daily reading 15.3 (Psalm 11)

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

First pray like David:

I trust you, Lord, for safety; how can I run away
Or seek my refuge in the hills like birds at close of day?
But enemies attack me; they shoot to pierce my heart;
How can I stay in safety here when goodness falls apart?

If you are in your temple, high on your mighty throne,
Your eyes watch over us in love, to you our ways are known.
If you are true and faithful, you guard us by your grace.
Let all who trust your righteousness live on to see your face. Amen.

Psalm 11

      • I have taken refuge in the LORD. How can you say to me, “Escape to the mountains like a bird! 2 For look, the wicked string bows; they put their arrows on bowstrings to shoot from the shadows at the upright in heart. 3 When the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
      • 4 The LORD is in his holy temple; the LORD— his throne is in heaven. His eyes watch; his gaze examines everyone. 5 The LORD examines the righteous, but he hates the wicked and those who love violence.
      • 6 Let him rain burning coals and sulfur on the wicked; let a scorching wind be the portion in their cup. 7 For the LORD is righteous; he loves righteous deeds. The upright will see his face.

For yourself pray:

  • That you will see the Lord’s face

Other people to pray for:

  • For believers in Syria

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 15.2 (Psalm 10:10-18)

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

First pray like David:

I praise you, God of justice, enthroned for evermore,
A stronghold in affliction, a refuge to the poor:
Attend the cry of victims, remember their despair;
Be faithful. Listen. Honor the faith that sparks our prayer. Amen.

Psalm 10:10-18

      • So he is oppressed and beaten down; helpless people fall because of the wicked one’s strength. 11 He says to himself, “God has forgotten; he hides his face and will never see.”
      • 12 Rise up, LORD God! Lift up your hand. Do not forget the oppressed.
      • 13 Why has the wicked person despised God? He says to himself, “You will not demand an account.” 14 But you yourself have seen trouble and grief, observing it in order to take the matter into your hands. The helpless one entrusts himself to you; you are a helper of the fatherless.
      • 15 Break the arm of the wicked, evil person, until you look for his wickedness, but it can’t be found. 16 The LORD is King forever and ever; the nations will perish from his land.
      • 17 LORD, you have heard the desire of the humble; you will strengthen their hearts. You will listen carefully, 18 doing justice for the fatherless and the oppressed so that mere humans from the earth may terrify them no more.

For yourself pray:

  • That in the end God will vindicate your humility before evil doers

Other people to pray for:

  • For orphans in your area

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 10 (YouTube, duet with piano, guitar and percussion)
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daily reading 15.1 (Psalm 10:1-9)

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

First pray like David:

I praise you, God of justice, enthroned for evermore,
A stronghold in affliction, a refuge to the poor:
Attend the cry of victims, remember their despair;
Be faithful. Listen. Honor the faith that sparks our prayer. Amen.

Psalm 9:11-20

      • LORD, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide in times of trouble? 2 In arrogance the wicked relentlessly pursue their victims; let them be caught in the schemes they have devised.
      • 3 For the wicked one boasts about his own cravings; the one who is greedy curses and despises the LORD. 4 In all his scheming, the wicked person arrogantly thinks, “There’s no accountability, since there’s no God.”
      • 5 His ways are always secure; your lofty judgments have no effect on him; he scoffs at all his adversaries. 6 He says to himself, “I will never be moved — from generation to generation without calamity.”
      •  Cursing, deceit, and violence fill his mouth; trouble and malice are under his tongue. 8 He waits in ambush near settlements; he kills the innocent in secret places. His eyes are on the lookout for the helpless; 9 he lurks in secret like a lion in a thicket. He lurks in order to seize a victim; he seizes a victim and drags him in his net.

For yourself pray:

  • That you will hang onto God during your next time of terrible trouble

Other people to pray for:

  • For believers undergoing cursing, deceit and violence, that they keep hoping in the Lord

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 10 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 14.5 (Psalm 9:11-20)

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

First pray like David:

I praise you, God of justice, enthroned for evermore,
A stronghold in affliction, a refuge to the poor:
Attend the cry of victims, remember their despair;
Be faithful. Listen. Honor the faith that sparks our prayer.

We praise you, God of justice, however dark the day:
The hope that calls for mercy will not be turned away;
For evil shall not triumph, nor human sin prevail:
You, Lord, are God eternal, whose judgments cannot fail. Amen.

Psalm 9:11-20

      • Sing to the LORD, who dwells in Zion; proclaim his deeds among the nations. 12 For the one who seeks an accounting for bloodshed remembers them; he does not forget the cry of the oppressed.
      • 13 Be gracious to me, LORD; consider my affliction at the hands of those who hate me. Lift me up from the gates of death, 14 so that I may declare all your praises. I will rejoice in your salvation within the  gates of Daughter Zion.
      • 15 The nations have fallen into the pit they made; their foot is caught in the net they have concealed. 16 The LORD has made himself known; he has executed justice, snaring the wicked by the work of their hands. Higgaion. Selah 17 The wicked will return to Sheol–all the nations that forget God.
      • 18 For the needy will not always be forgotten; the hope of the oppressed will not perish forever.
        19 Rise up, LORD! Do not let mere humans prevail; let the nations be judged in your presence. 20 Put terror in them, LORD; let the nations know they are only humans. Selah

For yourself pray:

  • That God will arise to help you

Other people to pray for:

  • For the proud, that they realize that God is God and they are but men

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 9 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 14.4 (Psalm 9:1-10)

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

First pray like David:

I praise you, God of justice, enthroned for evermore,
A stronghold in affliction, a refuge to the poor:
Attend the cry of victims, remember their despair;
Be faithful. Listen. Honor the faith that sparks our prayer.

We praise you, God of justice, however dark the day:
The hope that calls for mercy will not be turned away;
For evil shall not triumph, nor human sin prevail:
You, Lord, are God eternal, whose judgments cannot fail. Amen.

Psalm 9:1-10

      • For the choir director: according to Muth-labben. A psalm of David.
      • I will thank the LORD with all my heart; I will declare all your wondrous works. 2 I will rejoice and boast about you; I will sing about your name, Most High.
      • 3 When my enemies retreat, they stumble and perish before you. 4 For you have upheld my just cause; you are seated on your throne as a righteous judge. 5 You have rebuked the nations: You have destroyed the wicked; you have erased their name forever and ever. 6 The enemy has come to eternal ruin. You have uprooted the cities, and the very memory of them has perished.
      • 7 But the LORD sits enthroned forever; he has established his throne for judgment. 8 And he judges the world with righteousness; he executes judgment on the nations with fairness.
      • 9 The LORD is a refuge for the persecuted, a refuge in times of trouble.
        10 Those who know your name trust in you because you have not abandoned those who seek you, LORD.

For yourself pray:

  • That the Lord is your refuge today in your times of trouble

Other people to pray for:

  • For believers facing imprisonment for their faith

A psalm setting to listen to:

  • Psalm 9 (YouTube, soloist with guitar)
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daily reading 14.3 (Psalm 131)

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

First pray like David:

No lofty dreams are mine, no cold contempt or pride;
I crave no share in vast concerns to keep me satisfied.

Within its mother’s arms a child may safely rest;
With such contentment for my soul I, too, am richly blessed.

In God I am content; in God I rest secure;
Let all his people hope in him, both now and evermore. Amen.

Psalm 131

      • A song of ascents. Of David.
      • LORD, my heart is not proud; my eyes are not haughty. I do not get involved with things too great or too wondrous for me.
      • 2 Instead, I have calmed and quieted my soul like a weaned child with its mother; my soul is like a weaned child.
      • 3 Israel, put your hope in the LORD, both now and forever.

For yourself pray:

  • That you grow in quiet contentment

Other people to pray for:

  • For mothers of young children in your congregation

A psalm setting to listen to:

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daily reading 14.2 (Psalm 122)

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

First pray like David:

Once Zion was our care, where all his tribes would meet
And joyful in his house of prayer bend at his mercy-seat.
Now for Jerusalem we pray,  the church of God!
The Lord of heaven be kind to them who love his dear abode!

Within our walls may peace and harmony be found —
In all our Prince’s palaces prosperity abound!
For saints of every race, our prayer shall never cease;
In every land, in every place, God send his people peace! Amen.

Psalm 122

      • A song of ascents. Of David.
      • I rejoiced with those who said to me, “Let us go to the house of the LORD.” 2 Our feet were standing within your gates, Jerusalem– 3 Jerusalem, built as a city should be, solidly united, 4 where the tribes, the LORD‘s tribes, go up to give thanks to the name of the LORD. (This is an ordinance for Israel.)
      • 5 There, thrones for judgment are placed, thrones of the house of David.
      • 6 Pray for the well-being of Jerusalem: “May those who love you be secure; 7 may there be peace within your walls, security within your fortresses.”
      • 8 Because of my brothers and friends, I will say, “May peace be in you.” 9 Because of the house of the LORD our God, I will pursue your prosperity.

For yourself pray:

  • That you share David’s eagerness for the house of the Lord

Other people to pray for:

  • For your congregation, that many gather to worship the Lord next weekend

A psalm setting to listen to:

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