daily reading 52.5 (Psalm 150)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First, praise God:

Hallelujah! Praise the LORD! Praise him with each note and word.
Praise him for his mighty deeds, Who, Most High, knows all our needs.

Praise him in his holy place. Shout his pow’r through sky and space.
Everything that breathes, proclaim Praise and honor to God’s name.

Praise him with the plucking string, Cymbal clang and trumpet ring,
Dancing foot and clapping hand. Praise the LORD in all the land.

Praise with instruments of wood Him so great and yet so good.
Praise in unison or chord. Hallelujah! Praise the LORD! Amen.

Psalm 150

  • Hallelujah!
  • Praise God in his sanctuary. Praise him in his mighty expanse.
  • 2 Praise him for his powerful acts; praise him for his abundant greatness.
  • 3 Praise him with trumpet blast; praise him with harp and lyre. 4 Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and flute. 5 Praise him with resounding cymbals; praise him with clashing cymbals.
  • 6 Let everything that breathes praise the LORD.
  • Hallelujah!

For yourself pray:

  • That for all eternity with all creation you praise the Lord

Other people to pray for:

  • For musicians in your church, and young people who will be musicians in the future

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 52.4 (Psalm 149)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First, praise God:

His justice arrives, so sing him a new song.
As ev’ry foe falls, all, sing him a new song.
Our glory, his vengeance. Sing him a new song.
His justice arrives, his justice arrives.

Give praise to the LORD: Amen. Alleluia!
With all of his saints: Amen. Allelluia!
Our song, ever new: Amen. Alleluia!
Give praise to the LORD. All praise to the LORD! Amen.

Psalm 149

  • Hallelujah!
  • Sing to the LORD a new song, his praise in the assembly of the faithful. 2 Let Israel celebrate its Maker; let the children of Zion rejoice in their King. 3 Let them praise his name with dancing and make music to him with tambourine and lyre.
  • 4 For the LORD takes pleasure in his people; he adorns the humble with salvation.
  • 5 Let the faithful celebrate in triumphal glory; let them shout for joy on their beds. 6 Let the exaltation of God be in their mouths and a double-edged sword in their hands, 7 inflicting vengeance on the nations and punishment on the peoples, 8 binding their kings with chains and their dignitaries with iron shackles, 9 carrying out the judgment decreed against them. This honor is for all his faithful people.
  • Hallelujah!

For yourself pray:

  • That you celebrate God’s glory forever

Other people to pray for:

  • For people spreading the gospel in Ecuador

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 52.3 (Psalm 147:12-20)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First praise God this day after Christmas:

Loud hallelujahs, God, for you, your wisdom and your might:
You saints, extol the Righteous One Who counts and names each star,
Who knows the pain of every wound, Who heals the deepest scar,
Who gathers exiles home again — His praise is our delight.

Bring skillful tunes and thankful words: For clouds that he controls,
For food to nourish bird and beast, For every grassy hill;
Yet neither nature’s finest joys Nor human strength and skill
Can bring you, LORD, such happiness As reverent, waiting souls.

You send the snow– then at your word The springtime is restored
As icy blast and wintry chill Succumb to warmth and life;
But more than this, your word to us Brings peace in place of strife.
You saints, let hallelujahs sound In honor of the LORD! Amen.

Psalm 147:12-20

  • Exalt the LORD, Jerusalem; praise your God, Zion! 13 For he strengthens the bars of your city gates and blesses your children within you. 14 He endows your territory with prosperity; he satisfies you with the finest wheat.
  • 15 He sends his command throughout the earth; his word runs swiftly. 16 He spreads snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes; 17 he throws his hailstones like crumbs. Who can withstand his cold? 18 He sends his word and melts them; he unleashes his winds, and the water flows.
  • 19 He declares his word to Jacob, his statutes and judgments to Israel. 20 He has not done this for every nation; they do not know his judgments.
  • Hallelujah!

For yourself pray:

  • That you have a part in spreading the gospel to other nations

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 52.2 (Psalm 147:1-11)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First praise God this Christmas Day:

Loud hallelujahs, God, for you, your wisdom and your might:
You saints, extol the Righteous One Who counts and names each star,
Who knows the pain of every wound, Who heals the deepest scar,
Who gathers exiles home again — His praise is our delight.

Bring skillful tunes and thankful words: For clouds that he controls,
For food to nourish bird and beast, For every grassy hill;
Yet neither nature’s finest joys Nor human strength and skill
Can bring you, LORD, such happiness As reverent, waiting souls.

You send the snow– then at your word The springtime is restored
As icy blast and wintry chill Succumb to warmth and life;
But more than this, your word to us Brings peace in place of strife.
You saints, let hallelujahs sound In honor of the LORD! Amen.

Psalm 147:1-11

  • Hallelujah! How good it is to sing to our God, for praise is pleasant and lovely.
  • 2 The LORD rebuilds Jerusalem; he gathers Israel’s exiled people. 3 He heals the brokenhearted and bandages their wounds.
  • 4 He counts the number of the stars; he gives names to all of them. 5 Our Lord is great, vast in power; his understanding is infinite. 6 The LORD helps the oppressed but brings the wicked to the ground.
  • 7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; play the lyre to our God, 8 who covers the sky with clouds, prepares rain for the earth, and causes grass to grow on the hills.
  • 9 He provides the animals with their food, and the young ravens, what they cry for.
  • 10 He is not impressed by the strength of a horse; he does not value the power of a warrior. 11 The LORD values those who fear him, those who put their hope in his faithful love.

For yourself pray:

  • That praise to God fills all your days

Other people to pray for:

  • For those in your congregation who are brokenhearted

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 52.1 (Psalm 120)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First pray to God this Christmas Eve for peace:

You know the pressures I endure; You see the load I bear;
In my distress I call to you, The God who answers prayer.

Surrounding me, both near and far, Are those who trade in lies:
The brash rebuttal of the truth, The subtle compromise.

When anger leads to arrogance They spurn my calls for peace:
Although I argue for restraint, The threats of war increase.

Yet each unfaithful tongue will quake Before your sharpened sword;
So give me grace, till life is done, To stand for truth, my Lord. Amen.

Psalm 120

  • A song of ascents.
  • In my distress I called to the LORD, and he answered me. 2 “LORD, rescue me from lying lips and a deceitful tongue.”
  • 3 What will he give you, and what will he do to you, you deceitful tongue? 4 A warrior’s sharp arrows with burning charcoal!
  • 5 What misery that I have stayed in Meshech, that I have lived among the tents of Kedar! 6 I have dwelt too long with those who hate peace. 7 I am for peace; but when I speak, they are for war.

For yourself pray:

  • That you find peace in Christ amid all the strife around you

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 120 (YouTube, female soloist with piano)
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daily reading 51.5 (Psalm 113)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First pray:

Praise the Lord, Hallelujah!
Servants of God, sing praise to his name!
Let his name be uplifted,
Worshipped now and evermore.
From the sunrise to its setting
let the name of the Lord be praised:
God is highly exalted over all.

Who is like you in glory,
over the nations, ruling the world?
Our God rules over heaven,
Yet stoops down to see the earth.
He lifts up the poor and needy
from ashes to a royal throne:
You give joy to the fam’ly. Praise the Lord!

Psalm 113

  • Hallelujah! Give praise, servants of the LORD; praise the name of the LORD2 Let the name of the LORD be blessed both now and forever. 3 From the rising of the sun to its setting, let the name of the LORD be praised.
  • 4 The LORD is exalted above all the nations, his glory above the heavens. 5 Who is like the LORD our God– the one enthroned on high, 6 who stoops down to look on the heavens and the earth?
  • 7 He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the trash heap 8 in order to seat them with nobles– with the nobles of his people. 9 He gives the childless woman a household, making her the joyful mother of children.
  • Hallelujah!

For yourself pray:

  • That your praise to the Lord grows this Christmas

Other people to pray for:

  • For the poor and needy near you

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 51.4 (Psalm 116:10-19)

5-days-a-week through the Psalms in 2018

First pray:

When I was wrestling with regret, convinced that no-one’s words were true,
you caught my stumbling feet, and set me on the road to walk with you.
What can I offer back to you, My Lord, for all your grace to me?
I’ll speak your name, so great and true, and lift the cup of victory.

To you the death of every saint is dear, so now I take my part,
and, loosed from bondage, here present the offering of my thankful heart.
Then, with your people gathered round, I’ll pledge to serve you all my days;
and may your holy place resound, O Lord, with never-ending praise!Amen.

Psalm 116:10-19

  • I believed, even when I said, “I am severely oppressed.” 11 In my alarm I said, “Everyone is a liar.”
  • 12How can I repay the LORD for all the good he has done for me? 13 I will take the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD14 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people.
  • 15 The death of his faithful ones is valuable in the LORD‘s sight. 16 LORD, I am indeed your servant; I am your servant, the son of your female servant. You have loosened my bonds.
  • 17 I will offer you a sacrifice of thanksgiving and call on the name of the LORD18 I will fulfill my vows to the LORD in the presence of all his people, 19 in the courts of the LORD‘s house– within you, Jerusalem. Hallelujah!

For yourself pray:

  • That you can help someone uniquely in the busy days to come

Other people to pray for:

  • For those caring for the dying

A psalm setting to listen to:

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