for 4/1. Psalm 21 (Psalm Sunday, Week 14)

for 4/1
Psalm Sunday
Week 14

Psalm 21
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) The king shall rejoice in Thy strength, O Lord; and in Thy salvation how greatly shall he rejoice!
2) Thou hast given him his heart’s desire, and hast not withheld the request of his lips. Selah
3) For Thou goest before him with the blessings of goodness; Thou settest a crown of pure gold on his head.
4) He asked life of Thee and Thou gavest it to him, even length of days for ever and ever.
5) His glory is great in Thy salvation; honor and majesty hast Thou laid upon him.
6) For Thou hast made him most blessed for ever; Thou hast made him exceeding glad with Thy countenance.
7) For the king trusteth in the Lord, and through the mercy of the Most High he shall not be moved.
8) Thine hand shall find out all Thine enemies; Thy right hand shall find out those that hate Thee.
9) Thou shalt make them as a fiery oven in the time of Thine anger; the Lord shall swallow them up in His wrath, and the fire shall devour them.
10) Their fruit shalt Thou destroy from the earth, and their seed from among the children of men.
11) For they intended evil against Thee; they contrived a mischievous device, which they are not able to perform.
12) Therefore shalt Thou make them turn their back when Thou shalt ready Thine arrows upon Thy strings against the face of them.
13) Be Thou exalted, Lord, in Thine own strength; so will we sing and praise Thy power!”

Romans 3:19-26

Romans 3:19-26
“19) Now we know that what things soever the law says, it says to them who are under the law: that every mouth may be stopped, and all the world may become guilty before God.
20) Therefore by the deeds of the law there will no flesh be justified in His sight: because by the law is the knowledge of sin.
21) But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets;
22) Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ to all and on all them that believe: for there is no difference:
23) For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24) Being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25) Whom God has set forth to be a propitiation through faith in His blood, to declare His righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26) To declare, I say, at this time His righteousness: that He might be just, and the justifier of him who believes in Jesus.”

Compassion without courage …

“Compassion without courage ceases under pressure, and compassion without justice is wasted. Justice without mercy becomes cruelty, and chastity without charity becomes coldness. The ” hard” virtues are like the bones in a body, and the “soft” virtues like tissues. Bones without tissues are a skeleton, and tissues without bones are a jellyfish. In reacting against our ancestors whose morality sometimes resembled a skeleton, we have embraced a morality that sometimes resembles a jellyfish.”
Peter Kreeft

We don’t live the Gospel, but …

“We don’t live the Gospel, but we do conduct ourselves in a way that in step with the truth of the Gospel. And that’s not just moralistic peccadillos, it’s something grander. It’s a vision that Paul was talking about right there about not living hypocritically, about loving across the boundaries of race and of socioeconomic standing, of male and female, rich and poor, people’s cultural affinities, whether you like opera or country music, across all of the boundaries, all of the enemies in this world that you can possibly think of, all the hostilities, living non-hypocritically, being at all times driven by the Gospel.

Above all that is what the life of discipleship is – empowered by the Gospel and guided by God’s law. That is discipleship in summary. And, you know, it really comes down to love. That’s why Jesus could summarize the whole law in terms of loving God and loving your neighbor. Discipleship is about receiving God’s love and giving God’s love to others.”
– Michael Horton