Through the Bible – Day 197

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(A psalm by David to be used when an offering is made.)

A prayer in times of trouble

1When you are angry, LORD,

please don't punish me

or even correct me.

2You shot me with your arrows,

and you struck me

with your hand.

3My body hurts all over

because of your anger.

Even my bones are in pain,

and my sins 4are so heavy

that I am crushed.

5Because of my foolishness,

I am covered with sores

that stink and spread.

6My body is twisted and bent,

and I groan all day long.

7Fever has my back in flames,

and I hurt all over.

8I am worn out and weak,

moaning and in distress.

9You, Lord, know every one

of my deepest desires,

and my noisy groans

are no secret to you.

10My heart is beating fast.

I feel weak all over,

and my eyes are red.

11Because of my sickness,

no friends or neighbours

will come near me.

12All who want me dead

set traps to catch me,

and those who want

to harm and destroy me

plan and plot all day.

13I am not able to hear

or speak a word;

14I am completely deaf

and can't make a sound.

15I trust you, LORD God,

and you will do something.

16I said, “Don't let them laugh

or boast because I slip.”

17I am about to collapse

from constant pain.

18I told you my sins,

and I am sorry for them.

19Many deadly and powerful

enemies hate me,

20and they repay evil for good

because I try to do right.

21You are the LORD God!

Stay nearby

and don't desert me.

22You are the one who saves me.

Please hurry and help.

(A psalm by David for Jeduthun, the music leader.)

A prayer for forgiveness

1I told myself, “I'll be careful

not to sin by what I say,

and I'll muzzle my mouth

when evil people are near.”

2I kept completely silent,

but it did no good,

and I suffered even more.

3I felt a fire burning inside,

and the more I thought,

the more it burnt,

until at last I said:

4“Please, LORD,

show me my future.

Will I soon be gone?

5You made my life short,

so brief that the time

means nothing to you.

“Human life is but a breath,

6and it disappears

like a shadow.

Our struggles are senseless;

we store up more and more,

without ever knowing

who will get it all.

7“What am I waiting for?

I depend on you, Lord!

8Save me from my sins.

Don't let fools sneer at me.

9You treated me like this,

and I kept silent,

not saying a word.

10“Won't you stop punishing me?

You have worn me down.

11You punish us severely

because of our sins.

Like a moth, you destroy

what we treasure most.

We are as frail as a breath.

12“Listen, LORD, to my prayer!

My eyes are flooded with tears,

as I pray to you.

I am merely a stranger

visiting your home

as my ancestors did.

13Stop being angry with me

and let me smile again

before I am dead and gone.”

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

A prayer for help

1I patiently waited, LORD,

for you to hear my prayer.

You listened 2and pulled me

from a lonely pit

full of mud and mire.

You let me stand on a rock

with my feet firm,

3and you gave me a new song,

a song of praise to you.

Many will see this,

and they will honour and trust

you, the LORD God.

4You bless all of those

who trust you, LORD,

and refuse to worship idols

or follow false gods.

5You, LORD God, have done

many wonderful things,

and you have planned

marvellous things for us.

No one is like you!

I would never be able to tell

all you have done.

6Sacrifices and offerings

are not what please you;

gifts and payment for sin

are not what you demand.

But you made me willing

to listen and obey.

7And so, I said, “I am here

to do what is written

about me in the book,

where it says,

8‘I enjoy pleasing you.

Your Law is in my heart.’ ”

9When your people worshipped,

you know I told them,

“Our LORD always helps!”

10When all your people met,

I did not keep silent.

I said, “Our LORD is kind.

He is faithful and caring,

and he saves us.”

11You, LORD, never fail

to have pity on me;

your love and faithfulness

always keep me secure.

12I have more troubles

than I can count.

My sins are all around me,

and I can't find my way.

My sins outnumber

the hairs on my head,

and I feel weak.

13Please show that you care

and come to my rescue.

Hurry and help me!

14Disappoint and confuse

all who want me dead;

turn away and disgrace

all who want to hurt me.

15Embarrass and shame

all those who say,

“Just look at you now!”

16Our LORD, let your worshippers

rejoice and be glad.

They love you for saving them,

so let them always say,

“The LORD is wonderful!”

17I am poor and needy,

but, LORD God,

you care about me,

and you come to my rescue.

Please hurry and help.

(A psalm by David for the music leader.)

A prayer in time of sickness

1You, LORD God, bless everyone

who cares for the poor,

and you rescue those people

in times of trouble.

2You protect them

and keep them alive.

You make them happy here

in this land,

and you don't hand them over

to their enemies.

3You always heal them

and restore their strength

when they are sick.

4I prayed, “Have pity, LORD!

Heal me, though I have sinned

against you.”

5My vicious enemies ask me,

“When will you die

and be forgotten?”

6When visitors come,

all they ever bring

are worthless words,

and when they leave,

they spread gossip.

7My enemies whisper about me.

They think the worst,

8and they say,

“You have some fatal disease!

You'll never get well.”

9My most trusted friend

has turned against me,

though he ate at my table.

10Have pity, LORD! Heal me,

so I can pay them back.

11Then my enemies

won't defeat me,

and I will know

that you really care.

12You have helped me

because I am innocent,

and you will always

be close to my side.

13You, the LORD God of Israel,

will be praised for ever!

Amen and amen.

Psalms 38:1-41:13CEVOpen in Bible reader

Paul goes through Macedonia and Greece

1When the riot was over, Paul sent for the followers and encouraged them. He then said goodbye to them and left for Macedonia. 2As he travelled from place to place, he encouraged the followers with many messages. Finally, he went to Greece 3and stayed there for three months.

Paul was about to sail to Syria. But some of the Jewish leaders plotted against him, so he decided to return by way of Macedonia. 4With him were Sopater, son of Pyrrhus from Berea, and Aristarchus and Secundus from Thessalonica. Gaius from Derbe was also with him, and so were Timothy and the two Asians, Tychicus and Trophimus. 5They went on ahead to Troas and waited for us there. 6After the Festival of Thin Bread, we sailed from Philippi. Five days later we met them in Troas and stayed there for a week.

Paul's last visit to Troas

7On the first day of the week we met to break bread together. Paul spoke to the people until midnight because he was leaving the next morning. 8In the upstairs room where we were meeting, there were a lot of lamps. 9A young man called Eutychus was sitting on a window sill. While Paul was speaking, the young man got very sleepy. Finally, he went to sleep and fell three floors all the way down to the ground. When they picked him up, he was dead.

10Paul went down and bent over Eutychus. He took him in his arms and said, “Don't worry! He's alive.” 11After Paul had gone back upstairs, he broke bread, and ate with us. He then spoke until dawn and left. 12Then the followers took the young man home alive and were very happy.

The voyage from Troas to Miletus

13Paul decided to travel by land to Assos. The rest of us went on ahead by ship, and we were to take him aboard there. 14When he met us in Assos, he came aboard, and we sailed on to Mitylene. 15The next day we came to a place near Chios, and the following day we reached Samos. The day after that we sailed to Miletus. 16Paul had decided to sail on past Ephesus, because he did not want to spend too much time in Asia. He was in a hurry and wanted to be in Jerusalem in time for Pentecost.

Acts 20:1-16CEVOpen in Bible reader
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