Monthly Archives: October 2012

Fear Not for the Lord is with you…

Fear 

Psalms 118:5-9

5In my anguish I cried to the Lord,
and he answered by setting me free.

6The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid.

What can man do to me?

7The Lord is with me; he is my helper.
I will look in triumph on my enemies.

8It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in man.

9It is better to take refuge in the Lord
than to trust in princes.

10All the nations surrounded me,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them off.

11They surrounded me on every side,
but in the name of the Lord I cut them off.

12They swarmed around me like bees,
but they died out as quickly as burning thorns;

in the name of the Lord I cut them off.

13I was pushed back and about to fall,
but the Lord helped me.

14The Lord is my strength and my song;
he has become my salvation.

15Shouts of joy and victory
resound in the tents of the righteous:

“The Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!

16The Lord’s right hand is lifted high;
the Lord’s right hand has done mighty things!”

17I will not die but live,
and will proclaim what the Lord has done.

18The Lord has chastened me severely,
but he has not given me over to death.

19Open for me the gates of righteousness;
I will enter and give thanks to the Lord.

20This is the gate of the Lord
through which the righteous may enter.

21I will give you thanks, for you answered me;
you have become my salvation.

22The stone the builders rejected
has become the capstone;
23the Lord has done this,
and it is marvelous in our eyes.

24This is the day the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25O Lord, save us;
O Lord, grant us success.

26Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
From the house of the Lord we bless you.a

27The Lord is God,
and he has made his light shine upon us.

With boughs in hand, join in the festal procession
upb to the horns of the altar.

28You are my God, and I will give you thanks;
you are my God, and I will exalt you.

29Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.

Psalms 112:1-8

1Praise the Lord.

Blessed is the man who fears the Lord,
who finds great delight in his commands.

2His children will be mighty in the land;
the generation of the upright will be blessed.

3Wealth and riches are in his house,
and his righteousness endures forever.

4Even in darkness light dawns for the upright,
for the gracious and compassionate and righteous man.c

5Good will come to him who is generous and lends freely,
who conducts his affairs with justice.

6Surely he will never be shaken;
a righteous man will be remembered forever.

7He will have no fear of bad news;
his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord.

8His heart is secure, he will have no fear;
in the end he will look in triumph on his foes.

9He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor,
his righteousness endures forever;
his hornd will be lifted high in honor.

10The wicked man will see and be vexed,
he will gnash his teeth and waste away;
the longings of the wicked will come to nothing.

Jeremiah 1:6-9

6“Ah, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know
how to speak; I am only a child.”

7But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am only
a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and
say whatever I command you. 8Do not be afraid of
them, for I am with you and will rescue you,”
declares the Lord.

9Then the Lord reached out his hand and touched my
mouth and said to me, “Now, I have put my words in
your mouth. 10See, today I appoint you over nations
and kingdoms to uproot and tear down, to destroy
and overthrow, to build and to plant.”

11The word of the Lord came to me:
“What do you see, Jeremiah?”

“I see the branch of an almond tree,” I replied.

12The Lord said to me, “You have seen correctly,
for I am watchingb to see that my word is fulfilled.”

13The word of the Lord came to me again:
“What do you see?”

“I see a boiling pot, tilting away from the north,”
I answered.

14The Lord said to me, “From the north disaster
will be poured out on all who live in the land.
15I am about to summon all the peoples of the
northern kingdoms,” declares the Lord.

“Their kings will come and set up their thrones
in the entrance of the gates of Jerusalem;
they will come against all her surrounding walls
and against all the towns of Judah.

16I will pronounce my judgments on my people
because of their wickedness in forsaking me,
in burning incense to other gods and in
worshiping what their hands have made.

17“Get yourself ready! Stand up and say to
them whatever I command you. Do not be terrified
by them, or I will terrify you before them.
18Today I have made you a fortified city,
an iron pillar and a bronze wall to stand
against the whole land—against the kings
of Judah, its officials, its priests and
the people of the land. 19They will fight
against you but will not overcome you,
for I am with you and will rescue you,”
declares the Lord.

Psalms 143:1-10

A psalm of David.

1O Lord, hear my prayer,

listen to my cry for mercy;
in your faithfulness and righteousness
come to my relief.

2Do not bring your servant into judgment,
for no one living is righteous before you.

3The enemy pursues me,
he crushes me to the ground;
he makes me dwell in darkness
like those long dead.

4So my spirit grows faint within me;
my heart within me is dismayed.

5I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done.

6I spread out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.
Selah

7Answer me quickly, O Lord;
my spirit fails.

Do not hide your face from me
or I will be like those who go
down to the pit.

8Let the morning bring me word
of your unfailing love,
for I have put my trust in you.

Show me the way I should go,
for to you I lift up my soul.

9Rescue me from my enemies, O Lord,
for I hide myself in you.

10Teach me to do your will,
for you are my God;
may your good Spirit
lead me on level ground.

11For your name’s sake, O Lord,
preserve my life;
in your righteousness, bring me out of trouble.

12In your unfailing love, silence my enemies;
destroy all my foes, for I am your servant.

Isaiah 43:1-2

Israel’s Only Savior

1But now, this is what the Lord says—
he who created you, O Jacob,
he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.

3For I am the Lord, your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
Cusha and Seba in your stead.

4Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
and because I love you,
I will give men in exchange for you,
and people in exchange for your life.

5Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.

6I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar and my daughters
from the ends of the earth—

7everyone who is called by my name,
whom I created for my glory,
whom I formed and made.”

8Lead out those who have eyes but are blind,
who have ears but are deaf.

9All the nations gather together
and the peoples assemble.

Which of them foretold this
and proclaimed to us the former things?

Let them bring in their witnesses to prove
they were right, so that others may hear
and say, “It is true.”

10“You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“and my servant whom I have chosen,
so that you may know and believe me
and understand that I am he.

Before me no god was formed,
nor will there be one after me.

11I, even I, am the Lord,
and apart from me there is no savior.

12I have revealed and saved and proclaimed—
I, and not some foreign god among you.

You are my witnesses,” declares the Lord,
“that I am God.

13Yes, and from ancient days I am he.
No one can deliver out of my hand.

When I act, who can reverse it?”

Psalms 46:3-4

3though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Selah

4There is a river whose streams make glad
the city of God, the holy place where the
Most High dwells.

5God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

8Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shieldsb with fire.

10“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

Matthew 14:25-33

25During the fourth watch of the night
Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake.
26When the disciples saw him walking on the
lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,”
they said, and cried out in fear.

27But Jesus immediately said to them:
“Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied,
“tell me to come to you on the water.”

29“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on
the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he
saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to
sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught
him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down.
33Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying,
“Truly you are the Son of God.”

34When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret.
35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they
sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought
all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick
just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched
him were healed.

Psalms 49:5

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A psalm.

1Hear this, all you peoples;
listen, all who live in this world,
2both low and high,
rich and poor alike:

3My mouth will speak words of wisdom;
the utterance from my heart will give understanding.

4I will turn my ear to a proverb;
with the harp I will expound my riddle:

5Why should I fear when evil days come,
when wicked deceivers surround me—
6those who trust in their wealth
and boast of their great riches?

7No man can redeem the life of another
or give to God a ransom for him—
8the ransom for a life is costly,
no payment is ever enough—
9that he should live on forever
and not see decay.

10For all can see that wise men die;
the foolish and the senseless alike perish
and leave their wealth to others.

11Their tombs will remain their housesa forever,
their dwellings for endless generations,
though they hadb named lands after themselves.

12But man, despite his riches, does not endure;
he isc like the beasts that perish.

13This is the fate of those who trust in themselves,
and of their followers, who approve their sayings.
Selah

14Like sheep they are destined for the grave,d
and death will feed on them.

The upright will rule over them in the morning;
their forms will decay in the grave,e
far from their princely mansions.

15But God will redeem my lifef from the grave;
he will surely take me to himself.
Selah

16Do not be overawed when a man grows rich,
when the splendor of his house increases;
17for he will take nothing with him when he dies,
his splendor will not descend with him.

18Though while he lived he counted himself blessed—
and men praise you when you prosper—
19he will join the generation of his fathers,
who will never see the light [of life].

20A man who has riches without understanding
is like the beasts that perish.

 

Psalms 34:4

Of David. When he pretended to be insane before
Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.

1I will extol the Lord at all times;
his praise will always be on my lips.

2My soul will boast in the Lord;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice.

3Glorify the Lord with me;
let us exalt his name together.

4I sought the Lord, and he answered me;
he delivered me from all my fears.

5Those who look to him are radiant;
their faces are never covered with shame.

6This poor man called, and the Lord heard him;
he saved him out of all his troubles.

7The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.

8Taste and see that the Lord is good;
blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.

9Fear the Lord, you his saints,
for those who fear him lack nothing.

10The lions may grow weak and hungry,
but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

11Come, my children, listen to me;
I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

12Whoever of you loves life
and desires to see many good days,
13keep your tongue from evil
and your lips from speaking lies.

14Turn from evil and do good;
seek peace and pursue it.

15The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous
and his ears are attentive to their cry;
16the face of the Lord is against those who do evil,
to cut off the memory of them from the earth.

17The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;
he delivers them from all their troubles.

18The Lord is close to the brokenhearted
and saves those who are crushed in spirit.

19A righteous man may have many troubles,
but the Lord delivers him from them all;
20he protects all his bones,
not one of them will be broken.

21Evil will slay the wicked;
the foes of the righteous will be condemned.

22The Lord redeems his servants;
no one will be condemned who takes refuge in him.

 

Psalms 46:1-3

For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah.
According to alamoth.a A song.

1God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way

and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3though its waters roar and foam and the mountains
quake with their surging.
Selah

4There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

8Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shieldsb with fire.

10“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

 

Psalms 27:1-3

For the director of music. Of the Sons
of Korah. According to alamoth.a A song.

1God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.

2Therefore we will not fear,
though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the
heart of the sea, 3though its
waters roar and foam and the
mountains quake with their surging.
Selah

4There is a river whose streams
make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.

5God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.

6Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah

8Come and see the works of the Lord,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

9He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shieldsb with fire.

10“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”

11The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah