1 My heart is ready, O God, my heart is ready; ♦
I will sing and give you praise.
2 Awake, my soul; awake, harp and lyre, ♦
that I may awaken the dawn.
3 I will give you thanks, O Lord, among the peoples; ♦
I will sing praise to you among the nations.
4 For your loving-kindness is as high as the heavens ♦
and your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens ♦
and your glory over all the earth.
6 That your beloved may be delivered, ♦
save us by your right hand and answer me.
7 God has spoken in his holiness: ♦
‘I will triumph and divide Shechem
and share out the valley of Succoth.
8 ‘Gilead is mine and Manasseh is mine; ♦
Ephraim is my helmet and Judah my sceptre.
9 ‘Moab shall be my washpot,
over Edom will I cast my sandal, ♦
across Philistia will I shout in triumph.’
10 Who will lead me into the strong city? ♦
Who will bring me into Edom?
11 Have you not cast us off, O God? ♦
Will you no longer go forth with our troops?
12 O grant us your help against the enemy, ♦
for earthly help is in vain.
13 Through God will we do great acts, ♦
for it is he that shall tread down our enemies.
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.