bookmark_borderJuly 1, 2020

Psalm 84 (CSB)

Psalm 84

LONGING FOR GOD’S HOUSE

For the choir director: on the Gittith. A psalm of the sons of Korah. 

How lovely is your dwelling place, 

Lord of Armies. 

I long and yearn 

for the courts of the Lord; 

my heart and flesh cry out for the living God. 

Even a sparrow finds a home, 

and a swallow, a nest for herself 

where she places her young—

near your altars, Lord of Armies, 

my King and my God. 

How happy are those who reside in your house, 

who praise you continually. 

Selah

Happy are the people whose strength is in you, 

whose hearts are set on pilgrimage. 

As they pass through the Valley of Baca, 

they make it a source of spring water; 

even the autumn rain will cover it with blessings.,

They go from strength to strength; 

each appears before God in Zion. 

Lord God of Armies, hear my prayer; 

listen, God of Jacob. 

Selah

Consider our shield, God; 

look on the face of your anointed one. 

10 Better a day in your courts 

than a thousand anywhere else. 

I would rather stand at the threshold of the house of my God 

than live in the tents of wicked people. 

11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield. 

The Lord grants favor and honor; 

he does not withhold the good 

from those who live with integrity. 

12 Happy is the person who trusts in you, 

Lord of Armies!

Proverbs 15:28–30 (CSB)

28 The mind of the righteous person thinks before answering, 

but the mouth of the wicked blurts out evil things. 

29 The Lord is far from the wicked, 

but he hears the prayer of the righteous. 

30 Bright eyes cheer the heart; 

good news strengthens the bones.

Luke 24:13–35 (CSB)

THE EMMAUS DISCIPLES

13 Now that same day two of them were on their way to a village called Emmaus, which was about seven miles, from Jerusalem. 14 Together they were discussing everything that had taken place. 15 And while they were discussing and arguing, Jesus himself came near and began to walk along with them. 16 But they were prevented from recognizing him. 17 Then he asked them, “What is this dispute that you’re having with each other as you are walking?” And they stopped walking and looked discouraged. 

18 The one named Cleopas answered him, “Are you the only visitor in Jerusalem who doesn’t know the things that happened there in these days?” 

19 “What things?” he asked them. 

So they said to him, “The things concerning Jesus of Nazareth, who was a prophet powerful in action and speech before God and all the people, 20 and how our chief priests and leaders handed him over to be sentenced to death, and they crucified him. 21 But we were hoping that he was the one who was about to redeem Israel. Besides all this, it’s the third day since these things happened. 22 Moreover, some women from our group astounded us. They arrived early at the tomb, 23 and when they didn’t find his body, they came and reported that they had seen a vision of angels who said he was alive. 24 Some of those who were with us went to the tomb and found it just as the women had said, but they didn’t see him.” 

25 He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! 26 Wasn’t it necessary for the Messiah to suffer these things and enter into his glory?” 27 Then beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted for them the things concerning himself in all the Scriptures. 

28 They came near the village where they were going, and he gave the impression that he was going farther. 29 But they urged him, “Stay with us, because it’s almost evening, and now the day is almost over.” So he went in to stay with them. 

30 It was as he reclined at the table with them that he took the bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to them. 31 Then their eyes were opened, and they recognized him, but he disappeared from their sight. 32 They said to each other, “Weren’t our hearts burning within us while he was talking with us on the road and explaining the Scriptures to us?” 33 That very hour they got up and returned to Jerusalem. They found the Eleven and those with them gathered together, 34 who said, “The Lord has truly been raised and has appeared to Simon!” 35 Then they began to describe what had happened on the road and how he was made known to them in the breaking of the bread.

bookmark_borderJune 30, 2020

Psalm 83 (CSB)

Psalm 83

PRAYER AGAINST ENEMIES

A song. A psalm of Asaph. 

God, do not keep silent. 

Do not be deaf, God; do not be quiet. 

See how your enemies make an uproar; 

those who hate you have acted arrogantly.,

They devise clever schemes against your people; 

they conspire against your treasured ones. 

They say, “Come, lets wipe them out as a nation 

so that Israel’s name will no longer be remembered.” 

For they have conspired with one mind; 

they form an alliance against you—

the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites, 

Moab and the Hagrites, 

Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek, 

Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre. 

Even Assyria has joined them; 

they lend support to the sons of Lot.,

Selah

Deal with them as you did with Midian, 

as you did with Sisera 

and Jabin at the Kishon River. 

10 They were destroyed at En-dor; 

they became manure for the ground. 

11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb, 

and all their tribal leaders like Zebah and Zalmunna, 

12 who said, “Lets seize God’s pastures for ourselves.” 

13 Make them like tumbleweed, my God, 

like straw before the wind. 

14 As fire burns a forest, 

as a flame blazes through mountains, 

15 so pursue them with your tempest 

and terrify them with your storm. 

16 Cover their faces with shame 

so that they will seek your name, Lord. 

17 Let them be put to shame and terrified forever; 

let them perish in disgrace. 

18 May they know that you alone—

whose name is the Lord—

are the Most High over the whole earth.

Proverbs 15:25–27 (CSB)

25 The Lord tears apart the house of the proud, 

but he protects the widow’s territory. 

26 The Lord detests the plans of the one who is evil, 

but pleasant words are pure. 

27 The one who profits dishonestly troubles his household, 

but the one who hates bribes will live.

Luke 24:1–12 (CSB)

RESURRECTION MORNING

24 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came to the tomb, bringing the spices they had prepared. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb. They went in but did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were perplexed about this, suddenly two men stood by them in dazzling clothes. So the women were terrified and bowed down to the ground. 

“Why are you looking for the living among the dead?” asked the men. “He is not here, but he has risen! Remember how he spoke to you when he was still in Galilee, saying, ‘It is necessary that the Son of Man be betrayed into the hands of sinful men, be crucified, and rise on the third day’?” And they remembered his words. 

Returning from the tomb, they reported all these things to the Eleven and to all the rest. 10 Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the other women with them were telling the apostles these things. 11 But these words seemed like nonsense to them, and they did not believe the women. 12 Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. When he stooped to look in, he saw only the linen cloths., So he went away, amazed at what had happened.

bookmark_borderJune 26, 2020

Psalm 82 (CSB)

Psalm 82

A PLEA FOR RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT

A psalm of Asaph. 

God stands in the divine assembly; 

he pronounces judgment among the gods:,

“How long will you judge unjustly 

and show partiality to the wicked? 

Selah

Provide justice for the needy and the fatherless; 

uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. 

Rescue the poor and needy; 

save them from the power of the wicked.” 

They do not know or understand; 

they wander in darkness. 

All the foundations of the earth are shaken. 

I said, “You are gods; 

you are all sons of the Most High. 

However, you will die like humans 

and fall like any other ruler.” 

Rise up, God, judge the earth, 

for all the nations belong to you.

Proverbs 15:18–24 (CSB)

18 A hot-tempered person stirs up conflict, 

but one slow to anger calms strife. 

19 A slacker’s way is like a thorny hedge, 

but the path of the upright is a highway. 

20 A wise son brings joy to his father, 

but a foolish man despises his mother. 

21 Foolishness brings joy to one without sense, 

but a person with understanding walks a straight path. 

22 Plans fail when there is no counsel, 

but with many advisers they succeed. 

23 A person takes joy in giving an answer; 

and a timely word—how good that is! 

24 For the prudent the path of life leads upward, 

so that he may avoid going down to Sheol.

Luke 23:44–56 (CSB)

THE DEATH OF JESUS

44 It was now about noon, and darkness came over the whole land until three, 45 because the sun’s light failed. The curtain of the sanctuary was split down the middle. 46 And Jesus called out with a loud voice, “Father, into your hands I entrust my spirit., Saying this, he breathed his last. 

47 When the centurion saw what happened, he began to glorify God, saying, “This man really was righteous!” 48 All the crowds that had gathered for this spectacle, when they saw what had taken place, went home, striking their chests. 49 But all who knew him, including the women who had followed him from Galilee, stood at a distance, watching these things. 

THE BURIAL OF JESUS

50 There was a good and righteous man named Joseph, a member of the Sanhedrin, 51 who had not agreed with their plan and action. He was from Arimathea, a Judean town, and was looking forward to the kingdom of God. 52 He approached Pilate and asked for Jesus’s body. 53 Taking it down, he wrapped it in fine linen and placed it in a tomb cut into the rock, where no one had ever been placed., 54 It was the preparation day, and the Sabbath was about to begin. 55 The women who had come with him from Galilee followed along and observed the tomb and how his body was placed. 56 Then they returned and prepared spices and perfumes. And they rested on the Sabbath according to the commandment.

bookmark_borderJune 25, 2020

Psalm 81 (CSB)

Psalm 81

A CALL TO OBEDIENCE

For the choir director: on the Gittith. Of Asaph. 

Sing for joy to God our strength; 

shout in triumph to the God of Jacob. 

Lift up a song—play the tambourine, 

the melodious lyre, and the harp. 

Blow the ram’s horn on the day of our feasts 

during the new moon 

and during the full moon. 

For this is a statute for Israel, 

an ordinance of the God of Jacob. 

He set it up as a decree for Joseph 

when he went throughout the land of Egypt. 

I heard an unfamiliar language: 

“I relieved his shoulder from the burden; 

his hands were freed from carrying the basket. 

You called out in distress, and I rescued you; 

I answered you from the thundercloud. 

I tested you at the Waters of Meribah. 

Selah

Listen, my people, and I will admonish you. 

Israel, if you would only listen to me! 

There must not be a strange god among you; 

you must not bow down to a foreign god. 

10 I am the Lord your God, 

who brought you up from the land of Egypt. 

Open your mouth wide, and I will fill it. 

11 “But my people did not listen to my voice; 

Israel did not obey me. 

12 So I gave them over to their stubborn hearts 

to follow their own plans. 

13 If only my people would listen to me 

and Israel would follow my ways, 

14 I would quickly subdue their enemies 

and turn my hand against their foes.” 

15 Those who hate the Lord

would cower to him; 

their doom would last forever. 

16 But he would feed Israel with the best wheat. 

“I would satisfy you with honey from the rock.”

Proverbs 15:11–17 (CSB)

11 Sheol and Abaddon lie open before the Lord—

how much more, human hearts. 

12 A mocker doesn’t love one who corrects him; 

he will not consult the wise. 

13 A joyful heart makes a face cheerful, 

but a sad heart produces a broken spirit. 

14 A discerning mind seeks knowledge, 

but the mouth of fools feeds on foolishness. 

15 All the days of the oppressed are miserable, 

but a cheerful heart has a continual feast. 

16 Better a little with the fear of the Lord

than great treasure with turmoil. 

17 Better a meal of vegetables where there is love 

than a fattened ox with hatred.

Luke 23:26–43 (CSB)

THE WAY TO THE CROSS

26 As they led him away, they seized Simon, a Cyrenian, who was coming in from the country, and laid the cross on him to carry behind Jesus. 27 A large crowd of people followed him, including women who were mourning and lamenting him. 28 But turning to them, Jesus said, “Daughters of Jerusalem, do not weep for me, but weep for yourselves and your children. 29 Look, the days are coming when they will say, ‘Blessed are the women without children, the wombs that never bore, and the breasts that never nursed!’ 30 Then they will begin to say to the mountains, ‘Fall on us!’ and to the hills, ‘Cover us!’, 31 For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will happen when it is dry?”

CRUCIFIED BETWEEN TWO CRIMINALS

32 Two others—criminals—were also led away to be executed with him. 33 When they arrived at the place called The Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals, one on the right and one on the left. 34 Then Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, because they do not know what they are doing.”, And they divided his clothes and cast lots. 

35 The people stood watching, and even the leaders were scoffing: “He saved others; let him save himself if this is God’s Messiah, the Chosen One!” 36 The soldiers also mocked him. They came offering him sour wine 37 and said, “If you are the king of the Jews, save yourself!” 

38 An inscription was above him: This Is the King of the Jews. 

39 Then one of the criminals hanging there began to yell insults at him: “Aren’t you the Messiah? Save yourself and us!” 

40 But the other answered, rebuking him: “Don’t you even fear God, since you are undergoing the same punishment? 41 We are punished justly, because we’re getting back what we deserve for the things we did, but this man has done nothing wrong.” 42 Then he said, “Jesus, remember me, when you come into your kingdom.” 

43 And he said to him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

bookmark_borderJune 24, 2020

Psalm 80 (CSB)

Psalm 80

A PRAYER FOR RESTORATION

For the choir director: according to “The Lilies.” A testimony of Asaph. A psalm. 

Listen, Shepherd of Israel, 

who leads Joseph like a flock; 

you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, 

shine on Ephraim, 

Benjamin, and Manasseh. 

Rally your power and come to save us. 

Restore us, God; 

make your face shine on us, 

so that we may be saved. 

Lord God of Armies, 

how long will you be angry 

with your people’s prayers? 

You fed them the bread of tears 

and gave them a full measure 

of tears to drink. 

You put us at odds with our neighbors; 

our enemies mock us. 

Restore us, God of Armies; 

make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved. 

You dug up a vine from Egypt; 

you drove out the nations and planted it. 

You cleared a place for it; 

it took root and filled the land. 

10 The mountains were covered by its shade, 

and the mighty cedars with its branches. 

11 It sent out sprouts toward the Sea 

and shoots toward the River.,

12 Why have you broken down its walls 

so that all who pass by pick its fruit? 

13 Boars from the forest tear at it 

and creatures of the field feed on it. 

14 Return, God of Armies. 

Look down from heaven and see; 

take care of this vine, 

15 the root your right hand planted, 

the son that you made strong for yourself. 

16 It was cut down and burned; 

they perish at the rebuke of your countenance. 

17 Let your hand be with the man at your right hand, 

with the son of man 

you have made strong for yourself. 

18 Then we will not turn away from you; 

revive us, and we will call on your name. 

19 Restore us, Lord, God of Armies; 

make your face shine on us, so that we may be saved.

Proverbs 15:8–10 (CSB)

The sacrifice of the wicked is detestable to the Lord, 

but the prayer of the upright is his delight. 

The Lord detests the way of the wicked, 

but he loves the one who pursues righteousness. 

10 Discipline is harsh for the one who leaves the path; 

the one who hates correction will die.

Luke 23:1–25 (CSB)

JESUS FACES PILATE

23 Then their whole assembly rose up and brought him before Pilate. They began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation, opposing payment of taxes to Caesar, and saying that he himself is the Messiah, a king.” 

So Pilate asked him, “Are you the king of the Jews?” 

He answered him, “You say so.”

Pilate then told the chief priests and the crowds, “I find no grounds for charging this man.” 

But they kept insisting, “He stirs up the people, teaching throughout all Judea, from Galilee where he started even to here.” 

JESUS FACES HEROD ANTIPAS

When Pilate heard this, he asked if the man was a Galilean. Finding that he was under Herod’s jurisdiction, he sent him to Herod, who was also in Jerusalem during those days. Herod was very glad to see Jesus; for a long time he had wanted to see him because he had heard about him and was hoping to see some miracle performed by him. So he kept asking him questions, but Jesus did not answer him. 10 The chief priests and the scribes stood by, vehemently accusing him. 11 Then Herod, with his soldiers, treated him with contempt, mocked him, dressed him in bright clothing, and sent him back to Pilate. 12 That very day Herod and Pilate became friends., Previously, they had been enemies. 

JESUS OR BARABBAS

13 Pilate called together the chief priests, the leaders, and the people, 14 and said to them, “You have brought me this man as one who misleads the people. But in fact, after examining him in your presence, I have found no grounds to charge this man with those things you accuse him of. 15 Neither has Herod, because he sent him back to us. Clearly, he has done nothing to deserve death. 16 Therefore, I will have him whipped, and then release him.” 

18 Then they all cried out together, “Take this man away! Release Barabbas to us!” 19 (He had been thrown into prison for a rebellion that had taken place in the city, and for murder.) 

20 Wanting to release Jesus, Pilate addressed them again, 21 but they kept shouting, “Crucify! Crucify him!” 

22 A third time he said to them, “Why? What has this man done wrong? I have found in him no grounds for the death penalty. Therefore, I will have him whipped and then release him.” 

23 But they kept up the pressure, demanding with loud voices that he be crucified, and their voices won out. 24 So Pilate decided to grant their demand 25 and released the one they were asking for, who had been thrown into prison for rebellion and murder. But he handed Jesus over to their will.

bookmark_borderJune 19, 2020

Psalm 79 (CSB)

Psalm 79

FAITH AMID CONFUSION

A psalm of Asaph. 

God, the nations have invaded your inheritance, 

desecrated your holy temple, 

and turned Jerusalem into ruins. 

They gave the corpses of your servants 

to the birds of the sky for food, 

the flesh of your faithful ones 

to the beasts of the earth. 

They poured out their blood 

like water all around Jerusalem, 

and there was no one to bury them. 

We have become an object of reproach 

to our neighbors, 

a source of mockery and ridicule 

to those around us. 

How long, Lord? Will you be angry forever? 

Will your jealousy keep burning like fire? 

Pour out your wrath on the nations 

that don’t acknowledge you, 

on the kingdoms that don’t call on your name, 

for they have devoured Jacob 

and devastated his homeland. 

Do not hold past iniquities against us; 

let your compassion come to us quickly, 

for we have become very weak. 

God of our salvation, help us, 

for the glory of your name. 

Rescue us and atone for our sins, 

for your name’s sake. 

10 Why should the nations ask, 

“Where is their God?” 

Before our eyes, 

let vengeance for the shed blood of your servants 

be known among the nations. 

11 Let the groans of the prisoners reach you; 

according to your great power, 

preserve those condemned to die. 

12 Pay back sevenfold to our neighbors 

the reproach they have hurled at you, Lord. 

13 Then we, your people, the sheep of your pasture, 

will thank you forever; 

we will declare your praise 

to generation after generation.

Proverbs 15:4–7 (CSB)

The tongue that heals is a tree of life, 

but a devious tongue breaks the spirit. 

A fool despises his father’s discipline, 

but a person who accepts correction is sensible. 

The house of the righteous has great wealth, 

but trouble accompanies the income of the wicked. 

The lips of the wise broadcast knowledge, 

but not so the heart of fools.

bookmark_borderJune 18, 2020

Proverbs 15:1–3 (CSB)

A gentle answer turns away anger, 

but a harsh word stirs up wrath. 

The tongue of the wise makes knowledge attractive, 

but the mouth of fools blurts out foolishness. 

The eyes of the Lord are everywhere, 

observing the wicked and the good.

Luke 22:63–71 (CSB)

JESUS MOCKED AND BEATEN

63 The men who were holding Jesus started mocking and beating him. 64 After blindfolding him, they kept asking, “Prophesy! Who was it that hit you?” 65 And they were saying many other blasphemous things to him. 

JESUS FACES THE SANHEDRIN

66 When daylight came, the elders of the people, both the chief priests and the scribes, convened and brought him before their Sanhedrin. 67 They said, “If you are the Messiah, tell us.” 

But he said to them, “If I do tell you, you will not believe. 68 And if I ask you, you will not answer. 69 But from now on, the Son of Man will be seated at the right hand of the power of God.”

70 They all asked, “Are you, then, the Son of God?” 

And he said to them, “You say that I am.”

71 “Why do we need any more testimony,” they said, “since we’ve heard it ourselves from his mouth?”

bookmark_borderJune 17, 2020

Psalm 78 (CSB)

Psalm 78

LESSONS FROM ISRAEL’S PAST

Maskil of Asaph. 

My people, hear my instruction; 

listen to the words from my mouth. 

I will declare wise sayings; 

I will speak mysteries from the past—

things we have heard and known 

and that our ancestors have passed down to us. 

We will not hide them from their children, 

but will tell a future generation 

the praiseworthy acts of the Lord, 

his might, and the wondrous works 

he has performed. 

He established a testimony in Jacob 

and set up a law in Israel, 

which he commanded our ancestors 

to teach to their children 

so that a future generation—

children yet to be born—might know. 

They were to rise and tell their children 

so that they might put their confidence in God 

and not forget God’s works, 

but keep his commands. 

Then they would not be like their ancestors, 

a stubborn and rebellious generation, 

a generation whose heart was not loyal 

and whose spirit was not faithful to God. 

The Ephraimite archers turned back 

on the day of battle. 

10 They did not keep God’s covenant 

and refused to live by his law. 

11 They forgot what he had done, 

the wondrous works he had shown them. 

12 He worked wonders in the sight of their ancestors 

in the land of Egypt, the territory of Zoan. 

13 He split the sea and brought them across; 

the water stood firm like a wall. 

14 He led them with a cloud by day 

and with a fiery light throughout the night. 

15 He split rocks in the wilderness 

and gave them drink as abundant as the depths. 

16 He brought streams out of the stone 

and made water flow down like rivers. 

17 But they continued to sin against him, 

rebelling in the desert against the Most High. 

18 They deliberately tested God, 

demanding the food they craved. 

19 They spoke against God, saying, 

“Is God able to provide food in the wilderness? 

20 Look! He struck the rock and water gushed out; 

torrents overflowed. 

But can he also provide bread 

or furnish meat for his people?” 

21 Therefore, the Lord heard and became furious; 

then fire broke out against Jacob, 

and anger flared up against Israel 

22 because they did not believe God 

or rely on his salvation. 

23 He gave a command to the clouds above 

and opened the doors of heaven. 

24 He rained manna for them to eat; 

he gave them grain from heaven. 

25 People ate the bread of angels. 

He sent them an abundant supply of food. 

26 He made the east wind blow in the skies 

and drove the south wind by his might. 

27 He rained meat on them like dust, 

and winged birds like the sand of the seas. 

28 He made them fall in the camp, 

all around the tents. 

29 The people ate and were completely satisfied, 

for he gave them what they craved. 

30 Before they had turned from what they craved, 

while the food was still in their mouths, 

31 God’s anger flared up against them, 

and he killed some of their best men. 

He struck down Israel’s fit young men. 

32 Despite all this, they kept sinning 

and did not believe his wondrous works. 

33 He made their days end in futility, 

their years in sudden disaster. 

34 When he killed some of them, 

the rest began to seek him; 

they repented and searched for God. 

35 They remembered that God was their rock, 

the Most High God, their Redeemer. 

36 But they deceived him with their mouths, 

they lied to him with their tongues, 

37 their hearts were insincere toward him, 

and they were unfaithful to his covenant. 

38 Yet he was compassionate; 

he atoned for their iniquity 

and did not destroy them. 

He often turned his anger aside 

and did not unleash all his wrath. 

39 He remembered that they were only flesh, 

a wind that passes and does not return. 

40 How often they rebelled against him 

in the wilderness 

and grieved him in the desert. 

41 They constantly tested God 

and provoked the Holy One of Israel. 

42 They did not remember his power shown 

on the day he redeemed them from the foe, 

43 when he performed his miraculous signs in Egypt 

and his wonders in the territory of Zoan. 

44 He turned their rivers into blood, 

and they could not drink from their streams. 

45 He sent among them swarms of flies, 

which fed on them, 

and frogs, which devastated them. 

46 He gave their crops to the caterpillar 

and the fruit of their labor to the locust. 

47 He killed their vines with hail 

and their sycamore fig trees with a flood. 

48 He handed over their livestock to hail 

and their cattle to lightning bolts. 

49 He sent his burning anger against them: 

fury, indignation, and calamity—

a band of deadly messengers.,

50 He cleared a path for his anger. 

He did not spare them from death 

but delivered their lives to the plague. 

51 He struck all the firstborn in Egypt, 

the first progeny of the tents of Ham. 

52 He led his people out like sheep 

and guided them like a flock in the wilderness. 

53 He led them safely, and they were not afraid; 

but the sea covered their enemies. 

54 He brought them to his holy territory, 

to the mountain his right hand acquired. 

55 He drove out nations before them. 

He apportioned their inheritance by lot 

and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents. 

56 But they rebelliously tested the Most High God, 

for they did not keep his decrees. 

57 They treacherously turned away like their ancestors; 

they became warped like a faulty bow. 

58 They enraged him with their high places 

and provoked his jealousy with their carved images. 

59 God heard and became furious; 

he completely rejected Israel. 

60 He abandoned the tabernacle at Shiloh, 

the tent where he resided among mankind. 

61 He gave up his strength to captivity 

and his splendor to the hand of a foe. 

62 He surrendered his people to the sword 

because he was enraged with his heritage. 

63 Fire consumed his chosen young men, 

and his young women had no wedding songs.,

64 His priests fell by the sword, 

and the widows could not lament. 

65 The Lord awoke as if from sleep, 

like a warrior from the effects of wine. 

66 He beat back his foes; 

he gave them lasting disgrace. 

67 He rejected the tent of Joseph 

and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim. 

68 He chose instead the tribe of Judah, 

Mount Zion, which he loved. 

69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, 

like the earth that he established forever. 

70 He chose David his servant 

and took him from the sheep pens; 

71 he brought him from tending ewes 

to be shepherd over his people Jacob—

over Israel, his inheritance. 

72 He shepherded them with a pure heart 

and guided them with his skillful hands.

Proverbs 14:32–35 (CSB)

32 The wicked one is thrown down by his own sin, 

but the righteous one has a refuge in his death. 

33 Wisdom resides in the heart of the discerning; 

she is known even among fools. 

34 Righteousness exalts a nation, 

but sin is a disgrace to any people. 

35 A king favors a prudent servant, 

but his anger falls on a disgraceful one.

Luke 22:54–62 (CSB)

PETER DENIES HIS LORD

54 They seized him, led him away, and brought him into the high priest’s house. Meanwhile Peter was following at a distance. 55 They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat down together, and Peter sat among them. 56 When a servant saw him sitting in the light, and looked closely at him, she said, “This man was with him too.” 

57 But he denied it: “Woman, I don’t know him.” 

58 After a little while, someone else saw him and said, “You’re one of them too.” 

“Man, I am not!” Peter said. 

59 About an hour later, another kept insisting, “This man was certainly with him, since he’s also a Galilean.” 

60 But Peter said, “Man, I don’t know what you’re talking about!” Immediately, while he was still speaking, a rooster crowed. 61 Then the Lord turned and looked at Peter. So Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.” 62 And he went outside and wept bitterly.

bookmark_borderJune 16, 2020

Psalm 77 (CSB)

Psalm 77

CONFIDENCE IN A TIME OF CRISIS

For the choir director: according to Jeduthun. Of Asaph. A psalm. 

I cry aloud to God, 

aloud to God, and he will hear me. 

I sought the Lord in my day of trouble. 

My hands were continually lifted up 

all night long; 

I refused to be comforted. 

I think of God; I groan; 

I meditate; my spirit becomes weak. 

Selah

You have kept me from closing my eyes; 

I am troubled and cannot speak. 

I consider days of old, 

years long past. 

At night I remember my music; 

I meditate in my heart, and my spirit ponders. 

“Will the Lord reject forever 

and never again show favor? 

Has his faithful love ceased forever? 

Is his promise at an end for all generations? 

Has God forgotten to be gracious? 

Has he in anger withheld his compassion?” 

Selah

10 So I say, “I am grieved 

that the right hand of the Most High has changed.”,

11 I will remember the Lord’s works; 

yes, I will remember your ancient wonders. 

12 I will reflect on all you have done 

and meditate on your actions. 

13 God, your way is holy. 

What god is great like God? 

14 You are the God who works wonders; 

you revealed your strength among the peoples. 

15 With power you redeemed your people, 

the descendants of Jacob and Joseph. 

Selah

16 The water saw you, God. 

The water saw you; it trembled. 

Even the depths shook. 

17 The clouds poured down water. 

The storm clouds thundered; 

your arrows flashed back and forth. 

18 The sound of your thunder was in the whirlwind; 

lightning lit up the world. 

The earth shook and quaked. 

19 Your way went through the sea 

and your path through the vast water, 

but your footprints were unseen. 

20 You led your people like a flock 

by the hand of Moses and Aaron.

Proverbs 14:29–31 (CSB)

29 A patient person shows great understanding, 

but a quick-tempered one promotes foolishness. 

30 A tranquil heart is life to the body, 

but jealousy is rottenness to the bones. 

31 The one who oppresses the poor person insults his Maker, 

but one who is kind to the needy honors him. 

Luke 22:47–53 (CSB)

JUDAS’S BETRAYAL OF JESUS

47 While he was still speaking, suddenly a mob came, and one of the Twelve named Judas was leading them. He came near Jesus to kiss him, 48 but Jesus said to him, “Judas, are you betraying the Son of Man with a kiss?” 

49 When those around him saw what was going to happen, they asked, “Lord, should we strike with the sword?” 50 Then one of them struck the high priest’s servant and cut off his right ear. 

51 But Jesus responded, “No more of this!” And touching his ear, he healed him. 52 Then Jesus said to the chief priests, temple police, and the elders who had come for him, “Have you come out with swords and clubs as if I were a criminal?53 Every day while I was with you in the temple, you never laid a hand on me. But this is your hour—and the dominion of darkness.”

bookmark_borderJune 11, 2020

Psalm 76 (CSB)

Psalm 76

GOD, THE POWERFUL JUDGE

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

God is known in Judah; 

his name is great in Israel. 

His tent is in Salem, 

his dwelling place in Zion. 

There he shatters the bow’s flaming arrows, 

the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. 

Selah

You are resplendent and majestic 

coming down from the mountains of prey. 

The brave-hearted have been plundered; 

they have slipped into their final sleep. 

None of the warriors was able to lift a hand. 

At your rebuke, God of Jacob, 

both chariot and horse lay still. 

And you—you are to be feared. 

When you are angry, 

who can stand before you? 

From heaven you pronounced judgment. 

The earth feared and grew quiet 

when God rose up to judge 

and to save all the lowly of the earth. 

Selah

10 Even human wrath will praise you; 

you will clothe yourself 

with the wrath that remains.,

11 Make and keep your vows 

to the Lord your God; 

let all who are around him bring tribute 

to the awe-inspiring one.,

12 He humbles the spirit of leaders; 

he is feared by the kings of the earth.

Proverbs 14:26–28 (CSB)

26 In the fear of the Lord one has strong confidence 

and his children have a refuge. 

27 The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life, 

turning people away from the snares of death. 

28 A large population is a king’s splendor, 

but a shortage of people is a ruler’s devastation.

Luke 22:31–46 (CSB)

PETER’S DENIAL PREDICTED

31 “Simon, Simon, look out. Satan has asked to sift you like wheat. 32 But I have prayed for you that your faith may not fail. And you, when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” 

33 “Lord,” he told him, “I’m ready to go with you both to prison and to death.” 

34 “I tell you, Peter,” he said, “the rooster will not crow today until you deny three times that you know me.” 

BE READY FOR TROUBLE

35 He also said to them, “When I sent you out without money-bag, traveling bag, or sandals, did you lack anything?” 

“Not a thing,” they said. 

36 Then he said to them, “But now, whoever has a money-bag should take it, and also a traveling bag. And whoever doesn’t have a sword should sell his robe and buy one. 37 For I tell you, what is written must be fulfilled in me: And he was counted among the lawless., Yes, what is written about me is coming to its fulfillment.”

38 “Lord,” they said, “look, here are two swords.” 

“That is enough!” he told them. 

THE PRAYER IN THE GARDEN

39 He went out and made his way as usual to the Mount of Olives, and the disciples followed him. 40 When he reached the place, he told them, “Pray that you may not fall into temptation.” 41 Then he withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, knelt down, and began to pray, 42 “Father, if you are willing, take this cup away from me—nevertheless, not my will, but yours, be done.” 

43 Then an angel from heaven appeared to him, strengthening him. 44 Being in anguish, he prayed more fervently, and his sweat became like drops of blood falling to the ground. 45 When he got up from prayer and came to the disciples, he found them sleeping, exhausted from their grief. 46 “Why are you sleeping?” he asked them. “Get up and pray, so that you won’t fall into temptation.”