Psalm 138 (Psalm Sunday, Week 33)

for Sunday 8/13/17
Psalm Sunday
Week 33

Psalm 138
21st Century King James Version (KJ21)

“1) I will praise Thee with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praise unto Thee.
2) I will worship toward Thy holy temple, and praise Thy name for Thy lovingkindness and for Thy truth, for Thou hast magnified Thy word above all Thy name.
3) In the day when I cried, Thou answered me, and strengthened me with strength in my soul.
4) All the kings of the earth shall praise Thee, O Lord, when they hear the words of Thy mouth.
5) Yea, they shall sing of the ways of the Lord, for great is the glory of the Lord.
6) Though the Lord be high, yet hath He respect unto the lowly, but the proud He knoweth afar off.
7) Though I walk in the midst of trouble, Thou wilt revive me; Thou shalt stretch forth Thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and Thy right hand shall save me.
8) The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me; Thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever; forsake not the works of Thine own hands.”

Psalm 103:1-2 / Псалом 102:1-2

Psalm 103:1-2
1) A Psalm of David. Bless the LORD, O my soul: and all that is within me, His holy name.
2) Bless the LORD, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.

Псалом 102:1-2
1) Псалом Давида. Благослови, душа моя, Господа, и вся внутренность моя–святое имя Его.
2) Благослови, душа моя Господа и не забывай всех благодеяний Его.

Instant Christianity tends to make the faith act terminal …

“Instant Christianity tends to make the faith act terminal and so smothers the desire for spiritual advance. It fails to understand the true nature of the Christian life, which is not static but dynamic and expanding. It overlooks the fact that a new Christian is a living organism as certainly as a new baby is, and must have nourishment and exercise to assure normal growth. It does not consider that the act of faith in Christ sets up a personal relationship between two intelligent moral beings, God and the reconciled man, and no single encounter between God and a creature made in His image could ever be sufficient to establish an intimate friendship between them. By trying to pack all of salvation into one experience, or two, the advocates of instant Christianity flaunt the law of development which runs through all nature. They ignore the sanctifying effects of suffering, cross carrying and practical obedience. They pass by the need for spiritual training, the necessity of forming right religious habits, and the need to wrestle against the world, the devil and the flesh. Undue preoccupation with the initial act of believing has created in some a psychology of contentment, or at least of non-expectation. To many it has imparted a mood of disappointment with the Christian faith. God seems too far away, the world is too near, and the flesh too powerful to resist. Others are glad to accept the assurance of automatic blessedness. It relieves them of the need to watch and fight and pray, and sets them free to enjoy this world while waiting for the next. Instant Christianity is twentieth century orthodoxy. I wonder whether the man who wrote Philippians 3:7-16 would recognize it as the faith for which he finally died. I am afraid he would not.”

– A. W. Tozer

Psalm 102:24-27 / Псалтирь 101:25-28

Psalm 102:24-27
“24) I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: Thy years are throughout all generations. 25) Of old hast Thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of Thy hands.
26) They shall perish, but Thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt Thou change them, and they shall be changed:
27) But Thou art the same, and Thy years shall have no end.”

Псалтирь 101:25-28
25) Я сказал: Боже мой! не восхити меня в половине дней моих. Твои лета в роды родов.
26) В начале Ты, основал землю, и небеса–дело Твоих рук;
27) они погибнут, а Ты пребудешь; и все они, как риза, обветшают, и, как одежду, Ты переменишь их, и изменятся;
28) но Ты–тот же, и лета Твои не кончатся.