Read the Bible | August 12th
Worship in the Splendor of Holiness
 Oh sing to the LORD a new song;
sing to the LORD, all the earth!
 Sing to the LORD, bless his name;
tell of his salvation from day to day.
 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
 For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods.
 For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,
but the LORD made the heavens.
 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and beauty are in his sanctuary.
 Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples,
ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name;
bring an offering, and come into his courts!
 Worship the LORD in the splendor of holiness;
tremble before him, all the earth!
 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns!
Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;
he will judge the peoples with equity.”
 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
 let the field exult, and everything in it!
Then shall all the trees of the forest sing for joy
 before the LORD, for he comes,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness,
and the peoples in his faithfulness. (ESV)
The LORD Reigns
 The LORD reigns, let the earth rejoice;
let the many coastlands be glad!
 Clouds and thick darkness are all around him;
righteousness and justice are the foundation of his throne.
 Fire goes before him
and burns up his adversaries all around.
 His lightnings light up the world;
the earth sees and trembles.
 The mountains melt like wax before the LORD,
before the Lord of all the earth.
 The heavens proclaim his righteousness,
and all the peoples see his glory.
 All worshipers of images are put to shame,
who make their boast in worthless idols;
worship him, all you gods!
 Zion hears and is glad,
and the daughters of Judah rejoice,
because of your judgments, O LORD.
 For you, O LORD, are most high over all the earth;
you are exalted far above all gods.
 O you who love the LORD, hate evil!
He preserves the lives of his saints;
he delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
 Light is sown for the righteous,
and joy for the upright in heart.
 Rejoice in the LORD, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name! (ESV)
Make a Joyful Noise to the LORD
 Oh sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things!
His right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
 The LORD has made known his salvation;
he has revealed his righteousness in the sight of the nations.
 He has remembered his steadfast love and faithfulness
to the house of Israel.
All the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth;
break forth into joyous song and sing praises!
 Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre,
with the lyre and the sound of melody!
 With trumpets and the sound of the horn
make a joyful noise before the King, the LORD!
 Let the sea roar, and all that fills it;
the world and those who dwell in it!
 Let the rivers clap their hands;
let the hills sing for joy together
 before the LORD, for he comes
to judge the earth.
He will judge the world with righteousness,
and the peoples with equity. (ESV)
Submission to the Authorities
 Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God.  Therefore whoever resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment.  For rulers are not a terror to good conduct, but to bad. Would you have no fear of the one who is in authority? Then do what is good, and you will receive his approval,  for he is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for he does not bear the sword in vain. For he is the servant of God, an avenger who carries out God’s wrath on the wrongdoer.  Therefore one must be in subjection, not only to avoid God’s wrath but also for the sake of conscience.  For because of this you also pay taxes, for the authorities are ministers of God, attending to this very thing.  Pay to all what is owed to them: taxes to whom taxes are owed, revenue to whom revenue is owed, respect to whom respect is owed, honor to whom honor is owed.
Fulfilling the Law Through Love
 Owe no one anything, except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law.  For the commandments, “You shall not commit adultery, You shall not murder, You shall not steal, You shall not covet,” and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”  Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.
 Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.  The night is far gone; the day is at hand. So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light.  Let us walk properly as in the daytime, not in orgies and drunkenness, not in sexual immorality and sensuality, not in quarreling and jealousy.  But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires. (ESV)