Psalm 70; Psalm 71; Romans 8:22-39

1 God, deliver me. Hurry to help me, Lord! 2 Let those who seek my life be disgraced and confounded; let those who wish me harm be driven back and humiliated. 3 Let those who say, "Aha, aha!" retreat because of their shame. 4 Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; let those who love Your salvation continually say, "God is great!" 5 I am afflicted and needy; hurry to me, God. You are my help and my deliverer; Lord, do not delay.
1 Lord, I seek refuge in You; never let me be disgraced. 2 In Your justice, rescue and deliver me; listen closely to me and save me. 3 Be a rock of refuge for me, where I can always go. Give the command to save me, for You are my rock and fortress. 4 Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of the unjust and oppressive. 5 For You are my hope, Lord God , my confidence from my youth. 6 I have leaned on You from birth; You took me from my mother's womb. My praise is always about You. 7 I have become an ominous sign to many, but You are my strong refuge. 8 My mouth is full of praise and honor to You all day long. 9 Don't discard me in my old age: as my strength fails, do not abandon me. 10 For my enemies talk about me, and those who spy on me plot together, 11 saying, "God has abandoned him; chase him and catch him, for there is no one to rescue [him]." 12 God, do not be far from me; my God, hurry to help me. 13 May my adversaries be disgraced and confounded; may those who seek my harm be covered with disgrace and humiliation. 14 But I will hope continually and will praise You more and more. 15 My mouth will tell about Your righteousness and Your salvation all day long, though I cannot sum them up. 16 I come because of the mighty acts of the Lord God ; I will proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone. 17 God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still proclaim Your wonderful works. 18 Even when I am old and gray, God, do not abandon me. Then I will proclaim Your power to [another] generation, Your strength to all who are to come. 19 Your righteousness reaches heaven, God, You who have done great things; God, who is like You? 20 You caused me to experience many troubles and misfortunes, but You will revive me again. You will bring me up again, even from the depths of the earth. 21 You will increase my honor and comfort me once again. 22 Therefore, with a lute I will praise You for Your faithfulness, my God; I will sing to You with a harp, Holy One of Israel. 23 My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to You, because You have redeemed me. 24 Therefore, my tongue will proclaim Your righteousness all day long, for those who seek my harm will be disgraced and confounded.
22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together with labor pains until now. 23 And not only that, but we ourselves who have the Spirit as the firstfruits-we also groan within ourselves, eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 Now in this hope we were saved, yet hope that is seen is not hope, because who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we eagerly wait for it with patience. 26 In the same way the Spirit also joins to help in our weakness, because we do not know what to pray for as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with unspoken groanings. 27 And He who searches the hearts knows the Spirit's mind-set, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God: those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those He foreknew He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those He predestined, He also called; and those He called, He also justified; and those He justified, He also glorified. 31 What then are we to say about these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He did not even spare His own Son, but offered Him up for us all; how will He not also with Him grant us everything? 33 Who can bring an accusation against God's elect? God is the One who justifies. 34 Who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is the One who died, but even more, has been raised; He also is at the right hand of God and intercedes for us. 35 Who can separate us from the love of Christ? Can affliction or anguish or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: Because of You we are being put to death all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered. 37 No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
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