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He takes the needy from hit ceil,
Companion to the greatest there. 7 When childless families despair, He sends the blessing" of an heir,
To rescue their expiring name;
O then extol bls matchless fame!
WHEN Israel,hy th' Almighty led,
2 Jehovah, for nis residence,
His mansion royal, and from thence Through Israel's camp his orders sent
3 The distant sea with terror saw, And from the Almighty's presence
fed-, Old Jordan's streams, surprised with awe, Retreated to their fountain's head.
4 The taller mountains skipp'd like
rams, When danger near the fold they hear; The hills skipp'd after them like lambs Affrighted hy their leader's fear.
5 O sea! what made your tide withdraw, And naked leave your oozy bed?
Why Jordan, against nature's law, Recoil'dst thou to thy fountain's head
6 Why, mountains, did ye skip, like
rams When danger does approach the fold: Why after you the bllls, like lambs When they their leader's flight behold?
7 Earth, tremble on; well may'st thou
fear Thy Lord and Maker's face to see; When Jacob's awful God draws near, Tis time for earth and seas to flee:
8 To flee from God, who nature's law Confirms and cancels at his will -,
Who springs from flinty rocks can draw,
LORD, not to us, we claim no share,
2 Why should the heathen cry, Where's
now The God whom we adore?
3 Convince them that in heaven thou art, And uncontrol'd thy power.
4 Their gods but gold and silver are, Th* wockl of mortal hand*;
5 With speechless mouth and sighlieii
eyes The molten idol stands.
6 The pageant has hoth ears and note, Bui neither hears nor smells;
7 Its hands and feet nor feel nor more; No iife within it dwells.
8 Such senseless stocks they are, tktt
9 0 Israel, make the Lord your trust,
10 Priests, Levites, trust in him alone, Who only help can yield.
11 Let all who truly fear the Lord, On him they fear rely;
Who them in danger can defend,
And all their wants supplv. 12, 13 Of us he oft has mindful been,
And Israel's house will bless; Priests, Levites, proselytes, even all
Who his great name confess.
14 On you, and on your heirs, he will Increase of blessings bring;
15 Thrice happy you, who fav'rites
are Of this Almighty King!
16 Heaven's highest orb of glory he
And gave this lower globe of earth
17 They who in death and sileuee sleep* To him no praise afford;
18 But we will bless for evermore Our ever-living Lord.
PSALM CXVI. rejVTY soul with grateful thoughts sf
Entirely is possest. Because the Lord vouchsafed to hear The voice of my request.
2 Since he has now his ear inclined,
But still in all the straits of life
3 With deadly sorrows compass'd rouse, With pains of hell eppress'd;
When trouble seiz'd my aching heart, And anguish rack'd my breast;
4 On God s Almighty name 1 call'd, And thus to him I pray'd,
'Lord, I beseech thee, save my sou1
'With sorrow quite dismay'd.* 5, 6 How just and merciful Is God'
How gracious is the Lord! i
Who saves the harmless, and to me
Does timely help afford. 7 Then free from pensive cares, my tottl
Resume thy wonted rest;
His hounteous love express
8 When death alarm'd me, he removed My dangers and wiy fears; /
My feet from falling he secured,
9 Therefore my life's remaining years, Which God to me shall lend,
Wih i in praises to his name,
And in his service spend. 10,11 In God I trusted, and of him
In greatest straits did hoast; For in my flight all hopes of aid
From faithless men were lost. 12, 13 Then what return to him shall I
For all his goodness make? I'll praise his name, and with glad zeal
The cup of hlessing take. 14, 15 ill pay my vows among his saints,
Whose hlood, howe'er despised By wicked men, in God's account
Is always highly prized.
To thy dominion how;
Thy rans.»m'd captive now! 17, IB To thee I'll oiFrings hring of praise;
And whilst I hless thy name. The just performance of my vows
To all thy saints proclaim.
And in thy house shall join,'
And mix their songs with mine.
WITH cheerful notes let all the
Sing solei.in hymns of Itrai.se. 2 God's tender mercy knows no hound,
His truth shall ne'er decay;
O Praise the Lord, for he is good.
Let thankful Israel say.
Let Aaron's house express;
And that it never fails, let all
That fear the Lord confess.
5 To God I made my humhle moan,
And he released me from my straits,
6 Since therefore God does on my side So graciously appear;
*V '.; should the vain attempts of men Possess my soul with fear *
7 Since God wit* those that aid my cause Vouchsafes my part to take,
To all my foes I need not douht
A just return to make. 8, 9 For hetter His to trust in God,
And have the Lord our friend, Than on the greatest human power
For safety to depend. 10, 11 Though many nations, cloiehr leagued.
Did oft heset me round; Yet, hy his houndless power sustain'd,
I did their strength confound.
12 They swarm'd like hees, and y«t
, their rage
13 When all united press'd me hard,
The Lord vouchsafed to take my part*
14 The honour of my strange escape
He is my Saviour and my strength,
15 Joy fills the dwelling of the just,
Forwondious things are hrought topaa* By his Almighty arm.
16 He, hy his own resistless power,
The saving strength of his right hand
17 God wul not suffer me to fall, . But stilt prolongs my days;
That, hy declaring all his works,
18 When God had sorely me chastised. Till quite of hopes hereaved,
His mercy from the gates of death
19 Then open wide the temple-gates.
That I may enter in, and praise
My great Deliv'rei there. 20,21 Within those gates of God's ahode,
To which the righteous press, Since thou hast heard, and set me safe.
Thy holy name I'D hless. 22. 23 That which the huilders once rs> fused,
Is now the corner stone;
The work of God alone. 21.25 This day is God's; let all the land
Exalt their cheerful voice;
And make us still rejoice.
26 Him that approaches in God's name, Let all th1 assemhly hless;
We that helong to God's own house, 'Have wish'd you good success.'
27 Godis the Lord, through whom we oU Both light and comfort find;
Fast to the altar's horn, with cords,
28 Thou art my Lord, 0 God, and
still 111 praise thy holy name; Because thou only art my God, I'll celebrate thy fame.
29 0 then with me give thanks to God, Who still does gracious prove;
And let the tribute of our praise Be endless as his love. f PSALM CX1X.
HOW bless'd are they, who always keep
The pure and perfect way! Who never from the sacred paths
Of God's commandments stray!
Have still obedient Ileen!
His favour sought to win!
To shun each wiched deed;
With constant care proceed. 4 Thou strictly hast enjoin'd us, Lord,
To learn thy sacred will; And all our diligence employ
Thy statutes to fulfil. * O then that thy most holy will
Might o'er my ways preside, And I the course of all my life
12 Secured hy that, my gratefulfooj
0 teach me then hy thy just iswa
13 My lips, unlock'd hy pious teal,
How well the judgments of thy mood
14 Whilst in the way of thy coromudi
Than had I been with vast increase
15 Therefore thy just and upright lam
And those sound rules, which thou pre-
16 To keep thy statutes undefaced
The strict remembrance of thy word
17 Be gracious to thy servant, Lord,
That I, according to thy word,
18 Enlighten hoth my eyes and mind,
The wondrous works which they behold
By thy direction guide! • Thei
. -hen with assurance should I walk,
From all confusion free; Convinced, with joy, that all myways
With thy commands agree.
I My upright heart shall my glad
mouth With cheerful praises fill; , When, by thy righteous judgments
taught, I shall have learnt thy will.
8 So to thy sacred laws shall I
O then forsake me not, my God,
9 How shall the young preserve their
10 With hearty real for thee I seek,
0 suffer not my careless steps
II Safe in my heart, and closely hid,
To succour me with timely aid,
From place to place I stray,
20 My fainting soul is almost pined,
Whilst always on the eager search
21 Thy sharp rebuke shall crush tin
Whom still thy curse pursues j Since they to walk in thy right wavi Presumptuously refuse.
22 But far from me do thou, O Lord,
For i thy sacred laws affect
23 Though princes oft, in council met
Yet I thy statutes to observe
24 For thy commands have dwarf
My comfort and delight;
25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly car*
Revive me, Lord, and let me now
26 To thee I still declared my wan,
O teach me then my future life
37 1V thou wilt maie me know thy laws, And hy their guidance walk,
The wondrous works which thou bast done Shall be my constant talk.
38 But set*, my soul wittiin ine sinks, Fress'd down with weighty care;
Do thou, according to thy word.
My wasted strength repair.
And lying arts removed;
The path hy thee approved.
My happy choice I ve made; Thy judgments, as my rule of life,
Before me always laid.
31 Mi care has been to make my life
O then preserve thy servant, Lord,
32 So in the way of thy commands
And, with a heart enlarged with :oy,
33 Instruct me in thy statutes, Lord,
And I from them, through all my life, Will never go astray.
34 If thou true wisdom from ahove
To keep thy perfect laws I wiH
35 Direct me in the sacred wayf
Because my chief delight has been
36 Do thou to thy most just commands Incline my wilhng heart;
Le4 no desire of worldly wealth
37 From those vain objects turn my eyes, Which this false world displays;
But give me lively power and strength To keep thy righteous ways.
38 Confirm the promise which thou
And give thy servant aid,
Is awfully afraid.
In mercy, Lord, remove;
Are full of grace and love. 40 Thou know'st how after thy commands
My longing heart does pant;
And promised luccoar grant
41 Thy constant bleiasing, lord, bestow. To cheer my drooping heart;
To me, according to thy word,
42 So shall I, when my foes upbraio>
'In God 1 trust, who never will 'His faithful promise break.'
43 Then let not quite the word of truth Be from my mouth removed:
Since still my ground of steadfast hop* Thy just decrees have i#oved.
44 So I to keep thy righteous laws
From age to aye my lime to come
45 Ere long I trust to walk at large,
Since I resolve to make my life
46 Thy laws shall be my constant talk; And princes shall attend,
Whilst I the justice of thy ways
47 My longing heart and ravish'd soul
When in thy lov'd commandments I
48 Then will I to thy just decrees
My care and business then shall be
49 According to thy promised grace,
Make good to me the word on which
50 That only comfort in distress
Thy word, when troubles hemm'd me round, Revived my fainting soul.
51 Insulting foes did proudly mock,
Yet from thy law not all their scoff*
52 Thy judgments then, of ancient date,
I quichly call to mind, Till, ravish'd with such thoughts, my soid Did speedy comfort find.
53 Sometimes 1 stand amazed, like one With deadly horror smirk,
To think how all my sinful foes
54 But I thy statutes and decrees
Whilst through strange lands and do sert wilds I like a pilgrim stray'd.
55 Thy name, that cheer'd my heart hy
day, lias fill'd my thoughts hy night: , I then resolved hy thy just laws To guide my steps aright.
56 That peace of mind, which has my
57 0 Lord, my God, my portion thou
Thy words I steadfastly resolve
58 With all the strength of warm desire I did thy grace implore;
Disclose, according to thy word,
SQ With due reflection and strict care
And so, reclaim'd to thy just paths,
60 I lost no time, but made great haste, Resolved, without delay,
To watch, that 1 might never more
61 Though num'rous troops of sinful
To rob me have comblned.
62 In dead of night I will arise
Convinced how much I always ought
To love thy righteous ways.
Myself I closely join;
To thy commands resign. 64 O'er all the earth thy mercy, Lord,
Abundantly is shed;
Thy sacred paths to tread.
C5 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt
Most graciously, O Lord j Repeated benefits bestow'd,
According to thy word.
66 Teach me the sacred skill, hy which Right judgment is attain'd,
Who in belief of thy commands
67 Before affliction stopp'd my course, My footsteps went astray;
But I have since been disciplined
68 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good, And all thou dost is so;
On me, thy statutes to discern,
69 The proud have forged m-Jidoiu lies, My spotless fame to stain;
But my fix'd heart, without raene,
70 While pamper'd, they, with pre*
71 TJs good for me that 1 have felt
That I might duly learn and keep
72 The law that from thy mouth pro
ceeds, Of more esteem I hold Than untouch'd mines, than thousud mines Of silver and of gold.
73 To me. who am the workmanship Of thy Almighty hands.
The heav'nly understanding give
74 My preservation to thy saints
To see success attend my hopes,
75 That right thy judgments are,Inaw By sure experience see;
And that in faithfulness, O Lord,
76 O let thy tender mercy now
According to thy promise, Lord,
77 To me thy saving grace restore,
Whose soul can relish no delight
78 Defeat the proud, who, uuprorokfri To ruin me have sought,
Who only on thy sacred laws
79 Let those that fear thy name espoa* My cause, and those alone
Who have, by strict and pious search, Thy sacred precepts known.
80 In thy blest statutes let my heart Continue always sound;
That guilt and shame, the sinner*! let■ May never me confound.
81 My soul with long expectance fai* To see thy saving gracej
Yet still on thy unerring word
82 My very eyes consume and fail
O! when wilt thou thy kind relief