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All earthly power to be consecrated to Christ. 10 "Hear therefore, O ye kings, and understand; learn, ye that he judges of the ends of the earth. Give ear, ye that rule the people, and glory in the multitude of nations. For power is given you of the Lord, and sovereignty from the Highest, who shall try your works, and search out your counsels "Wisd. 6:1-3.

II And rejoice with trembling.

12 Lit. And ye perish in your way; for his wrath may kindle suddenly. Verses 5 7. "He that honoureth not the Son honoureth not the Father which hath sent him" S. Jo. 5:23.






A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son. 2 Sam. 15:14; 17:1, 22.

A Morning Invocation when surrounded by enemies. CHRIST BY THE MOUTH OF DAVID TELLS OF HIS sufferINGS, AND OF THE FATHER'S CARE.

1 Lit. How many are my adversaries! "For the people increased continually with Absalom" 2 Sam. 15:12.

2 Selah. "He trusted in God; let him deliver him now if he will have him " S. Mat. 27:43.

3 But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter up of mine head. "Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward Gen. 15:1.

4 Lit. With my voice to the LORD do I cry, and he answereth me from his holy mountain. Selah. "David was come to the top of the mount, where he worshipped God" 2 Sam. 15:32.

5 Lit. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the LORD sustaineth me. "Now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept " I Cor. 15:20.

See 2 Sam. 16:14.

6 I will not be afraid of ten thousands of people.

Ps. III. 2 Selah. "Probably intended to denote a suspension of the singing during which the instrumental music performed a symphony unaccompanied by words. Its most probable etymology is from a verb meaning to elevate, so that it was in effect a musical' Sursum Corda.'" -Dr. Kay. "The Selah in general lends an emphasis to the passage which it immediately follows. The reason for such emphasis may be either the position which the passage occupies in reference to the formal construction of the psalm, or the solemnity or importance of the doctrine or sentiment which it conveys."-J. F. Thrupp. The word is found in thirty-nine psalms, all but eight of which have the title "For the Chief Musician." 3 Worship worthship, i. e. honour. See Ps. 8:5, n.

5:11 6:10

7:6 58:6

have set themselves against me round about.

7 Up, LORD, and help me, O 68:1 my God: For thou smitest all mine enemies upon the cheekbone thou hast broken the teeth


of the ungodly.

8 Salvation belongeth unto the 24:5 LORD: and thy blessing is upon thy people.






Int. Easter 2d Comm. Always at Matins in Benedictine Use. Rom. Days Martyrs. Gk. Dawn. P.

PSALM IV. Cum invocarem.

HEAR me, when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast set me at liberty, when I was in trouble; have mercy upon me, and hearken unto my prayer.

20 ye sons of men, how long will ye blaspheme mine honour : and have such pleasure in vanity, and seek after falsehood?"

3 Know this also, that the LORD hath chosen to himself the man that is godly when I call upon the LORD he will hear me.

4 Stand in awe, and sin not: 46:10 commune with your own heart, and in your chamber, and be still. 5 Offer the sacrifice of righteousness and put your trust in the LORD.



6 There be

many that say: Who will show us any good? 7 LORD, lift thou up: the light 80:3,7,19 of thy countenance upon us.


2 Falsehood; in English Psalter, leasing.

7 Arise, O LORD; save me, O my God: for thou hast smitten, &c.

8 Lit. Let thy blessing be upon thy people. Selah.

"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved" Acts 4:12. "Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb" Rev. 7:10. See Jonah 2:9.


For the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

This psalm probably belongs to the same eventful day in David's life as the preceding.

An Evening Prayer, in a spirit of holy obedience and confidence.




I Lit. Thou that in straitness hast made room for me. Verse 3. "This is his name whereby he shall be called, THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS" Jer. 23:6.

David speaks to his enemies.

2 Lit. O ye sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned to shame? How long will ye love vanity, will ye seek after lies? Selah. "I honour my Father, and ye do dishonour me "" S. Jo. 8:49.

3 Lit. Know then, that the LORD hath set apart for himself one whom he loves; the LORD heareth when I call unto him. "This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased" S. Mat. 3:17.

David addresses his followers.

4 Lit. Be ye angry and sin not,—as in Eph. 4:26. Selah (at end).

5 "Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins" Rom. 3:25.

6" All things work together for good to them that love God" Rom. 8:28.


7 "Speak unto Aaron,-saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,-The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace "Num. 6:23, 25, 26.

8 The Heb. word for salvation is the Name JEsus. Ps. IV. "It has been said of these four Psalms which open the Psalter, that they contain an epitome of the Gospel. In the first, we have the Life of Christ; in the second, His Passion; in the fourth, His Death and Burial; in the third, His Resurrection."-J. H. Blunt. With stringed instruments; Heb. Neginoth. 5 Sacrifice of righteousness; phrase from Deut. 33:19.

51:8 65:14

8 Thou hast put gladness in 94:19 my heart: since the time that 104:15 their corn, and wine, and oil increased.

3:5 37:7 127:3

9 I will lay me down in peace, and take my rest: for it is thou, LORD, only, that makest me dwell in safety.

V. 7. Blessing Visit. Sick. Int. 3d Sun. in Adv. Rom, Easter Even, All Saints', Days Martyrs. L. C. See p. x.

PSALM V. Verba mea auribus.

PONDER My words, O LORD : consider my meditation.

65:2 2 O hearken thou unto the 74:13 voice of my calling, my King, and my God for unto thee will I



make my prayer.

17:3,6 3 My voice shalt thou hear 885 betimes, O LORD: early in the 130:6 morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up.




27:4 28:2


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 lies the LORD will abhor both the blood-thirsty and deceitful man.

7 But as for me, I will come 36:8 42:4 into thine house, even upon the multitude of thy mercy and in thy fear will I worship toward thy holy temple.


6 Lies; in English Psalter, leasing.

8 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased. "Corn shall make the young men cheerful, and new wine the maids" Zech. 9:17: "They joy before thee according to the joy in harvest" Is. 9:3.

9 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me to dwell in safety. "Thou shalt take thy rest in safety. Also thou shalt lie down, and none shall make thee afraid " Job 11:18, 19. "The ship was covered with the waves: but he was asleep" S. Mat. 8:24.


For the Chief Musician. With flute accompaniment. A Psalm of David.

Rebellion of Absalom,

A Morning Supplication in the midst of the wicked. CHRIST ABIDING IN HIS DISCIPLES SPEAKS ΤΟ THE


I Give ear to my words, O Lord.

2 Lit. For unto thee do I pray.

3 "And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed" S. Mar. 1:35. "I will watch to see what

he will say unto me " Hab. 2:1.

4 For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness. Lit. Evil cannot dwell with thee.

5 Lit. Fools cannot stand in thy sight: thou hatest all workers of iniquity.

6 Verse 10.


7 Lit. But as for me, in the multitude of thy mercy can enter thy house; I can worship towards thy holy temple in thy fear. "His windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime" Dan. 6:10.

Ps. V. With flute accompaniment; Heb. Nehiloth. 3 Betimes, K. J. in the morning. Direct my prayer, lit. set my prayer in order; (a sacrificial word used of the preparations for burnt offerings). 6 Thou destroyest; thou abhorrest. The reference is probably to Ahithophel. 7 The reference is to the tabernacle referred to in 1 Chr, 15:1, and called the "House of the LORD" in 2 Sam. 12:20.

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