August 17, 2020

Psalm 102 (CSB)

Psalm 102

AFFLICTION IN LIGHT OF ETERNITY

A prayer of a suffering person who is weak and pours out his lament before the Lord. 

Lord, hear my prayer; 

let my cry for help come before you. 

Do not hide your face from me in my day of trouble. 

Listen closely to me; 

answer me quickly when I call. 

For my days vanish like smoke, 

and my bones burn like a furnace. 

My heart is suffering, withered like grass; 

I even forget to eat my food. 

Because of the sound of my groaning, 

my flesh sticks to my bones. 

I am like an eagle owl, 

like a little owl among the ruins. 

I stay awake; 

I am like a solitary bird on a roof. 

My enemies taunt me all day long; 

they ridicule and use my name as a curse. 

I eat ashes like bread 

and mingle my drinks with tears 

10 because of your indignation and wrath; 

for you have picked me up and thrown me aside. 

11 My days are like a lengthening shadow, 

and I wither away like grass. 

12 But you, Lord, are enthroned forever; 

your fame endures to all generations. 

13 You will rise up and have compassion on Zion, 

for it is time to show favor to her—

the appointed time has come. 

14 For your servants take delight in its stones 

and favor its dust. 

15 Then the nations will fear the name of the Lord, 

and all the kings of the earth your glory, 

16 for the Lord will rebuild Zion; 

he will appear in his glory. 

17 He will pay attention to the prayer of the destitute 

and will not despise their prayer. 

18 This will be written for a later generation, 

and a people who have not yet been created will praise the Lord: 

19 He looked down from his holy heights—

the Lord gazed out from heaven to earth—

20 to hear a prisoner’s groaning, 

to set free those condemned to die,,

21 so that they might declare 

the name of the Lord in Zion 

and his praise in Jerusalem 

22 when peoples and kingdoms are assembled 

to serve the Lord. 

23 He has broken my strength in midcourse; 

he has shortened my days. 

24 I say, “My God, do not take me 

in the middle of my life! 

Your years continue through all generations. 

25 Long ago you established the earth, 

and the heavens are the work of your hands. 

26 They will perish, but you will endure; 

all of them will wear out like clothing. 

You will change them like a garment, 

and they will pass away. 

27 But you are the same, 

and your years will never end. 

28 Your servants’ children will dwell securely, 

and their offspring will be established before you.”

Proverbs 18:20–24 (CSB)

20 From the fruit of a person’s mouth his stomach is satisfied; 

he is filled with the product of his lips. 

21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, 

and those who love it will eat its fruit. 

22 A man who finds a wife finds a good thing 

and obtains favor from the Lord. 

23 The poor person pleads, 

but the rich one answers roughly. 

24 One with many friends may be harmed, 

but there is a friend who stays closer than a brother.

John 8:12–30 (CSB)

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD

12 Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”

13 So the Pharisees said to him, “You are testifying about yourself. Your testimony is not valid.” 

14 “Even if I testify about myself,” Jesus replied, “My testimony is true, because I know where I came from and where I’m going. But you don’t know where I come from or where I’m going. 15 You judge by human standards., I judge no one.16 And if I do judge, my judgment is true, because it is not I alone who judge, but I and the Father who sent me. 17 Even in your law it is written that the testimony of two witnesses is true. 18 I am the one who testifies about myself, and the Father who sent me testifies about me.” 

19 Then they asked him, “Where is your Father?” 

“You know neither me nor my Father,” Jesus answered. “If you knew me, you would also know my Father.” 20 He spoke these words by the treasury, while teaching in the temple. But no one seized him, because his hour had not yet come. 

JESUS PREDICTS HIS DEPARTURE

21 Then he said to them again, “I’m going away; you will look for me, and you will die in your sin. Where I’m going, you cannot come.”

22 So the Jews said again, “He won’t kill himself, will he, since he says, ‘Where I’m going, you cannot come’?” 

23 “You are from below,” he told them, “I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world. 24 Therefore I told you that you will die in your sins. For if you do not believe that I am he, you will die in your sins.” 

25 “Who are you?” they questioned. 

“Exactly what I’ve been telling you from the very beginning,” Jesus told them. 26 “I have many things to say and to judge about you, but the one who sent me is true, and what I have heard from him—these things I tell the world.”

27 They did not know he was speaking to them about the Father. 28 So Jesus said to them, “When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am he, and that I do nothing on my own. But just as the Father taught me, I say these things. 29 The one who sent me is with me. He has not left me alone, because I always do what pleases him.” 

TRUTH AND FREEDOM

30 As he was saying these things, many believed in him.