Read the Bible | August 10th
My Refuge and My Fortress
 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High
will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
 I will say to the LORD, “My refuge and my fortress,
my God, in whom I trust.”
 For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler
and from the deadly pestilence.
 He will cover you with his pinions,
and under his wings you will find refuge;
his faithfulness is a shield and buckler.
 You will not fear the terror of the night,
nor the arrow that flies by day,
 nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness,
nor the destruction that wastes at noonday.
 A thousand may fall at your side,
ten thousand at your right hand,
but it will not come near you.
 You will only look with your eyes
and see the recompense of the wicked.
 Because you have made the LORD your dwelling place—
the Most High, who is my refuge—
 no evil shall be allowed to befall you,
no plague come near your tent.
 For he will command his angels concerning you
to guard you in all your ways.
 On their hands they will bear you up,
lest you strike your foot against a stone.
 You will tread on the lion and the adder;
the young lion and the serpent you will trample underfoot.
 “Because he holds fast to me in love, I will deliver him;
I will protect him, because he knows my name.
 When he calls to me, I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will rescue him and honor him.
 With long life I will satisfy him
and show him my salvation.” (ESV)
How Great Are Your Works
A Psalm. A Song for the Sabbath.
 It is good to give thanks to the LORD,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;
 to declare your steadfast love in the morning,
and your faithfulness by night,
 to the music of the lute and the harp,
to the melody of the lyre.
 For you, O LORD, have made me glad by your work;
at the works of your hands I sing for joy.
 How great are your works, O LORD!
Your thoughts are very deep!
 The stupid man cannot know;
the fool cannot understand this:
 that though the wicked sprout like grass
and all evildoers flourish,
they are doomed to destruction forever;
 but you, O LORD, are on high forever.
 For behold, your enemies, O LORD,
for behold, your enemies shall perish;
all evildoers shall be scattered.
 But you have exalted my horn like that of the wild ox;
you have poured over me fresh oil.
 My eyes have seen the downfall of my enemies;
my ears have heard the doom of my evil assailants.
 The righteous flourish like the palm tree
and grow like a cedar in Lebanon.
 They are planted in the house of the LORD;
they flourish in the courts of our God.
 They still bear fruit in old age;
they are ever full of sap and green,
 to declare that the LORD is upright;
he is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in him. (ESV)
The LORD Reigns
 The LORD reigns; he is robed in majesty;
the LORD is robed; he has put on strength as his belt.
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved.
 Your throne is established from of old;
you are from everlasting.
 The floods have lifted up, O LORD,
the floods have lifted up their voice;
the floods lift up their roaring.
 Mightier than the thunders of many waters,
mightier than the waves of the sea,
the LORD on high is mighty!
 Your decrees are very trustworthy;
holiness befits your house,
O LORD, forevermore. (ESV)
Gentiles Grafted In
 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather, through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous.  Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!
 Now I am speaking to you Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry  in order somehow to make my fellow Jews jealous, and thus save some of them.  For if their rejection means the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance mean but life from the dead?  If the dough offered as firstfruits is holy, so is the whole lump, and if the root is holy, so are the branches.
 But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, although a wild olive shoot, were grafted in among the others and now share in the nourishing root of the olive tree,  do not be arrogant toward the branches. If you are, remember it is not you who support the root, but the root that supports you.  Then you will say, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.”  That is true. They were broken off because of their unbelief, but you stand fast through faith. So do not become proud, but fear.  For if God did not spare the natural branches, neither will he spare you.  Note then the kindness and the severity of God: severity toward those who have fallen, but God’s kindness to you, provided you continue in his kindness. Otherwise you too will be cut off.  And even they, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God has the power to graft them in again.  For if you were cut from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and grafted, contrary to nature, into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, the natural branches, be grafted back into their own olive tree.
The Mystery of Israel’s Salvation
 Lest you be wise in your own sight, I do not want you to be unaware of this mystery, brothers: a partial hardening has come upon Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in.  And in this way all Israel will be saved, as it is written,
“The Deliverer will come from Zion,
he will banish ungodliness from Jacob”;
 “and this will be my covenant with them
when I take away their sins.”
 As regards the gospel, they are enemies for your sake. But as regards election, they are beloved for the sake of their forefathers.  For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable.  For just as you were at one time disobedient to God but now have received mercy because of their disobedience,  so they too have now been disobedient in order that by the mercy shown to you they also may now receive mercy.  For God has consigned all to disobedience, that he may have mercy on all.
 Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!
 “For who has known the mind of the Lord,
or who has been his counselor?”
 “Or who has given a gift to him
that he might be repaid?”
 For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever. Amen. (ESV)