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10 Unto the man that wicked is,
· his sorrows shall abound;
mercy shall compass round.
in him do ye rejoice :
Contains a sweet but solemn summons to praise the Lord, (1) for his justice, goodness, and truth manifested in his word and works; ver. 1-5. (2) For his power, manifested in the works of creation, and in his sovereign dominion over the world; ver. 6-11, 13–17. (3) For his special and new covenant relations, and merciful kindness towards his chosen people ; ver. 12, 18-22.
While I sing, let me obserye, let me admire, and be deeply affected with the blessings of creation, providence, and redemption. And chiefly let me remember, let me behold, let me glow with ardent desire after him, whose bones the Lord so kept that not one of them was broken.
V E righteous, in the Lord rejoice :
it comely is and right,
should praise the Lord of might. 2 Praise God with harp, and unto him
sing with the psaltery; Upon a ten-string'd instrument,
make ye sweet melody. 3 A new song to him sing, and play
with loud noise skilfully: 4 For right is God's word, all his works
are done in verity.
5 To judgment and to righteousness
a love he beareth still:
the earth throughout doth fill.
did their beginning take;
he all their hosts did make.
together as an heap ;
he layeth up the deep.
with rev’rence fear the Lord ; Let all the world's inhabitants
dread him with one aecord. 9 For he did speak the word, and done
it was without delay; Established, it firmly stood
whatever he did say. 10 God doth the council bring to nought
which heathen folk do take; And what the people do devise,
of none effect doth make. 11 O but the council of the Lord
doth stand for ever sure; And of his heart the purposes
from age to age endure.
JEHOVAH is, and those
his heritage he chose. 13 The Lord from heav'n sees and beholds
all sons of men full well :
1+ He views all from his dwelling-place
that in the earth do dwell. 15 He forms their hearts alike, and all
their doings he observes. 16 Great hosts save not a king, much strength
no mighty man preserves. 17 An horse for preservation
is a deceitful thing:
can no deliv’rance bring.
the Lord doth set his eye ;
with confidence rely.
life unto them to yield. 20 Our soul doth wait upon the Lord ;
· he is our help and shield. 21 Sith in his holy name we trust,
our hearts shall joyful be. 22 Lord, let thy mercy be on us,
as we do hope in thee.
PSALM XXXIV. ..
A Psalm of DAVID, when he changed his behaviour be
fore ABIMELECHI, who drove him a vay, and he diparted.
This Psalm was composed by David, when Achish or Abimelech, kiog of Gith, drove him from his court as an idzot or madman, 1 Sam. xxi. 10-15. Here are, (1) David's high praises to God, for the favours himself and others had received ; ver. 1-6. (2) His warm invitations and strong encouragements to others to seek after and fear the Lord, and to trust in him for all ne.
cessary supplies, in time or in eternity, ver. 7.-10. (3) Faniliar advices to children and others to e.ceiv every thing sinful, and make conscience of known duty, both towards God and man, as a mean of present and future happiness ; ver. 11-14. (4) A representation of thc misery of the wicked, in having God against them, as an avenging enemy, and in having ruin before them as the just reward of their sins; and of the happiness of the godly in having God near to them in every case, ready to hear their requests, to protect them amidst dangers, and to deliver them from enemies and trouble; ver, 13--22.
While I sing, let my heart be warmed with my subject. Come my soul and walk in this light, in these joys of the Lord, come, taste and see that he is good, Extol his kindness, and trust him in all things, and on every occasion. M OD will I bless all times : his praise
T my mouth shall still express. 2 My soul shall boast in God: the meek
shall hear with joyfulness. 3 Extol the Lord with me, let us
exalt his name together. 4 I sought the Lord, he heard and did
me from all fears deliver. 5 They look'd to him, and lighten'd were ;
not shamed were their faces. 6 This poor man cry'd, God heard, and say'd
hin from all his distresses.
and round encompasseth
and them delivereth.
who trusts in him is bless’d. 9 Fear God his saints : none that him fear
shall be with want oppress'd.
10 The lions young may hungry be,
and they may lack their food: But they that truly seek the Lord,
shall not lack any good.
and unto me give ear:
how ye the Lord should fear, 12 What man is he that life desires,
to see good would live long ? 13 Thy lips refrain from speaking gule,
and from ill words thy tongue. 14 Depart from ill, do good, seek peace,
pursue it earnestly. 15 God's eyes are on the just; his ears
are open to their cry. 16 The face of God is set against
those that do wickedly ; That he may quite out from the earth
cut off their memory.
he unto them gives ear;
by him deliver'd are.
that be of broken sp’rit;
that aid in heart contrite.
in number many be;
the Lord doth set him free.
whatever can befal ;
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