Psalm 68

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Let God arise, and scattered
       let all his en'mies be;
     And let all those that do him hate
       before his presence flee.
2    As smoke is driv'n, so drive thou them;
       as fire melts wax away,
     Before God's face let wicked men
       so perish and decay.

3    But let the righteous be glad:
       let them before God's sight
     Be very joyful; yea, let them
       rejoice with all their might.
4    To God sing, to his name sing praise;
       extol him with your voice,
     That rides on heav'n, by his name Jah,
       before his face rejoice.

5    Because the Lord a father is
       unto the fatherless;
     God is the widow's judge, within
       his place of holiness.
6    God doth the solitary set
       in fam'lies: and from bands
     The chain'd doth free; but rebels do
       inhabit parched lands.

7    O God, what time thou didst go forth
       before thy people's face;
     And when through the great wilderness
       thy glorious marching was;
8    Then at God's presence shook the earth,
       then drops from heaven fell;
     This Sinai shook before the Lord,
       the God of Israel.

9    O God, thou to thine heritage
       didst send a plenteous rain,
     Whereby thou, when it weary was,
       didst it refresh again.
10   Thy congregation then did make
       their habitation there:
     Of thine own goodness for the poor,
       O God, thou didst prepare.

11   The Lord himself did give the word,
       the word abroad did spread;
     Great was the company of them
       the same who published.
12   Kings of great armies foiled were,
       and forc'd to flee away;
     And women, who remain'd at home,
       did distribute the prey.

13   Though ye have lien among the pots,
       like doves ye shall appear,
     Whose wings with silver, and with gold
       whose feathers cover'd are.
14   When there th' Almighty scatter'd kings,
       like Salmon's snow `twas white.
15   God's hill is like to Bashan hill,
       like Bashan hill for height.

16   Why do ye leap, ye mountains high?
       this is the hill where God
     Desires to dwell; yea, God in it
       for aye will make abode.
17   God's chariots twenty thousand are,
       thousands of angels strong;
     In's holy place God is, as in
       mount Sinai, them among.

18   Thou hast, O Lord, most glorious,
       ascended up on high;
     And in triumph victorious led
       captive captivity:
     Thou hast received gifts for men,
       for such as did rebel;
     Yea, ev'n for them, that God the Lord
       in midst of them might dwell.

19   Bless'd be the Lord, who is to us
       of our salvation God;
     Who daily with his benefits
       us plenteously doth load.
20   He of salvation is the God,
       who is our God most strong;
     And unto God the Lord from death
       the issues do belong.

21   But surely God shall wound the head
       of those that are his foes;
     The hairy scalp of him that still
       on in his trespass goes.
22   God said, My people I will bring
       again from Bashan hill;
     Yea, from the sea's devouring depths
       them bring again I will;

23   That in the blood of enemies
       thy foot imbru'd may be,
     And of thy dogs dipp'd in the same
       the tongues thou mayest see.
24   Thy goings they have seen, O God;
       the steps of majesty
     Of my God, and my mighty King,
       within the sanctuary.

25   Before went singers, players next
       on instruments took way;
     And them among the damsels were
       that did on timbrels play.
26   Within the congregations
       bless God with one accord:
     From Isr'el's fountain do ye bless
       and praise the mighty Lord.

27   With their prince, little Benjamin,
       princes and council there
     Of Judah were, there Zabulon's
       and Napht'li's princes were.
28   Thy God commands thy strength; make strong
       what thou wrought'st for us, Lord.
29   For thy house at Jerusalem
       kings shall thee gifts afford.

30   The spearmen's host, the multitude
       of bulls, which fiercely look,
     Those calves which people have forth sent,
       O Lord our God, rebuke,
     Till ev'ry one submit himself,
       and silver pieces bring:
     The people that delight in war
       disperse, O God and King.

31   Those that be princes great shall then
       come out of Egypt lands;
     And Ethiopia to God
       shall soon stretch out her hands.
32   O all ye kingdoms of the earth,
       sing praises to this King;
     For he is Lord that ruleth all,
       unto him praises sing.

33   To him that rides on heav'ns of heav'ns,
       which he of old did found;
     Lo, he sends out his voice, a voice
       in might that doth abound.
34   Strength unto God do ye ascribe;
       for his excellency
     Is over Israel, his strength
       is in the clouds most high.

35   Thou'rt from thy temple dreadful, Lord;
       Isr'el's own God is he,
     Who gives his people strength and pow'r:
       O let God blessed be.

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