Psalm 36

Words: Isaac Watts  The subtitles before each part are Watts'.


v. 5--9. L.M.
The perfections and providence of God.

   1  High in the heav'ns, eternal God,
      Thy goodness in full glory shines;
      Thy truth shall break through ev'ry cloud
      That veils and darkens thy designs.

   2  For ever firm thy justice stands,
      As mountains their foundations keep;
      Wise are the wonders of thy hands;
      Thy judgments are a mighty deep.

   3  Thy providence is kind and large,
      Both man and beast thy bounty share;
      The whole creation is thy charge,
      But saints are thy peculiar care.

   4  My God! how excellent thy grace,
      Whence all our hope and comfort springs !
      The sons of Adam in distress
      Fly to the shadow of thy wings. 

   5  From the provisions of thy house
      We shall be fed with sweet repast;
      There mercy like a river flows,
      And brings salvation to our taste.

   6  Life, like a fountain rich and free,
      Springs from the presence of the Lord;
      And in thy light our souls shall see
      The glories promised in thy word.

 v. 1, 2, 5--7, 9.
Practical atheism exposed

   1  While men grow bold in wicked ways,
         And yet a God they own,
      My heart within me often says,
         "Their thoughts believe there's none."

   2  Their thoughts and ways at once declare,
         Whate'er their lips profess,
      God hath no wrath for them to fear,
         Nor will they seek his grace.

   3  What strange self-flatt'ry blinds their eyes!
         But there's a hast'ning hour,
      When they shall see with sore surprise
         The terrors of thy power.

   4  Thy justice shall maintain its throne,
         Though mountains melt away;
      Thy judgments are a world unknown,
         A deep, unfathomed sea.

   5  Above the heav'ns created rounds,
         Thy mercies, Lord, extend;
      Thy truth outlives the narrow bounds
         Where time and nature end.

   6  Safety to man thy goodness brings,
         Nor overlooks the beast;
      Beneath the shadow of thy wings
         Thy children choose to rest. 

   7  [From thee, when creature-streams run low,
         And mortal comforts die,
      Perpetual springs of life shall flow,
         And raise our pleasures high.

   8  Though all created light decay,
         And death close up our eyes,
      Thy presence makes eternal day,
         Where clouds can never rise.]

 v. 1--7 
The wickedness of man, and the majesty of God.

   1     When man grows bold in sin,
         My heart within me cries,
      "He hath no faith of God within,
         Nor fear before his eyes."

   2     [He walks awhile concealed
         In a self-flatt'ring dream,
      Till his dark crimes at once revealed
         Expose his hateful name.]

   3     His heart is false and foul,
         His words are smooth and fair;
      Wisdom is banished from his soul,
         And leaves no goodness there.

   4     He plots upon his bed
         New mischiefs to fulfil;
      He sets his heart, and hand, and head,
         To practice all that's ill.

   5     But there's a dreadful God,
         Though men renounce his fear;
      His justice, hid behind the cloud,
         Shall one great day appear.

   6     His truth transcends the sky,
         In heav'n his mercies dwell;
      Deep as the sea his judgments lie,
         His anger burns to hell.

   7     How excellent his love,
         Whence all our safety springs !
      O never let my soul remove
         From underneath his wings.

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