Through the Bible – Day 225

Bible text(s)

In praise of the Law of the LORD

1Our LORD, you bless everyone

who lives right

and obeys your Law.

2You bless all those

who follow your commands

from deep in their hearts

3and who never do wrong

or turn from you.

4You have ordered us always

to obey your teachings;

5I don't ever want to stray

from your laws.

6Thinking about your commands

will keep me from doing

some foolish thing.

7I will do right and praise you

by learning to respect

your perfect laws.

8I will obey all of them!

Don't turn your back on me.

9Young people can live

a clean life

by obeying your word.

10I worship you

with all my heart.

Don't let me walk away

from your commands.

11I treasure your word

above all else;

it keeps me from sinning

against you.

12I praise you, LORD!

Teach me your laws.

13With my own mouth,

I tell others the laws

that you have spoken.

14Obeying your instructions

brings as much happiness

as being rich.

15I will study your teachings

and follow your footsteps.

16I will take pleasure

in your laws

and remember your words.

17Treat me with kindness, LORD,

so that I may live

and do what you say.

18Open my mind

and let me discover

the wonders of your Law.

19I live here as a stranger.

Don't keep me from knowing

your commands.

20What I want most of all

and at all times

is to honour your laws.

21You punish those boastful,

worthless nobodies who turn

from your commands.

22Don't let them sneer

and insult me

for following you.

23I keep thinking about

your teachings, LORD,

even if rulers plot

against me.

24Your laws are my greatest joy!

I follow their advice.

25I am at the point of death.

Let your teachings

breathe new life into me.

26When I told you my troubles,

you answered my prayers.

Now teach me your laws.

27Help me to understand

your teachings,

and I will think about

your marvellous deeds.

28I am overcome with sorrow.

Encourage me,

as you have promised to do.

29Keep me from being deceitful,

and be kind enough

to teach me your Law.

30I am determined to be faithful

and to respect your laws.

31I follow your rules, LORD.

Don't let me be ashamed.

32I am eager to learn all

that you want me to do;

help me to understand

more and more.

33Point out your rules to me,

and I won't disobey

even one of them.

34Help me to understand your Law;

I promise to obey it

with all my heart.

35Direct me by your commands!

I love to do what you say.

36Make me want to obey you,

rather than to be rich.

37Take away my foolish desires,

and let me find life

by walking with you.

38I am your servant!

Do for me what you promised

to those who worship you.

39Your wonderful teachings

protect me from the insults

that I hate so much.

40I long for your teachings.

Be true to yourself

and let me live.

41Show me your love

and save me, LORD,

as you have promised.

42Then I will have an answer

for everyone who insults me

for trusting your word.

43I rely on your laws!

Don't take away my chance

to speak your truth.

44I will keep obeying your Law

for ever and ever.

45I have gained perfect freedom

by following your teachings,

46and I trust them so much

that I tell them to kings.

47I love your commands!

They bring me happiness.

48I love and respect them

and will keep them in mind.

49Don't forget your promise

to me, your servant.

I depend on it.

50When I am suffering,

I find comfort in your promise

that leads to life.

51Conceited people sneer at me,

but I obey your Law.

52I find true comfort, LORD,

because your laws have stood

the test of time.

53I get furious when evil people

turn against your Law.

54No matter where I am,

your teachings

fill me with songs.

55Even in the night

I think about you, LORD,

and I obey your Law.

56You have blessed me

because I have always followed

your teachings.

57You, LORD, are my choice,

and I will obey you.

58With all my heart

I beg you to be kind to me,

just as you have promised.

59I pay careful attention

as you lead me,

and I follow closely.

60As soon as you command,

I do what you say.

61Evil people may set a trap,

but I obey your Law.

62Your laws are so fair

that I wake up and praise you

in the middle of the night.

63I choose as my friends

everyone who worships you

and follows your teachings.

64Our LORD, your love is seen

all over the world.

Teach me your laws.

65I am your servant, LORD,

and you have kept your promise

to treat me with kindness.

66Give me wisdom and good sense.

I trust your commands.

67Once you corrected me

for not obeying you,

but now I obey.

68You are kindhearted,

and you do good things,

so teach me your laws.

69My reputation is being ruined

by conceited liars,

but with all my heart

I follow your teachings.

70Those liars have no sense,

but I find happiness

in your Law.

71When you corrected me,

it did me good

because it taught me

to study your laws.

72I would rather obey you

than have a thousand pieces

of silver and gold.

73You created me

and put me together.

Make me wise enough to learn

what you have commanded.

74Your worshippers will see me,

and they will be glad

that I trust your word.

75Your decisions are correct,

and you were right

to punish me.

76I serve you, LORD.

Comfort me with your love,

just as you have promised.

77I love to obey your Law!

Have mercy and let me live.

78Put down those proud people

who hurt me with their lies,

because I have chosen

to study your teachings.

79Let your worshippers come to me,

so they will learn

to obey your rules.

80Let me truly respect your laws,

so I won't be ashamed.

81I long for you to rescue me!

Your word is my only hope.

82I am worn out from waiting

for you to keep your word.

When will you have mercy?

83My life is wasting away

like a dried up wineskin,

but I have not forgotten

your teachings.

84I am your servant!

How long must I suffer?

When will you punish

those troublemakers?

85Those proud people reject

your teachings,

and they dig pits

for me to fall in.

86Your laws can be trusted!

Protect me from cruel liars.

87They have almost killed me,

but I have been faithful

to your teachings.

88Show that you love me

and let me live,

so that I may obey all

of your commands.

89Our LORD, you are eternal!

Your word will last as long

as the heavens.

90You remain faithful

in every generation,

and the earth you created

will keep standing firm.

91All things are your servants,

and the laws you made

are still in effect today.

92If I had not found happiness

in obeying your Law,

I would have died in misery.

93I won't ever forget

your teachings,

because you give me new life

by following them.

94I belong to you,

and I have respected your laws,

so keep me safe.

95Brutal enemies are waiting

to ambush and destroy me,

but I obey your rules.

96Nothing is completely perfect,

except your teachings.

97I deeply love your Law!

I think about it all day.

98Your laws never leave my mind,

and they make me much wiser

than my enemies.

99Thinking about your teachings

gives me better understanding

than my teachers,

100and obeying your laws

makes me wiser than those

who have lived a long time.

101I obey your word

instead of following a way

that leads to trouble.

102You have been my teacher,

and I won't reject

your instructions.

103Your teachings are sweeter

than honey.

104They give me understanding

and make me hate all lies.

Psalms 119:1-104CEVOpen in Bible reader

How to live the new life of love

Christ brings new life

1Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God. 2Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

3I realize how kind God has been to me, and so I tell each of you not to think you are better than you really are. Use good sense and measure yourself by the amount of faith that God has given you. 4A body is made up of many parts, and each of them has its own use. 5That's how it is with us. There are many of us, but we are each part of the body of Christ, as well as part of one another.

6God has also given each of us different gifts to use. If we can prophesy, we should do it according to the amount of faith we have. 7If we can serve others, we should serve. If we can teach, we should teach. 8If we can encourage others, we should encourage them. If we can give, we should be generous. If we are leaders, we should do our best. If we are good to others, we should do it cheerfully.

Rules for Christian living

9Be sincere in your love for others. Hate everything that is evil and hold tight to everything that is good. 10Love each other as brothers and sisters and honour others more than you do yourself. 11Never give up. Eagerly follow the Holy Spirit and serve the Lord. 12Let your hope make you glad. Be patient in time of trouble and never stop praying. 13Take care of God's needy people and welcome strangers into your home.

14Ask God to bless everyone who ill-treats you. Ask him to bless them and not to curse them. 15When others are happy, be happy with them, and when they are sad, be sad. 16Be friendly with everyone. Don't be proud and feel that you are cleverer than others. Make friends with ordinary people. 17Don't ill-treat someone who has ill-treated you. But try to earn the respect of others, 18and do your best to live at peace with everyone.

19Dear friends, don't try to get even. Let God take revenge. In the Scriptures the Lord says,

“I am the one to take revenge

and pay them back.”

20The Scriptures also say,

“If your enemies are hungry,

give them something to eat.

And if they are thirsty,

give them something

to drink.

This will be the same

as piling burning coals

on their heads.”

21Don't let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good.

Romans 12:1-21CEVOpen in Bible reader
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