Wednesday, May 12, 2010

May Twelve

~Good Morning~
Thank you so much for reading my blog. The purpose of it is for me to bullet all my questions and concerns, in hopes for more knowledgeable Christ followers to answer or explain. Also it is holding me accountable for sticking to my goal of reading the bible in a year.

  • I feel guilty sometimes because I love living. I would not change much in my life. I hope to live until I am old and have grandchildren. Aren't we supposed to yearn for Jesus to come ASAP and to be in heaven as soon as we can? Or is it okay to want to live a long life?
 6 Add many years to the life of the king!
      May his years span the generations!

  • How detailed are we to be in our confessions? What about the sins we don't realize we are doing?
 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
      the Lord would not have listened.

Psalm 61-62

Psalm 61

For the choir director: A psalm of David, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

 1 O God, listen to my cry!
      Hear my prayer!
 2 From the ends of the earth,
      I cry to you for help
      when my heart is overwhelmed.
   Lead me to the towering rock of safety,
    3 for you are my safe refuge,
      a fortress where my enemies cannot reach me.
 4 Let me live forever in your sanctuary,
      safe beneath the shelter of your wings!

 5 For you have heard my vows, O God.
      You have given me an inheritance reserved for those who fear your name.
 6 Add many years to the life of the king!
      May his years span the generations!
 7 May he reign under God's protection forever.
      May your unfailing love and faithfulness watch over him.
 8 Then I will sing praises to your name forever
      as I fulfill my vows each day.

Psalm 62

For Jeduthun, the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 I wait quietly before God,
      for my victory comes from him.
 2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
      my fortress where I will never be shaken.

 3 So many enemies against one man—
      all of them trying to kill me.
   To them I'm just a broken-down wall
      or a tottering fence.
 4 They plan to topple me from my high position.
      They delight in telling lies about me.
   They praise me to my face
      but curse me in their hearts.

 5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
      for my hope is in him.
 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
      my fortress where I will not be shaken.
 7 My victory and honor come from God alone.
      He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me.
 8 O my people, trust in him at all times.
      Pour out your heart to him,
      for God is our refuge.

 9 Common people are as worthless as a puff of wind,
      and the powerful are not what they appear to be.
   If you weigh them on the scales,
      together they are lighter than a breath of air.

 10 Don't make your living by extortion
      or put your hope in stealing.
   And if your wealth increases,
      don't make it the center of your life.

 11 God has spoken plainly,
      and I have heard it many times:
   Power, O God, belongs to you;
    12 unfailing love, O Lord, is yours.
   Surely you repay all people
      according to what they have done.
Psalm 64-67

Psalm 64

For the choir director: A psalm of David.

 1 O God, listen to my complaint.
      Protect my life from my enemies' threats.
 2 Hide me from the plots of this evil mob,
      from this gang of wrongdoers.
 3 They sharpen their tongues like swords
      and aim their bitter words like arrows.
 4 They shoot from ambush at the innocent,
      attacking suddenly and fearlessly.
 5 They encourage each other to do evil
      and plan how to set their traps in secret.
      "Who will ever notice?" they ask.
 6 As they plot their crimes, they say,
      "We have devised the perfect plan!"
      Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning.

 7 But God himself will shoot them with his arrows,
      suddenly striking them down.
 8 Their own tongues will ruin them,
      and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn.
 9 Then everyone will be afraid;
      they will proclaim the mighty acts of God
      and realize all the amazing things he does.
 10 The godly will rejoice in the Lord
      and find shelter in him.
   And those who do what is right
      will praise him.

Psalm 65

For the choir director: A song. A psalm of David.

 1 What mighty praise, O God,
      belongs to you in Zion.
   We will fulfill our vows to you,
    2 for you answer our prayers.
      All of us must come to you.
 3 Though we are overwhelmed by our sins,
      you forgive them all.
 4 What joy for those you choose to bring near,
      those who live in your holy courts.
   What festivities await us
      inside your holy Temple.

 5 You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
      O God our savior.
   You are the hope of everyone on earth,
      even those who sail on distant seas.
 6 You formed the mountains by your power
      and armed yourself with mighty strength.
 7 You quieted the raging oceans
      with their pounding waves
      and silenced the shouting of the nations.
 8 Those who live at the ends of the earth
      stand in awe of your wonders.
   From where the sun rises to where it sets,
      you inspire shouts of joy.

 9 You take care of the earth and water it,
      making it rich and fertile.
   The river of God has plenty of water;
      it provides a bountiful harvest of grain,
      for you have ordered it so.
 10 You drench the plowed ground with rain,
      melting the clods and leveling the ridges.
   You soften the earth with showers
      and bless its abundant crops.
 11 You crown the year with a bountiful harvest;
      even the hard pathways overflow with abundance.
 12 The grasslands of the wilderness become a lush pasture,
      and the hillsides blossom with joy.
 13 The meadows are clothed with flocks of sheep,
      and the valleys are carpeted with grain.
      They all shout and sing for joy!

Psalm 66

For the choir director: A song. A psalm.

 1 Shout joyful praises to God, all the earth!
    2 Sing about the glory of his name!
      Tell the world how glorious he is.
 3 Say to God, "How awesome are your deeds!
      Your enemies cringe before your mighty power.
 4 Everything on earth will worship you;
      they will sing your praises,
      shouting your name in glorious songs."

 5 Come and see what our God has done,
      what awesome miracles he performs for people!
 6 He made a dry path through the Red Sea,
      and his people went across on foot.
      There we rejoiced in him.
 7 For by his great power he rules forever.
      He watches every movement of the nations;
      let no rebel rise in defiance.

 8 Let the whole world bless our God
      and loudly sing his praises.
 9 Our lives are in his hands,
      and he keeps our feet from stumbling.
 10 You have tested us, O God;
      you have purified us like silver.
 11 You captured us in your net
      and laid the burden of slavery on our backs.
 12 Then you put a leader over us.
      We went through fire and flood,
      but you brought us to a place of great abundance.

 13 Now I come to your Temple with burnt offerings
      to fulfill the vows I made to you—
 14 yes, the sacred vows that I made
      when I was in deep trouble.
 15 That is why I am sacrificing burnt offerings to you—
      the best of my rams as a pleasing aroma,
      and a sacrifice of bulls and male goats.

 16 Come and listen, all you who fear God,
      and I will tell you what he did for me.
 17 For I cried out to him for help,
      praising him as I spoke.
 18 If I had not confessed the sin in my heart,
      the Lord would not have listened.

 19 But God did listen!
      He paid attention to my prayer.
 20 Praise God, who did not ignore my prayer
      or withdraw his unfailing love from me.

Psalm 67

For the choir director: A song. A psalm, to be accompanied by stringed instruments.

 1 May God be merciful and bless us.
      May his face smile with favor on us.

 2 May your ways be known throughout the earth,
      your saving power among people everywhere.
 3 May the nations praise you, O God.
      Yes, may all the nations praise you.
 4 Let the whole world sing for joy,
      because you govern the nations with justice
      and guide the people of the whole world.

 5 May the nations praise you, O God.
      Yes, may all the nations praise you.
 6 Then the earth will yield its harvests,
      and God, our God, will richly bless us.
 7 Yes, God will bless us,
      and people all over the world will fear him.