Psalm 91:1-6, 14-16
(from RSV & The Message)
1 - You who live in the shelter of the Most High,
2 - You who abide in the shadow of the Almighty,
1 - Say to the Lord,
2 - "God, you are my refuge. I trust in you and I'm
1 - That's right - he rescues you from hidden traps,
2 - He shields you from deadly hazards.
1 - His huge outstretched arms, like wings, protect you -
2 - under them you're perfectly safe;
1 - his arms fend off all harm.
2 - Fear nothing - not wild wolves in the night,
1 - not flying arrows in the day,
2 - Not disease that prowls through the darkness,
1 - not disaster that erupts at high noon...
2 - "If you'll hold on to me for dear life,"
1 - says God,
2 - "I'll get you out of any trouble.
1 - I'll give you the best of care
2 - if you'll only get to know and trust me.
1 - Call me and I'll answer, be at your side in bad times;
2 - I'll rescue you, then throw you a party.
1 - I'll give you a long life,
2 - Iíll give you a long drink of salvation!"
(pause a moment to indicate the end of the reading)
1 - Please stand, if you are able, and give "Praise to the
Lord, the Almighty" - #37 in the hymnal.