Voices Together

Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Psalm 36:5-12

Your mercy, O LORD, is in the heavens; Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds. Your righteousness is like the great mountains; Your judgments are a great deep; O LORD, You preserve man and beast.

How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God! Therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They are abundantly satisfied with the fullness of Your house, And You give them drink from the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the fountain of life; In Your light we see light. Oh, continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart.

Let not the foot of pride come against me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away. There the workers of iniquity have fallen; They have been cast down and are not able to rise.

What a contrast with the diatribe of the first 4 verses followed by this paean of praise in the last 7 verses. Maybe this should serve as a template for our life with the LORD, First to acknowledge the depths of the wickedness that our day to day lives are surrounded by. Then to realize that a result of the Love of the LORD, we live with a cocoon of love. Smothered by His Love.

Reading

Morning Psalm 20, Noon Psalm 119:145-152, Evening Psalm 109

Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures.

Genesis 3, Judges 3, Job 3, Psalm 3, Isaiah 3, Matthew 3, Romans 3.

I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all seven, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.