September 21, 2020 (Good Name)

A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; favor is better than silver and gold. Rich and poor have this in common: the Lord makes them all.

September 21, 2020 (Good Name)

Psalm 118 (CSB)

Psalm 118

THANKSGIVING FOR VICTORY

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 

his faithful love endures forever. 

Let Israel say, 

“His faithful love endures forever.” 

Let the house of Aaron say, 

“His faithful love endures forever.” 

Let those who fear the Lord say, 

“His faithful love endures forever.” 

I called to the Lord in distress; 

the Lord answered me 

and put me in a spacious place.,

The Lord is for me; I will not be afraid. 

What can a mere mortal do to me? 

The Lord is my helper; 

therefore, I will look in triumph on those who hate me. 

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

It is better to take refuge in the Lord

than to trust in nobles. 

10 All the nations surrounded me; 

in the name of the Lord I destroyed them. 

11 They surrounded me, yes, they surrounded me; 

in the name of the Lord I destroyed them. 

12 They surrounded me like bees; 

they were extinguished like a fire among thorns; 

in the name of the Lord I destroyed them. 

13 They pushed me hard to make me fall, 

but the Lord helped me. 

14 The Lord is my strength and my song; 

he has become my salvation. 

15 There are shouts of joy and victory 

in the tents of the righteous: 

“The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly! 

16 The Lord’s right hand is raised. 

The Lord’s right hand performs valiantly!” 

17 I will not die, but I will live 

and proclaim what the Lord has done. 

18 The Lord disciplined me severely 

but did not give me over to death. 

19 Open the gates of righteousness for me; 

I will enter through them 

and give thanks to the Lord. 

20 This is the Lord’s gate; 

the righteous will enter through it. 

21 I will give thanks to you 

because you have answered me 

and have become my salvation. 

22 The stone that the builders rejected 

has become the cornerstone. 

23 This came from the Lord; 

it is wondrous in our sight. 

24 This is the day the Lord has made; 

let’s rejoice and be glad in it. 

25 Lord, save us! 

Lord, please grant us success! 

26 He who comes in the name 

of the Lord is blessed. 

From the house of the Lord we bless you. 

27 The Lord is God and has given us light. 

Bind the festival sacrifice with cords 

to the horns of the altar. 

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

You are my God; I will exalt you. 

29 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; 

his faithful love endures forever.

Proverbs 22:1–4 (CSB)

A good name is to be chosen over great wealth; 

favor is better than silver and gold. 

Rich and poor have this in common: 

the Lord makes them all. 

A sensible person sees danger and takes cover, 

but the inexperienced keep going and are punished. 

Humility, the fear of the Lord, 

results in wealth, honor, and life.

John 16:16–33 (CSB)

SORROW TURNED TO JOY

16 “In a little while, you will no longer see me; again in a little while, you will see me.”

17 Then some of his disciples said to one another, “What is this he’s telling us: ‘In a little while, you will not see me; again a little while, you will see me,’ and, ‘Because I am going to the Father’?” 18 They said, “What is this he is saying,‘In a little while’? We don’t know what he’s talking about.” 

19 Jesus knew they wanted to ask him, and so he said to them, “Are you asking one another about what I said, ‘In a little while, you will not see me; again in a little while, you will see me’? 20 Truly I tell you, you will weep and mourn, but the world will rejoice. You will become sorrowful, but your sorrow will turn to joy. 21 When a woman is in labor, she has pain because her time has come. But when she has given birth to a child, she no longer remembers the suffering because of the joy that a person has been born into the world. 22 So you also have sorrow now. But I will see you again. Your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you.

23 “In that day you will not ask me anything. Truly I tell you, anything you ask the Father in my name, he will give you. 24 Until now you have asked for nothing in my name. Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete.

JESUS THE VICTOR

25 “I have spoken these things to you in figures of speech. A time is coming when I will no longer speak to you in figures, but I will tell you plainly about the Father. 26 On that day you will ask in my name, and I am not telling you that I will ask the Father on your behalf. 27 For the Father himself loves you, because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God., 28 I came from the Father and have come into the world. Again, I am leaving the world and going to the Father.”

29 His disciples said, “Look, now you’re speaking plainly and not using any figurative language. 30 Now we know that you know everything and don’t need anyone to question you. By this we believe that you came from God.” 

31 Jesus responded to them, “Do you now believe? 32 Indeed, an hour is coming, and has come, when each of you will be scattered to his own home, and you will leave me alone. Yet I am not alone, because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you these things so that in me you may have peace. You will have suffering in this world. Be courageous! I have conquered the world.”

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