Psalm 3

Refrain:    You, Lord, are a shield about me.

1    Lord, how many are my adversaries;  

many are they who rise up against me.

2    Many are they who say to my soul,  

‘There is no help for you in your God.’ [R]

3    But you, Lord, are a shield about me;  

you are my glory, and the lifter up of my head.

4    When I cry aloud to the Lord,  

he will answer me from his holy hill;

5    I lie down and sleep and rise again,  

because the Lord sustains me.

6    I will not be afraid of hordes of the peoples  

that have set themselves against me all around. [R]

7    Rise up, O Lord, and deliver me, O my God,  

for you strike all my enemies on the cheek

and break the teeth of the wicked.

8    Salvation belongs to the Lord:  

may your blessing be upon your people.

Refrain:    You, Lord, are a shield about me.

Shield us, Lord, from all evil,

and lift us from apathy and despair,

that even when we are terrified,

we may trust your power to save;

through Jesus Christ our Lord.


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