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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 Thu, Nov 23

Psalm 102

Psalm 102[a]

A prayer of an afflicted person who has grown weak and pours out a lament before the Lord.

Hear my prayer,(A) Lord;
let my cry for help(B) come to you.
Do not hide your face(C) from me
when I am in distress.
Turn your ear(D) to me;
when I call, answer me quickly.

For my days vanish like smoke;(E)
my bones(F) burn like glowing embers.
My heart is blighted and withered like grass;(G)
I forget to eat my food.(H)
In my distress I groan aloud(I)
and am reduced to skin and bones.
I am like a desert owl,(J)
like an owl among the ruins.
I lie awake;(K) I have become
like a bird alone(L) on a roof.
All day long my enemies(M) taunt me;(N)
those who rail against me use my name as a curse.(O)
For I eat ashes(P) as my food
and mingle my drink with tears(Q)
10 because of your great wrath,(R)
for you have taken me up and thrown me aside.
11 My days are like the evening shadow;(S)
I wither(T) away like grass.

12 But you, Lord, sit enthroned forever;(U)
your renown endures(V) through all generations.(W)
13 You will arise(X) and have compassion(Y) on Zion,
for it is time(Z) to show favor(AA) to her;
the appointed time(AB) has come.
14 For her stones are dear to your servants;
her very dust moves them to pity.
15 The nations will fear(AC) the name of the Lord,
all the kings(AD) of the earth will revere your glory.
16 For the Lord will rebuild Zion(AE)
and appear in his glory.(AF)
17 He will respond to the prayer(AG) of the destitute;
he will not despise their plea.

18 Let this be written(AH) for a future generation,
that a people not yet created(AI) may praise the Lord:
19 “The Lord looked down(AJ) from his sanctuary on high,
from heaven he viewed the earth,
20 to hear the groans of the prisoners(AK)
and release those condemned to death.”
21 So the name of the Lord will be declared(AL) in Zion
and his praise(AM) in Jerusalem
22 when the peoples and the kingdoms
assemble to worship(AN) the Lord.

23 In the course of my life[b] he broke my strength;
he cut short my days.(AO)
24 So I said:
“Do not take me away, my God, in the midst of my days;
your years go on(AP) through all generations.
25 In the beginning(AQ) you laid the foundations of the earth,
and the heavens(AR) are the work of your hands.(AS)
26 They will perish,(AT) but you remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
Like clothing you will change them
and they will be discarded.
27 But you remain the same,(AU)
and your years will never end.(AV)
28 The children of your servants(AW) will live in your presence;
their descendants(AX) will be established before you.”

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 102:1 In Hebrew texts 102:1-28 is numbered 102:2-29.
  2. Psalm 102:23 Or By his power

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 102:1 : Ps 4:1
  2. Psalm 102:1 : S Ex 2:23
  3. Psalm 102:2 : S Ps 22:24
  4. Psalm 102:2 : S 2Ki 19:16; Ps 31:2; 88:2
  5. Psalm 102:3 : S Ps 37:20; S Jas 4:14
  6. Psalm 102:3 : La 1:13
  7. Psalm 102:4 : S Ps 37:2; 90:5-6
  8. Psalm 102:4 : S 1Sa 1:7; S Ezr 10:6; S Job 33:20
  9. Psalm 102:5 : S Ps 6:6
  10. Psalm 102:6 : S Dt 14:15-17; Job 30:29; Isa 34:11; Zep 2:14
  11. Psalm 102:7 : Ps 77:4
  12. Psalm 102:7 : Ps 38:11
  13. Psalm 102:8 : S Ps 31:11
  14. Psalm 102:8 : S Ps 42:10; Lk 22:63-65; 23:35-37
  15. Psalm 102:8 : S Ex 22:28; Isa 65:15; Jer 24:9; 25:18; 42:18; 44:12; Eze 14:8; Zec 8:13
  16. Psalm 102:9 : Isa 44:20
  17. Psalm 102:9 : Ps 6:6; 42:3; 80:5
  18. Psalm 102:10 : Ps 7:11; 38:3
  19. Psalm 102:11 : S 1Ch 29:15; S Job 14:2; S Ps 39:6
  20. Psalm 102:11 : S Job 8:12; Jas 1:10
  21. Psalm 102:12 : S Ex 15:18
  22. Psalm 102:12 : Ps 135:13; Isa 55:13; 63:12
  23. Psalm 102:12 : S Ex 3:15
  24. Psalm 102:13 : S Ps 44:26
  25. Psalm 102:13 : S Dt 32:36; S 1Ki 3:26; Isa 54:8; 60:10; Zec 10:6
  26. Psalm 102:13 : Ps 119:126
  27. Psalm 102:13 : S Ps 77:7
  28. Psalm 102:13 : S Ex 13:10; Da 8:19; Ac 1:7
  29. Psalm 102:15 : 1Ki 8:43; Ps 67:7; Isa 2:2
  30. Psalm 102:15 : Ps 76:12; 138:4; 148:11
  31. Psalm 102:16 : S Ps 51:18
  32. Psalm 102:16 : Ps 8:1; Isa 60:1-2
  33. Psalm 102:17 : S 1Ki 8:29; Ps 4:1; 6:9
  34. Psalm 102:18 : S Ro 4:24
  35. Psalm 102:18 : S Ps 22:31
  36. Psalm 102:19 : Ps 53:2
  37. Psalm 102:20 : S Ps 68:6; S Lk 4:19
  38. Psalm 102:21 : Ps 22:22
  39. Psalm 102:21 : Ps 9:14
  40. Psalm 102:22 : S Ps 22:27; Isa 49:22-23; Zec 8:20-23
  41. Psalm 102:23 : S Ps 39:5
  42. Psalm 102:24 : S Ge 21:33; Job 36:26; Ps 90:2
  43. Psalm 102:25 : S Ge 1:1; Heb 1:10-12*
  44. Psalm 102:25 : S 2Ch 2:12
  45. Psalm 102:25 : S Ps 8:3
  46. Psalm 102:26 : Isa 13:10, 13; 34:4; 51:6; Eze 32:8; Joel 2:10; Mt 24:35; 2Pe 3:7-10; Rev 20:11
  47. Psalm 102:27 : S Nu 23:19; Heb 13:8; Jas 1:17
  48. Psalm 102:27 : Ps 9:7
  49. Psalm 102:28 : Ps 69:36
  50. Psalm 102:28 : Ps 25:13; 89:4
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Psalm 107:1-32

BOOK V

Psalms 107–150

Psalm 107

Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B)
his love endures forever.

Let the redeemed(C) of the Lord tell their story—
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
those he gathered(D) from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south.[a]

Some wandered in desert(E) wastelands,
finding no way to a city(F) where they could settle.
They were hungry(G) and thirsty,(H)
and their lives ebbed away.
Then they cried out(I) to the Lord in their trouble,
and he delivered them from their distress.
He led them by a straight way(J)
to a city(K) where they could settle.
Let them give thanks(L) to the Lord for his unfailing love(M)
and his wonderful deeds(N) for mankind,
for he satisfies(O) the thirsty
and fills the hungry with good things.(P)

10 Some sat in darkness,(Q) in utter darkness,
prisoners suffering(R) in iron chains,(S)
11 because they rebelled(T) against God’s commands
and despised(U) the plans(V) of the Most High.
12 So he subjected them to bitter labor;
they stumbled, and there was no one to help.(W)
13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them(X) from their distress.
14 He brought them out of darkness,(Y) the utter darkness,(Z)
and broke away their chains.(AA)
15 Let them give thanks(AB) to the Lord for his unfailing love(AC)
and his wonderful deeds(AD) for mankind,
16 for he breaks down gates of bronze
and cuts through bars of iron.

17 Some became fools(AE) through their rebellious ways(AF)
and suffered affliction(AG) because of their iniquities.
18 They loathed all food(AH)
and drew near the gates of death.(AI)
19 Then they cried(AJ) to the Lord in their trouble,
and he saved them(AK) from their distress.
20 He sent out his word(AL) and healed them;(AM)
he rescued(AN) them from the grave.(AO)
21 Let them give thanks(AP) to the Lord for his unfailing love(AQ)
and his wonderful deeds(AR) for mankind.
22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings(AS)
and tell of his works(AT) with songs of joy.(AU)

23 Some went out on the sea(AV) in ships;(AW)
they were merchants on the mighty waters.
24 They saw the works of the Lord,(AX)
his wonderful deeds in the deep.
25 For he spoke(AY) and stirred up a tempest(AZ)
that lifted high the waves.(BA)
26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths;
in their peril(BB) their courage melted(BC) away.
27 They reeled(BD) and staggered like drunkards;
they were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried(BE) out to the Lord in their trouble,
and he brought them out of their distress.(BF)
29 He stilled the storm(BG) to a whisper;
the waves(BH) of the sea[b] were hushed.(BI)
30 They were glad when it grew calm,
and he guided them(BJ) to their desired haven.
31 Let them give thanks(BK) to the Lord for his unfailing love(BL)
and his wonderful deeds(BM) for mankind.
32 Let them exalt(BN) him in the assembly(BO) of the people
and praise him in the council of the elders.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 107:3 Hebrew north and the sea
  2. Psalm 107:29 Dead Sea Scrolls; Masoretic Text / their waves

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 107:1 : S 1Ch 16:8; S 2Ch 5:13
  2. Psalm 107:1 : S 2Ch 7:3
  3. Psalm 107:2 : S Ps 106:10; S Isa 35:9
  4. Psalm 107:3 : S Ne 1:9
  5. Psalm 107:4 : S Jos 5:6
  6. Psalm 107:4 : ver 36
  7. Psalm 107:5 : Ex 16:3
  8. Psalm 107:5 : S Ex 15:22; S 17:2
  9. Psalm 107:6 : S Ex 14:10
  10. Psalm 107:7 : S Ezr 8:21
  11. Psalm 107:7 : ver 36
  12. Psalm 107:8 : Ps 105:1
  13. Psalm 107:8 : Ps 6:4
  14. Psalm 107:8 : S Ps 75:1
  15. Psalm 107:9 : Ps 22:26; 63:5; Isa 58:11; Mt 5:6; Lk 1:53
  16. Psalm 107:9 : S Ps 23:1; Jer 31:25
  17. Psalm 107:10 : ver 14; Ps 88:6; 143:3; Isa 9:2; 42:7, 16; 49:9; Mic 7:9
  18. Psalm 107:10 : Ps 102:20; Isa 61:1
  19. Psalm 107:10 : S Job 36:8
  20. Psalm 107:11 : S Ps 5:10
  21. Psalm 107:11 : S Nu 14:11
  22. Psalm 107:11 : S 1Ki 22:5; 2Ch 36:16
  23. Psalm 107:12 : S 2Ki 14:26; Ps 72:12
  24. Psalm 107:13 : S Ps 106:8
  25. Psalm 107:14 : S ver 10; Isa 9:2; 42:7; 50:10; 59:9; 60:2; S Lk 1:79
  26. Psalm 107:14 : Ps 86:13; Isa 29:18
  27. Psalm 107:14 : S Job 36:8; Ps 116:16; Ac 12:7
  28. Psalm 107:15 : ver 8, 21, 31; Ps 105:1
  29. Psalm 107:15 : Ps 6:4
  30. Psalm 107:15 : S Ps 75:1
  31. Psalm 107:17 : S Ps 53:1
  32. Psalm 107:17 : S Ps 25:7
  33. Psalm 107:17 : S Lev 26:16; Isa 65:6-7; Jer 30:14-15; Gal 6:7-8
  34. Psalm 107:18 : S Job 3:24; S 6:6
  35. Psalm 107:18 : S Job 17:16; S 33:22
  36. Psalm 107:19 : ver 28; Ps 5:2
  37. Psalm 107:19 : ver 13; Ps 34:4
  38. Psalm 107:20 : S Dt 32:2; Ps 147:15; Mt 8:8; Lk 7:7
  39. Psalm 107:20 : S Ex 15:26
  40. Psalm 107:20 : S Job 33:28
  41. Psalm 107:20 : Ps 16:10; 30:3; S 56:13
  42. Psalm 107:21 : S ver 15
  43. Psalm 107:21 : Ps 6:4
  44. Psalm 107:21 : Ps 75:1
  45. Psalm 107:22 : S Lev 7:12
  46. Psalm 107:22 : Ps 9:11; 73:28; 118:17
  47. Psalm 107:22 : S Job 8:21; S Ps 65:8
  48. Psalm 107:23 : Isa 42:10
  49. Psalm 107:23 : S Ps 104:26
  50. Psalm 107:24 : Ps 64:9; 111:2; 143:5
  51. Psalm 107:25 : S Ps 105:31
  52. Psalm 107:25 : S Ps 50:3
  53. Psalm 107:25 : S Ps 93:3
  54. Psalm 107:26 : Lk 8:23
  55. Psalm 107:26 : S Jos 2:11
  56. Psalm 107:27 : Isa 19:14; 24:20; 28:7
  57. Psalm 107:28 : S ver 19
  58. Psalm 107:28 : Ps 4:1; Jnh 1:6
  59. Psalm 107:29 : Lk 8:24
  60. Psalm 107:29 : S Ps 93:3
  61. Psalm 107:29 : S Ps 65:7; Jnh 1:15
  62. Psalm 107:30 : ver 7
  63. Psalm 107:31 : S ver 15
  64. Psalm 107:31 : Ps 6:4
  65. Psalm 107:31 : Ps 75:1; 106:2
  66. Psalm 107:32 : Ps 30:1; 34:3; 99:5
  67. Psalm 107:32 : S Ps 1:5; 22:22, 25; 26:12; 35:18
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Revelation 22:6-13

John and the Angel

The angel said to me,(A) “These words are trustworthy and true.(B) The Lord, the God who inspires the prophets,(C) sent his angel(D) to show his servants the things that must soon take place.”

“Look, I am coming soon!(E) Blessed(F) is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy written in this scroll.”(G)

I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things.(H) And when I had heard and seen them, I fell down to worship at the feet(I) of the angel who had been showing them to me. But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your fellow prophets and with all who keep the words of this scroll.(J) Worship God!”(K)

10 Then he told me, “Do not seal up(L) the words of the prophecy of this scroll,(M) because the time is near.(N) 11 Let the one who does wrong continue to do wrong; let the vile person continue to be vile; let the one who does right continue to do right; and let the holy person continue to be holy.”(O)

Epilogue: Invitation and Warning

12 “Look, I am coming soon!(P) My reward is with me,(Q) and I will give to each person according to what they have done.(R) 13 I am the Alpha and the Omega,(S) the First and the Last,(T) the Beginning and the End.(U)

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Matthew 18:10-20

The Parable of the Wandering Sheep(A)

10 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels(B) in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. [11] [a]

12 “What do you think? If a man owns a hundred sheep, and one of them wanders away, will he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go to look for the one that wandered off? 13 And if he finds it, truly I tell you, he is happier about that one sheep than about the ninety-nine that did not wander off. 14 In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should perish.

Dealing With Sin in the Church

15 “If your brother or sister[b] sins,[c] go and point out their fault,(C) just between the two of you. If they listen to you, you have won them over. 16 But if they will not listen, take one or two others along, so that ‘every matter may be established by the testimony of two or three witnesses.’[d](D) 17 If they still refuse to listen, tell it to the church;(E) and if they refuse to listen even to the church, treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.(F)

18 “Truly I tell you, whatever you bind on earth will be[e] bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be[f] loosed in heaven.(G)

19 “Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them(H) by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”(I)

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 18:11 Some manuscripts include here the words of Luke 19:10.
  2. Matthew 18:15 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verses 21 and 35.
  3. Matthew 18:15 Some manuscripts sins against you
  4. Matthew 18:16 Deut. 19:15
  5. Matthew 18:18 Or will have been
  6. Matthew 18:18 Or will have been
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