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Reflections and Prayers on Psalms 76-150

Reflections and Prayers on Psalms 76-150

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And because of their iniquities, are afflicted.

18 Their soul abhorreth all manner of meat;
And they draw near unto the gates of death.

19 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble,
And He saveth them out of their distresses.

20 He sent His word, and healed them,

And delivered them from their destructions.

21 Oh that men would praise the Lord for His good-

ness,
And for His wonderful works to the children of men !

22 And let them sacrifice the sacrifices

of thanksgiving.
And declare His works with rejoicing.

(V. Mariners brought safe to port.)

23 They that go down to the sea in ships,
That do business in great waters ;

24 These see the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.

25 For He commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind,
Which lifteth up the waves thereof.

26 They mount up to the heavens.
They go down again to the depths :
Their soul is melted because of trouble.

27 They reel to and fro,

and stagger like a drunken man.
And are at their wit's end.

28 Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble,
And He bringeth them out of their distresses.

29 He maketh the storm a calm,

So that the waves thereof are still.

30 Then are they glad because they be quiet ;

316 PSALM CVII.

So He bringeth them unto their desired haven.

31 Oh that men would praise the Lord for His good-

nesSy
* And for His wonderful works to the children of men !

32 Let them exalt Him also

in the congregation of the people.
And praise Him in the assembly of the elders.

(VL GoJCs providence over all.)

33 He tumeth rivers into a wilderness.
And the water-springs into dry ground :

34 A fruitful land into barrenness.

For the wickedness of them that dwell therein.

35 He tumeth the wilderness into a standing water.
And dry ground into water-springs.

36 And there He maketh the hungry to dwell.
That they may prepare a city for habitation ;

37 And sow the fields, and plant vineyards.
Which may yield fruits of increase.

38 He blesseth them also,

so that they are multiplied greatly ;
And sufiereth not their cattle to decrease.

39 Again, they are minished and brought low
Through oppression, affliction, and sorrow.

40 He poureth contempt upon princes.

And causeth them to wander in the wilderness,
where there is no way.

41 Yet setteth He the poor on high from affliction>
And maketh Him families like a flock.

42 The righteous shall see it, and rejoice :
And all iniquity shall stop her mouth.

43 Whoso is wise, and will observe these things,

PSALM CVII, 317

Even they shall understand the lovingkindness
of the Lord.

REFLECTIO S.

1. God's people redeemed from Egypt, redeemed
from Babylon, might well sing of mercy : and in what
lofty strains will the Church celebrate the divine good-
ness when she shall form one assembly in the heavenly
Canaan !

2. Thus God led Israel. They prayed, and were
delivered and supported ; they were led by the right
way. Such, too, is the Christian life. And shall we
not praise God for His goodness ?

3. Sin is slavery ; and the slavery of sin is full of
darkness and distress. If we rebel against God, we
shall soon find ourselves in trouble. But if we turn

to Him, He will hear our prayers, and deliver us from
our fetters and darkness. Such is His goodness : such
reason have we to praise Him,

4. Transgression is the cause of much of our afflic-
tion, of much of our bodily suffering. When we hum-
ble ourselves before God, He will heal us, comfort us,
and deliver us from our distress. A fresh cause for
praise and thanksgiving.

5. Are we like pilgrims in a wilderness ? We are
also like mariners on the tumultuous ocean. How much
of our life may be compared to a stormy voyage !
What is our comfort and security? Christ, whom
winds and seas obey, is with us, and He will bring us
to the desired haven. Shall we not, therefore, exalt
Him both in public and in private ?

318 PSALM CVIII.

6. Here we see the goodness of God stated in a
general way. His ways are mercy and judgment.
Prosperity and adversity are from Him : He lifteth
up and casteth down. The workers of iniquity shall
be silent, and the righteous shall rejoice before Him.

PKAYER.
Make us wise, O Lord, to observe and understand
these things. Guide us in the wilderness of this
world ; lighten our darkness ; break our chains ; heal
our diseases ; preserve us in the voyage of life ; keep
us from sin and wickedness ; hear our prayers ; grant
us prosperity ; and cause us to rejoice in Thy loving-
kindness, and to praise Thy holy ame, through Jesus
Christ our Saviour. Amen.

PSALM CVHL
Day 22.] Evening Prayer.

Thanksgiving, as Psalm xviii. See Psalm Ivii. 8 — 12. and Iz. 8 — 14.

(L Praise and prayer.)

1 O God, my heart is fixed ;

I will sing and give praise, even with my glory.

2 Awake, psaltery and harp :
I myself will awake early.

3 I will praise Thee, O Lord, among the people :
And I will sing praises unto Thee among the na-
tions.

4 For Thy mercy is great above the heavens :
And Thy truth reacheth unto the clouds.

5 Be Thou exalted, O God, above the heavens :

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