O Book 2.5: Jehovah is our Merciful Savior and Protector
C Part 1: Jehovah is our Merciful Savior
O Chapter 1.1: The saint pleads for mercy from Jehovah (Psalm 123)
¶U Unto you do I lift up my eyes, O you that dwell in the heavens.
¶C Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress,
¶C so our eyes wait upon Jehovah our God, until he has mercy upon us.
¶O Have mercy upon us, O Jehovah, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
¶O Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.
O Chapter 1.2: The saint humbles himself before Jehovah (Psalm 131)
¶O Jehovah, my heart is not arrogant, nor my eyes lofty;
¶O neither do I exercise myself in great matters, or in things too high for me.
¶C Surely I have behaved and quieted myself, as a child that is weaned of his mother;
¶C my soul is even as a weaned child.
¶U Let Israel hope in Jehovah from henceforth and forever.
C Chapter 1.3: The saint waits upon God for deliverance (Psalm 62)
¶U Truly my soul waits upon God; from him comes my salvation.
¶C He only is my Rock and my salvation.
¶C He is my defense; I shall not be greatly moved.
¶U How long will you imagine mischief against a man? You shall be slain all of you; as a bowing wall shall you be, and as a tottering fence. They only consult to cast him down from his excellence; they delight in lies; they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
¶C My soul, wait only upon God: for my expectation is from him. He only is my Rock and my deliverance. He is my defense; I shall not be moved.
¶C In God is my salvation and my glory; the Rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.
¶O Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.
¶O Surely men of low degree are vanity, and men of high degree are a lie; to be laid in the balance, they are altogether lighter than vanity.
¶C Trust not in oppression, and become not vain in robbery.
¶C If riches increase, set not your heart upon them.
¶U God has spoken once; twice have I heard this, that power belongs to God. Also to you, O Lord, belongs mercy: for you render to every man according to his work.
C Chapter 1.4: The saint trusts in Jehovah for protection (Psalm 141)
¶U Jehovah, I cry unto you; make haste to me; give ear to my voice, when I cry unto you.
¶C Let my prayer be set forth before you as incense;
¶C the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice.
¶U Set a watch, O Jehovah, before my mouth; guard the door of my lips. Let not my heart incline to any evil thing, to practice wicked works with men that work iniquity; and let me not eat of their expensive food.
¶C Let the righteous smite me; it shall be a kindness;
¶C and let him reprove me; it shall be an excellent oil, which shall not break my head: for yet my prayer also shall be in their calamities.
¶O When their judges are overthrown in stony places, they shall hear my words: for they are sweet.
¶O Our bones are scattered at the grave’s mouth, as when one plows and breaks up the earth.
¶C But my eyes look unto you, O Lord Jehovah; in you is my trust; do not leave my soul destitute.
¶C Protect me from the snares which they have laid for me, and the traps of the workers of iniquity.
¶U Let the wicked fall into their own nets, while I escape safely.
U Chapter 1.5: The saint waits for Jehovah and hopes in his Word (Psalm 130)
¶U Out of the depths have I cried to you, O Jehovah.
¶C Lord, hear my voice;
¶C let your ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
¶O If you, Jehovah, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
¶O But there is forgiveness with you, that you may be feared.
¶C I wait for Jehovah.
¶C My soul waits; and in his Word do I hope.
¶U My soul waits for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning; more, I say, than they that watch for the morning.
¶C Let Israel hope in Jehovah:
¶C for with Jehovah there is mercy, and with him is abundant redemption.
¶U And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
C Part 2: Jehovah is our Protector
O Chapter 2.1: The home of one that fears Jehovah will be blessed (Psalm 128)
¶U Blessed is every one that fears Jehovah, that walks in his ways.
¶C For you shall eat the labor of your hands; happy shall you be, and it shall be well with you.
¶C Your wife shall be as a fruitful vine by the sides of your house; your children like olive plants around your table.
¶O Behold, this is how the man shall be blessed, who fears Jehovah: “Jehovah bless you out of Zion! And may you see the good of Jerusalem all the days of your life; moreover, may you see your children’s children.”
¶O Peace upon Israel!
O Chapter 2.2: The protection of Jehovah brings blessing in the home (Psalm 127)
¶O Unless Jehovah builds the house, they labor in vain that build it. Unless Jehovah protects the city, the watchman awakens, but in vain.
¶O It is vain for you to rise up early, to sit up late, to eat the bread of sorrows: for so he gives his beloved sleep.
¶C Lo, children are an inheritance of Jehovah; the fruit of the womb is his reward.
¶C As arrows in the hand of a mighty man, so are the children of one’s youth; happy is the man that has his quiver full of them.
¶U They shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies in the gate.
C Chapter 2.3: Jehovah makes me dwell in safety (Psalm 4)
¶U Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness.
¶C You have enlarged me when I was in distress.
¶C Have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
¶U O you sons of men, how long will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love vanity, and seek after lying? Selah.
¶C But know that Jehovah has set apart him that is godly for himself;
¶C Jehovah will hear when I call to him.
¶O Tremble in awe, and sin not; commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
¶O Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in Jehovah.
¶C There are many who say, “Who will show us any good?” Jehovah, lift up the light of your countenance upon us.
¶C You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their grain and their wine increased.
¶U I will both lay down in peace, and sleep: for only you, Jehovah, make me to dwell in safety.
C Chapter 2.4: Jehovah is my Shepherd (Psalm 23)
¶U Jehovah is my Shepherd; I shall not want.
¶C He makes me to lie down in pastures of tender green grass;
¶C he leads me beside the waters of rest.
¶U He restores my soul.
¶C He leads me in the paths of righteousness for his Name’s sake.
¶C Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for you are with me.
¶O Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
¶O You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
¶C You anoint my head with oil;
¶C my cup is running over.
¶U Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the House of Jehovah forever.
U Chapter 2.5: Jehovah is my Protector (Psalm 121)
¶U I will lift up my eyes to the hills.
¶C Where does my help comes from?
¶C My help is from Jehovah, who made Heaven and earth.
¶O He will not allow your foot to be moved.
¶O He that protects you will not slumber; behold, he that protects Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep.
¶C Jehovah is your protector.
¶C Jehovah is your shade upon your right hand.
¶U The sun shall not smite you by day, nor the moon by night.
¶C Jehovah shall preserve you from all evil;
¶C he shall preserve your soul.
¶U Jehovah shall preserve your going out and your coming in from this time forth, and even forevermore.