Read the Bible | August 11th
The LORD Will Not Forsake His People
 O LORD, God of vengeance,
O God of vengeance, shine forth!
 Rise up, O judge of the earth;
repay to the proud what they deserve!
 O LORD, how long shall the wicked,
how long shall the wicked exult?
 They pour out their arrogant words;
all the evildoers boast.
 They crush your people, O LORD,
and afflict your heritage.
 They kill the widow and the sojourner,
and murder the fatherless;
 and they say, “The LORD does not see;
the God of Jacob does not perceive.”
 Understand, O dullest of the people!
Fools, when will you be wise?
 He who planted the ear, does he not hear?
He who formed the eye, does he not see?
 He who disciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?
He who teaches man knowledge—
 the LORD—knows the thoughts of man,
that they are but a breath.
 Blessed is the man whom you discipline, O LORD,
and whom you teach out of your law,
 to give him rest from days of trouble,
until a pit is dug for the wicked.
 For the LORD will not forsake his people;
he will not abandon his heritage;
 for justice will return to the righteous,
and all the upright in heart will follow it.
 Who rises up for me against the wicked?
Who stands up for me against evildoers?
 If the LORD had not been my help,
my soul would soon have lived in the land of silence.
 When I thought, “My foot slips,”
your steadfast love, O LORD, held me up.
 When the cares of my heart are many,
your consolations cheer my soul.
 Can wicked rulers be allied with you,
those who frame injustice by statute?
 They band together against the life of the righteous
and condemn the innocent to death.
 But the LORD has become my stronghold,
and my God the rock of my refuge.
 He will bring back on them their iniquity
and wipe them out for their wickedness;
the LORD our God will wipe them out. (ESV)
Let Us Sing Songs of Praise
 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD;
let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation!
 Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving;
let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
 For the LORD is a great God,
and a great King above all gods.
 In his hand are the depths of the earth;
the heights of the mountains are his also.
 The sea is his, for he made it,
and his hands formed the dry land.
 Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
let us kneel before the LORD, our Maker!
 For he is our God,
and we are the people of his pasture,
and the sheep of his hand.
Today, if you hear his voice,
 do not harden your hearts, as at Meribah,
as on the day at Massah in the wilderness,
 when your fathers put me to the test
and put me to the proof, though they had seen my work.
 For forty years I loathed that generation
and said, “They are a people who go astray in their heart,
and they have not known my ways.”
 Therefore I swore in my wrath,
“They shall not enter my rest.” (ESV)
A Living Sacrifice
 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship.  Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
Gifts of Grace
 For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned.  For as in one body we have many members, and the members do not all have the same function,  so we, though many, are one body in Christ, and individually members one of another.  Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith;  if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching;  the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads, with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.
Marks of the True Christian
 Let love be genuine. Abhor what is evil; hold fast to what is good.  Love one another with brotherly affection. Outdo one another in showing honor.  Do not be slothful in zeal, be fervent in spirit, serve the Lord.  Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.  Contribute to the needs of the saints and seek to show hospitality.
 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them.  Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep.  Live in harmony with one another. Do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly. Never be wise in your own sight.  Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all.  Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.”  To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. (ESV)