Your Bible Reading for Today is: Psalm 43-45 Acts 27:27-44
Vindicate me, O God,and plead my cause against an ungodly nation;rescue me from deceitful and wicked men. 2 You are God my stronghold.Why have you rejected me?Why must I go about mourning,oppressed by the enemy? 3 Send forth your light and your truth,let them guide me;let them bring me to your holy mountain,to the place where you dwell. 4 Then will I go to the altar of God,to God, my joy and my delight.I will praise you with the harp,O God, my God.
5 Why are you downcast, O my soul?Why so disturbed within me?Put your hope in God,for I will yet praise him,my Savior and my God.
Psalm 44 For the director of music. Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil.
We have heard with our ears, O God;our fathers have told us what you did in their days,in days long ago. 2 With your hand you drove out the nations and planted our fathers;you crushed the peoples and made our fathers flourish. 3 It was not by their sword that they won the land,nor did their arm bring them victory;it was your right hand, your arm,and the light of your face, for you loved them.
4 You are my King and my God,who decrees victories for Jacob. 5 Through you we push back our enemies;through your name we trample our foes. 6 I do not trust in my bow,my sword does not bring me victory; 7 but you give us victory over our enemies,you put our adversaries to shame. 8 In God we make our boast all day long,and we will praise your name forever. Selah
9 But now you have rejected and humbled us;you no longer go out with our armies. 10 You made us retreat before the enemy,and our adversaries have plundered us. 11 You gave us up to be devoured like sheep and have scattered us among the nations. 12 You sold your people for a pittance,gaining nothing from their sale.
13 You have made us a reproach to our neighbors,the scorn and derision of those around us. 14 You have made us a byword among the nations;the peoples shake their heads at us. 15 My disgrace is before me all day long,and my face is covered with shame 16 at the taunts of those who reproach and revile me,because of the enemy, who is bent on revenge.
17 All this happened to us,though we had not forgotten youor been false to your covenant. 18 Our hearts had not turned back;our feet had not strayed from your path. 19 But you crushed us and made us a haunt for jackals and covered us over with deep darkness.
20 If we had forgotten the name of our Godor spread out our hands to a foreign god, 21 would not God have discovered it,since he knows the secrets of the heart? 22 Yet for your sake we face death all day long;we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.
23 Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep?Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. 24 Why do you hide your faceand forget our misery and oppression?
25 We are brought down to the dust;our bodies cling to the ground. 26 Rise up and help us;redeem us because of your unfailing love.
Psalm 45 For the director of music. To [the tune of] "Lilies." Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.
My heart is stirred by a noble theme as I recite my verses for the king;my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
2 You are the most excellent of men and your lips have been anointed with grace,since God has blessed you forever. 3 Gird your sword upon your side, O mighty one;clothe yourself with splendor and majesty. 4 In your majesty ride forth victoriously in behalf of truth, humility and righteousness;let your right hand display awesome deeds. 5 Let your sharp arrows pierce the hearts of the king's enemies;let the nations fall beneath your feet. 6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever;a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom. 7 You love righteousness and hate wickedness;therefore God, your God, has set you above your companions by anointing you with the oil of joy. 8 All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia;from palaces adorned with ivory the music of the strings makes you glad. 9 Daughters of kings are among your honored women;at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of Ophir.
10 Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear:Forget your people and your father's house. 11 The king is enthralled by your beauty;honor him, for he is your lord. 12 The Daughter of Tyre will come with a gift, men of wealth will seek your favor.
13 All glorious is the princess within [her chamber];her gown is interwoven with gold. 14 In embroidered garments she is led to the king;her virgin companions follow her and are brought to you. 15 They are led in with joy and gladness;they enter the palace of the king.
16 Your sons will take the place of your fathers;you will make them princes throughout the land. 17 I will perpetuate your memory through all generations;therefore the nations will praise you for ever and ever. (NIV)
Acts 27:27-44 On the fourteenth night we were still being driven across the Adriatic Sea, when about midnight the sailors sensed they were approaching land. 28 They took soundings and found that the water was a hundred and twenty feet deep. A short time later they took soundings again and found it was ninety feet deep. 29 Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight. 30 In an attempt to escape from the ship, the sailors let the lifeboat down into the sea, pretending they were going to lower some anchors from the bow. 31 Then Paul said to the centurion and the soldiers, "Unless these men stay with the ship, you cannot be saved." 32 So the soldiers cut the ropes that held the lifeboat and let it fall away.
33 Just before dawn Paul urged them all to eat. "For the last fourteen days," he said, "you have been in constant suspense and have gone without food - you haven't eaten anything. 34 Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head." 35 After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36 They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. 37 Altogether there were 276 of us on board. 38 When they had eaten as much as they wanted, they lightened the ship by throwing the grain into the sea.
39 When daylight came, they did not recognize the land, but they saw a bay with a sandy beach, where they decided to run the ship aground if they could. 40 Cutting loose the anchors, they left them in the sea and at the same time untied the ropes that held the rudders. Then they hoisted the foresail to the wind and made for the beach. 41 But the ship struck a sandbar and ran aground. The bow stuck fast and would not move, and the stern was broken to pieces by the pounding of the surf.
42 The soldiers planned to kill the prisoners to prevent any of them from swimming away and escaping. 43 But the centurion wanted to spare Paul's life and kept them from carrying out their plan. He ordered those who could swim to jump overboard first and get to land. 44 The rest were to get there on planks or on pieces of the ship. In this way everyone reached land in safety. (NIV)