daily reading 39.1 (Psalm 45:10-17)

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

First pray to Jesus, our eternal King:

O wedding bliss, when bridesmaids, too enter his palace gates with you.
Then all your sons in all the land Each like a prince in glory stand!
Let endless honors crown your head; Let ev’ry age your praises spread;
So peoples to you thanks will give Forever, and forever live. Amen.

Psalm 45:1-9

    • Listen, daughter, pay attention and consider: forget your people and your father’s house, 11 and the king will desire your beauty. Bow down to him, for he is your lord.
    • 12 The daughter of Tyre, the wealthy people, will seek your favor with gifts. 13 In her chamber, the royal daughter is all glorious, her clothing embroidered with gold.
    • 14 In colorful garments she is led to the king; after her, the virgins, her companions, are brought to you. 15 They are led in with gladness and rejoicing; they enter the king’s palace.
    • 16 Your sons will succeed your ancestors; you will make them princes throughout the land.
    • 17 I will cause your name to be remembered for all generations; therefore the peoples will praise you forever and ever.

For yourself pray:

  • That Jesus will consider you and all believers beautiful, forever

Other people to pray for:

  • For recently married couples whom you know

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 38.5 (Psalm 45:1-9)

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

First pray to Jesus, our eternal King:

O wedding bliss, when bridesmaids, too enter his palace gates with you.
Then all your sons in all the land Each like a prince in glory stand!
Let endless honors crown your head; Let ev’ry age your praises spread;
So peoples to you thanks will give Forever, and forever live. Amen.

Psalm 45:1-9

    • For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A love song.
    • My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer. 2 You are the most handsome of men; grace flows from your lips. Therefore God has blessed you forever.
    • 3 Mighty warrior, strap your sword at your side. In your majesty and splendor– 4 in your splendor ride triumphantly in the cause of truth, humility, and justice. May your right hand show your awe-inspiring acts. 5 Your sharpened arrows pierce the hearts of the king’s enemies; the peoples fall under you.
    • 6 Your throne, God, is forever and ever; the scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of justice. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, your God, has anointed you with the oil of joy more than your companions.
    • 8 Myrrh, aloes, and cassia perfume all your garments; from ivory palaces harps bring you joy. 9 Kings’ daughters are among your honored women; the queen, adorned with gold from Ophir, stands at your right hand.

For yourself pray:

  • That Jesus reigns over you today and forever

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 45 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 38.4 (Psalm 44:13-26)

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

First pray to God:

O God, we have heard what our parents have told,
What wonders you did in the great days of old.
The nations were crushed and expelled by your hand;
you gave to your people the victory, the land.
Awake and arise, Lord, for why do you sleep?
No longer ignore us, but save those who weep.
Our lives are brought low; we lie crushed in the dust.
Arise and redeem us; your mercy we trust. Amen.

Psalm 44:13-26

    • You make us an object of reproach to our neighbors, a source of mockery and ridicule to those around us. 14 You make us a joke among the nations, a laughingstock among the peoples.
    • 15 My disgrace is before me all day long, and shame has covered my face, 16 because of the taunts of the scorner and reviler, because of the enemy and avenger.
    • 17 All this has happened to us, but we have not forgotten you or betrayed your covenant. 18 Our hearts have not turned back; our steps have not strayed from your path. 19 But you have crushed us in a haunt of jackals and have covered us with deepest darkness.
    • 20 If we had forgotten the name of our God and spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 wouldn’t God have found this out, since he knows the secrets of the heart?
    • 22 Because of you we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.
    • 23 Wake up, LORD! Why are you sleeping? Get up! Don’t reject us forever! 24 Why do you hide and forget our affliction and oppression? 25 For we have sunk down to the dust; our bodies cling to the ground.
    • 26 Rise up! Help us! Redeem us because of your faithful love.

For yourself pray:

  • That you are ready for deadly sorrows which will come

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 44 (YouTube, soloist with guitar and cello)
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daily reading 38.3 (Psalm 44:1-12)

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

First pray to God:

O God, we have heard what our parents have told,
What wonders you did in the great days of old.
The nations were crushed and expelled by your hand;
you gave to your people the victory, the land.
Awake and arise, Lord, for why do you sleep?
No longer ignore us, but save those who weep.
Our lives are brought low; we lie crushed in the dust.
Arise and redeem us; your mercy we trust. Amen.

Psalm 44:1-12

    • For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.
    • God, we have heard with our ears– our ancestors have told us– the work you accomplished in their days, in days long ago: 2 In order to plant them, you displaced the nations by your hand; in order to settle them, you brought disaster on the peoples.
    • 3 For they did not take the land by their sword– their arm did not bring them victory– but by your right hand, your arm, and the light of your face, because you were favorable toward them.
    • 4 You are my King, my God, who ordains victories for Jacob. 5 Through you we drive back our foes; through your name we trample our enemies. 6 For I do not trust in my bow, and my sword does not bring me victory. 7 But you give us victory over our foes and let those who hate us be disgraced. 8 We boast in God all day long; we will praise your name forever. Selah.
    • 9 But you have rejected and humiliated us; you do not march out with our armies. 10 You make us retreat from the foe, and those who hate us have taken plunder for themselves. 11 You hand us over to be eaten like sheep and scatter us among the nations. 12 You sell your people for nothing; you make no profit from selling them.

For yourself pray:

  • That you boast in God all day long

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 44 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 38.2 (Psalm 43)

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

First pray to God:

With singing crowds that surged along I gladly took my part;
But now when I recall their song, my God, it breaks my heart.
Why does such grief weigh down my soul? Why such despair and pain?
I hope in God who makes me whole and praise him once again. Amen.

Psalm 43

    • Vindicate me, God, and champion my cause against an unfaithful nation; rescue me from the deceitful and unjust person. 2 For you are the God of my refuge. Why have you rejected me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy’s oppression?
    • 3 Send your light and your truth; let them lead me. Let them bring me to your holy mountain, to your dwelling place.
    • 4 Then I will come to the altar of God, to God, my greatest joy. I will praise you with the lyre, God, my God.
    • 5 Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.

For yourself pray:

  • That God will be your greatest joy forever

Other people to pray for:

  • For people whose dejection makes them feel far from God

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 43 (YouTube, female soloist with piano and strings)
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daily reading 38.1 (Psalm 42)

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

First pray to God:

With singing crowds that surged along I gladly took my part;
But now when I recall their song, my God, it breaks my heart.
Why does such grief weigh down my soul? Why such despair and pain?
I hope in God who makes me whole and praise him once again. Amen.

Psalm 42

    • For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah.
    • As a deer longs for flowing streams, so I long for you, God. 2 I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? 3 My tears have been my food day and night, while all day long people say to me, “Where is your God?”
    • 4 I remember this as I pour out my heart: how I walked with many, leading the festive procession to the house of God, with joyful and thankful shouts.
    • 5 Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.
    • 6 I am deeply depressed; therefore I remember you from the land of Jordan and the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar. 7 Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your breakers and your billows have swept over me.
    • 8 The L<small?ORD will send his faithful love by day; his song will be with me in the night– a prayer to the God of my life.
    • 9 I will say to God, my rock, “Why have you forgotten me? Why must I go about in sorrow because of the enemy’s oppression?”
    • 10 My adversaries taunt me, as if crushing my bones, while all day long they say to me, “Where is your God?”
    • 11 Why, my soul, are you so dejected? Why are you in such turmoil? Put your hope in God, for I will still praise him, my Savior and my God.

For yourself pray:

  • That you will favor praise your Savior and your God

Other people to pray for:

  • For people you know undergoing dejection and depression

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 37.5 (Psalm 91:9-16)

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

First pray to God:

God, in you we dwell, as shelter, God Almighty, only shade:
In you, Lord, we say, “My Refuge!”– God, my Trust, my God, my Aid.
From the fowler’s snare, then, save us, from the deadly pestilence;
Cover us with outspread feathers, make your wings our confidence. Amen.

Psalm 91:9-16

    • Because you have made the LORD— my refuge, the Most High– your dwelling place,
      10 no harm will come to you; no plague will come near your tent.
    • 11 For he will give his angels orders concerning you, to protect you in all your ways. 12 They will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.
    • 13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the young lion and the serpent.
    • 14 Because he has his heart set on me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows my name. 15 When he calls out to me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will rescue him and give him honor. 16 I will satisfy him with a long life and show him my salvation.

For yourself pray:

  • That God’s angels protect you in all your ways, for God’s glory

Other people to pray for:

  • For Christians in Cameroon facing war and many related sorrows

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 91 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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