Read the Bible | July 31st
My Soul Waits for God Alone
To the choirmaster: according to Jeduthun. A Psalm of David.
 For God alone my soul waits in silence;
from him comes my salvation.
 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.
 How long will all of you attack a man
to batter him,
like a leaning wall, a tottering fence?
 They only plan to thrust him down from his high position.
They take pleasure in falsehood.
They bless with their mouths,
but inwardly they curse. Selah
 For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,
for my hope is from him.
 He only is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress; I shall not be shaken.
 On God rests my salvation and my glory;
my mighty rock, my refuge is God.
 Trust in him at all times, O people;
pour out your heart before him;
God is a refuge for us. Selah
 Those of low estate are but a breath;
those of high estate are a delusion;
in the balances they go up;
they are together lighter than a breath.
 Put no trust in extortion;
set no vain hopes on robbery;
if riches increase, set not your heart on them.
 Once God has spoken;
twice have I heard this:
that power belongs to God,
 and that to you, O Lord, belongs steadfast love.
For you will render to a man
according to his work. (ESV)
My Soul Thirsts for You
A Psalm of David, when he was in the wilderness of Judah.
 O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you;
my soul thirsts for you;
my flesh faints for you,
as in a dry and weary land where there is no water.
 So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,
beholding your power and glory.
 Because your steadfast love is better than life,
my lips will praise you.
 So I will bless you as long as I live;
in your name I will lift up my hands.
 My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food,
and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips,
 when I remember you upon my bed,
and meditate on you in the watches of the night;
 for you have been my help,
and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy.
 My soul clings to you;
your right hand upholds me.
 But those who seek to destroy my life
shall go down into the depths of the earth;
 they shall be given over to the power of the sword;
they shall be a portion for jackals.
 But the king shall rejoice in God;
all who swear by him shall exult,
for the mouths of liars will be stopped. (ESV)
Hide Me from the Wicked
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;
preserve my life from dread of the enemy.
 Hide me from the secret plots of the wicked,
from the throng of evildoers,
 who whet their tongues like swords,
who aim bitter words like arrows,
 shooting from ambush at the blameless,
shooting at him suddenly and without fear.
 They hold fast to their evil purpose;
they talk of laying snares secretly,
thinking, “Who can see them?”
 They search out injustice,
saying, “We have accomplished a diligent search.”
For the inward mind and heart of a man are deep.
 But God shoots his arrow at them;
they are wounded suddenly.
 They are brought to ruin, with their own tongues turned against them;
all who see them will wag their heads.
 Then all mankind fears;
they tell what God has brought about
and ponder what he has done.
 Let the righteous one rejoice in the LORD
and take refuge in him!
Let all the upright in heart exult! (ESV)
God's Righteousness Upheld
 Then what advantage has the Jew? Or what is the value of circumcision?  Much in every way. To begin with, the Jews were entrusted with the oracles of God.  What if some were unfaithful? Does their faithlessness nullify the faithfulness of God?  By no means! Let God be true though every one were a liar, as it is written,
“That you may be justified in your words,
and prevail when you are judged.”
 But if our unrighteousness serves to show the righteousness of God, what shall we say? That God is unrighteous to inflict wrath on us? (I speak in a human way.)  By no means! For then how could God judge the world?  But if through my lie God's truth abounds to his glory, why am I still being condemned as a sinner?  And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
No One Is Righteous
 What then? Are we Jews any better off? No, not at all. For we have already charged that all, both Jews and Greeks, are under sin,  as it is written:
“None is righteous, no, not one;
 no one understands;
no one seeks for God.
 All have turned aside; together they have become worthless;
no one does good,
not even one.”
 “Their throat is an open grave;
they use their tongues to deceive.”
“The venom of asps is under their lips.”
 “Their mouth is full of curses and bitterness.”
 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
 in their paths are ruin and misery,
 and the way of peace they have not known.”
 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
 Now we know that whatever the law says it speaks to those who are under the law, so that every mouth may be stopped, and the whole world may be held accountable to God.  For by works of the law no human being will be justified in his sight, since through the law comes knowledge of sin.
The Righteousness of God Through Faith
 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction:  for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus,  whom God put forward as a propitiation by his blood, to be received by faith. This was to show God's righteousness, because in his divine forbearance he had passed over former sins.  It was to show his righteousness at the present time, so that he might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus.
 Then what becomes of our boasting? It is excluded. By what kind of law? By a law of works? No, but by the law of faith.  For we hold that one is justified by faith apart from works of the law.  Or is God the God of Jews only? Is he not the God of Gentiles also? Yes, of Gentiles also,  since God is one—who will justify the circumcised by faith and the uncircumcised through faith.  Do we then overthrow the law by this faith? By no means! On the contrary, we uphold the law. (ESV)