Happy are those who fear the Lord,
who greatly delight in his commandments.... (Psalm 112:1)
Invitatory Psalm 84
How lovely is your dwelling place,
LORD of heavenly forces!
2 My very being longs, even yearns,
for the LORD ’s courtyards.
My heart and my body
will rejoice out loud to the living God!
3 Yes, the sparrow too has found a home there;
the swallow has found herself a nest
where she can lay her young beside your altars,
LORD of heavenly forces, my king, my God!
4 Those who live in your house are truly happy;
they praise you constantly. Selah
9 Look at our shield, God;
pay close attention to the face of your anointed one!
10 Better is a single day in your courtyards
than a thousand days anywhere else!
I would prefer to stand outside the entrance of my God’s house
than live comfortably in the tents of the wicked!
11 The LORD is a sun and shield;
God is favor and glory.
The LORD gives—doesn’t withhold!—good things
to those who walk with integrity.
12 LORD of heavenly forces,
those who trust in you are truly happy!
[Common English Bible]
Daily Lectionary Reading, Sirach 10:12-18
12 Human arrogance begins when people rebel against the Lord, and their hearts rebel against the one who made them. 13 The beginning of arrogance is sin, and those who cling to it will pour out blasphemy. For this reason the Lord brings calamities upon them, and he ruins them completely. 14 The Lord destroyed the thrones of rulers, and he raised up the gentle in their place. 15 The Lord plucked up the roots of nations, and he planted the humble in their place. 16 The Lord ruined the lands of the nations, and he leveled them to their very foundations. 17 He removed some people and destroyed them, and he erased their memory from the earth. 18 Humans were not created to be arrogant, nor were those born of women made to indulge in anger. [Common English Bible]
Midday Psalm 119:137-152