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PSALM 119. First Part. C. M.
. The blessedness of saints, and misery of sinners. 1 BLEST are the undefil'd in heart,
ways are right and clean ; Who never from thy law depart,
But fly from ev'ry sin. 2 Blest are the men that keep thy word,
And practise thy commands With their whole heart they seek the Lord,
And serve him with their hands. 3 Great is their peace who love thy law,
How firm their souls abide ! Nor can a bold temptation draw
Their steady feet aside. 4 Then shall my heart have inward joy,
And keep my face from shame; When all thy statutes I obey,
And honour all thy name. 5 But haughty sinners God will hate ;
The proad shall die accurst : The sons of falsehood and deceit
Are trodden to the dust.
And those that leave thy ways
My gracious God, I pray; I meditate thy name by night,
And keep thy law by day. 2 My spirit faints to see thy grace,
Thy promise bears me up;
And, while salvation long delays,
Thy word supports my hope.
And pay my thanks to thee:
Repeated praise from me. 4 When midnight darkness veils the skies,
I call thy works to mind;
: THOU art my portion, O my God:
Soon as I know thy way,
And suffers no delay.
And glory in my choice:
Could make me so rejoice. 3 The testimonies of thy grace,
I set before mine eyes;
And there my comfort lies.
I think upon my ways;
And trust thy pard’ning grace. 5 Now I am thine, for ever thine,
O save thy servant, Lord !
Thy statutes to fulfil :
And thus, 'till mortal life shall end,
Would I perform thy will.
Instruction from scripture. 1 1 How shall the young secure their hearts,
And guard their lives from sin ? Thy word the choicest rules imparts
To keep the conscience clean. 2 When once it penetrates the mind,
It spreads such light abroad; The meanest souls instruction find,
And raise their thoughts to God. 3 'Tis, like the sun, a heav'nly light
That guides us all the day :
A lamp to lead our way.
And meditate thy word,
And better know the Lord.
I hate the sinner's road :
But love thy law, my God.
The earth maintains her place :
Thy skill and pow'r express.
Give lessons more divine;
Nor stars so nobly shine.
is ey’ry page!
That holy book shall guide our youth,
Delight in scripture.
HOW I love thy holy law!
'Tis daily my delight:
Divine advice by night.
To meditate thy word :
To hear_thy gospel, Lord.
How well employ my tongue !
'Tis my perpetual feast;
So much allures the taste.
Nor shall thy word be sold
Nor heaps of choicest gold.
Thy promises of grace
Sixth Part. C. M.
And all thy statutes just;
2 Thy precepts often I survey ;
I keep thy laws in sight,
To form my actions right. .
“ How sweet thy comforts be!" My thoughts in holy wonder rise,
And bring their thanks to thee.
At some good word of thine ;
PSALM 119. Seventh Part. C. M.
ET all the heathen writers join,
To form one perfect book ;
How mean their writings look !
Could show one sin forgiv'n ;
But thine conduct to heav'n.
Perfection here below:
And can no farther go. 4. Yet men would fain be just with God,
By works their hands have wrought; But thy commands, exceeding broad,
Extend to ev'ry thought.
While sin defiles our frame;
They scarce deserve the name.