THIRST FOR GOD
As the deer pants after the waterbrook,
So pants my soul after You, O God;
My soul thirsts for You, the living God.
When shall I see Your face, O God?
My tears are my meat day and night,
While they say to me continually, “Where is Your God?”
As with a sword in my bones, my enemies reproach me,
While they say daily to me, “Where now is Your God?”
When I remember these things, I pour out my soul.
Why am I cast down?
Why am I disquieted within?
I hope in You; I shall always praise You, O God, my health.
Deep calls to deep at the noise of Your waterspouts;
All Your waves and billows go over me.
You command loving kindness in the day time,
In the night, a song to You shall be with me,
And a prayer to You, the God of my life.
DAY UNTO DAY
The heavens declare Your glory, O God.
And the firmament proclaims Your handiwork.
Day unto day pours forth speech,
And night unto night shows knowledge
There is no speech or language
Where their voice is not heard.
Their line is gone out through all the earth,
And their words to the end of the world.
In them You set a tent for the sun,
Which like a strong racer runs its course with joy.
Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
And there is nothing hid from its heat.
Your law is perfect, reviving the soul;
Your testimony is is sure, making wise the simple,
Your statutes are right, rejoicing the heart;
Your commandment is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Our fear of You is clean, enduring forever;
Your judgments are true and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold.
Sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them, is Your servant warned;
And in keeping of them there is great reward.
Who can understand his of her errors?
Cleanse me from secret faults.
Keep me also from presumptuous sins;
Let them not have dominion over me.
May the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart,
Be acceptable in Your sight, O God, my strength and my redeemer.
YOU ARE MY GOD
In You, O God, do I put my trust.
You are my rock and my fortress:
Therefore, lead me, and guide me.
Into Your hand I commit my spirit;
For You have considered my trouble:
You have known my soul in adversities.
I trust in You, O God:
You are my God.
O how great is Your goodness,
Which You have wrought for those who trust in You.
We love You, O God;
All of my hope is in You.
YOU ARE MY HELP
O God, You are my God:
Early will I seek You:
My soul thirsts for You,
As in a dry and weary land where no water is.
I have looked upon You in the sanctuary,
Beholding Your power and Your glory.
Because Your steadfast love is better than life,
My mouth will praise You with joyful lips.
I will bless You as long as I live:
I will lift up my hands and call on Your name.
Because You have been my help,
I will sing for joy in the shadow of Your wings.
THE DAYS OF OUR YEARS
You have been our dwelling-place in all generations, O God.
Before the mountains came forth,
And before the earth was formed,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.
You turn us to destruction saying,
Return, You children of the earth.
A thousand years in Your sight
Are but as yesterday when it is past,
And as a watch in the night.
You carry them away as with a flood;
They are as asleep.
In the morning, they are like grass which flourishes and grows;
In the evening, it is cut down and withers.
The days of our years are three-score years and ten;
But even if they be fourscore years or more,
Their pride becomes labor and sorrow,
For it is soon gone, and we fly away.
So teach us to number our days,
That we may apply our hearts to wisdom