daily reading 37.4 (Psalm 91:1-8)

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 91:1-8

    • The one who lives under the protection of the Most High dwells in the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say concerning the LORD, who is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust:
    • 3 He himself will rescue you from the bird trap, from the destructive plague. 4 He will cover you with his feathers; you will take refuge under his wings. His faithfulness will be a protective shield.
    • 5 You will not fear the terror of the night, the arrow that flies by day, 6 the plague that stalks in darkness, or the pestilence that ravages at noon. 7 Though a thousand fall at your side and ten thousand at your right hand, the pestilence will not reach you. 8 You will only see it with your eyes and witness the punishment of the wicked.

For yourself pray:

  • That God’s great deeds of the past give you peace and hope

Other people to pray for:

  • For Christians in China facing dire internet restrictions and prohibitions

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 91 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 37.3 (Psalm 83:9-18)

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

First pray to God:

Speak, Lord, and let us hear again Your potent, living word;
Reveal yourself in acts of might And let your voice be heard.
For evil powers are hard at work: They cunningly conspire;
Your people’s downfall, nothing less, Remains their chief desire.
Ignite the fire of holiness Which your opponents fear;
Like chaff before the raging wind, Lord, make them disappear. Amen.

Psalm 83:9-18

    • Deal with them as you did with Midian, as you did with Sisera and Jabin at the Kishon River. 10 They were destroyed at En-dor; they became manure for the ground.
    • 11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, and all their tribal leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna, 12 who said, “Let us seize God’s pastures for ourselves.” 13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God, like straw before the wind.
    • 14 As fire burns a forest, as a flame blazes through mountains, 15 so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm. 16 Cover their faces with shame so that they will seek your name, LORD.
    • 17 Let them be put to shame and terrified forever; let them perish in disgrace. 18 May they know that you alone — whose name is the LORD — are the Most High over the whole earth.

For yourself pray:

  • That God’s great deeds of the past give you peace and hope

Other people to pray for:

  • For Christians in China undergoing intrusive surveillance

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 83 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 37.2 (Psalm 83:1-8)

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

First pray to God:

Speak, Lord, and let us hear again Your potent, living word;
Reveal yourself in acts of might And let your voice be heard.
For evil powers are hard at work: They cunningly conspire;
Your people’s downfall, nothing less, Remains their chief desire.
Ignite the fire of holiness Which your opponents fear;
Like chaff before the raging wind, Lord, make them disappear. Amen.

Psalm 83:1-8

    • A song. A psalm of Asaph. God, do not keep silent. Do not be deaf, God; do not be quiet.
    • 2 See how your enemies make an uproar; those who hate you have acted arrogantly. 3 They devise clever schemes against your people; they conspire against your treasured ones. 4 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.”
    • 5 For they have conspired with one mind; they form an alliance against you–
      6 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, Moab and the Hagrites, 7 Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre. 8 Even Assyria has joined them; they lend support to the sons of Lot. Selah.

For yourself pray:

  • That God will not be silent or deaf in your case

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 37.1 (Psalm 82)

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

First pray to God:

The lords of earth are in your hand, O God who reigns on high;
Within their councils there you stand With ever-watchful eye.

They proudly boast a godlike birth, In death like men they fall;
Arise, O God, and judge the earth, And rule the nations all! Amen.

Psalm 82

    • A psalm of Asaph.
    • God stands in the divine assembly; he pronounces judgment among the gods: 2 “How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah. 3 Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. 4 Rescue the poor and needy; save them from the power of the wicked.”
    • 5 They do not know or understand; they wander in darkness. All the foundations of the earth are shaken.
    • 6 I said, “You are gods; you are all sons of the Most High. 7 However, you will die like humans and fall like any other ruler.”
    • 8 Rise up, God, judge the earth, for all the nations belong to you.

For yourself pray:

  • That God keeps you from being too impressed with the temporarily powerful and well-to-do

Other people to pray for:

  • For first responders and all in danger as Hurricane Florence heads toward North Carolina

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 82 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 36.5 (Psalm 81:8-17)

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

First pray to God:

May I and all your saints keep listening to your voice!
Soon you would ease our sore complaints, and bid ours hearts rejoice.
While you destroyed our foes, you’d richly feed your flock;
And we would taste the stream that flows from our eternal Rock. Amen.

Psalm 81:8-16

    • “Listen, my people, and I will admonish you. Israel, if you would only listen to me! 9 There must not be a strange god among you; you must not bow down to a foreign god. 10 I am the LORD your God, who brought you up from the land of Egypt. Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it.
    • 11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; Israel did not obey me. 12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts to follow their own plans.
    • 13 If only my people would listen to me and Israel would follow my ways, 14 I would quickly subdue their enemies and turn my hand against their foes.”
    • 15 Those who hate the LORD would cower to him; their doom would last forever.
      16 But he would feed Israel with the best wheat. “I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”

For yourself pray:

  • That God does whatever it takes to overcome your stubbornness

Other people to pray for:

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 81 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 36.4 (Psalm 81:1-7)

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

First pray to God:

May I and all your saints keep listening to your voice!
Soon you would ease our sore complaints, and bid ours hearts rejoice.
While you destroyed our foes, you’d richly feed your flock;
And we would taste the stream that flows from our eternal Rock. Amen.

Psalm 81:1-7

    • For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph.
    • Sing for joy to God our strength; shout in triumph to the God of Jacob. 2 Lift up a song– play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp. 3 Blow the horn on the day of our feasts during the new moon and during the full moon.
    • 4 For this is a statute for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 5 He set it up as a decree for Joseph when he went throughout the land of Egypt. I heard an unfamiliar language:
    • 6 “I relieved his shoulder from the burden; his hands were freed from carrying the basket. 7 You called out in distress, and I rescued you; I answered you from the thundercloud. I tested you at the Waters of Meribah.” Selah.

For yourself pray:

  • That God is your strength and joy

Other people to pray for:

  • For those who work with autistic young people

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 36.3 (Psalm 80:12-19)

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

First pray:

Desolate, to you we cry: ‘Spare us from the enemy!’
God of hosts, turn back again, all such wickedness restrain:

Turn us too, for we have failed, faithfulness has not prevailed;
Visit, Lord, and heal your vine, on its fruit let glory shine! Amen.

Psalm 80:12-19

    • Why have you broken down its walls so that all who pass by pick its fruit? 13 Boars from the forest tear at it and creatures of the field feed on it. 14 Return, God of Armies.
    • Look down from heaven and see; take care of this vine, 15 the root your right hand planted, the son that you made strong for yourself. 16 It was cut down and burned; they perish at your frown.
    •  17 Let your hand be with the man at your right hand, with the son of man you have made strong for yourself. 18 Then we will not turn away from you; revive us, and we will call on your name.
    • 19 Restore us, LORD, God of Armies; make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.

For yourself pray:

  • That you never turn away from God

Other people to pray for:

  • For your pastor(s), that he/they may turn people away from perishing

A psalm setting to listen to:

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