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God's promises of

favour to David. servant; with my holy oil have 34 My covenant will I not I anointed him :

break, nor alter the thing that 21 With whom my hand shall is gone out of my lips. be established: mine arm also 35 Once have I sworn by my shall strengthen him.

holiness that I will not lie unto 22 The enemy shall not exact David. upon him ; nor the son of wick- 36 His seed shall endure for edness afflict him.

ever, and his throne as the sun 23 And I will beat down his before me. foes before his face, and plague 37 It shall be established for them that hate him.

ever as the moon, and as a faith24 But my faithfulness and ful witness in heaven. Selah. my mercy shall be with him : 38 But thou hast cast off and and in my name shall his horn abhorred, thou hast been wroth be exalted.

with thine anointed. 25 I will set his hand also in 39 Thou hast made void the the sea, and his right hand in covenant of thy servant: thou the rivers.

hast profaned his crown by cast26 He shall cry unto me, Thou ing it to the ground. art my Father, my God, and 40 Thou hast broken down all the Rock of my salvation. his hedges.; thou hast brought

27 Also I will make him my his strong holds to ruin. first-born, higher than the kings

41 All that pass by the way of the earth.

spoil him: he is a reproach to 28 My mercy will I keep for his neighbours. him for evermore, and my cov- 42 Thou hast set up the right enant shall stand fast with hand of his adversaries; thou him.

hast made all his enemies to 29 His seed also will I make rejoice. to endure for ever, and his 43 Thou hast also turned the throne as the days of heaven. edge of his sword, and hast not

30 If his children forsake my made him to stand in the battle. law, and walk not in my judg- 44 Thou hast made his glory ments,

to cease, and cast his throne 31 If they break my statutes, down to the ground. and keep not my command- 45 The days of his youth hast ments;

thou shortened: thou hast cov32 Then will I visit their ered him with shame. Selah. transgression with the rod, and 46 How long, LORD, wilt thou their iniquity with stripes. hide thyself? for ever? shall

33 Nevertheless, my loving- thy wrath burn like fire ? kindness will I not utterly take 47 Remember how short my from him, nor suffer my faith- time is : wherefore hast thou fulness to fail.

made all men in vain?


The frailty

of human life. 48 What man is he that liv- with a flood; they are as a eth, and shall not see death? sleep; in the morning they are shall he deliver his soul from like grass which groweth up. the hand of the grave? Se- 6 In the morning it flourishlah.

eth, and groweth up; in the 49 Lord, where are thy evening it is cut down, and former loving-kindnesses, which withereth. thou swarest unto David in thy 7 For we are consumed by truth?

thine anger, and by thy wrath 50 Remember, Lord, the re- are we troubled. proach of thy servants; how I 8 Thou hast set our iniquities do bear in my bosom the re- before thee, our secret sins in proach of all the mighty peo- the light of thy countenance . ple;

9 For all our days are passed 51 Wherewith thine enemies away in thy wrath : we spend have reproached, 0 LORD; our years, as a tale that is told. wherewith they have reproach- 10 The days of our years are ed the footsteps of thine anoint- threescore years and ten; and ed.

if by reason of strength they 52 Blessed be the LORD for be fourscore years, yet is their evermore. Amen, and Amen. strength labour and sorrow; for

it is soon cut off, and we fly

away. 1 The psalmist declareth God's providence over 11 Who knoweth the power Israel ; 3 he complaineth of human frailty, 7 divine chastisements, 10 and the shortness of of thine anger? even according and for the sensible experience of God's good to thy fear, so is thy wrath. providence.

12 So teach us to number our TA Prayer of Moses the man of God. days, that we may apply our LORD, thou hast been our hearts unto wisdom.

dwelling-place in all gener- 13 Return, O LORD, how ations.

long ? and let it repent thee 2 Before the mountains were concerning thy servants. brought forth, or ever thou 14 O satisfy us early with thy hadst formed the earth and the mercy ; that we may rejoice world, even from everlasting to and be glad all our days. . everlasting, thou art God. 15 Make us glad according to

3 Thou turnest man to de- the days wherein thou hast afstruction; and sayest, Return, flicted us, and the years whereye children of men.

in we have seen evil. 4 For a thousand years in thy 16 Let thy work appear unto sight are but as yesterday when thy servants, and thy glory unto it is past, and as a watch in the their children. night.

17 And let the beauty of the 5 Thou carriest them away as LORD our God be upon us :



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The security and

happiness of the godly. and establish thou the work of 12 They shall bear thee up our hands upon us; yea, the in their hands, lest thou dash work of our hands establish thy foot against a stone. thou it.

13 Thou shalt tread upon the

lion and adder: the young lion PSALM XCI. The security and happiness of the godly under and the dragon shalt thou tramthe divine protection.

ple under feet E that dwelleth in the seHE

14 Because he hath set his cret place of the Most High love upon me, therefore will I shall abide under the shadow of deliver him: I will set him on the Almighty.

high, because he hath known 2 I will say of the LORD, He my name. is my refuge and my fortress : 15 He shall call upon me, and my God; in him will I trust. I will answer him: I will be

3 Surely he shall deliver thee with him in trouble ; I will de from the snare of the fowler, and liver him, and honour him. from the noisome pestilence. 16 With long life will I satis

4 He shall cover thee with his fy him, and shew him my sal feathers, and under his wings vation. shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.

i The prophet exhorteth to praise God, 4 for 5 Thou shalt not be afraid for his great works, 6 for his judgments on the

wicked, 10 and for his goodness to the the terror by night; nor for

godly the arrow that flieth by day; TA Psalm or Song for the sabbath6 Nor for the pestilence that

day. walketh in darkness ; nor for IT is a good thing to give the destruction that wasteth at thanks unto the LORD, and noon-day.

to sing praises unto thy name, 7 A thousand shall fall at thy O Most High. side, and ten thousand at thy 2 To shew forth thy lovingright hand;

but it shall not kindness in the morning, and come nigh thee.

thy faithfulness every night, 8 Only with thine eyes shalt 3 Upon an instrument of ten thou behold and see the reward strings, and upon the psaltery ; of the wicked.

upon the harp with a solemn 9. Because thou hast made the sound. LORD which is my refuge, even 4 For thou, LORD, hast made the Most High, thy habitation; me glad through thy work: I

10 There shall no evil befall will triumph in the works of thee, neither shall any plague thy hands. come nigh thy dwelling.

5 O LORD, how great are thy 11 For he shall give his an- works! and thy thoughts are gels charge over thee, to keep very deep. thee in all thy ways.

6 A brutish man knoweth

The majesty, stability, fc.


of Christ's kingdom. not, neither doth a fool under

2 Thy throne is established of stand this.

old: thou art from everlast7 When the wicked spring ing: as the grass, and when all the 3 The floods have lifted up, O workers of iniquity do flourish; | LORD, the floods have lifted up it is that they shall be destroy their voice; the floods lift up ed for ever :

their waves. 8 But thou, LORD, art most 4 The LORD


on high is high for evermore.

mightier than the noise of 9 For lo, thine enemies, o many waters, yea, than the LORD, for lo, thine enemies mighty waves of the sea. shall perish; all the workers of 5 Thy testimonies are very iniquity shall be scattered. sure: holiness becometh thine

10 But my horn shalt thou house, O LORD, for ever. exalt like the horn of an unicorn : I shall be anointed with

PSALM XCIV. fresh oil

1 The psalmist calling for justice, complain

eth of the tyranny and impiety of the 11 Mine eye also shall see my wicked: 8 he sheweth God's providence ; 12 desire on mine. enemies, and

and teacheth the blessedness of affliction. 16

God is the defeniler and avenger of the mine ears shall hear


afflicted. of the wicked that rise up O LORD God, to whom ven- : against me.

geance belongeth; O God, 12 The righteous shall flour- to whom vengeance belongeth, ish like the palm-tree: he shall shew thyself

. grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 2 Lift up thyself, thou Judge

13 Those that be planted in of the earth : render a reward the house of the LORD shall to the proud. flourish in the courts of our God. 3 LORD, how long shall the

14 They shall still bring forth wicked, how long shall the fruit in old age; they shall be wicked triumph? fat and flourishing;

4 How long shall they utter 15 To shew that the LORD is and speak hard things? and all upright: he is my rock, and the workers of iniquity boast there is no unrighteousness in themselves? him.

5 They break in pieces thy people, O LORD, and afflictthine

heritage. The majesty, stability, power, and holiness, of Christ's kingdom.

6 They slay the widow and THE HE LORD reigneth, he is the stranger, and murder the

clothed with majesty; the fatherless. Lord is clothed with strength, 7 Yet they say, The LORD wherevith he hath girded him- shall not see, neither shall the self: the world also is establish- God of Jacob regard it. ed, that it cannot be moved. 8 Understand, ye brutish



The blessedness of affliction


Exhortation to praise God. among the people : and ye fools, gether against the soul of the when will ye be wise?

righteous, and condemn the in9 He that planted the ear, nocent blood. shall he not hear ? he that form- 22 But the LORD is my deed the eye, shall he not see? fence; and my God is the rock

10 He that chastiseth the hea- of my refuge. then, shall not he correct? he 23 And he shall bring upon that teacheth man knowledge, them their own iniquity, and shall not he know?

shall cut them off in their own 11 The LORD knoweth the wickedness; yea, the LORD our thoughts of man, that they are God shall cut them off. vanity.


. 12 Blessed is the man whom 1 An exhortation to praise God for his greatthou chastenest, O LORD, and

ness, 6 and for creating and preserving us :

8 and not to tempt him as did Israel in the teachest him out of thy law;

13 That thou mayest give him O.COME, let us sing unto rest from the days of adversity, until the pit be digged for the joyful noise to the Rock of our wicked.

salvation. 14 For the LORD will not 2 Let us come before his cast off his people, neither will presence with thanksgiving, and he forsake his inheritance. make a joyful noise unto him

15 But judgment shall re- with psalms. turn unto righteousness : and 3 For the LORD is a great all the upright in heart shall God, and a great King above follow it.

all gods. 16 Who will rise up for me 4 In his hand are the deep against the evil-doers? or who places of the earth: the strength will stand up for me against the of the hills is his also. workers of iniquity ? 1.5 The sea is his, and he made

17 Unless the LORD had been it: and his hands formed the my help, my soul had almost dry land. dwelt in silence.

6 O come, let us worship and 18 When I said, My foot slip- bow down: let us kneel before peth; thy mercy, O LORD, held the LORD our maker.

7 For he is our God; and we 19 In the multitude of my are the people of his pasture, thoughts within me thy com- and the sheep of his hand. To forts delight my soul.

day if ye will hear his voice, 20 Shall the throne of iniqui- 8 Harden not your heart, as ty have fellowship with thee, in the provocation, and as in which frameth mischief by a the day of temptation in the law?

wilderness : 21 They gather themselves to- 9 When your fathers tempt

me up

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