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.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Daily Prayer, Thursday, August 1, 2013

Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of my persecutors surrounds me

Invitatory Psalm 150
Praise the LORD!
Praise God in his sanctuary!
Praise God in his fortress, the sky!
2 Praise God in his mighty acts!
Praise God as suits his incredible greatness!
3 Praise God with the blast of the ram’s horn!
Praise God with lute and lyre!
4 Praise God with drum and dance!
Praise God with strings and pipe!
5 Praise God with loud cymbals!
Praise God with clashing cymbals!
6 Let every living thing praise the LORD!
Praise the LORD!
[Common English Bible]

Psalm 125, 126, 127, 128, 129

Daily Lectionary Reading, Psalm 49:1-12
Listen to this, all you people! Listen closely, all you citizens of the world— 2 people of every kind, rich and poor alike! 3 My mouth speaks wisdom; my heart’s meditation is full of insight. 4 I will pay close attention to a proverb; I will explain my riddle on the lyre. 5 Why should I be afraid in times of trouble, when the wrongdoing of my bullies engulfs me— 6 those people who trust in their fortunes and boast of their fantastic wealth? 7 Wealth? It can’t save a single person! It can’t pay a life’s ransom-price to God. 8 The price to save someone’s life is too high— wealth will never be enough— 9 no one can live forever without experiencing the pit. 10 Everyone knows that the wise die too, just like foolish and stupid people do, all of them leaving their fortunes to others. 11 Their graves [n] are their eternal homes, the place they live for all generations, even if they had counties named after them! 12 People won’t live any longer because of wealth; they’re just like the animals that pass away.
_________________________________________________ n Correction with LXX
[Common English Bible]

Prayer for Today: Lord, focus our attention on what is important. Instill wisdom within us. Sustain us through our times of difficulty. Keep us mindful of your presence. Amen.

Midday Psalm 119:161-168
Psalm 135, 136

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