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DEVOTIONAL EXTRACTS.

PSALM I.

The happiness of the righteous contrasted with the mis

sery of the wicked.

1. Blessed is the man

That walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor standeth in the way of sinners,

Nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. 2. But his delight is in the law of the LORD;

And in his law doth he meditate day and night. 3. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water,

That bringeth forth his fruit in his season ;

His leaf also shall not wither; And whatsoever he doeth shall prosper. 4. The ungodly are not so:

But are like the chaff which the wind driveth away. 5. Therefore the ungodly shall not stand in the judgment,

Nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous. 6. For the LORD knoweth the way of the righteous :

But the way of the ungodly shall perish.

NOTES ON PSALM I.

Verse 1. Sentiment: happy is the man that hath no intercourse with the wicked in their wickedness.

Verse 2. The righteous man is described as taking delight in learning his duty, and what the LORD requireth of him.

Verse 3. The righteous man is compared to a flourishing tree in a well watered soil. Verse 4. The wicked are compared to chaff.

Verse 5. Sentiment: the wicked, when brought to trial, shall lose their cause, and shall have no part with God's people.

Verse 6. Sentiment in full: the LORD approveth the way of the righteous, and it shall prosper; but he disapproveth the way of the wicked, and it shall lead to ruin.

Inference from the whole psalm : the good will be happy.

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1. What is the subject of the first psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm? 3. What is the sentiment of the first verse ? 4. How is the righteous man described in the second verse ? 5. To what is the righteous man compared in the third verse? 6. To what are the wicked compared in the fourth verse? 7. What is the sentiment of the fifth verse? 8. What is the sentiment of the last verse, expressed fully? 9. What is the inference from the whole psalm?

PSALM V. 1-7.

Prayer to a holy and protecting God. 1. Give ear to my words, O LORD,

Consider my meditation. 2. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: For unto thee will I

pray. 3. My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O LORD;

In the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and

will look up.

4. For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness :

Neither shall evil dwell with thee. 5. The foolish shall not stand in thy sight :

Thou hatest all workers of iniquity. 6. Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing :

The LORD will abhor the bloody and deceitful man. 7. But as for me, I will come into thy house in the multi

tude of thy mercy; And in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.

NOTES ON PSALM v. 1-7.

Verse 1. The psalmist directs his prayer to Jehovah.
Verse 2. He calls Jehovah his King and his God.
Verse 3. He engages that his prayer shall be heard early.
Verse 4. Sentiment: God hates sin.

Verses 5 and 6. Sentiment: God hates and will destroy the foolish or wicked.—Leasing means falsehood.

Verse 7. The psalmist professes his high respect for the public worship of God. - In the multitude of thy mercy means through thy great mercy.

Inference from the whole passage : God must be approached with reverence, as a holy and sin-hating God.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM v. 1-7.

1. What is the title of the fifth psalm ? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm ? 3. To whom does the psalmist direct his prayer in the first

verse? 4. What does the psalmist call Jehovah in the second verse? 5. What does the psalmist engage in the third verse ? 6. What is the sentiment of the fourth verse ? 7. What is the sentiment of the fifth and sixth verses? 8. What does leasing mean? 9. What does tho psalmist profess in the seventh verse? 10. What is meant by the phrase in the multitude of thy mercy? 11. What is the inference from the whole passage ?

PSALM VIII.

God's universal glory, and particular goodness to men.

1. O LORD our Lord,

How excellent is thy name in all the earth!

Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. 2. Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings

Hast thou ordained strength Because of thine enemies,

That thou mightest still the enemy and the avenger. 3. When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,

The moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained ; 4. What is man, that thou art mindful of him?

And the son of man, that thou visitest him ? 5. For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels,

And hast crowned him with glory and honor. 6. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of

thy hands; Thou hast put all things under his feet: 7. All sheep and oxen,

Yea, and the beasts of the field; 8. The fowl of the air, and the fish of the sea,

And whatsoever passeth through the paths of the seas. 9. O LORD our Lord,

How excellent is thy name in all the earth.

NOTES ON PSALM VIII.

Verse 1. The psalmist means to say, that God's glory pervades heaven and earth.

Verse 2. The word strength in this verse, by a peculiarity of the Hebrew language, denotes praise.—The enemies of God, here spoken of, were certain persons that denied his power and goodness.Sentiment of the whole verse : the happiness of little children, of itself, sufficiently attests the goodness of God, to silence all gainsayers.

Verses 3 and 4. Sentiment : man, when compared with the immensity of creation, is too insignificant to deserve any favorable regard from the Almighty.—The phrase son of man means the same as man.

Verses 5, 6, 7, and 3. These verses describe the dignity of man, as lord of this lower world, and God's vicegerent on earth.

Verse 9. The sentiment which is here repeated from the first verse, is called the refrain or burden of the song.

QUESTIONS ON PSALM VIII.

1. What is the subject of the eighth psalm? 2. Will you please to repeat the psalm? 3. What does the psalmist mean to say in the first verse ? 4. What does the word strength in the second verse denote? 5. Who were the enemies of God here spoken of? 6. What is the sentiment of the second verse ? 7. What is the sentiment of the third and fourth verses ? 8. What does the phrase son of man mean? 9. What do the fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth verses de

scribe. 10. What is the refrain of this psalın, or the burden of

the song ?

PSALM XI. 4-7.

God's omniscience and retributive justice.

4. The LORD is in his holy temple,

The LORÐ's throne is in heaven:
His eyes behold,
His eyelids try, the children of men.

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