Psalm 55 (portions)
Words: Isaac Watts
There is also a Short Metre version on this page.
v1-8,16-18,22 Support for the afflicted and tempted soul.
1 O GOD, my refuge, hear my cries, Behold my flowing tears, For earth and hell my hurt devise, And triumph in my fears.
2 Their rage is leveled at my life, My soul with guilt they load, And fill my thoughts with inward strife, To shake my hope in God.
3 With inward pain my heart-strings sound, I groan with ev'ry breath; Horror and fear beset me round Amongst the shades of death.
4 O were I like a feathered dove, And innocence had wings, I'd fly, and make a long remove From all these restless things.
5 Let me to some wild desert go, And find a peaceful home; Where storms of malice never blow, Temptations never come.
6 Vain hopes, and vain inventions all To 'scape the rage of hell! The mighty God on whom I call, Can save me here as well.
7 By morning light I'll seek his face, At noon repeat my cry; The night shall hear me ask his grace, Nor will he long deny.
8 God shall preserve my soul from fear, Or shield me when afraid; Ten thousand angels must appear, If he command their aid.
9 I cast my burdens on the Lord, The Lord sustains them all; My courage rests upon his word, That saints shall never fall.
10 My highest hopes shall not be vain, My lips shall spread his praise; While cruel and deceitful men Scarce live out half their days.
v15-17,19,22 Dangerous prosperity ; or, Daily devotions encouraged.
1 Let sinners take their course, And choose the road to death · But ill the worship of my God I'11 spend my daily breath.
2 My thoughts address his throne When morning brings the light; I'll seek his blessing ev'ry noon, And pay my vows at night.
3 Thou wilt regard my cries, O my eternal God, While sinners perish ill surprise, Beneath thine angry rod.
4 Because they dwell at ease, And no sad changes feel, They neither fear nor trust thy name, Nor learn to do thy will.
5 But I with all my cares Will lean upon the Lord; I'11 cast my burdens on his arm, And rest upon his work
6 His arm shall well sustain The children of his love; The ground on which their safety stands, No earthly power can move.