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71 Psalm. Ixvi. Jubilate Deo. Be joyful in God, all ye lands fing praises unto che

honour of his Name, make his praise to be glorious. 2 Say unto God, o how wonderful art thou in thy works: through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies be found liars unto thee.

3 For all the world shall worship thee : ling of thee, and praise thy Name.

4 O come hither, and behold the works of God : how wonderful he is in his doing toward the children of men!

5 He turned the sea into dry land : so that they went through the water on foot ; there did we rejoice thereof.

6 Xe ruleth with his power for ever, his eyes behold the people : and such as will not believe, shall not be able to exalt themselves.

7 O praise our God, ye people: and make the voice of bis praise to be heard ;

8 Who holdeth our foul in life: and suffereth not our feet to Nip:

9 For thou, O God, hast proved us : chou also hast tried us, like as filver is tried.

10 Thou broughtest us into the snare: and laideft trouble upon our loins.

I Thou fuftereft men to ride over our heads : we went through fire and water, and thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.

12 I will go into thine house with burnt-offerings : and will pay thee my vows, which I promised with my lips, and fpake with my mouth when I was in trouble.

13 I will offer unto thee fat burnt-facrifices, with the incenfe of rams: I will offer bullocks and goats.

14. O come hither, and hearken all ye that fear God: and I will tell you what he hath done for my soul.

15 I called unto him with my mouth : and gave him prailes with my tongue.

16 If I incline unto wickedness with mine heart : the Lord will not hear me.

17 But God hath heard me : and considered the voice of my prayer.

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18 Praised be God, who hath not cast out my prayer : nor' turned his mercy from me.

Pfal. Ixvij. Deus mifereatur. VOD be mereiful unto us, and bless us : and fhew us

the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us; 2 That thy way may be known upon earth : thy saving health among all nations.

3 Let the people praise thee, O God: yea, let all the people praise thee.

4 O let the nations rejoice, and be glad : for thou shalt judge the folk righteously, and govern the nations upon earth.

5 Ler the people praise thee, O God: let all the people praise thee.

6 Then shall the earth bring forth her increase: and God, even our own God, Thall give us his blessing.

7 God shall bless us': and all the ends of the world shall fear him.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxvi.). 1. The example of the prophet in this pfalm teaches us, that when God has delivered us from any danger, we hould thank him for it, declare his goodness, and stir up our neighbours to praise him with us ; but above all, that we hould faithfully discharge the vows and promises we made to him in our distress. 2. We ought to take great notice of these words of the pfalmift ; " If I incline unto wickedness with mine, heart the Lord will not hear me." They teach us, that God does not receive the prayers of the wicked ; and that if we defire he should hear us, our heart ought to be upright and sincere before him ; and that we thould Sincerely and inviolably adhere to his worship, and the promoting his glory.

Pfalm Ixvii.] This pfalm engages us to these two duties : 1. We are to look upon the blesling of God as the source of all temporal and spiritual good things that may contribute to our happiness, and to pray coo. tinually to him in the words of the prophet, saying, “God be merciful unto us, and Thew unto us the light of his countenance, and be merciful unto us." 2. We must offer up this prayer, not only for ourselves, but for all people ; that God would make himself known to them, and thai his name may be praised by all nations. This prayer suits as till better than it did the Jews, fince under the gospel dispensation the nations of the er#ch were to be enlightened with the knowledge of God, and esiched with his blessings, through Chrift Jesus.

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Psalm lxviii. Exurgat Deus.
ET God arise, and let' his enemies be scattered : let

them also that hate him, flee before him. 2 Like as the finoke vanisheth, so shalt thou drive them away: and like as wax melteth at the fire, fo let the ungodly perish at the presence of God.

3 But let the righteous be glad, and rejoice before God: let them also be merry and joyful.

4 O fing unto God, and sing praises unto his Name : magnify him that rideth upon the heavens, as it'were upon an horle; praise him in his Name JAH, and rejoice before him.

5 He is a father of the fatherless, and defendeth the cause of the widows : even God in his holy habitation.

6 He is the God that maketh men to be of one mind in an house, and bringeth the prisoners out of captivity : but letteth the runagates continue in scarceness.

70 God, when thou wenteft forth before the people : when thou wenteft through the wilderness.

8 The earth Thook, and the heavens dropped at the presence of God: even as Sinai also was moved at the presence of God, who is the God of Israel.

9 Thou, O God, fentest a gracious rain upon thine inheritance : and refreshedit it when it was weary.

10 Thy congregation shall dwell therein í for thou, o God, haft of thy goodness prepared for the poor.

1 The Lord gave the word : great was the company of the preachers.

12 Kings with their armies did flee, and were discomfited : and they of the houshold divided the spoil.

13. Though ye have lien among the pots, yet shall ye he as the wings of a dove : that is covered with silver wings, and her feathers like gold.

14 When the Almighty scattered kings for their fake : then were they as white as snow in Salmon.

15 As the hill of Bafan, fo is Gods hill: even an high hill, as the hill of Bafan, 11

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16 Why hop ye so, ye high hills ? this is Gods hill, in thee which it pleaseth him to dwell : yea, the Lord will abide in it for ever.

17 The chariots of God are twenty thousand, even thousands of angels : and the Lord is among them, as in the holy place of Sinai.

18 Thou art gone up on high, thou haft led captivity captive, and received gifts for men : yea, even for thine enemies, that the Lord God might dwell among them.

19 Praised be the Lord daily: even the God who helpeth us, and poureth his benefits upon us.

20 He is our God, even the God of whom cometh salvation: God is the Lord, by whom we escape death.

21 God. shall wound the head of his enemies : and the hairy scalp of such a one as goeth on still in his wickedness.

22 The Lord hath said, I will bring my people again, as I did from Basan: mine own will I bring again, as I did sometime from the deep of the sea.

23 That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies: and that the tongue of thy dogs may be red through the same.

24 It is well seen, O God, how thou goeft : how thou, my God, and King, goeft in the sanctuary.

25 The singers go before, the minstrels follow after : in the midst are t e damsels playing with the timbrels.

26 Give thanks, O Israel, unto God the Lord in the congregations : froin the ground of the heart.

27 There is little Benjamin their ruler, and the princes of Judah their council : the princes of Zabulon, and the princes of Nephthali.

28 Thy God hath sent forth strength for thee : stablish the thing, O God, that thou hast wrought in us.

29 For thy temple's fake at Jerusalem: fo fall kings bring presents unto thee.

30 When the company of the spear-men, and multitude of the mighty, are scattered abroad among the beasts of the people, so that they humbly bring pieces of silver : and when he hath scattered the people that delight in war.

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475 31 Then shall the princes come out of Egypt: the Mo. rians land shall foon stretch out her hands unto God.

32 Sing unto God, O ye kingdoms of the earth : O fing praises unto the Lord.

33 Who sirreth in the heavens over all, from the begin. ning: lo, he doth send out his voice, yea, and that a mighty voice.

34. Ascribe ye the power to God over Ifrael : his worship and strength is in the clouds.

35 O God, wonderful art thou in thy holy places : even the God of Israel; he will give strength and power unto his people : blessed be God.

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Psalm 1xix. Salvum me fac. NAVE me, O God: for the waters are come in, even

unto my soul. 2 I stick fast in the deep mire, where no ground is: I am come into deep waters, so that the floods run over me.

3 I am weary of crying, my throat is dry : my light faileth me for waiting so long upon my God.

4 They that hate me without a cause, are more than the hairs of my head : they that are mine enemies, and would destroy me guiltless, are mighty.

5 I paid them the things that I never cook : God, thou knowelt my simpleness, and my faults are not hid from thee.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm Ixviii.] There are two remarkable prophecies in this psalm. The firft is this, “ Thou art gone up on high, thou haft led captivity captive, and received gifts for men." In the other, the Holy Ghost toretels, that kings, and the most diftant people, should come and worship the true God. The first of these prophecies was accomplished, when our Lori ascended into heaven : as St Paul thews in the fourth chapter of the epiftle to the Ephesians, where he quotes this prophecy, and applies is to the ascension of Jesus Christ, and to the gifts he heftowed on his church by his word and spirit. And the second was fulfilled when several nations were converted by the pre ching of the gospel; but it will be accomplished after a more perfect manner in the latier days: and this ought to be the subject of our prayers, our hopes, and our thanksgivings.

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