May 11, 2020

Psalm 61 (CSB)

Psalm 61

SECURITY IN GOD

For the choir director: on stringed instruments. Of David. 

God, hear my cry; 

pay attention to my prayer. 

I call to you from the ends of the earth 

when my heart is without strength. 

Lead me to a rock that is high above me, 

for you have been a refuge for me, 

a strong tower in the face of the enemy. 

I will dwell in your tent forever 

and take refuge under the shelter of your wings. 

Selah

God, you have heard my vows; 

you have given a heritage 

to those who fear your name. 

Add days to the king’s life; 

may his years span many generations. 

May he sit enthroned before God forever. 

Appoint faithful love and truth to guard him. 

Then I will continually sing of your name, 

fulfilling my vows day by day.

Proverbs 12:1–7 (CSB)

Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, 

but one who hates correction is stupid. 

One who is good obtains favor from the Lord, 

but he condemns a person who schemes. 

No one can be made secure by wickedness, 

but the root of the righteous is immovable. 

A wife of noble character is her husband’s crown, 

but a wife who causes shame 

is like rottenness in his bones. 

The thoughts of the righteous are just, 

but guidance from the wicked is deceitful. 

The words of the wicked are a deadly ambush, 

but the speech of the upright rescues them. 

The wicked are overthrown and perish, 

but the house of the righteous will stand.

Luke 9:57–10:20 (CSB)

FOLLOWING JESUS

57 As they were traveling on the road someone said to him, “I will follow you wherever you go.” 

58 Jesus told him, “Foxes have dens, and birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 Then he said to another, “Follow me.” 

“Lord,” he said, “first let me go bury my father.” 

60 But he told him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and spread the news of the kingdom of God.”

61 Another said, “I will follow you, Lord, but first let me go and say good-bye to those at my house.” 

62 But Jesus said to him, “No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God.” 

SENDING OUT THE SEVENTY-TWO

10 After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others, and he sent them ahead of him in pairs to every town and place where he himself was about to go. He told them, “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest. Now go; I’m sending you out like lambs among wolves.Don’t carry a money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals; don’t greet anyone along the road. Whatever house you enter, first say, ‘Peace to this household.’ If a person of peace is there, your peace will rest on him; but if not, it will return to you. Remain in the same house, eating and drinking what they offer, for the worker is worthy of his wages. Don’t move from house to house. When you enter any town, and they welcome you, eat the things set before you. Heal the sick who are there, and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near you.’ 10 When you enter any town, and they don’t welcome you, go out into its streets and say, 11 ‘We are wiping off even the dust of your town that clings to our feet as a witness against you. Know this for certain: The kingdom of God has come near.’ 12 I tell you, on that day it will be more tolerable for Sodom than for that town.

UNREPENTANT TOWNS

13 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago, sitting in sackcloth and ashes. 14 But it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment than for you. 15 And you, Capernaum, will you be exalted to heaven? No, you will go down to Hades. 16 Whoever listens to you listens to me. Whoever rejects you rejects me. And whoever rejects me rejects the one who sent me.”

THE RETURN OF THE SEVENTY-TWO

17 The seventy-two, returned with joy, saying, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” 

18 He said to them, “I watched Satan fall from heaven like lightning. 19 Look, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy; nothing at all will harm you. 20 However, don’t rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.”