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511 Psalm xcii. Bonum eft confiteri. T is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord : and to
fing praises unto thy Name, O most highest;
2 To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning : and of thy truith in the night. feason ;
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute : upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
4 For thou, Lord, haft made me glad through thy works : and I will rejoice in giving praile for the operations of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how glorious are thy works : thy thoughts are very deep.
6 An unwise man doth not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand it.
7 When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish : then shall they be destroyed for ever ; but thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.
8 For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perih : and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed. 9
But mine horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn : for I ain anointed with fresh oil,
10 Mine eye allo shall see his lust or mine enemies : and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
11 The righteous shall nourish like a palm-tree : and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
12 Such as te planted in the house of the Lord : shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
13 They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and Thall be fac and well-liking.
14 That they may few how true the Lord my strength is : and that there is no unrighteousness in him.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. their distress, and heads upon them all kinds of blessings. These glorious privil•ges and excellent promiles are very proper to comfort and en: courage all such as fear God, and to fill then with unfpeakable joy and unhaken confidence.
E V EN ING PRAY E R.
Pfalm xcili. Dominus regnavit.
the Lord hath put on his apparel, and girded himfeir with strength.
2 He hath made the round world so lure : that it cannot be moved.
3 Ever since the world began, hath thy seat been pre pared: chou art from everlasting.
4 The fools are risen, O Lord, the floods have lift up their voice : the floods lift
their waves. 5 The waves of the sea are mighty, and rage horribly : but
yet the Lord, who dwellech on high, is mightier.
Psalm xciv. Deus ultionum.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xcii.] Since we learn, from the firft words of this plalm, that wit is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to declare his good. ness and faithfulness day and night ;" we ought all of us to b animated with a holy zeal, to the diligent, cheerful, and earneft discharge of 1 duty so jutt and agreeable
. This we shall have a powerful motive to, if we apply ourselves to the confideration of the works of God, which are great and marvellous ; and above all, if we attend to the ways of provi
: dence, and the conduct of the Almighty towards good and bad men. I sometimes happens that wicked and worldly men nourish and are happy but their poterity pafleth away like the grass ; God destroys them, and roots them out utterly. On the contrary, he blestes the righteous, secures their happiness, and inakes them prosper and flourish and bear fruit, even unto their old age, and to be in this world examples of his faithfulness.
Pfalm xciii.) This psalm teaches us, that God rules with glory and magnificence over all the world: that his throne is eftablished in righteousness; that his power infinitely exceeds that of all created beings! from whence we ate to conclude, that he will reign for ever
, for et good and advantage of his people, and of all those who serve him and Submit themselves to him.
2 Arise, thou Judge of the world : and reward the proud after their deserving.
3 Lord, how long shall the ungodly : how long hall the ungodly triumph ?
4 How long shall all wicked doers speak so disdainfully : and make such proud boasting?
5 They smite down thy people, O Lord : and trouble thine heritage..
6 They murder the widow and the stranger : and put the fatherless to death.
7 And yet they say, Tush, the Lord shall not see : neither Thall the God of Jacob regard it.
8 Take heed, ye unwile among the people: O ye fools, when will ye understand ?
9 He that planted the ear, shall he not bear: or he that made the eye, shall he not see?
10 Or he that nurtureth the heathen: it is he that teach.eth man knowledge, shall not he punish ?
11 The Lord knoweth the thoughts of man : that they are but vain.
12 Blessed is the man whom thou chastenest, O Lord : and teachest him in thy law;
13 That thou mayest give him patience in time of adverfity : until the pit be digged up for the ungodly.
14 For the Lord will not fail his people : Deither will be forsake his inheritance ;
15 Until righteousness turn again unto judgment : all such as are true in heart shall follow it.
16 Who will rise up with me against the wicked :: or who will take my part against the evil-doers ?
17 If the Lord had not helped me : it had not failed but my soul had been put to filence.
18 But when I laid, My foot hath Nipped : thy mercy, O Lord, held me up. 19 In the multitude of the forrows that I had in
heart: thy comfocs have refreshid my soul.
20 Wilt thou have any thing to do with the stool of wickedness which imagineih mischief as a law ?
21 They gather them together against the sout of the righteous : and condemn the innocent blood.
22 But the Lord is my refuge : and my God is the strength of my confidence.
23. He shall recompence them their wickedness, and destroy them in their own malice : yea, the Lord our God hall destroy them.
Psalm xcv. Venite, exultemus.
rejoice in the strength of our salvation.
3 For the Lord is a great God: and a great King above all gods.
4. In his hand are all the corners of the earth : and the strength of the hills is his also.
5 The sea is his, and he made it: and his hands prepared : the dry land.
6 0 come, let us worship and fall down : and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7 For he is the Lord our God: and we are the people of his pafture, and the sheep of his hand.
8 To day if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearts : as in the provocation, and as in the day of temptacion in the wilderness ;
9 When your fathers tempted me : proved me, and faw
10 Forty years long was I grieved with this generation, and said : It is a people that do err in their hearts, for they have not known my ways :
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xciv.] This psalm teaches us, that God will never forsake his people, and his inheritance; that he is the defender of the faithful; that he is the joy of their souls in the midst of their troubles, and that he • fupports then againit those who perfecute them, and seek to destroy them.
11 Unto whome I sware in my wrath : that they should aot enter into my reft.
Psalm xcvi. Cantate Domino.
all the whole earth.
Declare his honour unto the heathen: and his wonders unto all people.
4 For the Lord is great, and cannot worthily be praised : he is more to be feared than all gods.
5 As for all the gods of the heathen, they are but idols : but it is the Lord that made the heavens.
6 Glory and worship are before him: power and honour are in his fanctuary.
7 Ascribe unto the Lord, O ye kindreds of the people : ascribe unto Lord worship and power.
8 Alcribe unto the Lord, the honour due unto his name: bring presents, and come into his courts.
9 0 worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness : let the whole earth stand in awe ot him.
10 Tell it out among the heathen, that the Lord is King: and that it is he who hath made the round world so fait that it cannot be moved : and how that he shall judge the people righteously.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm xcv.] This psalm engages us to two duties. The first is, To render to God, with an holy joy and fervency, the adorations and praises which belong to him, on account of his power and majeity; but above all, because he is our God, and we have the happiness to be his people. The second duty is, To improve the exhortations which David addresses - to the Ifraelites, not to harden cheir hearts as their fathers bad done. These words, “To-day, if ye will hear his voice, harden not your hearis ;” and those, “I have sworn in my wrath, that they hall' nor .enter into my reft;" do concern Christians as well as the Jews; as the
author of the epiftle to the Hebrews, (chap. iii. 4.) observes, where he .bids us take heed, left, by hardness of heart and rebellion against the gospel, we should be deprived of eternal reft, as the rebellious Ifraclites were excluded from the land of Canaan for their incredulity.