Monthly Archives: August 2012

Dependence Upon God

Dependence Upon God

Psalm 127:1

A song of ascents. Of Solomon. Unless the LORD builds the house, its builders labor in vain.
Unless the LORD watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.

Proverbs 3:5-8

5Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways
acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Do not be wise in your own eyes;fear the
Lord and shun evil. This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.

John 15:5

“I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit;
apart from me you can do nothing.

2 Corinthians 3:4-5

Such confidence as this is ours through Christ before God. Not that we are competent in ourselves to
claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as
ministers of a new covenant—not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but
the Spirit gives life.

Deuteronomy 33:27

The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms. He will drive out your
enemy before you, saying, ‘Destroy him!’

Proverbs 9-35

Invitations of Wisdom and of Folly
1Wisdom has built her house;
she has hewn out its seven pillars.
2She has prepared her meat and mixed her wine;
she has also set her table.
3She has sent out her maids, and she calls
from the highest point of the city.
4“Let all who are simple come in here!”

she says to those who lack judgment.
5“Come, eat my food
and drink the wine I have mixed.
6Leave your simple ways and you will live;
walk in the way of understanding.

7“Whoever corrects a mocker invites insult;
whoever rebukes a wicked man incurs abuse.
8Do not rebuke a mocker or he will hate you;
rebuke a wise man and he will love you.
9Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still;
teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

10“The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom,
and knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.
11For through me your days will be many,
and years will be added to your life.
12If you are wise, your wisdom will reward you;
if you are a mocker, you alone will suffer.”

13The woman Folly is loud;
she is undisciplined and without knowledge.
14She sits at the door of her house,
on a seat at the highest point of the city,
15calling out to those who pass by,
who go straight on their way.
16“Let all who are simple come in here!”
she says to those who lack judgment.
17“Stolen water is sweet;
food eaten in secret is delicious!”
18But little do they know that the dead are there,
that her guests are in the depths of the grave.a

2 Chronicles 20:6-12 & 15

6and said:

“O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not the God who is in heaven?
You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are
in your hand, and no one can withstand you. 7O our God, did you not
drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel
and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend?
8They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name,
saying, 9‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or
plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that
bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear
us and save us.’

10“But now here are men from Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, whose territory
you would not allow Israel to invade when they came from Egypt; so they
turned away from them and did not destroy them. 11See how they are repaying
us by coming to drive us out of the possession you gave us as an inheritance.
12O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast
army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.”

13All the men of Judah, with their wives and children and little ones,
stood there before the Lord.

14Then the Spirit of the Lord came upon Jahaziel son of Zechariah,
the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite
and descendant of Asaph, as he stood in the assembly.

15He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem!
This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of
this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16Tomorrow march down
against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find
them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17You will not have to
fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance
the Lord will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be
discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”

18Jehoshaphat bowed with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and
Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19Then some Levites from the
Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel,
with a very loud voice.

20Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out,
Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem!
Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his
prophets and you will be successful.” 21After consulting the people,
Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the
splendor of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:

“Give thanks to the Lord,
for his love endures forever.”

Psalm 139:1-5

For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1O Lord, you have searched me
and you know me.
2You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.

5You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

7Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,a you are there.
9If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.

11If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.

13For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14I praise you because I am fearfully and
wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.

17How precious tob me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.

19If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.

23Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting.

Psalm 44:4-7

4You are my King and my God,
who decreesb victories for Jacob.
5Through you we push back our enemies;
through your name we trample our foes.
6I do not trust in my bow,
my sword does not bring me victory;
7but you give us victory over our enemies,
you put our adversaries to shame.
8In God we make our boast all day long,
and we will praise your name forever.       Selah

9But now you have rejected and humbled us;
you no longer go out with our armies.
10You made us retreat before the enemy,
and our adversaries have plundered us.
11You gave us up to be devoured like sheep
and have scattered us among the nations.
12You sold your people for a pittance,
gaining nothing from their sale.

13You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,
the scorn and derision of those around us.
14You have made us a byword among the nations;
the peoples shake their heads at us.
15My disgrace is before me all day long,
and my face is covered with shame
16at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,
because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.

17All this happened to us,
though we had not forgotten you
or been false to your covenant.
18Our hearts had not turned back;
our feet had not strayed from your path.
19But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals
and covered us over with deep darkness.

20If we had forgotten the name of our God
or spread out our hands to a foreign god,
21would not God have discovered it,
since he knows the secrets of the heart?
22Yet for your sake we face death all day long;
we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.

23Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep?
Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever.
24Why do you hide your face
and forget our misery and oppression?

25We are brought down to the dust;
our bodies cling to the ground.
26Rise up and help us;
redeem us because of your unfailing love.

Jerimiah 10:23-24

Jeremiah’s Prayer

23I know, O Lord, that a man’s life is not his own;
it is not for man to direct his steps.
24Correct me, Lord, but only with justice—
not in your anger,
lest you reduce me to nothing.
25Pour out your wrath on the nations
that do not acknowledge you,
on the peoples who do not call on your name.
For they have devoured Jacob;
they have devoured him completely
and destroyed his homeland.