Mar 23, 2020

Psalm 39 (CSB)

Psalm 39

THE FLEETING NATURE OF LIFE

For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A psalm of David.

I said, “I will guard my ways 

so that I may not sin with my tongue;

I will guard my mouth with a muzzle

as long as the wicked are in my presence.”

I was speechless and quiet; 

I kept silent, even from speaking good,

and my pain intensified.

My heart grew hot within me; 

as I mused, a fire burned.

I spoke with my tongue:

“Lord, make me aware of my end 

and the number of my days

so that I will know how short-lived I am.

In fact, you have made my days just inches long, 

and my life span is as nothing to you.

Yes, every human being stands as only a vapor.

Selah

Yes, a person goes about like a mere shadow. 

Indeed, they rush around in vain,

gathering possessions

without knowing who will get them.

“Now, Lord, what do I wait for? 

My hope is in you.

Rescue me from all my transgressions; 

do not make me the taunt of fools.

I am speechless; I do not open my mouth 

because of what you have done.

10 Remove your torment from me. 

Because of the force of your hand I am finished.

11 You discipline a person with punishment for iniquity, 

consuming like a moth what is precious to him;

yes, every human being is only a vapor.

Selah

12 “Hear my prayer, Lord, 

and listen to my cry for help;

do not be silent at my tears.

For I am here with you as an alien,

a temporary resident like all my ancestors.

13 Turn your angry gaze from me 

so that I may be cheered up

before I die and am gone.”

Proverbs 8:1–4 (CSB)

WISDOM’S APPEAL

Doesn’t wisdom call out? 

Doesn’t understanding make her voice heard?

At the heights overlooking the road, 

at the crossroads, she takes her stand.

Beside the gates leading into the city, 

at the main entrance, she cries out:

“People, I call out to you; 

my cry is to the children of Adam.

Mark 8:22–9:1 (CSB)

HEALING A BLIND MAN

22 They came to Bethsaida. They brought a blind man to him and begged him to touch him. 23 He took the blind man by the hand and brought him out of the village. Spitting on his eyes and laying his hands on him, he asked him, “Do you see anything?” 

24 He looked up and said, “I see people—they look like trees walking.” 

25 Again Jesus placed his hands on the man’s eyes. The man looked intently and his sight was restored and he saw everything clearly. 26 Then he sent him home, saying, “Don’t even go into the village.”,

PETER’S CONFESSION OF THE MESSIAH

27 Jesus went out with his disciples to the villages of Caesarea Philippi. And on the road he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that I am?” 

28 They answered him, “John the Baptist; others, Elijah; still others, one of the prophets.” 

29 “But you,” he asked them, “who do you say that I am?” 

Peter answered him, “You are the Messiah.” 30 And he strictly warned them to tell no one about him. 

HIS DEATH AND RESURRECTION PREDICTED

31 Then he began to teach them that it was necessary for the Son of Man to suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, chief priests, and scribes, be killed, and rise after three days. 32 He spoke openly about this. Peter took him aside and began to rebuke him. 33 But turning around and looking at his disciples, he rebuked Peter and said, “Get behind me, Satan! You are not thinking about God’s concerns but human concerns.” 

TAKE UP YOUR CROSS

34 Calling the crowd along with his disciples, he said to them, “If anyone wants to follow after me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me. 35 For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of me and the gospel will save it. 36 For what does it benefit someone to gain the whole world and yet lose his life? 37 What can anyone give in exchange for his life? 38 For whoever is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will also be ashamed of him when he comes in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.”

Then he said to them, “Truly I tell you, there are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the kingdom of God come in power.”