Read the Bible | July 20th
Joy Comes with the Morning
A Psalm of David. A song at the dedication of the temple.
 I will extol you, O LORD, for you have drawn me up
and have not let my foes rejoice over me.
 O LORD my God, I cried to you for help,
and you have healed me.
 O LORD, you have brought up my soul from Sheol;
you restored me to life from among those who go down to the pit.
 Sing praises to the LORD, O you his saints,
and give thanks to his holy name.
 For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.
 As for me, I said in my prosperity,
“I shall never be moved.”
 By your favor, O LORD,
you made my mountain stand strong;
you hid your face;
I was dismayed.
 To you, O LORD, I cry,
and to the Lord I plead for mercy:
 “What profit is there in my death,
if I go down to the pit?
Will the dust praise you?
Will it tell of your faithfulness?
 Hear, O LORD, and be merciful to me!
O LORD, be my helper!”
 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,
 that my glory may sing your praise and not be silent.
O LORD my God, I will give thanks to you forever! (ESV)
Into Your Hand I Commit My Spirit
To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
 In you, O LORD, do I take refuge;
let me never be put to shame;
in your righteousness deliver me!
 Incline your ear to me;
rescue me speedily!
Be a rock of refuge for me,
a strong fortress to save me!
 For you are my rock and my fortress;
and for your name's sake you lead me and guide me;
 you take me out of the net they have hidden for me,
for you are my refuge.
 Into your hand I commit my spirit;
you have redeemed me, O LORD, faithful God.
 I hate those who pay regard to worthless idols,
but I trust in the LORD.
 I will rejoice and be glad in your steadfast love,
because you have seen my affliction;
you have known the distress of my soul,
 and you have not delivered me into the hand of the enemy;
you have set my feet in a broad place.
 Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress;
my eye is wasted from grief;
my soul and my body also.
 For my life is spent with sorrow,
and my years with sighing;
my strength fails because of my iniquity,
and my bones waste away.
 Because of all my adversaries I have become a reproach,
especially to my neighbors,
and an object of dread to my acquaintances;
those who see me in the street flee from me.
 I have been forgotten like one who is dead;
I have become like a broken vessel.
 For I hear the whispering of many—
terror on every side!—
as they scheme together against me,
as they plot to take my life.
 But I trust in you, O LORD;
I say, “You are my God.”
 My times are in your hand;
rescue me from the hand of my enemies and from my persecutors!
 Make your face shine on your servant;
save me in your steadfast love!
 O LORD, let me not be put to shame,
for I call upon you;
let the wicked be put to shame;
let them go silently to Sheol.
 Let the lying lips be mute,
which speak insolently against the righteous
in pride and contempt.
 Oh, how abundant is your goodness,
which you have stored up for those who fear you
and worked for those who take refuge in you,
in the sight of the children of mankind!
 In the cover of your presence you hide them
from the plots of men;
you store them in your shelter
from the strife of tongues.
 Blessed be the LORD,
for he has wondrously shown his steadfast love to me
when I was in a besieged city.
 I had said in my alarm,
“I am cut off from your sight.”
But you heard the voice of my pleas for mercy
when I cried to you for help.
 Love the LORD, all you his saints!
The LORD preserves the faithful
but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride.
 Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the LORD! (ESV)
Blessed Are the Forgiven
A Maskil of David.
 Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven,
whose sin is covered.
 Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity,
and in whose spirit there is no deceit.
 For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away
through my groaning all day long.
 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me;
my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah
 I acknowledged my sin to you,
and I did not cover my iniquity;
I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,”
and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah
 Therefore let everyone who is godly
offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found;
surely in the rush of great waters,
they shall not reach him.
 You are a hiding place for me;
you preserve me from trouble;
you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah
 I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you with my eye upon you.
 Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding,
which must be curbed with bit and bridle,
or it will not stay near you.
 Many are the sorrows of the wicked,
but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD.
 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (ESV)
Paul and the Roman Tribune
 Up to this word they listened to him. Then they raised their voices and said, “Away with such a fellow from the earth! For he should not be allowed to live.”  And as they were shouting and throwing off their cloaks and flinging dust into the air,  the tribune ordered him to be brought into the barracks, saying that he should be examined by flogging, to find out why they were shouting against him like this.  But when they had stretched him out for the whips, Paul said to the centurion who was standing by, “Is it lawful for you to flog a man who is a Roman citizen and uncondemned?”  When the centurion heard this, he went to the tribune and said to him, “What are you about to do? For this man is a Roman citizen.”  So the tribune came and said to him, “Tell me, are you a Roman citizen?” And he said, “Yes.”  The tribune answered, “I bought this citizenship for a large sum.” Paul said, “But I am a citizen by birth.”  So those who were about to examine him withdrew from him immediately, and the tribune also was afraid, for he realized that Paul was a Roman citizen and that he had bound him.
Paul Before the Council
 But on the next day, desiring to know the real reason why he was being accused by the Jews, he unbound him and commanded the chief priests and all the council to meet, and he brought Paul down and set him before them. (ESV)
 And looking intently at the council, Paul said, “Brothers, I have lived my life before God in all good conscience up to this day.”  And the high priest Ananias commanded those who stood by him to strike him on the mouth.  Then Paul said to him, “God is going to strike you, you whitewashed wall! Are you sitting to judge me according to the law, and yet contrary to the law you order me to be struck?”  Those who stood by said, “Would you revile God's high priest?”  And Paul said, “I did not know, brothers, that he was the high priest, for it is written, ‘You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.’”
 Now when Paul perceived that one part were Sadducees and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. It is with respect to the hope and the resurrection of the dead that I am on trial.”  And when he had said this, a dissension arose between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.  For the Sadducees say that there is no resurrection, nor angel, nor spirit, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.  Then a great clamor arose, and some of the scribes of the Pharisees' party stood up and contended sharply, “We find nothing wrong in this man. What if a spirit or an angel spoke to him?”  And when the dissension became violent, the tribune, afraid that Paul would be torn to pieces by them, commanded the soldiers to go down and take him away from among them by force and bring him into the barracks.
 The following night the Lord stood by him and said, “Take courage, for as you have testified to the facts about me in Jerusalem, so you must testify also in Rome.” (ESV)