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M INE end, and measure of my days

O Lord, unto me show, What is the same, that I thereby my frailty well may know.

II. · Lo, thou my days an handbreadth mad'st

mine age is in thine eye
As nothing : Sure each man at best
is wholly vanity.

Sure each man walks in a vain show,

they vex themselves in vain :
He heaps up wealth and doth not know
to whom it shall pertain.

Therefore O Lord, what wait I for?

what help do I desire ? Truly my hope is ev'n in thee,

I thee alone require.



This psalm is a prayer made in great trouble, requestgood to us : These we should pray for without ceaf. ing, and pray for them in order to keep up conftant communion with God, which may be our support under our miseries, and may be the crowa of all our comforts. Let us make the words our own, not doubting, but that he who has fulblled them thousands of times will now hear and answer our prayer of faith.

ing seasonable grace to bear it with pacience, and then keeping down murmuring with the - hope of promised deliverance, waiting wish faith until it Mhould come. May we thus behave in every trial. We always ttand in need of the light of God's prefence with us, and the truth of his promises made


O Lord, send out thy light and truth

and lead me with thy grace, Which may conduct me to thy hill, and to thy dwelling place.

II. , Then shall I to thine altar go

with joy to worship there,
· And with my heart give thanks to thee,
O God, my God most dear.

Why art thou then caft down my soul?

what should discourage thee?
And why with vexing thoughts art thou

disquieted in me?


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Still trust in God, for him to praise

good cause I yet shall have, He of my person is the health,

my God who doth me save,

be The fourth Sunday in Lent. . . . PSALM XLVI. This is a fong of triumph, in which believers having made God in Chrift their refuge find themselves fafe from all enemies and dangers. Their God himself has put these words into their mouths, that they may trust, and not be afraid : For when he is their strength, what should shake their confidence? The singing of this psalm has stilled many guilty fears, and has relieved many aching hearts, When any bad news was related to Luther he used to sayCome, let us sing the forty-sixth psalm, and fear nothing. It is indeed a divine antidote against the greatest fears. May we experience its truth and power by mixing faith with it to-day. May we fo ling, our hearts joining with our tongues, as to find no reason to fear from any quarter.

COD is our refuge and our strength
w in straits a present aid;
Therefore altho'the earth remove
we will not be afraid.

Tho' hills amidst the sea be cast, .

tho' waters roaring make
And troubled be, yea tho the hills
by swelling seas do shake.

i III. Our God who is the Lord of hosts

is still upon our side, The God of Jacob our refuge for ever will abide.

To Father, Son and Holy Ghost,

eternal glory be, saj
As was, and is, and shall be ftill,

to all eternity.


This psalm has a moft solemn preface, calling for the

attention of all mankind. The truth to be proposed is equally interesting to all forts and conditions of men. It is this—No man can by any means redeem another; for if he be ever so rich or great he cannot pay the least farthing for the ranfom of his own soul. Christ, and Christ alone is able to pay the full redemption price to infinite justice, and he has paid it. O most blessed truth! All that believe find redemption through his blood. They are led to renounce every hope but in his atonement, and it is their ear. nest desire to love the Lord Redeemer with growing affection. May this be our happy case. May we believe in his redemption, and bless him and praise him for it this day with joyful lips, and thankful hearts. .

HEAR this all people, and give ear,
Id All in the world that dwell,
Both low and high, both rich and poor, ,
My mouth shall wisdom tell,

O , IL
Whoe'er they be that in their wealth

cheir confidence do pitch; .
And boast theinselves, because they are
become exceeding rich;

1 2 . III. Yet

- IIT. Yet none of these his brother can ,

redeem by any way,
Nor can he unto God for him
sufficient ransom pay:

His own soul's ransom is too dear,

paid by him it can't be,
That still he should for ever live

and not corruption fee. .



The title of this psalm is a good comment upon it. It • runs thus" To che beloved who prevailed over the

“ oppression of the congregation of strangers, a psalm “ to be engraved upon his mind, when the Phili• ftines held him fait in Gath :" Hence the prophet takes occasion to speak of the oppression of the beloved fesus from the conspiracy of Jews and Gentiles, of his confidence of victory from the word and promise of Jehovah, and of his obtaining it. Every believer may expect the same victory, and plead it upon the same promise: Because Jesus Christ conquered, not as a private person, but as a surety for all his people. His victory was theirs. O chat we may, when fin or Satan, or wicked men rise up against us, put honor upon his word. By trusting in it we shall infallibly find it fulfilled : Yea, we hall rejoice in it, as they that find great spoil. May we praile him to-day for his word and faithfulness, and fing of them as of a foundation, which cannot posfibly tail those who build upon it.


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