17

OCT

1 CHRONICLES 16:1,7-36 KING DAVID GIVES THANKS

16 They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 7 That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the Lord in this manner: 8 Give praise to the Lord, proclaim his name; make known among the nations what he has done. 9 Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. 10 Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice. 11 Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 12 Remember the wonders he has done, his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced, 13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel, his chosen ones, the children of Jacob. 14 He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15 He remembers his covenant for ever, the promise he made, for a thousand generations, 16 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac. 17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree, to Israel as an everlasting covenant: 18 ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan as the portion you will inherit.’ 19 When they were but few in number, few indeed, and strangers in it, 20 they wandered from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another. 21 He allowed no one to oppress them; for their sake he rebuked kings: 22 ‘Do not touch my anointed ones; do my prophets no harm.’ 23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim his salvation day after day. 24 Declare his glory among the nations, his marvellous deeds among all peoples. 25 For great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 27 Splendour and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his dwelling-place. 28 Ascribe to the Lord, all you families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. 29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due to his name; bring an offering and come before him. Worship the Lord in the splendour of his holiness. 30 Tremble before him, all the earth! The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved. 31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord reigns!’ 32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! 33 Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures for ever. 35 Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Saviour; gather us and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise.’ 36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting. Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the Lord.’

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16

OCT

1 SAMUEL 2:1-10 HANNAH'S PRAYER OF THANKSGIVING

1. And Hannah prayed and said, “My heart exults in the LORD; my strength is exalted in the LORD. My mouth derides my enemies, because I rejoice in your salvation. 2. “There is none holy like the LORD; there is none besides you; there is no rock like our God. 3. Talk no more so very proudly, let not arrogance come from your mouth; for the LORD is a God of knowledge, and by him actions are weighed. 4. The bows of the mighty are broken, but the feeble bind on strength. 5. Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread, but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger. The barren has borne seven, but she who has many children is forlorn. 6. The LORD kills and brings to life; he brings down to Sheol and raises up. 7. The LORD makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. 8. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the LORD’s, and on them he has set the world. 9. “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones, but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness, for not by might shall a man prevail. 10. The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces; against them he will thunder in heaven. The LORD will judge the ends of the earth; he will give strength to his king and exalt the power of his anointed.”

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15

OCT

DEUTERONOMY 8:10-18 REMEMBER THE LORD YOUR GOD

10. And you shall eat and be full, and you shall bless the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. 11. “Take care lest you forget the LORD your God by not keeping his commandments and his rules and his statutes, which I command you today, 12. lest, when you have eaten and are full and have built good houses and live in them, 13. and when your herds and flocks multiply and your silver and gold is multiplied and all that you have is multiplied, 14. then your heart be lifted up, and you forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of slavery, 15. who led you through the great and terrifying wilderness, with its fiery serpents and scorpions and thirsty ground where there was no water, who brought you water out of the flinty rock, 16. who fed you in the wilderness with manna that your fathers did not know, that he might humble you and test you, to do you good in the end. 17. Beware lest you say in your heart, ‘My power and the might of my hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18. You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your fathers, as it is this day.

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14

OCT

COLOSSIANS 2:6-15 OVERFLOWING WITH THANKFULNESS

6. Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, 7. rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving. 8. See to it that no one takes you captive by philosophy and empty deceit, according to human tradition, according to the elemental spirits of the world, and not according to Christ. 9. For in him the whole fullness of deity dwells bodily, 10. and you have been filled in him, who is the head of all rule and authority. 11. In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, 12. having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. 13. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses, 14. by canceling the record of debt that stood against us with its legal demands. This he set aside, nailing it to the cross. 15. He disarmed the rulers and authorities and put them to open shame, by triumphing over them in him.

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13

OCT

LUKE 17:11-19 ONE LEPER GIVES THANKS TO GOD

11. On the way to Jerusalem he was passing along between Samaria and Galilee. 12. And as he entered a village, he was met by ten lepers, who stood at a distance 13. and lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.” 14. When he saw them he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went they were cleansed. 15. Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16. and he fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17. Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18. Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19. And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well.”

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12

OCT

PSALM 37:1-9 HOPE IN THE LORD

1. Fret not yourself because of evildoers; be not envious of wrongdoers! 2. For they will soon fade like the grass and wither like the green herb. 3. Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 4. Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart. 5. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. 6. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday. 7. 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! 8. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. 9. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.

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11

OCT

LAMENTATIONS 3:19-26 I HAVE HOPE

19. Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall! 20. My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me. 21. But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: 22. The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; 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.

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10

OCT

JAMES 1:2-12 FAITH PRODUCES ENDURANCE

2. Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, 3. for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. 4. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. 5. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. 6. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind. 7. For that person must not suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; 8. he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. 9. Let the lowly brother boast in his exaltation, 10. and the rich in his humiliation, because like a flower of the grass he will pass away. 11. For the sun rises with its scorching heat and withers the grass; its flower falls, and its beauty perishes. So also will the rich man fade away in the midst of his pursuits. 12. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.

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9

OCT

1 JOHN 5:1-5,13-15 FAITH OVERCOMES THE WORLD

5 Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. 2 This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. 3 In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands. And his commands are not burdensome, 4 for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. 5 Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God. 13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us – whatever we ask – we know that we have what we asked of him.

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