Daily Readings for Wednesday, May 20, 2020

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 99 (Listen)

The Lord Our God Is Holy

  The LORD reigns; let the peoples tremble!
    He sits enthroned upon the cherubim; let the earth quake!
  The LORD is great in Zion;
    he is exalted over all the peoples.
  Let them praise your great and awesome name!
    Holy is he!
  The King in his might loves justice.
    You have established equity;
  you have executed justice
    and righteousness in Jacob.
  Exalt the LORD our God;
    worship at his footstool!
    Holy is he!
  Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
    Samuel also was among those who called upon his name.
    They called to the LORD, and he answered them.
  In the pillar of the cloud he spoke to them;
    they kept his testimonies
    and the statute that he gave them.
  O LORD our God, you answered them;
    you were a forgiving God to them,
    but an avenger of their wrongdoings.
  Exalt the LORD our God,
    and worship at his holy mountain;
    for the LORD our God is holy!


Psalm 147:1–11 (Listen)

He Heals the Brokenhearted

  Praise the LORD!
  For it is good to sing praises to our God;
    for it is pleasant, and a song of praise is fitting.
  The LORD builds up Jerusalem;
    he gathers the outcasts of Israel.
  He heals the brokenhearted
    and binds up their wounds.
  He determines the number of the stars;
    he gives to all of them their names.
  Great is our Lord, and abundant in power;
    his understanding is beyond measure.
  The LORD lifts up the humble;
    he casts the wicked to the ground.
  Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving;
    make melody to our God on the lyre!
  He covers the heavens with clouds;
    he prepares rain for the earth;
    he makes grass grow on the hills.
  He gives to the beasts their food,
    and to the young ravens that cry.
  His delight is not in the strength of the horse,
    nor his pleasure in the legs of a man,
  but the LORD takes pleasure in those who fear him,
    in those who hope in his steadfast love.

First Reading

Leviticus 26:27–42 (Listen)

“But if in spite of this you will not listen to me, but walk contrary to me, then I will walk contrary to you in fury, and I myself will discipline you sevenfold for your sins. You shall eat the flesh of your sons, and you shall eat the flesh of your daughters. And I will destroy your high places and cut down your incense altars and cast your dead bodies upon the dead bodies of your idols, and my soul will abhor you. And I will lay your cities waste and will make your sanctuaries desolate, and I will not smell your pleasing aromas. And I myself will devastate the land, so that your enemies who settle in it shall be appalled at it. And I will scatter you among the nations, and I will unsheathe the sword after you, and your land shall be a desolation, and your cities shall be a waste.

“Then the land shall enjoy its Sabbaths as long as it lies desolate, while you are in your enemies’ land; then the land shall rest, and enjoy its Sabbaths. As long as it lies desolate it shall have rest, the rest that it did not have on your Sabbaths when you were dwelling in it. And as for those of you who are left, I will send faintness into their hearts in the lands of their enemies. The sound of a driven leaf shall put them to flight, and they shall flee as one flees from the sword, and they shall fall when none pursues. They shall stumble over one another, as if to escape a sword, though none pursues. And you shall have no power to stand before your enemies. And you shall perish among the nations, and the land of your enemies shall eat you up. And those of you who are left shall rot away in your enemies’ lands because of their iniquity, and also because of the iniquities of their fathers they shall rot away like them.

“But if they confess their iniquity and the iniquity of their fathers in their treachery that they committed against me, and also in walking contrary to me, so that I walked contrary to them and brought them into the land of their enemies—if then their uncircumcised heart is humbled and they make amends for their iniquity, then I will remember my covenant with Jacob, and I will remember my covenant with Isaac and my covenant with Abraham, and I will remember the land.

Second Reading

Ephesians 1:1–10 (Listen)

Greeting

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God,

To the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus:

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Spiritual Blessings in Christ

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of our trespasses, according to the riches of his grace, which he lavished upon us, in all wisdom and insight making known to us the mystery of his will, according to his purpose, which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and things on earth.

Gospel Reading

Matthew 22:41–46 (Listen)

Whose Son Is the Christ?

Now while the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them a question, saying, “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” They said to him, “The son of David.” He said to them, “How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord, saying,

  “‘The Lord said to my Lord,
  “Sit at my right hand,
    until I put your enemies under your feet”’?

If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son?” And no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.

Evening Psalms

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


Psalm 118 (Listen)

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!
  Let Israel say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  Let the house of Aaron say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  Let those who fear the LORD say,
    “His steadfast love endures forever.”
  Out of my distress I called on the LORD;
    the LORD answered me and set me free.
  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear.
    What can man do to me?
  The LORD is on my side as my helper;
    I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.
  It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in man.
  It is better to take refuge in the LORD
    than to trust in princes.
  All nations surrounded me;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
  They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
  They surrounded me like bees;
    they went out like a fire among thorns;
    in the name of the LORD I cut them off!
  I was pushed hard, so that I was falling,
    but the LORD helped me.
  The LORD is my strength and my song;
    he has become my salvation.
  Glad songs of salvation
    are in the tents of the righteous:
  “The right hand of the LORD does valiantly,
    the right hand of the LORD exalts,
    the right hand of the LORD does valiantly!”
  I shall not die, but I shall live,
    and recount the deeds of the LORD.
  The LORD has disciplined me severely,
    but he has not given me over to death.
  Open to me the gates of righteousness,
    that I may enter through them
    and give thanks to the LORD.
  This is the gate of the LORD;
    the righteous shall enter through it.
  I thank you that you have answered me
    and have become my salvation.
  The stone that the builders rejected
    has become the cornerstone.
  This is the LORD’s doing;
    it is marvelous in our eyes.
  This is the day that the LORD has made;
    let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  Save us, we pray, O LORD!
    O LORD, we pray, give us success!
  Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD!
    We bless you from the house of the LORD.
  The LORD is God,
    and he has made his light to shine upon us.
  Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
    up to the horns of the altar!
  You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
    you are my God; I will extol you.
  Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good;
    for his steadfast love endures forever!

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.