Monday, January 5, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015

January 2, 2015

Psalm 30:1-12
A Psalm. A Song for the Dedication of the Temple. By David.

I will extol you, Yahweh, for you have raised me up,
   and have not made my foes to rejoice over me.
Yahweh my God, I cried to you,
and you have healed me.
Yahweh, you have brought up my soul from Sheol.
   You have kept me alive, that I should not go down to the pit.
Sing praise to Yahweh, you saints of his.
   Give thanks to his holy name.
For his anger is but for a moment.
   His favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may stay for the night,
   but joy comes in the morning.
As for me, I said in my prosperity,
   “I shall never be moved.”
You, Yahweh, when you favored me, made my mountain stand strong;
   but when you hid your face, I was troubled.
I cried to you, Yahweh.
   To Yahweh I made supplication:
“What profit is there in my destruction, if I go down to the pit?
   Shall the dust praise you?
   Shall it declare your truth?
Hear, Yahweh, and have mercy on me.
   Yahweh, be my helper.”
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me.
   You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness,
   To the end that my heart may sing praise to you, and not be silent.
Yahweh my God, I will give thanks to you forever!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

January 1, 2015

Psalm 115

Not to us, Yahweh, not to us,
   but to your name give glory,
   for your loving kindness, and for your truth’s sake.
Why should the nations say,
   “Where is their God, now?”
But our God is in the heavens.
   He does whatever he pleases.
Their idols are silver and gold,
   the work of men’s hands.
They have mouths, but they don’t speak.
   They have eyes, but they don’t see.
They have ears, but they don’t hear.
   They have noses, but they don’t smell.
They have hands, but they don’t feel.
   They have feet, but they don’t walk,
   neither do they speak through their throat.
Those who make them will be like them;
   yes, everyone who trusts in them.
Israel, trust in Yahweh!
   He is their help and their shield.
House of Aaron, trust in Yahweh!
   He is their help and their shield.
You who fear Yahweh, trust in Yahweh!
   He is their help and their shield.
Yahweh remembers us. He will bless us.
   He will bless the house of Israel.
   He will bless the house of Aaron.
He will bless those who fear Yahweh,
   both small and great.
May Yahweh increase you more and more,
   you and your children.
Blessed are you by Yahweh,
   who made heaven and earth.
The heavens are the heavens of Yahweh;
   but the earth has he given to the children of men.
The dead don’t praise Yah,
   neither any who go down into silence;
But we will bless Yah,
   from this time forward and forever more.
Praise Yah!

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

December 31, 2014

Psalm 93

Yahweh reigns!
   He is clothed with majesty!
   Yahweh is armed with strength.
The world also is established.
   It can’t be moved.
Your throne is established from long ago.
   You are from everlasting.
The floods have lifted up, Yahweh,
   the floods have lifted up their voice.
   The floods lift up their waves.
Above the voices of many waters,
   the mighty breakers of the sea,
   Yahweh on high is mighty.
Your statutes stand firm.
   Holiness adorns your house,
   Yahweh, forever more.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

Psalm 92
A Psalm. A song for the Sabbath day.

It is a good thing to give thanks to Yahweh,
   to sing praises to your name, Most High;
to proclaim your loving kindness in the morning,
   and your faithfulness every night,
with the ten-stringed lute, with the harp,
   and with the melody of the lyre.
For you, Yahweh, have made me glad through your work.
   I will triumph in the works of your hands.
How great are your works, Yahweh!
   Your thoughts are very deep.
A senseless man doesn’t know,
   neither does a fool understand this:
though the wicked spring up as the grass,
   and all the evildoers flourish,
   they will be destroyed forever.
But you, Yahweh, are on high forever more.
For, behold, your enemies, Yahweh,
   for, behold, your enemies shall perish.
   All the evildoers will be scattered.
But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox.
   I am anointed with fresh oil.
My eye has also seen my enemies.
   My ears have heard of the wicked enemies who rise up against me.
The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree.
   He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
They are planted in Yahweh’s house.
   They will flourish in our God’s courts.
They will still produce fruit in old age.
   They will be full of sap and green,
   to show that Yahweh is upright.
He is my rock,
   and there is no unrighteousness in him.

Monday, December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014

Psalm 84
For the Chief Musician. On an instrument of Gath. A Psalm by the sons of Korah.

How lovely are your dwellings,
   Yahweh of Armies!
My soul longs, and even faints for the courts of Yahweh.
   My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.
Yes, the sparrow has found a home,
   and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young,
   near your altars, Yahweh of Armies, my King, and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house.
   They are always praising you.
Blessed are those whose strength is in you;
   who have set their hearts on a pilgrimage.
Passing through the valley of Weeping, they make it a place of springs.
   Yes, the autumn rain covers it with blessings.
They go from strength to strength.
   Everyone of them appears before God in Zion.
Yahweh, God of Armies, hear my prayer.
   Listen, God of Jacob.
Behold, God our shield,
   look at the face of your anointed.
For a day in your courts is better than a thousand.
   I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God,
   than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
For Yahweh God is a sun and a shield.
   Yahweh will give grace and glory.
   He withholds no good thing from those who walk blamelessly.
Yahweh of Armies,
   blessed is the man who trusts in you.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Advent Day 30

Isaiah 55:8-13

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
   and your ways are not my ways,” says Yahweh.
“For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
   so are my ways higher than your ways,
   and my thoughts than your thoughts.
For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky,
   and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth,
   and makes it grow and bud,
   and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater;
so is my word that goes out of my mouth:
   it will not return to me void,
   but it will accomplish that which I please,
   and it will prosper in the thing I sent it to do.
For you shall go out with joy,
   and be led out with peace.
The mountains and the hills will break out before you into singing;
   and all the trees of the fields will clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn the cypress tree will come up;
   and instead of the brier the myrtle tree will come up:
and it will make a name for Yahweh,
   for an everlasting sign that will not be cut off.”