Through the Bible – Day 190

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(A prayer by David.)

The prayer of an innocent person

1I am innocent, LORD!

Won't you listen as I pray

and beg for help?

I am honest!

Please hear my prayer.

2Only you can say

that I am innocent,

because only your eyes

can see the truth.

3You know my heart,

and even during the night

you have tested me

and found me innocent.

I have made up my mind

never to tell a lie.

4I don't do like others.

I obey your teachings

and am not cruel.

5I have followed you,

without ever stumbling.

6I pray to you, God,

because you will help me.

Listen and answer my prayer!

7Show your wonderful love.

Your mighty arm protects those

who run to you for safety

from their enemies.

8Protect me as you would

your very own eyes;

hide me in the shadow

of your wings.

9Don't let my brutal enemies

attack from all sides

and kill me.

10They refuse to show mercy,

and they keep boasting.

11They have caught up with me!

My enemies are everywhere,

eagerly hoping to pull me

to the ground.

12They are like hungry lions

hunting for food,

or like young lions

hiding in ambush.

13Do something, LORD!

Attack and defeat them.

Take your sword and save me

from those evil people.

14Use your powerful arm

and rescue me

from the hands of mere humans

whose world won't last.

You provide food

for those you love.

Their children have plenty,

and their grandchildren

will have more than enough.

15I am innocent, LORD,

and I will see your face!

When I awake, all I want

is to see you as you are.

(For the music leader. A psalm by David, the LORD's servant. David sang this to the LORD after the LORD had rescued him from his enemies, but especially from Saul.)

David's song of thanks

1I love you, LORD God,

and you make me strong.

2You are my mighty rock,

my fortress, my protector,

the rock where I am safe,

my shield, my powerful weapon,

and my place of shelter.

3I praise you, LORD!

I prayed, and you rescued me

from my enemies.

4Death had wrapped

its ropes around me,

and I was almost swallowed

by its flooding waters.

5Ropes from the world

of the dead

had coiled around me,

and death had set a trap

in my path.

6I was in terrible trouble

when I called out to you,

but from your temple

you heard me

and answered my prayer.

7The earth shook and shivered,

and the mountains trembled

down to their roots.

You were angry

8and breathed out smoke.

Scorching heat and fiery flames

spewed from your mouth.

9You opened the heavens

like curtains,

and you came down

with storm clouds

under your feet.

10You rode on the backs

of flying creatures

and swooped down

with the wind as wings.

11Darkness was your robe;

thunderclouds filled the sky,

hiding you from sight.

12Hailstones and fiery coals

lit up the sky

in front of you.

13LORD Most High, your voice

thundered from the heavens,

as hailstones and fiery coals

poured down like rain.

14You scattered your enemies

with arrows of lightning.

15You roared at the sea,

and its deepest channels

could be seen.

You snorted,

and the earth shook

to its foundations.

16You reached down from heaven,

and you lifted me

from deep in the ocean.

17You rescued me from enemies,

who were hateful

and too powerful for me.

18On the day disaster struck,

they came and attacked,

but you defended me.

19When I was fenced in,

you freed and rescued me

because you love me.

20You are good to me, LORD,

because I do right,

and you reward me

because I am innocent.

21I do what you want

and never turn to do evil.

22I keep your laws in mind

and never look away

from your teachings.

23I obey you completely

and guard against sin.

24You have been good to me

because I do right;

you have rewarded me

for being innocent

by your standards.

25You are always loyal

to your loyal people,

and you are faithful

to the faithful.

26With all who are sincere,

you are sincere,

but you treat the unfaithful

as their deeds deserve.

27You rescue the humble,

but you put down all

who are proud.

28You, the LORD God,

keep my lamp burning

and turn darkness to light.

29You help me defeat armies

and capture cities.

30Your way is perfect, LORD,

and your word is correct.

You are a shield for those

who run to you for help.

31You alone are God!

Only you are a mighty rock.

32You give me strength

and guide me right.

33You make my feet run as fast

as those of a deer,

and you help me stand

on the mountains.

34You teach my hands to fight

and my arms to use

a bow of bronze.

35You alone are my shield.

Your right hand supports me,

and by coming to help me,

you have made me famous.

36You clear the way for me,

and now I won't stumble.

37I kept chasing my enemies,

until I caught them

and destroyed them.

38I stuck my sword

through my enemies,

and they were crushed

under my feet.

39You helped me win victories,

and you forced my attackers

to fall victim to me.

40You made my enemies run,

and I killed them.

41They cried out for help,

but no one saved them;

they called out to you,

but there was no answer.

42I ground them to dust

blown by the wind,

and I poured them out

like mud in the streets.

43You rescued me

from stubborn people,

and you made me the leader

of foreign nations,

who are now my slaves.

44They obey and come crawling.

45They have lost all courage,

and from their fortresses,

they come trembling.

46You are the living LORD!

I will praise you.

You are a mighty rock.

I will honour you

for keeping me safe.

47You took revenge for me,

and you put nations

in my power.

48You protected me

from violent enemies

and made me much greater

than all of them.

49I will praise you, LORD,

and I will honour you

among the nations.

50You give glorious victories

to your chosen king.

Your faithful love for David

and for his descendants

will never end.

Psalms 17:1-18:50CEVOpen in Bible reader

Paul and Silas are put in jail

16One day on our way to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl. She had a spirit in her that gave her the power to tell the future. By doing this she made a lot of money for her owners. 17The girl followed Paul and the rest of us and kept yelling, “These men are servants of the Most High God! They are telling you how to be saved.”

18This went on for several days. Finally, Paul got so upset that he turned and said to the spirit, “In the name of Jesus Christ, I order you to leave this girl alone!” At once the evil spirit left her.

19When the girl's owners realized that they had lost all chances for making more money, they grabbed Paul and Silas and dragged them into court. 20They told the officials, “These Jews are upsetting our city! 21They are telling us to do things we Romans are not allowed to do.”

22The crowd joined in the attack on Paul and Silas. Then the officials tore the clothes off the two men and ordered them to be beaten with a whip. 23After they had been badly beaten, they were put in jail, and the jailer was told to guard them carefully. 24The jailer did as he was told. He put them deep inside the jail and chained their feet to heavy blocks of wood.

25About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing praises to God, while the other prisoners listened. 26Suddenly a strong earthquake shook the jail to its foundations. The doors opened, and the chains fell from all the prisoners.

27When the jailer woke up and saw that the doors were open, he thought that the prisoners had escaped. He pulled out his sword and was about to kill himself. 28But Paul shouted, “Don't harm yourself! No one has escaped.”

29The jailer asked for a torch and went into the jail. He was shaking all over as he knelt down in front of Paul and Silas. 30After he had led them out of the jail, he asked, “What must I do to be saved?”

31They replied, “Have faith in the Lord Jesus and you will be saved! This is also true for everyone who lives in your home.”

32Then Paul and Silas told him and everyone else in his house about the Lord. 33While it was still night, the jailer took them to a place where he could wash their cuts and bruises. Then he and everyone in his home were baptized. 34They were very glad that they had put their faith in God. After this, the jailer took Paul and Silas to his home and gave them something to eat.

35The next morning the officials sent some police with orders for the jailer to let Paul and Silas go. 36The jailer told Paul, “The officials have ordered me to set you free. Now you can leave in peace.”

37But Paul told the police, “We are Roman citizens, and the Roman officials had us beaten in public without giving us a trial. They threw us into jail. Now do they think they can secretly send us away? No, they cannot! They will have to come here themselves and let us out.”

38When the police told the officials that Paul and Silas were Roman citizens, the officials were afraid. 39So they came and apologized. They led them out of the jail and asked them to leave town. 40But Paul and Silas went straight to the home of Lydia, where they saw the Lord's followers and encouraged them. Then they left.

Acts 16:16-40CEVOpen in Bible reader
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