Psalm 4 – The Scottish Psalter
1 Give ear unto me when I call,
God of my righteousness:
Have mercy, hear my pray’r; thou hast
enlarg’d me in distress.
2 O ye the sons of men! how long
will ye love vanities?
How long my glory turn to shame,
and will ye follow lies?
3 But know, that for himself the Lord
the godly man doth chuse:
The Lord, when I on him do call,
to hear will not refuse.
4 Fear, and sin not, talk with your heart
on bed, and silent be.
5 Off ‘rings present of righteousness,
and in the Lord trust ye.
6 O who will shew us any good?
is that which many say:
But of thy countenance the light,
Lord, lift on us alway.
7 Upon my heart bestow’d by thee
more gladness I have found,
Than they, ev’n they, when corn and wine
did most with them abound.
8 I will both lay me down in peace,
and quiet sleep will take:
Because thou only me to dwell
in safety, Lord, dost make.
In today’s chapter of Miss Macintosh, Grace finds consolation in recalling a portion of Psalm 4 as she had learned it from the Scottish Psalter. This past year we have been working our way through the Scottish Psalter during our family devotions. We have been blessed by the singing of God’s Word. The Psalms of David in Metre is a lovely hard cover copy of meterized Psalms originally approved by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in 1650 for personal and congregational use. For music we have used The Psalms of David in Metre: A Supplement by Jay J. and Elizabeth Sulzmann. It is a lovely way to plant scripture in our hearts.
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