SCRIPTURE READINGS

THE “R’S OF LIGHTING GOD’S LAMP

Read God’s Word: You will find daily readings listed below.

Reflect on God’s Word: What about the passage speaks to you? What did you notice?  What thoughts spring to your mind because of this passage?

Respond to God’s Word through prayer: You may remember someone who is in need. There may be a concern that comes to your heart. There may be a problem that you are confronting. You may need to ask for clarity of thought. The possibilities for prayer are unlimited.

Rest in God’s care: Be quiet. Allow the Holy Spirit to refresh your spirit. Focus on a singular characteristic of God with a thankful heart: God you are my Shepherd…you are my redeemer…you are my hope.

Resume your day with a  renewed energy and a connection to God’s voice for you.

November 19-Psalm 92:9-15 (NIV)

9 For surely your enemies, LORD, surely your enemies will perish; all evildoers will be scattered.  10 You have exalted my horn like that of a wild ox; fine oils have been poured on me.  11 My eyes have seen the defeat of my adversaries; my ears have heard the rout of my wicked foes. 12 The righteous will flourish like a palm tree, they will grow like a cedar of Lebanon;  13 planted in the house of the LORD, they will flourish in the courts of our God.  14 They will still bear fruit in old age, they will stay fresh and green, 15 proclaiming, “The LORD is upright; he is my Rock, and there is no wickedness in him.”

November 20-Psalm 6:1-10 (NIV)

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David. 1 LORD, do not rebuke me in your anger or discipline me in your wrath.  2 Have mercy on me, LORD, for I am faint; heal me, LORD, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in deep anguish. How long, LORD, how long?  4 Turn, LORD, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.  5 Among the dead no one proclaims your name. Who praises you from the grave?  6 I am worn out from my groaning. All night long I flood my bed with weeping and drench my couch with tears.  7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow; they fail because of all my foes.  8 Away from me, all you who do evil, for the LORD has heard my weeping.  9 The LORD has heard my cry for mercy; the LORD accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be overwhelmed with shame and anguish; they will turn back and suddenly be put to shame.

November 21-Psalm 139:1-12 (NIV)

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm. 1 You have searched me, LORD, and you know me.  2 You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.  3 You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways.  4 Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.  5 You hem me in behind and before, and you lay your hand upon me.  6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me, too lofty for me to attain. 7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence?  8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.  9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea,  10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast.  11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you.

November 22-Psalms 139:13-24 (NIV)

13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.  16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.  17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!  18 Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand– when I awake, I am still with you.  19 If only you, God, would slay the wicked! Away from me, you who are bloodthirsty!  20 They speak of you with evil intent; your adversaries misuse your name.  21 Do I not hate those who hate you, LORD, and abhor those who are in rebellion against you?  22 I have nothing but hatred for them; I count them my enemies.  23 Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.  24 See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.

November 23-Psalm 61:1-8 (NIV)

For the director of music. With stringed instruments. Of David. Hear my cry, O God; listen to my prayer.  2 From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I.  3 For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.  4 I long to dwell in your tent forever and take refuge in the shelter of your wings.  5 For you, God, have heard my vows; you have given me the heritage of those who fear your name.  6 Increase the days of the king’s life, his years for many generations.  7 May he be enthroned in God’s presence forever; appoint your love and faithfulness to protect him.  8 Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.

November 24-Psalm 103:1 –10 (NIV)

Of David. 1 Praise the LORD, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name.   2 Praise the LORD, my soul, and forget not all his benefits– 3 who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases,  4 who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion,  5 who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.  6 The LORD works righteousness and justice for all the oppressed. 7 He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel:  8 The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.  9 He will not always accuse, nor will he harbor his anger forever;  10 he does not treat us as our sins deserve or repay us according to our iniquities.

November 25-Psalms 103:11-22 (NIV)

11 For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him;  12 as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us.  13 As a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear him;  14 for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.  15 The life of mortals is like grass, they flourish like a flower of the field;  16 the wind blows over it and it is gone, and its place remembers it no more.  17 But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear him, and his righteousness with their children’s children– 18 with those who keep his covenant and remember to obey his precepts. 19 The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  20 Praise the LORD, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding, who obey his word.  21 Praise the LORD, all his heavenly hosts, you his servants who do his will. 22 Praise the LORD, all his works everywhere in his dominion. Praise the LORD, my soul.

November 26-Psalm 107:1-9 (NIV)

1 Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.  2 Let the redeemed of the LORD tell their story– those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,  3 those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.  4 Some wandered in desert wastelands, finding no way to a city where they could settle.  5 They were hungry and thirsty, and their lives ebbed away.  6 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress.  7 He led them by a straight way to a city where they could settle.  8 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,  9 for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.

November 27-Psalm 107:10-16 (NIV)

10 Some sat in darkness, in utter darkness, prisoners suffering in iron chains,  11 because they rebelled against God’s commands and despised the plans of the Most High.  12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help. 13 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.  14 He brought them out of darkness, the utter darkness, and broke away their chains.  15 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind,  16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron. 17 Some became fools through their rebellious ways and suffered affliction because of their iniquities. 18 They loathed all food and drew near the gates of death.  19 Then they cried to the LORD in their trouble, and he saved them from their distress.

November 28-Psalm 107:20-31 (NIV)  

20 He sent out his word and healed them; he rescued them from the grave.  21 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.  22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings and tell of his works with songs of joy.  23 Some went out on the sea in ships; they were merchants on the mighty waters.  24 They saw the works of the LORD, his wonderful deeds in the deep.  25 For he spoke and stirred up a tempest that lifted high the waves. 26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril their courage melted away.  27 They reeled and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.  29 He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.  30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind.