Daily Scripture Reflection
I am wearied with sighting; all night long tears drench my bed;
my couch is soaked with weeping;
My eyes are dimmed with sorrow, worn out because of my foes.
Away from me, all who do evil! The Lord has heard my weeping.
The Lord has heard my prayer; the Lord takes up my plea.
My foes will be terrified and disgraced; all will fall back in sudden shame.
Turn away your face from my sins; blot out all my guilt.
A clean heart create for me, God; renew in me a steadfast spirit.
Do not drive me from your presence, nor take from me your holy spirit.
Restore my joy in your salvation; sustain in me a willing spirit.
I will teach the wicked your ways, that sinners may return to you.
Rescue me from death, God my saving God,
that my tongue may praise your healing power.
Lord, open my lips; my mouth will proclaim your praise.
For you do not desire sacrifice; a burnt offering you would not accept.
My sacrifice, God, is a broken spirit; God, do not spurn a broken, humbled heart.
I lie prostrate in the dust; give me life in accord with your word.
I disclosed my ways and you answered me; teach me your laws.
Make me understand the way of your precepts; I will ponder your wondrous deeds.
I weep in bitter pain; in accord with your word strengthen me.
Lead me from the way of deceit; favor me with your teaching.
The way of loyalty I have chosen; I have set your edicts before me.
I cling to your decrees, Lord; do not let me come to shame.
I will run the way of your commands, for you open my docile heart.
O God, whom I praise, do not be silent, for wicked and treacherous mouths attack me.
They speak against me with lying tongues; with hateful words they surround me,
attacking me without cause.
In return for my love they slander me, even though I prayed for them.
They repay me evil for good, hatred for my love.
But you, Lord, my God, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
in your great mercy rescue me.
For I am sorely in need; my heart is pierced within me.
Help me, Lord, my God; save me in your kindness.
I call upon you; answer me, O God.
Turn your ear to me; hear my prayer.
Show your wonderful love,
you who deliver with your right arm those who seek refuge from their foes.
Keep me as the apple of your eye;
hide me in the shadow of your wings from the violence of the wicked.
Be kind to your servant that I may live, that I may keep your word.
Open my eyes to see clearly the wonders of your teachings.
I am a sojourner in the land; do not hide your commands from me.
At all times my soul is stirred with longing for your edicts.
With a curse you rebuke the proud who stray from your commands.
Free me from disgrace and contempt, for I observe your decrees.
Though princes meet and talk against me, your servant studies your laws.
Your decrees are my delight; they are my counselors.
Lord, teach me the way of your laws; I shall observe them with care.
Give me insight to observe your teaching, to keep it with all my heart.
Lead me in the path of your commands, for that is my delight.
Direct my heart toward your decrees and away from unjust gain.
Avert my eyes from what is worthless; by your way give me life.
For your servant fulfill your promise made to those who fear you.
Turn away from me the taunts I dread, for your edicts bring good.
See how I long for your precepts; in your justice give me life.
May the eyes of your heart be enlightened, that you may know what is the hope that belongs to his call, what are the riches of glory in his inheritance among the holy ones, and what is the surpassing greatness of his power for us who believe in accord with the exercise of his great might, which he worked in Christ, raising him from the dead and seating him at his right hand in the heavens far above every principality, authority, power, and dominion, and every name that is named not only in this age but also in the one to come.
And he put all things beneath his feet and gave him as head over all things to the Church, which is his body, the fullness of the one who fills all things in every way.
Lord, you have been our refuge through all generations.
Before the mountains were born, the earth and the world brought forth,
from eternity to eternity you are God.
A thousand years in your eyes are merely a yesterday.
But humans you return to dust, saying, “Return, you mortals!”
Before a watch passes in the night, you have brought them to their end;
They disappear like sleep at dawn; they are like grass that dies.
It sprouts green in the morning; by evening it is dry and withered.
But the Lord’s kindness is forever, toward the faithful from age to age.
He favors the children’s children of those who keep his covenant,
who take care to fulfill its precepts.
The Lord’s throne is established in heaven; God’s royal power rules over all.
Bless the Lord, all you angels, mighty in strength and attentive,
obedient to every command.
Bless the Lord, all you hosts, ministers who do God’s will.
Bless the Lord, all creatures, everywhere in God’s domain.
Bless the Lord, my soul!