Psalm 34

Words: Isaac Watts
Note: Two versions on this page, the first is the Long Metre version
          A second, Common Metre version follows the first version.
The subtitles before each part are Watts'.


Part 1
God's care of the saints; or, Deliverance by prayer.   
   1  Lord, I will bless thee all my days,
      Thy praise shall dwell upon my tongue;
      My soul shall glory in thy grace,
      While saints rejoice to hear the song.

   2  Come, magnify the Lord with me,
      Come, let us all exalt his name;
      I sought th'eternal God, and he
      Has not exposed my hope to shame.

   3  I told him all my secret grief,
      My secret groaning reached his ears;
      He gave my inward pains relief;
      And calmed the tumult of my fears.

   4  To him the poor lift up their eyes,
      Their faces feel the heav'nly shine;
      A beam of mercy from the skies
      Fills them with light and joy divine.

   5  His holy angels pitch their tents
      Around the men that serve the Lord;
      O fear and love him, all his saints,
      Taste of' his grace, and trust his word.

   6  The wild young lions, pinched with pain
      And hunger, roar through all the wood;
      But none shall seek the Lord in vain,
      Nor want supplies of real good.

PART 2  v.11--22. 
Religious education; or, Instructions of piety.

   1  Children, in years and knowledge young,
      Your parents' hope, your parents' joy,
      Attend the counsels of my tongue,
      Let pious thoughts your minds employ.

   2  If you desire a length of days,
      And peace to crown your mortal state,
      Restrain your feet from impious ways,
      Your lips from slander and deceit.

   3  The eyes of God regard his saints,
      His ears are open to their cries;
      He sets his frowning face against
      The sons of violence anti lies.

   4  To humble souls and broken hearts
      God with his grace is ever nigh;
      Pardon and hope his love imparts,
      When men in deep contrition lie.

   5  He tells their tears, he counts their groans,
      His Son redeems their souls from death;
      His Spirit heals their broken bones,
      They in his praise employ their breath.

A Second Version:

PART 1.  v. 1--10.
Prayer and praise for eminent deliverance.

   1  I'll bless the Lord from day to day;
         How good are all his ways!
      Ye humble souls that use to pray,
         Come, help my lips to praise.

   2  Sing to the honor of his name,
         How a poor suff'rer cried,
      Nor was his hope exposed to shame,
         Nor was his suit denied.

   3  When threat'ning sorrows round me stood,
         And endless fears arose,
      Like the loud billows of a flood,
         Redoubling all my woes;

   4  I told the Lord my sore distress,
         With heavy groans and tears;
      He gave my sharpest torments ease,
         And silenced all my fears.

   5  O sinners, come and taste his love,
         Come, learn his pleasant ways;
      And let your own experience prove
         The sweetness of his grace.

   6  He bids his angels pitch their tents
         Round where his children dwell;
      What ills their heav'nly care prevents
         No earthly tongue can tell.

   7  O love the Lord, ye saints of his;
         His eye regards the just:
      How richly blessed their portion is
         Who make the Lord their trust !

   8  Young lions, pinched with hunger, roar
         And famish in the wood;
      But God supplies his holy poor
         With ev'ry needful good.

PART 2.  v.11-22.
Exhortations to peace and holiness.   
   1  Come, children, learn to fear the Lord,
         And that your days be long,
      Let not a false or spiteful word
         Be found upon your tongue.

   2  Depart from mischief, practice love,
         Pursue the works of peace;
      So shall the Lord your ways approve,
         And set your souls at ease.

   3  His eyes awake to guard the just,
         His ears attend their cry;
      When broken spirits dwell in dust,
         The God of grace is nigh.

   4  What though the sorrows here they taste
         Are sharp and tedious too,
      The Lord, who saves them all at last,
         Is their supporter now.

   5  Evil shall smite the wicked dead;
         But God secures his own,
      Prevents the mischief when they slide,
         Or heals thc broken bone.

   6  When desolation, like a flood,
         O'er the proud sinner rolls,
      Saints find a refuge in their God,
         For he redeemed their souls.

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