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Advent Reading: Psalm 103.1-22

Each week of Advent we will have a focus: This week's focus is the "Majesty of God". Reading: Psalm 103.1-22 Bless the Lord, O my soul, And all that is within me, bless His holy name. 2Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits; 3Who pardons all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases; 4Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkin...

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Advent Reading: Psalm 8.1-9

Each week of Advent we will have a focus: This week's focus is the "Majesty of God".Reading: Psalm 8.1-9 O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens! 2From the mouth of infants and nursing babes You have established strength Because of Your adversaries, To make the enemy and the revengeful cease.3When I ...

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Advent Reading: Psalm 19.1-6

Each week of Advent we will have a focus: This week's focus is "God our Maker".Reading: Psalm 19.1-6 The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. 2Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge. 3There is no speech, nor are there words; Their voice is not heard. 4Their line has gone out through all...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 148.1-14

Praise the Lord!Praise the Lord from the heavens;Praise Him in the heights!Praise Him, all His angels;Praise Him, all His hosts!Praise Him, sun and moon;Praise Him, all stars of light!Praise Him, highest heavens,And the waters that are above the heavens!Let them praise the name of the Lord,For He commanded and they were created.He has also established them forever and ever...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 138

Psalm 138 I will give You thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to You before the gods. I will bow down toward Your holy temple And give thanks to Your name for Your lovingkindness and Your truth; For You have magnified Your word according to all Your name. On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. All the kings of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 137

Psalm 137 By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion." How can we sing the Lord's song in a foreign land? If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget her skill. ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 134

Psalm 134 Behold,bless theLord, allservants of theLord, Whoserveby night in the house of theLord! Lift up your hands to thesanctuary And bless theLord. May theLordbless you from Zion, He whomade heaven and earth. This short psalm is the last of the ascent songs, sung by God's people as they would go up to the temple to worship the Lord and bring their sacrifices. The p...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 133

Psalm 133 Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brothers to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious oil upon the head, coming down upon the beard, evenAaron's beard, coming down upon the edge of his robes. It is like the dew of Hermon coming down upon the mountains of Zion; for there the Lordcommanded the blessing-life forever.David in this Psalm uses some b...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 132

Psalm 132 Remember, OLord, on David's behalf, All his affliction; How he swore to theLord And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob, "Surely I will not enter my house, Nor lie on my bed; I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for theLord, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob." Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah, We fo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 131

Psalm 131 O Lord, my heart is not proud, nor my eyes haughty; Nor do I involve myself in great matters, Or in things too difficult for me. Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; Like a weaned child rests against his mother, My soul is like a weaned child within me. O Israel, hope in the Lord From this time forth and forever. This psalm was written by David, it lik...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 130

Psalm 130 Out of the depths I have cried to You, O Lord. Lord, hear my voice! Let Your ears be attentive To the voice of my supplications. If You, Lord, should mark iniquities, O Lord, who could stand? But there is forgiveness with You, That You may be feared. I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, And in His word do I hope. My soul waits for the Lord More than the watc...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 129

Psalm 129 Many times they havepersecuted me from myyouth up," Let Israel now say, "Many times they havepersecuted me from my youth up; Yet they havenot prevailed against me. "The plowers plowed upon my back; They lengthened their furrows." TheLordis righteous; He has cut in two thecords of the wicked. May all whohate Zion Beput to shame and turned backward; Let them be l...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 122

Psalm 122 I was glad when they said to me, "Let us go to the house of the Lord." Our feet are standing Within your gates, O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that is built As a city that is compact together; To which the tribes go up, even the tribes of the Lord An ordinance for Israel To give thanks to the name of the Lord. For there thrones were set for judgment, The thrones of the ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 121

Psalm 121 I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; From where shall my help come? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth. He will not allow your foot to slip; He who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, He who keeps Israel Will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; The Lord is your shade on your right hand. The sun will not smite you by day, No...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.153-160

Psalm 119: 153-160 Look upon my affliction and rescue me, For I do not forget Your law. Plead my cause and redeem me; Revive me according to Your word. Salvation is far from the wicked, For they do not seek Your statutes. Great are Your mercies, O Lord; Revive me according to Your ordinances. Many are my persecutors and my adversaries, Yet I do not turn aside from Your tes...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.121-128

Psalm 119.121-128I have done justice and righteousness; Do not leave me to my oppressors. Be surety for Your servant for good; Do not let the arrogant oppress me. My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation And for Your righteous word. Deal with Your servant according to Your lovingkindness And teach me Your statutes. I am Your servant; give me understanding, That I may k...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.113-120

Psalm 119.113-120 I hate those who are double-minded, But I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word. Depart from me, evildoers, That I may observe the commandments of my God. Sustain me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Uphold me that I may be safe, That I may have regard for Your statutes c...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.89-96

Psalm 119.89-96 Forever, O Lord, Your word is settled in heaven. Your faithfulness continues throughout all generations; You established the earth, and it stands. They stand this day according to Your ordinances, For all things are Your servants. If Your law had not been my delight, Then I would have perished in my affliction. I will never forget Your precepts, Fo...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 119.49-56

Psalm 119.49-56 Remember the word to Your servant, In which You have made me hope. 50This is my comfort in my affliction, That Your word has revived me. 51The arrogant utterly deride me, Yet I do not turn aside from Your law. 52I have remembered Your ordinances from of old, O Lord, And comfort myself. 53Burning indignation has seized me because of the wicked, Who forsake Y...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 116

Psalm 116 I love the Lord, because He hears My voice and my supplications. Because He has inclined His ear to me, Therefore I shall call upon Him as long as I live. The cords of death encompassed me And the terrors of Sheol came upon me; I found distress and sorrow. Then I called upon the name of the Lord: "O Lord, I beseech You, save my life!" Gracious is the Lord, and ri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 114

Psalm 114 When Israel went forth from Egypt, The house of Jacob from a people of strange language, 2Judah became His sanctuary, Israel, His dominion. 3The sea looked and fled; The Jordan turned back. 4The mountains skipped like rams, The hills, like lambs. 5What ails you, O sea, that you flee? O Jordan, that you turn back? 6O mountains, that you skip like rams? O hills, l...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 111

Psalm 111 Praise the Lord! I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart, In the company of the upright and in the assembly. 2Great are the works of the Lord; They are studied by all who delight in them. 3Splendid and majestic is His work, And His righteousness endures forever. 4He has made His wonders to be remembered; The Lord is gracious and compassionate. 5He has gi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 102

Psalm 102 (Read from bible. Scripture not provided.) Have you ever had a day when nothing seemed to go your way? After reading the first 11 verses of Psalm 102 it's clear that the author who penned these lines was not just having a bad day, but, as he describes, he was enduring a season of calamity. We don't have to wait long to see how he responds. In verse 12 the Psalm...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 97

Psalm 97 The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; Let the many islands be glad. 2Clouds and thick darkness surround Him; Righteousness and justice are the foundation of His throne. 3Fire goes before Him And burns up His adversaries round about. 4His lightnings lit up the world; The earth saw and trembled. 5The mountains melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, At the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 95

Psalm 95 O come, let ussing for joy to theLord, Let us shout joyfully tothe rock of our salvation. 2Let uscome before His presencewiththanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Himwithpsalms. 3For theLordis agreat God And a great Kingabove all gods,4In whose hand are thedepths of the earth, The peaks of the mountains are His also. 5The sea is His, for it was Hewho made it, An...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 94

Psalm 94 O Lord, God of vengeance, God of vengeance, shine forth! Rise up, O Judge of the earth, Render recompense to the proud. How long shall the wicked, O Lord, How long shall the wicked exult? They pour forth words, they speak arrogantly; All who do wickedness vaunt themselves. They crush Your people, O Lord, And afflict Your heritage. They slay the widow and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 93

Psalm 93The Lord reigns, He is clothed with majesty; The Lord has clothed and girded Himself with strength; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved. 2Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting. 3The floods have lifted up, O Lord, The floods have lifted up their voice, The floods lift up their pounding waves. 4More than the sounds...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 92

Psalm 92 It isgood to give thanks to theLord And tosing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2Todeclare Your lovingkindness in the morning And Yourfaithfulnessby night, 3With theten-stringed lute andwith theharp, With resounding musicupon thelyre. 4For You, OLord, have made me glad bywhat Youhave done, I willsing for joy at theworks of Your hands. 5Howgreat are Your work...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 91

Psalm 91He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say to the Lord, "My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust!" For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 89

Psalm 89 (Please read scripture text from bible.) God created music. Just like everything else He has created it is all for Him and His glory (Colossians 1.16). As we read through the psalms we must remember they are songs and prayers written by different people that honor the Lord. Today's psalm is written by Ethan who was a wise Levitical musician in the service of King...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 87

Psalm 87Hisfoundation is in the holy mountains. 2TheLordloves the gates of Zion more than all theotherdwelling places of Jacob. 3Glorious things are spoken of you, Ocity of God.Selah. 4"I shall mentionRahab and Babylonamong those who know Me; Behold, Philistia andTyre withEthiopia: 'This one was born there.'" 5But of Zion it shall be said, "This one and that one were born ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 86

Psalm 86 Incline Your ear, OLord,andanswer me; For I amafflicted and needy. Preserve mysoul, for I am agodly man; O You my God, save Your servant whotrusts in You. Begracious to me, O Lord, Forto You I cry all day long. Make glad the soul of Your servant, For to You, O Lord,I lift up my soul. For You, Lord, aregood, andready to forgive, Andabundant in lovingkindness to al...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 85

Psalm 85 Lord, you werefavorable to your land; yourestored the fortunes of Jacob. Youforgave the iniquity of your people; youcovered all their sin.Selah You withdrew all your wrath; youturned from your hot anger. Restore us again, O God of our salvation, and put away your indignation toward us! Will you be angry with us forever? Will you prolong your anger to all generat...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 84

Psalm 84 How lovely are Your dwelling places, O Lord of hosts! 2My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God. 3The bird also has found a house, And the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, Even Your altars, O Lord of hosts, My King and my God. 4How blessed are those who dwell in Your ho...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 83

Psalm 83 O God,do not remain quiet; Do not be silent and, O God, do not be still. 2For behold, Your enemiesmake an uproar, Andthose who hate You haveexalted themselves. 3Theymake shrewd plans against Your people, Andconspire together againstYourtreasured ones. 4They have said, "Come, andlet us wipe them outas a nation, That thename of Israel be remembered no more." 5For t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 82

Psalm 82 God takes His stand in His own congregation; He judges in the midst of the rulers. How long will you judge unjustly and show partiality to the wicked? Selah. Vindicate the weak and fatherless; do justice to the afflicted and destitute. Rescue the weak and needy; deliverthemout of the hand of the wicked. They do not know nor do they understand; they walk about in d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 79

Psalm 79 O God, the nations have invaded Your inheritance; They have defiled Your holy temple; They have laid Jerusalem in ruins. 2They have given the dead bodies of Your servants for food to the birds of the heavens, The flesh of Your godly ones to the beasts of the earth. 3They have poured out their blood like water round about Jerusalem; And there was no one to bury t...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 74

(We recenlty made a change. There will be 5 devotionals provided each week. This allows you to read in other places in thescriptureson your own or if you miss some readings it allows you to catch up without any pressure.) Psalm 74 O God, why have Yourejectedusforever? Why does Your angersmoke against thesheep of Yourpasture? 2Remember Your congregation, which You hav...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 69

Psalm 69 Save me, O God, For thewaters havethreatened my life. 2I have sunk in deepmire, and there is no foothold; I have come into deep waters, and aflood overflows me. 3I amweary with my crying; my throat is parched; Myeyes fail while I wait for my God. 4Thosewho hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who woulddestroy meare powerful, being w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 68

Psalm 68 (Please read from bible.) Time goes fast. Seasons change. People let us down. We get news that makes us sad and news that makes us happy. We like being spontaneous but we also look for structure. Amid it all we are in need of a God that is going to provide the love, security, and significance that we are all looking for. Only God can ultimately fill those needs w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 67

Psalm 67 God be gracious to us andbless us, Andcause His face to shineupon usSelah. ThatYour way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations. Let thepeoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You. Let thenations be glad and sing for joy; For You willjudge the peoples with uprightness Andguide the nations on the earth.Selah. Let thepeoples prais...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 63

Psalm 63O God, You are my God; I shall seek You earnestly;My soul thirsts for You, my flesh yearns for You,In a dry and weary land where there is no water.Thus I have seen You in the sanctuary,To see Your power and Your glory.Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,My lips will praise You.So I will bless You as long as I live;I will lift up my hands in Your name.My...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 62

Psalm 62My soul waits in silence for God only;From Him is my salvation.He only is my rock and my salvation,My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.How long will you assail a man,That you may murder him, all of you,Like a leaning wall, like a tottering fence?They have counseled only to thrust him down from his high position;They delight in falsehood;They bless with the...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 61

Psalm 61Hear my cry, O God; Give heed to my prayer. From the end of the earth I call to You when my heart is faint; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For You have been a refuge for me, A tower of strength against the enemy. Let me dwell in Your tent forever; Let me take refuge in the shelter of Your wings. Selah.For You have heard my vows, O God; You have given me...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 60

Psalm 60O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us;You have been angry; O, restore us.You have made the land quake, You have split it open;Heal its breaches, for it totters.You have made Your people experience hardship;You have given us wine to drink that makes us stagger.You have given a banner to those who fear You,That it may be displayed because of the truth.That ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 59

Psalms 59 (Please read from your bible.) Today's psalm was written by David as King Saul was seeking to kill him. Much of the injustice in my own life is of my own making, but David was righteous in this regard, never seeking a short cut to put himself over Saul as God's designated king of Israel, even though Saul regularly treated him unfairly. It is our nature to be an...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 58

Psalm 58 (Please read scripture from your bible.)David uses this Psalm to address the leaders and their unrighteousness. He asks God to deal with the evil that is being done in their work. As we see he prays for God to break their teeth which would shut down communication of their injustices. Furthermore, he prays for God to destroy these evil judges. Wow, what a prayer!It...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 55

Psalm 55 (Please read scripture from your bible) A common theme in the Psalms is David's anguish and lack of peace when his enemies seek to destroy his reputation and even threaten his life. In Psalm 55 we see this man of God pouring out his heart to the Lord, asking for help and wishing that he had the wings of a dove so he could fly away and find rest (55.6) What made ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 54

Psalm 54Save me, O God, by Your name, and vindicate me by Your power. Hear my prayer, O God; Give ear to the words of my mouth. For strangers have risen against me and violent men have sought my life; they have not set God before them. Selah. Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul. He will recompense the evil to my foes; destroy them in Your faithfu...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 52

Psalm 52Why do you boast in evil, O mighty man? The lovingkindness of God endures all day long.Your tongue devises destruction, Like a sharp razor, O worker of deceit.You love evil more than good, Falsehood more than speaking what is right. Selah.You love all words that devour, O deceitful tongue.But God will break you down forever; He will snatch you up and tear you away ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 51

Psalm 51Be gracious to me, O God, according to Your lovingkindness;According to the greatness of Your compassion blot out my transgressions.Wash me thoroughly from my iniquityAnd cleanse me from my sin.For I know my transgressions,And my sin is ever before me.Against You, You only, I have sinnedAnd done what is evil in Your sight,So that You are justified when You speakAnd...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 50

Psalm 50 (Text not provided. Please read from your Bible) Every year the president gives the State of the Union address. It was originally designed to be a message for congress but with the advent of television it has become another way for the president to speak to the country at large. Leading up to the speech, many pundits try to guess the content and tone of the speec...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 46

Psalm 46God is our refuge and strength,A very present help in trouble.Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should changeAnd though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea;Though its waters roar and foam,Though the mountains quake at its swelling pride. Selah.There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,The holy dwelling places of the Most High.God ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 44

Psalm 44 (Text unavailable. Please read on your own.) It is vital to put our trust in the right place. Our trust should not ultimately be in our own strength (vv.3,6). Rather, you are to trust the Lord: 'It's You who saved us' (v.7, MSG).' This psalm is addressed to God as King (v.4). That God is the King (and real leader) of Israel is a common idea in the psalms. Suffer...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 40

Psalm 40I waited patiently for the Lord;And He inclined to me and heard my cry.He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay,And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God;Many will see and fearAnd will trust in the Lord.How blessed is the man who has made the Lord his trust,And has ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 39

Psalm 39I said, "I will guard my waysThat I may not sin with my tongue;I will guard my mouth as with a muzzleWhile the wicked are in my presence."I was mute and silent,I refrained even from good,And my sorrow grew worse.My heart was hot within me,While I was musing the fire burned;Then I spoke with my tongue:"LORD, make me to know my endAnd what is the extent of my days;Le...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 38

Psalm 38 (No text provided. Please read from your own bible.) Today's reading is a vivid reminder of the important aspect of being penitent. When we, as followers of Jesus Christ, fall short and commit acts of sin, it is crucial that we exhibit remorse and pray to our Father for forgiveness. Also vital is repentance. We are not only to be remorseful, but we must turn away...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 37

Psalm 37 (Text not provided. Please read from your own bible.) In Psalm 37:1-5, David contrasts the evil or unrighteous man and the righteous. It can be very tempting at times to look at others that don't know Christ and either fear them or envy their lifestyle. David had constant battles with his enemies, and certainly had reason to fret or worry for his own life, but he...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 34

Psalm 34 (Text not provided. Please read from own bible.) This is one of my most favorite psalms. David invites the Israelites to come and "magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together" (34.3). The foundational and guiding principle to living for the glory of God is focused on by David as he is teaching those with him, maybe even those younger, surely a ri...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 33

Psalm 33 (Text not provided. Please read from own bible.) "Sing for joy in the Lord, O you righteous ones." The psalmist calls us to praise the Lord for His upright Word and faithful work. God's Word is dependable and His works are righteous and good. The psalmist assured his readers of this and because of that we should praise the Lord for who He is and what He has done....

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Bible Reading: Psalm 32

Psalm 32Blessed is the person whose lawless acts are forgiven.Their sins have been taken away.Blessed is the person whose sin the LORD never counts against them.That person doesn't want to cheat anyone.When I kept silent about my sin,my body became weakbecause I groaned all day long.Day and nightyou punished me.I became weaker and weakeras I do in the heat of summer.Then I...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 30

Psalm 30I will extol You, O LORD, for You have lifted me up,And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.O LORD my God,I cried to You for help, and You healed me.O LORD, You have brought up my soul from Sheol;You have kept me alive, that I would not go down to the pit.Sing praise to the LORD, you His godly ones,And give thanks to His holy name.For His anger is but for a mom...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 29

Psalm 29Ascribe to the Lord, O sons of the mighty,Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to His name;Worship the Lord in holy array.The voice of the Lord is upon the waters;The God of glory thunders,The Lord is over many waters.The voice of the Lord is powerful,The voice of the Lord is majestic.The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars;Yes, ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 26

Psalm 26Vindicate me, O LORD, for I have walked in my integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. Examine me, O LORD, and try me; test my mind and my heart. For Your loving kindness is before my eyes, and I have walked in Your truth. I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders. I hate the assembly of evildoers, and I will not sit with the...

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Bible Reading: Pslam 25

Psalm 25To You, O LORD, I lift up my soul.O my God, in You I trust,Do not let me be ashamed;Do not let my enemies exult over me.Indeed, none of those who wait for You will be ashamed;Those who deal treacherously without cause will be ashamed.Make me know Your ways, O LORD;Teach me Your paths.Lead me in Your truth and teach me,For You are the God of my salvation;For You I w...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 24

Psalm 24The earth is the LORD'S, and all it contains,The world, and those who dwell in it.For He has founded it upon the seasAnd established it upon the rivers.Who may ascend into the hill of the LORD?And who may stand in His holy place?He who has clean hands and a pure heart,Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehoodAnd has not sworn deceitfully.He shall receive a blessi...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 19

Psalm 19The heavens are telling of the glory of God;And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.Day to day pours forth speech,And night to night reveals knowledge.There is no speech, nor are there words;Their voice is not heard.Their line has gone out through all the earth,And their utterances to the end of the world.In them He has placed a tent for the sun,Which ...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 15

Psalm 15O LORD, who may abide in Your tent?Who may dwell on Your holy hill?He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness,And speaks truth in his heart.He does not slander with his tongue,Nor does evil to his neighbor,Nor takes up a reproach against his friend;In whose eyes a reprobate is despised,But who honors those who fear the LORD;He swears to his own hurt and d...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 13

Psalm 13How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?How long will You hide Your face from me?How long shall I take counsel in my soul,Having sorrow in my heart all the day?How long will my enemy be exalted over me? Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;Enlighten my eyes, or I will sleep the sleep of death,And my enemy will say, "I have overcome him,"And my adversaries wil...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 7

Psalm 7O LORD my God, in You I have taken refuge; Save me from all those who pursue me, and deliver me, Or he will tear my soul like a lion, Dragging me away, while there is none to deliver. O LORD my God, if I have done this, If there is injustice in my hands, If I have rewarded evil to my friend, Or have plundered him who without cause was my adversary, Let the enemy pur...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 6

Pslam 6O Lord, do not rebuke me in Your anger,Nor chasten me in Your wrath.Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am pining away;Heal me, O Lord, for my bones are dismayed.And my soul is greatly dismayed;But You, O Lordhow long?Return, O Lord, rescue my soul;Save me because of Your lovingkindness.For there is no mention of You in death;In Sheol who will give You thanks?I am wear...

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Bible Reading: Psalm 19.1-6

The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their line has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, which ...

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Internalizing the Word (Psalm 119.9-16)

Psalm 119 is a beautiful poem of celebration and complexity. It is a lengthy work praising not the Scriptures, but the Author of the Scriptures. C. S. Lewis compared it to a piece of embroidery, done stitch by stitch in the quiet hours for the love of the subject and for the delight in leisurely, disciplined craftsmanship (Reflections on . . ., pp. 58-59). The second se...

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Be Still and Know God

Psalm 46 has been a great refuge for our family the last few weeks. My wife broke both her feet and had surgery Thursday on the right foot. The left foot will be operated on in about three or four weeks. The family and I are so thankful to everyone for your prayers, the meals, help with the kiddos and more. We are truly blessed by your abundant generosity. Psalm 46 is a...

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I Want You God, This Much

Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73.25-26). These words penned by Asaph speak of a hunger for God. Asaph, the writer of this Psalm, was a musician and song writer who God inspired to write His Word. His words here reflect an intens...

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Not Forsaking Bible Study

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the judgments of the LORD are true; they are righteous altogether. They are more desirable than go...

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Filled with Thanksgiving

Though this time next week I will be filled with turkey and all the other trimmings I am filled this morning with thanksgiving. Why?Psalm 118.21 says, I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, and You have become my salvation. God has answered my deepest and greatest need. He saved me and I am so thankful. God by His Sovereign grace and will saved me. Not beca...

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Coming Into the Sanctuary of God

Until I came into the sanctuary of God. Psalm 73.17 As we saw Sunday, Asaph's thoughts were tangled up as he was tempted by the prosperity of the wicked. This temptation seems to make him question God's goodness and the authenticity of his own faith. God's people, the pure in heart, will face temptation just like Asaph does. The question is, What do we do when the temptat...

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What is lacking?

What is lacking? For this reason I left you in Crete, that you would set in order what remains and appoint elders in every city as I directed you, namely, if any man is above reproach. Titus 1.5-6a Over the last few weeks we have been asking the question, what is lacking? Have you been asking that personally? I pray that you have been applying the question to your own li...

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