Christmas Morning

 

Psalm 19. Caeli enarrant

THE heavens declare the glory of God : and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
2. One day telleth another : and one night certifieth another.
3. There is neither speech nor language : but their voices are heard among them.
4. Their sound is gone out into all lands : and their words into the ends of the world.
5. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun : which cometh forth as a bridegroom out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a giant to run his course.
6. It goeth forth from the uttermost part of the heaven, and runneth about unto the end of it again : and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof.
7. The law of the Lord is an undefiled law, converting the soul : the testimony of the Lord is sure, and giveth wisdom unto the simple.
8. The statutes of the Lord are right, and rejoice the heart : the commandment of the Lord is pure, and giveth light unto the eyes.
9. The fear of the Lord is clean, and endureth for ever : the judgements of the Lord are true, and righteous altogether.
10. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold : sweeter also than honey, and the honey-comb.
11. Moreover, by them is thy servant taught : and in keeping of them there is great reward.
12. Who can tell how oft he offendeth : O cleanse thou me from my secret faults.
13. Keep thy servant also from presumptuous sins, lest they get the dominion over me : so shall I be undefiled, and innocent from the great offence.
14. Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart : be alway acceptable in thy sight,
15. O Lord : my strength, and my redeemer.

 

Psalm 45. Eructavit cor meum

MY HEART is inditing of a good matter : I speak of the things which I have made unto the King.
2. My tongue is the pen : of a ready writer.
3. Thou art fairer than the children of men: full of grace are thy lips, because God hath blessed thee for ever.
4. Gird thee with thy sword upon thy thigh, O thou most Mighty : according to thy worship and renown.
5. Good luck have thou with thine honour : ride on, because of the word of truth , of meekness, and righteousness; and thy right hand shall teach thee terrible things.
6. Thy arrows are very sharp, and the people shall be subdued unto thee : even in the midst among the King’s enemies.
7. Thy seat, O God, endureth for ever : the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
8. Thou hast loved righteousness, and hated iniquity : wherefore God, even thy God, hath anointed thee with the oil of gladness above thy fellows.
9. All thy garments smell of myrrh, aloes, and cassia : out of the ivory palaces, whereby they have made thee glad.
10. Kings’ daughters were among thy honourable women : upon thy right hand did stand the queen in a vesture of gold, wrought about with divers colours.
11. Hearken, O daughter, and consider, incline thine ear ; forget also thine own people, and thy father’s house.
12. So shall the King have pleasure in thy beauty : for he is thy Lord God, and worship thou him.
13. And the daughter of Tyre shall be there with a gift : like as the rich also among the people shall make their supplication before thee.
14. The King’s daughter is all glorious within : her clothing is of wrought gold.
15. She shall be brought unto the King in raiment of needle-work : the virgins that be her fellows shall bear her company, and shall be brought unto thee.
16. With joy and gladness shall they be brought : and shall enter into the King’s palace.
17. Instead of thy fathers thou shalt have children : whom thou mayest make princes in all lands.
18. I will remember thy Name from one generation to another : therefore shall the people give thanks unto thee, world without end.

 

Psalm 85. Benedixisti, Domine

LORD, thou art become gracious unto thy land : thou hast turned away the captivity of Jacob.
2. Thou hast forgiven the offence of thy people : and covered all their sins.
3. Thou hast taken away all thy displeasure : and turned thyself from thy wrathful indignation.
4. Turn us then, O God our Saviour : and let thine anger cease from us.
5. Wilt thou be displeased at us for ever : and wilt thou stretch out thy wrath from one generation to another?
6. Wilt thou not turn again, and quicken us : that thy people may rejoice in thee?
7. Shew us thy mercy, O Lord : and grant us thy salvation.
8. I will hearken what the Lord God will say concerning me : for he shall speak peace unto his people, and to his saints, that they turn not again.
9. For his salvation is nigh them that fear him : that glory may dwell in our land.
10. Mercy and truth are met together : righteousness and peace have kissed each other.
11. Truth shall flourish out of the earth : and righteousness hath looked down from heaven.
12. Yea, the Lord shall shew loving-kindness : and our land shall give her increase.
13. Righteousness shall go before him : and he shall direct his going in the way.