Read the Bible | July 27th
God Himself Is Judge
A Psalm of Asaph.
 The Mighty One, God the LORD,
speaks and summons the earth
from the rising of the sun to its setting.
 Out of Zion, the perfection of beauty,
God shines forth.
 Our God comes; he does not keep silence;
before him is a devouring fire,
around him a mighty tempest.
 He calls to the heavens above
and to the earth, that he may judge his people:
 “Gather to me my faithful ones,
who made a covenant with me by sacrifice!”
 The heavens declare his righteousness,
for God himself is judge! Selah
 “Hear, O my people, and I will speak;
O Israel, I will testify against you.
I am God, your God.
 Not for your sacrifices do I rebuke you;
your burnt offerings are continually before me.
 I will not accept a bull from your house
or goats from your folds.
 For every beast of the forest is mine,
the cattle on a thousand hills.
 I know all the birds of the hills,
and all that moves in the field is mine.
 “If I were hungry, I would not tell you,
for the world and its fullness are mine.
 Do I eat the flesh of bulls
or drink the blood of goats?
 Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and perform your vows to the Most High,
 and call upon me in the day of trouble;
I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me.”
 But to the wicked God says:
“What right have you to recite my statutes
or take my covenant on your lips?
 For you hate discipline,
and you cast my words behind you.
 If you see a thief, you are pleased with him,
and you keep company with adulterers.
 “You give your mouth free rein for evil,
and your tongue frames deceit.
 You sit and speak against your brother;
you slander your own mother's son.
 These things you have done, and I have been silent;
you thought that I was one like yourself.
But now I rebuke you and lay the charge before you.
 “Mark this, then, you who forget God,
lest I tear you apart, and there be none to deliver!
 The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!” (ESV)
Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet went to him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.
 Have mercy on me, O God,
according to your steadfast love;
according to your abundant mercy
blot out my transgressions.
 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity,
and cleanse me from my sin!
 For I know my transgressions,
and my sin is ever before me.
 Against you, you only, have I sinned
and done what is evil in your sight,
so that you may be justified in your words
and blameless in your judgment.
 Behold, I was brought forth in iniquity,
and in sin did my mother conceive me.
 Behold, you delight in truth in the inward being,
and you teach me wisdom in the secret heart.
 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean;
wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
 Let me hear joy and gladness;
let the bones that you have broken rejoice.
 Hide your face from my sins,
and blot out all my iniquities.
 Create in me a clean heart, O God,
and renew a right spirit within me.
 Cast me not away from your presence,
and take not your Holy Spirit from me.
 Restore to me the joy of your salvation,
and uphold me with a willing spirit.
 Then I will teach transgressors your ways,
and sinners will return to you.
 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God,
O God of my salvation,
and my tongue will sing aloud of your righteousness.
 O Lord, open my lips,
and my mouth will declare your praise.
 For you will not delight in sacrifice, or I would give it;
you will not be pleased with a burnt offering.
 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit;
a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise.
 Do good to Zion in your good pleasure;
build up the walls of Jerusalem;
 then will you delight in right sacrifices,
in burnt offerings and whole burnt offerings;
then bulls will be offered on your altar. (ESV)
The Steadfast Love of God Endures
To the choirmaster. A Maskil of David, when Doeg, the Edomite, came and told Saul, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”
 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man?
The steadfast love of God endures all the day.
 Your tongue plots destruction,
like a sharp razor, you worker of deceit.
 You love evil more than good,
and lying more than speaking what is right. Selah
 You love all words that devour,
O deceitful tongue.
 But God will break you down forever;
he will snatch and tear you from your tent;
he will uproot you from the land of the living. Selah
 The righteous shall see and fear,
and shall laugh at him, saying,
 “See the man who would not make
God his refuge,
but trusted in the abundance of his riches
and sought refuge in his own destruction!”
 But I am like a green olive tree
in the house of God.
I trust in the steadfast love of God
forever and ever.
 I will thank you forever,
because you have done it.
I will wait for your name, for it is good,
in the presence of the godly. (ESV)
 As day was about to dawn, Paul urged them all to take some food, saying, “Today is the fourteenth day that you have continued in suspense and without food, having taken nothing.  Therefore I urge you to take some food. For it will give you strength, for not a hair is to perish from the head of any of you.”  And when he had said these things, he took bread, and giving thanks to God in the presence of all he broke it and began to eat.  Then they all were encouraged and ate some food themselves.  (We were in all 276 persons in the ship.)  And when they had eaten enough, they lightened the ship, throwing out the wheat into the sea.
 Now when it was day, they did not recognize the land, but they noticed a bay with a beach, on which they planned if possible to run the ship ashore.  So they cast off the anchors and left them in the sea, at the same time loosening the ropes that tied the rudders. Then hoisting the foresail to the wind they made for the beach.  But striking a reef, they ran the vessel aground. The bow stuck and remained immovable, and the stern was being broken up by the surf.  The soldiers' plan was to kill the prisoners, lest any should swim away and escape.  But the centurion, wishing to save Paul, kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and make for the land,  and the rest on planks or on pieces of the ship. And so it was that all were brought safely to land. (ESV)
Paul on Malta
 After we were brought safely through, we then learned that the island was called Malta.  The native people showed us unusual kindness, for they kindled a fire and welcomed us all, because it had begun to rain and was cold.  When Paul had gathered a bundle of sticks and put them on the fire, a viper came out because of the heat and fastened on his hand.  When the native people saw the creature hanging from his hand, they said to one another, “No doubt this man is a murderer. Though he has escaped from the sea, Justice has not allowed him to live.”  He, however, shook off the creature into the fire and suffered no harm.  They were waiting for him to swell up or suddenly fall down dead. But when they had waited a long time and saw no misfortune come to him, they changed their minds and said that he was a god.
 Now in the neighborhood of that place were lands belonging to the chief man of the island, named Publius, who received us and entertained us hospitably for three days.  It happened that the father of Publius lay sick with fever and dysentery. And Paul visited him and prayed, and putting his hands on him, healed him.  And when this had taken place, the rest of the people on the island who had diseases also came and were cured.  They also honored us greatly, and when we were about to sail, they put on board whatever we needed. (ESV)