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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 Fri, May 26

Psalm 85-86

Psalm 85[a]

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

You, Lord, showed favor to your land;
you restored the fortunes(A) of Jacob.
You forgave(B) the iniquity(C) of your people
and covered all their sins.[b]
You set aside all your wrath(D)
and turned from your fierce anger.(E)

Restore(F) us again, God our Savior,(G)
and put away your displeasure toward us.
Will you be angry with us forever?(H)
Will you prolong your anger through all generations?
Will you not revive(I) us again,
that your people may rejoice(J) in you?
Show us your unfailing love,(K) Lord,
and grant us your salvation.(L)

I will listen to what God the Lord says;
he promises peace(M) to his people, his faithful servants—
but let them not turn to folly.(N)
Surely his salvation(O) is near those who fear him,
that his glory(P) may dwell in our land.

10 Love and faithfulness(Q) meet together;
righteousness(R) and peace kiss each other.
11 Faithfulness springs forth from the earth,
and righteousness(S) looks down from heaven.
12 The Lord will indeed give what is good,(T)
and our land will yield(U) its harvest.
13 Righteousness goes before him
and prepares the way for his steps.

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Hear me, Lord, and answer(V) me,
for I am poor and needy.
Guard my life, for I am faithful to you;
save your servant who trusts in you.(W)
You are my God; have mercy(X) on me, Lord,
for I call(Y) to you all day long.
Bring joy to your servant, Lord,
for I put my trust(Z) in you.

You, Lord, are forgiving and good,
abounding in love(AA) to all who call to you.
Hear my prayer, Lord;
listen to my cry(AB) for mercy.
When I am in distress,(AC) I call(AD) to you,
because you answer(AE) me.

Among the gods(AF) there is none like you,(AG) Lord;
no deeds can compare with yours.
All the nations you have made
will come(AH) and worship(AI) before you, Lord;
they will bring glory(AJ) to your name.
10 For you are great(AK) and do marvelous deeds;(AL)
you alone(AM) are God.

11 Teach me your way,(AN) Lord,
that I may rely on your faithfulness;(AO)
give me an undivided(AP) heart,
that I may fear(AQ) your name.
12 I will praise you, Lord my God, with all my heart;(AR)
I will glorify your name forever.
13 For great is your love toward me;
you have delivered me(AS) from the depths,
from the realm of the dead.(AT)

14 Arrogant foes are attacking me, O God;
ruthless people are trying to kill me—
they have no regard for you.(AU)
15 But you, Lord, are a compassionate and gracious(AV) God,
slow to anger,(AW) abounding(AX) in love and faithfulness.(AY)
16 Turn to me(AZ) and have mercy(BA) on me;
show your strength(BB) in behalf of your servant;
save me, because I serve you
just as my mother did.(BC)
17 Give me a sign(BD) of your goodness,
that my enemies may see it and be put to shame,
for you, Lord, have helped me and comforted me.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 85:1 In Hebrew texts 85:1-13 is numbered 85:2-14.
  2. Psalm 85:2 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 85:1 : S Dt 30:3; Ps 14:7
  2. Psalm 85:2 : S Nu 14:19
  3. Psalm 85:2 : S Ex 32:30; S Ps 78:38
  4. Psalm 85:3 : Ps 106:23; Da 9:16
  5. Psalm 85:3 : Ex 32:12; Dt 13:17; Ps 78:38; Jnh 3:9
  6. Psalm 85:4 : S Ps 71:20
  7. Psalm 85:4 : S Ps 65:5
  8. Psalm 85:5 : S Ps 50:21
  9. Psalm 85:6 : S Ps 80:18
  10. Psalm 85:6 : Php 3:1
  11. Psalm 85:7 : S Ps 6:4
  12. Psalm 85:7 : Ps 27:1
  13. Psalm 85:8 : S Lev 26:6; S Isa 60:17; S Jn 14:27; 2Th 3:16
  14. Psalm 85:8 : Pr 26:11; 27:22
  15. Psalm 85:9 : Ps 27:1; Isa 43:3; 45:8; 46:13; 51:5; 56:1; 62:11
  16. Psalm 85:9 : S Ex 29:43; Isa 60:19; Hag 2:9; Zec 2:5
  17. Psalm 85:10 : Ps 89:14; 115:1; Pr 3:3
  18. Psalm 85:10 : Ps 72:2-3; Isa 32:17
  19. Psalm 85:11 : Isa 45:8
  20. Psalm 85:12 : Ps 84:11; Jas 1:17
  21. Psalm 85:12 : Lev 26:4; S Ps 67:6; Zec 8:12
  22. Psalm 86:1 : Ps 17:6
  23. Psalm 86:2 : Ps 25:2; 31:14
  24. Psalm 86:3 : Ps 4:1; S 9:13; 57:1
  25. Psalm 86:3 : Ps 88:9
  26. Psalm 86:4 : Ps 46:5; 143:8
  27. Psalm 86:5 : Ex 34:6; Ne 9:17; Ps 103:8; 145:8; Joel 2:13; Jnh 4:2
  28. Psalm 86:6 : Ps 5:2; 17:1
  29. Psalm 86:7 : Ps 27:5; S 50:15; 94:13; Hab 3:16
  30. Psalm 86:7 : Job 22:27; Ps 4:3; 80:18; 91:15; Isa 30:19; 58:9; 65:24; Zec 13:9
  31. Psalm 86:7 : Ps 3:4
  32. Psalm 86:8 : S Ex 8:10; S Job 21:22
  33. Psalm 86:8 : S Ps 18:31
  34. Psalm 86:9 : S Ps 65:2
  35. Psalm 86:9 : Ps 66:4; Isa 19:21; 27:13; 49:7; Zec 8:20-22; 14:16; Rev 15:4
  36. Psalm 86:9 : Isa 43:7; 44:23
  37. Psalm 86:10 : S 2Sa 7:22; S Ps 48:1
  38. Psalm 86:10 : S Ex 3:20; S Ps 71:17; 72:18
  39. Psalm 86:10 : S Dt 6:4; S Isa 43:10; Mk 12:29; 1Co 8:4
  40. Psalm 86:11 : S Ex 33:13; S 1Sa 12:23; Ps 25:5
  41. Psalm 86:11 : S Ps 26:3
  42. Psalm 86:11 : Jer 24:7; 32:39; Eze 11:19; 1Co 7:35
  43. Psalm 86:11 : S Dt 6:24
  44. Psalm 86:12 : S Ps 9:1
  45. Psalm 86:13 : S Ps 34:4; 49:15; 116:8
  46. Psalm 86:13 : S Ps 16:10; S 56:13
  47. Psalm 86:14 : Ps 54:3
  48. Psalm 86:15 : S Ps 51:1; 103:8; 111:4; 116:5; 145:8
  49. Psalm 86:15 : Nu 14:18
  50. Psalm 86:15 : ver 5
  51. Psalm 86:15 : S Ex 34:6; S Ne 9:17; Joel 2:13
  52. Psalm 86:16 : S Ps 6:4
  53. Psalm 86:16 : S Ps 9:13
  54. Psalm 86:16 : Ps 18:1
  55. Psalm 86:16 : Ps 116:16
  56. Psalm 86:17 : S Ex 3:12; Mt 24:3; S Jn 2:11
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Psalm 91-92

Psalm 91

Whoever dwells in the shelter(A) of the Most High
will rest in the shadow(B) of the Almighty.[a]
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge(C) and my fortress,(D)
my God, in whom I trust.”

Surely he will save you
from the fowler’s snare(E)
and from the deadly pestilence.(F)
He will cover you with his feathers,
and under his wings you will find refuge;(G)
his faithfulness will be your shield(H) and rampart.
You will not fear(I) the terror of night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness,
nor the plague that destroys at midday.
A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
You will only observe with your eyes
and see the punishment of the wicked.(J)

If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,”
and you make the Most High your dwelling,
10 no harm(K) will overtake you,
no disaster will come near your tent.
11 For he will command his angels(L) concerning you
to guard you in all your ways;(M)
12 they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.(N)
13 You will tread on the lion and the cobra;
you will trample the great lion and the serpent.(O)

14 “Because he[b] loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him;
I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.
15 He will call on me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble,
I will deliver him and honor him.(P)
16 With long life(Q) I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.(R)

Psalm 92[c]

A psalm. A song. For the Sabbath day.

It is good to praise the Lord
and make music(S) to your name,(T) O Most High,(U)
proclaiming your love in the morning(V)
and your faithfulness at night,
to the music of the ten-stringed lyre(W)
and the melody of the harp.(X)

For you make me glad by your deeds, Lord;
I sing for joy(Y) at what your hands have done.(Z)
How great are your works,(AA) Lord,
how profound your thoughts!(AB)
Senseless people(AC) do not know,
fools do not understand,
that though the wicked spring up like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they will be destroyed forever.(AD)

But you, Lord, are forever exalted.

For surely your enemies(AE), Lord,
surely your enemies will perish;
all evildoers will be scattered.(AF)
10 You have exalted my horn[d](AG) like that of a wild ox;(AH)
fine oils(AI) have been poured on me.
11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries;
my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes.(AJ)

12 The righteous will flourish(AK) like a palm tree,
they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;(AL)
13 planted in the house of the Lord,
they will flourish in the courts of our God.(AM)
14 They will still bear fruit(AN) in old age,
they will stay fresh and green,
15 proclaiming, “The Lord is upright;
he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.(AO)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 91:1 Hebrew Shaddai
  2. Psalm 91:14 That is, probably the king
  3. Psalm 92:1 In Hebrew texts 92:1-15 is numbered 92:2-16.
  4. Psalm 92:10 Horn here symbolizes strength.
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Ezekiel 1:28-3:3

28 Like the appearance of a rainbow(A) in the clouds on a rainy day, so was the radiance around him.(B)

This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory(C) of the Lord. When I saw it, I fell facedown,(D) and I heard the voice of one speaking.

Ezekiel’s Call to Be a Prophet

He said to me, “Son of man,[a](E) stand(F) up on your feet and I will speak to you.(G) As he spoke, the Spirit came into me and raised me(H) to my feet, and I heard him speaking to me.

He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their ancestors have been in revolt against me to this very day.(I) The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn.(J) Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’(K) And whether they listen or fail to listen(L)—for they are a rebellious people(M)—they will know that a prophet has been among them.(N) And you, son of man, do not be afraid(O) of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns(P) are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or be terrified by them, though they are a rebellious people.(Q) You must speak(R) my words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious.(S) But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel(T) like that rebellious people;(U) open your mouth and eat(V) what I give you.”

Then I looked, and I saw a hand(W) stretched out to me. In it was a scroll,(X) 10 which he unrolled before me. On both sides of it were written words of lament and mourning and woe.(Y)

And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you, eat this scroll; then go and speak to the people of Israel.” So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat.

Then he said to me, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” So I ate(Z) it, and it tasted as sweet as honey(AA) in my mouth.

Footnotes:

  1. Ezekiel 2:1 The Hebrew phrase ben adam means human being. The phrase son of man is retained as a form of address here and throughout Ezekiel because of its possible association with “Son of Man” in the New Testament.
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Hebrews 4:14-5:6

Jesus the Great High Priest

14 Therefore, since we have a great high priest(A) who has ascended into heaven,[a](B) Jesus the Son of God,(C) let us hold firmly to the faith we profess.(D) 15 For we do not have a high priest(E) who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are(F)—yet he did not sin.(G) 16 Let us then approach(H) God’s throne of grace with confidence,(I) so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

Every high priest is selected from among the people and is appointed to represent the people in matters related to God,(J) to offer gifts and sacrifices(K) for sins.(L) He is able to deal gently with those who are ignorant and are going astray,(M) since he himself is subject to weakness.(N) This is why he has to offer sacrifices for his own sins, as well as for the sins of the people.(O) And no one takes this honor on himself, but he receives it when called by God, just as Aaron was.(P)

In the same way, Christ did not take on himself the glory(Q) of becoming a high priest.(R) But God said(S) to him,

“You are my Son;
today I have become your Father.”[b](T)

And he says in another place,

“You are a priest forever,
in the order of Melchizedek.(U)[c](V)

Footnotes:

  1. Hebrews 4:14 Greek has gone through the heavens
  2. Hebrews 5:5 Psalm 2:7
  3. Hebrews 5:6 Psalm 110:4
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Luke 9:28-36

The Transfiguration(A)

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James(B) with him and went up onto a mountain to pray.(C) 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure,[a](D) which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy,(E) but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master,(F) it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen;(G) listen to him.”(H) 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.(I)

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 9:31 Greek exodos
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