Thursday, August 20, 2015

Psalm 34:1-8


Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
fight against those who fight against me.
Take up shield and armor;
arise and come to my aid.
Brandish spear and javelin
against those who pursue me.
Say to me,
“I am your salvation.”
May those who seek my life
be disgraced and put to shame;
may those who plot my ruin
be turned back in dismay.
May they be like chaff before the wind,
with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
may their path be dark and slippery,
with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
Since they hid their net for me without cause
and without cause dug a pit for me,
may ruin overtake them by surprise—
may the net they hid entangle them,
may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.

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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Psalm 34


1 Contend, Lord, with those who contend with me;
   fight against those who fight against me.
2 Take up shield and armor;
   arise and come to my aid.
3 Brandish spear and javelin
   against those who pursue me.
   Say to me,
   “I am your salvation.”
4 May those who seek my life
   be disgraced and put to shame; 
   may those who plot my ruin
   be turned back in dismay.
5 May they be like chaff before the wind,
   with the angel of the Lord driving them away;
6 may their path be dark and slippery,
   with the angel of the Lord pursuing them.
7 Since they hid their net for me without cause
   and without cause dug a pit for me,
8 may ruin overtake them by surprise—
   may the net they hid entangle them,
   may they fall into the pit, to their ruin.
9 | Then my soul will rejoice in the Lord
   and delight in his salvation.
10 My whole being will exclaim,
     “Who is like you, Lord?
     You rescue the poor from those too strong for them,
     the poor and needy from those who rob them.”
11 Ruthless witnesses come forward;
     they question me on things I know nothing about.
12 They repay me evil for good
     and leave me like one bereaved.
13 Yet when they were ill, I put on sackcloth
     and humbled myself with fasting.
     When my prayers returned to me unanswered,
14 I went about mourning
     as though for my friend or brother.
     I bowed my head in grief
     as though weeping for my mother.
15 But when I stumbled, they gathered in glee;
     assailants gathered against me without my knowledge.
     They slandered me without ceasing.
16 Like the ungodly they maliciously mocked;
     they gnashed their teeth at me.
17 How long, Lord, will you look on?
     Rescue me from their ravages,
     my precious life from these lions.
18 I will give you thanks in the great assembly;
     among the throngs I will praise you.
19 Do not let those gloat over me
     who are my enemies without cause;
     do not let those who hate me without reason
     maliciously wink the eye.
20 They do not speak peaceably,
     but devise false accusations
     against those who live quietly in the land.
21 They sneer at me and say, “Aha! Aha!
     With our own eyes we have seen it.”
22 Lord, you have seen this; do not be silent.
     Do not be far from me, Lord.
23 Awake, and rise to my defense!
     Contend for me, my God and Lord.
24 Vindicate me in your righteousness, Lord my God;
     do not let them gloat over me.
25 Do not let them think, “Aha, just what we wanted!”
     or say, “We have swallowed him up.”
26 May all who gloat over my distress
     be put to shame and confusion;
     may all who exalt themselves over me
     be clothed with shame and disgrace.
27 May those who delight in my vindication
     shout for joy and gladness;
     may they always say, “The Lord be exalted,
     who delights in the well-being of his servant.”
28 My tongue will proclaim your righteousness,
     your praises all day long.


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Proverbs 31:22


She makes coverings for her bed; 
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.

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Monday, August 17, 2015

Proverbs 31:21


When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
    for all of them are clothed in scarlet.

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Psalm 23:1-2


The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it;
for he founded it on the seas
and established it on the waters.

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Psalm 23


1 The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it,
   the world, and all who live in it;
2 for he founded it on the seas
   and established it on the waters.
3 | Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
   Who may stand in his holy place?
4 The one who has clean hands and a pure heart,
   who does not trust in an idol
   or swear by a false god.
5 They will receive blessing from the Lord
   and vindication from God their Savior.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,
   who seek your face, God of Jacob.
7 Lift up your heads, you gates;
   be lifted up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
8 Who is this King of glory?
   The Lord strong and mighty,
   the Lord mighty in battle.
9 Lift up your heads, you gates;
   lift them up, you ancient doors,
   that the King of glory may come in.
10 Who is he, this King of glory?
     The Lord Almighty—
     he is the King of glory.


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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Psalm 15:10


because You will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
nor will you let Your Holy One see decay.

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2 Kings 2:1-2


When the Lord was about to take Elijah up to heaven in a whirlwind, Elijah and Elisha were on their way from Gilgal. Elijah said to Elisha, “Stay here; the Lord has sent me to Bethel.”
But Elisha said, “As surely as the Lord lives and as you live, I will not leave you.” So they went down to Bethel.

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Psalm 5:4-6


For you are not a God who is pleased with wickedness;
    with you, evil people are not welcome.
The arrogant cannot stand
in your presence.
You hate all who do wrong;
you destroy those who tell lies.
The bloodthirsty and deceitful
you, Lord, detest.

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Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Exodus 28:1


“Have Aaron your brother brought to you from among the Israelites, along with his sons Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, so they may serve me as priests.

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Psalm 15


1 Keep me safe, my God,
   for in you I take refuge.
2 I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;
    apart from you I have no good thing.”
3 I say of the holy people who are in the land,
   “They are the noble ones in whom is all my delight.”
4 Those who run after other gods will suffer more and more.
   I will not pour out libations of blood to such gods
   or take up their names on my lips.
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup;
   you make my lot secure.
6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
   surely I have a delightful inheritance.
7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me;
   even at night my heart instructs me.
8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord.
   With him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.
9 Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices;
   my body also will rest secure,
10 | because you will not abandon me to the realm of the dead,
     nor will you let your Holy One see decay.
11 | You make known to me the path of life;
     you will fill me with joy in your presence,
     with eternal pleasures at your right hand.


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Psalm 5:1-3


Listen to my words, Lord,
consider my lament.
Hear my cry for help,
my King and my God,
for to you I pray.
In the morning, Lord, you hear my voice;
in the morning I lay my requests before you
and wait expectantly.

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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Psalm 5




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Monday, August 10, 2015

Psalm 4:5-7


Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
and trust in the Lord.
Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
Let the light of your face shine on us.
Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.

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Psalm 4:8


In peace I will lie down and sleep,
for you alone, Lord,
make me dwell in safety.

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Psalm 4:4


Tremble and do not sin;
when you are on your beds,
search your hearts and be silent.

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Friday, August 7, 2015

Psalm 4:2-3


How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself; 
the Lord hears when I call to him.

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Psalm 4:1


Answer me when I call to you,
my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
have mercy on me and hear my prayer.

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Thursday, August 6, 2015

Psalm 4


1 Answer me when I call to you,
   my righteous God.
   Give me relief from my distress;
   have mercy on me and hear my prayer.
2 | How long will you people turn my glory into shame?
   How long will you love delusions and seek false gods?
3 Know that the Lord has set apart his faithful servant for himself;
   the Lord hears when I call to him.
Tremble and do not sin;
   when you are on your beds,
   search your hearts and be silent.
5 Offer the sacrifices of the righteous
   and trust in the Lord.
6 Many, Lord, are asking, “Who will bring us prosperity?”
   Let the light of your face shine on us.
7 Fill my heart with joy
   when their grain and new wine abound.
In peace I will lie down and sleep,
   for you alone, Lord,
   make me dwell in safety.


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Psalm 3


Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”
But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and he answers me from his holy mountain.
I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.
Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.
From the Lord comes deliverance.
    May your blessing be on your people.

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