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20 According to my righteousness,
he did me recompense ; He me repaid according to
my hands' pure innocence. 21 For I God's ways kept, from my God
did not turn wickedly. 22 His judgments were before me, I
his laws put not from me. 23 Sincere before him was my heart,
with him upright was I, And watchfully I kept myself
from mine iniquity.
hath recompensed me,
appearing in his eye.
to upright men upright. 26 Pure to the pure, froward thou kyth'st
unto the froward wig'it.
in grief that low do lie :
of them whose looks are high. 28 The Lord will light my candle so, . that it shall shine full bright : The Lord my God will also make
my darkness to be light. ' 29 By thiee through troops of men I break,
and them discomfit all :
I overleap a wall.
the Lord his word is try'd :
- He is a buckler to all those
who do in him confide. 31 Who but the Lord is God ? but he
who is a rock and stay? 32 'Tis God that girdeth me with strength,
and perfect makes my way. 33 He made my feet swift as the hind's,
set me on my high places. 3+ Mine hands to war he taught, mine arms,
brake bows of steel in pieces. 33 The shield of my salvation
Thou didst on me bestow :
thy kindness made me grow.
enlarged under me;
· are kept from sliding free. B7 mine en’mies I pursued have,
. and did them overtake : Nor did I turn again, till I
an end of them did make. 38 I wounded them, they could not rise ;
. they at my feet did fall. 39 Thou girdest me with strength for war :
my foes thou brought'st down all. 40 And thou hast given to me the necks
of all mine enemies :
who did against me rise.
that would or could them save : Yea, they did cry unto the Lord, but he no answer gave.
42 Then did I beat them small as dus;
before the wind that flies :
upon the street that lies. 43 Thou mad'st me free from people's strife,
and heathen's head to be :
shall service do to me.
to me they shall submit. 45 Strangers for fear shall fade away,
who in close places sit. 46 God lives, bless'd be my rock: the God
of my health praised be. 47 God doth avenge me, and subdues
the people under me.
yea, thou hast lifted me
of vi’lence set me free.
the heathen folk among :
sing praises in a song.
he mercy doth extend
and his seed without end.
To the chie, Musiciun. A Psalm of David. Now the books of God were opened, not for my trial and condemnation in the last judgment, but for my in$?!!ction. Let my soul look and read therein. (1) The book of creation and providence, in which all the works of God instruct mankind in general, concerning the eternal wisdom, power and goodness, of their Maker, ver. 1-6. (2) The book of inspiration, the sure, the right, the pure, the true, the perfect and powerful ora. cles of which instruct, convert, comfort, and warm the members of the church ; and in keeping of which there is an exceeding great and everlasting reward of glory obtained, ver. 7-11. (3) What conviction of sin! What supplication for pardon of it, and preservation from it ; and for the acceptance of our duties through Jesus'blood, doth or ought to ensue upon a proper perusal of these volumes of heaven, ver. 12-14.
While I sing these matters, let me, conscious of my own ignorance and folly, in all things consult the mind of God. Let me blush that my experience of the powerful influences of God's word is so scanty; and that in me, still dwell such fearful remains of sinful corruption : Let me cry mightily to God, for the subduing and destruction thereof. THE heav'ns God's glory do declare :
I the skies his hand-works preach. 2. Day utters speech to day, and night
to night doth knowledge teach. 3 There is no speech, nor tongue, to which
their voice doth not extend. 4 Their line is gone through all the earth,
their words to the world's end. In them he set the sun a tent, 5 Who bridegroom-like forth goes From's chamber, as a strong man doth,
to run his race, rejoice.
circling to th’ end again :
that hidden doth remain.
the soul in sin that lies :
God's testimony is most sure,
and makes the simple wise.
and do rejoice the heart :
light to the eyes impart.
and doth endure for ever :
and righteous altogether. 10 They more than gold, yea, much fine gold,
to be desired are :
that droppeth, sweeter far.
how he his life should frame : A great reward provided is
for them that keep the same. 12 Who can his errors understand ?
O cleanse thou me within 13 From secret faults. Thy servant keep
from all presumptuous sin;
dominion over me :
I from much sin shall be. 14 The words which from my mouth proceed;
the thoughts sent from my heart, Accept, O Lord; for thou my strength
and my redeemer art.
To the chief Musician. A Psalm of DAVID. Probably this Psalm was composed to be a prayer for