daily reading 51.3 (Psalm 116:1-9)

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 116:1-9

  • I love the LORD because he has heard my appeal for mercy. 2 Because he has turned his ear to me, I will call out to him as long as I live.
  • 3 The ropes of death were wrapped around me, and the torments of Sheol overcame me; I encountered trouble and sorrow. 4 Then I called on the name of the LORD: “LORD, save me!”
  • 5 The LORD is gracious and righteous; our God is compassionate. 6 The LORD guards the inexperienced; I was helpless, and he saved me. 7 Return to your rest, my soul, for the LORD has been good to you.
  •  8 For you, LORD, rescued me from death, my eyes from tears, my feet from stumbling. 9 I will walk before the LORD in the land of the living.

For yourself pray:

  • That in your current sickness, or your next one, the Lord is good to you

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 51.2 (Psalm 126)

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

First pray:

When God restored our common life, our hope, our liberty,
at first it seemed a passing dream, a waking fantasy.
A shock of joy swept over us, for we had wept so long;
the seeds we watered once with tears sprang up into a song.

We went forth weeping, sowing seeds in hard, unyielding soil;
with laughing hearts we carry home the fruit of all our toil.
We praise the One who gave the growth, with voices full and strong.
The seeds we watered once with tears sprang up into a song.

Great liberating God, we pray for all who are oppressed.
May those who long for what is right with justice now be blessed.
We pray for those who mourn this day, and all who suffer wrong;
may seeds they water now with tears spring up into a song.  Amen.

Psalm 126

  • A song of ascents.
  • When the LORD restored the fortunes of Zion, we were like those who dream. 2 Our mouths were filled with laughter then, and our tongues with shouts of joy. Then they said among the nations, “The LORD has done great things for them.” 3 The LORD had done great things for us; we were joyful.
  • 4 Restore our fortunes, LORD, like watercourses in the Negev. 5 Those who sow in tears will reap with shouts of joy. 6 Though one goes along weeping, carrying the bag of seed, he will surely come back with shouts of joy, carrying his sheaves.

For yourself pray:

Other people to pray for:

  • For Christian prison guards, parole officers, etc.

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 51.1 (Psalm 119:169-176)

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

First pray:

Open my eyes, O Lord, I pray, enlighten heart and mind;
That as I read your word today I may its treasures find.

Open my ears that, small and still, your voice be clearly heard,
to guide my steps and cleanse my will according to your word.

Open my life to love’s embrace, my dear redeeming Lord:
your word of life and truth and grace within my soul be stored.

Open my lips, O Lord, in praise to tell what love imparts:
the work of grace about my ways, your word within my heart. Amen.

Psalm 119:169-176

  • Let my cry reach you, LORD; give me understanding according to your word. 170 Let my plea reach you; rescue me according to your promise.
  • 171 My lips pour out praise, for you teach me your statutes. 172 My tongue sings about your promise, for all your commands are righteous.
  • 173 May your hand be ready to help me, for I have chosen your precepts. 174 I long for your salvation, LORD, and your instruction is my delight.
  • 175 Let me live, and I will praise you; may your judgments help me. 176 I wander like a lost sheep; seek your servant, for I do not forget your commands.

 

For yourself pray:

  • That the Lord always shepherds you

Other people to pray for:

  • For those in your church you teach the Word to the young

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 50.5 (Psalm 119:161-168)

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

First pray:

Open my eyes, O Lord, I pray, enlighten heart and mind;
That as I read your word today I may its treasures find.

Open my ears that, small and still, your voice be clearly heard,
to guide my steps and cleanse my will according to your word.

Open my life to love’s embrace, my dear redeeming Lord:
your word of life and truth and grace within my soul be stored.

Open my lips, O Lord, in praise to tell what love imparts:
the work of grace about my ways, your word within my heart. Amen.

Psalm 119:161-168

  • Princes have persecuted me without cause, but my heart fears only your word. 162 I rejoice over your promise like one who finds vast treasure.
  • 163 I hate and abhor falsehood, but I love your instruction. 164 I praise you seven times a day for your righteous judgments.
  • 165 Abundant peace belongs to those who love your instruction; nothing makes them stumble. 166 LORD, I hope for your salvation and carry out your commands.
  • 167 I obey your decrees and love them greatly. 168 I obey your precepts and decrees, for all my ways are before you.

For yourself pray:

  • That you grow in hope for Jesus’ return and rescue

Other people to pray for:

  • For Christians in jails and prisons

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 50.4 (Psalm 119:153-160)

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

First pray:

Open my eyes, O Lord, I pray, enlighten heart and mind;
That as I read your word today I may its treasures find.

Open my ears that, small and still, your voice be clearly heard,
to guide my steps and cleanse my will according to your word.

Open my life to love’s embrace, my dear redeeming Lord:
your word of life and truth and grace within my soul be stored.

Open my lips, O Lord, in praise to tell what love imparts:
the work of grace about my ways, your word within my heart. Amen.

Psalm 119:153-160

  • Consider my affliction and rescue me, for I have not forgotten your instruction. 154 Champion my cause and redeem me; give me life as you promised.
  • 155 Salvation is far from the wicked because they do not study your statutes. 156 Your compassions are many, LORD; give me life according to your judgments.
  • 157 My persecutors and foes are many. I have not turned from your decrees. 158 I have seen the disloyal and feel disgust because they do not keep your word.
  • 159 Consider how I love your precepts; LORD, give me life according to your faithful love. 160 The entirety of your word is truth, each of your righteous judgments endures forever.

For yourself pray:

  • That more and more, you love Psalm 119 and have the heart of the psalmist

Other people to pray for:

  • For a solid foundation for the gospel among new Lutherans in Liberia

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 50.3 (Psalm 119:145-152)

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

First pray:

Open my eyes, O Lord, I pray, enlighten heart and mind;
That as I read your word today I may its treasures find.

Open my ears that, small and still, your voice be clearly heard,
to guide my steps and cleanse my will according to your word.

Open my life to love’s embrace, my dear redeeming Lord:
your word of life and truth and grace within my soul be stored.

Open my lips, O Lord, in praise to tell what love imparts:
the work of grace about my ways, your word within my heart. Amen.

Psalm 119:145-152

  • I call with all my heart; answer me, LORD. I will obey your statutes. 146 I call to you; save me, and I will keep your decrees.
  • 147 I rise before dawn and cry out for help; I put my hope in your word. 148 I am awake through each watch of the night to meditate on your promise.
  • 149 In keeping with your faithful love, hear my voice. LORD, give me life in keeping with your justice. 150 Those who pursue evil plans come near; they are far from your instruction.
  • 151 You are near, LORD, and all your commands are true. 152 Long ago I learned from your decrees that you have established them forever.

For yourself pray:

  • That God makes clear to you any area where you have misunderstood his commands

Other people to pray for:

  • For believers struggling with insomnia

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 50.2 (Psalm 119:137-144)

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

First pray:

Open my eyes, O Lord, I pray, enlighten heart and mind;
That as I read your word today I may its treasures find.

Open my ears that, small and still, your voice be clearly heard,
to guide my steps and cleanse my will according to your word.

Open my life to love’s embrace, my dear redeeming Lord:
your word of life and truth and grace within my soul be stored.

Open my lips, O Lord, in praise to tell what love imparts:
the work of grace about my ways, your word within my heart. Amen.

Psalm 119:137-144

  • You are righteous, LORD, and your judgments are just. 138 The decrees you issue are righteous and altogether trustworthy.
  • 139 My anger overwhelms me because my foes forget your words. 140 Your word is completely pure, and your servant loves it.
  • 141 I am insignificant and despised, but I do not forget your precepts. 142 Your righteousness is an everlasting righteousness, and your instruction is true.
  • 143 Trouble and distress have overtaken me, but your commands are my delight. 144 Your decrees are righteous forever. Give me understanding, and I will live.

For yourself pray:

  • That God gives you more and more understanding of his Word

Other people to pray for:

  • For Chinese house church members arrested for their faith

A psalm setting to listen to:

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