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The readings for the day include selections of Psalm 119 which is posted below and Luke 1:67-80(click here)



Psalm 119:32Common English Bible (CEB)

I run the same path as your commandments
    because you give my heart insight.

Turn my heart to your laws,
    not to greedy gain.
Turn my eyes away from looking at worthless things.
    Make me live by your way.
Your statutes have been my songs of praise
    wherever I lived as an immigrant.
Lord, I remember your name at nighttime,
    and I keep your Instruction.
Let your compassion come to me so I can live again,
    because your Instruction is my joy!
The arrogant have dug pits for me—
    those people who act against your Instruction.
All your commandments are true,
    but people harass me for no reason.
    Help me!
They’ve almost wiped me off the face of the earth!
    Meanwhile, I haven’t abandoned your precepts!
Make me live again according to your faithful love
    so I can keep the law you’ve given!
Your word is a lamp before my feet
    and a light for my journey.
I open my mouth up wide, panting,
    because I long for your commandments.
Come back to me and have mercy on me;
    that’s only right for those who love your name.
Keep my steps steady by your word;