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, 1:16: That thou mayest take the matter into thy hand: the poor. committeth himself unto thee; for thou art the helper of the friendless.
17 Break thou the power of the ungodly and malicious: take away his ungodliness, and thou shalt find none.
18 The Lord is King for ever and ever: and the heathen are perished out of the land,
19 Lord, thou hast heard the desire of the poor: thou preparest their heart, and thine ear hearkeneth thereto.
20 To help the fatherless and poor unto their right: that the man of the earth be no more exalted against them. § Psalm 11.
In Domino confido. N the Lord put 1 my trust: how say ye then to my soul, that The should fee as a bird unto the hill
2 For lo, the ungodly bend their bow, and make ready their arrows within the quiver: that they may privily shoot at them which are true of heart.
3. For the foundations will be cast down: and what hath the righe teous done?
4 The Lord is in his holy temple: the Lords seat is in heaven. 5 His
eyes consider the poor: and his eye-lids try the children of men.
6 The Lord alloweth the righteous: but the ungodly and him that delightech in wickednefs doth his soul abhor.
7 * Upon the ungodly he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, storm and tempeft: this shall be their portion to drink.
This Psalm seems to have been composed at the might full as properly have been translated as it is in time of Saul's persecution, when David was, advised the Margin of the Bible Version, he shall rain burning by fome of his Friends to retire to some place of con- Coals. This terrible and sublime description of God's cealment. He however relies upon the justice of his taking vengeance upon the Wicked seems to be taken cause, and comforts himself with the consideration of his from the account of the deftruction of Sodon, which being under God's protection, who as he approveth though the language is figurative serves to intimate to the conduct of the Righteous, so he will also moft af- us the sudden and dreadful punishment which God wi! furedly and dreadfully punish the Wicked.
inflict upon all the workers of Iniquity. Upon the ungedly be fball rain fnares&c. It
Day ü. 8 For the righteous Lord loveth righteousness: his countenance will behold the thing that is just.
E V ENING PRAY E R.
$ Psalm 12. Salvum me fac. Elp me, Lord for there is not one godly man left: for the
faithful are minished from among the children of men. 2 They talk of vanity every one with his neighbour: they do. but flatter with their lips, and diffemble in their double heart.
3 The Lord shall root out all deceitful lips: and the tongue that speaketh proud things.
4 Which have said, With our tongue will we prevail. we are they that ought to speak, who is lord over us?
Ś Now for the comfortless troubles sake of the needy: and because of the deep fighing of the poor;
6 I will up, faith the Lord: and will help every one from him that swelleth against him, and will set him at rest.
7 The words of the Lord are pure words: even as the filver, which from the earth is tried, and purified seven times in the fire.
8 Thou shalt keep them, O Lord: thou shalt preserve him from this generation for ever.
-9 The ungodly walk on every side: when they are exalted, the children of men are put to rebuke.
# Psalm 13. Usque quo, Domine? OW long wilt thou forget me, O Lord, for ever : how
long wilt thou hide thy face from me? $ David in this Psalm complains of the general cor- to God by Prayer as a means to preserve us from opo ruption of Manners of the age he then lived in; and preffon and corruption. implores God's protection, whom he also introduces || In this Pfalm David, being in the utmoft diftress, speaking, and promising his assistance. This Psalm complains that God had forsaken him; that his fora feems to have been composed when he was in danger of rows were increased, and his Enemy grown insolent being betrayed by Doeg and the Ziphites.
with success. He therefore intreats God to comfort Help me Lord, for there is not, &c. David's com- and deliver him from his terrors. In the midst of wbich plaint of the small number of good People in his time, however, he is inspired with an holy confidence in and his Prayer to God on that occafion, teach us, the divine goodness; and promises to thew himself that when we see Integrity fail, and Iniquity abound thankful for it. in the World, it is then our wisdom to have recourse How long wilt thou forget, &c. This Psalm is 8 Have they no knowledge, that they are all such workers of Very proper for Persons in iffliction. Since they are They are corrupt and become abominable, &c. It here taught by the example of David where to apply were much to be wilhea that the complaint which the for relief and deliverance in all diftreffes. Since God is Pfalmift here makes of the People in his time were not able to enlighten their darkness-to speak comfort applicable to the present Profeffors of a more enligh. to their Soulsanto remove their calamities--to turn their tened Dispensation! But bappy would it be wouid every forrows into joy, and their mournings into fongs of one endeavour to prevent the reproach by a diligent repraise.
2. How long shall I seek counsel in my soul, and be so vexed in my heart: how long shall mine enemies triumph over me?
3 Consider and hear me, O Lord my God: lighten mine eyes, that I sleep not in death.
4 Lest mine enemy fay, I have prevailed against him: for if I be cast down, they that trouble me will rejoice at it. 5 But
my trust is in thy mercy: and my heart is joyful in thy falvation.
6 I will sing of the Lord, because he hath dealt so lovingly with me: yea, I will praise the Name of the Lord most Highest.
|| Psalm 14. Dixit insipiens.
They are corrupt, and become abominable in their doings: there is none that doeth good, no not one.
3 The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men: to see if there were any that would understand, and seek after God.
4. But they are all gone out of the way; they are altogether become abominable : there is none that doeth good, no not one.
5 Their throat is an open sepulchre, with their tongues have they deceived: the poison of asps is under their lips.
6 Their mouth is full of cursing and bitterness; their feet are fwift to shed blood.
7 Destruction and unhappiness is in their ways, and the way of peace have they not known. there is no fear of God before their eyes.
formation of himself, and all that are under his influ. || David in this Pfalm, describes the great and gene- ence : rather than to nourish in himself spiritual Pride; ral" Corruption, the Wickedness and Impiety of the by indulging himfelf in unprofitable complaints of the Men of his age.
Wickedness of his Neighbours.
mischief: cațing up my people as it were bread, and call not upon the Lord?
There were they brought in great fear, even where no fear was: for God is in the generation of the righteous.
10 As for you, ye have made a mock ar the counsel of the poor; because he putteth his trust in the Lord.
11 Who shall give salvation unto Israel out of Sion? When the Lord turneth the captivity of his people: then shall Jacob rejoice, änd Israel shall be glad.
M O R N I N G PRAY E R.
§ Psalm 15. Domine, quis habitabit ? ORD, who shall dwell in thy tabernacle: or who shall rest
upon thy holy hill? 2 Even he that leadeth an uncorrupt life: and doeth the thing which is right, and speaketh the truth from his heart.
3 He that hath used no deceit in his tongue, nor done evil to his neighbour : and hath not slandered his neighbour. 14 He that setteth not by himself, but is lowly in his own eyes: and maketh much of them that fear the Lord.
5 He that sweareth unto his neighbour, and disappointeth him not: though it were to his own hindrance.
6 He that hath not given his money upon usury: nor taken reward against the innocent. 7 Whoso doeth these things : shall never fall.
s Psalm 16. Conserva me, Domine.
O God: for in thee have I put my trust.
soul, thou hast said unto the Lord: thou art my God, my goods are nothing unto thee.
$ In this Psalm is pointed out to us what qualifica- monies: but that we ought also to thew forth its infutions were requisite for such as would serve God ac- ence upon our Lives and Conversations by becomiog ceptably in his Tabernacle.
fruitfal in all good Works; viz. by abstaining from * Lord who fall dwell in thy Tabernacle ? &c. From Slander, Injustice and Oppreßion, by a strict adherence this instructive Psalm we learn that it is not sufficient to Sincerity and Uprightness, tho' it should prove to for obtaining the divine favour that we be merely Pre our temporal disadvantage--and giving all due ens defiors of a pure and rational Religion : çr that we couragement to Men of Virtue and Holinesse Such; conform ourselves strictly to its outward Rites and Cere. even reason tells us, are the distinguishing marks of upon
3 All my delight is upon the saints that are in the earth and upon such as excel in virtue.
4 But they that run after another god: shall have great trouble.
5 Their drink-offerings of blood will I not offer: neither inake mention of their names within my lips.
6 The Lord himself is the portion of mine inheritance, and of
my cup: thou shalt maintain my lot.
7 The lot is fallen unto me in a fair ground: yea, I have a goodly heritage.
8 I will thank the Lord for giving me warning: my seins also chasten me in the night-feafon.
9 * I have set God always before me: for he is on my right hand, therefore I shall not fall. 16 Wherefore my heart wa's glad, and my
heart was glad, and my glory rejoiced : my Alesh also shall rest in hope.
11 For why? thou shalt not leave my soul in hell: neither shalt thou suffer thy holy One to see corruption.
12 Thou shalt thew me the path of life; in thy presence is the fulness of joy: and at thy right hand there is pleasure for everinore.
|| Pfalm 17. Exaudi, Domine. EAR the right, O Lord, consider my complaint: and
hearken unto my prayer that goeth not out of feigned lips. 2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence: and let thine eyes
look the thing that is equal.
true Religion : and they who are poffefied of them God strengthned, and cheered with the hope of being raised will one Day most affuredly acknowledge as his Fa- from death to a life of endlets Happiness. From the vourites, and admit them as Citizens of the New Jeruo interpretation of St. Peter and Paul in the 2d and 13th Jalem. Whilft to all mere nominal Believers, of what- of Ads David in this Pfalm represents Christ, prophecyever se&, he will declare, I know you not, depart fram ing concerning his own Resurrection, and cternal me all ye that work Iniquity.
Glory. $ In this Psalm David implores the divine protection, I have fet God always before me, &c. i. e. by not as due to his Merit, but as an act of Mercy: pro- considering him as always present with him,- privy to mifing to thew his Gratitude for God's goodness, by his most fecret Thoughos, Words and Adicas ; and an affectionate regard to all such as are truly religious; ready to help and all him under all dangers and and an etter abhorrence of Idolatry and Prophane- distresses.- Ånd would we hope to share in God's.faness, acknowleding that Jehovah is the only true God, vour and protection, it is necessary that we live always bis chief good, and the Author and Fountain of all as in his presence. good, by whom he is afifted, defended, governed, The royal Prophet in this Hymn inorcats. God