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American Bible Society Daily Bible Reading and Daily Prayer for Sunday, 18 March 2012

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March 18, 2012

Psalm 24 (Good News Translation)

Come Together in Faith and Pray for One Another

Introduction

Psalm 24: This psalm, in the form of a liturgical hymn, begins by affirming that God is our sovereign Creator. Two questions about who may enter the Temple are followed by a listing of qualifications for worshipers (similar to Psalm 15, the reading for March 15). The concluding verses employ military language and celebrate God as our great and victorious king. Most likely these verses were sung as the priests processed into the sanctuary, bearing the Covenant Box.

Today’s Scripture: Psalm 24:10

Who is the great king? The triumphant LORD – he is the great king!

Today’s Reading

1 The world and all that is in it belong to the LORDthe earth and all who live on it are his. 2 He built it on the deep waters beneath the earth and laid its foundations in the ocean depths. 3 Who has the right to go up the LORD's hill? Who may enter his holy Temple? 4 Those who are pure in act and in thought, who do not worship idols or make false promises. 5 The LORD will bless them and save them; God will declare them innocent. 6 Such are the people who come to God,who come into the presence of the God of Jacob. 7 Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in. 8 Who is this great king? He is the LORD, strong and mighty, the LORD, victorious in battle. 9 Fling wide the gates, open the ancient doors, and the great king will come in. 10 Who is this great king? The triumphant LORD —he is the great king! 

Reflect

The LORD’s hill (verse 3) refers to the hill in Jerusalem on which the Temple was built. In this psalm, what are the qualifications for ascending the hill and entering the Temple? What promise is given (verse 5)? What are your thoughts when first entering a house of worship?

Pray

Sovereign God, the world and all that is in it belong to you. You are the great king. Reign in my heart forever and keep me pure in word and deed. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Military leaders

Tomorrow's Reading

Psalm 25: A prayer for guidance and protection.
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