I will extol you, O Lord, for you have drawn me up, and did not let my foes rejoice over me.
O Lord my God, I cried to you for help, and you have healed me.
O Lord, you brought up my soul from Sheol, restored me to life from among those gone down to the Pit.
Sing praises to the Lord, O you his faithful ones, and give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment; his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night, but joy comes with the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity, “I shall never be moved.”
By your favor, O Lord, you had established me as a strong mountain; you hid your face; I was dismayed.
To you, O Lord, I cried, and to the Lord I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my death, if I go down to the Pit? Will the dust praise you? Will it tell of your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and be gracious to me! O Lord, be my helper!”
You have turned my mourning into dancing; you have taken off my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
so that my soul may praise you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give thanks to you forever.
Food For Thought:
In this passage of Scripture, the Psalmist praises God for the ways in which God has responded to the Psalmist’s need. Think of a time in your life when God has responded to your need. How did that feel? Did you praise God for God working actively in your life?
you give the holy law to your people
so that it will always be near us and our children.
Through our Lord Jesus who has fulfilled the law in every way,
grant that we may love you with heart, soul, strength, and mind,
and our neighbor as ourselves. Amen.
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