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and putting to unreasonable Trials, his Omnipotence, his Goodness and Truth: lest, as the unbelieving Jews died in the Wilderness, and so were excluded from the temporal Rest, which otherwise they would have enjoyed in the Land of Canaan, we also be excluded from what it prefigured, that eternal Rest, which remains for the People of God h in Heaven.
At the End of this and each Psalm that we repeat, of whatever Nature it may be, we add the same Doxofogy, that We used at first: Glory being due to God, for every Thing he hath taught, and every Thing he hath done, both in former Times and present; for every Affliction, as well as every Enjoyment. And therefore we do well to observe1 the Apostle's Rule, of giving Thanks always, for dll Things, unto God and'the Father, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ'.
Then we proceed to rehearse' the Psalms, in proper Portions, according to the Days of the Month: of which it will be nredful to &y much more, than there is now "Time to say. I shall therefore conclude with only remarking in general, that Words of God's own iaspirirfg
"Heb. i,r. 9; ,' Epk. v. &>.- . ..
are surely the fittest to praise him in: which being so noble a Duty, we should take peculiar Care to perform it in the most unexceptionable, judicious and affectionate Manner. When you glorify the Lord, exalt him as much as you can; for even yet will he far exceed: and when you exalt him, put forth all your Strength, and be not weary; for you can never go far enough k.
k Ecclus xliii. 30.
i Cor. Xiv. 15.
1 will pray with the Spirit, and I will pray
with the Understanding also: I will Jing with the Spirit, and I will Jing with the Understanding also.
HAVING undertaken, first to shew the Lawfulness and Expediency of public Liturgies; then to vindicate, explain and point out such Things in our own, as are most liable to be censured, or not understood, or not sufficiently observed: I have finished the former Head, and proceeded under the latter as far as the Psalms; which very justly make a principal Part of the joint Praises, that we offer up to God. For though several of them were composed on particular Occasions, yet they are plainly fitted for general Use; and their Inser
tion into the Canon of Scripture proves them to be designed for it: the Jews anciently recited them in the Temple, and do still in their Synagogues: the New Testament hath recommended them to Christians; and the whole Church hath fung them ever since. Indeed the subject Matter of them is very different i but those of Joy are much more numerous, than any other Sort: and all of them afford Ground of Praise at least; the doctrinal, the exhortatory, the historical, as well as the rest. Even the plaintive and petitionary minister Cause of Thanksgiving to Him, who hath promised to hear, and support, and deliver; and make all Things work together for Good to them, that love him». Glory therefore to the blessed three in One is a fit Conclusion to every Psalm.
But in reading them it must be carefully observed, and may with moderate Care be cornmostly distinguished, in whose Person the several Sentences are spoken. In some Psalms, at Portions of Psalms, it is God or Christ, in others, wicked Men,'' that speak. These we must repeat, as their Sayings: and none as our own, but what were intended for us. Even the Words of the Psalmist, if we are to adopt them, • Rom. viii. 28.