34 DOMESTIC ED UCA TION.
The sacred song, chanted in the bosom of the
fumily as well as in the public sanctuary, is pleas¬
ant to the ear of God, that Father of the families
of the earth; therefore, David says:
" Let every thing that hath breath praise the Lord."
—Psalm cl, 6.
" Kings of the earth and all people,
Princes and all the judges of the earth,
Both young men and maidens,
Old men and children,
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
For his name alone is excellent;
His glory is above the earth and the heavens."
—Psalm cxlviii, 11-13.
Thus sang the most gifted monarch that ever
sat upon a throne or ruled a mighty people.
How graceful and good it is now, when count¬
less blessings—unknown to Jewish families—are
bestowed upon Christians, to hear early every
morning at the household altar such a song as
" Lord, in the morning thou shalt hear
My voice ascending high,
To thee will I direct my prayer,
To thee lift up mine eye—
O, may thy Spirit guide my feet
In ways of righteousness ;
Make every path of duty straight,
And plain before my face."
In the evening, when the Deity draws the
dark curtains of night over the face of nature
and around the homes of men—if there be a