Apr 24, 2020

Psalm 55 (CSB)

BETRAYAL BY A FRIEND

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

1 God, listen to my prayer

and do not hide from my plea for help.

2 Pay attention to me and answer me.

I am restless and in turmoil with my complaint,

3 because of the enemy’s words,

because of the pressure of the wicked.

For they bring down disaster on me

and harass me in anger.

4 My heart shudders within me;

terrors of death sweep over me.

5 Fear and trembling grip me;

horror has overwhelmed me.

6 I said, “If only I had wings like a dove!

I would fly away and find rest.

7 How far away I would flee;

I would stay in the wilderness.

Selah

8 I would hurry to my shelter

from the raging wind and the storm.”

9 Lord, confuse and confound their speech,,

for I see violence and strife in the city;

10 day and night they make the rounds on its walls.

Crime and trouble are within it;

11 destruction is inside it;

oppression and deceit never leave its marketplace.

12 Now it is not an enemy who insults me—

otherwise I could bear it;

it is not a foe who rises up against me—

otherwise I could hide from him.

13 But it is you, a man who is my peer,

my companion and good friend!

14 We used to have close fellowship;

we walked with the crowd into the house of God.

15 Let death take them by surprise;

let them go down to Sheol alive,

because evil is in their homes and within them.

16 But I call to God,

and the Lord will save me.

17 I complain and groan morning, noon, and night,

and he hears my voice.

18 Though many are against me,

he will redeem me from my battle unharmed.

19 God, the one enthroned from long ago,

will hear and will humiliate them

Selah

because they do not change

and do not fear God.

20 My friend acts violently

against those at peace with him;

he violates his covenant.

21 His buttery words are smooth,

but war is in his heart.

His words are softer than oil,

but they are drawn swords.

22 Cast your burden on the Lord,

and he will sustain you;

he will never allow the righteous to be shaken.

23 God, you will bring them down

to the Pit of destruction;

men of bloodshed and treachery

will not live out half their days.

But I will trust in you.

Proverbs 10:29-32 (CSB)

29 The way of the Lord is a stronghold for the honorable,

but destruction awaits the malicious.

30 The righteous will never be shaken,

but the wicked will not remain on the earth.

31 The mouth of the righteous produces wisdom,

but a perverse tongue will be cut out.

32 The lips of the righteous know what is appropriate,

but the mouth of the wicked, only what is perverse.

Luke 6:12-23 (CSB)

THE TWELVE APOSTLES

12 During those days he went out to the mountain to pray and spent all night in prayer to God. 13 When daylight came, he summoned his disciples, and he chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who became a traitor.

TEACHING AND HEALING

17 After coming down with them, he stood on a level place with a large crowd of his disciples and a great number of people from all Judea and Jerusalem and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon. 18 They came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those tormented by unclean spirits were made well. 19 The whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power was coming out from him and healing them all.

THE BEATITUDES

20 Then looking up at his disciples, he said:

Blessed are you who are poor,

because the kingdom of God is yours.

21 Blessed are you who are now hungry,

because you will be filled.

Blessed are you who weep now,

because you will laugh.

22 Blessed are you when people hate you,

when they exclude you, insult you,

and slander your name as evil

because of the Son of Man.

23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy. Take note—your reward is great in heaven, for this is the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets.