Psalm 138 — Ana Gobledale, UK

Proper 16 (usually 12th Sunday after Pentecost), Year A

Written for two 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.

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