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fortless gloom before them, and that to the upright there ariseth light in darkness.
Here the youthful Christian finds an echo of encouragement to the energy and resolution of his hopes, and the aged and experienced one, a delightful exhibition of sure and confiding trust in the long-tried mercy of Jehovah. When my father and my mother forsake me, then the Lord will take me up.-The young lions do lack and suffer hunger; but they that fear the Lord shall not want any good thing.-Thou hast been my support from my youth; now also, when I am old and grayheaded, forsake me not. I have been young, and now am old, yet have I never seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.-Happy would it be could we all realize in our own bosoms, the love, the gratitude, the penitential sorrow, the sacred confidence, and the fervent aspirations after holiness and heaven, which here so faithfully and vividly delineate the inward life of the Christian.
PART OF THE 18th PSALM, COMPOSED BY DAVID ON THE OCCASION OF HIS DELIVERANCE "FROM THE HAND
OF HIS ENEMIES AND FROM THE HAND OF SAUL."
I WILL love thee, O Jehovah, my strength!
Jehovah is my rock and my fortress,
And my deliverer is my God:
My rock, in Him will I trust;
My shield, and the horn of my salvation: my high tower.
Then was I delivered from mine enemies.
The cords of death surrounded me,
And the floods of wickedness made me afraid.
He heard from his temple my voice,
And fire from his mouth devoured:
*Hades, translated in the English Bible, Hell, signified a vast subterranean kingdom,-immense, dark, and silent; supposed to be the residence of departed spirits, immediately after death. It is not improbable that the sacred writers of the Old Testament understood by it the intermediate state of existence between death and the judgment. See their sublime poetical description of it in Isaiah, chapter xiv. the translation of which by Lowth may be found in the American First Class Book.
And darkness was under his feet.
Darkness of waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
From the brightness before him his thick clouds passed: Hailstones and coals of fire!
Jehovah also thundered in the heavens,
And the Most High uttered his voice:
He shot out his arrows and scattered them:
The multitude of his lightnings, and discomfited them.
Then were seen channels of waters;
The foundations of the earth were discovered:
At the blast of the breath of thy wrath.
He sent from above, he took me ;
He drew me out of many waters.
He delivered me from my strong enemy:
And from those who hated me, for they were stronger thanl They fell upon me in the day of my calamity,
But Jehovah was my stay.
He led me out also upon a broad place:
THE BOOK OF NATURE AND OF REVELATION.
TRANSLATED BY THE REV. GEORGE R. NOYES.
THE heavens declare the glory of God;
The firmament sheweth forth the work of his hands.
Day uttereth instruction to day,
And night sheweth knowledge to night.
Yet their sound goeth forth to all the earth,
Which cometh forth, like a bridegroom, from his chamber,
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul, The precepts of the Lord are sure, giving wisdom to the simple.
The statutes of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart,
The commandments of the Lord are pure, enlightening the
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
And in keeping of them there is great reward.
O cleanse thou me from secret faults!
Keep back also thy servant from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me;
Then shall I be upright,
I shall not be polluted with gross transgression.
O Lord, my strength and my redeemer.
THE LORD OUR SHEPHERD
TRANSLATED BY THE SAME.
THE Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.-
He reviveth my spirit;
He leadeth me in the right paths,
When I walk through the darkest valley,
Surely, goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life,
And I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever.
THE KING OF GLORY.
TRANSLATED BY THE SAME
THE earth is the Lord's, and all that is therein;
The world, and they who inhabit it.
Who shall ascend the hill of Jehovah,
And who shall stand in his holy place?
He that hath clean hands and a pure heart;
He shall receive a blessing from Jehovah,
Lift up your heads, O ye gates!
Who is this glorious King?
Jehovah, God of hosts, He is the glorious King.
GOD OUR REFUGE.
God is our refuge and strength ;
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth change,
The mountains shake with its raging.
There is a river, whose brooks gladden the city of God; The holy dwelling-place of the Most High. God is within her: she shall not be moved : God shall help her, earlier than the dawning. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were stirred: He uttered his voice, the earth melted. Jehovah of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our Refuge.
Come, behold the doings of Jehovah !
What astonishments he hath wrought in the earth.
The bow he breaketh in pieces, and cutteth asunder the spear;
Be still, and know that I am God:
CONFIDENCE IN THE MERCY OF GOD.
To thee belong submission and praise, O God, in Zion!
O Hearer of prayer! to thee all flesh must come.
The plagues of iniquity are strong against me,
Blessed are the people whom thou choosest and bringest near;
We shall be satisfied with the glory of thy house, of thy holy temple.
By wonderful things in mercy wilt thou answer us, O God of our salvation;
The confidence of all the ends of the earth, and of the remotest parts of the sea.
Establishing the mountains by his strength: girded with
Who stilleth the roar of the seas,
The roar of the waves and the tumult of the people.
Thou visitest the earth and waterest it abundantly;
Thou crownest the year of thy goodness,
The meadows of the wilderness do drop;
PRAISE TO JEHOVAH.
O COME, Let us sing unto Jehovah!
Let us shout to the Rock of our salvation!
Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving,
Let us shout to him with songs!
For a great God is Jehovah,
And a great king over all gods.
In his hand are the deep places of the earth,
And his are the heights of the mountains.