Always be joyful, pray continually;
give thanks, whatever happens.
Psalm 23 (KJV)
- The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
- He maketh me to lie down in green pastures:
he leadeth me beside the still waters.
- He restoreth my soul:
he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
- Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil:
for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
- Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies:
thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
- Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life:
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
The Armour of God
grant us your wisdom and favour,
give us the grace to cast off the works of darkness
and put on the full armour of God,
now in the time of this mortal life,
Place on us the belt of truth, because you are the way,
and the truth and the life,
the breastplate of righteousness,
because we have no righteousness of our own,
but you became our righteousness on the cross.
Place on us shoes of the Gospel of peace
that we miss no opportunity to share your love with others.
Put on us the shield of faith,
that the fiery darts of the enemy do not harm us in any way.
Put on us the helmet of salvation,
that our minds be protected and renewed daily in You.
Put on us the sword of the Spirit,
which is the word of God;
and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
the Love of God
and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit
be with us all for ever more.