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g. For strangers are risen up against me: and cyrants, which have not God before their eyes, seek after my soul.
4 Behold, God is my helper : the Lord is with them that uphold my soul
5 He shall reward evil unto mine enemies : destroy thou them in try truth.
6 An offering of a free heart will I give thee, and praise, thy Name, O Lord: because it is so comfortable.
7 For he hath delivered me out of all my trouble : and mine eye hath seen his desire upon mine enemies.
Psalm. lv. Exaudi, Deus.
my petition. 2 Take heed unto me, and hear me: how I mourn in my prayer, and am vexed.
3 The enemy cricch so, and the ungodly cometh on so fast: for they are minded to do me some mischief, so maliciousy are they set against me
4 My heart is disquieted within me; and the fear of death is fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me: and an horrible dread hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove : for then would I Nee away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I get me away far off : and remain in the wilderness.
8 I would make haste to escape ; because of the stormy wind and tempeít.
9 Destroy their tongues, O Lord, and divide them: for I bave spied uprighteoulness and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about wichin the walls thereof: mischief also and forrow are in the midit of it.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Pfalm. liv.] In this psalm the royal prophet teaches us by his example, that prayor thould be always our refuge in time of danger; that even when men have conspired our ruin, if we call upon the Lord with a pure heart, he will pro cct us; and that when he has heard us we ought to bless him with all our heart, and make grateful acknowleugests.
11 Wickedness is therein : deceit and guile go not out of their streets.
12 For it is not an open enemy that hath done me this dishonour : for then I could have borne it;
13 Neither, was it mine adversary chat did magnify himself against me : for then peradventure I would have hid myself from him ;
14 But it was even thou, my companion : my guide, and mine own familiar friend..
15 We took sweet council together and walked in the house of God as friends.
16 Let death come haftily upon them, and Let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and
17 As for me, I will call upon God and the Lord fhall fave me
18 In the evening, and morning, and at noon-day will I pray, and that instantly: and he shall hear my voice.
19-It is he that hath delivered my soul in peace, from the battle that was against me: for there were many with nte.
29 Yca, even God that endureth for ever, shall hear me, and bring them down : for they will not curn, nor fear God.
21 He laid his hands upon such as be at peace with him; and he brake his covenant,
22 The words of his mouth were softer than butter, ha. 'ving war in his heart: his words were smoother than oil, and yet be they very swords.
23 O cast thy burden upon the Lord, and he fhall y nourish thee: and shall not suffer the righteous to fall for
2+ And as for them : thou, o God, Thalt bring them into the pit of destruction.
25 The blood-thirsty and deceitful men shall not live our half their days : neverthelefs, my truft fhall be in thee, O Lord.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION s. Pfalm lv.). We must take care not to make an ill use of this psalm, and some others of the like naspre, flee on Psalm xxxv, lix. lxix.) by
Pfalm lvi. Miferere mei, Deus,
devour me: he is daily fighting, and troubling me.
3 Nevertheless, though I am sometime afraid : yet put I my trust in thee.
4.I will praise God, because of his word: I have put my truft in God, and will not fear what flesh can do unce
5 They daily mistake my words : all that they imaginc is to do me evil.
6 They hold all together, and keep themselves close: and mark my steps, when they lay wait for my soul.
z 'Shall they escape for their wickedness: thou, O God, in thy displeasure thalt cast them down.
8 Thou tellest my fittings, put my tears into thy bottle: are not these things noted in thy book ?
9 Whentoever I call upon thee, then Mall mine enemies be púc to fight : this I know; for God is on my fide.
10 In God's word will I rejoice : in the Lords word will I comfort me.
11 Yea, in God have I put my trust : I will not be afraid whac nian can do unto me.
12 Unto thee, O God, will I pay my vows: unto thee will I give thanks.
13. For thou hast delivered my soul from death, and my feet from falling : that I may walk before God in the light of the living.
'PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. applying what David says against his persecutors to the occasions which we have of complaining against others, for any uneafiness or displeasure which we may be exposed to by them. The offences we receive are. generally speaking, trifling : and if not, a Christian is bound to forgive all, and to hate no man; and should be so far from making imprecations again at any, that he ought to pray for those who do him the greatest injury, herein conforming to the laws of the gospel, and to that pattern of patience and meekness which our Lord has given us in his life and death.
PRAC to God for deliverance in the dangers that threatened him. Though we . are not exposed to dangers like those of David formerly, and therefore
THE COMMON PRAYER, &c.
Miferere mei, Deus.
foul trusteth in thee': and under the shadow of thy wings Thall be my refuge until this tyranny be over-past.
2 I will call unto the most high God: even unto the God that shall perform the cause which I have in hand. 3
He ihall send from heaven : and save me from the reproof of him that would eat me up:
4 God fhall send forth his mercy and truth: my soul is
5 And I lie even among the children of men, that are fes on fire: whose teeth are spears and arrows, and their congue a sharp sword.
6 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens: and thy glory above all the earth.
7 They have laid a net for my feet, and pressed down my soul : they have digged a pit before me, and are fallen into the midst of it theinfelves.
8 My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is. fixed : I will fing, and give praise.
9 Awake up, my glory ; awake, lute and harp: I my. felf will awake right early.
10 I will give thanks unto thee, O Lord, among the pe ple: and I will fing unto thee among the nacions.
PRACTICAL'OBSERVATION S. Pilm lvi, lvii,] We find in these as in the preceeding psalms, that David, animated by his piety and supported by bis faith, always applied
cannot apply to ourselves all we read in these psalms, we may nevertheJefs from henee conclude in general, chat in our -neceflities we should draw nigh to God, and hide ourselves under the shadow of his wings; being fully persuaded, that he will not fail to send us help from heaven, and to deliver us. But that we may thus trust in him, we must always adhere stedfaftly to our duty, and never make use of any unworthy means to extricate ourselves from any pressing difficulties ; herein imitating David, who when he had it in his power to take away Saul's life, when that king came into the cave where he was, would not do it. Lastly, As David at the end of the pfalm praises God with holy transports of joy ; fo isit our duty, after we have experienced the divine alistance, to thank and praise his holy name, and every where pablish his gnodnefs towards o.
11 For the greatness of thy mercy 'reacheth unto the heavens : and thy truth unto the clouds.
12 Set up thyself, O God, above the heavens : and chy glory above all the earth.
Psalm Iviii. Si vere utique.
minds set upon righteousness, O gation : and do ye judge the thing that is right, o ye íons of men ?
2 Yea, ye imagine mischief in your heart upon the earth : and your hands deal with wickedness.
3 The ungodly are froward, even from their mothers womb: as soon as they are born, they go astray, and speak Jies.
4 They are as venomous as the poison of a serpent: even like the deaf adder, that stoppeth her cars ; 5
Which refusech to hear the voice of the charmer : charm he never so wisely.
6 Break their teeth, o God, in their mouths, smite the jaw-bones of the lions, O Lord : let them fall away like water that runnerh apace, and when they shoot cheir arrows let them be rooted out.
7 Let them consume away like a snail, and be like the untimely fruit of a woman : and let chem not see the fun.
8 Or ever your pots be made hot with thorns : fo let indignation vex him, even as a thing that is raw.
9°The righteous Thall rejoice when he feeth the vengeance: : he shall wash his footsteps in the blood of the ungodly.
10 So that a man shall fay, Verily there is a reward for the righteous : doubtless there is a God that judgeth che earth.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS, Pfalm Iviii.) This is a psalm which those in public offices ought to take good notice of, because it teaches them, that if they do not administer ftrict justice, if they oppress the innocent with artifice or violence, the vengeance of God will overtake them. And in general, we see here, that all those who har den themselves in their evil ways, without hearkening to the voice of God, are likewise threatened with his vengeance.