Jan 7, 2020

Psalm 4 (CSB)

Psalm 4

A NIGHT PRAYER

For the choir director: with stringed instruments. A psalm of David.

Answer me when I call, 

God, who vindicates me.,

You freed me from affliction;

be gracious to me and hear my prayer.

How long, exalted ones, will my honor be insulted? 

How long will you love what is worthless

and pursue a lie?

Selah

Know that the Lord has set apart 

the faithful for himself;

the Lord will hear when I call to him. 

Be angry and do not sin; 

on your bed, reflect in your heart and be still.

Selah

Offer sacrifices in righteousness,

and trust in the Lord. 

Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good?” 

Let the light of your face shine on us, Lord. 

You have put more joy in my heart 

than they have when their grain and new wine abound.

I will both lie down and sleep in peace, 

for you alone, Lord, make me live in safety.

Proverbs 1:14–16 (CSB)

14 Throw in your lot with us, 

and we’ll all share the loot”—

15 my son, don’t travel that road with them 

or set foot on their path,

16 because their feet run toward evil 

and they hurry to shed blood.

Matthew 5:2–20 (CSB)

Then he began to teach them, saying: 

THE BEATITUDES

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted. 

Blessed are the humble,

for they will inherit the earth. 

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled. 

Blessed are the merciful, 

for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart, 

for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers, 

for they will be called sons of God.

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, 

for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 

11 “You are blessed when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of me. 12 Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

BELIEVERS ARE SALT AND LIGHT

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It’s no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet.

14 “You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

CHRIST FULFILLS THE LAW

17 “Don’t think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass away from the law until all things are accomplished. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever does and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of heaven.