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I will not be afraid :
for thou my foes has struck
unto the Lord above,
the God whom we adore,
Third Sunday after the Epiphany.
PSALM IV. Believers are here called upon to trust in the Lord al
ways; that they may offer to him through the beloved Jesus the facrifice of praise continually: for which end we should be seeking in all means for more sense of his favor towards us, an increase of which is better than all the worlds goods : For it makes us live safe and happy under the care of God both night and day. Blessed are they who can sing these words with melody in their hearts unto the Lord.
OFFER to God the sacrifice
of righteousness and praise, And look that in the living God you put your trust always.
Is that which many fay,
more joyful and more glad :
and quiet Deep will take, Because thou only me to dwell in safety, Lord, doft make.
This is a prayer of the Lord Christ, in which he was
heard and answered. He trusted in God at all times, and he was carried through his obedience and sufferings with continual success. Sowillour prayers through him find admittance within the veil, and bring down every needful blessing. Let us alk in faith nothing wavering, and our prayer hearing God will grant us our hearts desire. May we sing with this fure trust in his faithfulness.
1. GIVE ear unto my words, O Lord,
my meditation weigh: Hear my loud cry, my king, my God,
for I to thee will pray: Lord thou shalt early hear my voice,
I early will direct
in thee my God alone,
trusting upon thy grace, And I will worship in thy fear towards thy holy place.
for watchful is my foe,
with shouts their jöý proclaim,
thou wilt thy blessing yield,
about as with a shield.
Fourth Sunday after Epiphany.
PS ALM VIII.
Our Lord has applied this psalm to himself in Matt. xxi.
And St. Paul has commented upon it in Heb. ii.9. “ But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than “ the angels crowned with glory and honor:" He has dominion over all creatures and things, which we loft by the fall, and is only restored to us under Chrift. In this view he is here considered as glorious even to admiration, he has the testimony of children to confute his enemies, and he has the earth and heavens, the sun, moon, and stars to magnify him, for though he was a little white abased below the angels in his humiliation, yet he is now crowned king of kings, and is set over all the works of God: His kingdom ruleth over all. The prophet begins and ends the psalm with the same admiration of the surpaffing glory of the name of the Lord Christ. May we understand and enter into the spirit of this divine hymn. O that we could fing it to day, as the happy subjects of such a glorious monarch. May we fo trust in what he did for us, when he was lower than the angels, as to expect he will be our friend in his high exalted ftate. May we in ufing this hymn admire the excellency of his great name, and with thankful hearts bless and praise King-mediator to day, and for ever.
HOW excellent in all the earth,
Jehovah our Lord is thy name, Who haft thy glory far advanc'd Above the highest starry frame.