Scripture Verse

O Lord my God, in Thee do I put my trust: Save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me. Psalm 7:1

Introduction

Words: From The Psal­ter (Pitts­burgh, Penn­syl­van­ia: Unit­ed Pres­by­te­ri­an Board of Pub­li­ca­tion, 1912), num­ber 13.

Music: Paul­i­na ar­ranged from Gae­ta­no Do­ni­zet­ti (1797–1848) (🔊 pdf nwc).

Alternate Tune:

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Gaetano Donizetti
1797–1848

Lyrics

Jehovah, my God, on Thy help I de­pend;
From all that pur­sue me O save and de­fend;
Lest they like a li­on should rend me at will:
While no one is near me their rag­ing to still.

When wronged with­out cause I have kind­ness re­turned;
But if I my neigh­bor mal­treat­ed and spurned,
My soul let the en­emy seize for his prey,
My life and mine hon­or in dust let him lay.

O Lord, in Thy wrath stay the rage of my foes;
Awake, and Thy judg­ment or­dained in­ter­pose.
Let peo­ples sur­round Thee and wait at Thy feet,
While o’er them for jud­gment Thou tak­est Thy seat.

All na­tions of men shall be judged by the Lord;
To me, O Je­ho­vah, just judg­ment accord,
As faith­ful and right­eous in life I have been,
And ev­er in­te­gri­ty cher­ished with­in.

Establish the right­eous, let ev­il de­part,
For God, who is just, tries the thoughts of the heart.
In God for de­fense I have placed all my trust;
The up­right He saves and He judg­es the just.

The Lord with the wicke­d is wroth ev­ery day,
And if they re­pent not is rea­dy to slay;
By ma­ni­fold ru­in for oth­ers pre­pared
They sure­ly at last shall them­selves be en­snared.

Because He is right­eous His praise will I sing,
Thanksgiving and hon­or to Him will I bring,
Will sing to the Lord on whose grace I re­ly,
Extolling the name of Je­ho­vah Most High.