A PRAYER OF DEVOTION


O God, thou art my God, I seek thee,
my soul thirsts for thee;
my flesh faints for thee,
as in a dry and weary land where no water is.
So I have looked upon thee in the sanctuary,
beholding thy power and glory.
Because thy steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise thee.
So I will bless thee as long as I live;
I will lift up my hands and call on thy name.
My soul is feasted as with marrow and fat,
and my mouth praises thee with joyful lips,
When I think of thee upon my bed,
and meditate on thee in the watches of the night;
For thou hast been my help,
and in the shadow of thy wings I sing for joy.
My soul clings to thee;
thy right hand upholds me.

As a hart longs for flowing streams,
so longs my soul for thee, 0 God.
My soul thirsts for God,
for the living God.
When shall I come and behold the face of God?
With open mouth I pant,
because I long for thy commandments.
I stretch out my hands to thee;
my soul thirsts for thee like a parched land.
My soul longs, yea, faints for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy to the living God.

For he satisfies him who is thirsty,
and the hungry he fills with good things.

For with thee is the fountain of life;
in thy light do we see light.
O taste and see that the Lord is good!
How sweet are thy words to my taste,
sweeter than honey to my mouth!

I love thee, 0 Lord, my strength.
0 come, let us worship and bow down,
let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Not to us, 0 Lord, not to us,
but to thy name give glory,
for the sake of thy steadfast love and thy faithfulness!

(Psalms 63:1-8; 42:1-2; 119:131; 143:6; 84:2; 107:9; 36:9; 34:8; 119:103; 18:1; 95:6-7; 115:1).

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