1Lord, remember David, *
and all the hardships he endured;
2How he swore an oath to the Lord *
and vowed a vow to the Mighty One of Jacob:
3″I will not come under the roof of my house,” *
nor climb up into my bed;
4I will not allow my eyes to sleep, *
nor let my eyelids slumber;
5Until I find a place for the Lord, *
a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
6″The ark! We heard it was in Ephratah; *
we found it in the fields of Jearim.
7Let us go to God’s dwelling place; *
let us fall upon our knees before his footstool.”
8Arise, O Lord, into your resting-place, *
you and the ark of your strength.
9Let your priests be clothed with righteousness; *
let your faithful people sing with joy.
10For your servant David’s sake, *
do not turn away the face of your Anointed.
11The Lord has sworn an oath to David; *
in truth, he will not break it:
12″A son, the fruit of your body *
will I set upon your throne.
13If your children keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them, *
their children will sit upon your throne for evermore.”
14For the Lord has chosen Zion; *
he has desired her for his habitation:
15″This shall be my resting-place for ever; *
here will I dwell, for I delight in her.
16I will surely bless her provisions, *
and satisfy her poor with bread.
17I will clothe her priests with salvation, *
and her faithful people will rejoice and sing.
18There will I make the horn of David flourish; *
I have prepared a lamp for my Anointed.
19As for his enemies, I will clothe them with shame; *
but as for him, his crown will shine.”
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.