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14 Thou hast a mighty arm : strong is thy hand, and high is thy right hand.
15 Righteousness and equity are the habitation of thy seat : mercy and truth shall go before thy face.
16 Blessed is the people, O Lord, that can rejoice in thee : they shall walk in the light of thy countenance.
17 Their delight shall be daily in thy Name : and in thy righteousness shall they make their boast.
18 For thou art the glory of their strength : and in thy loving kindness chou shalt lift up our horns.
19 For the Lord is our defence : the holy one of Israel is our King.
20 Thou spakest sometime in visions unto thy faints, and faidft: I have laid help upon one that is mighty, I have exalted one chosen out of the people.
21 I have found David my fervant: with my holy oil have I anointed him.
22 My hand shall hold him fast: and my arm shall strengthen him.
23 The enemy shall not be able to do him violence: the son of wickedness shall not hurt him.
24. I will smite down his foes before his face: and plague them that hate him.
25 My truth also and my mercy shall be with him : and in
my Name shall his horn be exalted.
26 I will set bis dominion also in the sea : and his right hand in the flouds.
27 He shall call me, Thou art my Father : my God, and my strong falvation.
28 And I will make him my first born : higher than the kings of the earth.
29 My mercy will I keep for him for evermore : and my covenant shall it and fast with him.
30 His feed also will I make to endure for ever: and his throne as the days of heaven,
31 But if his children forsake my law : and walk not in my judginents.
32 If they break my statutes, and keep not my commandments : I will visit their ciences with the rod, and their fin with scourges.
33 Nevertheless, my loving kindness will I not utterly take from hin : nor suffer my truth to fait.
34 My covenant will. I not break, nor alter the thing that is gone out of my lips : I have tworn once by my holiness, that I will not fail David.
35 His feed shall endure for ever: and his feat is like as the fun before me.
36 He fhall stand fast for evermore as the moon : and as the faithful witness in heaven.
37 But thou haft abhorred, and forsaken thine Anointed : and art displeased at him.
38 Thou hast broken the covenant of thy servant: and cait his crown to the ground.
39 Thou hast overthrown all his hedges; and broken down his strong holds.
40 All they that go by, spoil him : and he is become a reproach to his neighbours.
41 Thou haft set up the right hand of his enemies : and made all his adversaries to rejoice.
42 Thou halt taken away the edge of his sword : and givest him not victory in the battle.
43 Thou hast put out his glory: and cast his throne down to the ground.
44 The days of his youth haft thou shortned : and covered him with dishonour.
45 Lord, how long wilt thou hide thyself, for ever : and shall thy wrath burn like fire ?
46 O remember how short my time is: wherefore haft thou made all men for nought ? 47
What man is he that liveth, and shall not fee death : and shall he deliver his foul from the hand of hell ?
48 Lord, where are thy old loving kindnesses : which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm 1xxxix.] 1. The reading of this pfalm should animate us with an holy zeal to declare the loving kindness of the Lord, his power and faithfulness, which appear in the creation and government of the world, and in the wonders he has done, not only for the children of Israel, but
49 Remember, Lord, the rebuke that thy fervants have: and how I do bear in my bolom the rebukes of many people,
50 Wherewith thine enemies have blafphemed thee, and Nandered the footsteps of thine Anointed : praised be the Lord for evermore.
Amen, and Amen.
Plalm xc, Domine, refugium.
LOB Dorothea hatt been our refuge : from one generation
to another. 2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made: thou art God from ever. Jasting; and world without end.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction : again, thou sayeft, Come again, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy fight are but as yesterday : fecing that is paft as a watch in the night.
5 As soon as thou scatterest them, they are even as a fleep: and fade away suddenly like the grass.
6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up: but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
7 For we consume away in thy displeasure: and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
8 Thou haft let our misdeeds before thee : and our secret fins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For when thou art angry, all our days are gone; we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is cold:
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. also in behalf of the Christian church. 2. What is here faid of the prothises made to David and his posterity, and the deplorable condition which the descendants of that prince were reduced to, thews, that God protects kings and nations whillt they continue faithful to him; but when they break his covenant, he withdraws his protection from them ; that, nevertheless, he does not forsake them entirely, and chattises them only for their conversion, and to bring them to himself. 3. We must remember, that the covenant which God had made with David, and the promises with which he had engaged to establish his throne and pofterity for every related to the Messiah; and that it was verified in the kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ, which will fubäift to all eternity.
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509 10 The days of our age are threescore years and ten ; and though men be so strong, that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; fo foon passeth it away, and we are gone.
11 But who regardeth the power of thy wrath : for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.
12 So teach us to number our days : chat we may apply our hearts unto wisdam,
13 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last: and be gracious unto thy servants.
14 O sacify us with thy mercy, and that foon : fo shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life,
15 Comfort us again, now after the time that thou haft plagued us : and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
16 Shew thy servants thy work : and their children thy glory.
19 And the glorious Majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us ; O prosper chou our handy-work.
Psalm xci. Qui habitat. HOSO dwelleth under the defence of the most High ; shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xc.) 1. We here learn, that God, who is the Creator of the world, and has given men life, makes them, when he pleases, return to dult; that life is short, and is soon passed away, and is moreo' er attended with many troubles and affiliations. 2. We are to confider, that as the rebellion of the Israelites exposed them to the wrath of God, and to death in the wilderness ; so the miseries of this life, and death itself, are the consequences of fin; but to the children of God, death is an effect of his love, and a means which he makes use of to procure their happinefs. 3. Mofes teaches us, that the use we ought to make of our koowledge of che thortness of this life, is to learn from hence to become wife, and fear God, and by prayer to apply to him, that whilft we remain in this world he would be pleaf.d always to grant us his grace, and make us at all times feel the eff &ts of his bounty, that we may pass this life in peace and happiness. Laftlv, The confideration of the vanities of the present life, Mhould raise our thoughts to the expectation of a better, and make us aspire after that immortality which is prepared for us in the heavens, and has been purchased for us by Jesus Chrift our Lord.
2 I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my ftrong hold: my God, in him will I trust.
3 For he shall deliver thee froin the snare of the hunter : and from the noisome peftilence.
4 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers : his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor; for the arrow that fieth by day;
6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness : nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand aç thy right hand : but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold : and see the reward of the ungodly.
9 For thou, Lord, art my hope : thou hast fet chine house of defence very high.
10 There shall no evil happen unto thee : neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling,
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee: to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee in their hands : that thou hurt not thy foot againit a stone.
13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
14. Because he hath fet his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him: I will set him up, because he hath known
15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy him : and Mew him my salvation.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xci.] We may fee in this psalm how happy those are that trust in God, and draw near to hiin. God commands his angels to keep their from all dangers; he loves them tenderly; he pin leives them from every thing that might hurt them, delivers them when they call upon him in