We prayed this psalm in Morning Prayer today. A lovely psalm for all deacons, and everyone else dedicated to service to the poor.
Praise the Lord, my soul
I will praise the Lord all my life; I will sing songs to my God while I live.
Do not rely on the powerful, on a man who cannot save. The Spirit goes forth and returns to the earth; on that day, all of his designs vanish.
Blessed is he who has the God of Jacob as his help, who hopes in the Lord his God, the Creator of heaven and earth, of the sea and all that it contains.
His is faithful for ever; he gives justice to the oppressed, food to the hungry.
The Lord frees prisoners, the Lord gives sight to the blind, the Lord raises up the fallen, the Lord loves the just ones.
The Lord protects strangers, he sustains the orphan and the widow, but overturns the ways of the impious.
The Lord reigns forever, your God, O Sion, for every generation!