1 Blessed be the Lord my rock,
who teaches my hands for war and my fingers for battle;
2 My steadfast help and my fortress,
my stronghold and my deliverer,
my shield in whom I trust,
who subdues the peoples under me.
3 O Lord, what are mortals that you should consider them;
mere human beings, that you should take thought for them?
4 They are like a breath of wind;
their days pass away like a shadow.
5 Bow your heavens, O Lord, and come down;
touch the mountains and they shall smoke.
6 Cast down your lightnings and scatter them;
shoot out your arrows and let thunder roar.
7 Reach down your hand from on high;
deliver me and take me out of the great waters,
from the hand of foreign enemies,
8 Whose mouth speaks wickedness
and their right hand is the hand of falsehood.
9 O God, I will sing to you a new song;
I will play to you on a ten-stringed harp,
10 You that give salvation to kings
and have delivered David your servant.
11 Save me from the peril of the sword
and deliver me from the hand of foreign enemies,
12 Whose mouth speaks wickedness
and whose right hand is the hand of falsehood;
13 So that our sons in their youth
may be like well-nurtured plants,
and our daughters like pillars
carved for the corners of the temple;
14 Our barns be filled with all manner of store;
our flocks bearing thousands,
and ten thousands in our fields;
15 Our cattle be heavy with young:
may there be no miscarriage or untimely birth,
no cry of distress in our streets.
16 Happy are the people whose blessing this is.
Happy are the people who have the Lord for their God.
The New Revised Standard Version (Anglicized Edition), copyright 1989, 1995 by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
The Common Worship psalter is © The Archbishops Council of the Church of England, 2000.
Common Worship texts are available at http://www.cofe.anglican.org/worship/liturgy/commonworship/
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10 February 2011