1 Be joyful in God, all the earth; ♦
sing the glory of his name;
sing the glory of his praise.
2 Say to God, ‘How awesome are your deeds! ♦
Because of your great strength
your enemies shall bow before you.
3 ‘All the earth shall worship you, ♦
sing to you, sing praise to your name.’
4 Come now and behold the works of God, ♦
how wonderful he is in his dealings with humankind.
5 He turned the sea into dry land;
the river they passed through on foot; ♦
there we rejoiced in him.
6 In his might he rules for ever;
his eyes keep watch over the nations; ♦
let no rebel rise up against him.
7 Bless our God, O you peoples; ♦
make the voice of his praise to be heard,
8 Who holds our souls in life ♦
and suffers not our feet to slip.
9 For you, O God, have proved us; ♦
you have tried us as silver is tried.
10 You brought us into the snare; ♦
you laid heavy burdens upon our backs.
11 You let enemies ride over our heads;
we went through fire and water; ♦
but you brought us out into a place of liberty.
12 I will come into your house with burnt offerings
and will pay you my vows, ♦
which my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
13 I will offer you fat burnt sacrifices
with the smoke of rams; ♦
I will sacrifice oxen and goats.
14 Come and listen, all you who fear God, ♦
and I will tell you what he has done for my soul.
15 I called out to him with my mouth ♦
and his praise was on my tongue.
16 If I had nursed evil in my heart, ♦
the Lord would not have heard me,
17 But in truth God has heard me; ♦
he has heeded the voice of my prayer.
18 Blessed be God, who has not rejected my prayer, ♦
nor withheld his loving mercy from me.
Common Worship: Services and Prayers for the Church of England, material from which is included here,
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