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541 Psalm cxiii. Laudate, pueri. Raise the Lord, ye servants : O praise the Name of the
Lord, 2 Bleffed be the Name of the Lord: from this time forth for evermore.
3 The Lords Name is praised; from the rising up of the fun, unto the going down of the same.
4. The Lord is high above all heathen: and his glory above the heavens.
-5 Who is like unto the Lord our God, that hath his dwelling so high : and yet humbleth himself to bebold the things that are in heaven and carch?
6 He taketh up the simple out of the duft ; and liftech the poor out of the mire,
7 That he may see him with the princes : even with the princes of his people.
8 He maketh the barren woman to keep house : and to be a joyful mother of children.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm cxii.) This pralm teaches us, what are the distinguishing charaders of true piety, and how great the happiness of those is who are poffefTed with it. i. The character which the pfalmift gives of good men is, that they fear the Lord; that they take great delight in his commandments ; thas they are just and fincere; that they conduct all their affairs with uprightness; that they are kind and full of compasion, and love to give aims to the poor. 2. The prophet teaches us next, that those who live thus are perfeâly happy; thar God blesses them in their persons, in their pofterity, and in their poffeflions ; that they enjoy peace of con science; that they fear no evil, always trusting in the Lord; and that their righteousness and their memory thall remain for ever,
These are very important inftructions, which foald powerfully encourage us to the Audy and practics of piety,
Pralm cxiii.) This pfalm should excite us to praise the name of the Lord, and continue to publish his glory, which appears every where with so much luftre ; and to celebrate that adorable providence with which he governs all things here below, and by which he exalteth and hum bieth meni as he pleases. These confiderations are powerful motives to engage as to fear God, to depend entirely upon him, and to put our whole trof
in his mercy,
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strange , 2 Judah was his sanctuary : and Israel his dominion. 3
The sea saw that, and Hed: Jordan was driven back. 4 The mountains skipped like rams: and the little hills like young sheep 5
What aileth thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest : and thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back ? 6 Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams : and
little hills like young sheep?
7 Tremble, thou earth, at the presence of the Lord : at the presence of the God of Jacob;
8 Who turned the hard rock into a standing water : and the fine-stone into a springing-well. Psalm cxv.
Non nobis, Domine.
Name give tire praile: for thy loving mercy, and for thy truths fake.
2 Wherefore shall the heathen say: Where is now their God?
3 As for our God, he is in heaven : he hath done wharfoever pleased him.
4 Their idols are silver and gold: even the work of mens hands.
5 They have mouths,' and speak not : eyes have they, and see not.
6 They have ears, and hear not :, noes have they, and finell not.
7 They have hands, and handle not.; feet have they, and walk not : neither speak they through their throat.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm cxiv.] The principal reflection suggefed by this pfalm is, that since the wonders mentioned in this pralm are not so considerable as thote which God has wrought for us in the work of our redemption, we hare more" reason than the Jews to exalt the power and grodness of our God, and to bless him for ever,
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543 8 They that make them are like unto them : and so are all such as put their trust in them.
9 Buc thou, house of Israel, trust thou in the Lord: he is their luccour and defence.
10 Ye house of Aaron, put your trust in the Lord: he is their helper and defender.
11 Ye that fear the Lord, put your trust in the Lord : he is their helper and defender.
12 The Lord hath been mindful of us, and he shall bless us : even he shall bless the house of Israel, he shall bless the house of Aaron.
13 He shall bless them that fear the Lord; both small
14 The Lord Ihall increase you more and more : you and your children.
15 Ye are the blessed of the Lord; who made heaven and earth.
16 All the whole heavens are the Lords: the earth hath he given to the children of men.
.17 The dead praise not thee, O Lord : neither all they that go down into silence.
18 But we will praise the Lord : from this time forth for evermore. · Praile the Lord.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cxv.] This psalm teaches us three things : 1. That when God does good to men, he is led to do it, not by any merit in them, but by bis own pure mercy; which ought to be the foundation of our truit, when we direct our prayers to him. 2. What is here faid of the folly and ftupidity of idolaters, who worship dead idols and the works of mens hands, tended to dissuade the Israelites from the worship of false gods, and the more effectually to prevent their forsaking the worship of the true God. This too should engage us to bless the Lord for delivering us from idolatry, by making himself known to us; and should teach us to serve him with purity, real, and fidelity. 3. We here see how happy thofe are who worthip God, and fear him ; fince the psalmist assures us, that God is the help and buckler of all thoie chat trust in him ; that they are blessed of the Lord, who has made the heavens and the earth ; and that his favours are extended to them and their poftcrity. These glorious promises should prevail on us more effectually to fear God, and to expect all our happiness from his bleflung alone.
Psalm cxvi. Dilexi, quoniam. Am well pleased: that the Lord hath heard the voice of my prayer.
2 That he hath inclined his car unto me: therefore will I call upon him as long as I live.
3 The soares of death compassed me round about: and the pains of hell gat hold upon me.
4. I shall find trouble and heaviness, and I will call upon the Name of the Lord : O Lord, I beseech thee, deliver
5 Gracious is the Lord, and righteous : yea, our God is merciful.
6 The Lord preserveth the simple: I was in mifery, and ye helped me.
7 Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul : for the Lord hath rewarded thee.
8 And why? thou haft delivered my foul from death : mine eyes from tears, and my feet from falling.
I will walk before the Lord ; in the land of the living. 10 I believed, and therefore will I speak, but I was fore troubled : I said in my hafte, All men are liars.
11 What reward shall I give unto the Lord: for all the benefits that he bath done unto me?
12 I will receive the cup of salvation : and call upon the Name of the Lord.
13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all his people: righe dear in the fight of the Lord is the death of his laints.
14 Behold, O Lord, how that I am thy servant : I am thy, lervant, and the fon of thine handmaid, thou haft broken my bonds in funder.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxvi.] In this psalm the devotion and zeal of king David appear with niost extraordinary luitre. We should particularly here observe, with what sentiments of joy and gracitude he celebrates the wonderful de liverances which God had vouchlafed him in the great dangers he had been exposed to ; with what zeal he praises him, and vows to love and obey
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545 16 I will offer to thee the facrifice of thanksgiving : and will call upon che Name of the Lord.
16 I will påy my vows unto the Lord, in the fight of all his people : in the courts of the Lords house; even in the midit of thee, O Jerusalem. Praife the Lord.
Psalm cxvii. Laudate Dominum.
2 For his 'merciful kindness is ever more and more towards us : and the truth of the Lord endureth for ever. Praise the Lord.
Pral cxviü. Confitemini Domino.
cause his mercy endureth for ever. 2 Let Ifrael now confess, that he is gracious: and that his mercy endureth for ever.
3 Let the house of Aaron now confess : that his mercy endurech for ever.
4 Yea, let them now that fear the Lord, confefs : that his mercy endureth for ever.
25 I called upon the Lord in trouble : and the Lord heard me at large.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. kim. From this pious prince we learn, that when God has bestowed any particular blessing on us, and especially when he has delivered us from any great danger, it is our duty to love him, to blefs his holy name, to perform our vows, and praise him in the presence of all his people; and above all, to walk before him all the days of our life; and to teftify our gratitude to him, not only by our words, but by our actions. This is what *e are in an especial manner to do for the spiritual favours he bestows upon us, when he pardons our fins, and delivers us from condemnation and death, and receives us into the number of his children and servants. The fight and sense of such inestimable blessings should fill all those who partake of them with joy and consolacion, and make them fay with the pfalmist: ** Turn again then unto thy rest, O my soul, for the Lord hath rewarded thee. What reward Mall I give unto the Lord for all the benefits that he. hath done unto me? I will receive the cup of falvation, and call upon the name of the Lord. I will pay my vows unto the Lord, in the presence of all his people. Praise the Lord.”