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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 Tue, Nov 20

Psalm 97

Psalm 97

The Lord reigns,(A) let the earth be glad;(B)
let the distant shores(C) rejoice.
Clouds(D) and thick darkness(E) surround him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.(F)
Fire(G) goes before(H) him
and consumes(I) his foes on every side.
His lightning(J) lights up the world;
the earth(K) sees and trembles.(L)
The mountains melt(M) like wax(N) before the Lord,
before the Lord of all the earth.(O)
The heavens proclaim his righteousness,(P)
and all peoples see his glory.(Q)

All who worship images(R) are put to shame,(S)
those who boast in idols(T)
worship him,(U) all you gods!(V)

Zion hears and rejoices
and the villages of Judah are glad(W)
because of your judgments,(X) Lord.
For you, Lord, are the Most High(Y) over all the earth;(Z)
you are exalted(AA) far above all gods.
10 Let those who love the Lord hate evil,(AB)
for he guards(AC) the lives of his faithful ones(AD)
and delivers(AE) them from the hand of the wicked.(AF)
11 Light shines[a](AG) on the righteous(AH)
and joy on the upright in heart.(AI)
12 Rejoice in the Lord,(AJ) you who are righteous,
and praise his holy name.(AK)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 97:11 One Hebrew manuscript and ancient versions (see also 112:4); most Hebrew manuscripts Light is sown
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Psalm 99-100

Psalm 99

The Lord reigns,(A)
let the nations tremble;(B)
he sits enthroned(C) between the cherubim,(D)
let the earth shake.
Great is the Lord(E) in Zion;(F)
he is exalted(G) over all the nations.
Let them praise(H) your great and awesome name(I)
he is holy.(J)

The King(K) is mighty, he loves justice(L)
you have established equity;(M)
in Jacob you have done
what is just and right.(N)
Exalt(O) the Lord our God
and worship at his footstool;
he is holy.

Moses(P) and Aaron(Q) were among his priests,
Samuel(R) was among those who called on his name;
they called on the Lord
and he answered(S) them.
He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;(T)
they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

Lord our God,
you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,(U)
though you punished(V) their misdeeds.[a]
Exalt the Lord our God
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the Lord our God is holy.

Psalm 100

A psalm. For giving grateful praise.

Shout for joy(W) to the Lord, all the earth.
Worship the Lord(X) with gladness;
come before him(Y) with joyful songs.
Know that the Lord is God.(Z)
It is he who made us,(AA) and we are his[b];
we are his people,(AB) the sheep of his pasture.(AC)

Enter his gates with thanksgiving(AD)
and his courts(AE) with praise;
give thanks to him and praise his name.(AF)
For the Lord is good(AG) and his love endures forever;(AH)
his faithfulness(AI) continues through all generations.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 99:8 Or God, / an avenger of the wrongs done to them
  2. Psalm 100:3 Or and not we ourselves
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Psalm 94-95

Psalm 94

The Lord is a God who avenges.(A)
O God who avenges, shine forth.(B)
Rise up,(C) Judge(D) of the earth;
pay back(E) to the proud what they deserve.
How long, Lord, will the wicked,
how long will the wicked be jubilant?(F)

They pour out arrogant(G) words;
all the evildoers are full of boasting.(H)
They crush your people,(I) Lord;
they oppress your inheritance.(J)
They slay the widow(K) and the foreigner;
they murder the fatherless.(L)
They say, “The Lord does not see;(M)
the God of Jacob(N) takes no notice.”

Take notice, you senseless ones(O) among the people;
you fools, when will you become wise?
Does he who fashioned the ear not hear?
Does he who formed the eye not see?(P)
10 Does he who disciplines(Q) nations not punish?
Does he who teaches(R) mankind lack knowledge?
11 The Lord knows all human plans;(S)
he knows that they are futile.(T)

12 Blessed is the one you discipline,(U) Lord,
the one you teach(V) from your law;
13 you grant them relief from days of trouble,(W)
till a pit(X) is dug for the wicked.
14 For the Lord will not reject his people;(Y)
he will never forsake his inheritance.
15 Judgment will again be founded on righteousness,(Z)
and all the upright in heart(AA) will follow it.

16 Who will rise up(AB) for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?(AC)
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,(AD)
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.(AE)
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,(AF)
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety(AG) was great within me,
your consolation(AH) brought me joy.

20 Can a corrupt throne(AI) be allied with you—
a throne that brings on misery by its decrees?(AJ)
21 The wicked band together(AK) against the righteous
and condemn the innocent(AL) to death.(AM)
22 But the Lord has become my fortress,
and my God the rock(AN) in whom I take refuge.(AO)
23 He will repay(AP) them for their sins
and destroy(AQ) them for their wickedness;
the Lord our God will destroy them.

Psalm 95

Come,(AR) let us sing for joy(AS) to the Lord;
let us shout aloud(AT) to the Rock(AU) of our salvation.
Let us come before him(AV) with thanksgiving(AW)
and extol him with music(AX) and song.

For the Lord is the great God,(AY)
the great King(AZ) above all gods.(BA)
In his hand are the depths of the earth,(BB)
and the mountain peaks belong to him.
The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.(BC)

Come, let us bow down(BD) in worship,(BE)
let us kneel(BF) before the Lord our Maker;(BG)
for he is our God
and we are the people of his pasture,(BH)
the flock under his care.

Today, if only you would hear his voice,
“Do not harden your hearts(BI) as you did at Meribah,[a](BJ)
as you did that day at Massah[b] in the wilderness,(BK)
where your ancestors tested(BL) me;
they tried me, though they had seen what I did.
10 For forty years(BM) I was angry with that generation;
I said, ‘They are a people whose hearts go astray,(BN)
and they have not known my ways.’(BO)
11 So I declared on oath(BP) in my anger,
‘They shall never enter my rest.’”(BQ)

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 95:8 Meribah means quarreling.
  2. Psalm 95:8 Massah means testing.

Cross references:

  1. Psalm 94:1 : S Ge 4:24; Ro 12:19
  2. Psalm 94:1 : S Dt 33:2; Ps 80:1
  3. Psalm 94:2 : S Nu 10:35
  4. Psalm 94:2 : S Ge 18:25; Heb 12:23; S Jas 5:9
  5. Psalm 94:2 : S Ps 31:23
  6. Psalm 94:3 : Ps 13:2
  7. Psalm 94:4 : Jer 43:2
  8. Psalm 94:4 : S Ps 52:1
  9. Psalm 94:5 : Ps 44:2; 74:8; Isa 3:15; Jer 8:21
  10. Psalm 94:5 : Ps 28:9
  11. Psalm 94:6 : S Dt 10:18; S Isa 1:17
  12. Psalm 94:6 : Dt 24:19
  13. Psalm 94:7 : S Job 22:14
  14. Psalm 94:7 : S Ge 24:12
  15. Psalm 94:8 : S Dt 32:6; S Ps 73:22
  16. Psalm 94:9 : Ex 4:11; Pr 20:12
  17. Psalm 94:10 : S Ps 39:11
  18. Psalm 94:10 : S Ex 35:34; Job 35:11; Isa 28:26
  19. Psalm 94:11 : Ps 139:2; Pr 15:26; S Mt 9:4
  20. Psalm 94:11 : 1Co 3:20*
  21. Psalm 94:12 : S Job 5:17; 1Co 11:32; Heb 12:5
  22. Psalm 94:12 : S Dt 8:3; S 1Sa 12:23
  23. Psalm 94:13 : S Ps 86:7
  24. Psalm 94:13 : S Ps 7:15; S 55:23
  25. Psalm 94:14 : S Dt 31:6; Ps 37:28; Ro 11:2
  26. Psalm 94:15 : Ps 97:2
  27. Psalm 94:15 : Ps 7:10; 11:2; S 36:10
  28. Psalm 94:16 : Nu 10:35; Ps 17:13; Isa 14:22
  29. Psalm 94:16 : S Ps 59:2
  30. Psalm 94:17 : Ps 124:2
  31. Psalm 94:17 : S Ps 31:17
  32. Psalm 94:18 : S Dt 32:35; S Job 12:5
  33. Psalm 94:19 : Ecc 11:10
  34. Psalm 94:19 : S Job 6:10
  35. Psalm 94:20 : Jer 22:30; 36:30
  36. Psalm 94:20 : S Ps 58:2
  37. Psalm 94:21 : S Ps 56:6
  38. Psalm 94:21 : Ps 106:38; Pr 17:15, 26; 28:21; Isa 5:20, 23; Mt 27:4
  39. Psalm 94:21 : S Ge 18:23
  40. Psalm 94:22 : S Ps 61:2
  41. Psalm 94:22 : S 2Sa 22:3; S Ps 18:2
  42. Psalm 94:23 : S Ex 32:34; S Ps 54:5
  43. Psalm 94:23 : Ps 9:5; 37:38; 145:20
  44. Psalm 95:1 : Ps 34:11; 80:2
  45. Psalm 95:1 : S Ps 5:11
  46. Psalm 95:1 : Ps 81:1; Isa 44:23; Zep 3:14
  47. Psalm 95:1 : S 2Sa 22:47
  48. Psalm 95:2 : Ps 100:2; Mic 6:6
  49. Psalm 95:2 : S Ps 42:4
  50. Psalm 95:2 : Ps 81:2; S Eph 5:19
  51. Psalm 95:3 : Ps 48:1; 86:10; 145:3; 147:5
  52. Psalm 95:3 : S Ps 47:2
  53. Psalm 95:3 : Ps 96:4; 97:9
  54. Psalm 95:4 : S Ps 63:9
  55. Psalm 95:5 : S Ge 1:9; Ps 146:6
  56. Psalm 95:6 : S 2Sa 12:16; Php 2:10
  57. Psalm 95:6 : S Ps 22:29
  58. Psalm 95:6 : 2Ch 6:13
  59. Psalm 95:6 : Ps 100:3; 149:2; Isa 17:7; 54:5; Da 6:10-11; Hos 8:14
  60. Psalm 95:7 : S Ps 74:1
  61. Psalm 95:8 : Mk 10:5; Heb 3:8
  62. Psalm 95:8 : S Ex 17:7; S Dt 33:8; Heb 3:15*; 4:7
  63. Psalm 95:8 : S Ps 78:40
  64. Psalm 95:9 : S Nu 14:22; 1Co 10:9
  65. Psalm 95:10 : S Ex 16:35; S Nu 14:34; Ac 7:36; Heb 3:17
  66. Psalm 95:10 : Ps 58:3; 119:67, 176; Pr 12:26; 16:29; Isa 53:6; Jer 31:19; 50:6; Eze 34:6
  67. Psalm 95:10 : S Dt 8:6
  68. Psalm 95:11 : S Nu 14:23
  69. Psalm 95:11 : Dt 1:35; Heb 3:7-11*; 4:3*
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Habakkuk 3:1-18

Habakkuk’s Prayer

A prayer of Habakkuk the prophet. On shigionoth.[a](A)

Lord, I have heard(B) of your fame;
I stand in awe(C) of your deeds, Lord.(D)
Repeat(E) them in our day,
in our time make them known;
in wrath remember mercy.(F)

God came from Teman,(G)
the Holy One(H) from Mount Paran.[b](I)
His glory covered the heavens(J)
and his praise filled the earth.(K)
His splendor was like the sunrise;(L)
rays flashed from his hand,
where his power(M) was hidden.
Plague(N) went before him;
pestilence followed his steps.
He stood, and shook the earth;
he looked, and made the nations tremble.
The ancient mountains crumbled(O)
and the age-old hills(P) collapsed(Q)
but he marches on forever.(R)
I saw the tents of Cushan in distress,
the dwellings of Midian(S) in anguish.(T)

Were you angry with the rivers,(U) Lord?
Was your wrath against the streams?
Did you rage against the sea(V)
when you rode your horses
and your chariots to victory?(W)
You uncovered your bow,
you called for many arrows.(X)
You split the earth with rivers;
10 the mountains saw you and writhed.(Y)
Torrents of water swept by;
the deep roared(Z)
and lifted its waves(AA) on high.

11 Sun and moon stood still(AB) in the heavens
at the glint of your flying arrows,(AC)
at the lightning(AD) of your flashing spear.
12 In wrath you strode through the earth
and in anger you threshed(AE) the nations.
13 You came out(AF) to deliver(AG) your people,
to save your anointed(AH) one.
You crushed(AI) the leader of the land of wickedness,
you stripped him from head to foot.
14 With his own spear you pierced his head
when his warriors stormed out to scatter us,(AJ)
gloating as though about to devour
the wretched(AK) who were in hiding.
15 You trampled the sea(AL) with your horses,
churning the great waters.(AM)

16 I heard and my heart pounded,
my lips quivered at the sound;
decay crept into my bones,
and my legs trembled.(AN)
Yet I will wait patiently(AO) for the day of calamity
to come on the nation invading us.
17 Though the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vines,
though the olive crop fails
and the fields produce no food,(AP)
though there are no sheep in the pen
and no cattle in the stalls,(AQ)
18 yet I will rejoice in the Lord,(AR)
I will be joyful in God my Savior.(AS)

Footnotes:

  1. Habakkuk 3:1 Probably a literary or musical term
  2. Habakkuk 3:3 The Hebrew has Selah (a word of uncertain meaning) here and at the middle of verse 9 and at the end of verse 13.
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James 3:1-12

Taming the Tongue

Not many of you should become teachers,(A) my fellow believers, because you know that we who teach will be judged(B) more strictly.(C) We all stumble(D) in many ways. Anyone who is never at fault in what they say(E) is perfect,(F) able to keep their whole body in check.(G)

When we put bits into the mouths of horses to make them obey us, we can turn the whole animal.(H) Or take ships as an example. Although they are so large and are driven by strong winds, they are steered by a very small rudder wherever the pilot wants to go. Likewise, the tongue is a small part of the body, but it makes great boasts.(I) Consider what a great forest is set on fire by a small spark. The tongue also is a fire,(J) a world of evil among the parts of the body. It corrupts the whole body,(K) sets the whole course of one’s life on fire, and is itself set on fire by hell.(L)

All kinds of animals, birds, reptiles and sea creatures are being tamed and have been tamed by mankind, but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison.(M)

With the tongue we praise our Lord and Father, and with it we curse human beings, who have been made in God’s likeness.(N) 10 Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers and sisters, this should not be. 11 Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring? 12 My brothers and sisters, can a fig tree bear olives, or a grapevine bear figs?(O) Neither can a salt spring produce fresh water.

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Luke 17:1-10

Sin, Faith, Duty

17 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble(A) are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.(B) It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones(C) to stumble.(D) So watch yourselves.

“If your brother or sister[a] sins against you, rebuke them;(E) and if they repent, forgive them.(F) Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”(G)

The apostles(H) said to the Lord,(I) “Increase our faith!”

He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed,(J) you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.(K)

“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me(L) while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’”(M)

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 17:3 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman.
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