Read the Bible | August 27th
I Have Calmed and Quieted My Soul
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
 O LORD, my heart is not lifted up;
my eyes are not raised too high;
I do not occupy myself with things
too great and too marvelous for me.
 But I have calmed and quieted my soul,
like a weaned child with its mother;
like a weaned child is my soul within me.
 O Israel, hope in the LORD
from this time forth and forevermore. (ESV)
The LORD Has Chosen Zion
A Song of Ascents.
 Remember, O LORD, in David’s favor,
all the hardships he endured,
 how he swore to the LORD
and vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
 “I will not enter my house
or get into my bed,
 I will not give sleep to my eyes
or slumber to my eyelids,
 until I find a place for the LORD,
a dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
 Behold, we heard of it in Ephrathah;
we found it in the fields of Jaar.
 “Let us go to his dwelling place;
let us worship at his footstool!”
 Arise, O LORD, and go to your resting place,
you and the ark of your might.
 Let your priests be clothed with righteousness,
and let your saints shout for joy.
 For the sake of your servant David,
do not turn away the face of your anointed one.
 The LORD swore to David a sure oath
from which he will not turn back:
“One of the sons of your body
I will set on your throne.
 If your sons keep my covenant
and my testimonies that I shall teach them,
their sons also forever
shall sit on your throne.”
 For the LORD has chosen Zion;
he has desired it for his dwelling place:
 “This is my resting place forever;
here I will dwell, for I have desired it.
 I will abundantly bless her provisions;
I will satisfy her poor with bread.
 Her priests I will clothe with salvation,
and her saints will shout for joy.
 There I will make a horn to sprout for David;
I have prepared a lamp for my anointed.
 His enemies I will clothe with shame,
but on him his crown will shine.” (ESV)
When Brothers Dwell in Unity
A Song of Ascents. Of David.
 Behold, how good and pleasant it is
when brothers dwell in unity!
 It is like the precious oil on the head,
running down on the beard,
on the beard of Aaron,
running down on the collar of his robes!
 It is like the dew of Hermon,
which falls on the mountains of Zion!
For there the LORD has commanded the blessing,
life forevermore. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 10:1–22
Warning Against Idolatry
 For I do not want you to be unaware, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea,  and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea,  and all ate the same spiritual food,  and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.  Nevertheless, with most of them God was not pleased, for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
 Now these things took place as examples for us, that we might not desire evil as they did.  Do not be idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, “The people sat down to eat and drink and rose up to play.”  We must not indulge in sexual immorality as some of them did, and twenty-three thousand fell in a single day.  We must not put Christ to the test, as some of them did and were destroyed by serpents,  nor grumble, as some of them did and were destroyed by the Destroyer.  Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.  Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall.  No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.
 Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.  I speak as to sensible people; judge for yourselves what I say.  The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ?  Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.  Consider the people of Israel: are not those who eat the sacrifices participants in the altar?  What do I imply then? That food offered to idols is anything, or that an idol is anything?  No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.  You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.  Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he? (ESV)