O Lord, open our lips;
And our mouth shall proclaim your praise.
God ever reigns on high.
O come, let us worship.
- You delivered me from my powerful enemy,
and from those who hated me:
because they were too strong for me.
- They came upon me in the day of my calamity:
but you were my upholder O Lord.
- You brought me out into a place of liberty:
you rescued me because you delighted in me.
- You rewarded me for my righteous dealing:
you recompensed me because my hands were clean.
- For I have kept your ways O Lord:
and have not wickedly forsaken my God.
- All your laws are before my eyes:
and your commandments I have not put away from me.
- I was also blameless before you:
and I kept myself from wickedness.
- So you rewarded me for my righteous dealing:
because my hands were clean in your sight.
- With the faithful you show yourself faithful:
with the upright you show yourself upright.
- With the pure you show yourself pure:
but with the crafty ones you are crafty.
- For you will deliver a humble people:
but you will bring down the high looks of the proud.
- You light my lamp O Lord my God:
you turn my darkness into light.
- With you I can crush a troop:
with the help of my God I can leap over a wall.
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.