Read the Bible | August 5th
God Will Judge with Equity
To the choirmaster: according to Do Not Destroy. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
 We give thanks to you, O God;
we give thanks, for your name is near.
We recount your wondrous deeds.
 “At the set time that I appoint
I will judge with equity.
 When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
 I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
 do not lift up your horn on high,
or speak with haughty neck.’”
 For not from the east or from the west
and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
 but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one and lifting up another.
 For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup
with foaming wine, well mixed,
and he pours out from it,
and all the wicked of the earth
shall drain it down to the dregs.
 But I will declare it forever;
I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
 All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up. (ESV)
Who Can Stand Before You?
To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of Asaph. A Song.
 In Judah God is known;
his name is great in Israel.
 His abode has been established in Salem,
his dwelling place in Zion.
 There he broke the flashing arrows,
the shield, the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah
 Glorious are you, more majestic
than the mountains full of prey.
 The stouthearted were stripped of their spoil;
they sank into sleep;
all the men of war
were unable to use their hands.
 At your rebuke, O God of Jacob,
both rider and horse lay stunned.
 But you, you are to be feared!
Who can stand before you
when once your anger is roused?
 From the heavens you uttered judgment;
the earth feared and was still,
 when God arose to establish judgment,
to save all the humble of the earth. Selah
 Surely the wrath of man shall praise you;
the remnant of wrath you will put on like a belt.
 Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them;
let all around him bring gifts
to him who is to be feared,
 who cuts off the spirit of princes,
who is to be feared by the kings of the earth. (ESV)
Released from the Law
 Or do you not know, brothers—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law is binding on a person only as long as he lives?  For a married woman is bound by law to her husband while he lives, but if her husband dies she is released from the law of marriage.  Accordingly, she will be called an adulteress if she lives with another man while her husband is alive. But if her husband dies, she is free from that law, and if she marries another man she is not an adulteress.
 Likewise, my brothers, you also have died to the law through the body of Christ, so that you may belong to another, to him who has been raised from the dead, in order that we may bear fruit for God.  For while we were living in the flesh, our sinful passions, aroused by the law, were at work in our members to bear fruit for death.  But now we are released from the law, having died to that which held us captive, so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit and not in the old way of the written code.
The Law and Sin
 What then shall we say? That the law is sin? By no means! Yet if it had not been for the law, I would not have known sin. For I would not have known what it is to covet if the law had not said, “You shall not covet.”  But sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, produced in me all kinds of covetousness. For apart from the law, sin lies dead.  I was once alive apart from the law, but when the commandment came, sin came alive and I died.  The very commandment that promised life proved to be death to me.  For sin, seizing an opportunity through the commandment, deceived me and through it killed me.  So the law is holy, and the commandment is holy and righteous and good.
 Did that which is good, then, bring death to me? By no means! It was sin, producing death in me through what is good, in order that sin might be shown to be sin, and through the commandment might become sinful beyond measure.  For we know that the law is spiritual, but I am of the flesh, sold under sin.  For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate.  Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good.  So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.  For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out.  For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing.  Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me.
 So I find it to be a law that when I want to do right, evil lies close at hand.  For I delight in the law of God, in my inner being,  but I see in my members another law waging war against the law of my mind and making me captive to the law of sin that dwells in my members.  Wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?  Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, I myself serve the law of God with my mind, but with my flesh I serve the law of sin. (ESV)