1    Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me,  

for my soul takes refuge in you;

2    In the shadow of your wings will I take refuge  

until the storm of destruction has passed by.

3    I will call upon the Most High God,  

the God who fulfils his purpose for me.

4    He will send from heaven and save me

    and rebuke those that would trample upon me;  

God will send forth his love and his faithfulness.

5    I lie in the midst of lions,  

people whose teeth are spears and arrows,

    and their tongue a sharp sword.

6    Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,  

and your glory over all the earth.

7    They have laid a net for my feet;

    my soul is pressed down;  

they have dug a pit before me

    and will fall into it themselves.

8    My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready;  

I will sing and give you praise.

9    Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre,  

that I may awaken the dawn.

10  I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples;  

I will sing praise to you among the nations.

11  For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens,  

and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

12  Be exalted, O God, above the heavens,  

and your glory over all the earth.


Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
is copyright © The Archbishops' Council 2000 and published by Church House Publishing.

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