This Morning’s Psalms are Beautiful

Since Elise and I have been doing a modified Lectio divina I haven’t been doing Morning Prayer, but in my first morning alone I thought it would be nice. Psalm 113 and 115 are appointed for today and they are just beautiful.

Psalm 113

1 Hallelujah!
     Give praise, you servants of the LORD;*
     praise the Name of the LORD.

2 Let the Name of the LORD be blessed,*
     from this time forth for evermore.

3 From the rising of the sun to its going down*
     let the Name of the LORD be praised.

4 The LORD is high above all nations,*
     and his glory above the heavens.

5 Who is like the LORD our God, who sits enthroned on high,*
     but stoops to behold the heavens and the earth?

6 He takes up the weak out of the dust*
     and lifts up the poor from the ashes.

7 He sets them with the princes,*
     with the princes of his people.

8 He makes the woman of a childless house*
     to be a joyful mother of children.

Psalm 115

1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us,
     but to your Name give glory;*
     because of your love and because of your faithfulness.

2 Why should the heathen say,*
     “Where then is their God?”

3 Our God is in heaven;*
     whatever he wills to do he does.

4 Their idols are silver and gold,*
     the work of human hands.

5 They have mouths, but they cannot speak;*
     eyes have they, but they cannot see;

6 They have ears but they cannot hear;*
     noses, but they cannot smell;

7 They have hands, but they cannot feel;
     feet, but they cannot walk;*
     they make no sound with their throat.

8 Those who make them are like them,*
     and so are all who put their trust in them.

9 O Israel, trust in the LORD;*
     he is their help and their shield.

10 O house of Aaron, trust in the LORD;*
     he is their help and their shield.

11 You who fear the LORD, trust in the LORD;*
     he is their help and their shield.

12 The LORD has been mindful of us, and he will bless us;*
     he will bless the house of Israel;
     he will bless the house of Aaron;

13 He will bless those who fear the LORD,*
     both small and great together.

14 May the LORD increase you more and more,*
     you and your children after you.

15 May you be blessed by the LORD,*
     the maker of heaven and earth.

16 The heaven of heavens is the LORD’S,*
     but he entrusted the earth to its peoples.

17 The dead do not praise the LORD,*
     nor all those who go down into silence;

18 But we will bless the LORD,*
     from this time forth for evermore.

via Morning Prayer.

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