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And, like thyself, thy judgments, Lord, In all respects are just. 138 Most just and true those statutes were, Which thou didst first decree; And all with faithfulness perform’d, Succeeding times shall see. 139 with zeal my flesh consumes away, My soul with anguish frets, To see my foes contemn at once Thy promises and threats. 140 Yet each neglected word of thine, Howe'er by them despis'd, Is pure, and for eternal truth y me, thy servant, priz'd. 141 Brought, for thy sake, to low estate, Contempt from all I find; Yet no affronts or wrongs can drive Thy precepts from my mind. 142 Thy righteousness shall then endure, When time itself is past; Thy law struth itself, that truth Wii, \hall for ever last.
143 Though trouble, anguish, doubts, and
144 Eternal ind unerring rules
145 With my whole heart to God I call’d, Lord, hear hy earnest cry; And I thy statutes to perform Wll o my care apply. 146 Again more fervently I pray’d, O ave me, that I may Thy estinonies throughly know, X; steadfastly obey. 147 My earlier prayer the dawning day Plvented, while I cry’d To m, on whose engaging word M hope alone rely’d. 148With zeal have I awak'd before 'le midnight watch was set, Th I of thy mysterious word ight perfect knowledge get. . 14Lord, hear my supplicating voice, nd wonted favour show: Ouicken me, and so approve hy judgment ever true. 1. My persecuting foes advance, .nd hourly nearer draw; Vat treatment can I hope from them Who violate thy law 1 Though they draw nigh, my comfort is, Thou, Lord, art yet more near; 'ou, whose commands are righteous all, Thy promises sincere: ; Concerning thy divine decrees, My soul has known of old, at they were true, and shall their truth To endless ages hold.
reBSCH. 3 Consider my affliction, Lord, And me from bondage draw; hink on thy servant in distress, Who ne'er forgets thy law.
154. Plead thou my cause; to that and me
161 Though mighty tyrants, without cause, Conspire my blood to shed, Thy sacred word has power alone 'o fill my heart with dread. 162 And yet that word my joyful breast With heavenly rapture warms; Nor conquest, nor the spoils of war, Have such transporting charms. 163 Perfidious practices and lies I utterly detest; But to thy laws affection bear, Too vast to be exprest. 164 Sev’n times a day, with grateful voice, Thy praises I resound, Because I find thy judgments all With truth and justice crown'd. 165 Secure, substantial peace have they Who truly love thy law; No smiling mischief them can tempt, Nor frowning danger awe. 166 For thy salvation I have hop’d, And though so long delay’d, With cheerful zeal and strictest care All thy commands obey’d. 167 Thy testimonies I have kept, And constantly obey’d; Because the love I bore to them Thy service easy made. 168 From strict observance of thy laws I never yet withdrew; Convinc'd that my most secret ways Are open to thy view.
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171 Then shall o grateful lips return
N deep distress I ost have cry’d To God, who never yet deny’d To rescue me oppress'd with wrongs; 2 Once more, O Lord, deliv'rance send, From lying lips my soul defend, And from the rage of sland'ring tongues. 3 What little profit can accrue, And yet what heavy wrath is due, O thou perfidious tongue, to thee! 4 Thy sting upon thyself shall turn; Of lasting flames, that fiercely burn, The constant fuel thou shalt be. 5 But, O! how wretched is my doom, Who am a sojourner become In barren Mesech's desert soil! With Kedar's wicked tents enclos'd, To lawless savages expos'd, Who live on nought but theft and spoil. fi My hapless dwelling is with those Who peace and amity oppose, And pleasure take in other's harms: 7 Sweet peace is all I court and seek; But when to them of peace I speak, They straight cry out, To arms, to arms.
To Sion's hill I list my eyes, From thence expecting aid; 2. From Sion's hill, and Sion's God Who heaven and earth has made. 3 Then thou, my soul, in safety rest, Thy guardian will not sleep; 4 His watchful care, that Israel guards, Will Israel's monarch keep. 5 Shelter'd beneath th' Almighty's wings Thou shalt securely rest, 6 Where neither sun nor moon shall thee By day or night molest. 7. From common accidents of life . His care shall guard thee still; 8 From the blind strokes of chance, and foes That lie in wait to kill. 9 At home, abroad, in peace, in war, Thy God shall thee defend; Conduct thee through life's pilgrimage Safe to thy journey's end.
PSALM CXXII. O ‘Twas a joyful sound to hear Our tribes devoutly say, Up, Israel, to the temple haste, And keep your festal day ! 2 At Salem's courts we must appear, With our assembled powers, 3 In strong and beauteous order rang’d, Like her united towers. 4 'Tis thither, by divine command, The tribes of God repair, Before his ark to celebrate His name with praise and prayer. 5 Tribunals stand erected there, Where equity takes place: There stand the courts and palaces Of royal David's race. 6 Q, pray we then for Salem's peace, For they shall prosp’rous be, Thou holy city of our God, Who bear true love to thee. 7 May peace within thy sacred wals A constant guest be found, With plenty and prosperity Thy palaces be crown'd. 8 For my dear brethren's sake, and friends No less than brethren dear, I’ll pray—May peace in Salem's lowers A constant guest appear. 9 But most of all I’ll seek thy good, And ever wish thee well, For Sion and the temple’s sake, Where God vouchsafes to dwell.
AD not the Lord, may Isra'i say, Been pleas'd to interpose; 2 Had he not then espous’d our cause, When men against us rose; 3, 4, 5 Their wrath had swallow’d us alive, And rag’d without control; Their spite and pride's united floods Had quite o'erwhelm'd our soul. 6 But prais’d be our eternal Lord, Who rescu'd us that day, Nor to their savage jaws gave up Qur threaten’d lives a prey. 7 Our soul is like a bird escap’d From out the fowler's net; The snare is broke, their hopes are cross'd, And we at freedom set. 8 Secure in his Almighty name Our confidence remains, Who, as he made both heaven and earth, Of both sole Monarch reigns.
2 Look how the hills on every side Jerusalem enclose; So stands the Lord around his saints, To guard them from their foes. 3 The wicked may afflict the just, But ne'er too long oppress, Nor force him by despair to seek Base means for his redress. 4 Be good, O righteous God, to those Who righteous deeds affect; The heart that innocence retains, • Let innocence protect. 5 All those who walk in crooked paths, The Lord shall soon destroy, Cut off th' unjust, but crown the saints ' With lasting peace and joy. PSALM CXXVI. HEN Sion's God her sons recall’d From long captivity, It seem’d at first a pleasing dream Of what we wish’d to see: 2. But soon in unaccustom'd mirth, We did our voice employ, And sung our great Restorer's praise In thankful hymns of joy. Our heathen foes ropining stood, Yet were compell'd to own That great and wondrous was the work Our God for us had done. 3 “”Twas great,” say they, “’twas wondrous
reat;” Mué more should we confess, The Lord has done great things, whereof We reap the glad success. 4. To us bring back the remnant, Lord, Of 1srael’s captive bands, More welcome than refreshing showers To parch'd and thirsty lands; 5 That we, whose work commenc'd in tears, May see our labours thrive, Till finish’d with success, to make Our drooping hearts revive. 6 Though he desponds that sows his grain, Yet doubtless he shall come To bind his full-ear'd sheaves, and bring The joyful harvest home.
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PSALM CXXVIII. HE man is blest that fears the Lord, Nor only worship pays, But keeps his steps confin’d with care To his appointed ways. 2 He shall upon the sweet returns Of his own labour feed; Without dependence live, and see His wishes all succeed. 3 His wife, like a fair fertile vine, Her lovely fruit shall bring; His children, like young olive plants, About his table spring. - * * 4 Who fears the Lord shall prosper thus; Him Sion’s God shall bless, 5 And grant him all his days to see Jerusalem's success. 6 He shall live on, till heirs from him Descend with vast increase; Much bless'd in his own prosp’rous state, And more in Israel’s peace. PSALM CXXIX. RQM my youth up, may Israel say, They oft have me assail'd, 2 Reduc’d me oft to heavy straits, But never quite prevail’d. 3 They oft have plough'd my patient back With furrows deep and long; 4. But our just God has broke their chains, And rescu'd us from wrong. 5 Defeat, confusion, shameful rout Be still the doom of those, Their righteous doom, who Sion hate, And Sion’s God oppose. 6 Like corn upon our houses’ tops, Untimely let them fade, Which too much heat, and want of root, Has blasted in the blade: 7 Which in his arms no reaper takes, But unregarded leaves; No binder thinks it worth his pains To fold it into sheaves. 8 No traveller that passes by Vouchsafes a minute's stop, To give it one kind look, or crave Heaven’s blessing on the crop.
ROM lowest depths of woe To God I sent my cry; 2 Lord, hear my supplicating voice, And graciously reply. 3 Should thou severely judge, Who can the trial bear 2 4. But thou forgiv'st, lest we despond, And quite renounce thy fear. 5 My soul with patience waits For thee, the living Lord; My hopes are on thy promise built, Thy never-sailing word. 6 My longing eyes look out For thy enliv'ning ray, More §, than the morning watch, To spy the dawning day. 7 Let Israel trust in God, No bounds his mercy knows; The plenteous source and spring from whence Eternal succour flows; 8 Whose friendly streams to us Supplies in want convey; A healing spring, a spring to cleanse, And wash our guilt away.
ET David, "...ord, a constant place In thy remembrance find; Let all the sorrows he endur’d Be ever in thy mind. 3 Remember what a solemn oath To thee, his Lord, he swore; How to the mighty God he vow’d, Whom Jacob's sons adore; 3, 4 I will not go into my house, Nor to my bed ...} ; No soft repose shall close my eyes, Nor sleep my eye-lids bend; 5 Till for the Lord's design’d abode I mark the destin’d ground; Till I a decent place of rest For Jacob's God have found. 6 Th’ appointed place, with shouts of joy, At Ephrata we found, And made the woods and neighboring fields Our glad applause resound. 7 O with due rev'rence let us then To his abode repair; And, prostrate at his foot-stool fall'n, Pour out our humble prayer. 8 Arise, O Lord, and now possess Thy constant place of rest; Be that, not only with thy ark, But with thy presence, blest. 9, 10 Clothe thou thy priests with righteous. ness, Make thou thy saints rejoice; And, for thy servant David's sake, Hearthy anointed's voice. 11 God sware to David in his truth, Nor shall his oath be vain, One of thy offspring after thee, Upon thy throne shall reign: 12 And if thy seed my cov’nant keep, And to my laws submit, Their children too upon thy throne For evermore shall sit. 13, 14 For Sion does, in God’s esteem, All other seats excel; His place of everlasting rest, Where he desires to dwell. 15, 16 Her store, says he, I will increase, Her poor with plenty bless; Her saints shall shout for joy, her priests My saving health confess. 17 There David's power shall long remain In his successive line, And my anointed servant there Shall with fresh lustre shine. 18 The faces of his vanquish’d foes Confusion shall o’erspread; Whilst, with confirm'd success, his crown Shall flourish on his head.
Praise the Lord with one consent, And magnify his name; Let all the servants of the Lord His worthy praise proclaim. 2 Praise him all ye that in his house Attend with constant care; With those that to his outmost courts With humble zeal repair. 3 For this our truest int’rest is, Glad hymns of praise to sing; And with loud songs to bless his name, A most delightful thing. 4 For God his own peculiar choice The sons of Jacob makes; And Israel's offspring for his own Most valu’d treasure takes. 5 That God is great, we often have By glad experience found; And seen how he, with wondrous power, Above all gods is crown'd. 6 For he, with unresisted strength, Performs his sov’reign will, In heaven and earth, and wat'ry stores That earth's deep caverns fill. 7 He raises vapours from the ground, Which, pois'd in liquid air, Fall down at last in showers, through which His dreadful lightnings glare. 8 He from his store-house brings the winds; And he, with vengeful hand, The first-born slew of man and beast, Through Egypt's mourning land. 9 He dreadful signs and wonders show’d, Through stubborn Egypt’s coasts; Nor Pharaoh could his plagues escape, Nor all his num’rous hosts. 10, 11 "Twas he that various nations smote, And mighty kings suppress'd; Sihon and Og, and all besides, Who Canaan’s land possess'd. 12, 13 Their land upon his chosen race He firmly did entail; For which his fame shall always last,
His praise shall never fail.
14 For God shall soon his people's cause With pitying eyes survey; Repent him of his wrath, and turn His kindled rage away. 15 Those idols, whose false worship spreads - O'er all the heathen lands, Are made of silver and of gold, The work of human hands. 16, 17. They move not their fictitious tongues, Nor see with polish’d eyes; Their counterfeited ears are deaf, No breath their mouth supplies. 18 As senseless as themselves are they That all their skill apply To make them, or in dang'rous times On them for aid rely. 19. Their just returns of thanks to God Let grateful Israel pay; Nor let the priests of Aaron's race To bless the Lord delay. 20 Their sense of his unbounded love Let Levi's house express; And let all those who fear the Lord, His name for ever bless. 21 Let all with thanks his wondrous works In Sion's courts proclaim; Let them in Salem, where he dwells, Exalt his holy name. PSALM CXXXVI. To God the mighty Lord Your joyful thanks repeat; To him due praise afford, As good as he is great: For God does prove Our constant friend, His boundless love Shall never end. 2, 3 To him, whose wondrous power All other gods obey, Whom earthly kings adore, This grateful homage pay: For God, &c. 4, 5 By his Almighty hand Amazing works are wrought: The heavens by his command Were to perfection brought: For God, &c. 6 He spread the ocean round About the spacious land; And made the rising ground Above the waters stand: For God, &c. 7, 8, 9 Through heaven he did display His num’rous hosts of light; The sun to rule by day, The moon and stars by night: For God, &c. 10, 11, 12 He struck the first-born dead Of Egypt’s stubborn land; And thence his people led With his resistless hand: For God, &c. 13, 14. By him the raging sea, As if in pieces rent, Disclos'd a middle way, Through which his people went: For God, &c. 15 Where soon he overthrew Proud Pharaoh and his host, Who, daring to pursue, Were in the billows lost. Fer God, &c.
16, 17, 18 Through deserts vast and wild
HEN we, our weary limbs to rest,