Daily Readings for Monday, November 22, 2021

The third mark of Discipleship is Bible Reading. Below are today's readings from the Daily Lectionary & Revised Common Lectionary for Sundays. You may click on each reading to see the text on Bible Gateway.

Morning Psalms

Psalm 62 (Listen)

My Soul Waits for God Alone

To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.

  For God alone my soul waits in silence;
    from him comes my salvation.
  He alone is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
  How long will all of you attack a man
    to batter him,
    like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
  They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
    They take pleasure in falsehood.
  They bless with their mouths,
    but inwardly they curse. Selah
  For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
    for my hope is from him.
  He only is my rock and my salvation,
    my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
  On God rests my salvation and my glory;
    my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
  Trust in him at all times, O people;
    pour out your heart before him;
    God is a refuge for us. Selah
  Those of low estate are but a breath;
    those of high estate are a delusion;
  in the balances they go up;
    they are together lighter than a breath.
  Put no trust in extortion;
    set no vain hopes on robbery;
    if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
  Once God has spoken;
    twice have I heard this:
  that power belongs to God,
    and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
  For you will render to a man
    according to his work.


Psalm 145 (Listen)

Great Is the Lord

A Song of Praise. Of David.

  I will extol you, my God and King,
    and bless your name forever and ever.
  Every day I will bless you
    and praise your name forever and ever.
  Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised,
    and his greatness is unsearchable.
  One generation shall commend your works to another,
    and shall declare your mighty acts.
  On the glorious splendor of your majesty,
    and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.
  They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,
    and I will declare your greatness.
  They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness
    and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.
  The LORD is gracious and merciful,
    slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
  The LORD is good to all,
    and his mercy is over all that he has made.
  All your works shall give thanks to you, O LORD,
    and all your saints shall bless you!
  They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom
    and tell of your power,
  to make known to the children of man your mighty deeds,
    and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.
  Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
    and your dominion endures throughout all generations.
  [The LORD is faithful in all his words
    and kind in all his works.]
  The LORD upholds all who are falling
    and raises up all who are bowed down.
  The eyes of all look to you,
    and you give them their food in due season.
  You open your hand;
    you satisfy the desire of every living thing.
  The LORD is righteous in all his ways
    and kind in all his works.
  The LORD is near to all who call on him,
    to all who call on him in truth.
  He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;
    he also hears their cry and saves them.
  The LORD preserves all who love him,
    but all the wicked he will destroy.
  My mouth will speak the praise of the LORD,
    and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

First Reading

Joel 3:1–2 (Listen)

The Lord Judges the Nations

“For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem, I will gather all the nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there, on behalf of my people and my heritage Israel, because they have scattered them among the nations and have divided up my land,

Joel 3:9–17 (Listen)

  Proclaim this among the nations:
  Consecrate for war;
    stir up the mighty men.
  Let all the men of war draw near;
    let them come up.
  Beat your plowshares into swords,
    and your pruning hooks into spears;
    let the weak say, “I am a warrior.”
  Hasten and come,
    all you surrounding nations,
    and gather yourselves there.
  Bring down your warriors, O LORD.
  Let the nations stir themselves up
    and come up to the Valley of Jehoshaphat;
  for there I will sit to judge
    all the surrounding nations.
  Put in the sickle,
    for the harvest is ripe.
  Go in, tread,
    for the winepress is full.
  The vats overflow,
    for their evil is great.
  Multitudes, multitudes,
    in the valley of decision!
  For the day of the LORD is near
    in the valley of decision.
  The sun and the moon are darkened,
    and the stars withdraw their shining.
  The LORD roars from Zion,
    and utters his voice from Jerusalem,
    and the heavens and the earth quake.
  But the LORD is a refuge to his people,
    a stronghold to the people of Israel.

The Glorious Future of Judah

  “So you shall know that I am the LORD your God,
    who dwells in Zion, my holy mountain.
  And Jerusalem shall be holy,
    and strangers shall never again pass through it.

Second Reading

1 Peter 1:1–12 (Listen)

Greeting

Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ,

To those who are elect exiles of the Dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, in the sanctification of the Spirit, for obedience to Jesus Christ and for sprinkling with his blood:

May grace and peace be multiplied to you.

Born Again to a Living Hope

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been grieved by various trials, so that the tested genuineness of your faith—more precious than gold that perishes though it is tested by fire—may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory, obtaining the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls.

Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that was to be yours searched and inquired carefully, inquiring what person or time the Spirit of Christ in them was indicating when he predicted the sufferings of Christ and the subsequent glories. It was revealed to them that they were serving not themselves but you, in the things that have now been announced to you through those who preached the good news to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven, things into which angels long to look.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 19:1–12 (Listen)

Teaching About Divorce

Now when Jesus had finished these sayings, he went away from Galilee and entered the region of Judea beyond the Jordan. And large crowds followed him, and he healed them there.

And Pharisees came up to him and tested him by asking, “Is it lawful to divorce one’s wife for any cause?” He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.” They said to him, “Why then did Moses command one to give a certificate of divorce and to send her away?” He said to them, “Because of your hardness of heart Moses allowed you to divorce your wives, but from the beginning it was not so. And I say to you: whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery.”

The disciples said to him, “If such is the case of a man with his wife, it is better not to marry.” But he said to them, “Not everyone can receive this saying, but only those to whom it is given. For there are eunuchs who have been so from birth, and there are eunuchs who have been made eunuchs by men, and there are eunuchs who have made themselves eunuchs for the sake of the kingdom of heaven. Let the one who is able to receive this receive it.”

Evening Psalms

Psalm 73 (Listen)

Book Three

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of Asaph.

  Truly God is good to Israel,
    to those who are pure in heart.
  But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
    my steps had nearly slipped.
  For I was envious of the arrogant
    when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
  For they have no pangs until death;
    their bodies are fat and sleek.
  They are not in trouble as others are;
    they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
  Therefore pride is their necklace;
    violence covers them as a garment.
  Their eyes swell out through fatness;
    their hearts overflow with follies.
  They scoff and speak with malice;
    loftily they threaten oppression.
  They set their mouths against the heavens,
    and their tongue struts through the earth.
  Therefore his people turn back to them,
    and find no fault in them.
  And they say, “How can God know?
    Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
  Behold, these are the wicked;
    always at ease, they increase in riches.
  All in vain have I kept my heart clean
    and washed my hands in innocence.
  For all the day long I have been stricken
    and rebuked every morning.
  If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
    I would have betrayed the generation of your children.
  But when I thought how to understand this,
    it seemed to me a wearisome task,
  until I went into the sanctuary of God;
    then I discerned their end.
  Truly you set them in slippery places;
    you make them fall to ruin.
  How they are destroyed in a moment,
    swept away utterly by terrors!
  Like a dream when one awakes,
    O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
  When my soul was embittered,
    when I was pricked in heart,
  I was brutish and ignorant;
    I was like a beast toward you.
  Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
    you hold my right hand.
  You guide me with your counsel,
    and afterward you will receive me to glory.
  Whom have I in heaven but you?
    And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
  My flesh and my heart may fail,
    but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
  For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
    you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
  But for me it is good to be near God;
    I have made the Lord GOD my refuge,
    that I may tell of all your works.


Psalm 9 (Listen)

I Will Recount Your Wonderful Deeds

To the choirmaster: according to Muth-labben. A Psalm of David.

  I will give thanks to the LORD with my whole heart;
    I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.
  I will be glad and exult in you;
    I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.
  When my enemies turn back,
    they stumble and perish before your presence.
  For you have maintained my just cause;
    you have sat on the throne, giving righteous judgment.
  You have rebuked the nations; you have made the wicked perish;
    you have blotted out their name forever and ever.
  The enemy came to an end in everlasting ruins;
    their cities you rooted out;
    the very memory of them has perished.
  But the LORD sits enthroned forever;
    he has established his throne for justice,
  and he judges the world with righteousness;
    he judges the peoples with uprightness.
  The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed,
    a stronghold in times of trouble.
  And those who know your name put their trust in you,
    for you, O LORD, have not forsaken those who seek you.
  Sing praises to the LORD, who sits enthroned in Zion!
    Tell among the peoples his deeds!
  For he who avenges blood is mindful of them;
    he does not forget the cry of the afflicted.
  Be gracious to me, O LORD!
    See my affliction from those who hate me,
    O you who lift me up from the gates of death,
  that I may recount all your praises,
    that in the gates of the daughter of Zion
    I may rejoice in your salvation.
  The nations have sunk in the pit that they made;
    in the net that they hid, their own foot has been caught.
  The LORD has made himself known; he has executed judgment;
    the wicked are snared in the work of their own hands. Higgaion. Selah
  The wicked shall return to Sheol,
    all the nations that forget God.
  For the needy shall not always be forgotten,
    and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.
  Arise, O LORD! Let not man prevail;
    let the nations be judged before you!
  Put them in fear, O LORD!
    Let the nations know that they are but men! Selah

Scripture is taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service. Reader: David Cochran Heath.