About

St. Paul exhorts us to put on the armor of God. (Ephesians 6:10-18) This includes the sword of the spirit, God's Word.  Sons of Solomon is a brotherhood of Christian men who commit to spend time sharpening our swords in prayer with the Psalms, meditating on God's wisdom in Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, and supporting each other as we put on the armor of God in our daily vocations.  The Psalms and their appointed times are below.  For more information please email sonsofsolomon@messiahseattle.org

History

Sons of Solomon began a few months ago as an on-line community of men who have committed to these readings and looking for men in their churches and communities who are interested in joining and encouraging each other. Although the group is started in the LC-MS it is open to any Christian man, the only prerequisite is to believe in the 3 ecumenical creeds, Nicene, Apostle's, and Athanasian.

Morning 

Psalm 123
Our Eyes Look to the Lord Our God. 
A Song of Ascents.

1 To you I lift up my eyes,
       O you who are enthroned in the heavens!
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants
       look to the hand of their master,
    as the eyes of a maidservant
       to the hand of her mistress,
    so our eyes look to the Lord our God,
       till he has mercy upon us.

3 Have mercy upon us, O Lord, have mercy upon us,
       for we have had more than enough of contempt.
4 Our soul has had more than enough
       of the scorn of those who are at ease,
       of the contempt of the proud.

Psalm 125 
The Lord Surrounds His People
A Song of Ascents.

1 Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion,
       which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem,
       so the Lord surrounds his people,
       from this time forth and forevermore.
3 For the scepter of wickedness shall not rest
       on the land allotted to the righteous,
    lest the righteous stretch out
       their hands to do wrong.
4 Do good, O Lord, to those who are good,
       and to those who are upright in their hearts!
5 But those who turn aside to their crooked ways
       the Lord will lead away with evildoers!
       Peace be upon Israel!

Psalm 127
Unless the Lord Builds the House
A Song of Ascents. Of Solomon.

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
       those who build it labor in vain.
    Unless the Lord watches over the city,
        the watchman stays awake in vain.
2 It is in vain that you rise up early
        and go late to rest,
    eating the bread of anxious toil;
       for he gives to his beloved sleep.

3 Behold, children are a heritage from the Lord,
       the fruit of the womb a reward.
4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior
       are the children[a] of one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
       who fills his quiver with them!
   He shall not be put to shame
       when he speaks with his enemies in the gate.


Noon 

Psalm 124
Our Help Is in the Name of the Lord
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1¬†If it had not been the Lord who was on our side‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†let Israel now say‚ÄĒ
2 if it had not been the Lord who was on our side
       when people rose up against us,
3 then they would have swallowed us up alive,
       when their anger was kindled against us;
4 then the flood would have swept us away,
       the torrent would have gone over us;
5 then over us would have gone
      the raging waters.

6 Blessed be the Lord,
       who has not given us
       as prey to their teeth!
7 We have escaped like a bird
       from the snare of the fowlers;
   the snare is broken,
       and we have escaped!

8 Our help is in the name of the Lord,
    who made heaven and earth.

Psalm 129
They Have Afflicted Me from My Youth
A Song of Ascents. 

1¬†‚ÄúGreatly have they afflicted me from my youth‚ÄĚ‚ÄĒ
¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†let Israel now say‚ÄĒ
2 “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth,
       yet they have not prevailed against me.
3 The plowers plowed upon my back;
¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†they made long their furrows.‚ÄĚ
4 The Lord is righteous;
       he has cut the cords of the wicked.
5 May all who hate Zion
       be put to shame and turned backward!
6 Let them be like the grass on the housetops,
       which withers before it grows up,
7 with which the reaper does not fill his hand
       nor the binder of sheaves his arms,
8 nor do those who pass by say,
    “The blessing of the Lord be upon you!
¬†¬†¬† We bless you in the name of the Lord!‚ÄĚ


Dinner

Psalm 126
Restore Our Fortunes, O Lord
A Song of Ascents.

1 When the Lord restored the fortunes of Zion,
       we were like those who dream.
2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter,
       and our tongue with shouts of joy;
   then they said among the nations,
¬†¬†¬† ¬† ¬†‚ÄúThe Lord has done great things for them.‚ÄĚ
3 The Lord has done great things for us;
       we are glad.

4 Restore our fortunes, O Lord,
       like streams in the Negeb!
5 Those who sow in tears
       shall reap with shouts of joy!
6 He who goes out weeping,
       bearing the seed for sowing,
   shall come home with shouts of joy,
       bringing his sheaves with him.

Psalm 128
Blessed Is Everyone Who Fears the Lord
A Song of Ascents. 

1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
       who walks in his ways!
2 You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
       you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.

3 Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
       within your house;
   your children will be like olive shoots
       around your table.
4 Behold, thus shall the man be blessed
       who fears the Lord.

5 The Lord bless you from Zion!
    May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem
    all the days of your life!
6 May you see your children's children!
    Peace be upon Israel!

 


Evening

Psalm 130
My Soul Waits for the Lord
A Song of Ascents.

1 Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
2   O Lord, hear my voice!
   Let your ears be attentive
       to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

3 If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
       O Lord, who could stand?
4 But with you there is forgiveness,
       that you may be feared.

5 I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
       and in his word I hope;
6 my soul waits for the Lord
       more than watchmen for the morning,
       more than watchmen for the morning.

7 O Israel, hope in the Lord!
       For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
       and with him is plentiful redemption.
8 And he will redeem Israel
       from all his iniquities.

Psalm 131
I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
A Song of Ascents. Of David.

1 O Lord, my heart is not lifted up;
       my eyes are not raised too high;
   I do not occupy myself with things
       too great and too marvelous for me.
2 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
       like a weaned child with its mother;
       like a weaned child is my soul within me.

3 O Israel, hope in the Lord
    from this time forth and forevermore.

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