1Come, let us sing to the Lord;
let us shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation.
2Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving
and raise a loud shout to him with psalms.
3For the Lord is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
4In his hand are the caverns of the earth,
and the heights of the hills are his also.
5The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands have molded the dry land.
6Come, let us bow down, and bend the knee,
and kneel before the Lord our Maker.
7For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture and the sheep of his hand.
Oh, that today you would hearken to his voice!
8Harden not your hearts,
as your forebears did in the wilderness,
at Meribah, and on that day at Massah,
when they tempted me.
9They put me to the test,
though they had seen my works.
10Forty years long I detested that generation and said,
“This people are wayward in their hearts;
they do not know my ways.”
11So I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”
A Collect for Fridays
Almighty God, whose most dear Son went not up to joy but first he suffered pain, and entered not into glory before he was crucified: Mercifully grant that we, walking in the way of the cross, may find it none other than the way of life and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord. Amen.