Friday, July 17, 2009

Psalm 66 Today's Daily Bread

For the choir director: A psalm. A song.
1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!

2 Sing about the glory of his name!
Tell the world how glorious he is.

3 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!
Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.

4 Everything on earth will worship you;
they will sing your praises,
shouting your name in glorious songs."


5 Come and see what our God has done,
what awesome miracles he does for his people!

6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea, F47
and his people went across on foot.
Come, let us rejoice in who he is.

7 For by his great power he rules forever.
He watches every movement of the nations;
let no rebel rise in defiance.


8 Let the whole world bless our God
and sing aloud his praises.

9 Our lives are in his hands,
and he keeps our feet from stumbling.

10 You have tested us, O God;
you have purified us like silver melted in a crucible.

11 You captured us in your net
and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.

12 You sent troops to ride across our broken bodies.
We went through fire and flood.
But you brought us to a place of great abundance.

13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
to fulfill the vows I made to you—

14 yes, the sacred vows you heard me make
when I was in deep trouble.

15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma.
And I will sacrifice bulls and goats.


16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,
and I will tell you what he did for me.

17 For I cried out to him for help,
praising him as I spoke.

18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
my Lord would not have listened.

19 But God did listen!
He paid attention to my prayer.

20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
and did not withdraw his unfailing love from me.

F47: Hebrew the sea.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Psalm 60 Today's Daily Bread

Psalm 60
1-2 God! you walked off and left us, kicked our defenses to bits
And stalked off angry.
Come back. Oh please, come back!

You shook earth to the foundations,
ripped open huge crevasses.
Heal the breaks! Everything's
coming apart at the seams.

3-5 You made your people look doom in the face,
then gave us cheap wine to drown our troubles.
Then you planted a flag to rally your people,
an unfurled flag to look to for courage.
Now do something quickly, answer right now,
so the one you love best is saved.

6-8 That's when God spoke in holy splendor,
"Bursting with joy,
I make a present of Shechem,
I hand out Succoth Valley as a gift.
Gilead's in my pocket,
to say nothing of Manasseh.
Ephraim's my hard hat,
Judah my hammer;
Moab's a scrub bucket,
I mop the floor with Moab,
Spit on Edom,
rain fireworks all over Philistia."

9-10 Who will take me to the thick of the fight?
Who'll show me the road to Edom?
You aren't giving up on us, are you, God?
refusing to go out with our troops?

11-12 Give us help for the hard task;
human help is worthless.
In God we'll do our very best;
he'll flatten the opposition for good.

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Psalm 57 Today's Daily Bread (Monday)

Psalm 57
For the choir director: A psalm of David, regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. To be sung to the tune “Do Not Destroy!”
1 Have mercy on me, O God, have mercy!
I look to you for protection.
I will hide beneath the shadow of your wings
until the danger passes by.
2 I cry out to God Most High,[a]
to God who will fulfill his purpose for me.
3 He will send help from heaven to rescue me,
disgracing those who hound me.

My God will send forth his unfailing love and faithfulness.
4 I am surrounded by fierce lions
who greedily devour human prey—
whose teeth pierce like spears and arrows,
and whose tongues cut like swords.

5 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens!
May your glory shine over all the earth.

6 My enemies have set a trap for me.
I am weary from distress.
They have dug a deep pit in my path,
but they themselves have fallen into it.

7 My heart is confident in you, O God;
my heart is confident.
No wonder I can sing your praises!
8 Wake up, my heart!
Wake up, O lyre and harp!
I will wake the dawn with my song.
9 I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
10 For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.

11 Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth.

Psalm 57:2 Hebrew El-Elyon.

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Psalm 50 (The Message) Today's Daily Bread

Psalm 50
An Asaph Psalm
1-3 The God of gods—it's God!—speaks out, shouts, "Earth!"
welcomes the sun in the east,
farewells the disappearing sun in the west.
From the dazzle of Zion,
God blazes into view.
Our God makes his entrance,
he's not shy in his coming.
Starbursts of fireworks precede him.

4-5 He summons heaven and earth as a jury,
he's taking his people to court:
"Round up my saints who swore
on the Bible their loyalty to me."

6 The whole cosmos attests to the fairness of this court,
that here God is judge.

7-15 "Are you listening, dear people? I'm getting ready to speak;
Israel, I'm about ready to bring you to trial.
This is God, your God,
speaking to you.
I don't find fault with your acts of worship,
the frequent burnt sacrifices you offer.
But why should I want your blue-ribbon bull,
or more and more goats from your herds?
Every creature in the forest is mine,
the wild animals on all the mountains.
I know every mountain bird by name;
the scampering field mice are my friends.
If I get hungry, do you think I'd tell you?
All creation and its bounty are mine.
Do you think I feast on venison?
or drink draughts of goats' blood?
Spread for me a banquet of praise,
serve High God a feast of kept promises,
And call for help when you're in trouble—
I'll help you, and you'll honor me."

16-21 Next, God calls up the wicked:
"What are you up to, quoting my laws,
talking like we are good friends?
You never answer the door when I call;
you treat my words like garbage.
If you find a thief, you make him your buddy;
adulterers are your friends of choice.
Your mouth drools filth;
lying is a serious art form with you.
You stab your own brother in the back,
rip off your little sister.
I kept a quiet patience while you did these things;
you thought I went along with your game.
I'm calling you on the carpet, now,
laying your wickedness out in plain sight.

22-23 "Time's up for playing fast and
loose with me.
I'm ready to pass sentence,
and there's no help in sight!
It's the praising life that honors me.
As soon as you set your foot on the Way,
I'll show you my salvation."

A David Psalm, After He Was Confronted by Nathan
About the Affair with Bathsheba

Friday, July 10, 2009

Psalm 48 Today's Daily Bread

1 How great is the LORD,
and how much we should praise him
in the city of our God,
which is on his holy mountain!

2 It is magnificent in elevation—
the whole earth rejoices to see it!
Mount Zion, the holy mountain, F37
is the city of the great King!

3 God himself is in Jerusalem's towers.
He reveals himself as her defender.

4 The kings of the earth joined forces
and advanced against the city.

5 But when they saw it, they were stunned;
they were terrified and ran away.

6 They were gripped with terror,
like a woman writhing in the pain of childbirth

7 or like the mighty ships of Tarshish
being shattered by a powerful east wind.

8 We had heard of the city's glory,
but now we have seen it ourselves—
the city of the LORD Almighty.
It is the city of our God;
he will make it safe forever.


9 O God, we meditate on your unfailing love
as we worship in your Temple.

10 As your name deserves, O God,
you will be praised to the ends of the earth.
Your strong right hand is filled with victory.

11 Let the people on Mount Zion rejoice.
Let the towns of Judah be glad,
for your judgments are just.

12 Go, inspect the city of Jerusalem. F38
Walk around and count the many towers.

13 Take note of the fortified walls,
and tour all the citadels,
that you may describe them
to future generations.

14 For that is what God is like.
He is our God forever and ever,
and he will be our guide until we die.

F37: Or Mount Zion, in the far north; Hebrew reads Mount Zion, the heights of Zaphon.
F38: Hebrew Zion.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Psalm 47 Today's Daily Bread

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

1 Come, everyone, and clap your hands for joy!
Shout to God with joyful praise!

2 For the LORD Most High is awesome.
He is the great King of all the earth.

3 He subdues the nations before us,
putting our enemies beneath our feet.

4 He chose the Promised Land as our inheritance,
the proud possession of Jacob's descendants, whom he loves.


5 God has ascended with a mighty shout.
The LORD has ascended with trumpets blaring.

6 Sing praise to God, sing praises;
sing praise to our King, sing praises!

7 For God is the King over all the earth.
Praise him with a psalm!

8 God reigns above the nations,
sitting on his holy throne.

9 The rulers of the world have gathered together.
They join us in praising the God of Abraham.
For all the kings of the earth belong to God.
He is highly honored everywhere.

Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Psalm 46 Today's Daily Bread

1 God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.

2 So we will not fear, even if earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.

3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!


4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.

5 God himself lives in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
God will protect it at the break of day.

6 The nations are in an uproar,
and kingdoms crumble!
God thunders,
and the earth melts!

7 The LORD Almighty is here among us;
the God of Israel F36 is our fortress.


8 Come, see the glorious works of the LORD:
See how he brings destruction upon the world

9 and causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear in two;
he burns the shields with fire.

10 "Be silent, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world."

11 The LORD Almighty is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress.


F35: Hebrew according to alamoth.
F36: Hebrew of Jacob; also in 46:11.

Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Psalm 32 Today's Daily Bread

A psalm of David.

1 Oh, what joy for those
whose rebellion is forgiven,
whose sin is put out of sight!

2 Yes, what joy for those
whose record the LORD has cleared of sin,
whose lives are lived in complete honesty!

3 When I refused to confess my sin,
I was weak and miserable,
and I groaned all day long.

4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me.
My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.


5 Finally, I confessed all my sins to you
and stopped trying to hide them.
I said to myself, "I will confess my rebellion to the LORD."
And you forgave me! All my guilt is gone.


6 Therefore, let all the godly confess their rebellion to you while there is time,
that they may not drown in the floodwaters of judgment.

7 For you are my hiding place;
you protect me from trouble.
You surround me with songs of victory.


8 The LORD says, "I will guide you along the best pathway for your life.
I will advise you and watch over you.

9 Do not be like a senseless horse or mule
that needs a bit and bridle to keep it under control."

10 Many sorrows come to the wicked,
but unfailing love surrounds those who trust the LORD.

11 So rejoice in the LORD and be glad, all you who obey him!
Shout for joy, all you whose hearts are pure!

Monday, July 06, 2009

Psalm 24 Today's Daily Bread

A psalm of David.

1 The earth is the LORD's, and everything in it.
The world and all its people belong to him.

2 For he laid the earth's foundation on the seas
and built it on the ocean depths.

3 Who may climb the mountain of the LORD?
Who may stand in his holy place?

4 Only those whose hands and hearts are pure,
who do not worship idols
and never tell lies.

5 They will receive the LORD's blessing
and have right standing with God their savior.

6 They alone may enter God's presence
and worship the God of Israel. F27


7 Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter.

8 Who is the King of glory?
The LORD, strong and mighty,
the LORD, invincible in battle.

9 Open up, ancient gates!
Open up, ancient doors,
and let the King of glory enter.

10 Who is the King of glory?
The LORD Almighty—
he is the King of glory.


F27: Hebrew of Jacob.

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Psalm 3 Today's Daily Bread

A psalm of David, regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom.

1 O LORD, I have so many enemies;
so many are against me.

2 So many are saying,
"God will never rescue him!"

Interlude F4

3 But you, O LORD, are a shield around me,
my glory, and the one who lifts my head high.

4 I cried out to the LORD,
and he answered me from his holy mountain.


5 I lay down and slept.
I woke up in safety,
for the LORD was watching over me.

6 I am not afraid of ten thousand enemies
who surround me on every side.

7 Arise, O LORD!
Rescue me, my God!
Slap all my enemies in the face!
Shatter the teeth of the wicked!

8 Victory comes from you, O LORD.
May your blessings rest on your people.


F4: Hebrew Selah. The meaning of this word is uncertain, though it is probably a musical or literary term. It is rendered Interlude throughout the Psalms.