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Psalm cxlvii. Laudate Dominum.
uuto our God : yea, a joyful and pleasant thing it is to be thankful.
2 The Lord doth build up Jerusalem : and gather to gether the outcasts of Israel.
3 He healeth those that are broken in heart: and giveth medicine to heal their sickness.
4 He telleth the number of the stars : and calleth them all by their names,
5 Great is our Lord, and great is his power : yea, and his wisdom is infinite
6 The Lord settech up the meek : and bringeth the ungodly down to the ground.
7 o fing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; fing praises upon the harp unto our God;
8 Who covereth the heaven with clouds, and prepareth rain for the earth: and maketh the grais to grow upon the mountains, and herb for the use of men.
9 Who giveth fodder unto the cattle: and feedeth the young ravens that call upon him.
10 He hath no pleasure in the strength of an horse: neither delighteth he in any mans legs.
11 But the Lords delight is in them that fear him: and put their trust in his mercy.
12 Praise the Lord, o Jerusalem : praise thy God, o Sion.
13 For he hath made fast the bars of thy gates : and hath blessed thy children within thee. 14 He maketh
peace in thy borders : and filleth thee with the four of wheat.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. princes, or in any man, since they are mortal, and therefore are mera weakness, and even as nothing; but to enjoy true happiness, we muf confide alone in God, who is the Creator of the world, who loves truth and equity, does right to those that are oppreff:d, and delivers them, and who will reign for ever for the defence of his people and children.
15 He sendeth forch his commandment upon earth : and his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool : and scattereth the hoarfroft like ashes
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who is able to abide his frost?
18 He fendeth out his word, and melteth them: he bloweth with his wind, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob: his statutes and ordinances unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation : neither have the heathen knowledge of his laws.
Psalm cxlviii. Laudate Dominum.
2 Praise him, all ye angels of his : praise him, all his hoft.
3 Praise him, sun and moon : praise him, all ye stars and light. 4
Praise him, all ye heavens : and ye waters that are above the heavens.
5 Let them praise the Name of the Lord : for he spake the word, and they were made, he commanded, and they were created.
6 He hath made them faft for ever and ever : he hath given them a law which shall not be broken.
7 Praise the Lord upon earth : ye dragons and all deeps;
Ś Fire and hail, snow and vapours : wind and storm, fulfilling his word;
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxlvii.) This psalm presents us with two grand motives to induce us to love and praisc God, 1. The firit, which is common to us with the Jews and with all men, is taken from the power and wonderful wifdom by which he governs the world. 2. Another cause for praising God, is taken from the bleflings he bestowed on the Jews; and particularly, in granting thein, together with his protection, the peace and plenty which they cnjoyed in the land of Canaan, and giving them his holy word and his law. In this respeel, we have ftill ftronger motives to praise the Lord, in confideration of the spiritual bleflings vouchlafed to us; among which, the most valuable priviledge of all is to be enlightenad by the gofpel and by the knowledge of his will.
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583 9 Mountains and all hills : fruitful trees and all cedars : i 10 Beasts and all cattle: worms and feathered fowls;
11 Kings of the earth and all people : princes and all judges of the world;
12 Young men and maidens, old men and children, praise the Name of the Lord : for his Name only is excel. lent, and his praise above heaven and earth.
13 He shall exalt the horn of his people, all his saints shall praise him : even the children of Israel, even the people that serveth him.
Psalm cxlix. Cantate Domino.
of saints praile him. 2 Let Ifrael rejoice in him that made him : and let the children of Sion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his Name in the dance : let them sing praises unto him with tabret and harp.
4 For the Lord hath pleasure in his people: and helpeth the meek-hearted.
5 Let the faints be joyful with glory : let them rejoice in their beds.
6 Let the praises of God be in their mouth: and a twoedged sword in their hands;
7 To be avenged of the heathen : and to rebuke the people;
8 To bind their kings in chains : and their nobles with links of iron.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS. Psalm cxlviii.] In this psalm, as well as in many others, we learn, 1. That it is God who has created, who preserves and governs all the creatures that are in heaven, or upon the earth ; the angels, the sun, the moon, and all the stars ; that by his will, fire, hail, snow, winds, mountains, trees, and the grass, subfiit in a regular order, and produce the several effects which we daily observe. 2. Let' us consider, that all these creatures, except the angels, are destitute of reason, they are said - to praise the Lord, only as they afford us motives to praise him, by the wonders which they set before us; and therefore, that it is man's duty to Sless God, as he alone is capable of knowing him by his works.
9 That they may be avenged of them, as it is written : Such honour have all his faints.
Psalm cl. Laudate Dominum. Praise God in his holinels : praise him in the firmament of his
poweri 2 Praire him in his noble acts : praise him according to his excellent greatness,
3 Praise him in the sound of the trumpet: praise him upon the lute and harp.
4 Praise him in the cymbals and dances : praise him upon the strings and pipe.
5 Praite him upon the well-tuned cymbals : praise him upon the loud cymbals.
6 Let every thing that hath breath : praise the Lord.
PRACTICAL OBSERVATION S. Psalm cxlix.] This psalm should stir up all the true members of the church, to sing and publith the praises of God, and to rejoice in hin continually. And as the Israelites sung hymns of joy, because God had made them triumph over their enemies, and the kings that waged war with them'; we ought likewise to praise him for the care he has taken of his church, and for all the favours we have received from him ; burchiefly, for subduing our fpiritual enemies, and putting it in our power to triumph over them ourselves, and to be in all things “ more than conquerors through Jesus Christ our Lord.''
Pfalm cl.] This pfalm which is the last of all, should inspire all of us with a holy zeal, to praife without ceasing the majesty of God, his infinite power, and all his adorable perfections. This ought all of us to do, not only with our lips and voice, but chiefly with the heart; remembering, that if the Jews in tliçir worship made use of musical instruments and many other ceremonies, God requires us to praise him and worthip him order the gospel chiefly with the heart, and with all poflible zeal and affe&ion. Let us, all our lives; discharge fo juit and pleasing a duty; and let us, to this end, make a good use of the many noble exhortacions and divine patterns of devotion containeł in the book of pfalms ; that after we have praised and glorificd God upon carth, we may glorify him eternally in the heavens with all the bleft fpirits. Amen.,
The Morning and Evening Service to be daily used at. Sea, fall be the same
which is appointed in the Book of Common Prayer. These two following Prayers are to be also used in His Majesty's . Navy
every day. Eternal Lord God, who alone spreadeft out the hea.
vens, and ruleft the raging of the sea ; who haft compassed the waters with bounds, until day and night come to an end ; Be pleased to receive into thy' almighty and most gracious protection, the persons of us thy servants, and the Fleet in which we serve. Preserve us from the dangers of the Sea, and from the violence of the enemy; that we may be a safeguard unto our most gracious Sovereign Lord King GEORGE, and his Kingdoms, and a security for such as pass on the Seas upon their lawful occasions ; that the inhabitants of our Inand may in peace and quietness serve thee our God; and that we may return in safety to enjoy the blessings of the land, with the fruits of our labours ; and with a thankful remembrance of thy mercies, to praise and glorify thy holy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
The Colleet. 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.
Prayers to be used in Storms at Sea.
mand the winds blow, and lift up the waves of the Sea, and who stilleft the rage thereof; We thy creatures, but miserable finners, do in this our great distress cry unto thee for help : Save, Lord, or else we perish. We confess, when we have been safe, and seen all things quiet about us, we have forgot thee our God, and refused to hearken to