear, Lord, unto my prayer : and ponder the voice of my humble desires .
7 In the time of my trouble I will call upon thee : for thou hearest me.
8. Among the gods there is none like unto thee, O Lord : there is not one that can do as thou doest.
9 All nations whom thou hast made shall come and worfhip thee, O Lord : and shall glorify thy Name.
io For thou art great, and docft wondrous things : thos art God alone.
11 Teach me thy way, O Lord, and I will walk in chy truth: O knit my heart unto thee, that I may fear thy Name.
12 I will thank thee, O Lord my God, with all my heart : and will praise thy Name for evermore.
13 For great is thy mercy toward me: and thou haft delivered my soul from the nethermost hell.
14 O God, the proud are rifen against me: and the Congregations of naughty men have fought after my soul, and have not let thee before their eyes.
15 But thou, O Lord God, art full of compassion and mercy: long-suffering, plenteous in goodness and truth.
16 O turn thee then unto me, and have mercy upon me : give thy strength unto thy fervant, and help the lon of thine handmaid.
17 Shew some coken upon me for good, that they who hate me may see it, and be ashamed : because thou, Lord, hast holpen me, and comforted me.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxvi.) This prayer, and the example of king David, fhould excite and encourage those who are in affliction and distress to call uppa God for help, with profound humility, and firm conhdence in his mercy and power; beseeching him, not only to deliver them from the evils which press fore upon them, but, above all, to give them grace to please
and obey him, as David did in this prayer : Teach me thy way, o - Lord; and I will walk in thy truth : O knie my heart unto thee, that
I may fear tby name." We ought likewise, in our troubles, to meditaz ppon God's infinite goodness, and consider, “ that he is full of compalson and mercv, long-suffering, and plenteous in goodness and truth," and always ready to give tokens of his favour to those that serve his. This will support us under all our trials, fill us, with joy and coafolation,
Psalm 1xxxvii. Fundamenta ejus.
loveth the gates of Sion more than all the dwellings of Jacob.
2 Very excellent things are spoken of thee: thou city of God.
3 I will think upon Rahab and Babylon : with them that know me.
4. Behold ye the Philistines also : and they of Tyre, with the Murians, lo, there was he born.
5 And of Sion it shall be reported, that he was born in her: ard the most High shall itablish her.
6 The Lord shall rehearse it when he writeth up the people : that he was born there.
7. The singers also and trumpeters shall he rehearse: all my fresh springs shall be in thee.
Psalm lxxxviji. Domine Deus.
before thee: Olet my prayer enter into thy presence, incline thine ear unto my calling.
2 For my soul is full of trouble : and my life draweth nigh unto h 11.
3 I am counted as one of them that go down into the pit: and I have been even as a man that hath no strength.
4 Free among the dead, like unto them that are wounded, and lie in the grave: who are out of remembrance, and are cut away from thy hand.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S.. and afford us, even in the midt of our trouble, reason to praise and blefs him.
Psalm !xxxvij.} This pfalm, which describes the glory of the Israel. ites, is still better suited to the Christian church. The Holy Ghost foretells cherein that the pagans, and the most distant nations, thould be one day admitteil into the divine covenant, and numbered among the worshippers of the true God. This is our happiness, throagh the coming of our Lord Jesus Chrift; and for this we ough to return continual thanks to God.
5 Thou hast laid me in the lowest pit: in a place of darkness, and in the deep.
6 Thine indignation lieth hard upon me : and thou hat vexed me with all thy storms.
7 Thou haft put away mine acquaintance far from me: and made me to be abhorred of them.
8 I am so fast in prison : that I cannot get forth.
9 My light faileth for very trouble: Lord, I have called daily upon thee, I have stretched forth my hands unto thee.
10 Doft thou shew wonders among the dead : or shall the dead rise up again, and praise thee?
11 Shall thy loving kindness be thewed in the grave: or thy faithfulness in destruction ?
12 Shall thy wondrous works be known in the dark: and thy righteousness in the land where all things are for
13 Unto thee have I cried, O Lord : and early shall my prayer come before thee.
14 Lord, why abhorrest thou my soul: and hideft thou thy face from me ?
15 I am in misery, and like unto him that is at the point to die: even froni my youth up thy terrors have I suffered with a troubled mind.
16 Thy wrathful displeasure goech over ine and the fear of thee hath unclone me.
17 They came round about me daily like water: and compassed me together on every side.
18 My lovers and friends halt thou put away from me: and hid mine acquaintance out of my light.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm 1xxxviii.] The reading and meditating on this pfalm is very proper for the confort and instruction of those that are overwhelmed with deep forrow. The condition of the prophet, who speaks here may convince them, that the saints have undergone the like trials; that they hate been, as it were, forfiken and deprived of all comfort, so that for a cogliderable cime God seemed to parsue them in his wrath, and scourge them severely. Wherefore, those that fear God should not lofe courage when they are exposed to outward afflictions, and even inwardly troubled for want of comfort and by the terrors they feel in their soul. But they ought
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 505
Psalm. lxxxix. Misericordias Domini.
Lord: with my mouth will I ever be lhewing thy trurn from one generation to another,
2 For I have fail, Mercy shall be set up for ever : thy truch shalt thou stablish in the heavens.
3 I have made a covenant with my chosen : I have sworn unto David my servant ;
4 Thy seed will I itablish for eyer: and set up thy throne from one generation to another.
5. O Lord, the very heavens shall praise thy wondrous works : and thy truch in the congregation of the saints.
6 For who is he among the clouds : that shall be compared unto the Lord.
7. And what is he among the gods: that shall be like unto the Lord ?
8 God is very greatly to be feared in the council of the saints : and to be had in reverence of all them that are round about him.
9 O Lord God of hosts, who is like unto thee : thy truth móft mighcy Lord, is on every side.
10 Thou rulest che raging of the sea : thou stilleft the waves thereof when they arise.
1 Thou hast fubdued Egypt, and destroyed it: thou haft scattered thine enemies abroad with thy mighey arm.
12 The heavens are chine, the earth also is thine: thou haft laid the foundation of the round world, and all that therein is.
13 Thou hast made the north and the south : Tabor and Hermon shall rejoice in thy Name.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION $. to represent to God their fad condition, wait with patience for his confoJarion, and remember likewise, that anguish of Ipiric does not hinder God from beholding them in his mercy. This we are more certainly aflured of, by the terrors which our Lord felt in his soul at the time of his pafton, than by the example of the prophet who speaks in this pfalme.