Your reading for today is: Psalm 4-6 Acts 17:16-34
Psalm 4 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David.
Answer me when I call to you,O my righteous God.Give me relief from my distress;be merciful to me and hear my prayer. 2 How long, O men, will you turn my glory into shame? How long will you love delusions and seek false gods? Selah 3 Know that the Lord has set apart the godly for himself;the Lord will hear when I call to him. 4 In your anger do not sin;when you are on your beds,search your hearts and be silent. Selah 5 Offer right sacrificesand trust in the Lord. 6 Many are asking, "Who can show us any good?"Let the light of your face shine upon us, O Lord. 7 You have filled my heart with greater joythan when their grain and new wine abound. 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace,for you alone, O Lord,make me dwell in safety. Psalm 5 For the director of music. For flutes. A psalm of David.
Give ear to my words, O Lord,consider my sighing. 2 Listen to my cry for help,my King and my God,for to you I pray. 3 In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice;in the morning I lay my requests before youand wait in expectation. 4 You are not a God who takes pleasure in evil;with you the wicked cannot dwell. 5 The arrogant cannot stand in your presence;you hate all who do wrong. 6 You destroy those who tell lies;bloodthirsty and deceitful menthe Lord abhors. 7 But I, by your great mercy,will come into your house;in reverence will I bow downtoward your holy temple. 8 Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousnessbecause of my enemies - make straight your way before me. 9 Not a word from their mouth can be trusted;their heart is filled with destruction.Their throat is an open grave;with their tongue they speak deceit. 10 Declare them guilty, O God!Let their intrigues be their downfall.Banish them for their many sins,for they have rebelled against you. 11 But let all who take refuge in you be glad;let them ever sing for joy.Spread your protection over them,that those who love your name may rejoice in you. 12 For surely, O Lord, you bless the righteous;you surround them with your favor as with a shield.
Psalm 6 For the director of music. With stringed instruments. According to sheminith. A psalm of David.
O Lord, do not rebuke me in your angeror discipline me in your wrath. 2 Be merciful to me, Lord, for I am faint;O Lord, heal me, for my bones are in agony. 3 My soul is in anguish.How long, O Lord, how long? 4 Turn, O Lord, and deliver me;save me because of your unfailing love. 5 No one remembers you when he is dead.Who praises you from the grave? 6 I am worn out from groaning;all night long I flood my bed with weepingand drench my couch with tears. 7 My eyes grow weak with sorrow;they fail because of all my foes. 8 Away from me, all you who do evil,for the Lord has heard my weeping. 9 The Lord has heard my cry for mercy;the Lord accepts my prayer. 10 All my enemies will be ashamed and dismayed;they will turn back in sudden disgrace. (NIV)
Acts 17:16-34 While Paul was waiting for them in Athens, he was greatly distressed to see that the city was full of idols. 17 So he reasoned in the synagogue with the Jews and the God-fearing Greeks, as well as in the marketplace day by day with those who happened to be there. 18 A group of Epicurean and Stoic philosophers began to dispute with him. Some of them asked, "What is this babbler trying to say?" Others remarked, "He seems to be advocating foreign gods." They said this because Paul was preaching the good news about Jesus and the resurrection. 19 Then they took him and brought him to a meeting of the Areopagus, where they said to him, "May we know what this new teaching is that you are presenting? 20 You are bringing some strange ideas to our ears, and we want to know what they mean." 21 (All the Athenians and the foreigners who lived there spent their time doing nothing but talking about and listening to the latest ideas.)
22 Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: "Men of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: TO AN UNKNOWN GOD. Now what you worship as something unknown I am going to proclaim to you.
24 "The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. 25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. 26 From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. 27 God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 28 'For in him we live and move and have our being.' As some of your own poets have said, 'We are his offspring.'
29 "Therefore since we are God's offspring, we should not think that the divine being is like gold or silver or stone - an image made by man's design and skill. 30 In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent. 31 For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to all men by raising him from the dead."
32 When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some of them sneered, but others said, "We want to hear you again on this subject." 33 At that, Paul left the Council. 34 A few men became followers of Paul and believed. Among them was Dionysius, a member of the Areopagus, also a woman named Damaris, and a number of others. (NIV)