Idahoan Psalter: Psalm 36
The Idahoan shares his paraphrase of the 36th Psalm.
Transgressions do bespeak a heart
Which has come now to depart
From rev’rent fear of God Most High
Unto vain self-flattery,
And from thence through the mouth there flow
Words full of iniquity.
Wisdom he doth no more pursue,
And hath left off good to do,
But idly plotteth mischief he,
And the error of his ways doth no more see.
Yet beyond the soaring clouds of heav’n
God’s faithful mercy doth extend,
And His righteousness is graven
In towering mountain peaks that stand
Above the Sea of Justice where
His judgements roll like billows fair!
‘Tis God alone who doth preserve
The life of man and beast.
In the excellence of His great love
Men therefore put their trust,
And refuge take beneath His wing
Where all their need He satisfies,
And blessings flow as from a spring,
And His light enlightens hearts and eyes!
And by Thy faithful mercy, Lord,
Refuge e’er to them afford,
Who have fellowship with Thee,
And walk ever uprightly.
There let the proud never set foot,
Nor the wicked lift a hand,
Against us who in the sanctuary
Of Thy mercy make our stand.
Yea, to ruin they are cast
Who practice iniquity,
For when God’s judgement falls at last,
No man can alter His decree!