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10 I have been left unto thee ever since I was born : thou art my God even from my mothers womb.

1 O go not from me, for trouble is hard at hand : and there is none to help me.

12 Many oxen are coine about me : fat bulls of Basan clofe me in on every side.

13 They gape upon me with their mouths : as it were a ramping, and a roaring lion.

14 I am poured out like water, and all my bones are out of joint : my heart also in the midst of my body is even like melting wax.

15 My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and my congue cleaveth to my gums: and thou shalt bring me into the dust of death.

16 For many dogs are come about me: and the council of the wicked layeth siege against me. 17 They pierced my hands and my feet, I tell all

may my bones: they stand staring and looking upon me.

18 They part my garments among them : and cast lots upon my vesture. 19

But be not thou far from me, O Lord : thou art my succour, hafte thee to help me.

20 Deliver my soul from the sword : my darling from the power of the dog.

21 Save me from the lions mouth; thou hast heard me also from among the horns of the unicorns.

22 I will declare thy Name unto my brethren: in the miuft of the congregation will I praise thee.

23 O praile the Lord, ye that fear him: magnify him, all

ye of the feed of Jacob, and fear him, all ye feed of Israel. 24 For he hath nct detpiled nor abhorred the low eltate of the poor : he hath not hid his face from him, but when he called unto him, he heard him.

25 My praise is of thee in the great congregation : my vows will I perform in the fight of eheimthat fear him.

26 The poor ihall cat, and be satisfied : they chat feek. after the Lird thall praité him ; your heart shall live for

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28 For the kingdom is the Lords : and he is the Governor among the people.

29 All such as be fat upon earth : have eaten, and worshipped.

30 All they that go down into the duít, fhall kneel before him: and no man hath quickened his own soul.

31 My seed shall serve him : they shall be counted unto the Lord for a generation.

32. They shall come, and the heavens shall declare his righteousness : unto a people that shall be born, whom the Lord hath made.

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Psalm xxiii. Dominus regit me.
THE Lord is my shepherd : therefore can I lack no-

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfal. xxii.) To improve by the reading of this pfalm, we must conlider it as it relates to David, and as it refers to Jesus Christ. If we confider it in the first respect, we learn by David's complaints, that those whom God loves fometimes fall into fo deplorable a condition as to believe God has forsaken them. But the faith which David testifies in this psalm, hews us likewise, that we should never be discouraged under af. Ri&tions ; because the Lord will deliver his children out of all their troubles, and give them cause to celebrate his goodness. 2. This pfalm tontains a very plain description of our Lord's sufferings and profound humiliation. Here we read those words which he uttered at his crucifixion; My God, my God, look upon me, why halt thou forsaken me " Here we ice how the Jews insulted him when he hang upon the cross, his hands and his feet pierced, his garments divided by lot, and the principal circumstances af. his passion and death. God was pleafed all these things thould be foretold by David, that when they happened to our Lord, we might not be so much surprised, and might acknowledge him to be the Meliah." We fhould therefore deplore the blindness of the Jews, who are fcandalized at the sufferings and cross of Christ, which ought rather to convince them, that he is the Mefliah whom God had promised. These confiderations ought to strengthen our faith in Jefus the Saviour of the world; as this psalm sets before us the glory to which God has exalted him after his füfa ferings, and which he now enjoys at the right hand of his father, and his kingdom is established throughout all the eartb.

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THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 2 He shall feed me in a green pasture: and lead me forth beside the waters of comfort.

3 He shall convert my soul: and bring me forth in the paths of righteousness for his Names sake.

4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me, thy rod and thy staff comfort me.

5 Thou shalt prepare a table before me against them that trouble me: thou hast anointed my head with oil, and my cup shall be full.

6 But thy loving kindness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life : and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.

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MORNING PRAYER.

Psalm xxiv Domini eft terra.
HE earth is the Lord's, and all that cherein is: the

compass of the world, and they that dwell therein. 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas : and prepared it upon the floods.

3 Who shall afcend into the hill of the Lord : or who shall rise up in his holy place?

4 Even he that hath clean hands, and a pure heart : and that hath not lift up his mind unto vanity, nor sworn to deceive his neighbour.

5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord: and righteousness from the God of his salvation,

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xxiii.) The happy condition of the faithful, who live in full assurance of God's love, and under his prote&tion, is here in a molt affecting manner set before us. David Mews by his own example, that they never want; that God protects, comforts, and supports them in every condition ; that he is with them even in death, and confers his

graces and favours upon them in the highest degree, caufing them to live in a blessed communion with him. This pfalm is full of confolation to true believers; and the desire of partaking in the precious advantages therein set forth should make as all zealously to apply ourselves to the ftudy

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6 This is the generation of them that seek him : even of them that seek thy face, O Jacob.

7 Lift up your heads, Oye gates, and be ye lift up,'ye everlasting doors : and the King of glory shall come in.

8. Who is the King of glory : It is the Lord, strong and mighty, even the Lord, mighty in battle.

9 Lift up your heads, o ye gates, and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors: and the King of glory shall come in.

10 Who is the King of glory: even the Lord of hosts, he
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Ad te, Domine, levavi.
NTO thee, O Lord, will I lift up my soul; my God,

I have put my trust in thee: O let me not be confounded, neither let mine enemies triumph over me.

2 For all they that hope in thee shall not be ashamed : but, such as transgress without a cause, shall be put to confusion.

3 Shew me thy ways, O Lord : and teach me thy paths.

4 Lead me forth in thy truth, and learn me: for thou art the God of my salvation : in thee hath been my hope all the day long.

5 Call to remembrance, O Lord, thy tender mercies : and thy loving kindnesses which have been ever of old.

6 Oh remember not the fins and offences of my youth : but according to thy mercy think thou upon me, O Lord, for thy goodness.

7. Gracious and righteous is the Lord: therefore will he teach sinners in the way.

8 Them that are meek, shall he guide in judgement : and such as are gentle, them shall he learn his way.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfal. xxiv.] This psalm teaches us who they are whom God looks upon as children, and will admit into his glorious presence. None will be admitted there, but men of pure hands and a clean heart, who are fin. cere and faithful in their words and in all their behaviour ; who avoid fraud and deceit, and call upon the Lord, and seek his face with their whole heart. If therefore, we desire to be partakers of God's love, we fhould examine whether we find in ourselves these characters and sentiments ; endeavouring to produce them in ourselves if we have them not, and if we have, improving them continually.

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9. All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth: unto such as keep his covenant, and his teftimonies.

19. For thy Name's fake, O Lord: bę merciful unto my fin, for it is great.

11 What man is he that feareth the Lord : him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose.

12 His soul shall dwell at case: and his feed shall inheric the land.

13 The secret of the Lord is among them that fear him : and he will shew them his covenant.

14 Mine eyes are ever looking unto the Lord: for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.

15 Turn thee unto me, and have inercy upon me: for I am desolate and in misery.

16 The sorrows of my heart are enlarged : O bring thou me out of my troubles.

17 Look upon my adyersity and misery': and forgive me all my sin.

18. Consider mine enemies, how many they are : and they bear a tyrannous hate against mę.

19 O'keep my soul, and deliver me: let me not be confounded, for I have put my trust in thee,

29 Let perfectness and righteous dealing wait upon me : for my hope hath been in thee.

21 Deliyer Ifrael, o God: out of all his troubles.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm. xxv.] Observe, !, That what we ought moft earnestly to pray for is, that we may be filled with the knowledge of God; that he would teach us to walk in his way, and grant ys pardon for all the fins we have committed, 2. We here learn, how advantageous it is to fear Gott David has told us, that God makes known his ways to the meck and humble ; that he shews them that fear him the way that they should chuse; taas to them he reveals his secrets and his covenant ; that he blesses them and their pofterity exceedingly; and when they are in affliction, he proļects them, and delivers them out of aļl their distreffes. These are instructions of the greatest use and importance; and carefully reading and meditating on these things, and frequently offering up to God the excellent prayers contained in this psalm, is one of the best things we can do to strengthen us more and more in the fear of the Lord, and secure our eter: nal welfare,

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