daily reading 21.2 (Psalm 55:12-23)

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

First pray to God like David:

Listen to my prayer, O God, under trouble’s crushing load:
All around my foes rampage, clamouring for me in their rage;
Terror overwhelms my heart, every instinct says, Depart!
O for wings, that like a dove I could reach the hills above,
Or some distant wilderness, safe from all the storm and stress. Amen.

Psalm 55:12-23

    • If an enemy were insulting me, I could endure it; if a foe were rising against me, I could hide. 13 But it is you, a man like myself, my companion, my close friend,
      14 with whom I once enjoyed sweet fellowship at the house of God, as we walked about among the worshipers.
    • 15 Let death take my enemies by surprise; let them go down alive to the realm of the dead, for evil finds lodging among them. 16 As for me, I call to God, and the LORD saves me. 17 Evening, morning and noon I cry out in distress, and he hears my voice. 18 He rescues me unharmed from the battle waged against me, even though many oppose me.
    • 19 God, who is enthroned from of old, who does not change– he will hear them and humble them, because they have no fear of God.
    • 20 My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant. 21 His talk is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.
    • 22 Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.
    • 23 But you, God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of decay; the bloodthirsty and deceitful will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in you.

For yourself pray:

  • That God never lets you be shaken

Other people to pray for:

  • For those grieving school shootings

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 21.1 (Psalm 55:1-11)

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

First pray to God like David:

For times when I have failed you, I ask your mercy, Lord.
For grace to lead a fruitful life, and peace in you restored:
So let me walk before you in full integrity,
To worship you throughout my days and all eternity. Amen.

Psalm 55:1-11

      • For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David.
      • God, listen to my prayer and do not hide from my plea for help. 2 Pay attention to me and answer me. I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint, 3 because of the enemy’s words, because of the pressure of the wicked. For they bring down disaster on me and harass me in anger.
      • 4 My heart shudders within me; terrors of death sweep over me. 5 Fear and trembling grip me; horror has overwhelmed me. 6 I said, “If only I had wings like a dove! I would fly away and find rest. 7 How far away I would flee; I would stay in the wilderness. Selah 8 I would hurry to my shelter from the raging wind and the storm.”
      • 9 Lord, confuse and confound their speech, for I see violence and strife in the city; 10 day and night they make the rounds on its walls. Crime and trouble are within it; 11 destruction is inside it; oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.

For yourself pray:

  • That God would keep you far from trouble

Other people to pray for:

  • For those about to graduate from local schools

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 55 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 20.5 (Psalm 41)

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

First pray to God like David:

For times when I have failed you, I ask your mercy, Lord.
For grace to lead a fruitful life, and peace in you restored:
So let me walk before you in full integrity,
To worship you throughout my days and all eternity. Amen.

Psalm 41

      • For the choir director. A psalm of David.
      • Happy is one who is considerate of the poor; the LORD will save him in a day of adversity. 2 The LORD will keep him and preserve him; he will be blessed in the land. You will not give him over to the desire of his enemies. 3 The LORD will sustain him on his sickbed; you will heal him on the bed where he lies.
      • 4 I said, “LORD, be gracious to me; heal me, for I have sinned against you.”
      • 5 My enemies speak maliciously about me: “When will he die and be forgotten?” 6 When one of them comes to visit, he speaks deceitfully; he stores up evil in his heart; he goes out and talks. 7 All who hate me whisper together about me; they plan to harm me. 8 “Something awful has overwhelmed him, and he won’t rise again from where he lies!” 9 Even my friend in whom I trusted, one who ate my bread, has raised his heel against me.
      • 10 But you, LORD, be gracious to me and raise me up; then I will repay them. 11 By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy does not shout in triumph over me. 12 You supported me because of my integrity and set me in your presence forever.
      • 12 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Amen and amen.

For yourself pray:

  • That the Lord will show you that he delights in you

Other people to pray for:

  • For those preparing to preach God’s Word this weekend

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 41 (YouTube, soloist with piano)
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daily reading 20.4 (Psalm 28)

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

First pray to God like David:

May I be spared the fate of those who cling to sin,
Whose friendly words belie malicious thoughts within.
Repay the rebels with your sword!
Would ruin not be my reward
If I should disregard you, Lord?

But you have heard my prayer, and you will make me strong:
Since I rely on you my heart is filled with song,
And thankfulness will interlock
As Lord, I sing to you, my Rock.
Eternal Shepherd, guard your flock. Amen.

Psalm 28

      • Of David.
      • LORD, I call to you; my rock, do not be deaf to me. If you remain silent to me, I will be like those going down to the Pit. 2 Listen to the sound of my pleading when I cry to you for help, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary.
      • 3 Do not drag me away with the wicked, with the evildoers, who speak in friendly ways with their neighbors while malice is in their hearts. 4 Repay them according to what they have done– according to the evil of their deeds. Repay them according to the work of their hands; give them back what they deserve. 5 Because they do not consider what the LORD has done or the work of his hands, he will tear them down and not rebuild them.
      • 6 Blessed be the LORD, for he has heard the sound of my pleading. 7 The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in him, and I am helped. Therefore my heart celebrates, and I give thanks to him with my song. 8 The LORD is the strength of his people; he is a stronghold of salvation for his anointed.
      • 9 Save your people, bless your possession, shepherd them, and carry them forever.

For yourself pray:

  • That the Lord not be deaf to you as you call for help

Other people to pray for:

  • For those planting fields

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 28 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 20.3 (Psalm 27)

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

First pray to God like David:

In trouble’s darkest day your strength is near at hand;
In danger or dismay upon your rock we stand,
O anxious heart, forsake your fear,
For God is here to take your part.

Your love will still prevail, your mighty hand uphold,
If father, mother fail or dearest hearts grow cold;
Be patient yet! His kingdom own,
In whom alone our hopes are set! Amen.

Psalm 27

      • Of David.
      • The LORD is my light and my salvation– whom should I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life– whom should I dread? 2 When evildoers came against me to devour my flesh, my foes and my enemies stumbled and fell. 3 Though an army deploys against me, my heart will not be afraid; though a war breaks out against me, I will still be confident.
      • 4 I have asked one thing from the LORD; it is what I desire: to dwell in the house of the the LORD all the days of my life, gazing on the beauty of the LORD and seeking him in his temple. 5 For he will conceal me in his shelter in the day of adversity; he will hide me under the cover of his tent; he will set me high on a rock.
      • 6 Then my head will be high above my enemies around me; I will offer sacrifices in his tent with shouts of joy. I will sing and make music to the LORD.
      • 7 LORD, hear my voice when I call; be gracious to me and answer me. 8 My heart says this about you: “Seek his face.” LORD, I will seek your face.
      • 9 Do not hide your face from me; do not turn your servant away in anger. You have been my helper; do not leave me or abandon me, God of my salvation. 10 Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD cares for me.
      • 11 Because of my adversaries, show me your way, LORD, and lead me on a level path. 12 Do not give me over to the will of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, breathing violence.
      • 13 I am certain that I will see the LORD‘s goodness in the land of the living. 14 Wait t for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart be courageous. Wait for the LORD.

For yourself pray:

  • That you do not fear what others fear

Other people to pray for:

  • For those struggling to wait for the Lord/li>

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 27 (YouTube, clarinet, orchestra and choir)
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daily reading 20.2 (Psalm 4)

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

First pray to God like David:

God keeps the godly for his own; I call, and he will hear;
Upset at evening? Do not sin. Reflect, refrain, revere:

Give God the sacrifice required, And trust in his great might;
While many seek for better times, Lord, let us see your light.

You put more gladness in my heart Than when their crops increase;
You, Lord, alone make me secure; I fall asleep in peace. Amen.

Psalm 4

      • For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
      • Answer me when I call, God, who vindicates me. You freed me from affliction; be gracious to me and hear my prayer.
      • 2 How long, exalted ones, will my honor be insulted? How long will you love what is worthless and pursue a lie? Selah 3 Know that the LORD has set apart the faithful for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him.
      • 4 Be angry and do not sin; on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still. Selah
        5 Offer sacrifices in righteousness and trust in the LORD.
      • 6 Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good?” Let the light of your face shine on us, LORD7 You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and new wine abound. 8 I will both lie down and sleep in peace, for you alone, LORD, make me live in safety.

For yourself pray:

  • That in your anger you do not sin, but that you entrust worries to the Lord

Other people to pray for:

  • For believers about to move

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 4 (YouTube, female soloist)
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daily reading 20.1 (Psalm 40:1-10)

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

First pray to God like David:

I waited, waited for the Lord, he stooped and heard my plea.
And from the pit, the mire and clay, he finally lifted me.
High on a cliff he set my feet, he gave a base to stand
And placed a new song in my mouth to make his praises grand.

When many see, they will, with awe, Rely on God for aid.
How blessed is each who trusts in him– Not gods their hands have made.
So many wonders, LORD my God, And marvels you have done!
What wonders you have planned for us! Who can compare? Not one. Amen.

Psalm 40:1-10

      • For the choir director. A psalm of David. I waited patiently for the LORD, and he turned to me and heard my cry for help. 2 He brought me up from a desolate pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure.
        3 He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and they will trust in the LORD4 How happy is anyone who has put his trust in the Lord and has not turned to the proud or to those who run after lies!
      • 5 LORD my God, you have done many things– your wondrous works and your plans for us; none can compare with you. If I were to report and speak of them, they are more than can be told.
      • 6 You do not delight in sacrifice and offering; you open my ears to listen. You do not ask for a whole burnt offering or a sin offering. 7 Then I said, “See, I have come; in the scroll it is written about me. 8 I delight to do your will, my God, and your instruction is deep within me.”
      • 9 I proclaim righteousness in the great assembly; see, I do not keep my mouth closed– as you know, LORD10 I did not hide your righteousness in my heart; I spoke about your faithfulness and salvation; I did not conceal your constant love and truth.

For yourself pray:

  • That you delight to do God’s will for Jesus’ sake

Other people to pray for:

  • For Hawaiian volcano refugees

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 40 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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