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3 Their sense of His unbounded love

Let all His saints express;
And let all those who fear the LORD

His name for ever bless.
4 Let all with thanks his wond'rous works

In Sion's courts proclaim ;
Let them in Salem, where he dwells,

Exalt His holy name.

PSALM 138. (C. M.) Resolution to praise God for His mercies. 1 With my whole heart, my God and King,

Thy praise I will proclaim; Before the world with joy I'll sing,

And bless Thy holy name.
2 The LORD to me inclines His ear,

Whene'er to Him I cry;
And when my soul's oppress'd with fear,

Doth inward strength supply.
3 For God, although enthron'd on high,

· Does thence the poor respect! The proud, far off, his scornful eye

Beholds with just neglect.
4 Though I with troubles am oppress’d,

He shall my foes disarm,
Relieve my soul when most distress'd,

And keep me safe from harm.
5 The LORD, whose mercies ever last,

Shall fix my happy state :
And mindful of His favours past,

Shall His own work complete.

Psalm 139. Part 1. (L. M.)

The omnipresence and omniscience of God. 1 Thou, Lord; by strictest search hast known,

My rising up and lying down;
My secret thoughts are known to Thee,

Known long before conceiv’d by me.
2 Thine eye my bed and path surveys,
My public haunts and private ways;
Thou know'st what 'tis my lips would vent,
My yet unutter'd words' intent.
3 Surrounded by Thy power I stand,

On every side I find Thy hand :
O skill, for human reach too high !

Too dazzling bright for human eye! 4 O, could I so perfidious be,

To think of once deserting Thee?
Where, LORD, could I Thy influence shun?

Or, whither from Thy presence run?
5 Search, try, O God, my thoughts and heart,

If mischief lurks in any part;
Correct me, when I go astray,
And guide me in Thy perfect way.

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PART 2. (L. M.) Admiration of the power of God in creation; and a petition to

be proved and purified in the way of holiness. 1 I'll praise Thee, from whose hands I came,

A work of such a curious frame :
The wonders. Thou in me hast shown,
My soul with grateful joy must own.

2 Let me acknowledge too, O God,

That since this maze of life I trod, . .
Thy thoughts of love to me surmount.

The pow'r of numbers to recount. 3 Far sooner could I reckon o'er

The sands upon the ocean's shore:
Each morn revising what I've done,

I find th' account but new begun. 4 Search, try, O God, my thoughts and heart,

If mischief lurks in any part;
Correct me when I go astray,
And guide me in Thy perfect way,

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A prayer of David, when he was in the cave of Adullam,

whither he fled when in danger from Saul and the Philis-
tines. (1 Sam. xxi, 1.) It contains supplication for de-
liverance, and an act of confidence in God.
i To God, with mournful voice,

In deep distress I pray;
Make Him the umpire of my cause,

My wrongs before Him lay, 2 To God alone I look;

Thou, LORD, my refuge art;
My portion in the land of life,

Till life itself depart.


Reduced to greatest straits

To Thee I make my moan;
O save me from my treach'rous foes,

For me too pow'rful grown.


That I may praise Thy name,
My soul from prison bring;
Whilst of Thy kind regard to me

Assembled saints shall sing.

PSALM 143. (C. M.)
An earnest prayer for remission of sin, sanctification, and

i LORD, hear my pray'r, and to my cry

Thy wonted audience lend;
In Thy accustom'd faith and truth

A gracious answer send.
2 Nor at Thy strict tribunal bring

Thy servant to be tried ;
For in Thy sight no living man

Can e'er be justified.
3 Thy kindness early let me hear,

Whose trust on Thee depends ;
Teach me the way where I should go;

My soul to Thee ascends.
4 Thou art my God, Thy righteous will

Instruct me to obey;
Let Thy good Spirit lead and keep

My soul in Thy right way.
5 O! for the sake of Thy great name

Revive my drooping heart;
' And for Thy truth and righteousness,

Thy promis’d aid impart..

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Tkis Psalm, composed probably by David after his accession

to the throne, is an animated union of exultation and gra-
titude for past mercies.If we substitute in our minds,
Messiah for David, the church for Israel, and spiritual for
temporal blessings, the Psalm will present itself to us as a
noble evangelical hymn.'
1 For ever blest be God the LORD,

Who doth his needful aid impart;
Strength to the feeble knees afford,

And courage to the fainting heart. 2 His goodness is my fort and tow'r,

His grace my refuge and my shield ;
In Him I trust, whose matchless pow'r

Makes all my strong corruptions yield. 3 LORD, what is man, that thou should'st love

Such tender care of him to take ?
What in his offspring could Thee move

Such great account of him to make ? 4 The life of man does quickly fade;

His thoughts but empty are and vain ;
His days are like a flying shade,

Of whose short stay no signs remain. 5 Thrice happy is that people's case,

Whom various blessings still surround;
Who God's true worship still embrace,

And are with His protection crown'd.

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