Read the Bible | August 3rd
O LORD, Do Not Delay
To the choirmaster. Of David, for the memorial offering.
 Make haste, O God, to deliver me!
O LORD, make haste to help me!
 Let them be put to shame and confusion
who seek my life!
Let them be turned back and brought to dishonor
who delight in my hurt!
 Let them turn back because of their shame
who say, “Aha, Aha!”
 May all who seek you
rejoice and be glad in you!
May those who love your salvation
say evermore, “God is great!”
 But I am poor and needy;
hasten to me, O God!
You are my help and my deliverer;
O LORD, do not delay! (ESV)
Forsake Me Not When My Strength Is Spent
 In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame!
 In your righteousness deliver me and rescue me;
incline your ear to me, and save me!
 Be to me a rock of refuge,
to which I may continually come;
you have given the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
 Rescue me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of the unjust and cruel man.
 For you, O Lord, are my hope,
my trust, O LORD, from my youth.
 Upon you I have leaned from before my birth;
you are he who took me from my mother's womb.
My praise is continually of you.
 I have been as a portent to many,
but you are my strong refuge.
 My mouth is filled with your praise,
and with your glory all the day.
 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;
forsake me not when my strength is spent.
 For my enemies speak concerning me;
those who watch for my life consult together
 and say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue and seize him,
for there is none to deliver him.”
 O God, be not far from me;
O my God, make haste to help me!
 May my accusers be put to shame and consumed;
with scorn and disgrace may they be covered
who seek my hurt.
 But I will hope continually
and will praise you yet more and more.
 My mouth will tell of your righteous acts,
of your deeds of salvation all the day,
for their number is past my knowledge.
 With the mighty deeds of the Lord GOD I will come;
I will remind them of your righteousness, yours alone.
 O God, from my youth you have taught me,
and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds.
 So even to old age and gray hairs,
O God, do not forsake me,
until I proclaim your might to another generation,
your power to all those to come.
 Your righteousness, O God,
reaches the high heavens.
You who have done great things,
O God, who is like you?
 You who have made me see many troubles and calamities
will revive me again;
from the depths of the earth
you will bring me up again.
 You will increase my greatness
and comfort me again.
 I will also praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, O my God;
I will sing praises to you with the lyre,
O Holy One of Israel.
 My lips will shout for joy,
when I sing praises to you;
my soul also, which you have redeemed.
 And my tongue will talk of your righteous help all the day long,
for they have been put to shame and disappointed
who sought to do me hurt. (ESV)
Give the King Your Justice
 Give the king your justice, O God,
and your righteousness to the royal son!
 May he judge your people with righteousness,
and your poor with justice!
 Let the mountains bear prosperity for the people,
and the hills, in righteousness!
 May he defend the cause of the poor of the people,
give deliverance to the children of the needy,
and crush the oppressor!
 May they fear you while the sun endures,
and as long as the moon, throughout all generations!
 May he be like rain that falls on the mown grass,
like showers that water the earth!
 In his days may the righteous flourish,
and peace abound, till the moon be no more!
 May he have dominion from sea to sea,
and from the River to the ends of the earth!
 May desert tribes bow down before him,
and his enemies lick the dust!
 May the kings of Tarshish and of the coastlands
render him tribute;
may the kings of Sheba and Seba
 May all kings fall down before him,
all nations serve him!
 For he delivers the needy when he calls,
the poor and him who has no helper.
 He has pity on the weak and the needy,
and saves the lives of the needy.
 From oppression and violence he redeems their life,
and precious is their blood in his sight.
 Long may he live;
may gold of Sheba be given to him!
May prayer be made for him continually,
and blessings invoked for him all the day!
 May there be abundance of grain in the land;
on the tops of the mountains may it wave;
may its fruit be like Lebanon;
and may people blossom in the cities
like the grass of the field!
 May his name endure forever,
his fame continue as long as the sun!
May people be blessed in him,
all nations call him blessed!
 Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous things.
 Blessed be his glorious name forever;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory!
Amen and Amen!
 The prayers of David, the son of Jesse, are ended. (ESV)
Peace with God Through Faith
 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.  Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God.  Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance,  and endurance produces character, and character produces hope,  and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.  For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.  Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God.  For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life.  More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men because all sinned— for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law.  Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man's trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many.  And the free gift is not like the result of that one man's sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification.  For if, because of one man's trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, as one trespass led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness leads to justification and life for all men.  For as by the one man's disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man's obedience the many will be made righteous.  Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more,  so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (ESV)