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Psalm 90

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Abide With me

1 Lord, you have ever been our dwelling place.

2 Before you made the world of time and space, Before you made the mountains and the earth,

You are eternal God; you gave them birth.


3 You turn all people back to dust and say,

“O human race, to dust again decay.”

Because a thousand years are in your sight

Like yesterday or like a watch by night. 

5 Into death's sleep you sweep them all away, 

For they are like the grass at break of day - 

6 Although it springs up new with morning light, 

It dries and perishes before the night.

7 Your wrath consumes us; we are terrified. 

8 Before your gaze our sins we cannot hide. 

9 Under your anger all our days pass by; 

Our years come to their finish with a sigh.  

10 Our years amount to seventy in length, 

Or even eighty if we have the strength. 

And yet our days in grief and pain are passed; 

They quickly end; away we fly at last.  

11 The powèr of your anger who can know?

Your wrath’s as great as is the fear we owe.

12 Teach us to number all our days aright;
So will our hearts be filled with wisdom’s light.


13 Return, O LORD! How long will you delay?

Have mercy on your servants, LORD, we pray.

14 O satisfy us with your love always,

That we may sing, rejoicing all our days.


15 In place of our affliction, make us glad;

Give joy for all the years you made us sad.

16 To all your servants may your deeds be shown,

And to their children make your glory known.


17 Now may the favour of Almighty God

Abide on us—rich blessings of our Lord.

Establish every work our hands have done;

Yes, Lord, for us establish them each one

lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.

Melody and Harmony Copyright Free Church of Scotland

Psalm 91

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1 The one whose dwelling is with God Most High

In the Almighty's shadow safe will rest. 

2 "He is my refuge," I say of the LORD, 

"My fortress and my God; in him I trust."  

3 Surely he saves you from the fowler's snare

And rescues you from deadly pestilence. 

4 Under his wings a refuge you will find; 

His faithfulness will be your strong defence.  

5 You will not fear the terror of the night, 

Or dread the arrow flying in the day, 

6 Or pestilence that in the darkness stalks, 

Or plague at noon that carries all away.  

7 No harm will touch you though a thousand

Or yet ten thousand die at your right hand. 

8 Your eyes will then look on, and you will see 

the wicked punished as their ways demand.  

9 If you make God Most High your dwelling-place

Even the LORD, who is my refuge sure - 

10 No evil then will ever fall on you, 

Nor dire calamity come near your door.  

11 For he will charge his angels with your care

to guard you in your footsteps every one; 

12 They will uphold and bear you in their hands, 

Lest you should strike your foot against a stone. 

13 Upon the mighty lion you will tread; 

The cobra you will overcome and kill. 

Your feet will trample down the king of beasts; 

The serpent will be crushed beneath your heel.  

14 "Because he loves me," says the Sovereign LORD, 

"I'll rescue and deliver him from harm. 

Since he acknowledges my holy name, 

I will protect him with my mighty arm. 

15 "He'll call on me, and I will answer him; 

With him in time of trouble I will be.  

I will deliver him and honour him. 

16 Long will he live, and my salvation see."  

lyrics from 'Sing Psalms'. Copyright Free Church of Scotland.

Melody and Harmony Copyright Free Church of Scotland

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