Psalm for 4 August, the 18th Wednesday in Ordinary Time
A Song of Ascents
Remember, O Lord, in David’s favor,
all the hardships he endured,
how he swore to the Lord
and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
“I will not enter my house
or get into my bed,
I will not give sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids
until I find a place for the Lord,
a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
we found it in the fields of Jaar
“Let us go to his dwelling place;
let us worship at his footstool!”
Arise, O Lord, and go to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and let your saints shout for joy.
For the sake of your servant David
do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
The Lord swore to David a sure oath
from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
I will set on your throne.
If your sons keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
shall sit on your throne.”
For the Lord has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his dwelling place:
“This is my resting place forever;
here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
I will abundantly bless her provisions;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
and her saints will shout for joy.
There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but on him his crown will shine.”
THE PSALM PRAYER
O Loving Father, who by your oath has promised unto us a Savior, Jesus Christ your Son: You have not deceived us, but have given him unto us, as your Word has declared and by your Sacraments you have confirmed. Indeed, he has further promised unto us that he will abide with us until the end of the age. Therefore, dear Father, we beseech you to bless us in all our circumstances, govern us, and replenish us with joy. Let your crown and kingdom abide above us and preserve us in peace, through the same Jesus Christ your Son. AMEN.
Psalm for 3 August, the 18th Tuesday in Ordinary Time
To the choirmaster: according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
Save, O Lord, for the godly one is gone;
for the faithful have vanished from among the children of man.
Everyone utters lies to his neighbor;
with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
May the Lord cut off all flattering lips,
the tongue that makes great boasts,
those who say, “With our tongue we will prevail,
our lips are with us; who is master over us?”
“Because the poor are plundered, because the needy groan,
I will now arise,” says the Lord;
“I will place him in the safety for which he longs.”
The words of the Lord are pure words,
like silver refined in a furnace on the ground,
purified seven times.
You, O Lord, will keep them;
you will guard us from this generation forever.
On every side the wicked prowl,
as vileness is exalted among the children of man.
THE PSALM PRAYER
Merciful Father, who abhors all hypocrisy and lies: Lift up yourself and reveal your strength for the deliverance of your poor servants, oppressed by the slanders of flatterers. Strengthen us from day to day in the sure hope of your promises, until at last we attain to the full fruition of them, by the merits of Jesus Christ your Son. AMEN.
Psalm for 2 August, the 18th Monday in Ordinary Time
To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.
I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
I will be glad and exult in you;
I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
When my enemies turn back,
they stumble and perish before your presence.
For you have maintained my just cause;
you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
their cities you rooted out;
the very memory of them has perished.
But the Lord sits enthroned forever;
he has established his throne for justice,
and he judges the world with righteousness;
he judges the peoples with uprightness.
The Lord is a stronghold for the oppressed,
a stronghold in times of trouble.
And those who know your name put their trust in you,
for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Sing praises to the Lord, who sits enthroned in Zion!
Tell among the peoples his deeds!
For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
Be gracious to me, O Lord!
See my affliction from those who hate me,
O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
that I may recount all your praises,
that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
I may rejoice in your salvation.
The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
The Lord has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
The wicked shall return to Sheol,
all the nations that forget God.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
Arise, O Lord! Let not man prevail;
let the nations be judged before you!
Put them in fear, O Lord!
Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah
THE PSALM PRAYER
Almighty God, who never despises those who trust in you: Hear the complaint of us, your poor servants and do not allow the wicked to accomplish their cruel plans against us, but rather, take them in their own snares. Do this so that we may magnify your holy name, through Jesus Christ our Redeemer and Defender. AMEN.
Psalm for 1 August, the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time
To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.
Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
and sings praises to you;
they sing praises to your name.” Selah
Come and see what God has done:
he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
He turned the sea into dry land;
they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in him,
who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah
Bless our God, O peoples;
let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
and has not let our feet slip.
For you, O God, have tested us;
you have tried us as silver is tried.
You brought us into the net;
you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
you let men ride over our heads;
we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.
I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
I will perform my vows to you,
that which my lips uttered
and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah
Come and hear, all you who fear God,
and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
I cried to him with my mouth,
and high praise was on my tongue.
If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
the Lord would not have listened.
But truly God has listened;
he has attended to the voice of my prayer.
Blessed be God,
because he has not rejected my prayer
or removed his steadfast love from me!
THE PSALM PRAYER
O Lord, to whom all glory and honor belong: Make your marvelous works known throughout the whole earth, so that the force of your power may bring down your enemies and ours. And also grant to your people, that we may be so settled by the afflictions that you send to us that we may never cease to praise your mercy and goodness, which is abundantly revealed to us in your dear Son Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. AMEN.
Psalm for 31 July, the 17th Saturday in Ordinary Time
A Psalm for giving thanks.
Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth!
Serve the Lord with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the Lord, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the Lord is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
THE PSALM PRAYER
O Lord, the plentiful source of all happiness: Since it has pleased you of your free mercy and goodness to choose us for your heritage and to regenerate us spiritually: Keep us safe under your wings to the end, and grant that we may daily grow in the knowledge of your goodness, truth, and mercy, which you have manifested to us in our Redeemer and Savior, Jesus Christ. AMEN.
Psalm for 30 July, the 17th Friday in Ordinary Time
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David.
O Lord, rebuke me not in your anger,
nor discipline me in your wrath.
Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;
heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.
My soul also is greatly troubled.
But you, O Lord—how long?
Turn, O Lord, deliver my life;
save me for the sake of your steadfast love.
For in death there is no remembrance of you;
in Sheol who will give you praise?
I am weary with my moaning;
every night I flood my bed with tears;
I drench my couch with my weeping.
My eye wastes away because of grief;
it grows weak because of all my foes.
Depart from me, all you workers of evil,
for the Lord has heard the sound of my weeping.
The Lord has heard my plea;
the Lord accepts my prayer.
All my enemies shall be ashamed and greatly troubled;
they shall turn back and be put to shame in a moment.
THE PSALM PRAYER
Great Lord and just Judge, who as a father disciplines your children to drive them to sincere and heart-felt repentance: Grant unto your people of your infinite goodness that the afflictions that we justly suffer for our offenses may lead to the amendment of our lives; and that in the midst of them, we may have a perfect feeling of your fatherly mercy, so that, our enemies being confounded, we may praise you with thanksgiving all the days of our life. Through Jesus Christ your Son. AMEN.
Psalm for 29 July, the 17th Thursday in Ordinary Time
To the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering.
Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
O Lord, make haste to help me!
Let them be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
Let them turn back because of their shame
who say, “Aha, Aha!”
May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O Lord, do not delay!
THE PSALM PRAYER
Gracious heavenly Father, Protector and Defender of all those who put their confidence in you: Make haste to help your people and destroy the counsels of all those who scorn us, because we trust in your goodness. Grant that all those who seek you with their whole heart and call upon you in spirit and in truth may have continually new reasons to praise and magnify your holy Name. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.
Psalm for 28 July, the 17th Wednesday in Ordinary Time
A Song of Ascents.
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
so the Lord surrounds his people,
from this time forth and forevermore.
For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
on the land allotted to the righteous,
lest the righteous stretch out
their hands to do wrong.
Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
and to those who are upright in their hearts!
But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
Peace be upon Israel!
THE PSALM PRAYER
O Mighty King and Lord, the rock and fortress of all those who put their trust in you: Undo the force and break down the pride of those who afflict your poor Church, and do not allow your simple folk to be overthrown by them, but rather confirm them as Mount Zion, that they may abide in the new Jerusalem, which is Christ’s Church. Do not allow your people to shake hands with unrighteousness, but et peace be upon Israel, who do not walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Through Jesus Christ your Son. AMEN.
Psalm for 27 July, the 17th Tuesday in Ordinary Time
To you, O Lord, I call;
my rock, be not deaf to me,
lest, if you be silent to me,
I become like those who go down to the pit.
Hear the voice of my pleas for mercy,
when I cry to you for help,
when I lift up my hands
toward your most holy sanctuary.
Do not drag me off with the wicked,
with the workers of evil,
who speak peace with their neighbors
while evil is in their hearts.
Give to them according to their work
and according to the evil of their deeds;
give to them according to the work of their hands;
render them their due reward.
Because they do not regard the works of the Lord
or the work of his hands,
he will tear them down and build them up no more.
Blessed be the Lord!
For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.
The Lord is my strength and my shield;
in him my heart trusts, and I am helped;
my heart exults,
and with my song I give thanks to him.
The Lord is the strength of his people;
he is the saving refuge of his anointed.
Oh, save your people and bless your heritage!
Be their shepherd and carry them forever.
THE PSALM PRAYER
O God, full of all consolation, who loves equity and detests all hypocrisy and iniquity: Destroy the enterprises of all those who seek our destruction, Be the strength and shield of all those who trust in you, that in all spiritual joy, your people may sing praises, setting forth your glory. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. AMEN.