Psalms 91; Psalms 92; Psalms 93; Romans 15:1-13

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Psalms 91

1 Whoever lives under the shelter of the Most High will remain in the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say to the LORD, "[You are] my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust."
3 He is the one who will rescue you from hunters' traps and from deadly plagues.
4 He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge. His truth is your shield and armor.
5 You do not need to fear terrors of the night, arrows that fly during the day,
6 plagues that roam the dark, epidemics that strike at noon.
7 They will not come near you, even though a thousand may fall dead beside you or ten thousand at your right side.
8 You only have to look with your eyes to see the punishment of wicked people.
9 You, O LORD, are my refuge! You have made the Most High your home.
10 No harm will come to you. No sickness will come near your house.
11 He will put his angels in charge of you to protect you in all your ways.
12 They will carry you in their hands so that you never hit your foot against a rock.
13 You will step on lions and cobras. You will trample young lions and snakes.
14 Because you love me, I will rescue you. I will protect you because you know my name.
15 When you call to me, I will answer you. I will be with you when you are in trouble. I will save you and honor you.
16 I will satisfy you with a long life. I will show you how I will save you.

Psalms 92

1 It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to make music to praise your name, O Most High.
2 It is good to announce your mercy in the morning and your faithfulness in the evening
3 on a ten-stringed instrument and a harp and with a melody on a lyre.
4 You made me find joy in what you have done, O LORD. I will sing joyfully about the works of your hands.
5 How spectacular are your works, O LORD! How very deep are your thoughts!
6 A stupid person cannot know and a fool cannot understand
7 that wicked people sprout like grass and all troublemakers blossom [like flowers], only to be destroyed forever.
8 But you, O LORD, are highly honored forever.
9 Now look at your enemies, O LORD. Now look at your enemies. They disappear, and all troublemakers are scattered.
10 But you make me as strong as a wild bull, and soothing lotion is poured on me.
11 My eyes gloat over those who spy on me. My ears hear [the cries] of evildoers attacking me.
12 Righteous people flourish like palm trees and grow tall like the cedars in Lebanon.
13 They are planted in the LORD's house. They blossom in our God's courtyards.
14 Even when they are old, they still bear fruit. They are always healthy and fresh.
15 They make it known that the LORD is decent. He is my rock. He is never unfair.

Psalms 93

1 The LORD rules as king! He is clothed with majesty. The LORD has clothed himself; he has armed himself with power. The world was set in place; it cannot be moved.
2 Your throne was set in place a long time ago. You are eternal.
3 The ocean rises, O LORD. The ocean rises with a roar. The ocean rises with its pounding waves.
4 The LORD above is mighty-- mightier than the sound of raging water, mightier than the foaming waves of the sea.
5 Your written testimonies are completely reliable. O LORD, holiness is what makes your house beautiful for days without end.

Romans 15:1-13

1 So those of us who have a strong [faith] must be patient with the weaknesses of those whose [faith]is not so strong. We must not think only of ourselves.
2 We should all be concerned about our neighbor and the good things that will build his faith.
3 Christ did not think only of himself. Rather, as Scripture says, "The insults of those who insult you have fallen on me."
4 Everything written long ago was written to teach us so that we would have confidence through the endurance and encouragement which the Scriptures give us.
5 May God, who gives you this endurance and encouragement, allow you to live in harmony with each other by following the example of Christ Jesus.
6 Then, having the same goal, you will praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
7 Therefore, accept each other in the same way that Christ accepted you. He did this to bring glory to God.
8 Let me explain. Christ became a servant for the Jewish people to reveal God's truth. As a result, he fulfilled God's promise to the ancestors of the Jewish people.
9 People who are not Jewish praise God for his mercy as well. This is what the Scriptures say, "That is why I will give thanks to you among the nations and I will sing praises to your name."
10 And Scripture says again, "You nations, be happy together with his people!"
11 And again, "Praise the Lord, all you nations! Praise him, all you people of the world!"
12 Again, Isaiah says, "There will be a root from Jesse. He will rise to rule the nations, and he will give the nations hope."
13 May God, the source of hope, fill you with joy and peace through your faith in him. Then you will overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.