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4 How happy all thy servants are ! 'Tis thro' the Lord my heart is strong, How great thy grace to me!
In him my lips rejoice ;
How cheerful is my voice? 5 Now I am thine, for ever thine, 6 Like angry bees they girt me round, Nor shall my purpose move;
When God appears they fly; Thy hand hath loos'd my bonds of So burning thorns, with crackling pain.
sound, And bound me with thy love.
Make a fierce blaze, and die.6 Here in thy courts I leave my vow, 6 Joy to the saints and peace belongs ; And thy rich grace record;
The Lord protects their days ;
To his almighty grace.
PSALM CXVIII. PART II. ver. 17-21.
Public praise for deliverance from Praise to God from all nations.
1 LORD,thou hast heard thyservant cry, 1 O ALL ye nations praise the Lord,
And rescu'd from the grave;
If God resolve to save).
2 Thy praise, more constant than before, 3 His mercy reigns through ev'ry land; Shall fill his daily breath; Proclaim his grace abroad :
Thy hand, that hath chastis'd him sore, For ever firm his truth shall stand ; Defends him still from death. Praise ye the faithful God.
3 Open the gates of Zion now,
For we shall worship there, PSALM CXVII. [L. M.) The house where all the righteous go 1 FROM all that dwell below the skies, Thy mercy to declare
Let the Creator's praise arise: 4 Among the assemblies of thy saints Let the Redeemer's name be sung Our thankful voice we raise ;
Through ev'ry land, by ev'ry tongue. Therewe have told thee our complaints, 2 Eternal are thy mercies, Lord;
And there we speak thy praise. Eternal truth attends thy word; Thy praise shall sound from shore to PSALM CXVIII. PART III. ver. 22, 23.
shore, Till suns shall rise and set no more. Christ the forendation of his church.
1 DEHOLD the sure foundation-stone PSALM CXVII. (S. M.)
Which God in Zion lays, I THY name, almighty Lord,
To build our heavenly hopes upon,
And his eternal praise.
And saints adore the name ; 2 Far be thine honour spread,
They trust their whole salvation bere, And long thy praise endure,
Nor shall they suffer shame. Till morning light and ev'ning shade, 3 The foolish builders, scribe and priest, Shall be exchang'a no more.
Reject it with disdain ;
Yet on this Rock the church shallrest, PSALM CXVIII. PART I. ver. 0-15. And envy rage in vain.
4 What tho' the gates of hell withstood, Deliverance from a tumult. Yet must this building rise :
'Tis thy own work, almighty God, 1 THE Lord appears my helper now, And wondrous in our eyes.
Nor is my faith afraid
PSALM CXVIII. Part IV. ver. 24-26. Since heaven affords its aid. 9 'Tis safer, Lord, to hope in thee,
Hosanna; the Lord's-day, or, Christ's And have my God my friend,
resurrection, and our salvation. Than trust in men of high degree, 1 THIS is the day the Lord hath made, And on their truth depend.
He calls the hours his own;
Let heaven rejoice, let earth be glad, 3 Like bees my foes beset me round;
And praise surround the throne. A large and angry swarm ! But I shall all their rage confound 2 To-day he rose and left the dead, By thine almighty arın.
And Satan's empire fell;
To-day the saints his triumphs spread,
I have collected and disposed the most 3 Hosanna, to the anoiuted King,
useful verses of this psalm under To David's holy Son !
eighteen different heads, and formed Help us, O Lord; descend and bring a divine song upon each of them. But Salvation from the throne.
the verses are much transposed to
attain some degree of connection. 4 Blest be the Lord, who comes to men With messages of grace;
In some places, among the words law,
commands, judgments, testimonies, Who comes in God his Father's name,
I have used gospel, word, grace, truth, To save our sinful race.
promises, &c. as more agreeable to 5 Hosanna in the highest strains
the New Testament, and the common The church on earth can raise : language of Christians: and it eqreally The highest heavens inwhich he reigns, answers the design of the Psalmist, Shall give him nobler praise.
which was to recommend the holy
Scripture. PSALM CXVIII. ver, 22–27. (S. M.]
PSALM CXIX. PART I. An hosanna for the Lord's-day: or, a The blessedness of saints, and misery of
sinners. new song of salvation by Christ. 1 SEE what a living Stone,
Ver. 1, 2, 3. The builders did refuse ;
1 BLEST are the undefil'd in heart, Yet God has built his church thercon,
Whose ways are right and clean ; In spite of envious Jews.
Who never from thy law depart, 2 The scribe and angry priest
But Ay from ev'ry sin. Reject thine only Son ;
2 Blest are the men that keep thy word, Yet on this Rock shall Zion rest,
And practise thy commands: As the chief corner-stone.
With their whole heart they seek the
Lord, 3 The work, O Lord, is thine, And wondrous in our eyes ;
And serve thee with their hands. This day declares it all divine,
Ver. 165. This day did Jesus rise.
3 Great is their peace who love thy law; 4. This is the glorious day
How firm their souls abide ! That our Redoemer made;
Nor can a bold temptation draw Let us rejoice, and sing and pray ;
Their steady feet aside. Let all the church be glad.
Ver. 6. Hosanna to the King
4 Then shall my heart have inward joy, Of David's royal blood;
And keep my face from shame, Bless him, ye saints; He comes to bring
When all thy statutes I obey, Salvation from your God.
And honour all thy name. We bless thine holy word,
Ver. 21, 118. Which all this grace displays;
5 But haughty sinners God will hate ; And offer on thine altar, Lord,
The proud shall die accurst: Our sacrifice of praise.
The sons of falsehood and deceit
Are trodden to the dust. PSALM CXVIII. 22—27. (L. M.]
Ver. 119, 155.
6 Vile as the dross the wicked are; An hosanna for the Lord's-day:.or, a
And those that leave thy ways new song of salvation by Christ. Shall see salvation from afar,
But never taste thy grace. 1 LO! what a glorious corner-stone
The Jewish builders did refuse? But God hath built his church thereon,
PSALM CXIX. PART II. In spite of envy and the Jews. Secret devotion and spiritual minded9 Great God, the work is all divine,
ness : or, constant converse with. The joy and wonder of our eyes ;
Ver. 147, 55. This is the day that proves it thine, 1 TO thee, before the dawning ligbt,
.The day that saw our Saviour rise. My gracious God, I pray ; 3 Sinners rejoice, and saints be glad :
I meditate thy name by night, Hosanna ; let his name be blest;
And keep thy law by day.
Thy promise bears me up;
And while salvation long delays, Let the whole church address their Thy word supports my hope. King,
Ver. 164. With hearts of joy, and songs of 3 Seven times a day I lift my hands, praise,
And pay my thanks to thee :
Thy righteous providence demands
Ver. 104, 113. Repeated praise from me.
5 Thy precepts, make me'truly wise ; Ver. 62.
I hate the sinner's road : 4 When tidnight darknessveils the skies, I hate my own vain thoughts that rise, I call thy works to mind :
But love thy law, my God. My thoughts in warm devotion rise,
Ver. 89, 90, 91. And sweet acceptance find.
6 [The starry heav'ns thy rule obey. PSALM CXIX. Part III.
And earth maintains her place;
And these thy servants night and day Professions of sincerity, repentance and Thy skill and pow'r express. obedience.
7 But still thy law and gospel, Lord, Ver. 57, 60.
Have lessons more divine: i THOU art my portion, O my God; Not earth stands firmer than thy word, Soon as I know thy way,
Nor stars so nobly shine.]
Ver. 160, 140, 9, 116.
8 Thy word is everlasting truth, 9 ) chuse the path of heav'nly truth,
How pure is ev'ry page ? And glory in my choice:
That holy book shall guide our youth, Not all the riches of the earth
And well support our age.
PSALM CXIX. PART V.
Delight in scripture; or, The word of Thence I derive my daily strength,
God dwelling in us.
1 O HOW I love thy holy law! 4 If once I wander from thy path,
'Tis daily my delight; "I think upon my ways;
And thence my meditations draw
2 My waking eyes prevent the day
To meditate thy word;
My soul with longing melts away
To hear thy gospel, Lord.
Ver. 3, 13, 34. 6 Thou hast inclin'd this heart of mine
3 How doth thy word my heart engage! Thy statutes to fulfil ;
How well employ my tongue' And thus till mortal life shall end And in my tiresome pilgrimage Would I perform thy will.
Yields me a heav'nly song.
Ver. 19, 103.
4 Am I a stranger, or at home, Instruction from scripture.
"Tis my perpetual feast;
Not honey dropping from the comb Ver. 9.
So much allures the taste.
Ver. 72, 127.
For loads of silver well-refin'd,
Nor heaps of choicest gold. Ver. 30. 7 When once it enters to the mind,
Ver. 28, 49, 175. It spreads such light abroad,
6 When nature sinks and spirits droop, The meanest souls instruction find, Thy promises of grace And raise their thoughts to God.
Are pillars to support my hope,
And there I write thy praise.
PSALM CXIX. PART VI,
Holiness and comfort from the word
Ver. 128. 4 The men that keep thy law with care, i LORD, I esteein thy judgments right And meditate thy word,
And all thy statutes just; Grow wiser than their teachers are, Thence I maintain a constant fight And better know the Lord.
With ev'ry flatt'ring lust.
, Ver. 97, 9,
4 The best relief that mourners have, : Thy precepts often I survey;
It makes our sorrows blest; I keep thy law in sight,
Our fairest hope beyond the grave, Thro' all the business of the day,
And our eternal rest. To form my actions right.
PSALM CXIX. Part IX.
Desire of knowledge : or, The teachings
Ver. 64, 68, 18.
I THY mercies fill the earth, O Lord, 4 And when my spirit drinks her fill
How good thy works appear! At some good word of thine,
Open mine eyes to read thy word,
Ver. 78, 125.
My service is thy due:
O make thy servant understand
The duties he must do.
3 Since I'm a stranger here below, To form one rfect book
Let not thy path be hid; Great God, if once compar'd with thine,
But mark the road my feet should go, How mean their writings look!
And be my constant guide. 2 Not the most perfect rules they gave
my. soul complain; But thine conduct to heav'n.
Grant me the teachings of thy grace, 3 I've seen an end of what we call
Or I shall stray again. Perfection here below;
Ver. 33, 34. How short the pow'rs of nature fall,
5 If God to me his statutes shew, And can no farther go :
And heav'nly truth impart, 4 Yet men would fain be just with God
His work for ever l’U pursue, By works their hands have wrought;
His law shall rule my heart. But thy commands, exceeding broad,
Ver. 50, 71. Extend to ev'ry thought.
6 This was my comfort when I bore 5 Jo vain we boast perfection here,
Variety of grief; While sin defiles our frame,
It made me learn thy word the more, And sinks our virtues down so far,
And fly to that relief. They scarce deserve the name.
Ver. 51. 6 Our faith and love, and ev'ry grace
7 [In vain the proud deride me now; Fall far below thy word;
I'll ne'er forget thy law, But perfect truth and righteousness
Nor let that blessed gospel go, Dwell only with the Lord.
Whence all my hopes I draw.
Ver. 27, 171.
I'll teach the world his ways;
PSALM CXIX. PART X.
Pleading the promises.
Ver. 38, 49.
Devoted to thy fear; And keep thy laws in sight,
Remember and confirm thy word, While thro the promises I rove
For all my hopes are there. With ever-fresh delight.
Ver. 41, 58, 107. 3 'Tis a broad land of wealth unknown, 2 Hast thou not writ salvation down, Where springs of life arise,
And promis'd quick’ning grace? Seeds of immortal bliss are sown, Doth not my heart address thy throne And bidden glory lies.
And yet thy love delays.
Ver. 123, 42.
Ver. 82. 3 Mine eyes for thy salvation fail ; My eyes with expectation fail, O bear thy servant up;
My heart within me cries, Nor let the scoffing lips prevail,
“ When will the Lord his truth fulfil, Who dare reproach my hope.
“ And make my comforts rise?” Ver, 49, 74.
Ver. 132. 4 Didst thou not raise my faith, O Lord? || 5 Look down upon my sorrows, Lord, Then let thy truth appear :
And shew thy grace the same,
To those that love thy name.
PSALM CXIX. PART XIII.
1 WITH my whole heart I've sought thy 1 0 That the Lord would guide my ways face, To keep his statutes still!
O let me never stray
Nor tread the sinner's way!
Ver. 11. 2 O send thy Spirit down to write
2 Thy word I've hid within my heart Thy law upon my heart!
To keep my conscience clean,
And be an everlasting guard
From ev'ry rising sin.
Ver. 63, 63, 158.
Who fear and love the Lord;
My sorrows rise, my nature faints,
When men transgress thy word.
Ver. 161, 163, - Order my footsteps by thy word, 4 While sinners do thy gospel wrong, And make my heart sincere ;
My spirit stands in awe:
But loves thy righteous law,
Ver. 161, 120.
3 My heart with sacred rev'rence hears Yet since I've not forgot thy way,
The threat’nings of thy.word:
My flesh with holy trembling fears
Ver. 166, 174 6 Make me to walk in thy commands,
6 My God, I long, I hope, I wait 'Tis a delightful road;
For thy salvation still;
And I obey thy will.
PSALM CXIX. PART XIV. . Breathing after comfort and deliver-Benefit of afflictions, and support under
them. Ver. 153.
Ver. 153, 81, 82. 1 MY God, consider my distress, 1 CONSIDER all
my sorrows, Lord, Let mercy plead my, cause;
And thy deliv'rance send :
When will my troubles end?
Ver. 71. 2 Forbid, forbid the sharp reproach 2 Yet I have found 'tis good for me Which I so justly fear;
To bear my Father's rod;
Afflictions make me learn thy law,
And live upon my God.
When new distress begins,
And hate my former sins.