Psalms 94–96; Galatians 1

The Lord Will Not Forsake His People

94  O Lord, God of pvengeance,

O God of vengeance, qshine forth!

rRise up, O sjudge of the earth;

repay to the tproud what they deserve!

O Lord, uhow long shall the wicked,

how long shall vthe wicked exult?

They pour out their warrogant words;

all xthe evildoers boast.

They ycrush your people, O Lord,

and afflict your heritage.

They kill zthe widow and the sojourner,

and murder zthe fatherless;

aand they say, The Lord does not see;

the God of Jacob does not perceive.

bUnderstand, O dullest of the people!

Fools, when will you be wise?

cHe who planted the ear, does he not hear?

He who formed the eye, does he not see?

10  He who ddisciplines the nations, does he not rebuke?

He who eteaches man knowledge

11  fthe Lordknows the thoughts of man,

that they are gbut a breath.1

12  hBlessed is the man whom you idiscipline, O Lord,

and whom you teach out of your law,

13  to give him jrest from kdays of trouble,

until la pit is dug for the wicked.

14  mFor the Lord will not forsake his npeople;

he will not abandon his nheritage;

15  for ojustice will return to the righteous,

and all the upright in heart will pfollow it.

16  qWho rises up for me against the wicked?

Who stands up for me against evildoers?

17  rIf the Lord had not been my help,

my soul would soon have lived in the land of ssilence.

18  When I thought, tMy foot slips,

your steadfast love, O Lord, uheld me up.

19  When the cares of my heart are many,

your consolations cheer my soul.

20  Can wwicked rulers be allied with you,

those who frame2 injustice by xstatute?

21  They yband together against the life of the righteous

and condemn zthe innocent to death.3

22  But the Lord has become my astronghold,

and my God bthe rock of my crefuge.

23  He will bring back on them dtheir iniquity

and ewipe them out for their wickedness;

the Lord our God will wipe them out.

Let Us Sing Songs of Praise

95  Oh come, let us sing to the Lord;

let us fmake a joyful noise to gthe rock of our salvation!

Let us hcome into his presence with thanksgiving;

let us fmake a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!

For the Lord is ia great God,

and a great King jabove all gods.

In his hand are the depths of the earth;

the heights of the mountains are his also.

The sea is his, for khe made it,

and his hands formed kthe dry land.

Oh come, let us worship and bow down;

let us lkneel before the Lord, our mMaker!

For he is our nGod,

and we are the people of his opasture,

and the sheep of his hand.

pToday, if you qhear his voice,

rdo not harden your hearts, as at sMeribah,

as on the day at tMassah in the wilderness,

when your fathers put me to the utest

and put me to the proof, though they had seen my vwork.

10  wFor forty years I loathed that generation

and said, They are a people who go astray in their heart,

and they have not known xmy ways.

11  Therefore I yswore in my wrath,

They shall not enter zmy rest.

Worship in the Splendor of Holiness

96  aOh sing to the Lord ba new song;

sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Sing to the Lord, bless his name;

ctell of his salvation from day to day.

Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples!

For dgreat is the Lord, and egreatly to be praised;

he is to be feared above fall gods.

For all the gods of the peoples are worthless idols,

but the Lord gmade the heavens.

Splendor and majesty are before him;

hstrength and beauty are in his sanctuary.

Ascribe to the Lord, O ifamilies of the peoples,

jascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

Ascribe to the Lord kthe glory due his name;

bring lan offering, and mcome into his courts!

Worship the Lord in nthe splendor of holiness;4

otremble before him, all the earth!

10  Say among the nations, pThe Lord reigns!

Yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved;

he will qjudge the peoples with equity.

11  Let rthe heavens be glad, and let sthe earth rejoice;

let tthe sea roar, and all that fills it;

12  let uthe field exult, and everything in it!

Then shall all vthe trees of the forest sing for joy

13  before the Lord, for he comes,

for he comes wto judge the earth.

He will judge the world in righteousness,

and the peoples in his faithfulness.


Galatians Illustration

Galatians

Greeting

Paul, an aapostlebnot from men nor through man, but cthrough Jesus Christ and God the Father, dwho raised him from the dead and all ethe brothers1 who are with me,

To fthe churches of Galatia:

gGrace to you and peace hfrom God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, iwho gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present jevil age, according to the will of kour God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

No Other Gospel

I am astonished that you are lso quickly deserting mhim who called you in the grace of Christ and are turning to na different gospel onot that there is another one, but pthere are some who trouble you and want to distort the gospel of Christ. But even if we or qan angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to the one we preached to you, rlet him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to the one you received, rlet him be accursed.

10 For am I now seeking the approval of man, or of God? Or am I trying sto please man? If I were still trying to please man, I would not be a tservant2 of Christ.

Paul Called by God

11 For uI would have you know, brothers, that vthe gospel that was preached by me is not man's gospel.3 12 wFor I did not receive it from any man, nor was I taught it, but I received it xthrough a revelation of Jesus Christ. 13 For you have heard of ymy former life in Judaism, how zI persecuted the church of God violently and tried to destroy it. 14 And I was advancing in Judaism beyond many of my own age among my people, so extremely azealous was I for bthe traditions of my fathers. 15 But when he cwho had set me apart dbefore I was born,4 and who ecalled me by his grace, 16 was pleased to reveal his Son to5 me, in order fthat I might preach him among the Gentiles, I did not immediately consult with anyone;6 17 nor did I go up to Jerusalem to those who were apostles before me, but I went away into Arabia, and returned again to Damascus.

18 Then gafter three years I went up to Jerusalem to visit Cephas and remained with him fifteen days. 19 But I saw none of the other apostles except James hthe Lord's brother. 20 (In what I am writing to you, ibefore God, I do not lie!) 21 jThen I went into the regions of Syria and Cilicia. 22 And I was still unknown in person to kthe churches of Judea that are in Christ. 23 They only were hearing it said, He who used to persecute us is now preaching the faith he once tried to destroy. 24 And they glorified God because of me.