August 30, 2007

Psalm 142-144; 1 Corinthians 10

From today's Bible reading:

Psalm 142:

With my voice I cry out to the LORD; with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.

I pour out my complaint before him; I tell my trouble before him.

When my spirit faints within me, you know my way!

Attend to my cry, for I am brought very low!

Bring me out of prison, that I may give thanks to your name!

The righteous will surround me, for you will deal bountifully with me.

Psalm 143:

Hear my prayer, O LORD; give ear to my pleas for mercy!

I remember the days of old; I meditate on all that you have done; I ponder the work of your hands.

I stretch out my hands to you; my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Let me hear in the morning of your steadfast love, for in you I trust.

Make me know the way I should go, for to you I lift up my soul.

Teach me to do your will, for you are my God!

Let your good Spirit lead me on level ground!

Psalm 144:

Blessed be the LORD, my rock, who trains my hands for war, and my fingers for battle

he is my steadfast love and my fortress, my stronghold and my deliverer, my shield and he in whom I take refuge

O LORD, what is man that you regard him, or the son of man that you think of him?

Man is like a breath; his days are like a passing shadow.

Bow your heavens, O LORD, and come down! Touch the mountains so that they smoke!

Flash forth the lightning and scatter them; send out your arrows and rout them!

May our sons in their youth be like plants full grown, our daughters like corner pillars cut for the structure of a palace

1 Corinthians 10:

Therefore, my beloved, flee from idolatry.

what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God.

I do not want you to be participants with demons.

You cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons.

You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons.

Shall we provoke the Lord to jealousy? Are we stronger than he?

"All things are lawful," but not all things are helpful.

"All things are lawful," but not all things build up.

Let no one seek his own good, but the good of his neighbor.

the earth is the Lord's, and the fullness thereof.

whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.

Give no offense to Jews or to Greeks or to the church of God,

I try to please everyone in everything I do, not seeking my own advantage, but that of many, that they may be saved.

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