Psalm 138, for 2 voices — Ana Gobledale, UK

12th Sunday after Pentecost, Year A

Psalm 138 – for 2 voices

Voice 1 lifts prayers directly to God.

Voice 2 reflects on the nature of God.

Worship Leader:   Hear the grateful words of the Psalmist.

Voice 1:

I give you thanks, O God, with my whole heart;

before the gods I sing your praise;
I bow down towards your holy temple
and give thanks to your name
for your steadfast love and your faithfulness;
for you have exalted your name and your word
above everything.

On the day I called, you answered me,
you increased my strength of soul.

All the rulers of the earth shall praise you, O God,
for they have heard the words of your mouth.
They shall sing of the ways of God,
for great is the glory of God.

Voice 2:               

For though God is high,

God regards the lowly;
but the haughty,
God perceives from far away.

Voice 1:      

Though I walk in the midst of trouble,

you preserve me against the wrath of my enemies.
You stretch out your hand,
and your right hand delivers me.

Voice 2:      

God will fulfill God’s purpose for me.

Voice 1:    

Your steadfast love, O God, endures forever.

Do not forsake the work of your hands.

Voice 2:     

Here ends the reading.

May God bless our hearing with understanding.

Psalm 138 appears in the Lectionary for Years A, B and C.