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May 5, 2021

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Bible Passage: Psalm 96

1 Oh sing to the Lord a new song;

    sing to the Lord, all the earth!

2 Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

    tell of his salvation from day to day.

3 Declare his glory among the nations,

    his marvelous works among all the peoples!

4 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;

    he is to be feared above all gods.

5 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

    but the Lord made the heavens.

6 Splendor and majesty are before him;

    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

7 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

    ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

8 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

    bring an offering, and come into his courts!

9 Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;

    tremble before him, all the earth!

10 Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!

    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

    he will judge the peoples with equity.”

11 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;

    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;

12     let the field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy

13     before the Lord, for he comes,

    for he comes to judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness,

    and the peoples in his faithfulness.

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

April 29, 2021

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Bible Passage: Psalm 94

1 O Lord, God of vengeance,

    O God of vengeance, shine forth!

2 Rise up, O judge of the earth;

    repay to the proud what they deserve!

3 O Lord, how long shall the wicked,

    how long shall the wicked exult?

4 They pour out their arrogant words;

    all the evildoers boast.

5 They crush your people, O Lord,

    and afflict your heritage.

6 They kill the widow and the sojourner,

    and murder the fatherless;

7 and they say, “The Lord does not see;

    the God of Jacob does not perceive.”

8 Understand, O dullest of the people!

    Fools, when will you be wise?

9 He who planted the ear, does he not hear?

    He who formed the eye, does he not see?

10 He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?

    He who teaches man knowledge—

11     the Lord—knows the thoughts of man,

    that they are but a breath.

12 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O Lord,

    and whom you teach out of your law,

13 to give him rest from days of trouble,

    until a pit is dug for the wicked.

14 For the Lord will not forsake his people;

    he will not abandon his heritage;

15 for justice will return to the righteous,

    and all the upright in heart will follow it.

16 Who rises up for me against the wicked?

    Who stands up for me against evildoers?

17 If the Lord had not been my help,

    my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.

18 When I thought, “My foot slips,”

    your steadfast love, O Lord, held me up.

19 When the cares of my heart are many,

    your consolations cheer my soul.

20 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,

    those who frame injustice by statute?

21 They band together against the life of the righteous

    and condemn the innocent to death.

22 But the Lord has become my stronghold,

    and my God the rock of my refuge.

23 He will bring back on them their iniquity

    and wipe them out for their wickedness;

    the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

April 26, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 90

A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.

1 Lord, you have been our dwelling place

    in all generations.

2 Before the mountains were brought forth,

    or ever you had formed the earth and the world,

    from everlasting to everlasting you are God.

3 You return man to dust

    and say, “Return, O children of man!”

4 For a thousand years in your sight

    are but as yesterday when it is past,

    or as a watch in the night.

5 You sweep them away as with a flood;

  they are like a dream,

    like grass that is renewed in the morning:

6 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;

    in the evening it fades and withers.

7 For we are brought to an end by your anger;

    by your wrath we are dismayed.

8 You have set our iniquities before you,

    our secret sins in the light of your presence.

9 For all our days pass away under your wrath;

    we bring our years to an end like a sigh.

10 The years of our life are seventy,

    or even by reason of strength eighty;

   yet their span is but toil and trouble;

    they are soon gone, and we fly away.

11 Who considers the power of your anger,

    and your wrath according to the fear of you?

12 So teach us to number our days

    that we may get a heart of wisdom.

13 Return, O Lord! How long?

    Have pity on your servants!

14 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,

    that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

15 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,

    and for as many years as we have seen evil.

16 Let your work be shown to your servants,

    and your glorious power to their children.

17 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,

    and establish the work of our hands upon us;

    yes, establish the work of our hands!

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

April 20, 2021

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Bible Passage: Psalm 50

A Psalm of Asaph.

1 The Mighty One, God the Lord,

    speaks and summons the earth

    from the rising of the sun to its setting.

2 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,

    God shines forth.

3 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;

    before him is a devouring fire,

    around him a mighty tempest.

4 He calls to the heavens above

    and to the earth, that he may judge his people:

5 “Gather to me my faithful ones,

    who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”

6 The heavens declare his righteousness,

    for God himself is judge! Selah

7 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;

    O Israel, I will testify against you.

    I am God, your God.

8 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;

    your burnt offerings are continually before me.

9 I will not accept a bull from your house

    or goats from your folds.

10 For every beast of the forest is mine,

    the cattle on a thousand hills.

11 I know all the birds of the hills,

    and all that moves in the field is mine.

12 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,

    for the world and its fullness are mine.

13 Do I eat the flesh of bulls

    or drink the blood of goats?

14 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,

    and perform your vows to the Most High,

15 and call upon me in the day of trouble;

    I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”

16 But to the wicked God says:

    “What right have you to recite my statutes

    or take my covenant on your lips?

17 For you hate discipline,

    and you cast my words behind you.

18 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,

    and you keep company with adulterers.

19 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,

    and your tongue frames deceit.

20 You sit and speak against your brother;

    you slander your own mother’s son.

21 These things you have done, and I have been silent;

    you thought that I was one like yourself.

   But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.

22 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,

    lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!

23 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;

    to one who orders his way rightly

    I will show the salvation of God!”

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

April 14, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 40

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord;

    he inclined to me and heard my cry.

2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction,

    out of the miry bog,

  and set my feet upon a rock,

    making my steps secure.

3 He put a new song in my mouth,

    a song of praise to our God.

  Many will see and fear,

    and put their trust in the Lord.

4 Blessed is the man who makes

    the Lord his trust,

  who does not turn to the proud,

    to those who go astray after a lie!

5 You have multiplied, O Lord my God,

    your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;

    none can compare with you!

  I will proclaim and tell of them,

    yet they are more than can be told.

6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,

    but you have given me an open ear.

  Burnt offering and sin offering

    you have not required.

7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;

    in the scroll of the book it is written of me:

8 I delight to do your will, O my God;

    your law is within my heart.”

9 I have told the glad news of deliverance

    in the great congregation;

  behold, I have not restrained my lips,

    as you know, O Lord.

10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart;

    I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation;

   I have not concealed your steadfast love and your 

    faithfulness

    from the great congregation.

11 As for you, O Lord, you will not restrain

    your mercy from me;

   your steadfast love and your faithfulness will

    ever preserve me!

12 For evils have encompassed me

    beyond number;

   my iniquities have overtaken me,

    and I cannot see;

   they are more than the hairs of my head;

    my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me!

    O Lord, make haste to help me!

14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether

    who seek to snatch away my life;

    let those be turned back and brought to dishonor

    who delight in my hurt!

15 Let those be appalled because of their shame

    who say to me, “Aha, Aha!”

16 But may all who seek you

    rejoice and be glad in you;

    may those who love your salvation

    say continually, “Great is the Lord!”

17 As for me, I am poor and needy,

    but the Lord takes thought for me.

   You are my help and my deliverer;

    do not delay, O my God!

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

April 8, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 34

Of David, when he changed his behavior before Abimelech,

so that he drove him out, and he went away.

1 I will bless the Lord at all times;

    his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord;

    let the humble hear and be glad.

3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me,

    and let us exalt his name together!

4 I sought the Lord, and he answered me

    and delivered me from all my fears.

5 Those who look to him are radiant,

    and their faces shall never be ashamed.

6 This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him

    and saved him out of all his troubles.

7 The angel of the Lord encamps

    around those who fear him, and delivers them.

8 Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good!

    Blessed is the man who takes refuge in him!

9 Oh, fear the Lord, you his saints,

    for those who fear him have no lack!

10 The young lions suffer want and hunger;

    but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11 Come, O children, listen to me;

    I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12 What man is there who desires life

    and loves many days, that he may see good?

13 Keep your tongue from evil

    and your lips from speaking deceit.

14 Turn away from evil and do good;

    seek peace and pursue it.

15 The eyes of the Lord are toward the righteous

    and his ears toward their cry.

16 The face of the Lord is against those who do evil,

    to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17 When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears

    and delivers them out of all their troubles.

18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted

    and saves the crushed in spirit.

19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous,

    but the Lord delivers him out of them all.

20 He keeps all his bones;

    not one of them is broken.

21 Affliction will slay the wicked,

    and those who hate the righteous will be condemned.

22 The Lord redeems the life of his servants;

none of those who take refuge in him will be

condemned.

 

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?

  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.

  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?

  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

April 5, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 32

A Maskil of David.

1 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,

    whose sin is covered.

2 Blessed is the man against whom the Lord counts no iniquity,

    and in whose spirit there is no deceit.

3 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away

    through my groaning all day long.

4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;

    my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah

5 I acknowledged my sin to you,

    and I did not cover my iniquity;

  I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,”

    and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah

6 Therefore let everyone who is godly

    offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;

  surely in the rush of great waters,

    they shall not reach him.

7 You are a hiding place for me;

    you preserve me from trouble;

    you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah

8 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;

    I will counsel you with my eye upon you.

9 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,

    which must be curbed with bit and bridle,

    or it will not stay near you.

10 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,

    but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.

11 Be glad in the Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,

    and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?
  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.
  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?
  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

March 23, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 27

Of David.

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;

    whom shall I fear?

  The Lord is the stronghold of my life;

    of whom shall I be afraid?

2 When evildoers assail me

    to eat up my flesh,

  my adversaries and foes,

    it is they who stumble and fall.

3 Though an army encamp against me,

    my heart shall not fear;

  though war arise against me,

    yet I will be confident.

4 One thing have I asked of the Lord,

    that will I seek after:

  that I may dwell in the house of the Lord

    all the days of my life,

  to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord

    and to inquire in his temple.

5 For he will hide me in his shelter

    in the day of trouble;

  he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;

    he will lift me high upon a rock.

6 And now my head shall be lifted up

    above my enemies all around me,

  and I will offer in his tent

    sacrifices with shouts of joy;

  I will sing and make melody to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;

    be gracious to me and answer me!

8 You have said, “Seek my face.”

  My heart says to you,

    “Your face, Lord, do I seek.”

9   Hide not your face from me.

    Turn not your servant away in anger,

    O you who have been my help.

    Cast me not off; forsake me not,

    O God of my salvation!

10 For my father and my mother have forsaken me,

    but the Lord will take me in.

11 Teach me your way, O Lord,

    and lead me on a level path

    because of my enemies.

12 Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;

    for false witnesses have risen against me,

    and they breathe out violence.

13 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord

    in the land of the living!

14 Wait for the Lord;

    be strong, and let your heart take courage;

wait for the Lord!



Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?

  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.

  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?

  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

March 18, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 24

A Psalm of David.

1 The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof,

    the world and those who dwell therein,

2 for he has founded it upon the seas

    and established it upon the rivers.

3 Who shall ascend the hill of the Lord?

    And who shall stand in his holy place?

4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart,

    who does not lift up his soul to what is false

    and does not swear deceitfully.

5 He will receive blessing from the Lord

    and righteousness from the God of his salvation.

6 Such is the generation of those who seek him,

    who seek the face of the God of Jacob. Selah

7 Lift up your heads, O gates!

    And be lifted up, O ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

8 Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord, strong and mighty,

    the Lord, mighty in battle!

9 Lift up your heads, O gates!

    And lift them up, O ancient doors,

    that the King of glory may come in.

10 Who is this King of glory?

    The Lord of hosts,

he is the King of glory! Selah

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?

  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.

  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?

  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

 

March 16, 2021

Portraits of God

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Bible Passage: Psalm 23

A Psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

2     He makes me lie down in green pastures.

  He leads me beside still waters.

3     He restores my soul.

  He leads me in paths of righteousness

    for his name’s sake.

4 Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,

    I will fear no evil,

  for you are with me;

    your rod and your staff,

    they comfort me.

5 You prepare a table before me

    in the presence of my enemies;

  you anoint my head with oil;

    my cup overflows.

6 Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

    all the days of my life,

  and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

Questions to help us go deeper

Reflect on the portrait of God depicted in these passages.

  • What is He like?

  • Reflect on the ways you have experienced this aspect of God.

  • Are there ways that your current view of God needs to be corrected or refined through today’s passage?

  • Praise God for who He is.

Prayer

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