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as the God of nature; particularly of his appearances in his heavenly palaces; ver. 1-4. of his creation of the sea and dry land; ver. 5—9. of the provision he makes for his creatures, according to their respective needs ; ver. 10—28. and of his sovereign dominion and influence over them; ver. 29–32. (2) Holy resolutions to meditate on, and praise the Lord, in the view of his destruction of the wicked ; ver. 33–35.

Lo! how sjøetched heavens, how refulgent luminaries, how fertile fields, how towering woods, how roaring seas, how ranging brutes, how labouring nien, how flaming seraphs, unite their force to awaken my soul, to tune my heart, to the high praises of her REDEEMER ! Let me meet my God, my Christ in every view. In ey. ery sound, let me hear his voice. In every form let me, discern how great is his goodness, and how great is his beauty! Nor let creation's lower plains detain my heart. Let new covenant relations to my unbounded All, let redemption through his blood, fix all my thoughts, enrapture all my inward powers; that I may sing anthems, all on fire, to him who loved me, and gave himself for me.

DLESS God, my soul: O Lord my God,

thou art exceeding great ; . With honour and with majesty

thou clothed art in state. 2 With light, as with a robe, thyself

thou coverest about: And, like unto a curtain, thoa

the heavens stretchest out. 3 Who of his chambers doth the beams

within the waters lay ; Who doth the clouds his chariot make,

on wings of wind make way. 4 Who flaming fire his ministers,

his angels sp’rits doth make. Who earth’s foundations did lay,

that it should never shake.

A Thou didst it cover with the deep,

as with a garment spread :
The waters stood above the hills,

when thou the word but said. v But at the voice of thy rebuke

they fled, and would not stay : They at thy thunder's dreadful voice

did haste them fast away. .8 They by the mountains do ascend,

and by the valley-ground Descend, unto that very place

which thou for them didst found. 9 Thou hast a bound unto them set,

that they may not pass over, That they do not return again

the face of earth to cover. 10 He to the valleys sends the springs,

which run among the hills : 11 They to all beasts of field give drink,

wild asses drink their fills. 12 By them the fowls of heav'n shall have

their habitation,
Which do among the branches sing

with delectation.
13 He from his chambers watereth

the hills, when they are dry'd : . With fruit and increase of thy works

the earth is satisfy’d.
14 For cattle he makes grass to grow,

he makes the herb to spring
For th’ use of man, that food to him

he from the earth may bring.
15 And wine that to the heart of man

doth cheerfulness impart,

Oil that his face makes shine, and bread

that strengtheneth his heart.
16 The trees of God are full of sap;

the cedars that do stand
In Lebanon, which planted were

by his almighty hand.
17 Birds of the air, upon their boughs,

do choose their nests to make; As for the stork, the fir-tree she

doth for her dwelling take.
18 The lofty mountains for wild goats

a place of refuge be :
The conies also to the rocks

do for their safety flee.
19 He sets the moon in heav'n, thereby

the seasons to discern :
From him the sun his certain time

of going down doth learn. 20 Thou darkness mak'st, 'tis night; then

of forests creep abroad. (beasts 21 The lions young roar for their prey,

and seek their meat from God. 22 The sun doth rise and home they flock,

down in their dens they lie. 23 Man goes to work, his labour he

doth to the evening ply.
24 How manifold, Lord, are thy works!

in wisdom wonderful
Thou ev'ry one of them hast made ;

earth’s of thy riches full.
25 So is this great and spacious sea,

wherein things creeping are,
Which number'd cannot be ; and beasts

both great and small are there,

86 There ships go ; there thou mak'st to play

that leviathan great. 27 These all wait on thee, that thou may'st

in due time give them meat. 28 That which thou givest unto them,

they gather for their food; Thine hand thou op'nest lib’rally,

they filled are with good. 29 Thou hid'st thy face, they troubled are,

their breath thou tak’st away ; Then do they die, and to their dust

return again do they. 30 Thy quick’ning sp'rit thou sendest forth,

then they created be:
And then the earth's decayed face

renewed is by thee.
31 The glory of the mighty Lord

continue shall for ever :
The Lord Jehovah shall rejoice

in all his works together.
-32 Earth, as affrighted, trembleth all,

if he on it but look ;
And if the mountains he but touch,

- they presently do smoke.
33 I will sing to the Lord most high,

so long as I shall live;
And while I being have, I shall

to my God praises give. 34 Of him my meditation shall

sweet thoughts to me afford; And as for me I will rejoice

in God, my only Lord. 35 From earth let sinners be consum’d,

let ill men no more be :

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O thou my soul, bless thou the Lord.
Praise to the Lord give ye.


This Psalm was a part of the solemn hymn sung at the translation of the ark from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David ; i Chron. xvi. and contains, (1) Solemn calls to meditate on, seek, magnify, and praise God, who is so great, so gracious, and so nearly connected with us; ver. 1-7. (2) A narrative of the particular mercies of God to Israel for the space of 480 years, as grounds of praise ; particularly, 1. His covenant with their patriarchs ; ver. 8-1l. 2. His care of them, while strangers and sojourners; ver. 12-15. S. His advancement of Joseph, to be the shepherd and stone of Israel; ver. 16-22. 4. His increasing of them in Egypt, and at last delivering them from it, in the way of inflicting manifold plagues on the Egyptians ; ver. 23–38. 5. His care of them in the wilderness, and settling them in Canaan, as a peculiar people to himself; yer. 30—45.

While I sing, let my soul, with affecting wonder, think what God is to me; and what he hath done for me, and his church, in prosecution of his covenant engage. ments with Jesus Christ.

V IVE thanks to God; call on his name ; IT to men his deeds make known. 2 Sing ye to him, sing psalms ; proclaim

his wondrous works each one. 3 See that ye in his holy name

to glory do accord; And let the heart of ev'ry one

rejoice that seeks the Lord.

4 The Lord Almighty, and his strength

with stedfast hearts seek ye : His blessed and his gracious face

seek ye continually.

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