1 Give thanks to the Lord,(A) for he is good;(B) his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed(C) of the Lord tell their story— those he redeemed from the hand of the foe, 3 those he gathered(D) from the lands, from east and west, from north and south.[a]
4 Some wandered in desert(E) wastelands, finding no way to a city(F) where they could settle. 5 They were hungry(G) and thirsty,(H) and their lives ebbed away. 6 Then they cried out(I) to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. 7 He led them by a straight way(J) to a city(K) where they could settle. 8 Let them give thanks(L) to the Lord for his unfailing love(M) and his wonderful deeds(N) for mankind, 9 for he satisfies(O) the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things.(P)
10 Some sat in darkness,(Q) in utter darkness, prisoners suffering(R) in iron chains,(S) 11 because they rebelled(T) against God’s commands and despised(U) the plans(V) of the Most High. 12 So he subjected them to bitter labor; they stumbled, and there was no one to help.(W) 13 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them(X) from their distress. 14 He brought them out of darkness,(Y) the utter darkness,(Z) and broke away their chains.(AA) 15 Let them give thanks(AB) to the Lord for his unfailing love(AC) and his wonderful deeds(AD) for mankind, 16 for he breaks down gates of bronze and cuts through bars of iron.
17 Some became fools(AE) through their rebellious ways(AF) and suffered affliction(AG) because of their iniquities. 18 They loathed all food(AH) and drew near the gates of death.(AI) 19 Then they cried(AJ) to the Lord in their trouble, and he saved them(AK) from their distress. 20 He sent out his word(AL) and healed them;(AM) he rescued(AN) them from the grave.(AO) 21 Let them give thanks(AP) to the Lord for his unfailing love(AQ) and his wonderful deeds(AR) for mankind. 22 Let them sacrifice thank offerings(AS) and tell of his works(AT) with songs of joy.(AU)
23 Some went out on the sea(AV) in ships;(AW) they were merchants on the mighty waters. 24 They saw the works of the Lord,(AX) his wonderful deeds in the deep. 25 For he spoke(AY) and stirred up a tempest(AZ) that lifted high the waves.(BA) 26 They mounted up to the heavens and went down to the depths; in their peril(BB) their courage melted(BC) away. 27 They reeled(BD) and staggered like drunkards; they were at their wits’ end. 28 Then they cried(BE) out to the Lord in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress.(BF) 29 He stilled the storm(BG) to a whisper; the waves(BH) of the sea[b] were hushed.(BI) 30 They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them(BJ) to their desired haven. 31 Let them give thanks(BK) to the Lord for his unfailing love(BL) and his wonderful deeds(BM) for mankind. 32 Let them exalt(BN) him in the assembly(BO) of the people and praise him in the council of the elders.
33 He turned rivers into a desert,(BP) flowing springs(BQ) into thirsty ground, 34 and fruitful land into a salt waste,(BR) because of the wickedness of those who lived there. 35 He turned the desert into pools of water(BS) and the parched ground into flowing springs;(BT) 36 there he brought the hungry to live, and they founded a city where they could settle. 37 They sowed fields and planted vineyards(BU) that yielded a fruitful harvest; 38 he blessed them, and their numbers greatly increased,(BV) and he did not let their herds diminish.(BW)
39 Then their numbers decreased,(BX) and they were humbled(BY) by oppression, calamity and sorrow; 40 he who pours contempt on nobles(BZ) made them wander in a trackless waste.(CA) 41 But he lifted the needy(CB) out of their affliction and increased their families like flocks.(CC) 42 The upright see and rejoice,(CD) but all the wicked shut their mouths.(CE)
43 Let the one who is wise(CF) heed these things and ponder the loving deeds(CG) of the Lord.
1 My heart, O God, is steadfast;(CJ) I will sing(CK) and make music with all my soul. 2 Awake, harp and lyre!(CL) I will awaken the dawn. 3 I will praise you, Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. 4 For great is your love,(CM) higher than the heavens; your faithfulness(CN) reaches to the skies.(CO) 5 Be exalted, O God, above the heavens;(CP) let your glory be over all the earth.(CQ)
6 Save us and help us with your right hand,(CR) that those you love may be delivered. 7 God has spoken(CS) from his sanctuary:(CT) “In triumph I will parcel out Shechem(CU) and measure off the Valley of Sukkoth.(CV) 8 Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine; Ephraim is my helmet, Judah(CW) is my scepter. 9 Moab(CX) is my washbasin, on Edom(CY) I toss my sandal; over Philistia(CZ) I shout in triumph.”
10 Who will bring me to the fortified city? Who will lead me to Edom? 11 Is it not you, God, you who have rejected us and no longer go out with our armies?(DA) 12 Give us aid against the enemy, for human help is worthless.(DB) 13 With God we will gain the victory, and he will trample down(DC) our enemies.
For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 My God, whom I praise,(DD) do not remain silent,(DE) 2 for people who are wicked and deceitful(DF) have opened their mouths against me; they have spoken against me with lying tongues.(DG) 3 With words of hatred(DH) they surround me; they attack me without cause.(DI) 4 In return for my friendship they accuse me, but I am a man of prayer.(DJ) 5 They repay me evil for good,(DK) and hatred for my friendship.
6 Appoint someone evil to oppose my enemy; let an accuser(DL) stand at his right hand. 7 When he is tried, let him be found guilty,(DM) and may his prayers condemn(DN) him. 8 May his days be few;(DO) may another take his place(DP) of leadership. 9 May his children be fatherless and his wife a widow.(DQ) 10 May his children be wandering beggars;(DR) may they be driven[d] from their ruined homes. 11 May a creditor(DS) seize all he has; may strangers plunder(DT) the fruits of his labor.(DU) 12 May no one extend kindness to him or take pity(DV) on his fatherless children. 13 May his descendants be cut off,(DW) their names blotted out(DX) from the next generation. 14 May the iniquity of his fathers(DY) be remembered before the Lord; may the sin of his mother never be blotted out. 15 May their sins always remain before(DZ) the Lord, that he may blot out their name(EA) from the earth.
16 For he never thought of doing a kindness, but hounded to death the poor and the needy(EB) and the brokenhearted.(EC) 17 He loved to pronounce a curse— may it come back on him.(ED) He found no pleasure in blessing— may it be far from him. 18 He wore cursing(EE) as his garment; it entered into his body like water,(EF) into his bones like oil. 19 May it be like a cloak wrapped(EG) about him, like a belt tied forever around him. 20 May this be the Lord’s payment(EH) to my accusers, to those who speak evil(EI) of me.
21 But you, Sovereign Lord, help me for your name’s sake;(EJ) out of the goodness of your love,(EK) deliver me.(EL) 22 For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me. 23 I fade away like an evening shadow;(EM) I am shaken off like a locust. 24 My knees give(EN) way from fasting;(EO) my body is thin and gaunt.(EP) 25 I am an object of scorn(EQ) to my accusers; when they see me, they shake their heads.(ER)
26 Help me,(ES)Lord my God; save me according to your unfailing love. 27 Let them know(ET) that it is your hand, that you, Lord, have done it. 28 While they curse,(EU) may you bless; may those who attack me be put to shame, but may your servant rejoice.(EV) 29 May my accusers be clothed with disgrace and wrapped in shame(EW) as in a cloak.
30 With my mouth I will greatly extol the Lord; in the great throng(EX) of worshipers I will praise him. 31 For he stands at the right hand(EY) of the needy, to save their lives from those who would condemn them.
4 This, then, is how you ought to regard us: as servants(A) of Christ and as those entrusted(B) with the mysteries(C) God has revealed.2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.3 I care very little if I am judged by you or by any human court; indeed, I do not even judge myself.4 My conscience(D) is clear, but that does not make me innocent.(E) It is the Lord who judges me.(F)5 Therefore judge nothing(G) before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.(H) He will bring to light(I) what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.(J)
6 Now, brothers and sisters, I have applied these things to myself and Apollos for your benefit, so that you may learn from us the meaning of the saying, “Do not go beyond what is written.”(K) Then you will not be puffed up in being a follower of one of us over against the other.(L)7 For who makes you different from anyone else? What do you have that you did not receive?(M) And if you did receive it, why do you boast as though you did not?
8 Already you have all you want! Already you have become rich!(N) You have begun to reign—and that without us! How I wish that you really had begun to reign so that we also might reign with you!9 For it seems to me that God has put us apostles on display at the end of the procession, like those condemned to die(O) in the arena. We have been made a spectacle(P) to the whole universe, to angels as well as to human beings.10 We are fools for Christ,(Q) but you are so wise in Christ!(R) We are weak, but you are strong!(S) You are honored, we are dishonored!11 To this very hour we go hungry and thirsty, we are in rags, we are brutally treated, we are homeless.(T)12 We work hard with our own hands.(U) When we are cursed, we bless;(V) when we are persecuted,(W) we endure it;13 when we are slandered, we answer kindly. We have become the scum of the earth, the garbage(X) of the world—right up to this moment.
Paul’s Appeal and Warning
14 I am writing this not to shame you(Y) but to warn you as my dear children.(Z)15 Even if you had ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers, for in Christ Jesus I became your father(AA) through the gospel.(AB)16 Therefore I urge you to imitate me.(AC)17 For this reason I have sent to you(AD) Timothy,(AE) my son(AF) whom I love, who is faithful in the Lord. He will remind you of my way of life in Christ Jesus, which agrees with what I teach everywhere in every church.(AG)
18 Some of you have become arrogant,(AH) as if I were not coming to you.(AI)19 But I will come to you very soon,(AJ) if the Lord is willing,(AK) and then I will find out not only how these arrogant people are talking, but what power they have.20 For the kingdom of God is not a matter of(AL) talk but of power.(AM)21 What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a rod of discipline,(AN) or shall I come in love and with a gentle spirit?
Morrinsville Baptist is a church of 250-300 people from all ages and all walks of life who live or work in and around Morrinsville, New Zealand. Our faith in Jesus Christ is our common bond, and we are committed to living by the values and principles taught by Jesus, as we actively promote his Kingdom through our shared life as a church as well as through our personal daily lives.