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11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad : let che lea make a noite, and all that therein is.
12 Let the field be joyful, and all that is in it: then shall all the trees of the wood rejoice before the Lord.
13 For he cometh, for he coneth to judge the earth : and with righteousness to judge the world, and the people with his truth.
Psalm xcvii. Dominus regnavit. THE Lord is King, the earth may be glad thereof: yea,
the multitude of the isles may be glad thereof. 2 Clouds and darkness are round about him : righteoufness and judgement are the habitation of his seat,
3 There shall go a fire before him : and burn up his enemies on every side.
4. His lightnings gave shine unto the world: the earth saw it, and was afraid.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord: at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens have declared his righteousness : and all the people have seen his glory.
7 Confounded be all they that worship carved images, and that delight in vain "gods : worship him, all ye gods.
8 Sion heard of it, and rejoice i : and the daughters of Juda were glad, because of thy judgments, O Lord.
9 For thou, Lord, art higher than all that are in the earth : thou art exalted far above all gods.
10 Oye that love the Lord, see that ye hate the thing which is evil: the Lord preserveth the souls of his faines; he shall deliver them from the hand of the ungodly.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xevi.) When the prophet, in this psalm, exhorted all the natio. s of the earth to fing praises unto God, and to come and worship in his temple ; they were not in a condition to discharge this duty, because they were engaged in ignorance and idolatry. Therefore these exhorta. tio 's are peculiarly applicable to the times of the gospel, and defcribe the zeal which should inspire us, and the joy which good men Should express, when they reflect, that the several nations of the world are en. lightened with the knowledge of the true God, and of his son Jesus Chrilt.
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED.
517 11 There is sprung up a light for the righteous : and joy. ful glauness for Tuch as are true-hearted.
12 Rejoice in the Lord, ye righteous : and give thanks for a remembrance of his holiness.
E V EN ING PRAY E R.
Pfalm xcviii. Cantate Domino.
vellous things 2 With his own right hand, and with his holy arm : hath he gotten himself the victory.
3 The Lord declared his falvation : iis righteousness hath he openly shewed in the light of the heathen.
4. He hath remembered his mercy and truth coward the house of Israel: and all the ends of the world have seen the falvation of our God. 5 Shew yourselves joyful unto the Lord, all ye
lands: fing, rejoice, and give thanks.
6 Praise the Lord upon the harp : fing to the harp with a psalm of thanksgiving.
7. With trumpets also and shawis : 0 Thew yourselves joyfut before the Lord the King.
8 Let the sea make a nois, and all that therein is : the round world, and they ch.it dwell therein.
9 Let the foods clap their hands, and let the hills be joyful together before the Lord : for he is come to judge the earth
10 With righteousness shall he judge the world : and che people with equity.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm xcvii.) This pfalm is not so much a description of God's dopinion over the Jews, as a prophecy of the establishment of the kingdom of Jesus Christ over all nations, and the destruction of idolatry and impiery. The holy spirit here describes the effects which the coming of that kingdom would produce, and the joy which the faithful would fecl when it fhould be manifefted; wherefore it principally concerns us to improve those affections of zeal and devotion which are manifeft in this divine
Psalm xcix. Dominus regnavit.
he fitcelt between the Cherubims, be the earth never so unquiet
2 The Lord is great in Sion: and high above all people.
3 They fhall give thanks unto thy name : which is great, wonderful, and holy.
4 The Kings power loveth judgment ; thou haft prepared equity : thuu hast executed judgment and righteous. ness in Jacob.
5 O magnify the Lord our God: and fall down before his footstool, for he is holy.
6 Mises and Aaron among his priests, and Samuel among such as call upon his Name : these called upon the Lord, and he heard them.
7 He spake unto them out of the cloudy pillar : for they kept his testimonies, and the law that he gave them.
8 Thou heardest them, O Lord our God: chou forgavest them, O God, and punishedst their own inventions.
9. O magnity the Lord our God, and worship him upon his holy hill : for the Lord our God is holy.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xcviii.] This psalm regards Christians, rather than the Jews; as it is only since the coming of Jesus Christ, that we can properly fay, that God has fulfilled his promises, and “hath remembered his mercy and his truth ;" and that is all the ends of the world have seen the falsation of our God.” It is now therefore that men should “fing unto the Loid a new song.” Now ought his glory to be celebrated by all nations, and in all places of the world, with holy transports of joy. Now, finct we live in these happy times when God reigns over us, and know that he is to judge the world in righteousness, we ought to submit to him with humility and obedience, and answer the valuable favour he has betowed on us, in "
delivering us from the power of darkness, and tranflating us into the kingdom of his dear Son.”
Pfal. xcix ] Here we learn, i. That it is the duty of those who have the happiness to know God, and to be the subjects of his kingdom, * fear him, to reverence his majesty, to worhip him with the profounde humility, and without ceafing, to celebrate his name, which is grez, terrible, and holy. 2. That God did forme ly deliver the Israelites whe Mores, Aaron, and Samuel, called upon him; and that he also taak
Psalm c. Jubilate Deo.
with gladness, and come before his presence with a . song.
2 Be ye sure that the Lord he is God; it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves : we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
3 O go your way into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise : be thankful unto him, and speak good of his Name.
4 For the Lord is gracious, his mercy is everlasting: and his truth endureth from generation to generation.
Psalm ci. Misericordiam & judicium.
O Lord, will I fing.
3 When wilt thou come unto me: I will walk in my house with a perfect heart.
4 I will take no wicked thing in hand; I hate the sins of unfaithfulness: there shall no such cleave unto me.
5 A froward heart shall depart from me: I will not know a wicked person.
6 Whoso privily Nandereth his neighbour: him will I destroy.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. vengeance on them for their fins, when they offended him. This thews, that as God is always good, he is also juft, and has fometimes made men feel the marks of his mercy, and sometimes of his wrath, to engage them to love and fear him.
Psalm c.] There are three reflections to be made on this plalm : 1. That we ought to pray, that all nations of the world may worship the Lord, and glorify his name ; and that to this end God would make him. self known anto them, and give them the knowledge of his son Jesus Chrift. 2. That if we desire to serve God in an acceptable manner, we must not do it by constraint, or with our lips only, but heartily and with a boly joy. 3. That in order to excite us to this duty, we muit confier, that God is our Creator; that “we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture ;” and that he heaps his favour; upon us, not only of nature, but especially of grace, and gives his church tokens of his goodness and muercy.
7 Whoso hath also a proud look and high ftomach: 1 will not suffer hiin.
8 Mine eyes look upon such as are faithful in the land: that they may dwell with me.
9 Whofo leadeth a godly life: he shall be my servant.
10 There shall no deceitful person dwell in my house: che that telleth lies, shall not tarry in my light.
11 I shall soon destroy all the ungodly that are in the land: that I may root out all wicked doers from the city of the Lord.
MORNING PRA Y E R.
Psalm cii. Domine, exaudi.
unto thee. 2 Hide not thy face from me in the time of my trouble: incline thine ears unto me when I call; O hear me, and that right foon.
3 For my days are consumed away like smoke : and my bones are burnt up as it were a fire-brand.
4. My heart is smitten down, and withered like grafs : so that I forget to eat my bread.
5 For the voice of my groaning: my bones will scarce cleave to my Acih.
6 I am become like a pelican in the wilderness: and like an owl that is in the detert.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm ci.] In this pfalm we see what are the duties and sentiments of gord princes and good mag itrates, and how they ought to conduct themselves in the government of iheir states. 1. They ought to walk in uprightness, to abhor evil, and to apply themselves to govern their people with justice. 2. It is their dutv to punish the wicked and the ungodly; to drive froin them proud men, landerers, dece'vers, and Aatterers; and on the contrary, to make mich of uprisht and sincere men, protecting them, and employing them in their service. Persons in authority ought to meditace pin this pfalm for their instruction ; and we ought all of us to pray to God that he would inspire those that govern the people with ther fentiments; ince upon that depene's the happiness and tranquility of the public, and the promoting of the glory of God.
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