It took a year to read the Bible, then almost 9 months to read the Apocrypha. Now, I'm going to try to offer reflections on the Narrative Lectionary. But, I won't be posting daily--at least, for a while.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Daily Prayer, Sunday, January 6, 2013

Praise the Lord, O Jerusalem!
Praise your God, O Zion!
For he strengthens the bars of your gates;
he blesses your children within you.

Invitatory Psalm 24
The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it,
the world, and those who live in it;
for he has founded it on the seas,
  and established it on the rivers.

Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?
And who shall stand in his holy place?
Those who have clean hands and pure hearts,
  who do not lift up their souls to what is false,
  and do not swear deceitfully.
They will receive blessing from the Lord,
  and vindication from the God of their salvation.
Such is the company of those who seek him,
  who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

Lift up your heads, O gates!
  and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
  that the King of glory may come in.
Who is the King of glory?
The Lord, strong and mighty,
  the Lord, mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O gates!
  and be lifted up, O ancient doors!
  that the King of glory may come in.

Who is this King of glory?
The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory. Selah

Psalm 32
Happy are those whose transgression is forgiven,
   whose sin is covered.
Happy are those to whom the Lord imputes no iniquity,
   and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
While I kept silence, my body wasted away
   through my groaning all day long.
For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
Then I acknowledged my sin to you,
  and I did not hide my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”
  and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Selah

Therefore let all who are faithful offer prayer to you;
at a time of distress, the rush of mighty waters shall not reach them.
You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with glad cries of deliverance. Selah

I will instruct you and teach you the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
Do not be like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
   whose temper must be curbed with bit and bridle,
   else it will not stay near you.
Many are the torments of the wicked,
   but steadfast love surrounds those who trust in the Lord.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, O righteous,
   and shout for joy, all you upright in heart.

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 147:12-20

12 Worship the LORD, Jerusalem!
Praise your God, Zion!
13 Because God secures the bars on your gates,
God blesses the children you have there.
14 God establishes your borders peacefully.
God fills you full with the very best wheat.
15 God issues his command to the earth—
God’s word speeds off fast!
16 God spreads snow like it was wool;
God scatters frost like it was ashes;
17 God throws his hail down like crumbs—
who can endure God’s freezing cold?
18 Then God issues his word and melts it all away!
God makes his winds blow;
the water flows again.
19 God proclaims his word to Jacob;
his statutes and rules to Israel.
20 God hasn’t done that with any other nation;
those nations have no knowledge of God’s rules. [a]
Praise the LORD!
a  LXX, Tg, DSS (11QPs a ) God hasn’t let those nations know his rules .
[Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today: Joan Stott provides several prayers on her website Timeless Psalms

EveningPsalm 44We have heard with our ears, O God, our ancestors have told us,    what deeds you performed in their days,    in the days of old:….
For not in my bow do I trust,    nor can my sword save me.But you have saved us from our foes,    and have put to confusion those who hate us.
In God we have boasted continually,    and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
Yet you have rejected us and abased us,    and have not gone out with our armies.….You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,    the derision and scorn of those around us.You have made us a byword among the nations,    a laughingstock among the peoples.All day long my disgrace is before me,    and shame has covered my faceat the words of the taunters and revilers,    at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.All this has come upon us,    yet we have not forgotten you,    or been false to your covenant.Our heart has not turned back,    nor have our steps departed from your way,yet you have broken us in the haunt of jackals,    and covered us with deep darkness.If we had forgotten the name of our God,    or spread out our hands to a strange god,    would not God discover this?        For he knows the secrets of the heart.Because of you we are being killed all day long,    and accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
Rouse yourself! Why do you sleep, O Lord? Awake, do not cast us off forever!Why do you hide your face? Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?    For we sink down to the dust;    our bodies cling to the ground.Rise up, come to our help. Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love

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