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I WILL TAKE HEED AND GUARD MY WAYS

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“I will take heed and guard my ways,” I said, “that I might keep my tongue away from sin;

Songbook: Trinity Psalter Hymnal 2018

Page Number: 39

Song Key: G minor

Language: English

Authors: OPC/URCNA 2016

Tune Name: LONGWOOD

Themes: Psalm 39

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1.“I will take heed and guard my ways,” I said,
“that I might keep my tongue away from sin;
I with a muzzle watch and guard my mouth,
when in the presence of the wicked men.”

2.Silent and mute I stayed to no avail;
I held my peace, and my distress increased.
Hot was my heart, the fire burned as I mused;
then, with my tongue I spoke my earnest plea:

3.“LORD, make me know the end of all my days;
teach me the measure of my fleeting life.
You made my days a meager handbreath long;
my lifetime is as nothing in your sight.

4. “Surely mankind stands as a fleeting breath!
Surely a shadow, man walks to and fro!
Surely for naught he toils to gather wealth.
Who will inherit? He will never know.

5.“And now, O Lord, what am I waiting for?
I put my hope and trust in you alone.
Save me from all my wickedness and sin.
O make me not the scorn of foolish men.

6.“I am a mute; I open not my mouth,
Lord, for this work was done at your command.
But now remove your stroke away from me;
I waste away beneath your hostile hand.

7.“When you rebuke and chasten those who sin,
you, like a moth, consume their gathered wealth.
Lord, your rebukes destroy all they hold dear;
O surely all mankind is but a breath.

8.“LORD, hear my pray’r, my cry; hold not your peace!
Like all my fathers, I’m a stranger here.
Look not in wrath, that I may smile again,
ere I depart in death to be no more.”

Composer: Joseph Barnby, 1872

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