Read the Bible | July 25th
Come to Our Help
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah.
 O God, we have heard with our ears,
our fathers have told us,
what deeds you performed in their days,
in the days of old:
 you with your own hand drove out the nations,
but them you planted;
you afflicted the peoples,
but them you set free;
 for not by their own sword did they win the land,
nor did their own arm save them,
but your right hand and your arm,
and the light of your face,
for you delighted in them.
 You are my King, O God;
ordain salvation for Jacob!
 Through you we push down our foes;
through your name we tread down those who rise up against us.
 For not in my bow do I trust,
nor can my sword save me.
 But you have saved us from our foes
and have put to shame those who hate us.
 In God we have boasted continually,
and we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah
 But you have rejected us and disgraced us
and have not gone out with our armies.
 You have made us turn back from the foe,
and those who hate us have gotten spoil.
 You have made us like sheep for slaughter
and have scattered us among the nations.
 You have sold your people for a trifle,
demanding no high price for them.
 You have made us the taunt of our neighbors,
the derision and scorn of those around us.
 You have made us a byword among the nations,
a laughingstock among the peoples.
 All day long my disgrace is before me,
and shame has covered my face
 at the sound of the taunter and reviler,
at the sight of the enemy and the avenger.
 All this has come upon us,
though we have not forgotten you,
and we have not been false to your covenant.
 Our heart has not turned back,
nor have our steps departed from your way;
 yet you have broken us in the place of jackals
and covered us with the shadow of death.
 If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
 would not God discover this?
For he knows the secrets of the heart.
 Yet for your sake we are killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.
 Awake! Why are you sleeping, O Lord?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever!
 Why do you hide your face?
Why do you forget our affliction and oppression?
 For our soul is bowed down to the dust;
our belly clings to the ground.
 Rise up; come to our help!
Redeem us for the sake of your steadfast love! (ESV)
Your Throne, O God, Is Forever
To the choirmaster: according to Lilies. A Maskil of the Sons of Korah; a love song.
 My heart overflows with a pleasing theme;
I address my verses to the king;
my tongue is like the pen of a ready scribe.
 You are the most handsome of the sons of men;
grace is poured upon your lips;
therefore God has blessed you forever.
 Gird your sword on your thigh, O mighty one,
in your splendor and majesty!
 In your majesty ride out victoriously
for the cause of truth and meekness and righteousness;
let your right hand teach you awesome deeds!
 Your arrows are sharp
in the heart of the king's enemies;
the peoples fall under you.
 Your throne, O God, is forever and ever.
The scepter of your kingdom is a scepter of uprightness;
 you have loved righteousness and hated wickedness.
Therefore God, your God, has anointed you
with the oil of gladness beyond your companions;
 your robes are all fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.
From ivory palaces stringed instruments make you glad;
 daughters of kings are among your ladies of honor;
at your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir.
 Hear, O daughter, and consider, and incline your ear:
forget your people and your father's house,
 and the king will desire your beauty.
Since he is your lord, bow to him.
 The people of Tyre will seek your favor with gifts,
the richest of the people.
 All glorious is the princess in her chamber, with robes interwoven with gold.
 In many-colored robes she is led to the king,
with her virgin companions following behind her.
 With joy and gladness they are led along
as they enter the palace of the king.
 In place of your fathers shall be your sons;
you will make them princes in all the earth.
 I will cause your name to be remembered in all generations;
therefore nations will praise you forever and ever. (ESV)
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
 though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
 Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
 The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah (ESV)
God Is King over All the Earth
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
 Clap your hands, all peoples!
Shout to God with loud songs of joy!
 For the LORD, the Most High, is to be feared,
a great king over all the earth.
 He subdued peoples under us,
and nations under our feet.
 He chose our heritage for us,
the pride of Jacob whom he loves. Selah
 God has gone up with a shout,
the LORD with the sound of a trumpet.
 Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
 For God is the King of all the earth;
sing praises with a psalm!
 God reigns over the nations;
God sits on his holy throne.
 The princes of the peoples gather
as the people of the God of Abraham.
For the shields of the earth belong to God;
he is highly exalted! (ESV)
Zion, the City of Our God
A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
 Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
in the city of our God!
His holy mountain,  beautiful in elevation,
is the joy of all the earth,
Mount Zion, in the far north,
the city of the great King.
 Within her citadels God
has made himself known as a fortress.
 For behold, the kings assembled;
they came on together.
 As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
they were in panic; they took to flight.
 Trembling took hold of them there,
anguish as of a woman in labor.
 By the east wind you shattered
the ships of Tarshish.
 As we have heard, so have we seen
in the city of the LORD of hosts,
in the city of our God,
which God will establish forever. Selah
 We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
in the midst of your temple.
 As your name, O God,
so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
 Let Mount Zion be glad!
Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
because of your judgments!
 Walk about Zion, go around her,
number her towers,
 consider well her ramparts,
go through her citadels,
that you may tell the next generation
 that this is God,
our God forever and ever.
He will guide us forever. (ESV)
Why Should I Fear in Times of Trouble?
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.
 Hear this, all peoples!
Give ear, all inhabitants of the world,
 both low and high,
rich and poor together!
 My mouth shall speak wisdom;
the meditation of my heart shall be understanding.
 I will incline my ear to a proverb;
I will solve my riddle to the music of the lyre.
 Why should I fear in times of trouble,
when the iniquity of those who cheat me surrounds me,
 those who trust in their wealth
and boast of the abundance of their riches?
 Truly no man can ransom another,
or give to God the price of his life,
 for the ransom of their life is costly
and can never suffice,
 that he should live on forever
and never see the pit.
 For he sees that even the wise die;
the fool and the stupid alike must perish
and leave their wealth to others.
 Their graves are their homes forever,
their dwelling places to all generations,
though they called lands by their own names.
 Man in his pomp will not remain;
he is like the beasts that perish.
 This is the path of those who have foolish confidence;
yet after them people approve of their boasts. Selah
 Like sheep they are appointed for Sheol;
death shall be their shepherd,
and the upright shall rule over them in the morning.
Their form shall be consumed in Sheol, with no place to dwell.
 But God will ransom my soul from the power of Sheol,
for he will receive me. Selah
 Be not afraid when a man becomes rich,
when the glory of his house increases.
 For when he dies he will carry nothing away;
his glory will not go down after him.
 For though, while he lives, he counts himself blessed
—and though you get praise when you do well for yourself—
 his soul will go to the generation of his fathers,
who will never again see light.
 Man in his pomp yet without understanding is like the beasts that perish. (ESV)
Paul Sails for Rome
 And when it was decided that we should sail for Italy, they delivered Paul and some other prisoners to a centurion of the Augustan Cohort named Julius.  And embarking in a ship of Adramyttium, which was about to sail to the ports along the coast of Asia, we put to sea, accompanied by Aristarchus, a Macedonian from Thessalonica.  The next day we put in at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be cared for.  And putting out to sea from there we sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us.  And when we had sailed across the open sea along the coast of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra in Lycia.  There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing for Italy and put us on board.  We sailed slowly for a number of days and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to go farther, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone.  Coasting along it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near which was the city of Lasea.
 Since much time had passed, and the voyage was now dangerous because even the Fast was already over, Paul advised them,  saying, “Sirs, I perceive that the voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and the ship, but also of our lives.”  But the centurion paid more attention to the pilot and to the owner of the ship than to what Paul said.  And because the harbor was not suitable to spend the winter in, the majority decided to put out to sea from there, on the chance that somehow they could reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete, facing both southwest and northwest, and spend the winter there.
The Storm at Sea
 Now when the south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, they weighed anchor and sailed along Crete, close to the shore.  But soon a tempestuous wind, called the northeaster, struck down from the land.  And when the ship was caught and could not face the wind, we gave way to it and were driven along.  Running under the lee of a small island called Cauda, we managed with difficulty to secure the ship's boat.  After hoisting it up, they used supports to undergird the ship. Then, fearing that they would run aground on the Syrtis, they lowered the gear, and thus they were driven along.  Since we were violently storm-tossed, they began the next day to jettison the cargo.  And on the third day they threw the ship's tackle overboard with their own hands.  When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small tempest lay on us, all hope of our being saved was at last abandoned.
 Since they had been without food for a long time, Paul stood up among them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete and incurred this injury and loss.  Yet now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship.  For this very night there stood before me an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I worship,  and he said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must stand before Caesar. And behold, God has granted you all those who sail with you.’  So take heart, men, for I have faith in God that it will be exactly as I have been told.  But we must run aground on some island.”
 When the fourteenth night had come, as we were being driven across the Adriatic Sea, about midnight the sailors suspected that they were nearing land.  So they took a sounding and found twenty fathoms. A little farther on they took a sounding again and found fifteen fathoms.  And fearing that we might run on the rocks, they let down four anchors from the stern and prayed for day to come.  And as the sailors were seeking to escape from the ship, and had lowered the ship's boat into the sea under pretense of laying out anchors from the bow,  Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, “Unless these men stay in the ship, you cannot be saved.”  Then the soldiers cut away the ropes of the ship's boat and let it go. (ESV)