Monday (6th April) - Psalm 113 & Philippians 2:1-11

I've written a simple Bible reading plan for us for this Easter week, one a day through to Easter Sunday. This is how to use them:

1. Read the bible passages (there will be one New Testament passage (or two short ones) and a Psalm).
The plan isn't to trace the whole of Easter week in the gospels but to see Jesus through the lens of Psalm 113-118 (the songs sung at the Passover meal).
Try to spot connections and fulfillments of the Psalms' themes or promises in Jesus' last week, death and resurrection.

2. Let those reflections fuel prayers

  • of adoration of Jesus (thanking Him for who He is and what He has done for you)
  • and/or of repentance
  • and/or of request for ourselves and others in light of the passages.

Or maybe there will be a verse that leaps out for you? Chew it over and pray it in.

3. Then, either immediately or at a convenient point in the day, listen to the song, following the lyrics.
Again, I have chosen these because of connections they have with the passages.

I hope and pray these will encourage us and engage our hearts and minds as we freshly consider Christ this Easter week.

Psalm 113

Praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord, you his servants;
praise the name of the Lord.
Let the name of the Lord be praised,
both now and forevermore.
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the Lord is to be praised.

The Lord is exalted over all the nations,
his glory above the heavens.
Who is like the Lord our God,
the One who sits enthroned on high,
who stoops down to look
on the heavens and the earth?

He raises the poor from the dust
and lifts the needy from the ash heap;
he seats them with princes,
with the princes of his people.
He settles the childless woman in her home
as a happy mother of children.

Praise the Lord.

Philippians 2:1-11

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus:

Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage;
rather, he made himself nothing
by taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
by becoming obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

In the night

I am weary with the pain of Jacob's wrestling

In the darkness with the fear, in the darkness with the fear

But he met the morning wounded with a blessing

So in the night my hope lives on

And when Elisha woke surrounded by the forces

Of the enemies of God, the enemies of God

He saw the hills aflame with angels on their horses

So in the night, my hope lives on

Oh, in the night, oh, in the night

Oh, in the night my hope lives on

I see the slave that toils beneath the yoke unyielding

And I can hear the captive groan, hear the captive groan

For some hand to stay the whip his foe is wielding

Still in the night my hope lives on

I see the armies of the enemy approaching

And the people driven, trembling, to the shore

But a doorway through the waters now is opening

So in the night my hope lives on

Oh, in the night, oh, in the night

Oh, in the night my hope lives on

Like the son who thought he'd gone beyond forgiveness

Too ashamed to lift his head but if he could lift his head

He would see his father running from a distance

In the night my hope lives on

And I can see the crowd of men retreating

As He stands between the woman and their stones

And if mercy in His holy heart is beating

Then in the night my hope lives on

Well, I remember how they scorned the son of Mary

He was gentle as a lamb, gentle as a lamb

He was beaten, He was crucified and buried

And in the night my hope was gone

But the rulers of this earth could not control Him

No, they did not take His life, He laid it down

And all the chains of death could never hope to hold Him

So in the night my hope lives on

And I can see the Son of Man descending

And the sword He swings is brighter than the dawn

And the gates of hell will never stand against Him

So in the night my hope lives on

Oh, in the night, oh, in the night

Oh, in the night my hope lives on

Oh, in the night, oh, in the night

Oh, in the night my hope lives on

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