The church praiseth God for his protection against her enemies.

[1] Unto the end, for the hidden things of the Son. A psalm for David. [2] I will give praise to thee, O Lord, with my whole heart: I will relate all thy wonders. [3] I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing to thy name, O thou most high. [4] When my enemy shall be turned back: they shall be weakened and perish before thy face. [5] For thou hast maintained my judgment and my cause: thou hast sat on the throne, who judgest justice.

[6] Thou hast rebuked the Gentiles, and the wicked one hath perished: thou hast blotted out their name for ever and ever. [7] The swords of the enemy have failed unto the end: and their cities thou hast destroyed. Their memory hath perished with a noise. [8] But the Lord remaineth for ever. He hath prepared his throne in judgment: [9] And he shall judge the world in equity, he shall judge the people in justice. [10] And the Lord is become a refuge for the poor: a helper in due time in tribulation.

[11] And let them trust in thee who know thy name: for thou hast not forsaken them that seek thee, O Lord. [12] Sing ye to the Lord, who dwelleth in Sion: declare his ways among the Gentiles: [13] For requiring their blood he hath remembered them: he hath not forgotten the cry of the poor. [14] Have mercy on me, O Lord: see my humiliation which I suffer from my enemies. [15] Thou that liftest me up from the gates of death, that I may declare all thy praises in the gates of the daughter of Sion.

[16] I will rejoice in thy salvation: the Gentiles have stuck fast in the destruction which they have prepared. Their foot hath been taken in the very snare which they hid. [17] The Lord shall be known when he executeth judgments: the sinner hath been caught in the works of his own hands. [18] The wicked shall be turned into hell, all the nations that forget God. [19] For the poor man shall not be forgotten to the end: the patience of the poor shall not perish for ever. [20] Arise, O Lord, let not man be strengthened: let the Gentiles be judged in thy sight.

[21] Appoint, O Lord, a lawgiver over them: that the Gentiles may know themselves to be but men.


[1] “The hidden things of the Son”: The humility and sufferings of Christ, the Son of God; and of good Christians, who are his sons by adoption; are called hidden things, with regard to the children of this world, who know not the value and merit of them.

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