Music for Prayer: ‘A pleasant land’ (Psalm 16)
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This week’s podcast episode once again incorporates the lovely “Dragon Country (Apple & Clove)” by Alexander Westmacott, this time as music “in conversation” with a slow reading of Psalm 16. Thanks to Judy Howard for the feedback about that track and the suggestion to let it play with voiceover.
You probably know this psalm. It’s a great one for reading in the style suggested by the story I tell from Bishop Mark Dyer. There are just so many single-verse gems that it’s nice to be able to pause throughout.
Book of Common Prayer, Public Domain
1 Protect me, O God, for I take refuge in you; *
I have said to the LORD, “You are my Lord,
my good above all other.”
2 All my delight is upon the godly that are in the land, *
upon those who are noble among the people.
3 But those who run after other gods *
shall have their troubles multiplied.
4 Their libations of blood I will not offer, *
nor take the names of their gods upon my lips.
5 O LORD, you are my portion and my cup; *
it is you who uphold my lot.
6 My boundaries enclose a pleasant land; *
indeed, I have a goodly heritage.
7 I will bless the LORD who gives me counsel; *
my heart teaches me, night after night.
8 I have set the LORD always before me; *
because he is at my right hand I shall not fall.
9 My heart, therefore, is glad, and my spirit rejoices; *
my body also shall rest in hope.
10 For you will not abandon me to the grave, *
nor let your holy one see the Pit.
11 You will show me the path of life; *
in your presence there is fullness of joy,
and in your right hand are pleasures for evermore.
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