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.90 THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 2. It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down unto the beard : even unto Aarons beard, and went down to the skirts of his clothing,
3 Like as the dew of Hermon : which fell upon the hill of Sion.
4 For there she Lord promised his blessing: and life for evermore.
Psalm cxxxiv. Ecce nunc. Ehold now, praise the Lord : all ye servants of the 2 Ye that by night stand in the house of the Lord : even in the courts of the house of our God.
3 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary: and praise the Lord.
4 The Lord that made heaven and earth : give thee blersing out of Sion, Psalm cxxxv.
praise it, Oye servants of the Lord; 2 Ye that stand in the house of the Lord: in the courts of the house of our God.
3 O praise the Lord, for the Lord is gracious : O sing praises unto his Name, for it is lovely.
4 For why? the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself: and Israel for his own poffeffion.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Psalm cxxxiii.] The instruction which we receive from this pralm is, that nothing is more agreeable to God than peace and unity; and that his most valuable blessings are bestowed on those who live in good harmony with each other; which should be of great weight to incline as to live together in Christian and brotherly love.
Psalm cxxxiv.) The ministers of God should learn from this pfalm, that as the priets and Levites were by their office called to praise God day and night in his temple, and to pray for the people of Israel; fo are the ministers of the Chriltian church, by their office, in a particular mander, called to bless and praise continually God's holy name, and to pray witheut ceasing for the prosperity of the church.
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED.
567 5 For I know that the Lord is great : and that our God is above all gods.
6 Whatsoever the Lord pleased, that did he in heaven, and in earth : in the sea, and in all deep places.
7 He bringeth forth the clouds from the ends of tire world : and sendeth forth lightnings with the rain, bringing the winds out of his treasures.
8 He smote the first-born of Egypt: both of man and beat.
9 He hath sent tokens and wonders into the midst of thee, O thou land of Egypt: upon Pharaoh and all his servants.
10 He fmote divers nations: and New mighty kings;
11 Sehon king of the Amorites, and Og the king of Bahan: and all the kingdoms of Canaan ;
12 And gave their land to be an heritage: even an heritage unto Ifrael his people.
13 Thy Name, O Lord, endurech for ever : so dochi thy meinorial, O Lord, from one generation to another.
14 For the Lord will avenge his people : and be gracious unto his servants.
15 As for the images of the heathen, they are but filver and gold : the work of mens hands.
16 They have mouths, and speak not: eyes have they, but they see not.
17 They have ears, and yet they hear not: neither is there any breath in their mouths.
18 They chat make them are like unto them : and so are all they that put their trust in them.
19 Praise the Lord, ye house of Israel : praise the Lord, ye house of Aaron.
20 Praise the Lord, ye house of Levi: ye that fear the Lord, praise the Lord.
21 Praised be the Lord out of Sion : who dwelleth at Jerusalem.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxxxv. This pfalm engages us, no less than the Ifraclites, to bless God, and to celebrate his power, wisdom, and goodness, which appear in the creation and governinent of the world; and chiefly to ac
Pfalm cxxxvi. Confitemini.
his mercy endureth for ever. 2 O give thanks unto the God of all gods : for his mercy endureth for ever.
3 0 thank the Lord of all lords : for his mercy endureth for ever.
4 Who only doeth great wonders for his mercy endureth for ever.
5 Who by his excellent wisdom made the heavens : for his mercy endurech for ever.
6 Who laid out the earth above the waters : for his mercy endureth for ever.
7 Who hath made great lights : for his mercy endureth for ever:
8 The fun to rule the day : for his mercy endurech for ever;
9 The moon and the stars to govern the night : for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 Who smo:e Egypt with their first-born: for his mercy endureth for ever ;
11 And brought dut Israel from among them : for his mercy endureth for ever.
12 With a mighty hand and stretched-out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
13' Who divided the Red sea in two parts: for his mercy endureth for ever.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. knowledge his mercy in chusing us to be his people. If he delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, and destroyed the kings of Canaan to settle them in that country, Jetus Christ has done for us much greater wonders of power and love : he has destroyed the idolatry which rcigned in the world ; he has delivered us from condemnation and death, and admitted as into his church. It is therefore meet and right that this all-mighty and all-gracious God Mould be for ever praised ; and that all those who fear him, especially his ministers and servants, should join together in praising him, and laying, “ Blessed be the Lord who dwelleth in Sion. Praise the Lord."
ILLUSTRATED AND EXPLAINED. 569 14. And made Israel to go through the midst of it: for his mercy endureth for ever.
15 But as for Pharaoh and his host, he overthrew them in the Red sea : for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 Who led his people through the wilderness : for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 Who smore great kings : for his mercy endureth for
18 Yea, and New mighty kings : for his mercy endureth
for ever ;
19 Sehon king of the Amorites : for his mercy
20 And Og the king of Basan : for his
endureth for ever.
21 And gave away their land for an heritage : for his mercy endureth for ever ;
22 Even for an heritage unto Israel his servant: for his mercy endureth for ever. · 23 Who remembered us when we were in trouble: for his mercy endureth for ever ;
24 And hath delivered us from our enemies : for his mercy endureth for ever.
24 Who giveth food to all felh : for his mercy endurech for ever.
25 O give thanks unto the God of heaven : for his mercy endureth for ever.
27 O give thanks unto the Lord of lords: for his mercy, endureth for ever.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cxxxvi.) Observe, 1. That we have as great reason to bless God as the Jews had, when we contemplate the wonders of creation and providence, the miracles which God formerly wrought in behalf of his people ; but above all we are to praise the infinite mercy and divine power manifefted in the work of our redemption. 2. The next reflection relates to these words, repeated in every verse of this psalm, “For his mercy endureth for ever," which was a form consecrated by custom to the use of divine worship. These words teach us that the goodness of God appears in all his works, and is the source of all the blellings we enjoy; and Therefore that we ought likewise to celebrate it with continual praises, with great giftitude, and with all the zeal and fervency we are able. 13
Psalm cxxxvii. Super flumina.
we remembered thee, O Sion. 2 As for our harps, we hanged them up : upon the trees that are therein.
3 For they that led us away captive, required of us then a song, and melody in our heaviness : Sing us one of the songs of Sion.
4. How shall we sing the Lords song : in a strange land ?
5 If I forget thee, o Jerusalem : let my right hand forget her cunning.
6 If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth: yea, if I prefer not Jerusalem in my mirth.
7 Remember the children of Edom, O Lord, in the day of Jerusalem : how they said, Down with it, down with it, even to the ground.
8 O daughter of Babylon, wasted with misery : yea, happy shall he be that rewardeth thee as thou haft served us.
9 Blessed shall he be that taketh thy children: and throweth them against the stones.
Psalm cxxxviii. Confitebor tibi.
heart: even before the gods will I sing praise unto thee.
2 I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy Name, because of thy loving kindness and truth: for thou hast magnified thy Name, and thy word above all things.
3. When I called upon thee, thou heardest me: and endueift
foul with much strength.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pfalm cxxxvii.] The sentiments of the captive Jews in this psalm, are the same with those of all true believers. 1. They have a great zeal for the church ; they cannot rejoice when they see it exposed to sufferings; and would rather forget themselves, and their own concerns, than forget the interek of God's glory. 2. The destruction of the Edomites and Babylonians, foretold in this psalm, which happened a few years after the destruction of Jerusalem, teaches us, that God revenges the evils done to his church; and that he severely punishes persecutors and those who joia with them, as well as those who insult the miserable, and rejoice at the evil which befals chem.