November 24, 2011

Psalm 65

Praise awaits you, O God, in Zion;
   to you our vows will be fulfilled.
O you who hear prayer,
   to you all men will come.
When we were overwhelmed by sins,
   you forgave our transgressions.
Blessed are those you choose
   and bring near to live in your courts!
We are filled with the good things of your house,
   of your holy temple.

 You answer us with awesome deeds of righteousness,
   O God our Savior,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
   and of the farthest seas,
who formed the mountains by your power,
   having armed yourself with strength,
who stilled the roaring of the seas,
   the roaring of their waves,
   and the turmoil of the nations.
Those living far away fear your wonders;
   where morning dawns and evening fades
   you call forth songs of joy.

You care for the land and water it;
   you enrich it abundantly.
The streams of God are filled with water
   to provide the people with grain,
   for so you have ordained it.
You drench its furrows
   and level its ridges;
you soften it with showers
   and bless its crops.
You crown the year with your bounty, 
   and your carts overflow with abundance. 
The grasslands of the desert overflow;
   the hills are clothed with gladness.
The meadows are covered with flocks
   and the valleys are mantled with grain;
   they shout for joy and sing.

May the day run out before you run out of words of thanks to God the Great Giver!
(Hopefully this psalm will get you off to a good start.)

Happy Thanksgiving!

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