daily reading 4.1 (Psalm 64)

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

First pray to the Lord:

O God, you are my God, the goal of all my seeking;
Above life’s empty noise, I long to hear you speaking.
For you my spirit thirsts; my body faints, grows frail,
As in a drought-plagued land where all the deep springs fail.

Let those who seek my life be utterly confounded,
But I will sing with joy when by your might surrounded.
You are my help, O God, your wings my shade will be;
For though I cling to you, you first took hold of me. Amen.

Psalm 64

  • For the choir director. A psalm of David.
  • God, hear my voice when I am in anguish. Protect my life from the terror of the enemy. 2 Hide me from the scheming of wicked people, from the mob of evildoers, 3 who sharpen their tongues like swords and aim bitter words like arrows, 4 shooting from concealed places at the blameless. They shoot at him suddenly and are not afraid.
  • 5 They adopt an evil plan; they talk about hiding traps and say, “Who will see them?” 6 They devise crimes and say, “We have perfected a secret plan.” The inner man and the heart are mysterious.
  • 7 But God will shoot them with arrows; suddenly, they will be wounded. 8 They will be made to stumble; their own tongues work against them. All who see them will shake their heads.
  • 9 Then everyone will fear and will tell about God’s work, for they will understand what he has done. 10 The righteous one rejoices in the Lord and takes refuge in him; all those who are upright in heart will offer praise.

For yourself, pray:

  • That you rejoice in the Lord and take refuge in him

Other people to pray for:

  • For those

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 3.5 (Psalm 63)

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

First pray to the Lord:

O God, you are my God, the goal of all my seeking;
Above life’s empty noise, I long to hear you speaking.
For you my spirit thirsts; my body faints, grows frail,
As in a drought-plagued land where all the deep springs fail.

Let those who seek my life be utterly confounded,
But I will sing with joy when by your might surrounded.
You are my help, O God, your wings my shade will be;
For though I cling to you, you first took hold of me. Amen.

Psalm 63

  • A psalm of David. When he was in the Wilderness of Judah.
  • God, you are my God; I eagerly seek you. I thirst for you; my body faints for you in a land that is dry, desolate, and without water.  2 So I gaze on you in the sanctuary to see your strength and your glory.
  • 3 My lips will glorify you because your faithful love is better than life. 4 So I will bless you as long as I live; at your name, I will lift up my hands. 5 You satisfy me as with rich food; my mouth will praise you with joyful lips.
  • 6 When I think of you as I lie on my bed, I meditate on you during the night watches 7 because you are my helper; I will rejoice in the shadow of your wings. 8 I follow close to you; your right hand holds on to me.
  • 9 But those who intend to destroy my life will go into the depths of the earth. 10 They will be given over to the power of the sword; they will become a meal for jackals. 11 But the king will rejoice in God; all who swear by him will boast, for the mouths of liars will be shut.

For yourself, pray:

  • That God himself satisfies you, today and eternally

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who have lied to you maliciously, that they may be silenced

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 3.4 (Psalm 57)

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

First pray to the Lord:

Be gracious to me, Savior God,
The haven where I hide;
Protect me till the trauma fades
Till storm and flood subside
I call to you, the Lord Most High,
Whose love is sure to last:
Your word rebukes the angry mob;
Your purpose holds me fast. Amen.

Psalm 57

  • For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. When he fled before Saul into the cave.
  • Be gracious to me, God, be gracious to me, for I take refuge in you. I will seek refuge in the shadow of your wings until danger passes. 2 I call to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. 3 He reaches down from heaven and saves me, challenging the one who tramples me. Selah
  • God sends his faithful love and truth. 4 I am surrounded by lions; I lie down among devouring lions — people whose teeth are spears and arrows, whose tongues are sharp swords.
  • 5 God, be exalted above the heavens; let your glory be over the whole earth.
  • 6 They prepared a net for my steps; I was despondent. They dug a pit ahead of me, but they fell into it! Selah 
  • 7 My heart is confident, God, my heart is confident. I will sing; I will sing praises. 8 Wake up, my soul! Wake up, harp and lyre! I will wake up the dawn. 9 I will praise you, Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to you among the nations. 10 For your faithful love is as high as the heavens; your faithfulness reaches the clouds.
  • 11 God, be exalted above the heavens; let your glory be over the whole earth.

For yourself, pray:

  • That in all you think and do God will be exalted higher than the sky

Other people to pray for:

  • For couples scarred by the death of a baby

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 3.3 (Psalm 52)

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

First pray to the Lord:

Lord, I am like an olive tree
That thrives in your domain,
Dependent on your steadfast love
Whose power can never wane.
May I forever give you praise
For what your hand has done,
Hope in your name, and with your saints
Make all your goodness known. Amen.

Psalm 52

  • For the choir director. A Maskil of David. When Doeg the Edomite went and reported to Saul, telling him, “David went to Ahimelech’s house.”
  • Why boast about evil, you hero! God’s faithful love is constant. 2 Like a sharpened razor, your tongue devises destruction, working treachery. 3 You love evil instead of good, lying instead of speaking truthfully. Selah
  • 4 You love any words that destroy, you treacherous tongue! 5 This is why God will bring you down forever. He will take you, ripping you out of your tent; he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
  • 6 The righteous will see and fear, and they will derisively say about that hero, 7 “Here is the man who would not make God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches, taking refuge in his destructive behavior.”
  • 8 But I am like a flourishing olive tree in the house of God; I trust in God’s faithful love forever and ever. 9 I will praise you forever for what you have done. In the presence of your faithful people, I will put my hope in your name, for it is good.

For yourself, pray:

  • That you will flourish forever in God’s house

Other people to pray for:

  • For anyone who has wronged you recently

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 3.2 (Psalm 56)

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

First pray to the Lord:

My hope, my shield you are, Most High.
You guard the upright heart,
But daily show your wrath to those
Who from your laws depart.
I’ll thank you for your righteousness,
Your goodness glorify,
And sing the praises of your name:
Our God, the LORD most High. Amen.

Psalm 56

  • For the choir director: according to “A Silent Dove Far Away.” A Miktam of David. When the Philistines seized him in Gath.
  • Be gracious to me, God, for a man is trampling me; he fights and oppresses me all day long. 2 My adversaries trample me all day, for many arrogantly fight against me.
  • 3 When I am afraid, I will trust in you. 4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
  • 5 They twist my words all day long; all their thoughts against me are evil. 6 They stir up strife, they lurk; they watch my steps while they wait to take my life. 7 Will they escape in spite of such sin? God, bring down the nations in wrath.
  • 8 You yourself have recorded my wanderings. Put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book? 9 Then my enemies will retreat on the day when I call. This I know: God is for me.
  • 10 In God, whose word I praise, in the LORD, whose word I praise, 11 in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mere humans do to me?
  • 12 I am obligated by vows to you, God; I will make my thank offerings to you. 13 For you rescued me from death, even my feet from stumbling, to walk before God in the light of life.

For yourself, pray:

  • That when you are afraid, you will trust in God

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who teach the youngest believers in your church and community

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 3.1 (Psalm 7:10-17)

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

First pray to the Lord:

My hope, my shield you are, Most High.
You guard the upright heart,
But daily show your wrath to those
Who from your laws depart.
I’ll thank you for your righteousness,
Your goodness glorify,
And sing the praises of your name:
Our God, the LORD most High.

Psalm 7:10-17

  • My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart. 11 God is a righteous judge and a God who shows his wrath every day. 12 If anyone does not repent, he will sharpen his sword; he has strung his bow and made it ready. 13 He has prepared his deadly weapons; he tips his arrows with fire.
  • 14 See, the wicked one is pregnant with evil, conceives trouble, and gives birth to deceit. 15 He dug a pit and hollowed it out but fell into the hole he had made. 16 His trouble comes back on his own head; his own violence comes down on top of his head.
  • 17 I will thank the Lord for his righteousness; I will sing about the name of the Lord Most High.

For yourself, pray:

  • That your shield is with God

Other people to pray for:

  • For the unrepentant, that they would fall into the pits they have dug

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 2.5 (Psalm 7:1-9)

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

First pray to the Lord:

My hope, my shield you are, Most High.
You guard the upright heart,
But daily show your wrath to those
Who from your laws depart.
I’ll thank you for your righteousness,
Your goodness glorify,
And sing the praises of your name:
Our God, the LORD most High.

Psalm 7:1-9

  • A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of Cush, a Benjaminite.
  • LORD my God, I seek refuge in you; save me from all my pursuers and rescue me 2 or they will tear me like a lion, ripping me apart with no one to rescue me.
  • 3 LORD my God, if I have done this, if there is injustice on my hands, 4 if I have done harm to one at peace with me or have plundered my adversary without cause, 5 may an enemy pursue and overtake me; may he trample me to the ground and leave my honor in the dust. Selah
  • 6 Rise up, LORD, in your anger; lift yourself up against the fury of my adversaries; awake for me; you have ordained a judgment. 7 Let the assembly of peoples gather around you; take your seat on high over it. 8 The LORD judges the peoples; vindicate me, LORD, according to my righteousness and my integrity.
  • 9 Let the evil of the wicked come to an end, but establish the righteous. The one who examines the thoughts and emotions is a righteous God.

For yourself, pray:

  • That God’s ears are open to your cries

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who feel surrounded by troubles

A psalm setting to listen to:

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