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21. That they may declare (a)
Psalm ciii. (d) the Name of the Lord in Sion : Praise the Lord, O my soul (c): and his worship at Jerusalem ; and all that is within me, praise
22. When the people are ga- his holy Name. thered together : and the king- 2. Praise the Lord, O my soul: doms also to serve the Lord. and forget not all his benefits;
22. He brought down my 3. Who forgiveth all thy sin : strength in my journey : and and healeth all thine infirmities; shortened my days.
4. Who saveth thy life from 24. But I said, “O my God, destruction : and crowneth thee “ take me not away in the midst with mercy and loving-kindness ; “ of mine age: as for thy years, 5. Who satisfieth thy mouth they endure throughout all
all with good things : making thee “ generations."
young and lusty as an eagle. (8) 25. Thou, Lord (6), in the be- 6. The Lord executeth righteginning hast laid the foundation ousness and judgement: for all them of the earth: and the heavens are that are oppressed with wrong. the work of thy hands.
7. He shewed his ways unto 26. They shall perish, but thou Moses : his works unto the chilshalt endure: they all shall wax dren of Israel. old, as doth a garment;
8. The Lord is full of compas27. And as a vesture shalt sion and mercy : long-suffering, thou change them, and they shall and of great goodness. be changed: but thou art the 9. He will not alway be chid. same (c), and thy years shall ing: neither keepeth he his anger not fail.
for ever. 28. The children of thy servants 10. He hath not dealt with us shall continue : and their seed after our sins : nor rewarded us shall stand fast in thy sight. according to our wickednesses.
(a) v. 21. “ Declare,” i. praise,” “I am the Lord, I change not." And looking forward not only to the times Heb. xiii. 8. " Jesus Christ, the same when the temple should be rebuilt, the yesterday, and to-day, and for ever." worship re-established at Jerusalem, and See also 1. Hales's Trinity, 213. 234. the people should again repair thither to (d) A hymn upon God's mercy, written serve the Lord, but probably also to the with much energy taste and spirit
, after Christian times, when the Gentiles also recovery from sickness. David is supposed should join in the true worship, and be to have been the author. members of the true religion.
(e) v. 1. “O my soul.” Great warmth (6) v. 25. “ Thou, Lord, &c." In and vigour in calling upon his soul, and Hebr. i. 10. (ante, 44.) this is considered all that is within him, (all his faculties,) to as spoken of Christ. The word “Lord" join in praising God. is not in our copies of the original, but (g) v. 5. “ An eagle.” The eagle is the characteristics import divinity. considered as renewing its strength, and
(c) v. 27. “ The same," i.e. “subject to becoming young again when it changes “ no change." The word in the Hebrew its feathers. Isaiah probably refers to is what is generally translated “ He," the same supposition, when he says, which is one of the divine names, signify- Isaiah xl. 31. “They that wait upon ing permanent existence : it is so used, “ Lord shall renew their strength, they Deuter. xxxii. 39. 43, — Isaiah x. 13.- “ shall mount up with wings as eagles
, and Isaiah xlviii. 12. See Parkhurst's “ they shall run and not be weary." Hebrew Lexicon, 154. So Mal, iii. 6.
11. For look, how high (h) the of the Lord endureth (i) for ever heaven is, in comparison of the and ever upon them that fear earth : so great is his mercy also him : and his righteousness upon toward them that fear him.
; 12. Look, how wide also the 18. east is from the west : so far hath his covenant ; and think upon he set our sins from us.
his commandments to do them. 13. Yea, like as a father pitieth 19. The Lord hath prepared his his own children: even so is the seat in heaven : and his kingdom Lord merciful unto them that fear ruleth over all. him.
20. O. praise the Lord, ye an14. For he knoweth whereof gels of his ; ye that excel in we are made : he remembereth strength : ye that fulfil his comthat we are but dust.
mandment, and hearken unto the 15. The days of man are but voice of his words. as grass : for he flourisheth as a 21. O praise the Lord, all ye flower of the field.
his hosts : ye servants of his, that 16. For as soon as the wind do his pleasure. goeth over it, it is gone : and the 22. O speak good of the Lord, place thereof shall know it no all ye works of his, in all places
of his dominion : praise thou the 17. But the merciful goodness Lord, O my soul.
Lessons for the Twentieth Day of the Month throughout the Year.
Morn. Gen. xxxviii. Morn. Numb. xxxi. Morn. Judges viii.
1 Tim. iv.
Mor n. 2 Sam. xii.
1 Pet. iv. (3)
7. At thy rebuke they flee: Psalm civ. (k)
at the voice of thy thunder they Praise the Lord, O my soul :
are afraid. O Lord my God, thou art be- 8. They go up as high as the come exceeding glorious, thou hills, and down to the valleys be. art clothed with majesty and ho- neath : unto the place nour.
which thou hast appointed for 2. Thou deckest thyself with them. light, as it were with a garment :
9. Thou hast set them their and spreadest out the heavens like bounds (0), which they shall not a curtain.
pass : neither turn again to cover 3. Who layeth the beams of his the earth. chambers in the waters : and 10. He sendeth his springs (P) maketh (1) the clouds his chariot, into the rivers : which run among and walketh upon the wings of the hills. the wind.
11. All beasts of the field 4. He maketh his angels (m) drink thereof: and the wild asses spirits : and his ministers a flaming quench their thirst. fire.
12. Beside them shall the fowls 5. He laid the foundations of of the air have their habitation : the earth : that it never should and sing among the branches. move at any time.
13. He watereth the hills from 6. Thou coveredst (n) it with above (7): the earth is filled with the deep, like as with a garment: the fruit of thy works. the waters stand in the hills.
14. He bringeth forth grass for
(k) On God's wisdom and kindness in “ dry land appear;" and then we should the formation and regulation of the world, read, (as in B. T.) “ The waters stood in so as to provide for the wants and com- “the hills;" and the verbs in the two folforts of all his creatures. Dr. Nichols | lowing verses should be in the past tense, calls this Psalm “one of the most ex- “ fled," " were afraid,” and “ went." “ alted pieces of poetry extant in anti- (o) v. 9. “ Their bounds, &c." In Job “ quity." It is one of the Psalms for xxxviii. 8, 11. God refers to this as an inWhitsunday.
stance of his power. “ Who shut up the (1) v. 3.“ Maketh, &c." See Nah. i. sea with doors, and said, “ Hitherto shalt 3. ante, 353. note on Psalm lxxvii. 19. “ thou come, but no further, and here shall
(m) v. 4. “ His angels, &c.” or “the “thy proud waves be stayed ?" And in “ winds his messengers, and flames of fire Jer. v. 22. he mentions it as a ground “ his ministers, (2. Magee, 9.)” using them why he should be feared : “ Fear ye not as instruments to perform his will, as in me, saith the Lord ? will ye not tremble Psalm cxlviii. 8.“ wind and storm fulfilling " at my presence ? which have placed the “ his word.” But see Heb. i. 7. that this is « sand for the bound of the sea, by a per, spoken of the angels : And of the angels “ petual decree that it cannot pass it : and he saith, “Who maketh his angels spirits, “ though the waves thereof toss themselves, “ &c." and the articles in the original yet can they not prevail : though they would be different, if it was not there roar, yet can they not pass over it." spoken of the angels. Middl. 574.
(p), v. 10. “ His springs, &c.” After (n) v. 6. “ Thou coveredst, &c.” This pointing out how the great body of water was refers (perhaps) to what was the case removed, the Psalmist shews what proat the time of the creation, before God vision was made for supplying what was issued that command, (Gen. i. 9.) “ let
necessary for the earth, " the waters under the heaven be gathered (9) v. 13. “ Above," i. e.
" from the “ together unto one place, and let the “ clouds." So Ps. cxlvii. 8. it is suggested
the cattle: and green herb for 24. O Lord, how manifold are the service of men ;
thy works : in wisdom hast thou 15. That he may bring food out made them all ; the earth is full of the earth, and wine that maketh of thy riches ! glad the heart of man: and oil to 25. So is the great and wide make him a cheerful countenance,
sea also : wherein are things and bread to strengthen man's creeping (v) innumerable, both heart.
small and great beasts. 16. The trees of the Lord also 26. There go the ships, and are full of sap (r): even the there is that (w) Leviathan : whom cedars of Libanus, which he hath thou hast made to take his pastime planted;
therein. 17. Wherein the birds make 27. These wait all upon thee: their nests: and the fir-trees are that thou mayest give them meat a dwelling for the stork.
in due season. (r) 18. The high hills (s) are a 28. When thou givest it them, refuge for the wild goats: and they gather it : and when thou so are the stony rocks for the openest thy hand, they are filled conies.
with good. 19. He appointed the moon for 29. When thou hidest thy face, certain seasons :
and the sun they are troubled : when thou knoweth his going down.
takest away their breath, they 20. Thou makest darkness, that die, and are turned again to their it
may be night : wherein (t) all dust. the beasts of the forest do move. 30. When thou lettest thy 21. (u) The lions roaring after breath go forth,
breath go forth, they shall be their prey : do seek their meat made : and thou shalt renew the from God.
face of the earth. 22. The sun ariseth, and they 31. The glorious Majesty of get them away together: and lay the Lord shall endure for ever: them down in their dens.
the Lord shall rejoice in his 23. Man goeth forth to his works. work, and to his labour : until 32. The earth shall tremble (y) the evening.
at the look of him : if he do
as a ground for praising God, that he covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth; and "maketh grass to grow upon the moun"tains, and herb for the use of man."
(r) v. 16. “ Sap," so that moisture is conveyed to all the branches.
(8) v. 18. “ High hills” and “ stony "rocks," so that those parts from which man derives no benefit, have their use in protecting other creatures.
(t) v. 20. “ Wherein, &c." So that they are not disturbed by man, nor man by them.
bably) “ the whale."
eyes “ of all wait upon thee, O Lord, and thou “ givest them their meat in due season : “ thou openest thine hand, and fillest all
things living with plenteousness."
(y) v. 32. “ Tremble, &c.” Highly poetical! So Ps. cxiv. 7. “ Tremble thou
but touch (?) the hills, they shall 6. O ye seed of Abraham his smoke.
servant : ye children of Jacob 33. I will sing unto the his chosen. Lord, as long as I live : I will 7. He is the Lord our God : his praise my God, while I have my judgements are in all the world. being.
8. He hath been alway mindful 34. And so shall my words of his covenant and promise: that please him : my joy shall be in he made to a thousand generathe Lord.
35. As for sinners, they shall be 9. Even the covenant that he consumed out of the earth, and made with Abraham : and the the ungodly shall come to an end: oath that he sware unto Isaac; praise thou the Lord, O my soul, 10. And appointed the same praise the Lord.
unto Jacob for a law : and to Israel for an everlasting testa
ment : MORNING PRAYER.
11. Saying, “ Unto thee will I Psalm cv. (a)
give the land of Canaan (6): O GIVE thanks unto the Lord, “ the lot of your inheritance.” and call upon his Name : tell 12. When they were yet but a the people what things he hath few of them : and they strangers done.
in the land; 2. O let your songs be of him, 13. What time as they went and praise him : and let your from one nation to another : talking be of all his wondrous from one kingdom to another works.
people; 3. Rejoice in his holy Name: 14. He suffered no man to do let the heart of thein rejoice that them wrong : but reproved even seek the Lord.
kings for their sakes; 4. Seek the Lord, and his 15. « Touch not mine Anointstrength : seek his face ever- “ed : and do my prophets no more.
« harm.” 5. Remember the marvellous 16. Moreover he called for a works that he hath done : his dearth upon the land : and dewonders, and the judgements of stroyed all the provision of his mouth;
sobyv. 11. « Of Canaan.” When Abra
“ earth at the presence of the Lord, at the from the house of Obed Edom to Mount “ presence of the God of Jacob."
Sion. (See I Chron. xvi. 7 to 22.) The (z) “ Touch, &c.” So Ps. cxliv. 5. latter part of that hymn forms the 96th (a) A spirited invocation to the praise | Psalm. of God. It calls to mind his promise to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give their ham was 99 years old, and before he had posterity the land of Canaan, and notices
any son, God said unto him, “ I will his superintendance over the Israelites “make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will and his judgments upon their enemies, “ give unto thee and to thy seed after till that promise was fulfilled. The first “ thee all the land of Canaan. Gen. xvii
. fifteen verses are part of the hymn which “5. 8.” And this prediction was most fully David delivered to Asaph and his bre- accomplished. See Numb. i. 46. . 32. thren, the day he removed the ark of God - xxxii. 39.