August 19, 2020

Psalm 104 (CSB)

Psalm 104

GOD THE CREATOR

My soul, bless the Lord! 

Lord my God, you are very great; 

you are clothed with majesty and splendor. 

He wraps himself in light as if it were a robe, 

spreading out the sky like a canopy, 

laying the beams of his palace 

on the waters above, 

making the clouds his chariot, 

walking on the wings of the wind, 

and making the winds his messengers, 

flames of fire his servants. 

He established the earth on its foundations; 

it will never be shaken. 

You covered it with the deep 

as if it were a garment; 

the water stood above the mountains. 

At your rebuke the water fled; 

at the sound of your thunder they hurried away—

mountains rose and valleys sank—

to the place you established for them. 

You set a boundary they cannot cross; 

they will never cover the earth again. 

10 He causes the springs to gush into the valleys; 

they flow between the mountains. 

11 They supply water for every wild beast; 

the wild donkeys quench their thirst. 

12 The birds of the sky live beside the springs; 

they make their voices heard among the foliage. 

13 He waters the mountains from his palace; 

the earth is satisfied by the fruit of your labor. 

14 He causes grass to grow for the livestock 

and provides crops for man to cultivate, 

producing food from the earth, 

15 wine that makes human hearts glad—

making his face shine with oil—

and bread that sustains human hearts. 

16 The trees of the Lord flourish, 

the cedars of Lebanon that he planted. 

17 There the birds make their nests; 

storks make their homes in the pine trees. 

18 The high mountains are for the wild goats; 

the cliffs are a refuge for hyraxes. 

19 He made the moon to mark the festivals; 

the sun knows when to set. 

20 You bring darkness, and it becomes night, 

when all the forest animals stir. 

21 The young lions roar for their prey 

and seek their food from God. 

22 The sun rises; they go back 

and lie down in their dens. 

23 Man goes out to his work 

and to his labor until evening. 

24 How countless are your works, Lord! 

In wisdom you have made them all; 

the earth is full of your creatures.,

25 Here is the sea, vast and wide, 

teeming with creatures beyond number—

living things both large and small. 

26 There the ships move about

and Leviathan, which you formed to play there. 

27 All of them wait for you 

to give them their food at the right time. 

28 When you give it to them, 

they gather it; 

when you open your hand, 

they are satisfied with good things. 

29 When you hide your face, 

they are terrified; 

when you take away their breath, 

they die and return to the dust. 

30 When you send your breath, 

they are created, 

and you renew the surface of the ground. 

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever; 

may the Lord rejoice in his works. 

32 He looks at the earth, and it trembles; 

he touches the mountains, 

and they pour out smoke. 

33 I will sing to the Lord all my life; 

I will sing praise to my God while I live. 

34 May my meditation be pleasing to him; 

I will rejoice in the Lord. 

35 May sinners vanish from the earth 

and wicked people be no more. 

My soul, bless the Lord! 

Hallelujah!

Proverbs 19:4–6 (CSB)

Wealth attracts many friends, 

but a poor person is separated from his friend. 

A false witness will not go unpunished, 

and one who utters lies will not escape. 

Many seek a ruler’s favor, 

and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.

John 8:39–47 (CSB)

39 “Our father is Abraham,” they replied. 

“If you were Abraham’s children,” Jesus told them, “you would do what Abraham did. 40 But now you are trying to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God. Abraham did not do this. 41 You’re doing what your father does.”

“We weren’t born of sexual immorality,” they said. “We have one Father—God.” 

42 Jesus said to them, “If God were your Father, you would love me, because I came from God and I am here. For I didn’t come on my own, but he sent me. 43 Why don’t you understand what I say? Because you cannot listen to my word.44 You are of your father the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning and does not stand in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature, because he is a liar and the father of lies. 45 Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe me. 46 Who among you can convict me of sin? If I am telling the truth, why don’t you believe me? 47 The one who is from God listens to God’s words. This is why you don’t listen, because you are not from God.”