St Alban’s Episcopal Church
Tuesday, June 21, 2022
This is the Psalm Jos chose for his ordination on June 25. Clearly, it is his testimony. (Photos are all of St. Michael’s Episcopal Cathedral in Boise, where he will be seated on Sunday, June 26.)
I waited for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the desolate pit, out of the miry bog and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Happy are those who make the Lord their trust, who do not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after false gods. You have multiplied, my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts towards us; none can compare with you. Were I to proclaim and tell of them, they would be more than can be counted.
Sacrifice and offering you do not desire, but you have given me an open ear. Burnt-offering and sin-offering you have not required. Then I said, “Here I am; in the scroll of the book it is written of me. I delight to do your will, O my God; Your Law is within my heart.”
I have told the glad new of deliverance in the great congregation; see, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O Lord. I have not hidden your saving help within my heart, I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. Do not, O Lord, withhold your mercy from me; let your steadfast love and your faithfulness keep me safe for ever. For evils have encompassed me without number; my iniquities have overtaken me, until I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head, and my heart fails me. Be pleased O Lord, to deliver me; O Lord, make haste to help me. Let those be put to shame and confusion who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who desire my hurt.
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