1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous, ♦
for it is good for the just to sing praises.
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre; ♦
on the ten-stringed harp sing his praise.
3 Sing for him a new song; ♦
play skilfully, with shouts of praise.
4 For the word of the Lord is true ♦
and all his works are sure.
5 He loves righteousness and justice; ♦
the earth is full of the loving-kindness of the Lord.
6 By the word of the Lord were the heavens made ♦
and all their host by the breath of his mouth.
7 He gathers up the waters of the sea as in a waterskin ♦
and lays up the deep in his treasury.
8 Let all the earth fear the Lord; ♦
stand in awe of him, all who dwell in the world.
9 For he spoke, and it was done; ♦
he commanded, and it stood fast.
10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to naught; ♦
he frustrates the designs of the peoples.
11 But the counsel of the Lord shall endure for ever ♦
and the designs of his heart from generation to generation.
12 Happy the nation whose God is the Lord ♦
and the people he has chosen for his own.
13 The Lord looks down from heaven ♦
and beholds all the children of earth.
14 From where he sits enthroned he turns his gaze ♦
on all who dwell on the earth.
15 He fashions all the hearts of them ♦
and understands all their works.
16 No king is saved by the might of his host; ♦
no warrior delivered by his great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; ♦
for all its strength it cannot save.
18 Behold, the eye of the Lord
is upon those who fear him, ♦
on those who wait in hope for his steadfast love,
19 To deliver their soul from death ♦
and to feed them in time of famine.
20 Our soul waits longingly for the Lord; ♦
he is our help and our shield.
21 Indeed, our heart rejoices in him; ♦
in his holy name have we put our trust.
22 Let your loving-kindness, O Lord, be upon us, ♦
as we have set our hope on you.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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