Today's Scripture & Prayer

Daily Bible Reading & Praying with the Church

Scroll Down to
Read Content

Today's Scripture & Prayer

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 Thu, May 24

Psalm 18

Psalm 18[a](A)

For the director of music. Of David the servant of the Lord. He sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said:

I love you, Lord, my strength.(B)

The Lord is my rock,(C) my fortress(D) and my deliverer;(E)
my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,(F)
my shield[b](G) and the horn[c] of my salvation,(H) my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,(I)
and I have been saved from my enemies.(J)
The cords of death(K) entangled me;
the torrents(L) of destruction overwhelmed me.
The cords of the grave coiled around me;
the snares of death(M) confronted me.

In my distress(N) I called to the Lord;(O)
I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;(P)
my cry came(Q) before him, into his ears.
The earth trembled(R) and quaked,(S)
and the foundations of the mountains shook;(T)
they trembled because he was angry.(U)
Smoke rose from his nostrils;(V)
consuming fire(W) came from his mouth,
burning coals(X) blazed out of it.
He parted the heavens and came down;(Y)
dark clouds(Z) were under his feet.
10 He mounted the cherubim(AA) and flew;
he soared(AB) on the wings of the wind.(AC)
11 He made darkness his covering,(AD) his canopy(AE) around him—
the dark rain clouds of the sky.
12 Out of the brightness of his presence(AF) clouds advanced,
with hailstones(AG) and bolts of lightning.(AH)
13 The Lord thundered(AI) from heaven;
the voice of the Most High resounded.[d]
14 He shot his arrows(AJ) and scattered the enemy,
with great bolts of lightning(AK) he routed them.(AL)
15 The valleys of the sea were exposed
and the foundations(AM) of the earth laid bare
at your rebuke,(AN) Lord,
at the blast of breath from your nostrils.(AO)

16 He reached down from on high and took hold of me;
he drew me out of deep waters.(AP)
17 He rescued me from my powerful enemy,(AQ)
from my foes, who were too strong for me.(AR)
18 They confronted me in the day of my disaster,(AS)
but the Lord was my support.(AT)
19 He brought me out into a spacious place;(AU)
he rescued me because he delighted in me.(AV)

20 The Lord has dealt with me according to my righteousness;(AW)
according to the cleanness of my hands(AX) he has rewarded me.(AY)
21 For I have kept the ways of the Lord;(AZ)
I am not guilty of turning(BA) from my God.
22 All his laws are before me;(BB)
I have not turned away from his decrees.
23 I have been blameless(BC) before him
and have kept myself from sin.
24 The Lord has rewarded me according to my righteousness,(BD)
according to the cleanness of my hands in his sight.

25 To the faithful(BE) you show yourself faithful,(BF)
to the blameless you show yourself blameless,
26 to the pure(BG) you show yourself pure,
but to the devious you show yourself shrewd.(BH)
27 You save the humble(BI)
but bring low those whose eyes are haughty.(BJ)
28 You, Lord, keep my lamp(BK) burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.(BL)
29 With your help(BM) I can advance against a troop[e];
with my God I can scale a wall.

30 As for God, his way is perfect:(BN)
The Lord’s word is flawless;(BO)
he shields(BP) all who take refuge(BQ) in him.
31 For who is God besides the Lord?(BR)
And who is the Rock(BS) except our God?
32 It is God who arms me with strength(BT)
and keeps my way secure.(BU)
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;(BV)
he causes me to stand on the heights.(BW)
34 He trains my hands for battle;(BX)
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.
35 You make your saving help my shield,
and your right hand sustains(BY) me;
your help has made me great.
36 You provide a broad path(BZ) for my feet,
so that my ankles do not give way.(CA)

37 I pursued my enemies(CB) and overtook them;
I did not turn back till they were destroyed.
38 I crushed them(CC) so that they could not rise;(CD)
they fell beneath my feet.(CE)
39 You armed me with strength(CF) for battle;
you humbled my adversaries(CG) before me.
40 You made my enemies turn their backs(CH) in flight,
and I destroyed(CI) my foes.
41 They cried for help, but there was no one to save them(CJ)
to the Lord, but he did not answer.(CK)
42 I beat them as fine as windblown dust;(CL)
I trampled them[f] like mud in the streets.
43 You have delivered me from the attacks of the people;
you have made me the head of nations.(CM)
People I did not know(CN) now serve me,
44 foreigners(CO) cower before me;
as soon as they hear of me, they obey me.
45 They all lose heart;(CP)
they come trembling(CQ) from their strongholds.(CR)

46 The Lord lives!(CS) Praise be to my Rock!(CT)
Exalted be God(CU) my Savior!(CV)
47 He is the God who avenges(CW) me,
who subdues nations(CX) under me,
48 who saves(CY) me from my enemies.(CZ)
You exalted me above my foes;
from a violent man(DA) you rescued me.
49 Therefore I will praise you, Lord, among the nations;(DB)
I will sing(DC) the praises of your name.(DD)

50 He gives his king great victories;
he shows unfailing love to his anointed,(DE)
to David(DF) and to his descendants forever.(DG)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 18:1 In Hebrew texts 18:1-50 is numbered 18:2-51.
  2. Psalm 18:2 Or sovereign
  3. Psalm 18:2 Horn here symbolizes strength.
  4. Psalm 18:13 Some Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint (see also 2 Samuel 22:14); most Hebrew manuscripts resounded, / amid hailstones and bolts of lightning
  5. Psalm 18:29 Or can run through a barricade
  6. Psalm 18:42 Many Hebrew manuscripts, Septuagint, Syriac and Targum (see also 2 Samuel 22:43); Masoretic Text I poured them out

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 18:1 : 18:Title–50pp — 2Sa 22:1-51
  2. Psalm 18:1 : S Ex 15:2; S Dt 33:29; S 1Sa 2:10; Ps 22:19; 28:7; 59:9; 81:1; Isa 12:2; 49:5; Jer 16:19
  3. Psalm 18:2 : S Ex 33:22
  4. Psalm 18:2 : Ps 28:8; 31:2, 3; Isa 17:10; Jer 16:19
  5. Psalm 18:2 : Ps 40:17
  6. Psalm 18:2 : Ps 2:12; 9:9; 94:22
  7. Psalm 18:2 : S Ge 15:1; Ps 28:7; 84:9; 119:114; 144:2
  8. Psalm 18:2 : S 1Sa 2:1; S Lk 1:69
  9. Psalm 18:3 : S 1Ch 16:25
  10. Psalm 18:3 : S Ps 9:13
  11. Psalm 18:4 : Ps 116:3
  12. Psalm 18:4 : Ps 93:4; 124:4; Isa 5:30; 17:12; Jer 6:23; 51:42, 55; Eze 43:2
  13. Psalm 18:5 : Pr 13:14
  14. Psalm 18:6 : S Dt 4:30
  15. Psalm 18:6 : Ps 30:2; 99:6; 102:2; 120:1
  16. Psalm 18:6 : Ps 66:19; 116:1
  17. Psalm 18:6 : S Job 16:18
  18. Psalm 18:7 : Ps 97:4; Isa 5:25; 64:3
  19. Psalm 18:7 : S Jdg 5:4
  20. Psalm 18:7 : S Jdg 5:5
  21. Psalm 18:7 : S Job 9:5; Jer 10:10
  22. Psalm 18:8 : S Job 41:20
  23. Psalm 18:8 : S Ex 15:7; S 19:18; S Job 41:21; Ps 50:3; 97:3; Da 7:10
  24. Psalm 18:8 : Pr 25:22; Ro 12:20
  25. Psalm 18:9 : S Ge 11:5; S Ps 57:3
  26. Psalm 18:9 : S Ex 20:21; S Dt 33:26; S Ps 104:3
  27. Psalm 18:10 : S Ge 3:24; Eze 10:18
  28. Psalm 18:10 : S Dt 33:26
  29. Psalm 18:10 : Ps 104:3
  30. Psalm 18:11 : S Ex 19:9; S Dt 4:11
  31. Psalm 18:11 : S Job 22:14; Isa 4:5; Jer 43:10
  32. Psalm 18:12 : Ps 104:2
  33. Psalm 18:12 : S Jos 10:11
  34. Psalm 18:12 : S Job 36:30
  35. Psalm 18:13 : S Ex 9:23; S 1Sa 2:10
  36. Psalm 18:14 : S Dt 32:23
  37. Psalm 18:14 : S Job 36:30; Rev 4:5
  38. Psalm 18:14 : S Jdg 4:15
  39. Psalm 18:15 : S Ps 11:3
  40. Psalm 18:15 : Ps 76:6; 104:7; 106:9; Isa 50:2
  41. Psalm 18:15 : S Ex 15:8
  42. Psalm 18:16 : Ex 15:5; Ps 69:2; Pr 18:4; 20:5
  43. Psalm 18:17 : ver 48; Ps 38:19; 59:1; 143:9
  44. Psalm 18:17 : S Jdg 18:26
  45. Psalm 18:18 : Pr 1:27; 16:4; Jer 17:17; 40:2; Ob 1:13
  46. Psalm 18:18 : Ps 20:2; Isa 3:1
  47. Psalm 18:19 : Ps 31:8
  48. Psalm 18:19 : S Nu 14:8
  49. Psalm 18:20 : S 1Sa 26:23
  50. Psalm 18:20 : Job 22:30; Ps 24:4
  51. Psalm 18:20 : S Ru 2:12; S 2Ch 15:7; 1Co 3:8
  52. Psalm 18:21 : 2Ch 34:33; Ps 37:34; 119:2; Pr 8:32; 23:26
  53. Psalm 18:21 : Ps 119:102
  54. Psalm 18:22 : Ps 119:30
  55. Psalm 18:23 : S Ge 6:9
  56. Psalm 18:24 : S 1Sa 26:23
  57. Psalm 18:25 : Ps 31:23; 37:28; 50:5; Pr 2:8
  58. Psalm 18:25 : Ps 25:10; 40:11; 89:24; 146:6
  59. Psalm 18:26 : Pr 15:26; Mt 5:8; Php 1:10; 1Ti 5:22; Tit 1:15; 1Jn 3:3
  60. Psalm 18:26 : Pr 3:34; Mt 10:16; Lk 16:8
  61. Psalm 18:27 : S 2Ch 33:23; S Mt 23:12
  62. Psalm 18:27 : S Job 41:34; S Ps 10:5; Pr 3:33-34
  63. Psalm 18:28 : 1Ki 11:36; Ps 132:17
  64. Psalm 18:28 : Job 29:3; Ps 97:11; 112:4; Jn 1:5; S Ac 26:18; 2Co 4:6; 2Pe 1:19
  65. Psalm 18:29 : ver 32, 39; Isa 45:5; Heb 11:34
  66. Psalm 18:30 : S Dt 32:4
  67. Psalm 18:30 : S Ps 12:6; Pr 30:5
  68. Psalm 18:30 : Ps 3:3
  69. Psalm 18:30 : Ps 2:12
  70. Psalm 18:31 : S Dt 4:35; 32:39; Ps 35:10; 86:8; 89:6; Isa 44:6, 8; 45:5, 6, 14, 18, 21; 46:9
  71. Psalm 18:31 : S Ge 49:24
  72. Psalm 18:32 : S ver 29; 1Pe 5:10
  73. Psalm 18:32 : S Ps 15:2; 19:13; Heb 10:14; Jas 3:2
  74. Psalm 18:33 : Ps 42:1; Pr 5:19; Isa 35:6; Hab 3:19
  75. Psalm 18:33 : S Dt 32:13
  76. Psalm 18:34 : Ps 144:1
  77. Psalm 18:35 : Ps 3:5; 37:5, 17; 41:3; 51:12; 54:4; 55:22; 119:116; Isa 41:4, 10, 13; 43:2; 46:4
  78. Psalm 18:36 : Ps 31:8
  79. Psalm 18:36 : S Job 18:7; Ps 66:9
  80. Psalm 18:37 : S Lev 26:7
  81. Psalm 18:38 : Ps 68:21; 110:6
  82. Psalm 18:38 : Ps 36:12; 140:10; Isa 26:14
  83. Psalm 18:38 : Ps 47:3
  84. Psalm 18:39 : ver 32; Isa 45:5, 24
  85. Psalm 18:39 : ver 47; Ps 47:3; 144:2
  86. Psalm 18:40 : S Jos 7:12
  87. Psalm 18:40 : ver 37
  88. Psalm 18:41 : S 2Ki 14:26; Ps 50:22
  89. Psalm 18:41 : S 1Sa 8:18; S 14:37; Jer 11:11
  90. Psalm 18:42 : S Dt 9:21; S Isa 2:22
  91. Psalm 18:43 : 2Sa 8:1-14
  92. Psalm 18:43 : Isa 55:5
  93. Psalm 18:44 : Ps 54:3; 144:7, 11; Isa 25:5
  94. Psalm 18:45 : S 1Sa 17:32; 2Co 4:1; Heb 12:3
  95. Psalm 18:45 : Isa 66:2; Hos 3:5; 11:10
  96. Psalm 18:45 : Ps 9:9; Mic 7:17
  97. Psalm 18:46 : S Jos 3:10; S 1Sa 14:39; 2Co 13:4
  98. Psalm 18:46 : ver 31; Ex 33:22
  99. Psalm 18:46 : Ps 21:13; 35:27; 40:16; 108:5
  100. Psalm 18:46 : S 1Ch 16:35; S Lk 1:47
  101. Psalm 18:47 : S Ge 4:24
  102. Psalm 18:47 : S ver 39; S Jdg 4:23
  103. Psalm 18:48 : Ps 7:10; 37:40; Da 3:17
  104. Psalm 18:48 : S ver 17
  105. Psalm 18:48 : Ps 140:1
  106. Psalm 18:49 : S Ps 9:11
  107. Psalm 18:49 : Ps 7:17; 9:2; 101:1; 108:1; 146:2
  108. Psalm 18:49 : Ro 15:9*
  109. Psalm 18:50 : S 2Sa 23:1
  110. Psalm 18:50 : Ps 144:10
  111. Psalm 18:50 : Ps 89:4
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Proverbs 7

Warning Against the Adulterous Woman

My son,(A) keep my words
and store up my commands within you.
Keep my commands and you will live;(B)
guard my teachings as the apple of your eye.
Bind them on your fingers;
write them on the tablet of your heart.(C)
Say to wisdom, “You are my sister,”
and to insight, “You are my relative.”
They will keep you from the adulterous woman,
from the wayward woman with her seductive words.(D)

At the window of my house
I looked down through the lattice.
I saw among the simple,
I noticed among the young men,
a youth who had no sense.(E)
He was going down the street near her corner,
walking along in the direction of her house
at twilight,(F) as the day was fading,
as the dark of night set in.

10 Then out came a woman to meet him,
dressed like a prostitute and with crafty intent.
11 (She is unruly(G) and defiant,
her feet never stay at home;
12 now in the street, now in the squares,
at every corner she lurks.)(H)
13 She took hold of him(I) and kissed him
and with a brazen face she said:(J)

14 “Today I fulfilled my vows,
and I have food from my fellowship offering(K) at home.
15 So I came out to meet you;
I looked for you and have found you!
16 I have covered my bed
with colored linens from Egypt.
17 I have perfumed my bed(L)
with myrrh,(M) aloes and cinnamon.
18 Come, let’s drink deeply of love till morning;
let’s enjoy ourselves with love!(N)
19 My husband is not at home;
he has gone on a long journey.
20 He took his purse filled with money
and will not be home till full moon.”

21 With persuasive words she led him astray;
she seduced him with her smooth talk.(O)
22 All at once he followed her
like an ox going to the slaughter,
like a deer[a] stepping into a noose[b](P)
23 till an arrow pierces(Q) his liver,
like a bird darting into a snare,
little knowing it will cost him his life.(R)

24 Now then, my sons, listen(S) to me;
pay attention to what I say.
25 Do not let your heart turn to her ways
or stray into her paths.(T)
26 Many are the victims she has brought down;
her slain are a mighty throng.
27 Her house is a highway to the grave,
leading down to the chambers of death.(U)

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 7:22 Syriac (see also Septuagint); Hebrew fool
  2. Proverbs 7:22 The meaning of the Hebrew for this line is uncertain.
New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

1 John 5:13-21

Concluding Affirmations

13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God(A) so that you may know that you have eternal life.(B) 14 This is the confidence(C) we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us.(D) 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know(E) that we have what we asked of him.(F)

16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life.(G) I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death.(H) I am not saying that you should pray about that.(I) 17 All wrongdoing is sin,(J) and there is sin that does not lead to death.(K)

18 We know that anyone born of God(L) does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one(M) cannot harm them.(N) 19 We know that we are children of God,(O) and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one.(P) 20 We know also that the Son of God has come(Q) and has given us understanding,(R) so that we may know him who is true.(S) And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.(T)

21 Dear children,(U) keep yourselves from idols.(V)

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

Matthew 11:25-30

The Father Revealed in the Son(A)

25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father,(B) Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children.(C) 26 Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

27 “All things have been committed to me(D) by my Father.(E) No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.(F)

28 “Come to me,(G) all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.(H) 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,(I) for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.(J) 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”(K)

New International Version (NIV)

Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.