Thursday, June 26, 2008


God the Judge

Psalm 75


1God, we thank you;

we thank you because you are near.

We tell about the miracles you do.

2You say, “I set the time for trial,

and I will judge fairly.

3The earth with all its people may shake,

but I am the one who holds it steady.


4I say to those who are proud, ‘Don’t brag,’

and to the wicked, ‘Don’t show your power.

5Don’t try to use your power against heaven.

Don’t be stubborn.’”

6No one from the east or the west

or the desert can judge you.

7God is the judge;

he judges one person as guilty and another as innocent.

8The LORD holds a cup of anger in his hand;

it is full of wine mixed with spices.

He pours it out even to the last drop,

and the wicked drink it all.

9I will tell about this forever;

I will sing praise to the God of Jacob.

10He will take all power away from the wicked,

but the power of good people will grow.

Title: The Holy Bible, New Century Version

Israel’s Failure to Trust God

Psalm 106

1Praise the LORD!

Thank the LORD because he is good.

His love continues forever.

2No one can tell all the mighty things the LORD has done;

no one can speak all his praise.

3Happy are those who do right,

who do what is fair at all times.

4LORD, remember me when you are kind to your people;

help me when you save them.

5Let me see the good things you do for your chosen people.

Let me be happy along with your happy nation;

let me join your own people in praising you.

6We have sinned just as our ancestors did.

We have done wrong; we have done evil.

7Our ancestors in Egypt

did not learn from your miracles.

They did not remember all your kindnesses,

so they turned against you at the Red Sea.

8But the LORD saved them for his own sake,

to show his great power.

9He commanded the Red Sea, and it dried up.

He led them through the deep sea as if it were a desert.

10He saved them from those who hated them.

He saved them from their enemies,

11and the water covered their foes.

Not one of them escaped.

12Then the people believed what the LORD said,

and they sang praises to him.

13But they quickly forgot what he had done;

they did not wait for his advice.

14They became greedy for food in the desert,

and they tested God there.

15So he gave them what they wanted,

but he also sent a terrible disease among them.

16The people in the camp were jealous of Moses

and of Aaron, the holy priest of the LORD.

17Then the ground opened up and swallowed Dathan

and closed over Abiram’s group.

18A fire burned among their followers,

and flames burned up the wicked.

19The people made a gold calf at Mount Sinai

and worshiped a metal statue.

20They exchanged their glorious God

for a statue of a bull that eats grass.

21They forgot the God who saved them,

who had done great things in Egypt,

22who had done miracles in Egypt£

and amazing things by the Red Sea.

23So God said he would destroy them.

But Moses, his chosen one, stood before him

and stopped God’s anger from destroying them.

24Then they refused to go into the beautiful land of Canaan;

they did not believe what God promised.

25They grumbled in their tents

and did not obey the LORD.

26So he swore to them

that they would die in the desert.

27He said their children would be killed by other nations

and that they would be scattered among other countries.

28They joined in worshiping Baal at Peor

and ate meat that had been sacrificed to lifeless statues.

29They made the LORD angry by what they did,

so many people became sick with a terrible disease.

30But Phinehas prayed to the LORD,

and the disease stopped.

31Phinehas did what was right,

and it will be remembered from now on.

32The people also made the LORD angry at Meribah,

and Moses was in trouble because of them.

33The people turned against the Spirit of God,

so Moses spoke without stopping to think.

34The people did not destroy the other nations

as the LORD had told them to do.

35Instead, they mixed with the other nations

and learned their customs.

36They worshiped other nations’ idols

and were trapped by them.

37They even killed their sons and daughters

as sacrifices to demons.

38They killed innocent people,

their own sons and daughters,

as sacrifices to the idols of Canaan.

So the land was made unholy by their blood.

39The people became unholy by their sins;

they were unfaithful to God in what they did.

40So the LORD became angry with his people

and hated his own children.

41He handed them over to other nations

and let their enemies rule over them.

42Their enemies were cruel to them

and kept them under their power.

43The LORD saved his people many times,

but they continued to turn against him.

So they became even more wicked.

44But God saw their misery

when he heard their cry.

45He remembered his agreement with them,

and he felt sorry for them because of his great love.

46He caused them to be pitied

by those who held them captive.

47LORD our God, save us

and bring us back from other nations.

Then we will thank you

and will gladly praise you.

48Praise the LORD, the God of Israel.

He always was and always will be.

Let all the people say, “Amen!”

Praise the LORD!

Title: The Holy Bible, New Century Version

God’s Love Continues Forever

Psalm 136

1Give thanks to the LORD because he is good.

His love continues forever.

2Give thanks to the God of gods.

His love continues forever.

3Give thanks to the Lord of lords.

His love continues forever.

4Only he can do great miracles.

His love continues forever.

5With his wisdom he made the skies.

His love continues forever.

6He spread out the earth on the seas.

His love continues forever.

7He made the sun and the moon.

His love continues forever.

8He made the sun to rule the day.

His love continues forever.

9He made the moon and stars to rule the night.

His love continues forever.

10He killed the firstborn sons of the Egyptians.

His love continues forever.

11He brought the people of Israel out of Egypt.

His love continues forever.

12He did it with his great power and strength.

His love continues forever.

13He parted the water of the Red Sea.

His love continues forever.

14He brought the Israelites through the middle of it.

His love continues forever.

15But the king of Egypt and his army drowned in the Red Sea.

His love continues forever.

16He led his people through the desert.

His love continues forever.

17He defeated great kings.

His love continues forever.

18He killed powerful kings.

His love continues forever.

19He defeated Sihon king of the Amorites.

His love continues forever.

20He defeated Og king of Bashan.

His love continues forever.

21He gave their land as a gift.

His love continues forever.

22It was a gift to his servants, the Israelites.

His love continues forever.

23He remembered us when we were in trouble.

His love continues forever.

24He freed us from our enemies.

His love continues forever.

25He gives food to every living creature.

His love continues forever.

26Give thanks to the God of heaven.

His love continues forever.

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