daily reading 27.3 (Psalm 99)

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

First pray to God:

Since you love right: only on this foundation
Can equity and goodness be assured;
You instituted justice in your nation.
We sing your praises: holy is the LORD!

O LORD our God, you answered all who sought you:
You punished sins, but sinners you restored;
Let all the nations worship and exalt you,
Proclaiming: holy is our God the LORD! Amen.

Psalm 99

    • The LORD reigns! Let the peoples tremble. He is enthroned between the cherubim. Let the earth quake. 2 The LORD is great in Zion; he is exalted above all the peoples.
      3 Let them praise your great and awe-inspiring name. He is holy.
    • 4 The mighty King loves justice. You have established fairness; you have administered justice and righteousness in Jacob. 5 Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his footstool. He is holy.
    • 6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests; Samuel also was among those calling on his name. They called to the LORD and he answered them. 7 He spoke to them in a pillar of cloud; they kept his decrees and the statutes he gave them.
      8 LORD our God, you answered them. You were a forgiving God to them, but an avenger of their sinful actions.
    • 9 Exalt the LORD our God; bow in worship at his holy mountain, for the LORD our God is holy.

For yourself pray:

  • That you revere the Lord in his beautiful holiness

Other people to pray for:

  • For our republic and all who lead it and defend it

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 99 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 27.2 (Psalm 98)

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

First pray to God:

Come, rule the world with truth and grace,
And make the nations prove
The glories of your righteousness
And wonders of your love. Amen.

Psalm 98

    • A psalm. Sing a new song to the LORD, for he has performed wonders; his right hand and holy arm have won him victory. 2 The LORD has made his victory known; he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations. 3 He has remembered his love and faithfulness to the house of Israel; all the ends of the earth have seen our God’s victory.
    • 4 Let the whole earth shout to the LORD; be jubilant, shout for joy, and sing. 5 Sing to the LORD with the lyre, with the lyre and melodious song. 6 With trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn shout triumphantly in the presence of the LORD, our King.
    • 7 Let the sea and all that fills it, the world and those who live in it, resound. 8 Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains shout together for joy 9 before the LORD, for he is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world righteously and the peoples fairly.

For yourself pray:

  • That you are full of joy in the Lord when the Lord reappears

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who help others with developmental disabilities

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 98 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 27.1 (Psalm 97)

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

First pray to God:

The sun and moon and starry sky your glories blaze abroad,
The one eternal Lord most high, the true and living God.

Defended by your hand divine your saints secure remain;
For them the light of life shall shine, the King of love shall reign. Amen.

Psalm 97

    • The LORD reigns! Let the earth rejoice; let the many coasts and islands be glad.
    • 2 Clouds and total darkness surround him; righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne. 3 Fire goes before him and burns up his foes on every side.
      4 His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles. 5 The mountains melt like wax at the presence of the LORD— at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
    • 6 The heavens proclaim his righteousness; all the peoples see his glory. 7 All who serve carved images, those who boast in idols, will be put to shame. All the gods must worship him.
    • 8 Zion hears and is glad, Judah’s villages rejoice because of your judgments, LORD9 For you, LORD, are the Most High over the whole earth; you are exalted above all the gods.
    • 10 You who love the LORD, hate evil! He protects the lives of his faithful ones; he rescues them from the power of the wicked. 11 Light dawns for the righteous, gladness for the upright in heart.
    • 12 Be glad in the LORD, you righteous ones, and give thanks to his holy name.

For yourself pray:

  • That you find more and more joy in the Messiah, the King of all the earth

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who are are not ashamed of what they should be ashamed of

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 97 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 26.5 (Psalm 127)

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

First pray to God like Solomon:

The poor are in your keeping, you hear their bitter cry,
Your watchfulness unsleeping to answer every sigh;
The lonely and neglected, the outcast and in need,
Forsaken and rejected, to you are dear indeed.

So praise to you forever, who formed the fertile land;
The fruits of our endeavor shall prosper in your hand.
With prayer and song and story your praises sound again,
In all the earth your glory; so be it, Lord! Amen.

Psalm 127

    • A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain; unless the LORD watches over a city, the watchman stays alert in vain. 2 In vain you get up early and stay up late, working hard to have enough food– yes, he gives sleep to the one he loves.
    • 3 Sons are indeed a heritage from the LORD, offspring, a reward. 4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior are the sons born in one’s youth.
    • 5 Happy is the man who has filled his quiver with them. They will never be put to shame when they speak with their enemies at the city gate.

For yourself pray:

  • That the Lord watches over you and the place where you live

Other people to pray for:

  • For those longing to bear children

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 26.4 (Psalm 72:13-20)

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

First pray to God like Solomon:

The poor are in your keeping, you hear their bitter cry,
Your watchfulness unsleeping to answer every sigh;
The lonely and neglected, the outcast and in need,
Forsaken and rejected, to you are dear indeed.

So praise to you forever, who formed the fertile land;
The fruits of our endeavor shall prosper in your hand.
With prayer and song and story your praises sound again,
In all the earth your glory; so be it, Lord! Amen.

Psalm 72:13-20

    • He will have pity on the poor and helpless and save the lives of the poor. 14 He will redeem them from oppression and violence, for their lives are precious in his sight.
    • 15 May he live long! May gold from Sheba be given to him. May prayer be offered for him continually, and may he be blessed all day long. 16 May there be plenty of grain in the land; may it wave on the tops of the mountains. May its crops be like Lebanon. May people flourish in the cities like the grass of the field. 17 May his name endure forever; as long as the sun shines, may his fame increase. May all nations be blessed by him and call him blessed.
    • 18 Blessed be the LORD God, the God of Israel, who alone does wonders. 19 Blessed be his glorious name forever; the whole earth is filled with his glory. Amen and amen.
    • 20 The prayers of David son of Jesse are concluded.

For yourself pray:

  • That you bless God’s glorious name forever and ever

Other people to pray for:

  • For peace and the spread of the gospel in West Africa

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 26.3 (Psalm 72:1-12)

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

First pray to God like Solomon:

The poor are in your keeping, you hear their bitter cry,
Your watchfulness unsleeping to answer every sigh;
The lonely and neglected, the outcast and in need,
Forsaken and rejected, to you are dear indeed.

So praise to you forever, who formed the fertile land;
The fruits of our endeavor shall prosper in your hand.
With prayer and song and story your praises sound again,
In all the earth your glory; so be it, Lord! Amen.

Psalm 72:1-12

    • Of Solomon. Endow the king with your justice, O God, the royal son with your righteousness. 2 He will judge your people in righteousness, your afflicted ones with justice.
    • 3 The mountains will bring prosperity to the people, the hills the fruit of righteousness.
    • 4 He will defend the afflicted among the people and save the children of the needy; he will crush the oppressor. 5 He will endure as long as the sun, as long as the moon, through all generations. 6 He will be like rain falling on a mown field, like showers watering the earth.
    • 7 In his days the righteous will flourish; prosperity will abound till the moon is no more. 8 He will rule from sea to sea and from the River to the ends of the earth.
    • 9 The desert tribes will bow before him and his enemies will lick the dust. 10 The kings of Tarshish and of distant shores will bring tribute to him; the kings of Sheba and Seba will present him gifts. 11 All kings will bow down to him and all nations will serve him.

For yourself pray:

  • That you more deeply revere your compassionate King

Other people to pray for:

  • For those whose fields need rain

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 72 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 26.2 (Psalm 71:13-24)

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

First pray to God like David:

Righteous God, the God of wonders,
Who can be compared with you?
Though I suffer countless troubles,
You will finally bring me through.
Holy God, forever faithful,
Your deliverance is my song:
By your mercy saved and shielded,
I will praise you all day long. Amen.

Psalm 71:13-24

    • May my adversaries be disgraced and destroyed; may those who intend to harm me be covered with disgrace and humiliation.
    • 14 But I will hope continually and will praise you more and more. 15 My mouth will tell about your righteousness and your salvation all day long, though I cannot sum them up. 16 I come because of the mighty acts of the Lord GOD; I will proclaim your righteousness, yours alone.
    • 17 God, you have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim your wondrous works. 18 Even while I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me, while I proclaim your power to another generation, your strength to all who are to come.
    • 19 Your righteousness reaches the heights, God, you who have done great things; God, who is like you? 20 You caused me to experience many troubles and misfortunes, but you will revive me again. You will bring me up again, even from the depths of the earth. 21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again.
    • 22 Therefore, I will praise you with a harp for your faithfulness, my God; I will sing to you with a lyre, Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you because you have redeemed me.
    • 24 Therefore, my tongue will proclaim your righteousness all day long, for those who intend to harm me will be disgraced and confounded.

For yourself pray:

  • That God allows you to pass along his power to all who are to come

Other people to pray for:

  • For believers surrounded by unbelievers, struggling to uphold the Bible’s truth in the face of opposition

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 71 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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