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3 Thou hast proved and visited mine heart in the night-season; thou hast tried me, and shalt find no wickedness in me: for I am utterly purposed that my mouth shall not offend.
4 Because of mens works that are done against the words of thy lips: I have kept me from the ways of the destroyer. : -5 O hold thou up my goings in thy paths: that my footsteps slip not.
6 I have called upon thee, O God, for thou shalt hear me: incline thine ear to me, and hearken unto my words. .
7 Shew thy marvellous loving kindness, thou that art the Saviour of them which put their trust in thee: from such as resist thy right hand.
8 Keep me as the apple of an eye: hide me under the shadow of thy wings.
9 From the ungodly that trouble me: mine enemies compass me round about to take away my soul.
10 They are inclosed in their own fat: and their mouth speaketh proud things.
11 They lie waiting in our way on every side: turning their eyes down to the ground.
12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey: and as it were a lions whelp, lurking in secret places.
13 Up, Lord, disappoint him, and cast him down : deliver my soul from the ungodly, which is a sword of thine.
14 From the men of thy hand, O Lord, from the men, I say, and from the evil world: which have their portion in this life, whose bellies thou fillest with thy hid treasure.
15 They have children at their desire: and leave the rest of their substance for their babes.
16 * But as for me, I will behold thy presence in righteousness: to deliver him from his Enemies, especially from Saul, * But as for me, I will beheld thy presence, en whose temporary felicity and fleeting pleasures he de. These words contain a summary account of the qualifi. rides, and comforts himself amidst his affli&ions with cation for future Happiness, viz. Righteousness :-and
wherein that happiness confifts, viz. in a Likeness to God.
the hopes of eternal Life.
and when I awake up after thy likeness, I shall be satisfied with it.
E V E N I N G PRAY E R.
|| Psalm 18. Diligam te, Domine. Will love thee; O Lord, my strength; the Lord is my stony
rock, and my defence: my Saviour, my God, and my might, in whom I will trust, my buckler, the horn also of my
falvation, and my refuge.
2 I will call upon the Lord, which is worthy to be praised : so shall I be safe from mine enemies.
3 The forrows of death compassed me: and the overflowings of ungodliness made me afraid.
4 The pains of hell came about me: the snares of death over. took me. 5 In my
trouble I will call upon the Lord: and complain unto
6 So shall he hear my voice out of his holy temple: and my complaint shall come before him, it shall enter even into his ears.
7 | The earth trembled and quaked : the very foundations also of the hills shook, and were removed, because he was wroth.
8 There went a smoke out in his presence: and a consuming fire out of his mouth, so that coals were kindled at it.
9 He bowed the heavens also, and came down: and it was dark under his feet.
10 He rode upon the Cherubins, and did fly: he came Aying upon the wings of the wind.
11 He made darkness his secret place: his pavilion round about him with dark water, and thick clouds to cover him. Let us therefore fo learn to imitate God in all Ho- exprised to, his wonderful deliverances, and the Vic. liness here, that we may be like him hereafter in etero tories he had gained by the divine aiistance; extolling 221 7 city.
the power, jultice, and goodness, which God had fewn This is a Hymn of Thanksgiving for David' in his preservation. deliverance from Saul, and from all his Enemies : 1 I be Eartb trembled and quaked, &c. &c. This which as it is truly fublime in its language ; so the truly sublime and rhetorical defcription of God's in. sentiments it contains are just and admirable. In terposition in David's behalf, feems strongly to allude which he describes the great Dangers he had been to the representation of God's appearance upon Mount
12 At the brightness of his presence his clouds removed: bailftones, and coals of file.
CHOS 13 The Lord also thundered out of heaven,, and the highest gave his thunder: hail-stones, and coals of fire...desys
14. He sent out his arrows, and scattered on the cast forth lightnings, and destroyed them.
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to 15 The fprings of waters were seen, and the foundations of the round world were discovered at thy chiding, O Lord: as the blalting of the breath of thy displeasure.
1. 16 He shall send down from on high to fetch me: and shall take me out of many waters.
17 He shall deliver me from my strongest enemy, and from them which hate me: for they are too mighty for me.
18 They prevented me in the day of my trouble: but the Lord was iny upholder.
19 He brought me forth also into a place of liberty: he brought me forth, even because he had a favour unto me.
20 The Lord shall reward me after my righteous dealing: according to the cleanness of my hands shall he recompense me.
21 Because I have kept the ways of the Lord: and have not forsaken my God, as the wicked doth.
22 For I have an eye unto all his laws: and will not cast out his commandments from me.
23 I was also uncorrupt before him: and eschewed mine own wickedness.
24 Therefore shall the Lord reward me after my righteous dealing: and according unto the cleanness of my hands in his eye-sight.
25 With the holy thou shalt be holy: and with a perfect man thou shalt be perfect.
26 With the clean thou shalt be clean : and with the froward thou shalt learn frowardness. Sinai at the delivery of the Law: and under the fgu- against David's Enemies, his readiness to deliver bim sative expressions of Clouds, Hail, Thunders, Light. and the dreadful exercise of his power in taking vernings and Earthquakes is represented God's displeature geance upon ibem. That we may in like mapaer es
except our God?
le thèt are in adversity: and, 'The PS. A L M S Day iii! fhalt bring down the high looks of the proud.
28. Thou also shalt light my candle: the Lord my God shall make my darkness to be light.
-29 For in thee I fhall discomfit an host of men: and with the help of my God I shall leap over the wall.
30 The way of God is an undefiled way: the word of the Lord alfo is tried in the fire; he is the defender of all them that put their trust in hiin.
31 For who is God, but the Lord: or who hath any strength,
32 It is God that girdeth me with strength of war: and maketh my way perfect.
33 He maketh my feet like harts feet: and setteth me up on high.
34 He teacheth mine hands to fight: and mine arms shall break even a bow of steel.
35 Thou hast given me the defence of thy salvation : thy right hand also shall hold me up, and thy loving correction shall make me great.
36 Thou shalt make rocm enough under me for to go: that my footsteps shall not slide.
37 I will follow upon mine enemies, and overtake them: neither will I turn again till I have destroyed theni.
38 I will smite them, that they shall not be able to stand; but fall under my feet.
39 Thou hast girded me with strength unto the battel : thou fhalt throw down mine enemies under me.
40 Thou hast made mine enemies also to turn their backs upon me: and I shall destroy them that hate me. gage God's allistance and protection let us be caref.I the Lord, and having ax Eye unit all bis Laws. Verfra. Joik w David's example, viz. by keeping the ways of 21. 22.
41 They shall cry, but there fhall be none to help them: yea, even unto the Lord shall they cry, but he shall not hear them.
42 I will beat them as small as the dust before the wind: I will cast them out as the clay in the streets.
43. Thou shalt deliver me from the strivings ob the people: and thou shalt make me the head of the heathen.! Loj
44. A people whom I have not known: shall serve me. :? O
45 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: but ithe ft range children shall dissemble with me.
46 The strange children shall fail: and be afraid out of their prisons.
47 The Lord liveth, and bleffed be my ftrong helper: and praised be the God of my salvation.
48 Even the God that seeth that I be avenged: and fubdueth the people unto me.
49. It is he that delivereth me from my cruel enemies, and fetteth me up above mine adversaries: thou shalt rid me from the wicked man.
50. For this cause will I give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the Gentiles: and sing praises unto thy Name.
51 Great prosperity giveth he unto his King: and sheweth love ing kindness unto David his anointed, and unto his feed for evermore.
M Q R N I N G PRA Y ER.
sheweth his handy-work. 2 One day telleth another: and one night certifieth another.
3.There is neither speech, nor language: but their voices are: heard among them.
| The Psalmist here celebrates the glory of God difo him, and to fanctify his. Thoughts, his words, and his played in his works of Nature and Gracerintreats whole behaviour. him to pardon his Sins, to keep him from offending