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12/19/14 Lectionary Readings

Morning psalm 148

1   Praise the Lord!
Praise the Lord from the heavens;
praise him in the heights!
2   Praise him, all his angels;
praise him, all his host!

3   Praise him, sun and moon;
praise him, all you shining stars!
4   Praise him, you highest heavens,
and you waters above the heavens!

5   Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for he commanded and they were created.
6   He established them forever and ever;
he fixed their bounds, which cannot be passed.

7   Praise the Lord from the earth,
you sea monsters and all deeps,
8   fire and hail, snow and frost,
stormy wind fulfilling his command!

9   Mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars!
10  Wild animals and all cattle,
creeping things and flying birds!

11  Kings of the earth and all peoples,
princes and all rulers of the earth!
12  Young men and women alike,
old and young together!

13  Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his glory is above earth and heaven.
14  He has raised up a horn for his people,
praise for all his faithful,
for the people of Israel who are close to him.
Praise the Lord!

EVENING PSALM 16

1   Protect me, O God, for in you I take refuge.
2   I say to the LORD, “You are my Lord;
I have no good apart from you.”

3   As for the holy ones in the land, they are the noble,
in whom is all my delight.

4   Those who choose another god multiply their sorrows;
their drink offerings of blood I will not pour out
or take their names upon my lips.

5   The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup;
you hold my lot.
6   The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places;
I have a goodly heritage.

7   I bless the LORD who gives me counsel;
in the night also my heart instructs me.
8   I keep the LORD always before me;
because he is at my right hand, I shall not be moved.

9   Therefore my heart is glad, and my soul rejoices;
my body also rests secure.
10  For you do not give me up to Sheol,
or let your faithful one see the Pit.

11  You show me the path of life.
In your presence there is fullness of joy;
in your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

Read more here http://www.presbyterianmission.org/devotion/daily/2014/12/21/

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