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Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church


The congregation of Countryside is encouraged to not only read ahead in the texts we will be sharing and studying together during our services, but also to personally read the Scriptures together as a congregation. Here you will find Scripture for the day (a Psalm for each morning (always at least the first Psalm) and night, and selections from the Old Testament, New Testament and Gospels), as well as weekly and daily prayers. Together we read through the New Testament once a year, and the Old Testament every two years. The Scripture selections, and the prayers, are from common sources used by most Christians throughout the world.

The historic church found expression in the same rhythms of worship and devotion that were evident in the early church, and among the Hebrews, God's people, before that.  Our hope is that the regular reminder will be of encouragement to us all to join the people of God in reading the Scriptures and praying. Both are meant to go together with our daily prayer and communion service.

Reading for Sat, Jun 15

Psalm 146-147

Psalm 146

Praise the Lord.[a]

Praise the Lord,(A) my soul.

I will praise the Lord all my life;(B)
I will sing praise(C) to my God as long as I live.(D)
Do not put your trust in princes,(E)
in human beings,(F) who cannot save.
When their spirit departs, they return to the ground;(G)
on that very day their plans come to nothing.(H)
Blessed are those(I) whose help(J) is the God of Jacob,
whose hope is in the Lord their God.

He is the Maker of heaven(K) and earth,
the sea, and everything in them—
he remains faithful(L) forever.
He upholds(M) the cause of the oppressed(N)
and gives food to the hungry.(O)
The Lord sets prisoners free,(P)
the Lord gives sight(Q) to the blind,(R)
the Lord lifts up those who are bowed down,(S)
the Lord loves the righteous.(T)
The Lord watches over the foreigner(U)
and sustains the fatherless(V) and the widow,(W)
but he frustrates the ways of the wicked.

10 The Lord reigns(X) forever,
your God, O Zion, for all generations.

Praise the Lord.

Psalm 147

Praise the Lord.[b]

How good it is to sing praises to our God,
how pleasant(Y) and fitting to praise him!(Z)

The Lord builds up Jerusalem;(AA)
he gathers the exiles(AB) of Israel.
He heals the brokenhearted(AC)
and binds up their wounds.(AD)
He determines the number of the stars(AE)
and calls them each by name.
Great is our Lord(AF) and mighty in power;(AG)
his understanding has no limit.(AH)
The Lord sustains the humble(AI)
but casts the wicked(AJ) to the ground.

Sing to the Lord(AK) with grateful praise;(AL)
make music(AM) to our God on the harp.(AN)

He covers the sky with clouds;(AO)
he supplies the earth with rain(AP)
and makes grass grow(AQ) on the hills.
He provides food(AR) for the cattle
and for the young ravens(AS) when they call.

10 His pleasure is not in the strength(AT) of the horse,(AU)
nor his delight in the legs of the warrior;
11 the Lord delights(AV) in those who fear him,(AW)
who put their hope(AX) in his unfailing love.(AY)

12 Extol the Lord, Jerusalem;(AZ)
praise your God, Zion.

13 He strengthens the bars of your gates(BA)
and blesses your people(BB) within you.
14 He grants peace(BC) to your borders
and satisfies you(BD) with the finest of wheat.(BE)

15 He sends his command(BF) to the earth;
his word runs(BG) swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow(BH) like wool
and scatters the frost(BI) like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail(BJ) like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word(BK) and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes,(BL) and the waters flow.

19 He has revealed his word(BM) to Jacob,(BN)
his laws and decrees(BO) to Israel.
20 He has done this for no other nation;(BP)
they do not know(BQ) his laws.[c]

Praise the Lord.(BR)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 146:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 10
  2. Psalm 147:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 20
  3. Psalm 147:20 Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint nation; / he has not made his laws known to them

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 146:1 : Ps 103:1; 104:1
  2. Psalm 146:2 : Ps 104:33
  3. Psalm 146:2 : S Ps 105:2
  4. Psalm 146:2 : S Ps 63:4
  5. Psalm 146:3 : Ps 118:9
  6. Psalm 146:3 : Ps 60:11; S 108:12; Isa 2:22
  7. Psalm 146:4 : S Ge 3:19; S Job 7:21; Ps 103:14; Ecc 12:7
  8. Psalm 146:4 : Ps 33:10; 1Co 2:6
  9. Psalm 146:5 : Ps 33:18; 37:9; 119:43; 144:15; Jer 17:7
  10. Psalm 146:5 : Ps 70:5; 71:5; 121:2
  11. Psalm 146:6 : S 2Ch 2:12; Ps 115:15; Ac 14:15; S Rev 10:6
  12. Psalm 146:6 : S Dt 7:9; S Ps 18:25; 108:4; 117:2
  13. Psalm 146:7 : S Ps 37:17
  14. Psalm 146:7 : Ps 103:6
  15. Psalm 146:7 : Ps 107:9; 145:15
  16. Psalm 146:7 : S Ps 66:11; S 68:6
  17. Psalm 146:8 : Pr 20:12; Isa 29:18; 32:3; 35:5; 42:7, 18-19; 43:8; Mt 11:5
  18. Psalm 146:8 : S Ex 4:11
  19. Psalm 146:8 : S Ps 38:6
  20. Psalm 146:8 : S Dt 7:13; S Job 23:10
  21. Psalm 146:9 : S Lev 19:34
  22. Psalm 146:9 : S Ps 10:18
  23. Psalm 146:9 : S Ex 22:22; Jas 1:27
  24. Psalm 146:10 : S Ge 21:33; S 1Ch 16:31; Ps 93:1; 99:1; Rev 11:15
  25. Psalm 147:1 : S Ps 135:3
  26. Psalm 147:1 : Ps 33:1
  27. Psalm 147:2 : S Ps 51:18
  28. Psalm 147:2 : S Ps 106:47
  29. Psalm 147:3 : S Ps 34:18
  30. Psalm 147:3 : S Nu 12:13; S Job 5:18; Isa 1:6; Eze 34:16
  31. Psalm 147:4 : S Ge 15:5
  32. Psalm 147:5 : S Ps 48:1
  33. Psalm 147:5 : S Ex 14:31
  34. Psalm 147:5 : Ps 145:3; Isa 40:28
  35. Psalm 147:6 : S 2Ch 33:23; Ps 146:8-9
  36. Psalm 147:6 : Ps 37:9-10; 145:20
  37. Psalm 147:7 : Ps 30:4; 33:3
  38. Psalm 147:7 : S Ps 42:4
  39. Psalm 147:7 : S Ps 27:6
  40. Psalm 147:7 : S Ps 98:5
  41. Psalm 147:8 : S Job 26:8
  42. Psalm 147:8 : S Dt 11:14; S 32:2; S 2Sa 1:21; S Job 5:10
  43. Psalm 147:8 : S Job 28:26; S Ps 104:14
  44. Psalm 147:9 : S Ge 1:30; Ps 104:27-28; S Mt 6:26
  45. Psalm 147:9 : S Ge 8:7
  46. Psalm 147:10 : S 1Sa 16:7
  47. Psalm 147:10 : S Job 39:11; Ps 33:16-17
  48. Psalm 147:11 : S Ps 35:27
  49. Psalm 147:11 : Ps 33:18; 103:11
  50. Psalm 147:11 : Ps 119:43
  51. Psalm 147:11 : Ps 6:4
  52. Psalm 147:12 : Ps 48:1
  53. Psalm 147:13 : S Dt 33:25
  54. Psalm 147:13 : S Lev 25:21; Ps 128:5; 134:3
  55. Psalm 147:14 : S Lev 26:6; S 2Sa 7:10; S Isa 48:18
  56. Psalm 147:14 : S Ps 132:15
  57. Psalm 147:14 : S Dt 32:14
  58. Psalm 147:15 : Job 37:12; Ps 33:9; 148:5
  59. Psalm 147:15 : Isa 55:11
  60. Psalm 147:16 : Ps 148:8
  61. Psalm 147:16 : S Job 37:12; 38:29
  62. Psalm 147:17 : Ex 9:22-23; S Job 38:22; S Ps 78:47
  63. Psalm 147:18 : ver 15; Ps 33:9; 107:20
  64. Psalm 147:18 : S Ps 50:3
  65. Psalm 147:19 : S Ex 20:1; Ro 3:2
  66. Psalm 147:19 : Ps 78:5
  67. Psalm 147:19 : S Dt 33:4; Jos 1:8; 2Ki 22:8; Mal 4:4; Ro 9:4
  68. Psalm 147:20 : Dt 4:7-8, 32-34
  69. Psalm 147:20 : S Ps 79:6
  70. Psalm 147:20 : Ps 33:2; 103:1
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Psalm 111-113

Psalm 111[a]

Praise the Lord.[b]

I will extol the Lord(A) with all my heart(B)
in the council(C) of the upright and in the assembly.(D)

Great are the works(E) of the Lord;
they are pondered by all(F) who delight in them.
Glorious and majestic are his deeds,
and his righteousness endures(G) forever.
He has caused his wonders to be remembered;
the Lord is gracious and compassionate.(H)
He provides food(I) for those who fear him;(J)
he remembers his covenant(K) forever.

He has shown his people the power of his works,(L)
giving them the lands of other nations.(M)
The works of his hands(N) are faithful and just;
all his precepts are trustworthy.(O)
They are established for ever(P) and ever,
enacted in faithfulness and uprightness.
He provided redemption(Q) for his people;
he ordained his covenant forever—
holy and awesome(R) is his name.

10 The fear of the Lord(S) is the beginning of wisdom;(T)
all who follow his precepts have good understanding.(U)
To him belongs eternal praise.(V)

Psalm 112[c]

Praise the Lord.[d](W)

Blessed are those(X) who fear the Lord,(Y)
who find great delight(Z) in his commands.

Their children(AA) will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.
Wealth and riches(AB) are in their houses,
and their righteousness endures(AC) forever.
Even in darkness light dawns(AD) for the upright,
for those who are gracious and compassionate and righteous.(AE)
Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,(AF)
who conduct their affairs with justice.

Surely the righteous will never be shaken;(AG)
they will be remembered(AH) forever.
They will have no fear of bad news;
their hearts are steadfast,(AI) trusting in the Lord.(AJ)
Their hearts are secure, they will have no fear;(AK)
in the end they will look in triumph on their foes.(AL)
They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor,(AM)
their righteousness endures(AN) forever;
their horn[e] will be lifted(AO) high in honor.

10 The wicked will see(AP) and be vexed,
they will gnash their teeth(AQ) and waste away;(AR)
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.(AS)

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord.[f](AT)

Praise the Lord, you his servants;(AU)
praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,(AV)
both now and forevermore.(AW)
From the rising of the sun(AX) to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is exalted(AY) over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.(AZ)
Who is like the Lord our God,(BA)
the One who sits enthroned(BB) on high,(BC)
who stoops down to look(BD)
on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor(BE) from the dust
and lifts the needy(BF) from the ash heap;
he seats them(BG) with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He settles the childless(BH) woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 111:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  2. Psalm 111:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah
  3. Psalm 112:1 This psalm is an acrostic poem, the lines of which begin with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet.
  4. Psalm 112:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah
  5. Psalm 112:9 Horn here symbolizes dignity.
  6. Psalm 113:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 9

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 111:1 : Ps 34:1; 109:30; 115:18; 145:10
  2. Psalm 111:1 : S Ps 9:1
  3. Psalm 111:1 : Ps 89:7
  4. Psalm 111:1 : S Ps 1:5
  5. Psalm 111:2 : S Job 36:24; Ps 143:5; Rev 15:3
  6. Psalm 111:2 : Ps 64:9
  7. Psalm 111:3 : Ps 112:3, 9; 119:142
  8. Psalm 111:4 : S Dt 4:31; S Ps 86:15
  9. Psalm 111:5 : S Ge 1:30; S Ps 37:25; Mt 6:26, 31-33
  10. Psalm 111:5 : Ps 103:11
  11. Psalm 111:5 : S 1Ch 16:15; S Ps 105:8
  12. Psalm 111:6 : Ps 64:9; S 66:3, 5
  13. Psalm 111:6 : S Ps 105:44
  14. Psalm 111:7 : S Ps 92:4
  15. Psalm 111:7 : Ps 19:7; 119:128
  16. Psalm 111:8 : Ps 119:89, 152, 160; Isa 40:8; S Mt 5:18
  17. Psalm 111:9 : Ps 34:22; S 103:4; 130:7; Lk 1:68
  18. Psalm 111:9 : Ps 30:4; 99:3; Lk 1:49
  19. Psalm 111:10 : S Job 23:15; S Ps 19:9
  20. Psalm 111:10 : Dt 4:6
  21. Psalm 111:10 : S Dt 4:6; Ps 119:98, 104, 130
  22. Psalm 111:10 : Ps 28:6; 89:52
  23. Psalm 112:1 : Ps 33:2; 103:1; 150:1
  24. Psalm 112:1 : Ps 1:1-2
  25. Psalm 112:1 : S Job 1:8; Ps 103:11; 115:13; 128:1
  26. Psalm 112:1 : S Ps 1:2; 119:14, 16, 47, 92
  27. Psalm 112:2 : Ps 25:13; 37:26; 128:2-4
  28. Psalm 112:3 : S Dt 8:18
  29. Psalm 112:3 : S Ps 37:6; S 111:3
  30. Psalm 112:4 : S Ps 18:28
  31. Psalm 112:4 : Ps 5:12
  32. Psalm 112:5 : S Ps 37:21, 26; Lk 6:35
  33. Psalm 112:6 : S Ps 15:5; S 55:22
  34. Psalm 112:6 : Pr 10:7; Ecc 2:16
  35. Psalm 112:7 : Ps 57:7; 108:1
  36. Psalm 112:7 : S Ps 28:7; 56:3-4; S Isa 12:2
  37. Psalm 112:8 : Ps 3:6; 27:1; 56:11; Pr 1:33; Isa 12:2
  38. Psalm 112:8 : S Ps 54:7
  39. Psalm 112:9 : Lk 19:8; Ac 9:36; 2Co 9:9*
  40. Psalm 112:9 : S Ps 111:3
  41. Psalm 112:9 : S Ps 75:10
  42. Psalm 112:10 : Ps 86:17
  43. Psalm 112:10 : S Ps 37:12; S Mt 8:12
  44. Psalm 112:10 : S Ps 34:21
  45. Psalm 112:10 : S Job 8:13
  46. Psalm 113:1 : S Ps 22:23
  47. Psalm 113:1 : Ps 34:22; S 103:21; 134:1
  48. Psalm 113:2 : S Ps 30:4; 48:10; 145:21; 148:13; 149:3; Isa 12:4
  49. Psalm 113:2 : Ps 115:18; 131:3; Da 2:20
  50. Psalm 113:3 : Isa 24:15; 45:6; 59:19; Mal 1:11
  51. Psalm 113:4 : S Ps 99:2
  52. Psalm 113:4 : S Ps 8:1; S 57:11
  53. Psalm 113:5 : S Ex 8:10; S Ps 35:10
  54. Psalm 113:5 : S Ps 103:19
  55. Psalm 113:5 : S Job 16:19
  56. Psalm 113:6 : Ps 11:4; 138:6; Isa 57:15
  57. Psalm 113:7 : 1Sa 2:8; Ps 35:10; 68:10; 140:12
  58. Psalm 113:7 : Ps 107:41
  59. Psalm 113:8 : S 2Sa 9:11
  60. Psalm 113:9 : S 1Sa 2:5
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Ephesians 4:1-16

Unity and Maturity in the Body of Christ

As a prisoner(A) for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy(B) of the calling(C) you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another(D) in love.(E) Make every effort to keep the unity(F) of the Spirit through the bond of peace.(G) There is one body(H) and one Spirit,(I) just as you were called to one hope when you were called(J); one Lord,(K) one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all,(L) who is over all and through all and in all.(M)

But to each one of us(N) grace(O) has been given(P) as Christ apportioned it. This is why it[a] says:

“When he ascended on high,
he took many captives(Q)
and gave gifts to his people.”[b](R)

(What does “he ascended” mean except that he also descended to the lower, earthly regions[c]? 10 He who descended is the very one who ascended(S) higher than all the heavens, in order to fill the whole universe.)(T) 11 So Christ himself gave(U) the apostles,(V) the prophets,(W) the evangelists,(X) the pastors and teachers,(Y) 12 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ(Z) may be built up(AA) 13 until we all reach unity(AB) in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God(AC) and become mature,(AD) attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.(AE)

14 Then we will no longer be infants,(AF) tossed back and forth by the waves,(AG) and blown here and there by every wind of teaching and by the cunning and craftiness of people in their deceitful scheming.(AH) 15 Instead, speaking the truth in love,(AI) we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head,(AJ) that is, Christ. 16 From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows(AK) and builds itself up(AL) in love,(AM) as each part does its work.

Footnotes:

  1. Ephesians 4:8 Or God
  2. Ephesians 4:8 Psalm 68:18
  3. Ephesians 4:9 Or the depths of the earth
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John 1:1-18

The Word Became Flesh

In the beginning was the Word,(A) and the Word was with God,(B) and the Word was God.(C) He was with God in the beginning.(D) Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made.(E) In him was life,(F) and that life was the light(G) of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness,(H) and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.(I)

There was a man sent from God whose name was John.(J) He came as a witness to testify(K) concerning that light, so that through him all might believe.(L) He himself was not the light; he came only as a witness to the light.

The true light(M) that gives light to everyone(N) was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and though the world was made through him,(O) the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him.(P) 12 Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed(Q) in his name,(R) he gave the right to become children of God(S) 13 children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.(T)

14 The Word became flesh(U) and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory,(V) the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace(W) and truth.(X)

15 (John testified(Y) concerning him. He cried out, saying, “This is the one I spoke about when I said, ‘He who comes after me has surpassed me because he was before me.’”)(Z) 16 Out of his fullness(AA) we have all received grace(AB) in place of grace already given. 17 For the law was given through Moses;(AC) grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.(AD) 18 No one has ever seen God,(AE) but the one and only Son, who is himself God and[b](AF) is in closest relationship with the Father, has made him known.

Footnotes:

  1. John 1:5 Or understood
  2. John 1:18 Some manuscripts but the only Son, who
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