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Morning Prayer.

DAY 24. PSALM 116. Dilexi, quoniam. [This Psalm recalls both the words of David, and the The first Psalm for

song of Hezekiah on his recovery from his seem- | the CHURCHING OF
ingly fatal illness. It certainly records the | WOMEN.
thankfulness of one who had been on the brink

of the grave.] I am well pleased : that the LORD hath heard 1. I am well pleasthe voice of my prayer;

| ed; rather, I love; 2 That He hath inclined His ear unto

am full of love, beme : therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live.

3 The snares of death compassed me | 3. The snares of round about : and the pains of hell gat | death; lit. the cords

of death, from Ps. hold upon me.

xviii. 4. 4 I shall find trouble and heaviness, and 4. I shall findI I will call upon the Name of the LORD : 0

will call ; rather, “I

found”... and I LORD, I beseech Thee, deliver my soul.

called. 5 Gracious is the LORD, and righteous : yea, our God is merciful.

6 The LORD preserveth the simple : Il 6. The simple was in misery, and He helped me.

2.e., those who turn

to Him as "little 7 Turn again then unto thy rest, O

children” to their my soul : for the LORD hath rewarded father – in all trust thee.

and confidence.

7. Rewarded thee. 8 And why? Thou hast delivered my

| i.e., hath dealt bounsoul from death : mine eyes from tears, and tifully with thee. God my feet from falling.

hath dealt out His 9 I will walk before the LORD : in the

blessing unto thee. land of the living. 10 I believed, and therefore will I speak;

10. This verse is

very difficult. It is but I was sore troubled : I said in my haste, , thus translated by All men are liars.

Perowne: “I believe 11 What reward shall I give unto the

[in Him], for I must

speak; I was greatly LORD : for all the benefits He hath done afflicted.” Kay brings unto me?

out the force of the

pronoun: As for me, I was deeply afflicted ; as for me, I said in my haste, 'All that is man, deceives.'"

for

12 I will receive the cup of salvation : 12. The cup of saland call upon the Name of the LORD.

vation. This seems

to be a figure of speech 13 I will pay my vows now in the presence of all His people : right dear in the afterwards received a sight of the LORD is the death of His saints.

special significance in

the cup of blessing at 14 Behold, O LORD, how that I am Thy

the Passover, and a servant : I am Thy servant, and the son of still deeper signifi. Thine handmaid ; Thou hast broken my

cance at the Lord's

Supper. bonds in sunder.

13. Right dear – 15 I will offer to Thee the sacrifice of | i.e., precious, rare, thanksgiving : and will call upon the Name

not lightly permitted.

14. I am Thy serof the LORD.

vant. This recalls 16 I will pay my vows unto the LORD, the language of Nein the sight of all His people : in the courts

hemiah, who in his

prayers continually of the LORD's house, even in the midst of

spoke of himself to thee, O Jerusalem. Praise the LORD. God as “Thy ser

vant.”-Nehem. i. 6,

11. Psalm 117. Laudate Dominum. [This short Psalm has been supposed to be a Dox

ology, to be sung after other Psalms. ] O PRAISE the LORD, all ye heathen : praise 1. This verse is Him, all ye nations.

quoted by S. Paul, as

a prophecy of the con2 For His merciful kindness is ever more

version of the world and more towards us : and the truth of the to the faith of Jesus LORD endureth for ever. Praise the LORD.

Christ.-Rom. xv. 11.
Heathen 1. e., na-

tions.
Psalm 118. Confitemini Domino.

Easter Day. (This Psalm was composed for the festival celebrat- | The last Psalm at

ing the dedication of the Second Temple, built | Evening Prayer.
on the return of the Jews from Babylon. Our

" He said unto Lord adopts part of it as referring to Himself.

them, it is written, To the Jew it recalls the procession to Mount

My house shall be Moriah to dedicate the Temple to God; to the Christian it recalls the triumphal progress of

called the HOUSE OF

PRAYER ; but ye have Christ over the Mount of Olives to the same

made it a den of Temple, when He cleansed it of the traders who

thieves,” S. Matt. defiled it.]

xxi. 13. O GIVE thanks unto the LORD, for He is gra- | The opening chorus cious : because His mercy endureth for ever. | was used at the lay

ing of the foundation of the Temple by Zerubbabel and Joshua. — Ezra iii. 11.

2 Let Israel now confess, that He is gracious : and that His mercy endureth for ever.

3 Let the house of Aaron now confess : that His mercy endureth for ever.

4 Yea, let them now that fear the LORD confess : that His mercy endureth for ever.

5 I called upon the LORD in trouble : 5. In trouble ; lit. and the LORD heard me at large.

from straitness, as

from captivity in 6 The LORD is on my side : I will not

Babylon. At large; fear what man doeth unto me.

lit. in the large space 7 The LORD taketh my part with them

-i.e., set me free. that help me : therefore shall I see my

6. “We may boldly

say, 'The Lord is my desire upon mine enemies.

helper, and I will not 8 It is better to trust in the LORD : than fear what man shall

do unto me,'" Heb. to put any confidence in man.

xiii. 6. 9 It is better to trust in the LORD : than

7. See my desire, to put any confidence in princes.

&c.; rather, I shall 10 All nations compassed me round

look down upon, dis

regard them that hate about : but in the Name of the LORD will

me. I destroy them.

9. The Israelites 11 They kept me in on every side, they experienced the capkept me in, I say, on every side : but in

riciousness of princely

favour in the interthe Name of the LORD will I destroy them.

ruptions of the build12 They came about me like bees, and ing of the Temple by are extinct even as the fire among the

various edicts.

10. Nine nations thorns : for in the Name of the LORD I will

are specified, together destroy them.

“with the rest of the 13 Thou hast thrust sore at me, that I nations,” who appeal

ed to Artaxerxes to might fall : but the LORD was my help.

stop the building.14 The LORD is my strength, and my Ezra iv. 9, 10. song : and is become my salvation.

12. Are extinct,

&c.; Heb. as a fire of 15 The voice of joy and health is in the

thorns—i.e., quickly dwellings of the righteous : the right hand | blazing, soon burnt of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.out.

13. Thoui.e., the 16 The right hand of the LORD hather

nan | enemy of Israel. 14. This commences the song of Moses after the passage through the Red Sea.-Ex. xv. 2.

15. “Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power. Thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. ... Thou stretchedst out Thy right hand, the earth swallowed them,” Ex. xv. 6, 12.

cefused : 18 fame stone come my

the pre-eminence : the right hand of the LORD bringeth mighty things to pass.

17 I shall not die, but live : and declare the works of the LORD.

18 The LORD hath chastened and corrected me : but He hath not given me over unto death.

19 Open me the gates of righteousness : 19. The gates of that I may go into them, and give thanks

righteousness i.e.,

the gates of the Temunto the LORD.

ple. The choir and 20 This is the gate of the LORD : the procession are now righteous shall enter it.

before them. 21 I will thank Thee, for Thou hast heard me : and art become my salvation.

22 The same stone which the builders 22. It is suggestrefused : is become the head-stone in the

ed that a stone, part

of the old building, corner.

passed over by the 23 This is the LORD's doing : and it is builders, was adopted, marvellous in our eyes.

on the pressure of the

priests, as the cor24 This is the day which the LORD hath

ner stone. Our Lord made : we will rejoice and be glad in it. applied, as is well 25 Help me now, O LORD : 0 LORD, send

known, this verse to

Himself. The origius now prosperity.

nal incident must 26 Blessed be He that cometh in the have had a striking Name of the LORD : we have wished you

history, as indicated

| by the 23d verse. good luck, ye that are of the house of the

25. Help me now; LORD.

the Hebrew word is 27 God is the LORD who hath shewed us represented by Hos

anna, save now !-S. light : bind the sacrifice with cords, yea, Matt. xxi. 9. even unto the horns of the altar.

26. We have wished 28 Thou art my God, and I will thank

| you, &c.; rather, “We

have blessed you from Thee : Thou art my God, and I will praise

the house of the Thee.

LORD.” The reply 29 O give thanks unto the LORD, for He

from the priests.

27. Sacrifice; lit. is gracious : and His mercy endureth for festival sacrifice, vicever.

tim, as in Ex. xxiii.

| 18, the fat of my sacrifice, lit. festival, as here. At the corners of the altar there were projections called horns [Ex. xxvii. 2] on which the blood of the sin-offering was smeared, Ex. xxix. 12.

it

" It is strange that Evening Prayer.

of all the pieces of

the Bible which my PSALM 119. Beati immaculati. mother taught me,

that which cost me [This Psalm contains twenty-two stanzas, after the most to learn, and

Hebrew alphabet, in consecutive order. Each which was to my stanza has eight verses, and each verse has two child's mind most members. Each verse begins with the same repulsive- the 119th letter as that of the stanza. A name referring | Psalm-has now beto God's Word occurs in every verse, except the come of all the most 122d. The names are, WORD, SAYING, TESTI precious to me in its MONIES, WAY, JUDGMENT, PRECEPT, COMMAND overflowing and gloriMENT, LAW, STATUTE, FAITHFULNESS.

ous passion of love

for the law of God.” BLESSED are those that are undefiled in the

-RUSKIN. way: and walk in the law of the LORD.

A stanza is a staff 2 Blessed are they that keep His testi- | -i.e., a set, series,

succession of verses. monies : and seek Him with their whole heart.

OBEDIENCE.

1st stanza, Aleph, 3 For they who do no wickedness : walk in His ways.

3. Walk in His · 4 Thou hast charged : that we shall dili ways; Zacharias and gently keep Thy commandments.

Elisabeth walked “in

all the command5 O that my ways were made so direct :

ments and ordinances that I might keep Thy statutes !

of the Lord blame6 So shall I not be confounded : while I less," S. Luke i. 6.

6. Confoundedhave respect unto all Thy commandments. lie., ashamod, disap

7 I will thank Thee with an unfeigned | pointed. heart : when I shall have learned the judgments of Thy righteousness.

8 I will keep Thy ceremonies : 0 forsake 8. Ceremonies = me not utterly.

statutes, as in the Bible version.

ii. In quo corriget ? WHEREWITHAL shall a young man cleanse his way : even by ruling himself after Thy Word.

10 With my whole heart have I sought Thee : 0 let me not go wrong out of Thy commandments.

11 Thy words have I hid within my heart : that I should not sin against Thee.

PROTECTION. 2d stanza, Beth, .

9. “I have written unto you, young men, because ye are strong, and THE WORD OF God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one,” i S, John ii. 14.

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