The Blessed Path of the Righteous One
The author is unknown, but its truth is known and acknowledged to be a fitting introduction to the whole Psalter. Its substance is the theme of the main body of the Psalms.
It describes two kinds of men, with their attitudes, desires and destinies. This is a familiar contrast, e.g. the sheep and the goats and the righteous and unrighteous. It speaks of three ways of sinning and three descriptions of sinners. Their end is described in no uncertain terms.
But the man who delights in God and His Word is the blest man, or literally, the very happy man. He is fruitful in life and in the life to come. The contrast is clear; it is between true happiness and unhappiness. There is a direct connection between the law of God, the practice of its morality and genuine happiness.Pastor Jeff O’ Neil
Recommended Tune: Irish
¹To thee, O God, do we give thanks,
We do give thanks to thee;
Because thy wondrous works declare
Thy great name near to be.
²I purpose, when I shall receive
That I shall judgment uprightly
Render to ev’ry one.
³Dissolved is the land, with all
That in the same do dwell;
But I the pillars thereof do
Bear up, and stablish well.
⁴I to the foolish people said,
Do not deal foolishly;
And unto those that wicked are,
Lift not your horn on high.
⁵Lift not your horn on high, nor speak
With stubborn neck. ⁶But know,
That not from east, nor west, nor south,
Promotion doth flow.
⁷But God is judge; he puts down one,
And sets another up.
⁸For in the hand of GOD most high
Of red wine is a cup:
‘Tis full of mixture, he pours forth,
And makes the wicked all
Wring out the bitter dregs thereof;
Yea, and they drink them shall.
⁹But I for ever will declare,
I Jacob’s God will praise.
¹⁰All horns of lewd men I’ll cut off;
But just men’s horns will raise.