Psalm 77

From Scottish Metrical Psalms 1650

Meter: 8,6,8,6

1    Unto the Lord I with my voice,
       I unto God did cry;
     Ev'n with my voice, and unto me
       his ear he did apply.
2    I in my trouble sought the Lord,
       my sore by night did run,
     And ceased not; my grieved soul
       did consolation shun.

3    I to remembrance God did call,
       yet trouble did remain;
     And overwhelm'd my spirit was,
       whilst I did sore complain.
4    Mine eyes, debarr'd from rest and sleep,
       thou makest still to wake;
     My trouble is so great that I
       unable am to speak.

5    The days of old to mind I call'd,
       and oft did think upon
     The times and ages that are past
       full many years agone.
6    By night my song I call to mind,
       and commune with my heart;
     My sp'rit did carefully enquire
       how I might ease my smart.

7    For ever will the Lord cast off,
       and gracious be no more?
8    For ever is his mercy gone?
       fails his word evermore?
9    Is't true that to be gracious
       the Lord forgotten hath?
     And that his tender mercies he
       hath shut up in his wrath?

10   Then did I say, That surely this
       is mine infirmity:
     I'll mind the years of the right hand
       of him that is most High.
11   Yea, I remember will the works
       performed by the Lord:
     The wonders done of old by thee
       I surely will record.

12   I also will of all thy works
       my meditation make;
     And of thy doings to discourse
       great pleasure I will take.
13   O God, thy way most holy is
       within thy sanctuary;
     And what god is so great in pow'r
       as is our God most high?

14   Thou art the God that wonders do'st
       by thy right hand most strong:
     Thy mighty pow'r thou hast declar'd
       the nations among.
15   To thine own people with thine arm
       thou didst redemption bring;
     To Jacob's sons, and to the tribes
       of Joseph that do spring.

16   The waters, Lord, perceived thee,
       the waters saw thee well;
     And they for fear aside did flee;
       the depths on trembling fell.
17   The clouds in water forth were pour'd,
       sound loudly did the sky;
     And swiftly through the world abroad
       thine arrows fierce did fly.

18   Thy thunder's voice alongst the heav'n
       a mighty noise did make;
     By lightnings lighten'd was the world,
       th' earth tremble did and shake.
19   Thy way is in the sea, and in
       the waters great thy path;
     Yet are thy footsteps hid, O Lord;
       none knowledge thereof hath.

20   Thy people thou didst safely lead,
       like to a flock of sheep;
     By Moses' hand and Aaron's thou
       didst them conduct and keep.

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