Through the Bible – Day 217

Bible text(s)

The LORD brings justice

1The LORD is King!

Tell the earth to celebrate

and all islands to shout.

2Dark clouds surround him,

and his throne is supported

by justice and fairness.

3Fire leaps from his throne,

destroying his enemies,

4and his lightning is so bright

that the earth sees it

and trembles.

5Mountains melt away like wax

in the presence of the LORD

of all the earth.

6The heavens announce,

“The LORD brings justice!”

Everyone sees God's glory.

7Those who boast about

the useless idols they worship

are terribly ashamed,

and all the false gods

bow down to the LORD.

8When the people of Zion

and of the towns of Judah

hear that God brings justice,

they will celebrate.

9The LORD rules the whole earth,

and he is more glorious

than all the false gods.

10Love the LORD

and hate evil!

God protects his loyal people

and rescues them

from violence.

11If you obey and do right,

a light will show you the way

and fill you with happiness.

12You are the LORD's people!

So celebrate and praise

the only God.

The LORD works miracles

1Sing a new song to the LORD!

He has worked miracles,

and with his own powerful arm,

he has won the victory.

2The LORD has shown the nations

that he has the power to save

and to bring justice.

3God has been faithful

in his love for Israel,

and his saving power is seen

everywhere on earth.

4Tell everyone on this earth

to sing happy songs

in praise of the LORD.

5Make music for him on harps.

Play beautiful melodies!

6Sound the trumpets and horns

and celebrate with joyful songs

for our LORD and King!

7Command the ocean to roar

with all its creatures,

and the earth to shout

with all its people.

8Order the rivers

to clap their hands,

and all the hills

to sing together.

9Let them worship the LORD!

He is coming to judge

everyone on the earth,

and he will be honest

and fair.

Our LORD is king

1Our LORD, you are King!

You rule from your throne

above the winged creatures,

as people tremble

and the earth shakes.

2You are praised in Zion,

and you control all nations.

3Only you are God!

And your power alone,

so great and fearsome,

is worthy of praise.

4You are our mighty King,

a lover of fairness,

who sees that justice is done

everywhere in Israel.

5Our LORD and our God,

we praise you

and kneel down to worship you,

the God of holiness!

6Moses and Aaron were two

of your priests.

Samuel was also one of those

who prayed in your name,

and you, our LORD,

answered their prayers.

7You spoke to them

from a thick cloud,

and they obeyed your laws.

8Our LORD and our God,

you answered their prayers

and forgave their sins,

but when they did wrong,

you punished them.

9We praise you, LORD God,

and we worship you

at your sacred mountain.

Only you are God!

(A psalm of praise.)

The LORD is God

1Shout praises to the LORD,

everyone on this earth.

2Be joyful and sing

as you come in

to worship the LORD!

3You know the LORD is God!

He created us,

and we belong to him;

we are his people,

the sheep in his pasture.

4Be thankful and praise the LORD

as you enter his temple.

5The LORD is good!

His love and faithfulness

will last for ever.

Psalms 97:1-100:5CEVOpen in Bible reader

A new life for God's people

What it means to be acceptable to God

1By faith we have been made acceptable to God. And now, because of our Lord Jesus Christ, we live at peace with God. 2Christ has also introduced us to God's undeserved kindness on which we take our stand. So we are happy, as we look forward to sharing in the glory of God. 3But that's not all! We gladly suffer, because we know that suffering helps us to endure. 4And endurance builds character, which gives us a hope 5that will never disappoint us. All this happens because God has given us the Holy Spirit, who fills our hearts with his love.

6Christ died for us at a time when we were helpless and sinful. 7No one is really willing to die for an honest person, though someone might be willing to die for a truly good person. 8But God showed how much he loved us by having Christ die for us, even though we were sinful.

9But there is more! Now that God has accepted us because Christ sacrificed his life's blood, we will also be kept safe from God's anger. 10Even when we were God's enemies, he made peace with us, because his Son died for us. Yet something even greater than friendship is ours. Now that we are at peace with God, we will be saved by his Son's life. 11And in addition to everything else, we are happy because God sent our Lord Jesus Christ to make peace with us.

Adam and Christ

12Adam sinned, and that sin brought death into the world. Now everyone has sinned, and so everyone must die. 13Sin was in the world before the Law came. But no record of sin was kept, because there was no Law. 14Yet death still had power over all who lived from the time of Adam to the time of Moses. This happened, though not everyone disobeyed a direct command from God, as Adam did.

In some ways Adam is like Christ who came later. 15But the gift that God was kind enough to give was very different from Adam's sin. That one sin brought death to many others. Yet in an even greater way, Jesus Christ alone brought God's gift of kindness to many people.

16There is a lot of difference between Adam's sin and God's gift. That one sin led to punishment. But God's gift made it possible for us to be acceptable to him, even though we have sinned many times. 17Death ruled like a king because Adam had sinned. But that cannot compare with what Jesus Christ has done. God has been so kind to us, and he has accepted us because of Jesus. And so we will live and rule like kings.

18Everyone was going to be punished because Adam sinned. But because of the good thing that Christ has done, God accepts us and gives us the gift of life. 19Adam disobeyed God and caused many others to be sinners. But Jesus obeyed him and will make many people acceptable to God.

20The Law came, so that the full power of sin could be seen. Yet where sin was powerful, God's kindness was even more powerful. 21Sin ruled by means of death. But God's kindness now rules, and God has accepted us because of Jesus Christ our Lord. This means that we will have eternal life.

Romans 5:1-21CEVOpen in Bible reader
Canadian Bible Societyv.4.21.9
Follow us on: