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Colleets after the Offertory. Skift us mercifully, O Lord, in these our supplications and prayers, and dispose the
way of thy servants towards the attainment of everlasting falvation; that among all the changes and chances of this inortal life, they may ever be defended by thy most gracious and ready help, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen
Almighty Lord, and everlasting God, vouchsafe, we beseech
thee, to direct, fanctify, and govern both our hearts and bodies in the ways of thy laws, and in the works of thy commandments, that through thy most mighty protection, both here and ever, we may be preserved in body and soul, through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.
Rant, we beseech thee, Almighty God, that the words which
we have heard this day with our outward ears, may through thy grace be so grafted inwardly in our hearts, that they may bring forth in us the fruit of good living, to the honour and praise of thy Name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Revent us, O Lord, in all our doings with thy most gracious
favour, and further us with thy continual help ; that in all our works begun, continued, and ended in thee, we may glorify thy holy Name, and finally by thy mercy obtain everlasting life
, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lmighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, who knowest our
necessities before we ask, and our ignorance in asking ; We beseech thee to have compassion upon our infirmities; and those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask, vouchsafe to give us for the worthiness of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Lmighty God, who haft promised to hear the petitions of
then that alk in thy Sons Name; We beseech thee mercifully to incline thine ears to us that have made now our prayers and supplications unto thee, and grant that those things which we have faithfully asked according to thy will, may effe&ually be obtained, to the relief of our necessity, and to the setting forth of thy glory, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
PS A L T E R, PSALMS OF
Pointed as they are to be sung or faid in CHURCHES.
§ Psalm i. Beatus vir, qui abiit.
LESSED is the man that hath not walked in the
counsel of the ungodly, nor stood in the way of B
finners: and hath not fat in the feat of the scornful.
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord: and
in his law will he exercife himfelf day and night. 3 * And he shall be like a tree planted by the water-fide: that will bring forth his fruit in due feason.
4 His leaf also shall not wither: and look, whatsoever he doeth, it shall profper.
5 As for the ungodly, it is not fo with them: but they are like the chaff which the wind scattereth away from the face of the earth.
$ This Psalm is like a recommendatory Preface to the alluded to was probably the Palm; because it natuwhole following colle&tion : and describes the conduct rally flourishes most near Waters and is an Evergreen: and happiness of the Righteous, and the misery of the and is a proper emblem of a good Man, who is conWicked. The condition of the former is represented tinually watered by the Streams of the divine favourby a flourishing fruitful Tree; of the latter by Cheff and who flourishes equally amidf the wintry scenes of which as it is unprofitable in itfelf, so it is easily Adversity, and the Summer-suns of Prosperity ; becaufe dispersed by the Winds.
God maketh all Things work toge bor for goed, ta them And be fall be like a Trer, &c. The Tree here that love him. See Plalm xcü. ia
6 Therefore the ungodly shall not be able to stand in the judgment; neither the sinners in the congregation of the righteous.
7 $But the Lord knoweth the way of the righteous: and the way of the ungodly shall perish.
|| Pfalm 2. Quare fremuerunt gentes? HY do the heathen so furiously rage together: and why do
the people imagine a vain thing? 2 The kings of the earth stand up, and the rulers take counsel together: against the Lord, and against his Anointed.
3 Let us break their bonds asunder: and cast away their cords
4 He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh them to scorn: the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath: and vex them in his fore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my King: upon my holy hill of Sion.
7 I will preach the law, whereof the Lord hath said unto me; Thou art my Son, this day have I begotten thee.
8 Desire of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance: and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
9 Thou shalt bruise them with a rod of iron: and break them in pieces like a potters vessel.
10 Be wise now therefore, O ye kings: be learned, ye that are judges of the earth.
1 i Serve the Lord in fear: and rejoice unto him with reverence.
12 + Kiss the Son, left he be angry, and so ye perish from the right way: if his wrath be kindled (yea, but a little) blessed are all they that put their trust in him.
§ Psalm 3. Domine, quid multiplicati? . ORD, how are they increased that trouble me: many are
they that rise against me. 1 But the Lord knouch the way, &c. i. e. he ap- celebration of David's victory over his F.nemies, and proves, favours, or is pleased with it.
safe establishment upon the Throne of Judah: yer it I Though this Psalm may primarily be a triumphant is plainly prophetical likewise and relates to the King
2 Many one there be that say of my soul: There is no help for him in his God.
3 But thou, O Lord, art my defender: thou art my worship, and the lifter up of my head.
4 I did call upon the Lord with my voice: and he heard me out of his holy hill.
5 I laid me down and slept, and rose up again: for the Lord suftained me.
6 I will not be afraid for ten thousands of the people: that have set themselves against me round about.
.7 Up, Lord, and help me, O my God: | for thou smiteft all mine enemies upon the cheek-bane; thou hast broken the teeth of the ungodly.
8 Salvation belongeth unto the Lord: and thy blessing is upon thy people.
|| Psalm 4.
hast set me at liberty when I was in trouble ; have mercy upon me,
and hearken unto my prayer.
ye fons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour : and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after leasing?
3 know this also, that the Lord hath chosen to himfeff the man that is godly: when I call upon the Lord, he will hear me. dom of the Mefjiah, which it was hereby foretold, deliver us from them, when he sees it best for us. mould, in fpite of all its Enemies, prevail through the | For thou smiteft all mine En-nies upon the Cheet. World.
bone. This is a metaphorical expresion signifying † Kiss the Son left be be angry, &c. As a Kiss a that God had utterly deftroyed the power of his Enemong the Eastern People from a Subject to a Supe- mies, viz. of Saul, his descendents and followers. rior was considered as a token of homage and reve- Upon this the Royal Prophet builds his hopes of future rence ; so this passage, as it relates to Christians, is deliverance. an Exhortation to pay a due obedience to the Doctrine. This Plaln seems to be a further invocation of of Christ.
God's help again & Absalom and his seditious party ; This Pfalm was occasioned by the Rebellion of whom David here reproves and exhorts to return to Absalom, when David was obliged to fee from Jeru- their obedience-inftructing them in their duty; and falem. 2 Sam. xv. 14. From the sentiments which assuring them that true Happiness did not consist in David expresses on this occafion we may learn amidit worldsy affiuence, but in God's favour, on which] he our greatest Troubles to fix a firm reliance upon Provi. fixeth his sole dependence. dence: being fully assured that God both can and will
4 * Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart, in your chamber, and be still.
's Offer the sacrifice of righteousness : and put your trust in the Lord.
6 There be many that say: Who will shew us any good ? 7 Lord, lift thou up : the light of thy countenance upon us.
8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart : since the time that their corn, and wine, and oil increased.
9 I will lay me down in peace, and take my reft : for it is thou, Lord, only that makest me dwell in safety.
§ Pfalm 5. Verba mea auribus. ONDER my words, O Lord : consider my meditation.
2 O hearken thou unto the voice of my calling, my King, and my
God: for unto thee will I make my prayer. 3 My voice shalt thou hear betimes, O Lord: early in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.
4. For thou art the God that hast no pleasure in wickedness : neither shall any evil dwell with thee.
5 Such as be foolish shall not stand in thy sight: for thou hatest all them that work vanity.
6 Thou shalt destroy them that speak leasing : the Lord will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.
7 But as for me, I will come into thine house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy : and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.
8 Lead me, O Lord, in thy righteousness, because of mine enemies: make thy way plain before my face.
Stana in awe and Sin not. This in the Septuagint they may afterwards have just cause to Repent. translation is be ye Angry and Sin nor: which St. Paul The royal Prophet feems to have been in a state quotes, Ephef. iv. 26. but the sense is much the same of Exile ard'Afliction at the time of the composition in boih tranflations, as it contains an Exhortation to of this Pfalm, whether from Saul or his own Son is the Rebels, not fo to give way to their Palion, as to uncertain, but, from the wickedness of his Enemies he carry on a Conspiracy againft their lawful Sovereign, is encouraged to hope for deliverance from his Calami. and' it contains' in it also an useful inftru&ion to all ties: because he is tully affured that the Righteous Men to beware of indulging their Anger to excel alone are God's favourites; and that to; him all Inileft it burry them into words and actions of which quity is an abomination.