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.
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
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.
For though God is high,
God regards the lowly;
but the haughty,
God perceives from far away.
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.
God will fulfill God’s purpose for me.
Your steadfast love, O God, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands.
Here ends the reading.
May God bless our hearing with understanding.
Psalm 138 appears in the Lectionary for Years A, B and C.