Friday, December 14, 2018

December 14, 2018

Psalm 147 (WEB)

Praise Yah,
    for it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant and fitting to praise him.
Yahweh builds up Jerusalem.
    He gathers together the outcasts of Israel.
He heals the broken in heart,
    and binds up their wounds.
He counts the number of the stars.
    He calls them all by their names.
Great is our Lord, and mighty in power.
    His understanding is infinite.
Yahweh upholds the humble.
    He brings the wicked down to the ground.
Sing to Yahweh with thanksgiving.
    Sing praises on the harp to our God,
who covers the sky with clouds,
    who prepares rain for the earth,
    who makes grass grow on the mountains.
He provides food for the livestock,
    and for the young ravens when they call.
He doesn’t delight in the strength of the horse.
    He takes no pleasure in the legs of a man.
Yahweh takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his loving kindness.
Praise Yahweh, Jerusalem!
    Praise your God, Zion!
For he has strengthened the bars of your gates.
    He has blessed your children within you.
He makes peace in your borders.
    He fills you with the finest of the wheat.
He sends out his commandment to the earth.
    His word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool,
    and scatters frost like ashes.
He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
    Who can stand before his cold?
He sends out his word, and melts them.
    He causes his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
He shows his word to Jacob;
    his statutes and his ordinances to Israel.
He has not done this for just any nation.
    They don’t know his ordinances.
Praise Yah!

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018

Isaiah 35 (WEB)

The wilderness and the dry land will be glad.
    The desert will rejoice and blossom like a rose.
It will blossom abundantly,
    and rejoice even with joy and singing.
    Lebanon’s glory will be given to it,
    the excellence of Carmel and Sharon.
    They will see Yahweh’s glory,
    the excellence of our God.
Strengthen the weak hands,
    and make firm the feeble knees.
Tell those who have a fearful heart, “Be strong.
    Don’t be afraid.
    Behold, your God will come with vengeance, God’s retribution.
    He will come and save you.
Then the eyes of the blind will be opened,
    and the ears of the deaf will be unstopped.
Then the lame man will leap like a deer,
    and the tongue of the mute will sing;
    for waters will break out in the wilderness,
    and streams in the desert.
The burning sand will become a pool,
    and the thirsty ground springs of water.
    Grass with reeds and rushes will be in the habitation of jackals, where they lay.
A highway will be there, a road,
    and it will be called The Holy Way.
The unclean shall not pass over it,
    but it will be for those who walk in the Way.
    Wicked fools will not go there.
No lion will be there,
    nor will any ravenous animal go up on it.
    They will not be found there;
    but the redeemed will walk there.
The Yahweh’s ransomed ones will return,
    and come with singing to Zion;
    and everlasting joy will be on their heads.
They will obtain gladness and joy,
    and sorrow and sighing will flee away.”

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

December 12, 2018

Isaiah 59:20-21 (WEB)

“A Redeemer will come to Zion,
    and to those who turn from disobedience in Jacob,” says Yahweh.

“As for me, this is my covenant with them,” says Yahweh. “My Spirit who is on you, and my words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart out of your mouth, nor out of the mouth of your offspring, nor out of the mouth of your offspring’s offspring,” says Yahweh, “from henceforth and forever.”

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December 11, 2018

Psalm 131 (WEB)
A Song of Ascents. By David.

Yahweh, my heart isn’t haughty, nor my eyes lofty;
    nor do I concern myself with great matters,
    or things too wonderful for me.
Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul,
    like a weaned child with his mother,
    like a weaned child is my soul within me.
Israel, hope in Yahweh,
    from this time forward and forever more.

Monday, December 10, 2018

December 10, 2018

Luke 1:39-56 (WEB)

Mary arose in those days and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Judah, and entered into the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She called out with a loud voice, and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! Why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came into my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy! Blessed is she who believed, for there will be a fulfillment of the things which have been spoken to her from the Lord!”

Mary said,

“My soul magnifies the Lord.
    My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior,
    for he has looked at the humble state of his servant.
For behold, from now on, all generations will call me blessed.
    For he who is mighty has done great things for me.
    Holy is his name.
    His mercy is for generations of generations on those who fear him.
He has shown strength with his arm.
    He has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts.
He has put down princes from their thrones.
    And has exalted the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things.
    He has sent the rich away empty.
He has given help to Israel, his servant, that he might remember mercy,
    As he spoke to our fathers,
    to Abraham and his offspring forever.”

Mary stayed with her about three months, and then returned to her house.

Friday, December 7, 2018

December 7, 2018

2 Samuel 7:25-29 (WEB)

[David prays:] Now, Yahweh God, the word that you have spoken concerning your servant, and concerning his house, confirm it forever, and do as you have spoken. Let your name be magnified forever, saying, ‘Yahweh of Armies is God over Israel; and the house of your servant David will be established before you.’ For you, Yahweh of Armies, the God of Israel, have revealed to your servant, saying, ‘I will build you a house.’ Therefore your servant has found in his heart to pray this prayer to you.

“Now, O Lord Yahweh, you are God, and your words are truth, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. Now therefore let it please you to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you; for you, Lord Yahweh, have spoken it. Let the house of your servant be blessed forever with your blessing.”

Thursday, December 6, 2018

December 6, 2018

2 Samuel 7:17-24 (WEB)

Nathan spoke to David all these words, and according to all this vision.

Then David the king went in, and sat before Yahweh; and he said, “Who am I, Lord Yahweh, and what is my house, that you have brought me this far? This was yet a small thing in your eyes, Lord Yahweh; but you have spoken also of your servant’s house for a great while to come; and this among men, Lord Yahweh! What more can David say to you? For you know your servant, Lord Yahweh. For your word’s sake, and according to your own heart, you have worked all this greatness, to make your servant know it. Therefore you are great, Yahweh God. For there is no one like you, neither is there any God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. What one nation in the earth is like your people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem to himself for a people, and to make himself a name, and to do great things for you, and awesome things for your land, before your people, whom you redeemed to yourself out of Egypt, from the nations and their gods? You established for yourself your people Israel to be your people forever; and you, Yahweh, became their God.