Read the Bible | August 6th
In the Day of Trouble I Seek the Lord
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of Asaph.
 I cry aloud to God,
aloud to God, and he will hear me.
 In the day of my trouble I seek the Lord;
in the night my hand is stretched out without wearying;
my soul refuses to be comforted.
 When I remember God, I moan;
when I meditate, my spirit faints. Selah
 You hold my eyelids open;
I am so troubled that I cannot speak.
 I consider the days of old,
the years long ago.
 I said, “Let me remember my song in the night;
let me meditate in my heart.”
Then my spirit made a diligent search:
 “Will the Lord spurn forever,
and never again be favorable?
 Has his steadfast love forever ceased?
Are his promises at an end for all time?
 Has God forgotten to be gracious?
Has he in anger shut up his compassion?” Selah
 Then I said, “I will appeal to this,
to the years of the right hand of the Most High.”
 I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your wonders of old.
 I will ponder all your work,
and meditate on your mighty deeds.
 Your way, O God, is holy.
What god is great like our God?
 You are the God who works wonders;
you have made known your might among the peoples.
 You with your arm redeemed your people,
the children of Jacob and Joseph. Selah
 When the waters saw you, O God,
when the waters saw you, they were afraid;
indeed, the deep trembled.
 The clouds poured out water;
the skies gave forth thunder;
your arrows flashed on every side.
 The crash of your thunder was in the whirlwind;
your lightnings lighted up the world;
the earth trembled and shook.
 Your way was through the sea,
your path through the great waters;
yet your footprints were unseen.
 You led your people like a flock
by the hand of Moses and Aaron. (ESV)
Tell the Coming Generation
A Maskil of Asaph.
 Give ear, O my people, to my teaching;
incline your ears to the words of my mouth!
 I will open my mouth in a parable;
I will utter dark sayings from of old,
 things that we have heard and known,
that our fathers have told us.
 We will not hide them from their children,
but tell to the coming generation
the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might,
and the wonders that he has done.
 He established a testimony in Jacob
and appointed a law in Israel,
which he commanded our fathers
to teach to their children,
 that the next generation might know them,
the children yet unborn,
and arise and tell them to their children,
 so that they should set their hope in God
and not forget the works of God,
but keep his commandments;
 and that they should not be like their fathers,
a stubborn and rebellious generation,
a generation whose heart was not steadfast,
whose spirit was not faithful to God.
 The Ephraimites, armed with the bow,
turned back on the day of battle.
 They did not keep God’s covenant,
but refused to walk according to his law.
 They forgot his works
and the wonders that he had shown them.
 In the sight of their fathers he performed wonders
in the land of Egypt, in the fields of Zoan.
 He divided the sea and let them pass through it,
and made the waters stand like a heap.
 In the daytime he led them with a cloud,
and all the night with a fiery light.
 He split rocks in the wilderness
and gave them drink abundantly as from the deep.
 He made streams come out of the rock
and caused waters to flow down like rivers.
 Yet they sinned still more against him,
rebelling against the Most High in the desert.
 They tested God in their heart
by demanding the food they craved.
 They spoke against God, saying,
“Can God spread a table in the wilderness?
 He struck the rock so that water gushed out
and streams overflowed.
Can he also give bread
or provide meat for his people?”
 Therefore, when the LORD heard, he was full of wrath;
a fire was kindled against Jacob;
his anger rose against Israel,
 because they did not believe in God
and did not trust his saving power.
 Yet he commanded the skies above
and opened the doors of heaven,
 and he rained down on them manna to eat
and gave them the grain of heaven.
 Man ate of the bread of the angels;
he sent them food in abundance.
 He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens,
and by his power he led out the south wind;
 he rained meat on them like dust,
winged birds like the sand of the seas;
 he let them fall in the midst of their camp,
all around their dwellings.
 And they ate and were well filled,
for he gave them what they craved.
 But before they had satisfied their craving,
while the food was still in their mouths,
 the anger of God rose against them,
and he killed the strongest of them
and laid low the young men of Israel.
 In spite of all this, they still sinned;
despite his wonders, they did not believe.
 So he made their days vanish like a breath,
and their years in terror.
 When he killed them, they sought him;
they repented and sought God earnestly.
 They remembered that God was their rock,
the Most High God their redeemer.
 But they flattered him with their mouths;
they lied to him with their tongues.
 Their heart was not steadfast toward him;
they were not faithful to his covenant.
 Yet he, being compassionate,
atoned for their iniquity
and did not destroy them;
he restrained his anger often
and did not stir up all his wrath.
 He remembered that they were but flesh,
a wind that passes and comes not again.
 How often they rebelled against him in the wilderness
and grieved him in the desert!
 They tested God again and again
and provoked the Holy One of Israel.
 They did not remember his power
or the day when he redeemed them from the foe,
 when he performed his signs in Egypt
and his marvels in the fields of Zoan.
 He turned their rivers to blood,
so that they could not drink of their streams.
 He sent among them swarms of flies, which devoured them,
and frogs, which destroyed them.
 He gave their crops to the destroying locust
and the fruit of their labor to the locust.
 He destroyed their vines with hail
and their sycamores with frost.
 He gave over their cattle to the hail
and their flocks to thunderbolts.
 He let loose on them his burning anger,
wrath, indignation, and distress,
a company of destroying angels.
 He made a path for his anger;
he did not spare them from death,
but gave their lives over to the plague.
 He struck down every firstborn in Egypt,
the firstfruits of their strength in the tents of Ham.
 Then he led out his people like sheep
and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
 He led them in safety, so that they were not afraid,
but the sea overwhelmed their enemies.
 And he brought them to his holy land,
to the mountain which his right hand had won.
 He drove out nations before them;
he apportioned them for a possession
and settled the tribes of Israel in their tents.
 Yet they tested and rebelled against the Most High God
and did not keep his testimonies,
 but turned away and acted treacherously like their fathers;
they twisted like a deceitful bow.
 For they provoked him to anger with their high places;
they moved him to jealousy with their idols.
 When God heard, he was full of wrath,
and he utterly rejected Israel.
 He forsook his dwelling at Shiloh,
the tent where he dwelt among mankind,
 and delivered his power to captivity,
his glory to the hand of the foe.
 He gave his people over to the sword
and vented his wrath on his heritage.
 Fire devoured their young men,
and their young women had no marriage song.
 Their priests fell by the sword,
and their widows made no lamentation.
 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep,
like a strong man shouting because of wine.
 And he put his adversaries to rout;
he put them to everlasting shame.
 He rejected the tent of Joseph;
he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim,
 but he chose the tribe of Judah,
Mount Zion, which he loves.
 He built his sanctuary like the high heavens,
like the earth, which he has founded forever.
 He chose David his servant
and took him from the sheepfolds;
 from following the nursing ewes he brought him
to shepherd Jacob his people,
Israel his inheritance.
 With upright heart he shepherded them
and guided them with his skillful hand. (ESV)
How Long, O LORD?
A Psalm of Asaph.
 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple;
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
 They have given the bodies of your servants
to the birds of the heavens for food,
the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
 They have poured out their blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
mocked and derided by those around us.
 How long, O LORD? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
 Pour out your anger on the nations
that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
that do not call upon your name!
 For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his habitation.
 Do not remember against us our former iniquities;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
 Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake!
 Why should the nations say,
“Where is their God?”
Let the avenging of the outpoured blood of your servants
be known among the nations before our eyes!
 Let the groans of the prisoners come before you;
according to your great power, preserve those doomed to die!
 Return sevenfold into the lap of our neighbors
the taunts with which they have taunted you, O Lord!
 But we your people, the sheep of your pasture,
will give thanks to you forever;
from generation to generation we will recount your praise. (ESV)
Life in the Spirit
 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.  For the law of the Spirit of life has set you free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death.  For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin, he condemned sin in the flesh,  in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.  For those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit.  For to set the mind on the flesh is death, but to set the mind on the Spirit is life and peace.  For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot.  Those who are in the flesh cannot please God.
 You, however, are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if in fact the Spirit of God dwells in you. Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him.  But if Christ is in you, although the body is dead because of sin, the Spirit is life because of righteousness.  If the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, he who raised Christ Jesus from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through his Spirit who dwells in you.
Heirs with Christ
 So then, brothers, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh.  For if you live according to the flesh you will die, but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live.  For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.  For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,  and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.
 For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.  For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God.  For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope  that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now.  And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies.  For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees?  But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.
 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.  And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.  And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.  For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.  And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
God’s Everlasting Love
 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?  He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?  Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies.  Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us.  Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword?  As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.  For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers,  nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)