Read the Bible | August 29th
Give Thanks to the LORD
 I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart;
before the gods I sing your praise;
 I bow down toward your holy temple
and give thanks to your name for your steadfast love and your faithfulness,
for you have exalted above all things
your name and your word.
 On the day I called, you answered me;
my strength of soul you increased.
 All the kings of the earth shall give you thanks, O LORD,
for they have heard the words of your mouth,
 and they shall sing of the ways of the LORD,
for great is the glory of the LORD.
 For though the LORD is high, he regards the lowly,
but the haughty he knows from afar.
 Though I walk in the midst of trouble,
you preserve my life;
you stretch out your hand against the wrath of my enemies,
and your right hand delivers me.
 The LORD will fulfill his purpose for me;
your steadfast love, O LORD, endures forever.
Do not forsake the work of your hands. (ESV)
Search Me, O God, and Know My Heart
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 O LORD, you have searched me and known me!
 You know when I sit down and when I rise up;
you discern my thoughts from afar.
 You search out my path and my lying down
and are acquainted with all my ways.
 Even before a word is on my tongue,
behold, O LORD, you know it altogether.
 You hem me in, behind and before,
and lay your hand upon me.
 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me;
it is high; I cannot attain it.
 Where shall I go from your Spirit?
Or where shall I flee from your presence?
 If I ascend to heaven, you are there!
If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there!
 If I take the wings of the morning
and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea,
 even there your hand shall lead me,
and your right hand shall hold me.
 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me,
and the light about me be night,”
 even the darkness is not dark to you;
the night is bright as the day,
for darkness is as light with you.
 For you formed my inward parts;
you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Wonderful are your works;
my soul knows it very well.
 My frame was not hidden from you,
when I was being made in secret,
intricately woven in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed substance;
in your book were written, every one of them,
the days that were formed for me,
when as yet there was none of them.
 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
 If I would count them, they are more than the sand.
I awake, and I am still with you.
 Oh that you would slay the wicked, O God!
O men of blood, depart from me!
 They speak against you with malicious intent;
your enemies take your name in vain.
 Do I not hate those who hate you, O LORD?
And do I not loathe those who rise up against you?
 I hate them with complete hatred;
I count them my enemies.
 Search me, O God, and know my heart!
Try me and know my thoughts!
 And see if there be any grievous way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting! (ESV)
Deliver Me, O LORD, from Evil Men
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 Deliver me, O LORD, from evil men;
preserve me from violent men,
 who plan evil things in their heart
and stir up wars continually.
 They make their tongue sharp as a serpent’s,
and under their lips is the venom of asps. Selah
 Guard me, O LORD, from the hands of the wicked;
preserve me from violent men,
who have planned to trip up my feet.
 The arrogant have hidden a trap for me,
and with cords they have spread a net;
beside the way they have set snares for me. Selah
 I say to the LORD, You are my God;
give ear to the voice of my pleas for mercy, O LORD!
 O LORD, my Lord, the strength of my salvation,
you have covered my head in the day of battle.
 Grant not, O LORD, the desires of the wicked;
do not further their evil plot, or they will be exalted! Selah
 As for the head of those who surround me,
let the mischief of their lips overwhelm them!
 Let burning coals fall upon them!
Let them be cast into fire,
into miry pits, no more to rise!
 Let not the slanderer be established in the land;
let evil hunt down the violent man speedily!
 I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted,
and will execute justice for the needy.
 Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name;
the upright shall dwell in your presence. (ESV)
Give Ear to My Voice
A Psalm of David.
 O LORD, I call upon you; hasten to me!
Give ear to my voice when I call to you!
 Let my prayer be counted as incense before you,
and the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice!
 Set a guard, O LORD, over my mouth;
keep watch over the door of my lips!
 Do not let my heart incline to any evil,
to busy myself with wicked deeds
in company with men who work iniquity,
and let me not eat of their delicacies!
 Let a righteous man strike me—it is a kindness;
let him rebuke me—it is oil for my head;
let my head not refuse it.
Yet my prayer is continually against their evil deeds.
 When their judges are thrown over the cliff,
then they shall hear my words, for they are pleasant.
 As when one plows and breaks up the earth,
so shall our bones be scattered at the mouth of Sheol.
 But my eyes are toward you, O GOD, my Lord;
in you I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!
 Keep me from the trap that they have laid for me
and from the snares of evildoers!
 Let the wicked fall into their own nets,
while I pass by safely. (ESV)
You Are My Refuge
A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.
 With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
 I pour out my complaint before him;
I tell my trouble before him.
 When my spirit faints within me,
you know my way!
In the path where I walk
they have hidden a trap for me.
 Look to the right and see:
there is none who takes notice of me;
no refuge remains to me;
no one cares for my soul.
 I cry to you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my refuge,
my portion in the land of the living.”
 Attend to my cry,
for I am brought very low!
Deliver me from my persecutors,
for they are too strong for me!
 Bring me out of prison,
that I may give thanks to your name!
The righteous will surround me,
for you will deal bountifully with me. (ESV)
1 Corinthians 11:2–34
 Now I commend you because you remember me in everything and maintain the traditions even as I delivered them to you.  But I want you to understand that the head of every man is Christ, the head of a wife is her husband, and the head of Christ is God.  Every man who prays or prophesies with his head covered dishonors his head,  but every wife who prays or prophesies with her head uncovered dishonors her head, since it is the same as if her head were shaven.  For if a wife will not cover her head, then she should cut her hair short. But since it is disgraceful for a wife to cut off her hair or shave her head, let her cover her head.  For a man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of God, but woman is the glory of man.  For man was not made from woman, but woman from man.  Neither was man created for woman, but woman for man.  That is why a wife ought to have a symbol of authority on her head, because of the angels.  Nevertheless, in the Lord woman is not independent of man nor man of woman;  for as woman was made from man, so man is now born of woman. And all things are from God.  Judge for yourselves: is it proper for a wife to pray to God with her head uncovered?  Does not nature itself teach you that if a man wears long hair it is a disgrace for him,  but if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For her hair is given to her for a covering.  If anyone is inclined to be contentious, we have no such practice, nor do the churches of God.
The Lord’s Supper
 But in the following instructions I do not commend you, because when you come together it is not for the better but for the worse.  For, in the first place, when you come together as a church, I hear that there are divisions among you. And I believe it in part,  for there must be factions among you in order that those who are genuine among you may be recognized.  When you come together, it is not the Lord’s supper that you eat.  For in eating, each one goes ahead with his own meal. One goes hungry, another gets drunk.  What! Do you not have houses to eat and drink in? Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have nothing? What shall I say to you? Shall I commend you in this? No, I will not.
 For I received from the Lord what I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus on the night when he was betrayed took bread,  and when he had given thanks, he broke it, and said, “This is my body, which is for you. Do this in remembrance of me.”  In the same way also he took the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me.”  For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until he comes.
 Whoever, therefore, eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty concerning the body and blood of the Lord.  Let a person examine himself, then, and so eat of the bread and drink of the cup.  For anyone who eats and drinks without discerning the body eats and drinks judgment on himself.  That is why many of you are weak and ill, and some have died.  But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged.  But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world.
 So then, my brothers, when you come together to eat, wait for one another— if anyone is hungry, let him eat at home—so that when you come together it will not be for judgment. About the other things I will give directions when I come. (ESV)