Through the Bible – Day 212

Bible text(s)

(By Asaph for the music leader.)

God makes us strong

1Be happy and shout to God

who makes us strong!

Shout praises to the God

of Jacob.

2Sing as you play tambourines

and the lovely sounding

stringed instruments.

3Sound the trumpets and start

the New Moon Festival.

We must also celebrate

when the moon is full.

4This is the law in Israel,

and it was given to us

by the God of Jacob.

5The descendants of Joseph

were told to obey it,

when God led them out

from the land of Egypt.

In a language unknown to me,

I heard someone say:

6“I lifted the burden

from your shoulder

and took the heavy basket

from your hands.

7When you were in trouble,

I rescued you,

and from the thunderclouds,

I answered your prayers.

Later I tested you

at Meribah Spring.

8“Listen, my people,

while I, the Lord,

correct you!

Israel, if you would only

pay attention to me!

9Don't worship foreign gods

or bow down to gods

you know nothing about.

10I am the LORD your God.

I rescued you from Egypt.

Just ask, and I will give you

whatever you need.

11“But, my people, Israel,

you refused to listen,

and you would have nothing

to do with me!

12So I let you be stubborn

and keep on following

your own advice.

13“My people, Israel,

if only you would listen

and do as I say!

14I, the LORD, would quickly

defeat your enemies

with my mighty power.

15Everyone who hates me

would come crawling,

and that would be the end

of them.

16But I would feed you

with the finest bread

and with the best honey

until you were full.”

(A psalm by Asaph.)

Please do something, God!

1When all the other gods

have come together,

the Lord God judges them

and says:

2“How long will you

keep judging unfairly

and favouring evil people?

3Be fair to the poor

and to orphans.

Defend the helpless

and everyone in need.

4Rescue the weak and homeless

from the powerful hands

of heartless people.

5“None of you know

or understand a thing.

You live in darkness,

while the foundations

of the earth tremble.

6“I, the Most High God, say

that all of you are gods

and also my own children.

7But you will die,

just like everyone else,

including powerful rulers.”

8Do something, God!

Judge the nations of the earth;

they belong to you.

(A song and a psalm by Asaph.)

God rules all the earth

1Our God, don't just sit there,

silently doing nothing!

2Your hateful enemies

are turning against you

and rebelling.

3They are sly, and they plot

against those you treasure.

4They say, “Let's wipe out

the nation of Israel

and make sure that no one

remembers its name!”

5All of them fully agree

in their plans against you,

and among them are

6Edom and the Ishmaelites;

Moab and the Hagrites;

7Gebal, Ammon, and Amalek;

Philistia and Phoenicia.

8Even Assyria has joined forces

with Moab and Ammon.

9Our Lord, punish all of them

as you punished Midian.

Destroy them, as you destroyed

Sisera and Jabin

at Kishon Creek 10near Endor,

and let their bodies rot.

11Treat their leaders as you did

Oreb and Zeeb,

Zebah and Zalmunna.

12All of them said, “We'll take

God's valuable land!”

13Our God, scatter them around

like dust in a whirlwind.

14Just as flames destroy forests

on the mountains,

15pursue and terrify them

with storms of your own.

16Make them blush with shame,

until they turn and worship

you, our LORD.

17Let them be for ever ashamed

and confused.

Let them die in disgrace.

18Make them realize that you

are the LORD Most High,

the only ruler of earth!

Psalms 81:1-83:18CEVOpen in Bible reader

Paul and his message of good news

1From Paul, a servant of Christ Jesus.

God chose me to be an apostle, and he appointed me to preach the good news 2that he promised long ago by what his prophets said in the holy Scriptures. 3-4This good news is about his Son, our Lord Jesus Christ! As a human, he was from the family of David. But the Holy Spirit proved that Jesus is the powerful Son of God, because he was raised from death.

5Jesus was kind to me and chose me to be an apostle, so that people of all nations would obey and have faith. 6You are some of those people chosen by Jesus Christ.

7This letter is to all of you in Rome. God loves you and has chosen you to be his very own people.

I pray that God our Father and our Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and will bless you with peace!

A prayer of thanks

8First, I thank God in the name of Jesus Christ for all of you. I do this because people everywhere in the world are talking about your faith. 9God has seen how I never stop praying for you, while I serve him with all my heart and tell the good news about his Son.

10In all my prayers, I ask God to make it possible for me to visit you. 11I want to see you and share with you the same blessings that God's Spirit has given me. Then you will grow stronger in your faith. 12What I am saying is that we can encourage each other by the faith that is ours.

13My friends, I want you to know that I have often planned to come for a visit. But something has always kept me from doing it. I want to win followers to Christ in Rome, as I have done in many other places. 14-15It doesn't matter if people are civilized and educated, or if they are uncivilized and uneducated. I must tell the good news to everyone. That's why I am eager to visit all of you in Rome.

The power of the good news

16I am proud of the good news! It is God's powerful way of saving all people who have faith, whether they are Jews or Gentiles. 17The good news tells how God accepts everyone who has faith, but only those who have faith. It is just as the Scriptures say, “The people God accepts because of their faith will live.”

Romans 1:1-17CEVOpen in Bible reader
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