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    Reading: Psalm 89 Psalm 89

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    Psalm 89

    I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord

    A Maskil1 of Ethan the Ezrahite.

    89 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
    with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
    For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
    in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
    You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
    I have sworn to David my servant:
    ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
    and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
    Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
    your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
    For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
    Who among the heavenly beings2 is like the LORD,
    a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
    and awesome above all who are around him?
    O LORD God of hosts,
    who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
    with your faithfulness all around you?
    You rule the raging of the sea;
    when its waves rise, you still them.
    You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
    you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
    The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
    the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
    The north and the south, you have created them;
    Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
    You have a mighty arm;
    strong is your hand, high your right hand.
    Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
    steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
    Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
    who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
    who exult in your name all the day
    and in your righteousness are exalted.
    For you are the glory of their strength;
    by your favor our horn is exalted.
    For our shield belongs to the LORD,
    our king to the Holy One of Israel.
    Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one,3 and said:
    “I have granted help to one who is mighty;
    I have exalted one chosen from the people.
    I have found David, my servant;
    with my holy oil I have anointed him,
    so that my hand shall be established with him;
    my arm also shall strengthen him.
    The enemy shall not outwit him;
    the wicked shall not humble him.
    I will crush his foes before him
    and strike down those who hate him.
    My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
    and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
    I will set his hand on the sea
    and his right hand on the rivers.
    He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
    my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
    And I will make him the firstborn,
    the highest of the kings of the earth.
    My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
    and my covenant will stand firm4 for him.
    I will establish his offspring forever
    and his throne as the days of the heavens.
    If his children forsake my law
    and do not walk according to my rules,5
    if they violate my statutes
    and do not keep my commandments,
    then I will punish their transgression with the rod
    and their iniquity with stripes,
    but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
    or be false to my faithfulness.
    I will not violate my covenant
    or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
    Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
    I will not lie to David.
    His offspring shall endure forever,
    his throne as long as the sun before me.
    Like the moon it shall be established forever,
    a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
    But now you have cast off and rejected;
    you are full of wrath against your anointed.
    You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
    you have defiled his crown in the dust.
    You have breached all his walls;
    you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
    All who pass by plunder him;
    he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
    You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
    you have made all his enemies rejoice.
    You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
    and you have not made him stand in battle.
    You have made his splendor to cease
    and cast his throne to the ground.
    You have cut short the days of his youth;
    you have covered him with shame. Selah
    How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
    How long will your wrath burn like fire?
    Remember how short my time is!
    For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
    What man can live and never see death?
    Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
    Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
    which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
    Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
    and how I bear in my heart the insults6 of all the many nations,
    with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
    with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
    Blessed be the LORD forever!
    Amen and Amen.
    Footnotes

    [1] 89:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
    [2] 89:6 Hebrew the sons of God, or the sons of might
    [3] 89:19 Some Hebrew manuscripts godly ones
    [4] 89:28 Or will remain faithful
    [5] 89:30 Or my just decrees
    [6] 89:50 Hebrew lacks the insults

    (ESV)


    Reading: Psalm 96 Psalm 96

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    Psalm 96

    Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

    96 Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
    sing to the LORD, all the earth!
    Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
    tell of his salvation from day to day.
    Declare his glory among the nations,
    his marvelous works among all the peoples!
    For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
    he is to be feared above all gods.
    For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
    but the LORD made the heavens.
    Splendor and majesty are before him;
    strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
    Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
    ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
    Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
    bring an offering, and come into his courts!
    Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;1
    tremble before him, all the earth!
    Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
    Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
    he will judge the peoples with equity.”
    Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
    let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
    let the field exult, and everything in it!
    Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
    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.
    Footnotes

    [1] 96:9 Or in holy attire

    (ESV)


    Reading: Psalm 100 Psalm 100

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    Psalm 100

    His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

    A Psalm for giving thanks.

    100 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
    Serve the LORD with gladness!
    Come into his presence with singing!
    Know that the LORD, he is God!
    It is he who made us, and we are his;1
    we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
    Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
    and his courts with praise!
    Give thanks to him; bless his name!
    For the LORD is good;
    his steadfast love endures forever,
    and his faithfulness to all generations.
    Footnotes

    [1] 100:3 Or and not we ourselves

    (ESV)


    Reading: Psalm 101 Psalm 101

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    Psalm 101

    I Will Walk with Integrity

    A Psalm of David.

    101 I will sing of steadfast love and justice;
    to you, O LORD, I will make music.
    I will ponder the way that is blameless.
    Oh when will you come to me?
    I will walk with integrity of heart
    within my house;
    I will not set before my eyes
    anything that is worthless.
    I hate the work of those who fall away;
    it shall not cling to me.
    A perverse heart shall be far from me;
    I will know nothing of evil.
    Whoever slanders his neighbor secretly
    I will destroy.
    Whoever has a haughty look and an arrogant heart
    I will not endure.
    I will look with favor on the faithful in the land,
    that they may dwell with me;
    he who walks in the way that is blameless
    shall minister to me.
    No one who practices deceit
    shall dwell in my house;
    no one who utters lies
    shall continue before my eyes.
    Morning by morning I will destroy
    all the wicked in the land,
    cutting off all the evildoers
    from the city of the LORD.
    (ESV)


    Reading: Psalm 105 Psalm 105

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    Psalm 105

    Tell of All His Wonderful Works

    105 Oh give thanks to the LORD; call upon his name;
    make known his deeds among the peoples!
    Sing to him, sing praises to him;
    tell of all his wondrous works!
    Glory in his holy name;
    let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
    Seek the LORD and his strength;
    seek his presence continually!
    Remember the wondrous works that he has done,
    his miracles, and the judgments he uttered,
    O offspring of Abraham, his servant,
    children of Jacob, his chosen ones!
    He is the LORD our God;
    his judgments are in all the earth.
    He remembers his covenant forever,
    the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
    the covenant that he made with Abraham,
    his sworn promise to Isaac,
    which he confirmed to Jacob as a statute,
    to Israel as an everlasting covenant,
    saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
    as your portion for an inheritance.”
    When they were few in number,
    of little account, and sojourners in it,
    wandering from nation to nation,
    from one kingdom to another people,
    he allowed no one to oppress them;
    he rebuked kings on their account,
    saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,
    do my prophets no harm!”
    When he summoned a famine on the land
    and broke all supply1 of bread,
    he had sent a man ahead of them,
    Joseph, who was sold as a slave.
    His feet were hurt with fetters;
    his neck was put in a collar of iron;
    until what he had said came to pass,
    the word of the LORD tested him.
    The king sent and released him;
    the ruler of the peoples set him free;
    he made him lord of his house
    and ruler of all his possessions,
    to bind2 his princes at his pleasure
    and to teach his elders wisdom.
    Then Israel came to Egypt;
    Jacob sojourned in the land of Ham.
    And the LORD made his people very fruitful
    and made them stronger than their foes.
    He turned their hearts to hate his people,
    to deal craftily with his servants.
    He sent Moses, his servant,
    and Aaron, whom he had chosen.
    They performed his signs among them
    and miracles in the land of Ham.
    He sent darkness, and made the land dark;
    they did not rebel3 against his words.
    He turned their waters into blood
    and caused their fish to die.
    Their land swarmed with frogs,
    even in the chambers of their kings.
    He spoke, and there came swarms of flies,
    and gnats throughout their country.
    He gave them hail for rain,
    and fiery lightning bolts through their land.
    He struck down their vines and fig trees,
    and shattered the trees of their country.
    He spoke, and the locusts came,
    young locusts without number,
    which devoured all the vegetation in their land
    and ate up the fruit of their ground.
    He struck down all the firstborn in their land,
    the firstfruits of all their strength.
    Then he brought out Israel with silver and gold,
    and there was none among his tribes who stumbled.
    Egypt was glad when they departed,
    for dread of them had fallen upon it.
    He spread a cloud for a covering,
    and fire to give light by night.
    They asked, and he brought quail,
    and gave them bread from heaven in abundance.
    He opened the rock, and water gushed out;
    it flowed through the desert like a river.
    For he remembered his holy promise,
    and Abraham, his servant.
    So he brought his people out with joy,
    his chosen ones with singing.
    And he gave them the lands of the nations,
    and they took possession of the fruit of the peoples' toil,
    that they might keep his statutes
    and observe his laws.
    Praise the LORD!
    Footnotes

    [1] 105:16 Hebrew staff
    [2] 105:22 Septuagint, Syriac, Jerome instruct
    [3] 105:28 Septuagint, Syriac omit not

    (ESV)


    Reading: Psalm 132 Psalm 132

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    Psalm 132

    The Lord Has Chosen Zion

    A Song of Ascents.

    132 Remember, O LORD, in David's favor,
    all the hardships he endured,
    how he swore to the LORD
    and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
    “I will not enter my house
    or get into my bed,
    I will not give sleep to my eyes
    or slumber to my eyelids,
    until I find a place for the LORD,
    a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
    Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
    we found it in the fields of Jaar.
    “Let us go to his dwelling place;
    let us worship at his footstool!”
    Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
    Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
    and let your saints shout for joy.
    For the sake of your servant David,
    do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
    The LORD swore to David a sure oath
    from which he will not turn back:
    “One of the sons of your body1
    I will set on your throne.
    If your sons keep my covenant
    and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
    their sons also forever
    shall sit on your throne.”
    For the LORD has chosen Zion;
    he has desired it for his dwelling place:
    “This is my resting place forever;
    here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
    I will abundantly bless her provisions;
    I will satisfy her poor with bread.
    Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
    and her saints will shout for joy.
    There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
    I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
    His enemies I will clothe with shame,
    but on him his crown will shine.”
    Footnotes

    [1] 132:11 Hebrew of your fruit of the womb

    (ESV)


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