May 5, 2020

Psalm 59 (CSB)

Psalm 59

GOD OUR STRONGHOLD

For the choir director: “Do Not Destroy.” A Miktam of David. When Saul sent agents to watch the house and kill him. 

Rescue me from my enemies, my God; 

protect me from those who rise up against me. 

Rescue me from those who practice sin, 

and save me from men of bloodshed. 

Because look, Lord, they set an ambush for me. 

Powerful men attack me, 

but not because of any sin or rebellion of mine. 

For no fault of mine, 

they run and take up a position. 

Awake to help me, and take notice. 

Lord God of Armies, you are the God of Israel. 

Rise up to punish all the nations; 

do not show favor to any wicked traitors. 

Selah

They return at evening, snarling like dogs 

and prowling around the city. 

Look, they spew from their mouths—

sharp words from their lips. 

“For who,” they say, “will hear?” 

But you laugh at them, Lord; 

you ridicule all the nations. 

I will keep watch for you, my strength, 

because God is my stronghold. 

10 My faithful God will come to meet me; 

God will let me look down on my adversaries. 

11 Do not kill them; otherwise, my people will forget. 

By your power, make them homeless wanderers 

and bring them down, 

Lord, our shield. 

12 For the sin of their mouths and the words of their lips, 

let them be caught in their pride. 

They utter curses and lies. 

13 Consume them in rage; 

consume them until they are gone. 

Then people will know throughout the earth 

that God rules over Jacob. 

Selah

14 And they return at evening, snarling like dogs 

and prowling around the city. 

15 They scavenge for food; 

they growl if they are not satisfied. 

16 But I will sing of your strength 

and will joyfully proclaim 

your faithful love in the morning. 

For you have been a stronghold for me, 

a refuge in my day of trouble. 

17 To you, my strength, I sing praises, 

because God is my stronghold—

my faithful God.

Proverbs 11:18–24 (CSB)

18 The wicked person earns an empty wage, 

but the one who sows righteousness, a true reward. 

19 Genuine righteousness leads to life, 

but pursuing evil leads to death. 

20 Those with twisted minds are detestable to the Lord, 

but those with blameless conduct are his delight. 

21 Be assured that a wicked person 

will not go unpunished, 

but the offspring of the righteous will escape. 

22 A beautiful woman who rejects good sense 

is like a gold ring in a pig’s snout. 

23 The desire of the righteous turns out well, 

but the hope of the wicked leads to wrath. 

24 One person gives freely, 

yet gains more; 

another withholds what is right, 

only to become poor.

Luke 8:40–9:17 (CSB)

A GIRL RESTORED AND A WOMAN HEALED

40 When Jesus returned, the crowd welcomed him, for they were all expecting him. 41 Just then, a man named Jairus came. He was a leader of the synagogue. He fell down at Jesus’s feet and pleaded with him to come to his house, 42 because he had an only daughter about twelve years old, and she was dying. 

While he was going, the crowds were nearly crushing him. 43 A woman suffering from bleeding for twelve years, who had spent all she had on doctors and yet could not be healed by any, 44 approached from behind and touched the end of his robe. Instantly her bleeding stopped. 

45 “Who touched me?” Jesus asked. 

When they all denied it, Peter said, “Master, the crowds are hemming you in and pressing against you.” 

46 “Someone did touch me,” said Jesus. “I know that power has gone out from me.” 47 When the woman saw that she was discovered, she came trembling and fell down before him. In the presence of all the people, she declared the reason she had touched him and how she was instantly healed. 48 “Daughter,” he said to her, “your faith has saved you. Go in peace.”

49 While he was still speaking, someone came from the synagogue leader’s house and said, “Your daughter is dead. Don’t bother the teacher anymore.” 

50 When Jesus heard it, he answered him, “Don’t be afraid. Only believe, and she will be saved.” 51 After he came to the house, he let no one enter with him except Peter, John, James, and the child’s father and mother. 52 Everyone was crying and mourning for her. But he said, “Stop crying, because she is not dead but asleep.”

53 They laughed at him, because they knew she was dead. 54 So he took her by the hand and called out, “Child, get up!” 55 Her spirit returned, and she got up at once. Then he gave orders that she be given something to eat. 56 Her parents were astounded, but he instructed them to tell no one what had happened. 

COMMISSIONING THE TWELVE

Summoning the Twelve, he gave them power and authority over all the demons and to heal diseases. Then he sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick. 

“Take nothing for the road,” he told them, “no staff, no traveling bag, no bread, no money; and don’t take an extra shirt. Whatever house you enter, stay there and leave from there. If they do not welcome you, when you leave that town, shake off the dust from your feet as a testimony against them.” So they went out and traveled from village to village, proclaiming the good news and healing everywhere. 

HEROD’S DESIRE TO SEE JESUS

Herod the tetrarch heard about everything that was going on. He was perplexed, because some said that John had been raised from the dead, some that Elijah had appeared, and others that one of the ancient prophets had risen. “I beheaded John,” Herod said, “but who is this I hear such things about?” And he wanted to see him. 

FEEDING OF THE FIVE THOUSAND

10 When the apostles returned, they reported to Jesus all that they had done. He took them along and withdrew privately to a town called Bethsaida. 11 When the crowds found out, they followed him. He welcomed them, spoke to them about the kingdom of God, and healed those who needed healing. 

12 Late in the day, the Twelve approached and said to him, “Send the crowd away, so that they can go into the surrounding villages and countryside to find food and lodging, because we are in a deserted place here.” 

13 “You give them something to eat,” he told them. 

“We have no more than five loaves and two fish,” they said, “unless we go and buy food for all these people.” 14 (For about five thousand men were there.) 

Then he told his disciples, “Have them sit down in groups of about fifty each.” 15 They did what he said, and had them all sit down. 16 Then he took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he blessed and broke them. He kept giving them to the disciples to set before the crowd. 17 Everyone ate and was filled. They picked up twelve baskets of leftover pieces.