Scripture for September 9, 2014

Psalm 59 (NRSV)   Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when Saul ordered his house to be watched in order to kill him. Deliver me from my enemies, O my God; protect me from those who rise up against me. Deliver me from those who work evil; from the bloodthirsty save me. Even now they lie in wait for my life; the mighty … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 8, 2014

Psalm 58 (NRSV)   Prayer for Vengeance To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam. Do you indeed decree what is right, you gods? Do you judge people fairly? No, in your hearts you devise wrongs; your hands deal out violence on earth. The wicked go astray from the womb; they err from their birth, speaking lies. They have venom like the venom of a serpent, like … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 7, 2014

Psalm 57 (NRSV)   Praise and Assurance under Persecution To the leader: Do Not Destroy. Of David. A Miktam, when he fled from Saul, in the cave. Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by. I cry to God Most High, to God who fulfills his purpose for me. He … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 6, 2014

Psalm 56 (NRSV)   Trust in God under Persecution To the leader: according to The Dove on Far-off Terebinths. Of David. A Miktam, when the Philistines seized him in Gath. Be gracious to me, O God, for people trample on me; all day long foes oppress me; my enemies trample on me all day long, for many fight against me. O Most High, when I am afraid, I put my trust in you. In … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 5, 2014

Psalm 55 (NRSV)   Complaint about a Friend’s Treachery To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; do not hide yourself from my supplication. Attend to me, and answer me; I am troubled in my complaint. I am distraught by the noise of the enemy, because of the clamor of the wicked. For they bring trouble upon me, and in anger … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 4, 2014

Psalm 54 (NRSV)   Prayer for Vindication To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Maskil of David, when the Ziphites went and told Saul, “David is in hiding among us.” Save me, O God, by your name, and vindicate me by your might. Hear my prayer, O God; give ear to the words of my mouth. For the insolent have risen against me, the ruthless seek my life; they do not … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 3, 2014

Psalm 53 (NRSV)     Denunciation of Godlessness To the leader: according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David. Fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they commit abominable acts; there is no one who does good. God looks down from heaven on humankind to see if there are any who are wise, who seek after God. They have all fallen away, … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 2, 2014

Psalm 52 (NRSV)   Judgment on the Deceitful To the leader. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.” Why do you boast, O mighty one, of mischief done against the godly? All day long you are plotting destruction. Your tongue is like a sharp razor, you worker of treachery. You love evil more than … [Read more...]

Scripture for September 1, 2014

Psalm 51 (NRSV)   Prayer for Cleansing and Pardon To the leader. A Psalm of David, when the prophet Nathan came to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba. Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I know my … [Read more...]

Scripture for August 31, 2014

Psalm 50 (NRSV)   The Acceptable Sacrifice A Psalm of Asaph. The mighty one, God the Lord, speaks and summons the earth from the rising of the sun to its setting. Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty, God shines forth. Our God comes and does not keep silence, before him is a devouring fire, and a mighty tempest all around him. He calls to the heavens above and to … [Read more...]