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Lord’s Day 39, 2008

I reioyced, when they sayd to me, We wil go into the house of the Lord. (Psalme 122:1)

A Song of Praise for Deliverance
by John Mason (1645–1694)


I that I am drawn out of the depth,
Will sing upon the shore;
I that in hill’s dark suburbs lay,
Pure mercy will adore.

The terrors of the living God
My soul did so affright,
I feared lest I should be condemned
To an eternal night.

Kind was the pity of my friends,
But could not ease my smart;
Their words, indeed, did reach my case,
But could not reach my heart.

Ah, then, what was this world to me,
To whom God’s Word was dark;
Who in my dungeon could not see
One beam or shining spark?

What, then, were all the creatures’ smiles,
When the Creator frowned?
My days were nights, my life was death,
My being was my wound.

Tortured and racked with hellish fears,
When God the blow should give;
Mine eyes did fail, my heart did sink;
Then mercy bid me live.

God’s furnace doth in Zion stand,
But Zion’s God sits by;
As the refiner views his gold
With an observant eye,

God’s thoughts are high, His love is wise,
His wounds a cure intend;
And though He doth not always smile,
He loves unto the end.

Thy love is constant to its line,
Though clouds oft come between;
Oh, could my faith but pierce these clouds,
It might be always seen.

But I am weak, and forced to cry,
Take up my soul to Thee;
Then, as Thou ever art the same,
So shall I ever be.

Then shall I ever, ever sing,
While Thou dost ever shine;
I have Thine own dear pledge for this,
Lord Thou art ever mine.

Worthy Is the Lamb (Soli Deo Gloria, 2004).

Psalme 7 (Geneva Bible) Shigaion of Dauid, which he sang unto the Lord,
concerning the wordes of Chush the sonne of Iemini.

1 O Lord my God, in thee I put my trust: saue me from all that persecute me, and deliuer me,
2 Least he deuoure my soule like a lion, and teare it in pieces, while there is none to helpe.
3 O Lord my God, if I haue done this thing, if there be any wickednes in mine handes,
4 If I haue rewarded euill vnto him that had peace with mee, (yea I haue deliuered him that vexed me without cause)
5 Then let the enemie persecute my soule and take it: yea, let him treade my life downe vpon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O Lord, in thy wrath, and lift vp thy selfe against the rage of mine enemies, and awake for mee according to the iudgement that thou hast appointed.
7 So shall the Congregation of the people compasse thee about: for their sakes therefore returne on hie.
8 The Lord shall iudge the people: Iudge thou me, O Lord, according to my righteousnesse, and according to mine innocencie, that is in mee.
9 Oh let the malice of the wicked come to an ende: but guide thou the iust: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reines.
10 My defence is in God, who preserueth the vpright in heart.
11 God iudgeth the righteous, and him that contemneth God euery day.
12 Except he turne, he hath whet his sword: he hath bent his bowe and made it readie.
13 Hee hath also prepared him deadly weapons: hee will ordeine his arrowes for them that persecute me.
14 Beholde, hee shall trauaile with wickednes: for he hath conceiued mischiefe, but he shall bring foorth a lye.
15 Hee hath made a pitte and digged it, and is fallen into the pit that he made.
16 His mischiefe shall returne vpon his owne head, and his crueltie shall fall vpon his owne pate.
17 I wil praise the Lord according to his righteousnes, and will sing praise to the Name of the Lord most high.

Grace be with you, and Peace from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

Posted 2008·09·28 by David Kjos
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