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3 I know thy judgments, Lord, are right,
Thy ways are just when understood,
Afflictions only work our good. 4 Thy mercies are divinely free,
Thou canst repenting souls forgive;
And let the mourning sinner live.
And injur'd me without a cause;
I love and keep thy sacred laws.
fear and trust, For God has heard my plaintive sigh,
And rais'd me sorrowing from the dust. Mine heart is in his statutes sound,
I'm not asham'd before his face, Reproach shall ne'er my soul confound, For all my hope is sovreign grace.
PSALM 119. Part 11. C. M.
Importunity and faith. 1 ATTEND, O God, to my complaints,
And let my prayer prevail; My soul for thy salvation faints.
Mine eyes with sorrow fail. 2 How numerous are my days of grief,
How pressing are my woes; Make haste, O Lord, to my relief,
And save me from my foes. 3 The proud have laid a thousand snares,
And made their party strong, Oppos'd to God the sinner dares To do his followers wrong.
4 Yet thy commands are just and true;
All heaven thy ways approve;
And all my guilt remove.
When foes around me stood;
And found thy counsels good.
Revive my drooping heart,
PSALM 119. Part 12. C. M.
God perfect, man not so. 1 FOR ever, Lord, thy word abides,
And earth securely stands,
Are settled by thine hands.
With steady course proceed;
For thou hast so decreed.
And show thy power and skill;
And must perform thy will.
When darkness o'er me spread,
Had perish'd with the dead.
A pure and quickening flame;
6 I've seen an end of what we call,
The pefect and the just,
How fraii is sinful dust.
And pass the Savior by,
True wisdom. 10, HOW I love the holy law,
'Tis daily my delight,
Divine advice by night.
I profit by the rod,
For saints are taught of God.
And all the seas explore;
For God has taught them more.
A lesson so divine;
His righteousness is mine.
Is knowledge well refin'd,
Such wisdom to the mind.
I sought his ways in haste;
Like honey to my taste. • Ancients, natural men old and wise, unregenerate philosophers.
7 I would his precepts understand,
And learn to know my soul;
PSALM 119. Part 14. C. M. Direction and comfort from the word. I THY word, O God, is all my light,
To mark my doubtful way,
And shines as bright as day.
To keep thine holy law;
My spirit stands in awe.
I need thy quickening powers,
Shall cheer my darkest hours. 4 Accept my thanks, eternal King,
For all thy favors shown,
To make thy goodness known. 5 I chuse the Savior for my party
I count the world but dross,
To hover round the cross,
Thy statutes to fulfill,
PSALM 119. Part 15. L. M.
Vain thoughts complained of., 1 I LOVE thy law, my dearest Lord,
And would my wand'ring mind control,
But thoughts atrocious* and abhorr'd,
Rise and preplex my troubled soul. 2 God is my shield and hiding place,
When Satan throws his fiery darts,
What heavenly joy his word imparts 3 Away from me, ye sons of strife,
Nor touch me with your bloody hands, I love my Savior more than life,
And must obey his just commands.
A feeble conquerer in his name,
* Nor puts a living hope to shame.
As on the serpent first he trod;
And trembles at the 'incarnate God.
And in the cause of Satan join,
When sever'd from the golden coin. :7 My trembling flesh and spirit fear
The judgments of that awful day,
PSALM 119. Part 16. L. M. The wickedness of man complained of., "I LORD, I have truth and justice done,
I yet to truth and justice cleave;
Nor me to mine oppressors leave.