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of enemies, nor going out to give them battle; that [there be] Do complaining in our streets of tyranny, ofi/iresxion, or farnnt. 15 Happy [is that] people, that is in such a case: [yea,] happy [is that] people, whose God [is] the Lord; or rather, more hafifti tlte fieofile who have Jehovali for their Gad j who tmrshiji him alone, and are under hit & fecial Jirotection,


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I. "\T7" E should be led from hence to adore the condescension VV of God to mankind. It may well fill as with admiration, when we consider his infinite greatness and majesty, and what a weak, helpless creature man is, of what limited power, and short duration; that God should make account of him, as if he were something great and considerable. Let us join then in this thankful admiration of the divine condescension and grace ; especially in Christ Jesus, that unspeakable gift of God to men.

2. Let us be thankful for the temporal prosperity of oor nation. God has hitherto delivered us from the hands of our enemies ; of whom we may justly say, their hands are the hands of falsehood. He hath preserved our king from the hurtful sword; hath blessed us with plenty, so that our garners are full; he hath not suffered the enemy to invade us. We should be thankful to God if there are no Complainings of oppression or famine; that our oxen are strong; and our sheep fruitful; which is a great blessing to a country whose prosperity depends so much on their wool. Let us see the hand of God in these mercies, and praise his name who dealeth wonderfully with us.

3. Let us learn that a covenant interest in God, is better than all temporal prosperity. Happy is the people who are in the case just described, but more hafifiy the fleo/ile whose God is the Lord; who know him and serve him, and enjoy his favour and lore. This we should seek as the greatest of blessings for ourselves and our country; choosing the Lord for our God, devoting ourselves to his service, and living to his glory: then shall we have all good things, be hid in the day of trouble, and find deliverance and happiness Where others find destruction.


David's [Psalm] of Praise.»

ií-called so perhaps to intimate, that he not only composed it, but sung it often, and took great pleasure in it.

1 T WILL extol thee, my Clod, О king ; and I will bless thy

2 _L name for ever and ever. Every day will I bless thee; and

3 I will praise thy name for ever and ever. Great [is] the Lord, and greatly tobe praised; and his greatness [is] unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall deл clare thy mighty acts. I will speak of the glorious honour of б thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works. And [men] shall

speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and 1 will declare thy greatness ; / will praise God white here, and instruct ethers to carry 67i the work to succeeding generations; and while they are *T doing it on earth, I shall he doing it in /¡caven. They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, it shallf.owjortlt, without constraint, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

8 The Lord, [is] gracious, and full of compassion ; slow to an

9 ger, and of great mercy. The Lord [is] good to all : and

10 liis tender mercies [are] over all his works. All thy works shall furnish mntt'-r for men to praise thee, О Lord ; and thy Kiints shall bless thee, according to their capacity: tome of thy créatures indeed are enemies to thee; but this little dis

11 cord is not Itcard among the general harmony. They shall speak

12 of the glory of thy kiugdonl, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glo

13 rious majesty of his kingdom. Thy kingdom [is] an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion [endureth] throughout all generations. Then the ancient i'eru'oru add, (fuilf/ful is the Lord in hi»

14 nayings, and holy in all his works' The Lord upholdeth all

15 that fall, and raiseth up all [those that be] bowed down. The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season; a suitable supply rffood for various orders o/crratures,

16 especially for man. Thou openest thine hand, and satisfies! the

17 desire of every living tiling. The Lord [is] righteous in all

18 his ways, and holy in all his works. The Lord [is] nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upnn him in truth; though he is so great a king, he dvcs nut keep out the humble /ic

19 titioner, but attends to every sincere prayer. He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, ami

10 will save them. The Lord preservcth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy; though he is so good, he -will

21 dettroy the wicked. My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord : and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.


l.T ET us learn to form ourselves by this model of praise, ft _Li is a noble composition,^ sufficiently plain to the meanest capacit y, and yet full of sentiments truly devout, sublime, and philosophical- Let us cultivate these sentiments, and make this language familiar. Praise should be our daily work; though we are ever so busy, or ever so sorrowful, still let us praise God, and abundant^ ■utter his sprat goodness, as what our hearts are full of, and greatly affected with. Let us continue it through life, and consign the work to our children ; dying with praise on our lips, and with a cheerful hope, that it will be the delightful employment of eternity.

2. To stir ourselves up to praise God we should observe the eonduct of providence in the natural and moral world, the marks of his providential government, care, and goodness; his provision for all his creatures, especially that which he hath made for man, which is both so agreeable and plentiful. Let us think of the glory of his kingdom ; the justice, wisdom, and goodness of his government j his care of his people, and tender pity under their afflictions, as arguments to praise him; and leam the advantage of strrdying the works of natvire and observing the conduct of Providence, that we may give due honour to the preserver and governor of the universe.

3. Let us take the greatest care that we do not make this God our enemy, by such a conduct as even his goodness shall require him to punish, v. 20. The Lord fireserveth all than that lave him > but all the vricktd wilt he destroy. Nothing can be conceived more dreadful than destruction from so good a Being^ That the hand opened daily to relieve the necessities of millions, and so often opened to supply us, should be lifted up to destroy us, is a thought which should fill us with terror. Let us therefore fear the Lord and his goodness, and we shall then have nothing to fear from his wrath.

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1 "T)RAISE ye the Lord. Praise the Load, O my soul.

2 JT While I live will I praise the Lord: I will sing praises

3 unto my God while I have any being. Put not your trust in princes, [nor] in the son of man, the greatest monarch, in whom

4 [there is] no help. His breath goeth forth, he returneth to hi*

5 earth ; in that very day his thoughts perish. Happy [is he] that [hath] the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope [is] in the

6 Lord his God: Which made heaven, and earth, the sea, and all that therein [is,] and can dispose of oil things in them at he pleases; which keepcth truth for ever, is ever faithful to fa

7 firomiee» : Which executeth judgment for the oppressed : which

8 giveth food to the hungry. The Lohd looseth the prisoners, those who are carried cafilive. The Loud openeth [the eyes oQ the blind: the Lord raiseth them that are bowed down : the

9 Lord loveth the righteous: The Lord preserveth the strangers ; he relieveth the fatherless and widow : but the way of the wicked he turneth upside down, overthrows their counsel*, and

10 defeats their designs. The Lord shall reign for ever, [even] thy God, О Zion, unto all generations. Praise ye the Lord.


1. Kl ROM hence we are taught the vanity of creatures. We . Jl have daily instances of it, yet are ready to forget it, and so expose ourselves to many snares and sorrows. Even princes are feeble, insufficient helps, both as tickle and 33 mortal creatures. Dur dearest relatives and friends are not too mucty to be depended on; their affections may alter, their circumstances change, or their lives ¡end. Let us therefore learn to cease from man, whose breath is in his nostrils ; for wherein in he to be accounted of.

2. It is our wisdom to form and pursue such thoughts and schemed as will not perish. Man was made for action, and his appetites and desires were placed within him to spur him on to form schemes and purposes for futurity: but men's folly is, that their schemes are formed only or chiefly for this world ; to aggrandize themselves and their families, and to enjoy earthly good. May all our schemes therefore be laid with a due sense of the uncertainty of human life, and our main purpose be., to secure a happy eternity. If so, changes will not affect them, and death, instead of defeating, will accomplish them.

3. We need not fear the greatest afflictions of life while God is our support. He knows how to deliver the oppressed, to enlighten the blind, to raise them that are bowed down ; to help the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow. In every affliction we may find aa antidote in faith ; and under every burden, support and comfort in God. Let us then in every time of trouble rejoice in tl¡. Lord, and joy in the God of our salvation.

4. Let us comfort ourselves with the thought of God's universal and everlasting dominion, amidat all the changes of life. Our friends die, princes die, and we must die ; but thr Lord shall reign

for ever. He will take care of our families, govern the world, and guard the church, when we are gone ; and he will make all his people completely and eternally happy. He is the blenned and only potentate, who hath immortality. Happy is he who hath the God of Jacob for his help) for in Ute Lord Jehovah is everlattingitrength.


This psalm, with the preceding and following ones, are catted in the Greek version, 'psalms of Hagxai aid Zechariah.' They WfTC Probably composed after the captivity, (o be sung at the dedication of the second temple.

1 T) RAISE ye the Loud: for [h is] good to sing praises unto J_ our Cod; for [it is] pleasant; [and] praise is comely, dt

2 cent, and reasonable. The Lokd doth build up Jerusalem, in sfiite of the opposition nfits aiendes: he gathereth together the outcasts of Israel, from the country where they were carried cofi

3 hve. He healeth the broken in heart, and' bjndeth up their

T ?; • -f te,,cth the nun,ber of the stars' he calIeth them all by [their] names, though they are so muJiy, and seemingly dis

posed in such confusion; therefore he is certainly able to gather

5 the ca/ntves wherever they are dispersed. Great [is] our Lo»d,

6 and of great power: his understanding [is] infinite. The Lord htteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.

7 Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing pi.aise * thc

8 harp unto our God: Who covereth the heaven with clouds, who prepareth ram for the earth, who maketh qrass to grow

9 upon the mountains.- He giveth to the beast his food, [and] to 10 the young ravens which cry. He delighteth not in the strength

Of the horse: he taketh not pleasure in the legs of a man; he would not have h:s people discouraged though they had no horses, and but Jew foi soldiers in their armies God could easily succour and deliver without them, if they reverenced and trusted

M TnZ ''{l\i* -'r'uD tilkt't!' P,ea8Ure "' theTM that fear him, 19 m those that hope m his mercy. Praise the Loan, O Jerusa

£l;„f ?.r'"SC r Gof,>,°1Zion- F°'- he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates, made the demised city so strong that no enemy

U drenuithmthee, greatly increased their number. He maketh

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15 wheat. He sendcth forth his commandment [upon] earth : his

16 word runneth very swiftly, is immediately executed. He giveth snow like wool, so that the vegetables are covered during fhet.

, 7 IZZI '. °S Z "mZl? *"rmem ■• he s«ttereth the hoar frost

17 like ashes He casteth forth his ice like morsels, inviolent had storms: who can stand before his cold? Neither man nor beast

IZ\ 1,k VL eXtrCmitieS °fU- He ^'leth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, [andj the paters flow; « these things the whole world see hil powTr ",rf

19 goodness; but we have peculiar reason for thankfulness, for He

20 Saf Ti"T Jab; his^tutes and his judgments 20 unto Israel. He hath not dealt so with any nation: and [as for

his] judgments they have not known them/ Praise ye the Loll.

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