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16 With joy and gladness shall they be brought: and ñall enter into the Kings palace.

17 In stead of thy father's thou shalt hiave children: whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.

18 I will remember thy name from one generation to anôther : therefore Thall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.

Prals xlvi. Deus nofter refugium.
OD is our hope and strength a very present help

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2 Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be moved :
and though the hills be carried into the midst of the sea.

3. Though the waters thereof tage and fwell : and though the mountains shake at the tempest of the fame.

4. The rivers of the floud thereof shall make glad the city of God: the holy place of the tabernacle of the most Highest.

5 God is in the midst of her, thereioré fhall she not be removed : God shall help her, and that right early.

6 The heathen make much ado, and the kingdoms are moved : but God hath shewed his voice, and the earth Thall melt away,

ŷ The Lord of hosts is with us: the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xlv:] This pfalm is to be considered in two lights : 1. As a hynin designed to procure the divine bleffing upon the marriage of Solomon and upon his kingdom. 2. As it properly relates to Jesus Chrift, the husband and king of the church. In this psalm there is exprefs mention made of his divinity, of his anointing, of his power, of the glory and duration of his kingdom. This St Paul teaches us, in the first chapter of the epiftle to the Hebrews, where he applies to our Lord the words of this pfalm: “ Thy feat, O God, is for ever and ever; a fceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of thy kingdom ; God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows." These words can properly fuit no other but Christ Jelts; and as they describe his in. finite power and glory, they engage us to reverence and adore him, and in all things to fübmit to him, that we may fhare in the blessings he pours upon his church, and upon all those who have the happinefs to dive under bis dominion,

8 O come hither, and behold the works of the Lord : what destruction he hath brought upon the earth. 9

He maketh wars to cease in all the world: he breakth the bow, and knappeth the spear in funder, and burneth the chariots in the fire.

16 Be still then, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, and I will be exalted in the earth.

"I The Lord of hosts is with us : the God of Jacob is our refuge.

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Pfalm xlvii. Omnes gentes plaudite.
Clap your hands together, all ye people : O'sing unto

God with the voice of melody. 2 For the Lord is high, and to be feared : he is the great King upon all the earth.

3. He shall subdue the people under us : and the nations under our feet.

4. He shall choose out an heritage for us : even the worship of jacob, whom he loved. 5 God is gone up with a merry noise; and the Lord with

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. 6 Osing praises, sing praises unto our God : O fing praises fing praises unto our King.

Ź For God is the King of all the earth : sing ye praises with understanding.

8 God reigneth ovi. che heathen: God fitteeh upon his holy seat.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Pralm xlvi.] We are to learn from hence, that God is the protector of his charch; and that even' when kings and nations, who are reprefe:ited in this pfalm by floods and torrents, are confederate against it, God renders all their efforts vain, and powerfully delivers it. The Christian church has ftill greater share in these promises and the divine proiection than the ancient people had, since this is for ever to fubfift. . This the church has always experienced ; this the faithful mould confider for their cumfors, and the confirmation of their faith.

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9 The princes of the people are joined unto the people of che God of Abraham : for God, which is very high exalted, doth defend the earth, as it were with a shield.

Pfalm xlviii. Magnus Dominus.
REAT is the Lord, and highly to be praised: in the

ciry of our God, even upon his holy hill, 2 The hill of Sion is a fair place, and the joy of the whole earth ; upon the north fide licth the city of the great King; Gud is well known in her palaces as a sure refuge.

3 For lo, the kings of the earth : are gathered, and gone by together.

4. They marvelled to see such things : they were astonished and suddenly cast down.

5 Fear came there upon them, and forrow : as upon a woman in her travail.

6 Thou shalt break the ships of the sea : through the esit-wind.

7 Like as we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the Lord of hults ; in the city of our God : God upholdeth the same for ever.

8 We wait for thy loving kindness, O God: in the midit of thy temple.

90 God, according to thy Name, so is thy praise unto the worlds end : thy right hand is full of righteouinels.

10 Let the mount Sion rejoice, and the daughter of Judah be glad : because of thy judg:nents.

11 Walk about Sion, and go round about her : and tell the towers thereof.

12 Mark well her bulwarks, set up her houles : chat ye may tell them that come after.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm xlvii,] This plalım should excile us to praise God, and to celébrate his glory with holy transports, as he is the king of the whole earth, and deseryes the adoration of all men ; buc above a!!, because he has chosen as to be his people and his inheritance. What we read in this psalm is particularly applicable to the times of the gospel, and especially to our Lord's triumphant ascension to the glory of his kingdom, a: : 10 the happiness which the several nations of the earth now enjoy ir being accounted the people of God.

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THE COMMON PRAYER, &c. 13 For this God is our God for ever and ever : he fall be our guide unto death.

Psalm xlix. Audite bac, omnes, O Hear ye this, all ye people : ponder it with your ears,

: all ye that dwell in the worist. 2 High and low, rich and poor : one with another.

3 My mouth mall speak of wisdom : and my heart shall mufe of understanding. 4

I will incline mine ear to the parable :, and shew my dark speech upon the harp.

O 5 Wherefore fhould I fear in the days of wickedness : and when the wickedness of my heels compasseth me found about.

6 There be some that put their trust in their goods : and boast themselves in the multicude of their riches.

7 But no man may deliver his brother: nor make agree. ment unto God for him :

8 For it cost more to redeem their souls ; so that he must let that alone for ever :

9 Yea, though he live lorg; and see not the grave.

io For he feech that wise men also die, and perish coge. ther : as well as the ignorant and foolish, and leave their riches for other.

11 And yet they think that their houses Thall continue for ever: and that their dwelling places shall endure from one generation to another, and call the lands after their own

names.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Plalm xlviii.] The reflection we are to make upon this plak is, that the church has often been attacked by the kings and nations of the world, who had conspired together to destroy it ; bucehat God has always wa.ched over it, and rendered all the conspiracies of its enemies vain, and turned them to their own confufion. This psalm asures us very exprelly, that the church is the dearest thing to God upon earth, that he dwells in the midt of it, that he encompasses it with his projection, and that he will always support it. These promises are min better suited to the Christian than to the Jewish church, and ought to convince us of our happiness in being members of Christ's church, and fil all fincere Chriftians with itedsat hope and conádence in God.

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12 Nevertheless, man will not abide in honour: seeing he

may be compared unto the beasts that perish; this is the

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13 This is their foolishness : and their pofterity praise their saying

14. They lie in the hell like sheep, death gnaweth upon them, and the righteous shall have dominion over them in the morning: their beauty shall consume in the fepulchçe put of their dwelling.

15 But God hath delivered my foul from the place of hell: for he shall receive me.

16 Be not thou afraid, though one be made rich: or if the glory of his house be increased;

17 For he shall carry nothing away with him, when he dieth: neither shall his pomp follow him.

18 For while he lived, he counted himself an happy man; and so long as thou deeft well unto thyself, men will speak good of thee.

19 He shall follow the generation of his fathers : and fhall never see light.

20 Man being in honour hath no understanding : but is compared unto the beasts that perish.

PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS." Psalm-xlix.] There are many very important reflections to be made on this psalm. It teaches us, that such as trust in their goods and riches, or that are puffed up with their honours and credit, are feols and blind. We have here represented the vanity and folly of the projects and schemes laid by worldly men for their own advancement, and the glory of their families. The prophet remarks, that God makes all their ichemes aborrive; that death robs them of all their glory; that they 'become a prey to the grave ; and that their riches cannot redeem their souls, nor

fecure them from death and the judgment of God; but that it is not so wich those that pût their trust in God, fince they are sure that he will redeem shem, even from death, and will take them to himself to all eternicy. High and low ought to attend to and meditatę on these instructions, as the prophet exhorts them : those who are rich, or in an exalted station, Nould remember them, left they forget God, and fall into pride ; and people of mean rank, should learn from hence, never to envy the glory, Fiches, and prosperity, which fall to the lot of others ; and all in general are here taught to wean their affections from the world, and to seek their happiness wholly in the favour and love of God.

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