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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, Aug 24

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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2 Samuel 24:1-2

David Enrolls the Fighting Men(A)

24 Again(B) the anger of the Lord burned against Israel,(C) and he incited David against them, saying, “Go and take a census of(D) Israel and Judah.”

So the king said to Joab(E) and the army commanders[a] with him, “Go throughout the tribes of Israel from Dan to Beersheba(F) and enroll(G) the fighting men, so that I may know how many there are.”

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 24:2 Septuagint (see also verse 4 and 1 Chron. 21:2); Hebrew Joab the army commander
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2 Samuel 24:10-25

10 David was conscience-stricken(A) after he had counted the fighting men, and he said to the Lord, “I have sinned(B) greatly in what I have done. Now, Lord, I beg you, take away the guilt of your servant. I have done a very foolish thing.(C)

11 Before David got up the next morning, the word of the Lord had come to Gad(D) the prophet, David’s seer:(E) 12 “Go and tell David, ‘This is what the Lord says: I am giving you three options. Choose one of them for me to carry out against you.’”

13 So Gad went to David and said to him, “Shall there come on you three[a] years of famine(F) in your land? Or three months of fleeing from your enemies while they pursue you? Or three days of plague(G) in your land? Now then, think it over and decide how I should answer the one who sent me.”

14 David said to Gad, “I am in deep distress. Let us fall into the hands of the Lord, for his mercy(H) is great; but do not let me fall into human hands.”

15 So the Lord sent a plague on Israel from that morning until the end of the time designated, and seventy thousand of the people from Dan to Beersheba died.(I) 16 When the angel stretched out his hand to destroy Jerusalem, the Lord relented(J) concerning the disaster and said to the angel who was afflicting the people, “Enough! Withdraw your hand.” The angel of the Lord(K) was then at the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

17 When David saw the angel who was striking down the people, he said to the Lord, “I have sinned; I, the shepherd,[b] have done wrong. These are but sheep.(L) What have they done?(M) Let your hand fall on me and my family.”(N)

David Builds an Altar(O)

18 On that day Gad went to David and said to him, “Go up and build an altar to the Lord on the threshing floor of Araunah(P) the Jebusite.” 19 So David went up, as the Lord had commanded through Gad. 20 When Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him, he went out and bowed down before the king with his face to the ground.

21 Araunah said, “Why has my lord the king come to his servant?”

“To buy your threshing floor,” David answered, “so I can build an altar to the Lord, that the plague on the people may be stopped.”(Q)

22 Araunah said to David, “Let my lord the king take whatever he wishes and offer it up. Here are oxen(R) for the burnt offering, and here are threshing sledges and ox yokes for the wood. 23 Your Majesty, Araunah[c] gives(S) all this to the king.” Araunah also said to him, “May the Lord your God accept you.”

24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.”(T)

So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen and paid fifty shekels[d](U) of silver for them. 25 David built an altar(V) to the Lord there and sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings. Then the Lord answered his prayer(W) in behalf of the land, and the plague on Israel was stopped.

Footnotes:

  1. 2 Samuel 24:13 Septuagint (see also 1 Chron. 21:12); Hebrew seven
  2. 2 Samuel 24:17 Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint; Masoretic Text does not have the shepherd.
  3. 2 Samuel 24:23 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint; most Hebrew manuscripts King Araunah
  4. 2 Samuel 24:24 That is, about 1 1/4 pounds or about 575 grams
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Galatians 3:23-4:7

Children of God

23 Before the coming of this faith,[a] we were held in custody(A) under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed.(B) 24 So the law was our guardian until Christ came(C) that we might be justified by faith.(D) 25 Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian.(E)

26 So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God(F) through faith, 27 for all of you who were baptized into Christ(G) have clothed yourselves with Christ.(H) 28 There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free,(I) nor is there male and female,(J) for you are all one in Christ Jesus.(K) 29 If you belong to Christ,(L) then you are Abraham’s seed,(M) and heirs(N) according to the promise.(O)

What I am saying is that as long as an heir is underage, he is no different from a slave, although he owns the whole estate. The heir is subject to guardians and trustees until the time set by his father. So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery(P) under the elemental spiritual forces[b] of the world.(Q) But when the set time had fully come,(R) God sent his Son,(S) born of a woman,(T) born under the law,(U) to redeem(V) those under the law, that we might receive adoption(W) to sonship.[c](X) Because you are his sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son(Y) into our hearts,(Z) the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,[d] Father.”(AA) So you are no longer a slave, but God’s child; and since you are his child, God has made you also an heir.(AB)

Footnotes:

  1. Galatians 3:23 Or through the faithfulness of Jesus … 23 Before faith came
  2. Galatians 4:3 Or under the basic principles
  3. Galatians 4:5 The Greek word for adoption to sonship is a legal term referring to the full legal standing of an adopted male heir in Roman culture.
  4. Galatians 4:6 Aramaic for Father
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John 8:12-20

Dispute Over Jesus’ Testimony

12 When Jesus spoke again to the people, he said, “I am(A) the light of the world.(B) Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”(C)

13 The Pharisees challenged him, “Here you are, appearing as your own witness; your testimony is not valid.”(D)

14 Jesus answered, “Even if I testify on my own behalf, my testimony is valid, for I know where I came from and where I am going.(E) But you have no idea where I come from(F) or where I am going. 15 You judge by human standards;(G) I pass judgment on no one.(H) 16 But if I do judge, my decisions are true, because I am not alone. I stand with the Father, who sent me.(I) 17 In your own Law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true.(J) 18 I am one who testifies for myself; my other witness is the Father, who sent me.”(K)

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your father?”

“You do not know me or my Father,”(L) Jesus replied. “If you knew me, you would know my Father also.”(M) 20 He spoke these words while teaching(N) in the temple courts near the place where the offerings were put.(O) Yet no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come.(P)

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