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