Oh God, Be Magnified
by Helen Dowd

Psalm 35
(bits and pieces)

Plead my cause, O LORD, with them that strive with me:

Let them be confounded and put to shame that seek after my soul: let them be turned back and brought to confusion that devise my hurt.

Let them be as chaff before the wind. For without cause have they hid for me their net in a pit.

False witnesses did rise up; they laid to my charge things that I knew not. They rewarded me evil for good.

But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I humbled my soul with fasting; and my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

Lord, how long wilt thou look on? Rescue my soul from their destructions.

I will give thee thanks in the great congregation: I will praise thee among much people.

Judge me, O LORD my God, according to thy righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me.

Let them not say in their hearts, Ah, so would we have it: let them not say, We have swallowed him up.

Let them be ashamed and brought to confusion…that rejoice at mine hurt: Let them shout for joy, and be glad, that favour my righteous cause:

Let the LORD be magnified,...And my tongue shall speak of thy righteousness and of thy praise all the day long.

How long, oh Lord, how long?
When will you rescue me?
I ask You, Lord, to plead my cause,
To come and set me free.

Take up your spear and shield.
Fight for me to the end.
Stop those who persecute my soul.
Your righteous truth, defend.

Confuse my enemy.
Confound their every thrust.
All those that seek to do me harm,
Oh let them be as dust.

My foe has digged a pit--
A trap for me they've set.
But may they fall in their own hole--
Be snared in their own net.

False witnesses arose.
They plotted secretly.
They laughed with scorn at my distress.
Don't let them conquer me.

When they were sick I prayed.
I acted as their friend.
But they have turned; they've done me wrong.
My honor, God, defend.

Oh Lord, I give You thanks.
I praise Your wondrous name.
For all the ones who sought my hurt.
Shall soon be put to shame.

My friends and I will shout,
"Our God be magnified!"
Our tongue will sing His righteousness.
For God is on our side.

© Helen Dowd


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