The Psalms of David
Day 18. Morning Prayer
Lord, thou hast been our refuge : from one generation to another.
2 Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever the earth and the world were made : thou art God from everlasting, and world without end.
3 Thou turnest man to destruction : again thou sayest, Come again, ye children of men.
4 For a thousand years in thy sight are but as yester-day : seeing that is past as a watch in the night.
5 As soon as thou scatterest them they are even as a sleep : and fade away suddenly like the grass.
6 In the morning it is green, and groweth up : but in the evening it is cut down, dried up, and withered.
7 For we consume away in thy displeasure : and are afraid at thy wrathful indignation.
8 Thou hast set our misdeeds before thee : and our secret sins in the light of thy countenance.
9 For when thou art angry all our days are gone : we bring our years to an end, as it were a tale that is told.
10 The days of our age are threescore years and ten; and though men be so strong that they come to fourscore years : yet is their strength then but labour and sorrow; so soon passeth it away, and we are gone.
11 But who regardeth the power of thy wrath : for even thereafter as a man feareth, so is thy displeasure.
12 So teach us to number our days : that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.
13 Turn thee again, O Lord, at the last : and be gracious unto thy servants.
14 O satisfy us with thy mercy, and that soon : so shall we rejoice and be glad all the days of our life.
15 Comfort us again now after the time that thou hast plagued us : and for the years wherein we have suffered adversity.
16 Shew thy servants thy work : and their children thy glory.
17 And the glorious majesty of the Lord our God be upon us : prosper thou the work of our hands upon us, O prosper thou our handywork.
Whoso dwelleth under the defence of the most High : shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say unto the Lord, Thou art my hope, and my strong hold : my God, in him will I trust.
3 For he shall deliver thee from the snare of the hunter : and from the noisome pestilence.
4 He shall defend thee under his wings, and thou shalt be safe under his feathers : his faithfulness and truth shall be thy shield and buckler.
5 Thou shalt not be afraid for any terror by night: nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
6 For the pestilence that walketh in darkness : nor for the sickness that destroyeth in the noon-day.
7 A thousand shall fall beside thee, and ten thousand at thy right hand : but it shall not come nigh thee.
8 Yea, with thine eyes shalt thou behold : and see the reward of the ungodly.
9 For thou, Lord, art my hope : thou hast set thine house of defence very high.
10 There shall no evil happen unto thee : neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling.
11 For he shall give his angels charge over thee : to keep thee in all thy ways.
12 They shall bear thee in their hands : that thou hurt not thy foot against a stone.
13 Thou shalt go upon the lion and adder : the young lion and the dragon shalt thou tread under thy feet.
14 Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore will I deliver him : I will set him up, because he hath known my Name.
15 He shall call upon me, and I will hear him : yea, I am with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and bring him to honour.
16 With long life will I satisfy him : and shew him my salvation.
Bonum est confiteri
It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord : and to sing praises unto thy Name, O most Highest;
2 To tell of thy loving-kindness early in the morning : and of thy truth in the night-season;
3 Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the lute : upon a loud instrument, and upon the harp.
4 For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy works : and I will rejoice in giving praise for the operations of thy hands.
5 O Lord, how glorious are thy works : thy thoughts are very deep.
6 An unwise man doth not well consider this : and a fool doth not understand it.
7 When the ungodly are green as the grass, and when all the workers of wickedness do flourish : then shall they be destroyed for ever; but thou, Lord, art the most Highest for evermore.
8 For lo, thine enemies, O Lord, lo, thine enemies shall perish : and all the workers of wickedness shall be destroyed.
9 But mine horn shall be exalted like the horn of an unicorn : for I am anointed with fresh oil.
10 Mine eye also shall see his lust of mine enemies : and mine ear shall hear his desire of the wicked that arise up against me.
11 The righteous shall flourish like a palm-tree : and shall spread abroad like a cedar in Libanus.
12 Such as are planted in the house of the Lord : shall flourish in the courts of the house of our God.
13 They also shall bring forth more fruit in their age : and shall be fat and well-liking.
14 That they may shew how true the Lord my strength is : and that there is no unrighteousness in him.
Text from The Book of Common Prayer, the rights in which are vested in the Crown,
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