LEADER: Happy are those whose way is blameless, who walk in the law of God. PEOPLE: Happy are those who seek God’s decrees, who seek God with their whole heart, LEADER: Who also do no wrong, but walk in God’s ways PEOPLE: You have commanded your precepts to be kept diligently. LEADER: O that my ways may be steadfast in keeping your statutes! PEOPLE: Then I shall not be put to shame, having my eyes fixed on all your commandment LEADER: I will praise you with an upright heart. When l learn your righteous ordinances. ALL: I will observe your statutes; do not utterly forsake me.
LEADER: May the Lord answer you when you are in distress; may the name of the God of Jacob protect you PEOPLE: May he send you help from the sanctuary and grant you support from Zion. LEADER: May he remember all your sacrifices and accept your burnt offerings. PEOPLE: May he give you the desire of your heart and make all your plans succeed. ALL: We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners in the name of our God. May the Lord grant all your requests.
LEADER: Have mercy on me, O God according to your steadfast love; PEOPLE: According to your abundance mercy blot out my transgressions. LEADER: Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. PEOPLE: For l know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me. LEADER: You desire truth in the inward being; PEOPLE: therefore, teach me wisdom in my secret heart. LEADER: Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. PEOPLE: Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. LEADER: Create in me a clean heart, O God PEOPLE: And put a new and right spirit within me. LEADER: Do not cast me away from your presence, and do not take your holy spirit from me. PEOPLE: Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and sustain in me a willing spirit. LEADER: Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. PEOPLE: O Lord, open my lips and my mouth will declare your praise.