October 23, 2020 (Praising God)

He jumped up and started to walk, and he entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God. All the people saw him walking and praising God. So they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him.

October 23, 2020 (Praising God)

Psalm 119:129–136, CSB

Your decrees are wondrous; therefore I obey them.

The revelation of your words brings light and gives understanding to the inexperienced.

I open my mouth and pant because I long for your commands.

Turn to me and be gracious to me, as is your practice toward those who love your name.

Make my steps steady through your promise; don’t let any sin dominate me.

Redeem me from human oppression, and I will keep your precepts.

Make your face shine on your servant, and teach me your statutes.

My eyes pour out streams of tears because people do not follow your instruction.

Proverbs 24:29–34, CSB

Don’t say, “I’ll do to him what he did to me; I’ll repay the man for what he has done.”

I went by the field of a slacker and by the vineyard of one lacking sense.

Thistles had come up everywhere, weeds covered the ground, and the stone wall was ruined.

I saw, and took it to heart; I looked, and received instruction: a little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the arms to rest, and your poverty will come like a robber, and your need, like a bandit.

Acts 3:1–10, CSB

Now Peter and John were going up to the temple for the time of prayer at three in the afternoon.

A man who was lame from birth was being carried there. He was placed each day at the temple gate called Beautiful, so that he could beg from those entering the temple.

When he saw Peter and John about to enter the temple, he asked for money.

Peter, along with John, looked straight at him and said, “Look at us.”

So he turned to them, expecting to get something from them.

But Peter said, “I don’t have silver or gold, but what I do have, I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, get up and walk!”

Then, taking him by the right hand he raised him up, and at once his feet and ankles became strong.

So he jumped up and started to walk, and he entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God.

All the people saw him walking and praising God, and they recognized that he was the one who used to sit and beg at the Beautiful Gate of the temple. So they were filled with awe and astonishment at what had happened to him.

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