April 17


Whoever offers praise glorifies Me.

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom, teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him. § Glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.

You are … a royal priesthood … that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. § You … as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. § By Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name.

My soul shall make its boast in the Lord; the humble shall hear of it and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt His name together.

Ps. 50:23; Col. 3:16–17; 1 Cor. 6:20; 1 Peter 2:9; 2:5; Heb. 13:15; Ps. 34:2–3


Draw me away! We will run after you.

I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you. § I drew them with gentle cords, with bands of love. § I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself. § Behold the Lamb of God! § As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.

Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You. § We love Him because He first loved us.

My beloved spoke, and said to me: “Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away. For lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land. The fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grapes give a good smell. Rise up, my love, my fair one, and come away!”

Song 1:4; Jer. 31:3; Hos. 11:4;
John 12:32; 1:36; 3:14–15; Ps. 73:25; 1 John 4:19; Song 2:10–13

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