We woke to almost a foot of snow this morning. Before the big digging out begins, lets just snuggle in, in the quiet, giving thanks and rejoicing in our wonderful Lord.
For the director of music. To the tune of “The Death of the Son.” A psalm of David.
1 I will give thanks to you, Lord, with all my heart;
I will tell of all your wonderful deeds.
2 I will be glad and rejoice in you;
I will sing the praises of your name, O Most High.
3 My enemies turn back;
they stumble and perish before you.
4 For you have upheld my right and my cause,
sitting enthroned as the righteous judge.
5 You have rebuked the nations and destroyed the wicked;
you have blotted out their name for ever and ever.
6 Endless ruin has overtaken my enemies,
you have uprooted their cities;
even the memory of them has perished.
7 The Lord reigns forever;
he has established his throne for judgment.
8 He rules the world in righteousness
and judges the peoples with equity.
9 The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
10 Those who know your name trust in you,
for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.
11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion;
proclaim among the nations what he has done.
12 For he who avenges blood remembers;
he does not ignore the cries of the afflicted.
13 Lord, see how my enemies persecute me!
Have mercy and lift me up from the gates of death,
14 that I may declare your praises
in the gates of Daughter Zion,
and there rejoice in your salvation.
15 The nations have fallen into the pit they have dug;
their feet are caught in the net they have hidden.
16 The Lord is known by his acts of justice;
the wicked are ensnared by the work of their hands.
17 The wicked go down to the realm of the dead,
all the nations that forget God.
18 But God will never forget the needy;
the hope of the afflicted will never perish.
19 Arise, Lord, do not let mortals triumph;
let the nations be judged in your presence.
20 Strike them with terror, Lord;
let the nations know they are only mortal.
Lord my heart is overwhelmed with thanks to you.
I will use my voice to tell everyone I meet of Your wonderful deeds.
Because of You I can rejoice and sing praise.
You are the Most High – There is not one who is greater than You
Your praises will always be on my lips!
I have come to know that I do have an enemy – one for sure.
You cause my enemy to stumble and fall back.
You see the destruction on the earth – nothing is hidden from You
You are the Righteous Judge – You reign forever!
You see the wicked and the ruins they have left behind.
Ruined families, ruined homes, ruined lives
You see the oppressed all over the earth, You do not ignore their cries.
You are our refuge and stronghold in times of trouble.
I know Your name – I trust in You!
In the midst of trouble I can declare my praise to You
No matter what, I have salvation in You!
The wicked of this world will fall into the pit they have dug for themselves.
You are a God who is just in all of His ways.
You see the wicked who draw their nations far from You, who choose to forget you.
I know this, You will not forget the needy, they can have hope even in days of deep trouble.
Put every nation in their place Lord, let them know they will not go on forever.
You arise, in You there is no end. – Amen
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