Psalm 33 J.H.
Words: Sternhold and Hopkins, The Whole Book of Psalms Collected into English Metre
1 Ye righteous, in the Lord rejoice; it is a seemly sight, That upright men with thankful voice should praise the Lord of light. 2 Praise ye the Lord with harp, and sing to him with psaltery; With ten-stringed instrument sounding, praise ye the Lord most high: 3 Sing to the Lord a song most new, with courage give him praise; For why? his word is ever true, his works and all his ways: 4 Both judgement, equity, and right, he ever loved and will; And with his gifts he doth delight the earth throughout to fill. 5 For by the word of God alone the heav'ns above were wrought, Their hosts and powers ev'ry one his breath to pass hath brought. 6 The waters great gathered hath he on heaps within the shore, And hid them in the depth to be as in a house of store. 7 Let all the earth then fear the Lord, and keep his righteous law; And all the world with one accord dread him, and stand in awe. 8 What he commanded, wrought it was at once with utmost speed; What he doth will, is brought to pass with full effect indeed. 9 The counsels of the nations rude the Lord doth bring to naught; He doth defeat the multitude of their device and thought: 10 But his decrees continue still, they never slack nor 'swage; The motions of his mind and will take place in every age. The Second Part. 11 Bless-ed are they to whom the Lord as God and guide is known, Whom he doth choose of mere accord, to take them as his own. 12 The Lord from heav'n did cast his sight on men mortal by birth, Beholding from his seat of might the dwellers on the earth: 13 The Lord, I say, whose hand hath wrought man's heart, and doth it frame, 'Tis he alone doth know the thought and working of the same. 14 A king that trusteth in his host, shall naught prevail at length; A man that of his might doth boast, shall fail for all his strength. 15 The troops of horsemen all shall fail, their sturdy steeds shall swerve; The strength of horse shall not prevail the rider to preserve. 16 But lo, the eyes of God attend and watch to aid the just, With such as fear him to offend, and on his goodness trust: 17 That he of death and great distress may set their souls from dread; And if that dearth their land oppress, in hunger them to feed. 18 Wherefore our soul doth whole depend on God our strength and stay; He is our shield us to defend, and drive all darts away. 19 Our joyful souls alway proclaim his power and his might: For why? in hiz most holy Name we hope and much delight. 20 Therefore let thy goodness, O Lord, still present with us be, As we always with one accord do only trust in thee.