Psalm 5

Posted on June 25, 2013
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Give ear to my words, O Lord;
consider my groaning.
Give attention to the sound of my cry,
my King and my God,
for to you do I pray.

O Lord, in the morning you hear my voice,
in the morning I prepare a sacrifice
for you and watch.

For you are not a God
who delights in wickedness;
evil may not dwell with you.
The boastful shall not stand
before your eyes;
you hate all evildoers.
You destroy those who speak lies;
the Lord abhors the bloodthirsty
and deceitful man.

But I, through the abundance
of your steadfast love,
will enter your house.
I will bow down toward
your holy temple
in the fear of you.
Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness
because of my enemies;
make your way straight before me.

For there is no truth in their mouth;
their innermost self is destruction;
their throat is an open grave
they flatter with their tongue.
Make them bear their guilt, O God;
let them fall by their own counsels;
because of the abundance of
their transgressions, cast them out,
for they have rebelled against you.

But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy;
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name
may exult in you.
For you bless the righteous, O Lord;
you cover him with favor as with a shield.

Psalm 4

Posted on June 25, 2013
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Answer me when I call,
O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief
when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me
and hear my prayer!

O men, how long shall my honor
Be turned to shame?
How long will you love
vain words and seek after lies?

But know that the Lord has set apart
the godly for himself;
the Lord hears when I call to him.

Be angry, and do not sin;
ponder in your own hearts
on your beds, and be silent.

Offer right sacrifices,
and put your trust in the Lord.

There are many who say,
“Who will show us some good?”
Lift up the light of your face upon us,
O Lord!
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain
and wine abound.

In peace I will both lie down and sleep;
for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.

Psalm 3

Posted on June 25, 2013
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O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;
many are saying of my soul,
“There is no salvation for him in God.”

But you, O Lord, are a shield about me,
my glory, and the lifter of my head.
I cried aloud to the Lord,
and he answered me from his holy hill.

I lay down and slept;
I woke again, for the Lord sustained me.
I will not be afraid of many thousands of people’
who have set themselves against me all around.

Arise, O Lord!
Save me, O my God!
For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
you break the teeth of the wicked.

Salvation belongs to the Lord;
your blessing be on your people!

Swindle

Posted on June 25, 2013
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Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. (Mark 10:29 ESV)

Some days this seems like a swindle. It’s like a car payment plan: zero percent interest after the principal is paid off! Or a restaurant special: dead people eat free!

“For the present form of this world is passing away.” (1 Corinthians 7:31 ESV). Amen!  And if this world is passing away, then how much more our faint lives? But meanwhile this is all we have. While we are in this time, we are in time. Eternity is meaningless here. Might as well sell kites on the moon.

I am not a patient man. But why should I be patient now, while it is still called today? Patience, too, is vanity.

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