Lord’s Day 5, 2017
I was glad when they said to me, “Let us go to the house of the Lord.”
Those who trust in the Lord
Are as Mount Zion, which cannot be moved but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
So the Lord surrounds His people
From this time forth and forever.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest upon the land of the righteous,
So that the righteous will not put forth their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good
And to those who are upright in their hearts.
But as for those who turn aside to their crooked ways,
The Lord will lead them away with the doers of iniquity.
Peace be upon Israel.
Paraphrases on Select Parts of Holy Writ
Para. XII. The cxxvth Psalm.
Augustus Toplady (1740–1778)
Who, Lord, confide in thee,
And in thy faith endure,
Shall as Mount Sion be,
Immoveable and sure:
As Christ their rock, unshook, unmov’d;
Of God eternally belov’d.
The rising mountains stand
So God’s almighty hand,
Guards us who trust in him:
We never will of safety doubt,
While he shall compass us about.
Ye souls who stand in God,
Whom Jesus’ blood hath bought,
The guilty sinner’s rod
Shall never be your lot:
Ye shall not fall, upheld by grace,
Nor put your hands to wickedness.
The upright men in heart
Jehovah will defend;
Will not from them depart,
But love them to the end:
He will do well, O saints, to you,
The Lord will never let you go.
But such as will forsake
The happy path of peace,
Deceivers, that turn back
To their own wickedness,
The double wrath of God shall feel,
And sink unpardon’d into hell.
While they who hear his call,
And plead a Saviour’s blood,
Shall reign in joy with all
The ransom’d ones of God
Peace upon Israel shall come,
To endless glory gather’d home.
—The Complete Works of Augustus Toplady (Sprinkle Publications, 1987).
Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
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if you can possibly help it.
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