Psalm for Thursday in the Third Week of Advent
I will exalt you, O Lord, because you have lifted me up
and have not let my enemies triumph over me.
O Lord my God, I cried out to you,
and you restored me to health.
You brought me up, O Lord, from the dead;
you restored my life as I was going down to the grave.
Sing to the Lord, you servants of his;
give thanks for the remembrance of his holiness.
For his wrath endures but the twinkling of an eye;
his favor for a lifetime.
Weeping may spend the night,
but joy comes in the morning.
While I felt secure, I said, "I shall never be disturbed.
You, Lord, with your favor, made me as strong as the mountains."
Then you hid your face,
and I was filled with fear.
I cried to you, O Lord;
I pleaded with the Lord,saying,
"What profit is there in my blood, if I go down to the Pit?
will the dust praise you or declare your faithfulness?
Hear, O Lord, and have mercy upon me;
O Lord, be my helper."
You have turned my wailing into dancing;
you have put off my sack-cloth and clothed me with joy.
Therefore my heart sings to you without ceasing;
O Lord my God, I will give you thanks for ever.