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Psalm 124

posted 22 Dec 2014, 02:10 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:Our help is in the name of the Lord.

1If the Lord himself had not been on our side, •
now may Israel say;

2If the Lord had not been on our side, •
when enemies rose up against us;

3Then would they have swallowed us alive •
when their anger burned against us;

4Then would the waters have overwhelmed us
and the torrent gone over our soul; •
over our soul would have swept the raging waters. R

5But blessed be the Lord •
who has not given us over to be a prey for their teeth.

6Our soul has escaped
as a bird from the snare of the fowler; •
the snare is broken and we are delivered.

7Our help is in the name of the Lord, •
who has made heaven and earth.

Refrain:Our help is in the name of the Lord.

O God, maker of heaven and earth,
you save us in the water of baptism
and by the suffering of your Son you set us free;
help us to put our trust in his victory
and to know the salvation won for us
by Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 70

posted 16 Dec 2014, 00:44 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:Come to me quickly, O God.

1O God, make speed to save me; •
O Lord, make haste to help me.

2Let those who seek my life
be put to shame and confusion; •
let them be turned back and disgraced
who wish me evil.

3Let those who mock and deride me •
turn back because of their shame. R

4But let all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; •
let those who love your salvation say always, ‘Great is the Lord!’

5As for me, I am poor and needy; •
come to me quickly, O God.

6You are my help and my deliverer; •
O Lord, do not delay.

Refrain:Come to me quickly, O God.

O God, our helper and defender,
deliver us in our weakness,
answer our longings
and vindicate our faith,
that we may see your glory
in Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 40

posted 15 Dec 2014, 00:59 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 15 Dec 2014, 00:59 ]

Refrain:Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.

1I waited patiently for the Lord; •
he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2He brought me out of the roaring pit,
out of the mire and clay; •
he set my feet upon a rock and made my footing sure.

3He has put a new song in my mouth,
a song of praise to our God; •
many shall see and fear
and put their trust in the Lord.

4Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, •
who does not turn to the proud that follow a lie.

5Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.
How great your designs for us! •
There is none that can be compared with you.

6If I were to proclaim them and tell of them •
they would be more than I am able to express. R

7Sacrifice and offering you do not desire •
but my ears you have opened;

8Burnt offering and sacrifice for sin you have not required; •
then said I: ‘Lo, I come.

9‘In the scroll of the book it is written of me
that I should do your will, O my God; •
I delight to do it: your law is within my heart.’

10I have declared your righteousness in the great congregation; •
behold, I did not restrain my lips,
and that, O Lord, you know.

11Your righteousness I have not hidden in my heart;
I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; •
I have not concealed your loving-kindness and truth
from the great congregation. R

12Do not withhold your compassion from me, O Lord; •
let your love and your faithfulness always preserve me,

13For innumerable troubles have come about me;
my sins have overtaken me so that I cannot look up; •
they are more in number than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails me.

14Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; •
O Lord, make haste to help me.

15Let them be ashamed and altogether dismayed
who seek after my life to destroy it; •
let them be driven back and put to shame
who wish me evil.

16Let those who heap insults upon me •
be desolate because of their shame. R

17Let all who seek you rejoice in you and be glad; •
let those who love your salvation say always,
‘The Lord is great.’

18Though I am poor and needy, •
the Lord cares for me.

19You are my helper and my deliverer; •
O my God, make no delay.

Refrain:Great are the wonders you have done, O Lord my God.

Free us from our sins, O God,
and may our sacrifices be of praise
to the glory of your Son,
our Redeemer, Jesus Christ.

Psalm 145

posted 13 Dec 2014, 02:00 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.

1I will exalt you, O God my King, •
and bless your name for ever and ever.

2Every day will I bless you •
and praise your name for ever and ever.

3Great is the Lord and highly to be praised; •
his greatness is beyond all searching out. R

4One generation shall praise your works to another •
and declare your mighty acts.

5They shall speak of the majesty of your glory, •
and I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.

6They shall speak of the might of your marvellous acts, •
and I will also tell of your greatness.

7They shall pour forth the story of your abundant kindness •
and joyfully sing of your righteousness.

8The Lord is gracious and merciful, •
long-suffering and of great goodness. R

9The Lord is loving to everyone •
and his mercy is over all his creatures.

10All your works praise you, O Lord, •
and your faithful servants bless you.

11They tell of the glory of your kingdom •
and speak of your mighty power,

12To make known to all peoples your mighty acts •
and the glorious splendour of your kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; •
your dominion endures throughout all ages. R

14The Lord is sure in all his words •
and faithful in all his deeds.

15The Lord upholds all those who fall •
and lifts up all those who are bowed down.

16The eyes of all wait upon you, O Lord, •
and you give them their food in due season.

17You open wide your hand •
and fill all things living with plenty. R

18The Lord is righteous in all his ways •
and loving in all his works.

19The Lord is near to those who call upon him, •
to all who call upon him faithfully.

20He fulfils the desire of those who fear him; •
he hears their cry and saves them.

21The Lord watches over those who love him, •
but all the wicked shall he destroy.

22My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord, •
and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

Refrain:Great is the Lord and highly to be praised.

King of the universe,
you show the bright glory of your reign
in acts of mercy and enduring love;
raise the spirits of the downcast
and restore those who have fallen away,
that we may sing for ever of your love;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 53

posted 11 Dec 2014, 02:09 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

1The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’ •
Corrupt are they, and abominable in their wickedness;
there is no one that does good.

2God has looked down from heaven upon the children of earth, •
to see if there is anyone who is wise and seeks after God.

3They are all gone out of the way;
all alike have become corrupt; •
there is no one that does good, no not one. R

4Have they no knowledge, those evildoers, •
who eat up my people as if they ate bread,
and do not call upon God?

5There shall they be in great fear,
such fear as never was; •
for God will scatter the bones of the ungodly.

6They will be put to shame, •
because God has rejected them.

7O that Israel’s salvation would come out of Zion! •
When God restores the fortunes of his people
then will Jacob rejoice and Israel be glad.

Refrain:The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom.

Without you, O God, nothing is real,
all things are open to corruption
and we are deadened by deceit;
do not abandon us to our folly,
but give us hearts that seek you
and, at the last, joy in your heavenly city;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 56

posted 8 Dec 2014, 13:29 by Mark Broomhead   [ updated 8 Dec 2014, 13:31 ]

Refrain:In God I trust, and will not fear.

1Have mercy on me, O God, for they trample over me; •
all day long they assault and oppress me.

2My adversaries trample over me all the day long; •
many are they that make proud war against me.

3In the day of my fear I put my trust in you, •
in God whose word I praise.

4In God I trust, and will not fear, •
for what can flesh do to me? R

5All day long they wound me with words; •
their every thought is to do me evil.

6They stir up trouble; they lie in wait; •
marking my steps, they seek my life.

7Shall they escape for all their wickedness? •
In anger, O God, cast the peoples down.

8You have counted up my groaning;
put my tears into your bottle; •
are they not written in your book? R

9Then shall my enemies turn back
on the day when I call upon you; •
this I know, for God is on my side.

10In God whose word I praise,
in the Lord whose word I praise, •
in God I trust and will not fear:
what can flesh do to me?

11To you, O God, will I fulfil my vows; •
to you will I present my offerings of thanks,

12For you will deliver my soul from death
and my feet from falling, •
that I may walk before God in the light of the living.

Refrain:In God I trust, and will not fear.

Faithful God,
your deliverance is nearer than we know;
free us from fear
and help us to find courage in your Word,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 44

posted 7 Dec 2014, 14:49 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:Rise up, O Lord, to help us.

1We have heard with our ears, O God, our forebears have told us, •
all that you did in their days, in time of old;

2How with your hand you drove out nations and planted us in, •
and broke the power of peoples and set us free.

3For not by their own sword did our ancestors take the land •
nor did their own arm save them,

4But your right hand, your arm, and the light of your countenance, •
because you were gracious to them. R

5You are my King and my God, •
who commanded salvation for Jacob.

6Through you we drove back our adversaries; •
through your name we trod down our foes.

7For I did not trust in my bow; •
it was not my own sword that saved me;

8It was you that saved us from our enemies •
and put our adversaries to shame.

9We gloried in God all the day long, •
and were ever praising your name. R

10But now you have rejected us and brought us to shame •
and go not out with our armies.

11You have made us turn our backs on our enemies, •
and our enemies have despoiled us.

12You have made us like sheep to be slaughtered, •
and have scattered us among the nations.

13You have sold your people for a pittance •
and made no profit on their sale.

14You have made us the taunt of our neighbours, •
the scorn and derision of those that are round about us.

15You have made us a byword among the nations; •
among the peoples they wag their heads. R

16My confusion is daily before me, •
and shame has covered my face,

17At the taunts of the slanderer and reviler, •
at the sight of the enemy and avenger.

18All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you •
and have not played false to your covenant.

19Our hearts have not turned back, •
nor our steps gone out of your way,

20Yet you have crushed us in the haunt of jackals, •
and covered us with the shadow of death.

21If we have forgotten the name of our God, •
or stretched out our hands to any strange god,

22Will not God search it out? •
For he knows the secrets of the heart.

23But for your sake are we killed all the day long, •
and are counted as sheep for the slaughter. R

24Rise up! Why sleep, O Lord? •
Awake, and do not reject us for ever.

25Why do you hide your face •
and forget our grief and oppression?

26Our soul is bowed down to the dust; •
our belly cleaves to the earth.

27Rise up, O Lord, to help us •
and redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love.

Refrain:Rise up, O Lord, to help us.

In the darkness of unknowing,
when your love seems absent,
draw near to us, O God,
in Christ forsaken,
in Christ risen,
our Redeemer and our Lord.

Psalm 80

posted 7 Dec 2014, 04:38 by Mark Broomhead

1Hear, O Shepherd of Israel, •
you that led Joseph like a flock;

2Shine forth, you that are enthroned upon the cherubim, •
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.

3Stir up your mighty strength •
and come to our salvation.

4Turn us again, O God; •
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

5O Lord God of hosts, •
how long will you be angry at your people’s prayer?

6You feed them with the bread of tears; •
you give them abundance of tears to drink.

7You have made us the derision of our neighbours •
and our enemies laugh us to scorn.

8Turn us again, O God of hosts; •
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

9You brought a vine out of Egypt; •
you drove out the nations and planted it.

10You made room around it, •
and when it had taken root, it filled the land.

11The hills were covered with its shadow •
and the cedars of God by its boughs.

12It stretched out its branches to the Sea •
and its tendrils to the River.

13Why then have you broken down its wall, •
so that all who pass by pluck off its grapes?

14The wild boar out of the wood tears it off, •
and all the insects of the field devour it.

15Turn again, O God of hosts, •
look down from heaven and behold;

16Cherish this vine which your right hand has planted, •
and the branch that you made so strong for yourself.

17Let those who burnt it with fire, who cut it down, •
perish at the rebuke of your countenance.

18Let your hand be upon the man at your right hand, •
the son of man you made so strong for yourself.

19And so will we not go back from you; •
give us life, and we shall call upon your name.

20Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts; •
show the light of your countenance, and we shall be saved.

Faithful shepherd of your people,
as we look for the light of your countenance,
restore in us the image of your glory
and graft us into the risen life of your Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 9

posted 6 Dec 2014, 00:32 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:You, Lord, have never failed those who seek you.

1I will give thanks to you, Lord, with my whole heart; •
I will tell of all your marvellous works.

2I will be glad and rejoice in you; •
I will make music to your name, O Most High.

3When my enemies are driven back, •
they stumble and perish at your presence.

4For you have maintained my right and my cause; •
you sat on your throne giving righteous judgement. R

5You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked; •
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.

6The enemy was utterly laid waste. •
You uprooted their cities;
their very memory has perished.

7But the Lord shall endure for ever; •
he has made fast his throne for judgement.

8For he shall rule the world with righteousness •
and govern the peoples with equity.

9Then will the Lord be a refuge for the oppressed, •
a refuge in the time of trouble.

10And those who know your name will put their trust in you, •
for you, Lord, have never failed those who seek you. R

11Sing praises to the Lord who dwells in Zion; •
declare among the peoples the things he has done.

12The avenger of blood has remembered them; •
he did not forget the cry of the oppressed.

13Have mercy upon me, O Lord; •
consider the trouble I suffer from those who hate me,
you that lift me up from the gates of death;

14That I may tell all your praises in the gates of the city of Zion •
and rejoice in your salvation.

15The nations shall sink into the pit of their making •
and in the snare which they set will their own foot be taken.

16The Lord makes himself known by his acts of justice; •
the wicked are snared in the works of their own hands. R

17They shall return to the land of darkness, •
all the nations that forget God.

18For the needy shall not always be forgotten •
and the hope of the poor shall not perish for ever.

19Arise, O Lord, and let not mortals have the upper hand; •
let the nations be judged before your face.

20Put them in fear, O Lord, •
that the nations may know themselves to be but mortal.

Refrain:You, Lord, have never failed those who seek you.

Remember, Lord, all who cry to you 
from death’s dark gates;
do not forget those whom the world forgets, 
but raise your faithful ones to Zion’s gate, 
with your all-conquering Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

Psalm 25

posted 5 Dec 2014, 03:11 by Mark Broomhead

Refrain:Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

1To you, O Lord, I lift up my soul;
O my God, in you I trust; •
let me not be put to shame;
let not my enemies triumph over me.

2Let none who look to you be put to shame, •
but let the treacherous be shamed and frustrated.

3Make me to know your ways, O Lord, •
and teach me your paths.

4Lead me in your truth and teach me, •
for you are the God of my salvation;
for you have I hoped all the day long.

5Remember, Lord, your compassion and love, •
for they are from everlasting. R

6Remember not the sins of my youth
or my transgressions, •
but think on me in your goodness, O Lord,
according to your steadfast love.

7Gracious and upright is the Lord; •
therefore shall he teach sinners in the way.

8He will guide the humble in doing right •
and teach his way to the lowly.

9All the paths of the Lord are mercy and truth •
to those who keep his covenant and his testimonies. R

10For your name’s sake, O Lord, •
be merciful to my sin, for it is great.

11Who are those who fear the Lord? •
Them will he teach in the way that they should choose.

12Their soul shall dwell at ease •
and their offspring shall inherit the land.

13The hidden purpose of the Lord is for those who fear him •
and he will show them his covenant.

14My eyes are ever looking to the Lord, •
for he shall pluck my feet out of the net. R

15Turn to me and be gracious to me, •
for I am alone and brought very low.

16The sorrows of my heart have increased; •
O bring me out of my distress.

17Look upon my adversity and misery •
and forgive me all my sin.

18Look upon my enemies, for they are many •
and they bear a violent hatred against me.

19O keep my soul and deliver me; •
let me not be put to shame, for I have put my trust in you.

20Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, •
for my hope has been in you.

21Deliver Israel, O God, •
out of all his troubles.

Refrain:Remember, Lord, your compassion and love.

Free us, God of mercy,
from all that keeps us from you;
relieve the misery of the anxious and the ashamed
and fill us with the hope of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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