Read the Bible | August 14th
Do Not Hide Your Face from Me
A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the LORD.
 Hear my prayer, O LORD;
let my cry come to you!
 Do not hide your face from me
in the day of my distress!
Incline your ear to me;
answer me speedily in the day when I call!
 For my days pass away like smoke,
and my bones burn like a furnace.
 My heart is struck down like grass and has withered;
I forget to eat my bread.
 Because of my loud groaning
my bones cling to my flesh.
 I am like a desert owl of the wilderness,
like an owl of the waste places;
 I lie awake;
I am like a lonely sparrow on the housetop.
 All the day my enemies taunt me;
those who deride me use my name for a curse.
 For I eat ashes like bread
and mingle tears with my drink,
 because of your indignation and anger;
for you have taken me up and thrown me down.
 My days are like an evening shadow;
I wither away like grass.
 But you, O LORD, are enthroned forever;
you are remembered throughout all generations.
 You will arise and have pity on Zion;
it is the time to favor her;
the appointed time has come.
 For your servants hold her stones dear
and have pity on her dust.
 Nations will fear the name of the LORD,
and all the kings of the earth will fear your glory.
 For the LORD builds up Zion;
he appears in his glory;
 he regards the prayer of the destitute
and does not despise their prayer.
 Let this be recorded for a generation to come,
so that a people yet to be created may praise the LORD:
 that he looked down from his holy height;
from heaven the LORD looked at the earth,
 to hear the groans of the prisoners,
to set free those who were doomed to die,
 that they may declare in Zion the name of the LORD,
and in Jerusalem his praise,
 when peoples gather together,
and kingdoms, to worship the LORD.
 He has broken my strength in midcourse;
he has shortened my days.
 “O my God,” I say, “take me not away
in the midst of my days—
you whose years endure
throughout all generations!”
 Of old you laid the foundation of the earth,
and the heavens are the work of your hands.
 They will perish, but you will remain;
they will all wear out like a garment.
You will change them like a robe, and they will pass away,
 but you are the same, and your years have no end.
 The children of your servants shall dwell secure;
their offspring shall be established before you. (ESV)
Bless the LORD, O My Soul
 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
 Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
 who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
 who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
 who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
 The LORD works righteousness
and justice for all who are oppressed.
 He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
 The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
 He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
 He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
 For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
 as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
 As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
 For he knows our frame;
he remembers that we are dust.
 As for man, his days are like grass;
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
 for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
 But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
 to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
 The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
 Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
 Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
 Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul! (ESV)
O LORD My God, You Are Very Great
 Bless the LORD, O my soul!
O LORD my God, you are very great!
You are clothed with splendor and majesty,
 covering yourself with light as with a garment,
stretching out the heavens like a tent.
 He lays the beams of his chambers on the waters;
he makes the clouds his chariot;
he rides on the wings of the wind;
 he makes his messengers winds,
his ministers a flaming fire.
 He set the earth on its foundations,
so that it should never be moved.
 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
the waters stood above the mountains.
 At your rebuke they fled;
at the sound of your thunder they took to flight.
 The mountains rose, the valleys sank down
to the place that you appointed for them.
 You set a boundary that they may not pass,
so that they might not again cover the earth.
 You make springs gush forth in the valleys;
they flow between the hills;
 they give drink to every beast of the field;
the wild donkeys quench their thirst.
 Beside them the birds of the heavens dwell;
they sing among the branches.
 From your lofty abode you water the mountains;
the earth is satisfied with the fruit of your work.
 You cause the grass to grow for the livestock
and plants for man to cultivate,
that he may bring forth food from the earth
 and wine to gladden the heart of man,
oil to make his face shine
and bread to strengthen man’s heart.
 The trees of the LORD are watered abundantly,
the cedars of Lebanon that he planted.
 In them the birds build their nests;
the stork has her home in the fir trees.
 The high mountains are for the wild goats;
the rocks are a refuge for the rock badgers.
 He made the moon to mark the seasons;
the sun knows its time for setting.
 You make darkness, and it is night,
when all the beasts of the forest creep about.
 The young lions roar for their prey,
seeking their food from God.
 When the sun rises, they steal away
and lie down in their dens.
 Man goes out to his work
and to his labor until the evening.
 O LORD, how manifold are your works!
In wisdom have you made them all;
the earth is full of your creatures.
 Here is the sea, great and wide,
which teems with creatures innumerable,
living things both small and great.
 There go the ships,
and Leviathan, which you formed to play in it.
 These all look to you,
to give them their food in due season.
 When you give it to them, they gather it up;
when you open your hand, they are filled with good things.
 When you hide your face, they are dismayed;
when you take away their breath, they die
and return to their dust.
 When you send forth your Spirit, they are created,
and you renew the face of the ground.
 May the glory of the LORD endure forever;
may the LORD rejoice in his works,
 who looks on the earth and it trembles,
who touches the mountains and they smoke!
 I will sing to the LORD as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have being.
 May my meditation be pleasing to him,
for I rejoice in the LORD.
 Let sinners be consumed from the earth,
and let the wicked be no more!
Bless the LORD, O my soul!
Praise the LORD! (ESV)
The Example of Christ
 We who are strong have an obligation to bear with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves.  Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to build him up.  For Christ did not please himself, but as it is written, “The reproaches of those who reproached you fell on me.”  For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope.  May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to live in such harmony with one another, in accord with Christ Jesus,  that together you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Therefore welcome one another as Christ has welcomed you, for the glory of God.
Christ the Hope of Jews and Gentiles
 For I tell you that Christ became a servant to the circumcised to show God’s truthfulness, in order to confirm the promises given to the patriarchs,  and in order that the Gentiles might glorify God for his mercy. As it is written,
“Therefore I will praise you among the Gentiles,
and sing to your name.”
 And again it is said,
“Rejoice, O Gentiles, with his people.”
 And again,
“Praise the Lord, all you Gentiles,
and let all the peoples extol him.”
 And again Isaiah says,
“The root of Jesse will come,
even he who arises to rule the Gentiles;
in him will the Gentiles hope.”
 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
Paul the Minister to the Gentiles
 I myself am satisfied about you, my brothers, that you yourselves are full of goodness, filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.  But on some points I have written to you very boldly by way of reminder, because of the grace given me by God  to be a minister of Christ Jesus to the Gentiles in the priestly service of the gospel of God, so that the offering of the Gentiles may be acceptable, sanctified by the Holy Spirit.  In Christ Jesus, then, I have reason to be proud of my work for God.  For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed,  by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ;  and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation,  but as it is written,
“Those who have never been told of him will see,
and those who have never heard will understand.” (ESV)