Sunday, 25 September 2005

Another Psalm, Of Thanksgiving and Love of the Lord

Psalm 102

By David

Bless the Lord, my soul, and all that is within me his holy name.

Bless the Lord, my soul, and do not forget all his rewards,

Him who has propitiated all your acts of lawlessness, him who has healed all your sicknesses,

Him who has ransomed your life from corruptions, him who has crowned you in mercy and compassions,

Him who has fulfilled your desire in good things; your youth will be renewed as the eagle’s.

The Lord, making acts of mercy, and judgement for all those who have been wronged,

Has made known his ways to Moses, his wishes to the sons of Israel.

The Lord is compassionate and merciful, long-suffering and most merciful; he will not be angry to the end, neither will he be wrathful to the Age.

Not according to our acts of lawlessness did he do to us, nor according to our sins did he reward us,

For according to the height of Heaven above the earth the Lord has held his mercy upon those who fear him.

As far as the east is from the west has he put away from us our acts of lawlessness.

Just as a father has compassion on his sons, the Lord has had compassion on those who fear him, for he has known our mould, he has remembered that we are dust.

Man, just as the herb are his days, just as the flower of the field will he bloom.

For the spirit has passed into him, and he will not be, and he will not know his place any more.

But the mercy of the Lord is from the Age and unto the Age on those who fear him.

And his justice is on sons of sons, on those who guard his covenant, and on those who have remembered his commandments to do them.

The Lord in Heaven has prepared his throne and his kingdom is the master of all.

Bless the Lord, all his angels, strong in strength, who do his word so as to obey the voice of his words.

Bless the Lord, all his powers, his ministers who do his will.

Bless the Lord, all his works, in every place of his mastery. Bless the Lord, my soul.

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