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Afferte Domino. An invitation to glorify God, with a commemoration of his mighty works.

[1] A psalm for David, at the finishing of the tabernacle. Bring to the Lord, O ye children of God: bring to the Lord the offspring of rams. [2] Bring to the Lord glory and honour: bring to the Lord glory to his name: adore ye the Lord in his holy court. [3] The voice of the Lord is upon the waters; the God of majesty hath thundered, The Lord is upon many waters. [4] The voice of the Lord is in power; the voice of the Lord in magnificence. [5] The voice of the Lord breaketh the cedars: yea, the Lord shall break the cedars of Libanus.

[6] And shall reduce them to pieces, as a calf of Libanus, and as the beloved son of unicorns. [7] The voice of the Lord divideth the flame of fire: [8] The voice of the Lord shaketh the desert: and the Lord shall shake the desert of Cades. [9] The voice of the Lord prepareth the stags: and he will discover the thick woods: and in his temple all shall speak his glory. [10] The Lord maketh the flood to dwell: and the Lord shall sit king for ever. The Lord will give strength to his people: the Lord will bless his people with peace.

[6] Shall reduce them to pieces: In Hebrew, shall make them to skip like a calf. The psalmist here describes the effects of thunder (which he calls the voice of the Lord) which sometimes breaks down the tallest and strongest trees; and makes their broken branches skip, etc. All this is to be understood mystically of the powerful voice of God's word in his church; which has broken the pride of the great ones of this world, and brought many of them meekly and joyfully to submit their necks to the sweet yoke of Christ.

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