Psalm 118

Words: Isaac Watts
Note: Watts did not do a complete version of this Psalm in a single metre,
but he did create several shorter hymns from portions of the psalm.


v. 6--15. PART 1.
Deliverance from a tumult.

   1  The Lord appears my helper now,
         Nor is my faith afraid.
      What all the sons of earth can do,
         Since heav'n affords its aid.

   2  'Tis safer, Lord, to hope in thee,
         And have my God my friend,
      Than trust in men of high degree,
         And on their truth depend.

   3  Like bees, my foes beset me round,
         A large and angry swarm;
      But I shall all their rage confound
         By thine almighty arm.

   4  'Tis through the Lord my heart is strong,
         In him my lips rejoice;
      While his salvation is my song,
         How cheerful is my voice!

   5  Like angry bees, they girt me round;
         When God appears they fly;
      So burning thorns, with crackling sound,
         Make a fierce blaze and die.

   6  Joy to the saints and peace belongs;
         The Lord protects their days:
      Let Isr'el tune immortal songs
         To his almighty grace.
v. 17--21. PART 2.
Public praise for deliverance from death.

   1  Lord, thou hast heard thy servant cry
         And rescued from the grave;
      Now shall he live; and none can die,
         If God resolve to save.

   2  Thy praise, more constant than before,
         Shall fill his daily breath;
      Thy hand, that hath chastised him sore,
         Defends him still from death.

   3  Open the gates of Zion now,
         For we shall worship there;
      The house where all the righteous go
         Thy mercy to declare.

   4  Among th' assemblies of thy saints
         Our thankful voice we raise;
      There we have told thee our complaints,
         And there we speak thy praise.

v. 22, 25. PART 3.
Christ the foundation of his church.

   1  Behold the sure foundation-stone
         Which God in Zion lays,
      To build our heav'nly hopes upon,
         And his eternal praise.

   2  Chosen of God, to sinners dear,
         And saints adore the name;
      They trust their whole salvation here,
         Nor shall they suffer shame.

   3  The foolish builders, scribe and priest,
         Reject it with disdain;
      Yet on this Rock the church shall rest,
         And envy rage in vain.

   4  What though the gates of hell withstood,
         Yet must this building rise;
      'Tis thy own work, almighty God,
         And wondrous in our eyes.
v. 24--26. Part 4.
Hosanna; the Lord's day: or, 
Christ's resurrection and our salvation.

   1  This is the day the Lord hath made,
         He calls the hours his own;
      Let heav'n rejoice, let earth be glad,
         And praise surround the throne.

   2  To-day he rose and left the dead,
         And Satan's empire fell;
      To-day the saints his triumphs spread,
         And all his wonders tell.

   3  Hosanna to th' anointed King,
         To David's holy Son;
      Help us, O Lord; descend and bring
         Salvation from thy throne.

   4  Blessed be the Lord, who comes to men
         With messages of grace;
      Who comes in God his Father's name
         To save our sinful race.

   5  Hosanna in the highest strains
         The church on earth can raise;
      The highest heav'ns, in which he reigns,
         Shall give him nobler praise.

 v. 22--27
A, hosanna for the Lord's day, or
A new song of salvation by Christ.

   1     See what a living stone
         The builders did refuse;
      Yet God hath built his church thereon,
         In spite of envious Jews.

   2     The scribe and angry priest
         Reject thine only Son;
      Yet on this Rock shall Zion rest,
         As the chief corner-stone.

   3     The work, O Lord, is thine,
         And wondrous in our eyes;
      This day declares it all divine,
         This day did Jesus rise.

   4     This is the glorious day
         That our Redeemer made;
      Let us rejoice, and sing, and pray,
         Let all the church be glad.

   5     Hosanna to the King
         Of David's royal blood;
      Bless him, ye saints, he comes to bring
         Salvation from your God.

   6     We bless thine holy word,
         Which all this grace displays;
      And offer on thine altar, Lord,
         Our sacrifice of praise.

v. 22--27.
An hosanna for the Lord's day, 
or, A new song of salvation by Christ.

   1  Lo! what a glorious corner-stone
      The Jewish builders did refuse;
      But God hath built his church thereon,
      In spite of envy and the Jews.

   2  Great God, the work is all divine,
      The joy and wonder of our eyes;
      This is the day that proves it thine,
      The day that saw our Savior rise.

   3  Sinners, rejoice; and saints, be glad;
      Hosanna, let his name be blessed;
      A thousand honors on his head,
      With peace, and light, and glory rest!

   4  In God's own name he comes to bring
      Salvation to our dying race;
      Let the whole church address their King
      With hearts of joy and songs of praise.

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