daily reading 2.4 (Psalm 34:11-22)

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

First pray to the Lord:

Lord of our time, help us, we pray,
to prize the joy each moment brings;
to squander no good gift today
nor waste our lives on useless things.

In all things waiting to be done,
in private hope and public fame,
make all our purpose in each one
to be the glory of your name. Amen.

Psalm 34:11-22

  • Come, children, listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the LORD12 Who is someone who desires life, loving a long life to enjoy what is good? 13 Keep your tongue from evil and your lips from deceitful speech. 14 Turn away from evil and do what is good; seek peace and pursue it.
  • 15 The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry for help. 16 The face of the LORD is set against those who do what is evil, to remove all memory of them from the earth.
  • 17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, and rescues them from all their troubles. 18 The LORD is near the brokenhearted; he saves those crushed in spirit.
  • 19 One who is righteous has many adversities, but the LORD rescues him from them all. 20 He protects all his bones; not one of them is broken. 21 Evil brings death to the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.
  • 22 The LORD redeems the life of his servants, and all who take refuge in him will not be punished.

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, as time allows:

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daily reading 2.3 (Psalm 34:1-10)

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

First pray to the Lord:

Lord of our time, help us, we pray,
to prize the joy each moment brings;
to squander no good gift today
nor waste our lives on useless things.

In all things waiting to be done,
in private hope and public fame,
make all our purpose in each one
to be the glory of your name. Amen.

Psalm 34:1-10

  • Concerning David, when he pretended to be insane in the presence of Abimelech, who drove him out, and he departed.
  • I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. 2 I will boast in the Lord; the humble will hear and be glad. 3 Proclaim the Lord ‘s greatness with me; let us exalt his name together.
  • 4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me and rescued me from all my fears. 5 Those who look to him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed. 6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him and saved him from all his troubles.
  • 7 The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear him, and rescues them.
    8 Taste and see that the LORD is good. How happy is the person who takes refuge in him!
  • 9 You who are his holy ones, fear the LORD, for those who fear him lack nothing. 10 Young lions lack food and go hungry, but those who seek the LORD will not lack any good thing.

For yourself, pray:

  • That you revere the Lord

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who struggling with fear

A psalm, as time allows:

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daily reading 2.2 (Psalm 59:9-17)

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

First pray to the Lord:

Like dogs, my foes growl, hungry, And search for prey to kill;
They find no satisfaction And never have their fill;
But you, LORD, be my refuge, Your love, tomorrow’s song;
Through all my times of trouble, In you, LORD, make me strong. Amen.

Psalm 59:9-17

  • I will keep watch for you, my Strength, because God is my stronghold. 10 My faithful God will come to meet me; God will let me look down on my adversaries.
  • 11 Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget. By your power, make them homeless wanderers and bring them down, LORD, our shield. 12 For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips, let them be caught in their pride. They utter curses and lies. 13 Consume them in rage; consume them until they are gone. Then people will know throughout the earth that God rules over Jacob. Selah.
  • 14 And they return at evening, snarling like dogs and prowling around the city. 15 They scavenge for food; they growl if they are not satisfied.
  • 16 But I will sing of your strength and will joyfully proclaim your faithful love in the morning. For you have been a stronghold for me, a refuge in my day of trouble.
  • 17 To you, my strength, I sing praises, because God is my stronghold– my faithful God.

For yourself, pray:

  • That God is your strength and your stronghold

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who undergoing chemotherapy

A psalm, as time allows:

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daily reading 2.1 (Psalm 59:1-8)

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

First pray to the Lord:

Like dogs, my foes growl, hungry, And search for prey to kill;
They find no satisfaction And never have their fill;
But you, LORD, be my refuge, Your love, tomorrow’s song;
Through all my times of trouble, In you, LORD, make me strong. Amen.

Psalm 59:1-8

  • For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. When Saul sent agents to watch the house and kill him.
  • Rescue me from my enemies, my God; protect me from those who rise up against me. 2 Rescue me from those who practice sin, and save me from men of bloodshed. 3 Because look, LORD, they set an ambush for me. Powerful men attack me, but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine. 4 For no fault of mine, they run and take up a position.
  • Awake to help me, and take notice. 5 LORD God of Armies, you are the God of Israel. Rise up to punish all the nations; do not show favor to any wicked traitors. Selah
  • 6 They return at evening, snarling like dogs and prowling around the city. 7 Look, they spew from their mouths– sharp words from their lips. “For who,” they say, “will hear?”
  • 8 But you laugh at them, LORD; you ridicule all the nations. 9 I will keep watch for you, my strength, because God is my stronghold.

For yourself, pray:

  • That God saves you from powerful attackers

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who scoff at the idea that God hears them or will judge them

A psalm, as time allows:

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daily reading 1.5 (applying Psalm 1 to your 2018)

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

First pray:

Lord, I each believer see
As a firmly-planted tree,
Flowing waters, crystal clear,
Make it fruitful year by year:
Green, unfading, are its leaves;
Boundless grace all good achieves.

Evildoers are not so;
Chaff that flies when breezes blow
In your judgment cannot stand,
Set aside, on your left hand,
For you knows your children’s path;
Wicked way will end in wrath.

Lord have mercy, throughout this year.
Keep me in your holy fear. Amen.

Psalm 1

  • How well it will go for the one who does not walk in the advice of the wicked or stand in the pathway with sinners or sit in the company of mockers! 2 Instead, his delight is in the LORD‘s instruction, and he meditates on it day and night.
  • 3 He is like a tree planted beside flowing streams that bears its fruit in its season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
  • 4 The wicked are not like this; instead, they are like chaff that the wind blows away. 5 Therefore the wicked will not stand up in the judgment, nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. 6 For the LORD watches over the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

For yourself, pray:

  • That you see the final judgment of the wicked and the vindication of God’s justice

Other people to pray for:

  • For others who regularly teach you God’s Word

A psalm, as time allows:

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daily reading 1.4 (Psalm 58)

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

First pray:

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
Lord, may your house be my abode
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest
While others go and come,
No more a stranger or a guest
But like a child at home. Amen.

Psalm 58

  • For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David.
  • Do you really speak righteously, you mighty ones? Do you judge people fairly? 2 No, you practice injustice in your hearts; with your hands you weigh out violence in the land.
  • 3 The wicked go astray from the womb; liars wander about from birth. 4 They have venom like the venom of a snake, like the deaf cobra that stops up its ears, 5 that does not listen to the sound of the charmers who skillfully weave spells.
  • 6 God, knock the teeth out of their mouths; Lord, tear out the young lions’ fangs. 7 May they vanish like water that flows by; may they aim their blunted arrows. 8 Like a slug that moves along in slime, like a woman’s miscarried child, may they not see the sun.
  • 9 Before your pots can feel the heat of the thorns– whether green or burning– he will sweep them away. 10 The righteous one will rejoice when he sees the retribution; he will wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
  • 11 Then people will say, “Yes, there is a reward for the righteous! There is a God who judges on earth!”

For yourself, pray:

  • That you see the final judgment of the wicked and the vindication of God’s justice

Other people to pray for:

  • For the governor, senators and other legislators over you

A psalm, as time allows:

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daily reading 1.3 (Psalm 23)

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

First pray:

The sure provisions of my God
Attend me all my days;
Lord, may your house be my abode
And all my work be praise.
There would I find a settled rest
While others go and come,
No more a stranger or a guest
But like a child at home. Amen.

Psalm 23

  • A psalm of David.
  • The LORD is my shepherd; I will have what I need.
  • 2 He lets me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside quiet waters. 3 He renews my life; he leads me along the right paths for his name’s sake.
  • 4 Even when I go through the darkest valley, I fear no danger, for you are with me; your rod and your staff– they comfort me.
  • 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
  • 6 Only goodness and faithful love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD as long as I live.

For yourself, pray:

  • That you fear no evil, due to your Shepherd’s presence and promises

Other people to pray for:

  • For those walking though the valley of the shadow of death

A psalm, as time allows:

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