Read the Bible | August 8th
O God, Do Not Keep Silence
A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.
 O God, do not keep silence;
do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
 For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
those who hate you have raised their heads.
 They lay crafty plans against your people;
they consult together against your treasured ones.
 They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
 For they conspire with one accord;
against you they make a covenant—
 the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
Moab and the Hagrites,
 Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
 Asshur also has joined them;
they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah
 Do to them as you did to Midian,
as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
 who were destroyed at En-dor,
who became dung for the ground.
 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
 who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
of the pastures of God.”
 O my God, make them like whirling dust,
like chaff before the wind.
 As fire consumes the forest,
as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
 so may you pursue them with your tempest
and terrify them with your hurricane!
 Fill their faces with shame,
that they may seek your name, O LORD.
 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
let them perish in disgrace,
 that they may know that you alone,
whose name is the LORD,
are the Most High over all the earth. (ESV)
My Soul Longs for the Courts of the LORD
To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
 How lovely is your dwelling place,
O LORD of hosts!
 My soul longs, yes, faints
for the courts of the LORD;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
to the living God.
 Even the sparrow finds a home,
and the swallow a nest for herself,
where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O LORD of hosts,
my King and my God.
 Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
ever singing your praise! Selah
 Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
in whose heart are the highways to Zion.
 As they go through the Valley of Baca
they make it a place of springs;
the early rain also covers it with pools.
 They go from strength to strength;
each one appears before God in Zion.
 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer;
give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
 Behold our shield, O God;
look on the face of your anointed!
 For a day in your courts is better
than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
 For the LORD God is a sun and shield;
the LORD bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
from those who walk uprightly.
 O LORD of hosts,
blessed is the one who trusts in you! (ESV)
I Cry Out Day and Night Before You
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah. To the choirmaster: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.
 O LORD, God of my salvation,
I cry out day and night before you.
 Let my prayer come before you;
incline your ear to my cry!
 For my soul is full of troubles,
and my life draws near to Sheol.
 I am counted among those who go down to the pit;
I am a man who has no strength,
 like one set loose among the dead,
like the slain that lie in the grave,
like those whom you remember no more,
for they are cut off from your hand.
 You have put me in the depths of the pit,
in the regions dark and deep.
 Your wrath lies heavy upon me,
and you overwhelm me with all your waves. Selah
 You have caused my companions to shun me;
you have made me a horror to them.
I am shut in so that I cannot escape;
 my eye grows dim through sorrow.
Every day I call upon you, O LORD;
I spread out my hands to you.
 Do you work wonders for the dead?
Do the departed rise up to praise you? Selah
 Is your steadfast love declared in the grave,
or your faithfulness in Abaddon?
 Are your wonders known in the darkness,
or your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?
 But I, O LORD, cry to you;
in the morning my prayer comes before you.
 O LORD, why do you cast my soul away?
Why do you hide your face from me?
 Afflicted and close to death from my youth up,
I suffer your terrors; I am helpless.
 Your wrath has swept over me;
your dreadful assaults destroy me.
 They surround me like a flood all day long;
they close in on me together.
 You have caused my beloved and my friend to shun me;
my companions have become darkness. (ESV)
I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the LORD
A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite.
 I will sing of the steadfast love of the LORD, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
 For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
 You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
 ‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah
 Let the heavens praise your wonders, O LORD,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
 For who in the skies can be compared to the LORD?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the LORD,
 a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
 O LORD God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O LORD,
with your faithfulness all around you?
 You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
 The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
 You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O LORD, in the light of your face,
 who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
 For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
 For our shield belongs to the LORD,
our king to the Holy One of Israel.
 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
 I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
 so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
 The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
 I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
 And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
 I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
 If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
 if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
 I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
 His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah
 But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
 You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
 All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
 You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah
 How long, O LORD? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
 Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
 What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah
 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
 with which your enemies mock, O LORD,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed.
 Blessed be the LORD forever!
Amen and Amen. (ESV)
From Everlasting to Everlasting
A Prayer of Moses, the man of God.
 Lord, you have been our dwelling place
in all generations.
 Before the mountains were brought forth,
or ever you had formed the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting you are God.
 You return man to dust
and say, “Return, O children of man!”
 For a thousand years in your sight
are but as yesterday when it is past,
or as a watch in the night.
 You sweep them away as with a flood; they are like a dream,
like grass that is renewed in the morning:
 in the morning it flourishes and is renewed;
in the evening it fades and withers.
 For we are brought to an end by your anger;
by your wrath we are dismayed.
 You have set our iniquities before you,
our secret sins in the light of your presence.
 For all our days pass away under your wrath;
we bring our years to an end like a sigh.
 The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
 Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
 So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
 Return, O LORD! How long?
Have pity on your servants!
 Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love,
that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.
 Make us glad for as many days as you have afflicted us,
and for as many years as we have seen evil.
 Let your work be shown to your servants,
and your glorious power to their children.
 Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us,
and establish the work of our hands upon us;
yes, establish the work of our hands! (ESV)
The Message of Salvation to All
 For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.  But the righteousness based on faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)  “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead).  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);  because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.  For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved.  For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”  For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.  For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
 How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching?  And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”  But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed what he has heard from us?”  So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.
 But I ask, have they not heard? Indeed they have, for
“Their voice has gone out to all the earth,
and their words to the ends of the world.”
 But I ask, did Israel not understand? First Moses says,
“I will make you jealous of those who are not a nation;
with a foolish nation I will make you angry.”
 Then Isaiah is so bold as to say,
“I have been found by those who did not seek me;
I have shown myself to those who did not ask for me.”
 But of Israel he says, “All day long I have held out my hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” (ESV)
The Remnant of Israel
 I ask, then, has God rejected his people? By no means! For I myself am an Israelite, a descendant of Abraham, a member of the tribe of Benjamin.  God has not rejected his people whom he foreknew. Do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he appeals to God against Israel?  “Lord, they have killed your prophets, they have demolished your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life.”  But what is God’s reply to him? “I have kept for myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.”  So too at the present time there is a remnant, chosen by grace.  But if it is by grace, it is no longer on the basis of works; otherwise grace would no longer be grace.
 What then? Israel failed to obtain what it was seeking. The elect obtained it, but the rest were hardened,  as it is written,
“God gave them a spirit of stupor,
eyes that would not see
and ears that would not hear,
down to this very day.”
 And David says,
“Let their table become a snare and a trap,
a stumbling block and a retribution for them;
 let their eyes be darkened so that they cannot see,
and bend their backs forever.” (ESV)