Scripture for July 22, 2014

Psalm 10 (NRSV)   Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies Why, O Lord, do you stand far off? Why do you hide yourself in times of trouble? In arrogance the wicked persecute the poor— let them be caught in the schemes they have devised. For the wicked boast of the desires of their heart, those greedy for gain curse and renounce the Lord. In the pride of their countenance … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 21, 2014

Psalm 9 (NRSV)   God’s Power and Justice To the leader: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David. I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will tell of all your wonderful deeds. I will be glad and exult in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High. When my enemies turned back, they stumbled and perished before you. For you have maintained my … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 20, 2014

Psalm 8 (NRSV)   Divine Majesty and Human Dignity To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David. O Lord, our Sovereign, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. Out of the mouths of babes and infants you have founded a bulwark because of your foes, to silence the enemy and the avenger. When I look at … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 19, 2014

Psalm 7 (NRSV)   Plea for Help against Persecutors A Shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjaminite. O Lord my God, in you I take refuge; save me from all my pursuers, and deliver me, or like a lion they will tear me apart; they will drag me away, with no one to rescue. O Lord my God, if I have done this, if there is wrong in my … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 18, 2014

Psalm 6 (NRSV)   Prayer for Recovery from Grave Illness To the leader: with stringed instruments; according to The Sheminith. A Psalm of David. O Lord, do not rebuke me in your anger, or discipline me in your wrath. Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are shaking with terror. My soul also is struck with terror, while you, O … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 17, 2014

Psalm 5 (NRSV)   Trust in God for Deliverance from Enemies To the leader: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O Lord; give heed to my sighing. Listen to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you I pray. O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I plead my case to you, and watch. For you are not a God who delights in … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 16, 2014

Psalm 4 (NRSV)   Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David. Answer me when I call, O God of my right! You gave me room when I was in distress. Be gracious to me, and hear my prayer. How long, you people, shall my honor suffer shame? How long will you love vain words, and seek after lies?     Selah But know … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 15, 2014

Psalm 3 (NRSV)   Trust in God under Adversity A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom. O Lord, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; many are saying to me, “There is no help for you in God.”     Selah But you, O Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, and the one who lifts up my head. I cry aloud to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 14, 2014

Psalm 2 (NRSV)   God’s Promise to His Anointed Why do the nations conspire, and the peoples plot in vain? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the Lord and his anointed, saying, “Let us burst their bonds asunder, and cast their cords from us.” He who sits in the heavens laughs; the Lord has them in derision. Then he … [Read more...]

Scripture for July 13, 2014

Psalm 1 (NRSV)     The Two Ways Happy are those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or take the path that sinners tread, or sit in the seat of scoffers; but their delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law they meditate day and night. They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not … [Read more...]