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January 1, 2020

Please read today’s Scriptures and use the comment section on this page to share your insights from today’s reading. You can also just mention a verse that impacted you or post a question!

Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year
New American Standard Bible for 2020

Text: Genesis 1-3
Audio: Genesis 1-3

Psalm 21 (ESV)

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

Lord, in your strength the king rejoices,
    and in your salvation how greatly he exults!
You have given him his heart’s desire
    and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
For you meet him with rich blessings;
    you set a crown of fine gold upon his head.
He asked life of you; you gave it to him,
    length of days forever and ever.
His glory is great through your salvation;
    splendor and majesty you bestow on him.
For you make him most blessed forever;
    you make him glad with the joy of your presence.
For the king trusts in the Lord,
    and through the steadfast love of the Most High he shall not be moved.

Your hand will find out all your enemies;
    your right hand will find out those who hate you.
You will make them as a blazing oven
    when you appear.
The Lord will swallow them up in his wrath,
    and fire will consume them.
10 You will destroy their descendants from the earth,
    and their offspring from among the children of man.
11 Though they plan evil against you,
    though they devise mischief, they will not succeed.
12 For you will put them to flight;
    you will aim at their faces with your bows.

13 Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
We will sing and praise your power.


English Standard Version (ESV)
The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. ESV® Text Edition: 2016. Copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers.

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  1. Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength!
        We will sing and praise your power (Psalm 21:13)

    Be Exalted, O Lord!

    The KJV Dictionary (https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/) defines "exalt" the following ways:

    1. To raise high; to elevate.

    2. To elevate in power, wealth, rank or dignity; as, to exalt one to a throne, to the chief magistracy, to a bishopric.

    3. To elevate with joy or confidence; as, to be exalted with success or victory. We now use elate.

    4. To raise with pride; to make undue pretensions to power, rank or estimation; to elevate too high or above others.

    5. To elevate in estimation and praise; to magnify; to praise; to extol.

    6. To raise, as the voice; to raise in opposition.

    7. To elevate in diction or sentiment; to make sublime; as exalted strains.

    8. In physics, to elevate; to purify; to subtilize; to refine; as, to exalt the juices or the qualities of bodies.

    For the Lord to "be exalted" (Psalm 21:13), He is to be "raised to lofty heights; elevated; honored with office or rank; extolled; magnified; refined; dignified; sublime."

    As we begin 2020, let's not allow distractions to disconnect us from the glory of God. Let's keep Him high and lifted up in our thoughts and His Word in the forefront of our minds.


    ~ Puritan Prayer ~

    "Our Lord's Prayer" by Philip Doddridge

    "Our Father, you are seated on a throne of glory in the highest heaven, and we bow before your awful presence with humble reverence. Even so we approach you with the confidence that we are your children, and you are our bountiful and compassionate parent.

    We join our prayers to you with hearts full of brotherly love, and ask for each other the blessings we seek for ourselves.

    Above all, we desire your glory. May your name be set apart and holy. May the whole world of living creatures join us to give you the honor you so deserve and require. May your kingdom come and your will be done among us. Help us to know, understand, and pursue your kingdom.

    And may your will, always wise and gracious, be done on earth just as it is in heaven. Teach us mortals to resign ourselves to you in obedience, the same way your angels in heaven obey you." 

    (Excerpt taken from Piercing Heaven: Prayers of the Puritans)

  2. Happy New Year, all!

    What a beautiful prayer! I physically felt my heart lifted! 

    I'm so grateful for the past year, and very excited about 2020. Going into a new year with Jesus in the center of my heart and the forefront of my mind feels amazing. 

    I have so much to be thankful for, and He is at the very top of my list. ❤

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