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18 And so will not we go back from thee: O let'us live, and we shall call upon thy Name.
19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts : thew the light of thy countenance, and we shall be whole.
Pfalm. lxxxi. Exultate Deo. ING we merrily unto God our strength : make a chear.
ful noise unto the God of Jacob. 2 Take the psalm, bring hither the cabret : che merry harp with the lute.
3 Blow up the trumpet in the new-moon: even in the time appointed, and upon our firemn fia-cay.
4 For this was made a statute for Ifrael: and a law of the God of Jacob.
5 This he ordained in Jofeph for a testimony: when he came out of the land of Egypt, and had heard a strange language.
6 1 ealed his shoulder from the burden : and his hands were delivered from making the pots.
7 Thou calledlt upon me in troubles, and I delivered thée : and heard thee what time as the storm fell upon thee.
8 I proved thee also: at the waters of strife.
9 Hear, O my people, and I will assure thee: 0 Israel : if thou wilt hearken unto me.
10 There shall no strange god be in thee : neither shalt thou worship any other God.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxix. Ixxx.) Observe, 1. That if the Israelites, who were the people of God, the sheep of his pasture, and the vineyard which be himself had planted, and cultivated with particular care, was exposed to so terrible a detolation as is here described; the sufferings of the Chriftian church should not surprise vs, especially since Jesus Christ has fore old it should be perfecuted. 2. That in a time of calamity and suffering we must apply t. God to be restored to his favour; and that the true way to pat a stop to his wrath is, to be converted, and never more to depart from him. Lastly, What is said in this last psalm, may be applied to the havock which wickedness and impiety usually make in the church, whea it enjoys peace and temporal prosperity ; and believers have not iela reason to beseech God to sanctify and defend it against it fpiritual enemies, than to pray that he would secure it againit persecutors, who feck to destroy it.
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497 ri I am the Lord thy God, who brought thee out of the Jand of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I shall fill it.
12 But my people would not hear my voice and Israel would not obey me
13 So I gave them up unto their own hearrs lufts: and let them follow their own imaginations:
14 O that my people would have hearkened unto me: for if Ifrael had walked in my ways,
15 I should soon have put down their enemies : and turned my hand against their adversaries.
16 The haters of the Lord Thould have been found liars : but their time should have endured for ever.
17. He should have fed them also with the finest wheatflour: and with honey out of the stony rock should I have fatisfied thee.
G Judge ramong Gods.
E V ENI NG PRAYER.
Psalm. Ixxxii. Deus ftetit.
Gods. 2 How long will ye give wrong judgment : and accept the persons of the ungodly?
3 Defend the poor and fatherless : see that such as are in need and necessity have right.
4 Deliver the out-calt and poor : fave them from the hand of the ungodly.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxi.] 1. This psalm should excite us to praise God, and to pay him our homage in a most zealous and solenn manner. This duty does not less concern Christians than the Jews; and if God bestowed confiderable favours on the Jews, by bringing them out of Egypt, and giving them his law, he has done incomparably greater things for us, in redeeming us by Jesus Christ his Son, and giving us the knowledge of his gospel. 2.' God here declares, in the most clear and express manner, that he is always disposed to load men with his favours ; that he offers them ais grace; that he deare's nothing but their welfare and iaivation ; and that if men are miserable, it is only because they will not hear his voice, but wilfully harden their hearts.
5. They will not be learned nor understand, but walk on still in darkness : all the foundations of the earth are out of course.
6 I have said, Ye are Gods: and ye are all the children of the most Highest. 7
But ye shall die like men : and fall like one of the princes.
8 Arise, O God, and judge thou the earth : for thou shalt take all heathen to thine inheritance.
Psalm. Ixxxiii. Deus, quis fimilis ?
not thy tongue, O God, keep not ftill silence : refrain not thyself, O God. 2 For lo, thine enemies make a murmuring: and they that hate thee have lift up their head.
3 They have imagined craftily against thy people : and taken council againft thy secret ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us root them out, that they be no more a people : and that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have cast their heads together with one confent: and are confederate against thee;
6 The tabernacles of the Edomites and the Ishmaelites : the Moabites and Hagarens ;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalech: the Philistines, with them that dwell at Tyre,
8 Aflur also is joined with them : and have holpen the children of Lot. 9
But do thou to them as unto the Madianites : unta Sisera, and unto Jabin at the brook of Kison ;
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm lxxxii.] Judges, magiftrates, and all that are in authority, ought to improve by the subject of this pralm; and remember, that God having established them for the adminifration of justice, is present at their judgments ; that it is therefore their duty to do right to every one, without refpect of persons; and above all, to protect the weak and innocent when oppressed. For which reason, they ought to remember, that although they are set above others. yet they muit die one day like all the relt of mankind; and that then they shall appear before the supreme Judge, to give an account of their actions,
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499 10 Who perished at Endor: and became as the dung of the earth.
1 Make them and their princes like Oreb and Zeb : yea, make all their princes like as Zeba and Salmana;
12 Who say, Let us take to ourselves : the houses of God in poffeffion.
13 O my God, make them like unto a wheel : and ás che ftubole before the wind;
14 Like as the fire that burneth up the wood : and as che Aame that consumeth the mountains.
15 Persecute them even fo with thy tempest : and make them afraid with thy storm.
16 Make their faces ashamed, O Lord : that they may feek thy Name.
17 Let them be confounded and vexed ever more and more: let them be put to shame and perish.
18 And they lhall know that thou, whose Name is Jehovah : art only che most Highest over all the earth.
Psalm lxxxiv. Quam dilesta!
2 My soul hath a defire and longing to enter into the courts of the Lord: my heart and my felh rejoice in the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found her an house, and the swallow a nest, where she may lay her young : even thy : altars, O Lord of hosts, my King and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house : they will be alway praising thee.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm 1xxxiii.) The contents of this pralm engage us to confider, i. That as God formerly permitted the people bordering upon the Ifraelites to unite themselves against them, he suffers also, for wise and just reasons, that his church at some times hould be exposed to the assaults of a great number of powerful and formidable enemies; and that the juft should be expoíed to the contradi&tion and malice of the world. 2. That God, by his infinite power, has always defeated the contrivances of those who seck the ruin of his church ; and that all the united ftrength of men can prevail nothing againk it, por against those whom he loves and favours with bis protection.
5 Bleffed is the man whose strength is in thee : in whose heart are thy ways.
6 Who going through the vale of mifery, use it for 2 well : and the pools are filled with water.
7 They will go from strength to strength : and unto the God of gods appeareth every one of them in Sion:
8 O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer : hearken, 0 : God of Jacob.
9. Behold, O God our defender : and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For one day in thy courts : is better than a thousand.
1 I had rather be a door-keeper in the house of my God: chan to dwell in the tents of ungodliness.
12 For the Lord God is a light and defence: the Lord will give grace and worship, and no good thing thall he: withhold from them that live a godly life.
13 O Lord God of hosts : blesed is the man that puctech his trust in thee. Psalm 1xxxv. Benedixifti, Domine.
land : thou haft turned away the captivity of Jacob. 2 Thou haft forgiven the offence of thy people : and covered all their fins.
3. Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure: and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
4 Turn us then, O God our Saviour; and let thine anger cease froni us.
5 Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever :-and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm lxxxiv.) What ię chiefly to be considered here is, the tender and fincere regard which the faithful bear to the service of God. The fervent regard that David here expresies for the tabernacle, and for the altar of God, teaches us, that there is nothing we ought to wish with fa much earnestness, as to serve God, and to praise him; that this is the greatest happiness, and comfort we can enjoy in this life; that it is an advantage preferable to all the riches and glories of the world, fince " the Lorde will give grace and worship, and no good thing thall he withhold from them that live a gödly life