Through the Bible – Day 228

Bible text(s)

(A song for worship.)

The LORD rewards his faithful people

1The LORD will bless you

if you respect him

and obey his laws.

2Your fields will produce,

and you will be happy

and all will go well.

3Your wife will be as fruitful

as a grapevine,

and just as an olive tree

is rich with olives,

your home will be rich

with healthy children.

4That is how the LORD will bless

everyone who respects him.

5I pray that the LORD

will bless you from Zion

and let Jerusalem prosper

as long as you live.

6May you live long enough

to see your grandchildren.

Let's pray for peace in Israel!

(A song for worship.)

A prayer for protection

1Since the time I was young,

enemies have often attacked!

Let everyone in Israel say:

2“Since the time I was young,

enemies have often attacked!

But they have not defeated me,

3though my back is like a field

that has just been ploughed.”

4The LORD always does right,

and he has set me free

from the ropes

of those cruel people.

5I pray that all who hate

the city of Zion

will be made ashamed

and forced to turn and run.

6May they be like grass

on the flat roof of a house,

grass that dries up

as soon as it sprouts.

7Don't let them be like wheat

gathered in bundles.

8And don't let anyone

who passes by say to them,

“The LORD bless you!

I give you my blessing

in the name of the LORD.”

(A song for worship.)

Trusting the LORD in times of trouble

1From a sea of troubles

I call out to you, LORD.

2Won't you please listen

as I beg for mercy?

3If you kept record of our sins,

no one could last long.

4But you forgive us,

and so we will worship you.

5With all my heart,

I am waiting, LORD, for you!

I trust your promises.

6I wait for you more eagerly

than a soldier on guard duty

waits for the dawn.

Yes, I wait more eagerly

than a soldier on guard duty

waits for the dawn.

7Israel, trust the LORD!

He is always merciful,

and he has the power

to save you.

8Israel, the LORD will save you

from all your sins.

(A song by David for worship.)

Trust the LORD!

1I am not conceited, LORD,

and I don't waste my time

on impossible schemes.

2But I have learnt to feel safe

and satisfied,

just like a young child

on its mother's lap.

3People of Israel,

you must trust the LORD

now and for ever.

(A song for worship.)

The LORD is always with his people

1Our LORD, don't forget David

and how he suffered.

2Mighty God of Jacob,

remember how he promised:

3“I won't go home

or crawl into bed

4or close my eyelids,

5until I find a home for you,

the mighty LORD God of Jacob.”

6When we were in Ephrath,

we heard that the sacred chest

was somewhere near Jaar.

7Then we said, “Let's go

to the throne of the LORD

and worship at his feet.”

8Come to your new home, LORD,

you and the sacred chest

with all its power.

9Let victory be like robes

for the priests;

let your faithful people

celebrate and shout.

10David is your chosen one,

so don't reject him.

11You made a solemn promise

to David, when you said,

“I, the LORD, promise

that someone in your family

will always be king.

12If they keep our agreement

and follow my teachings,

then someone in your family

will rule for ever.”

13You have gladly chosen Zion

as your home, our LORD.

14You said, “This is my home!

I will live here for ever.

15I will bless Zion with food,

and even the poor will eat

until they are full.

16Victory will be like robes

for the priests,

and its faithful people

will celebrate and shout.

17I will give mighty power

to the kingdom of David.

Each one of my chosen kings

will shine like a lamp

18and wear a sparkling crown.

But I will disgrace

their enemies.”

(A song for worship.)

Living together in peace

1It is truly wonderful

when relatives live together

in peace.

2It is as beautiful as olive oil

poured on Aaron's head

and running down his beard

and the collar of his robe.

3It is like the dew

from Mount Hermon,

falling on Zion's mountains,

where the LORD has promised

to bless his people

with life for evermore.

(A song for worship.)

Praising the LORD at night

1Everyone who serves the LORD,

come and offer praises.

Everyone who has gathered

in his temple tonight,

2lift your hands in prayer

towards his holy place

and praise the LORD.

3The LORD is the Creator

of heaven and earth,

and I pray that the LORD

will bless you from Zion.

Psalms 128:1-134:3CEVOpen in Bible reader

The good news is for Jews and Gentiles

7Honour God by accepting each other, as Christ has accepted you. 8I tell you that Christ came as a servant of the Jews to show that God has kept the promises he made to their famous ancestors. Christ also came, 9so that the Gentiles would praise God for being kind to them. It is just as the Scriptures say,

“I will tell the nations

about you,

and I will sing praises

to your name.”

10The Scriptures also say to the Gentiles, “Come and celebrate with God's people.”

11Again the Scriptures say,

“Praise the Lord,

all you Gentiles.

All you nations, come

and worship him.”

12Isaiah says,

“Someone from David's family

will come to power.

He will rule the nations,

and they will put their hope

in him.”

13I pray that God, who gives hope, will bless you with complete happiness and peace because of your faith. And may the power of the Holy Spirit fill you with hope.

Paul's plans and personal greetings

Paul's work as a missionary

14My friends, I am sure that you are very good and that you have all the knowledge you need to teach each other. 15But I have spoken to you plainly and have tried to remind you of some things. God was so kind to me! 16He chose me to be a servant of Christ Jesus for the Gentiles and to do the work of a priest in the service of his good news. God did this so that the Holy Spirit could make the Gentiles into a holy offering, pleasing to him.

17Because of Christ Jesus, I can take pride in my service for God. 18In fact, all I will talk about is how Christ let me speak and work, so that the Gentiles would obey him. 19Indeed, I will tell how Christ performed miracles and wonders by the power of the Holy Spirit. I have preached the good news about him all the way from Jerusalem to Illyricum. 20But I have always tried to preach where people have never heard about Christ. I am like a builder who doesn't build on anyone else's foundation. 21It is just as the Scriptures say,

“All who haven't been told

about him

will see him,

and those who haven't heard

about him

will understand.”

Paul's plan to visit Rome

22My work has always kept me from coming to see you. 23Now there is nothing left for me to do in this part of the world, and for years I have wanted to visit you. 24So I plan to stop off on my way to Spain. Then after a short, but refreshing, stay with you, I hope you will quickly send me on.

25-26I am now on my way to Jerusalem to deliver the money that the Lord's followers in Macedonia and Achaia collected for God's needy people. 27This is something they really wanted to do. But sharing their money with the Jews was also like paying back a debt, because the Jews had already shared their spiritual blessings with the Gentiles. 28After I have safely delivered this money, I will visit you and then go on to Spain. 29And when I do arrive in Rome, I know it will be with the full blessings of Christ.

30My friends, by the power of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the love that comes from the Holy Spirit, I beg you to pray sincerely with me and for me. 31Pray that God will protect me from the unbelievers in Judea, and that his people in Jerusalem will be pleased with what I am doing. 32Ask God to let me come to you and have a pleasant and refreshing visit. 33I pray that God, who gives peace, will be with all of you. Amen.

Romans 15:7-33CEVOpen in Bible reader
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