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January 1, 2023


Isaiah 63:7-9


Praise and Prayer

I will tell of the kindnesses of the Lord,

    the deeds for which he is to be praised,
   according to all the Lord has done for us—
es, the many good things
   he has done for Israel,
   according to his compassion and many kindnesses.
8 He said, “Surely they are my people,
   children who will be true to me”;
   and so he became their Savior.
9 In all their distress he too was distressed,
   and the angel of his presence saved them.[1
In his love and mercy he redeemed them;
   he lifted them up and carried them
   all the days of old.


  1. Isaiah 63:9 Or Savior 9 in their distress. / It was no envoy or angel / but his own presence that saved them

Psalm 148

 1 Praise the Lord.[1]

  Praise the Lord from the heavens;
   praise him in the heights above.
2 Praise him, all his angels;
   praise him, all his heavenly hosts.
3 Praise him, sun and moon;
   praise him, all you shining stars.
4 Praise him, you highest heavens
   and you waters above the skies.

5 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for at his command they were created,
6 and he established them for ever and ever—
   he issued a decree that will never pass away.

7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
   you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
8 lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
   stormy winds that do his bidding,
9 you mountains and all hills,
   fruit trees and all cedars,
10 wild animals and all cattle,
   small creatures and flying birds,
11 kings of the earth and all nations,
   you princes and all rulers on earth,
12 young men and women,
   old men and children.

13 Let them praise the name of the Lord,
   for his name alone is exalted;
   his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
14 And he has raised up for his people a horn,[2]
   the praise of all his faithful servants,
   of Israel, the people close to his heart.

Praise the Lord.


  1. Psalm 148:1 Hebrew Hallelu Yah; also in verse 14

  2. Psalm 148:14 Horn here symbolizes strength.

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