After reading through the text you can use either of the following methods:


What does it say?
What does it mean?
What does it mean to me?


(this method adapted from Tim Keller)


What did you learn about God for which you could praise and thank Him?


What did you learn about yourself for which you could repent?


What did you learn about life you could aspire to, ask for, and act on?


Wednesday 5.23.18
Romans 2:1-11

God's Righteous Judgment

Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God's kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God's righteous judgment will be revealed.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking[a] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

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Thursday 5.24.18
Lamentations 3:22-27

The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;[b]
    his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
    great is your faithfulness.
24 “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul,
    “therefore I will hope in him.”

25 The Lord is good to those who wait for him,     to the soul who seeks him. 26 It is good that one should wait quietly     for the salvation of the Lord. 27 It is good for a man that he bear     the yoke in his youth.

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Friday 5.25.18
Psalm 37:1-11

He Will Not Forsake His Saints

[a] Of David.

37 Fret not yourself because of evildoers;     be not envious of wrongdoers! For they will soon fade like the grass     and wither like the green herb.

Trust in the Lord, and do good;     dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.[b] Delight yourself in the Lord,     and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Commit your way to the Lord;     trust in him, and he will act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light,     and your justice as the noonday.

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;     fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way,     over the man who carries out evil devices!

Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath!     Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off,     but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.

10 In just a little while, the wicked will be no more;    11 But the meek shall inherit the land     and delight themselves in abundant peace.

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Saturday 5.26.18
Psalm 40:1-8

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

40 I waited patiently for the Lord;     he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction,     out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock,     making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth,     a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear,     and put their trust in the Lord.

Blessed is the man who makes     span class="small-caps">Lord his trust, who does not turn to the proud,     to those who go astray after a lie! You have multiplied, O Lord my God,     your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us;     none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them,     yet they are more than can be told.

In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted,     but you have given me an open ear.[a] Burnt offering and sin offering     you have not required. Then I said, “Behold, I have come;     in the scroll of the book it is written of me: I delight to do your will, O my God;     your law is within my heart.”

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Sunday 5.27.18
Psalm 52

To the choirmaster. A Maskil[a] of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”

52 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? Your tongue plots destruction,     like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit. You love evil more than good,     and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah You love all words that devour,     O deceitful tongue.

But God will break you down forever;     he will snatch and tear you from your tent;     he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah The righteous shall see and fear,     and shall laugh at him, saying, “See the man who would not make     God his refuge, but trusted in the abundance of his riches     and sought refuge in his own destruction!”[b]

But I am like a green olive tree     in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God     forever and ever. I will thank you forever,     because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good,     in the presence of the godly.

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Monday 5.28.18
Psalm 63

My Soul Thirsts for You

A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.

63 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;     my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you,     as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,     beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life,     my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live;     in your name I will lift up my hands.

My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,     and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed,     and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help,     and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you;     your right hand upholds me.

But those who seek to destroy my life     shall go down into the depths of the earth; 10 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;     ###span class="text Ps-63-10" >span class="text Ps-63-11"###11 But the king shall rejoice in God;     all who swear by him shall exult,     for the mouths of liars will be stopped.

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Tuesday 5.29.18
Psalm 77:1-15

In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord

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

77 I cry aloud to God,     aloud to God, and he will hear me. In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;     in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;     my soul refuses to be comforted. When I remember God, I moan;     when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah

You hold my eyelids open;     I am so troubled that I cannot speak. I consider the days of old, I said,[a] “Let me remember my song in the night;     let me meditate in my heart.”     “Will the Lord spurn forever,     and never again be favorable? Has his steadfast love forever ceased?     Are his promises at an end for all time? Has God forgotten to be gracious?     Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah

10 Then I said, “I will appeal to this,     to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”[b]

11 I will remember the deeds of the Lord;
    yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
12 I will ponder all your work,
    and meditate on your mighty deeds.
13 Your way, O God, is holy.
    What god is great like our God?
14 You are the God who works wonders;
    you have made known your might among the peoples.
15 You with your arm redeemed your people,

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