1 I will exalt you, O Lord,
because you have raised me up ♦
and have not let my foes triumph over me.
2 O Lord my God, I cried out to you ♦
and you have healed me.
3 You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead; ♦
you restored me to life from among those that go down to the Pit.
4 Sing to the Lord, you servants of his; ♦
give thanks to his holy name.
5 For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye,
his favour for a lifetime. ♦
Heaviness may endure for a night,
but joy comes in the morning.
6 In my prosperity I said,
‘I shall never be moved. ♦
You, Lord, of your goodness,
have made my hill so strong.’
7 Then you hid your face from me ♦
and I was utterly dismayed.
8 To you, O Lord, I cried; ♦
to the Lord I made my supplication:
9 ‘What profit is there in my blood,
if I go down to the Pit? ♦
Will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
10 ‘Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me; ♦
O Lord, be my helper.’
11 You have turned my mourning into dancing; ♦
you have put off my sackcloth and girded me with gladness;
12 Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing; ♦
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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