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Who saves the harmless, and to me
PSALM CXVIII. O Praise the Lord, for he is good,
His mercies ne'er decay; That his kind favours ever last, Let thankful Israel say. 3, 4 Their sense of his eternal love Let Aaron’s house express; “And that it never fails, let all That fear the Lord confess. 5 To God I made my humble moan, With troubles quite opprest; And he releas'd me from my straits, And granted my request. 6 Since therefore God does on my side So graciously appear; Why should the vain attempts of men Possess my soul with fear? 7 Since God with those that aid my cause Vouchsafes my part to take., To all my foes I need not doubt A iust return to make. 8, 9 For better ’tis to trust in God, And have the Lord our friend,
Than on the greatest human power
| 17 Godwill not suffer me to fall,
But still prolongs my days; That, by declaring all his works, I may advance his praise. 18 When God had sorely me chastis'd, Till quite of hopes bereav'd, His mercy from the gates of death My fainting life repriev’d. 19 Then open wide the temple-gates, To which the just repair, That I may enter in, and praise My great Deliv'rer there. 20, 31. Within those gates of God’s abode, To which the righteous press, Since thou hast heard, and set me safe, Thy holy name I’ll bless. 22, 23 That which the builders once refus’d, Is now the corner stone; This is the wondrous work of God, The work of God alone. 24, 25 This day is God's; let all the land Exalt their cheerful voice; Lord, we beseech thee, save us now, And make us still rejoice. 26 Him that approaches in God's name, Let all th'assembly bless; “We that belong to God’s own house “Have wish’d you good success.” 27 God is the Lord, through whom we all Both light and comfort find; Fast to the altar's horn, with cords, The chosen victim bind. 28 Thou art my Lord, O God, and still I’ll praise thy holy name; Because thou only art my God, I’ll celebrate thy fame. 29 O then with me give thanks to God, Who still does gracious prove; And let the tribute of our praise Be endless as his love. PSALM CXIX. ...ALEPH. OW bless'd are they, who always keep The pure and perfect way! Who never from the sacred paths
Of God's commandments stray!
2 How bless'd, who to his righteous laws Have still obedient been! And have with fervent humble zeal His favour sought to win! . 3 Such men their utmost caution use To shun each wicked deed; But in the path which he directs 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. 5 O then that thy most holy will Might o'er my ways preside, And is the course of all my life By thy direction guide! 6 Then with assurance should I walk, From all confusion free; Convinc'd, with joy, that all my ways With thy commands agree. 7 My uprightheart 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 All due observance pay; O then forsake me not, my God, Nor cast me quite away.
9 How shall the young preserve their ways, From all pollution free ? By making still their course of life With thy commands agree. 10. With hearty zeal for thee I seek, To thee for succour pray; O suffer not my careless steps From thy right paths to stray. 11 Safe in my heart, and closely hid, Thy word, my treasure lies; To succour me with timely aid, When sinful thoughts arise. 12 Secur’d by that, my grateful soul Shall ever bless thy name; O teach me then by thy just laws * future life to frame. 13 My lips, unlock'd by pious zeal, To others have declar’d How well the judgments of thy mouth Deserve our best regard. 14 Whilst in the way of thy commands More solid joy I found, Than had I been with vast increase Of envy'd riches crown'd. 15 Therefore thy just and upright laws Shall always fill my mind; And those sound rules, which thou prescrib'st, All due respect shall find. 16 To keep thy statutes undefac’d Shall be my constant joy; The strict remembrance of thy word Shall all my thoughts employ.
17 Begracious to thy servant, Losd,
19 Though, like astranger in the land,
25 My soul, oppress'd with deadly care, Close to the dust does cleave; Revive me, Lord, and let me now Thy promis'd aid receive. 26 To thee I still declar'd my ways, And thou inclin'st thine ear; O teach me then my future life By thy just laws to steer. 27. If thou wilt make me know thy laws, And by their guidance walk, The wondrous works which thou hast done Shall be my constant talk. 28 But see, my soul within me sinks, Press'd down with weighty care; Do thou, according to thy word, My wasted strength repair. 29 Far, far from me be all false ways And lying arts remov’d; But kindly grant I still may keep The path by thee approv’d. 30 Thy faithful ways, thou God of truth, My happy choice l’ve made; Thy judgments, as my rule of life, Before me always laid. 31 My care has been to make my life With thy commands agree; 0 then preserve thy servant, Lord, From shame and ruin free. 32 So in the way of thy commands Shall I with pleasure run, And, with a heart enlarg’d with joy, Successfully go on.
36 Do thou to thy most just commands
41 Thy constant blessing, Lord, bestow, To cheer my drooping heart; To me, according to thy word, Thy saving health impart. 42 So shall I, when my foes upbraid, This ready answer make; * In God I trust, who never will “His faithful promise break.” 43 Then let not quite the word of truth Be from my mouth remov’d; Since still my ground of steadfast hope Thy just decrees have prov’d. 44. So | to keep thy righteous laws Will all my study bend; From age to age my time to come In their observance spend. 45 Ere long I trust to walk at large, From all incumbranee free; Since I resolve to make my fife With thy commands agree. 46 Thy laws shall be my constant talk; And princes shall attend, Whilst I the justice of thy ways With confidence defend. 47. My longing heart and ravish'd soul Shall both o'erflow with joy, When in thy lov’d commandments I My happy hours employ. 48 Theu will I to thy just decrees List up my willing hands; My care and business then shall be To study thy commands.
53 Sometimes I stand amaz'd, like one
57 O Lord, my God, my portion thou.
65 With me, thy servant, thou hast dealt Most graciously, O Lord; Repeated benefits bestow'd, According to thy word. 66 Teach me the sacred skill, by which Right judgment is attain'd, Who in belief of thy commands Have steadfastly remain'd. 67. Before affliction stopp'd my course, My foot-steps went astray; But I have since been disciplin'd Thy precepts to obey. 68 Thou art, O Lord, supremely good, And all thou dost is so; On me, thy statutes to discern, Thy saving skill bestow. 69. The proud have forg'd malicious lies, ‘My spotless fame to stain; , But my fix’d heart, without reserve,
Thy precepts shall retain.
73 To me, who am the workmanship
31 My soul with long expectance faints _To see thy saving grace; Yet still on thy unerring word My confidence I place. 82 My very eyes consume and fail With waiting for thy word; 0' when wilt thou thy kind relief And promis'd aid afford! 83. My skin like shrivel’d parchment shows, That long in smoke is set; Yet no affliction me can force Thy statutes to forget. 34. How many days must I endure Of sorrow and distress When wilt thou judgment execute On them who me oppress 85. The proud have digg’d a pit for me, That have no other foes, But such as are averse to thee, And thy just laws oppose. 86 With sacred truth’s eternal laws All thy commands agree; Men persecute me without cause: Thou, liqrd, my helper be.
89 For ever and for ever, Lord,
97 The love that to thy laws I bear No language can display; They § fresh wonders entertain * ravish'd thoughts all day. 98 Through thy commands I wiser grow Than all my subtile foes; For thy sure word doth me direct, And all my ways dispose. 99 From me my former teachers now May abler counsel take; Because thy sacred precepts I My constant study make. 100 in understanding I excel The sages of our days; Because by thy unerring rules I order all my ways. 101 My feet with care I have refrain’d From every sinful way, That to thy sacred ... I might Entire obedience pay. 102 I have not from thy judgments stray’d, By vain desires misled; For, Lord, thou hast instructed me Thy righteous paths to tread. 103 How sweet are all thy words to me." O what divine repast!
How much more grateful to my sou? Than honey to my taste!
105 Thy word is to my feet a lamp,
113 Deceitful thoughts and practices I utterly detest; But to thy law affection bear Too great to be exprest. 114 My hiding-place, my refuge-tower, And shield art thou, O Lord; I firmly anchor all my hopes On thy unerring word. 115 Hence, ye that trade in wickedness, Approach not my abode; For firmly I resolve to keep The precepts of my God. 116. According to thy gracious word, From danger set me free; Nor make me of those hopes asham’d, That I repose in thee. 117 Uphold me, so shall I be safe, And rescu'd from distress; To thy decrees continually My just respect address. 118. The wicked thou hast trod to earth, Who from thy statutes stray’d; Their vile deceit the just reward Of their own falsehood made. 119. The wicked from thy holy land Thou dost like dross remove; I therefore, with such justice charm’d, Thy testimonies love. 120 Yet with that love they make me dread, Lest I should so offend, When on transgressors I behold Thy judgments thus descend.
121 Judgment and justice I have lov’d;
129 The wonders which thy laws contain
TS.A.D D.A. 137 Thou art the righteous Judge, in whom
Wrong'd innocenee may trust;