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Today's Reading:

August 1

*Please note: Pastor Mike’s morning devotional videos concluded July 31. Stay tuned for a new video project in the near future!

Pastor’s Note

Our Old Testament reading begins with a simple but profound truth: “Praise is due to you, O God.” What a helpful adjustment to our thinking that our worship and praise is not an extracurricular activity. God requires praise, as the Giver of all things—including our very lives. May our worshipful reading of his word today invoke praise, thanksgiving, and genuine worship.

— Pastor Mike

Psalms 65-67

O God of Our Salvation

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David. A Song.

65:1 Praise is due to you, [1] O God, in Zion,
 and to you shall vows be performed.
O you who hear prayer,
 to you shall all flesh come.
When iniquities prevail against me,
 you atone for our transgressions.
Blessed is the one you choose and bring near,
 to dwell in your courts!
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of your house,
 the holiness of your temple!

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
 O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
 and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains,
 being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas,
 the roaring of their waves,
 the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

You visit the earth and water it; [2]
 you greatly enrich it;
the river of God is full of water;
 you provide their grain,
 for so you have prepared it.
10 You water its furrows abundantly,
 settling its ridges,
softening it with showers,
 and blessing its growth.
11 You crown the year with your bounty;
 your wagon tracks overflow with abundance.
12 The pastures of the wilderness overflow,
 the hills gird themselves with joy,
13 the meadows clothe themselves with flocks,
 the valleys deck themselves with grain,
 they shout and sing together for joy.

How Awesome Are Your Deeds

To the choirmaster. A Song. A Psalm.

66:1 Shout for joy to God, all the earth;
 sing the glory of his name;
 give to him glorious praise!
Say to God, “How awesome are your deeds!
 So great is your power that your enemies come cringing to you.
All the earth worships you
 and sings praises to you;
 they sing praises to your name.” Selah

Come and see what God has done:
 he is awesome in his deeds toward the children of man.
He turned the sea into dry land;
 they passed through the river on foot.
There did we rejoice in him,
 who rules by his might forever,
whose eyes keep watch on the nations—
 let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah

Bless our God, O peoples;
 let the sound of his praise be heard,
who has kept our soul among the living
 and has not let our feet slip.
10 For you, O God, have tested us;
 you have tried us as silver is tried.
11 You brought us into the net;
 you laid a crushing burden on our backs;
12 you let men ride over our heads;
 we went through fire and through water;
yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance.

13 I will come into your house with burnt offerings;
 I will perform my vows to you,
14 that which my lips uttered
 and my mouth promised when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer to you burnt offerings of fattened animals,
 with the smoke of the sacrifice of rams;
I will make an offering of bulls and goats. Selah

16 Come and hear, all you who fear God,
 and I will tell what he has done for my soul.
17 I cried to him with my mouth,
 and high praise was on [3] my tongue. [4]
18 If I had cherished iniquity in my heart,
 the Lord would not have listened.
19 But truly God has listened;
 he has attended to the voice of my prayer.

20 Blessed be God,
 because he has not rejected my prayer
 or removed his steadfast love from me!

Make Your Face Shine upon Us

To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song.

67:1 May God be gracious to us and bless us
 and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
 your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
 let all the peoples praise you!

Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,
 for you judge the peoples with equity
 and guide the nations upon earth. Selah
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
 let all the peoples praise you!

The earth has yielded its increase;
 God, our God, shall bless us.
God shall bless us;
 let all the ends of the earth fear him!

Romans 2

God’s Righteous Judgment

2:1 Therefore you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man—you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself—that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead you to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.

He will render to each one according to his works: to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life; but for those who are self-seeking [5] and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, there will be wrath and fury. There will be tribulation and distress for every human being who does evil, the Jew first and also the Greek, 10 but glory and honor and peace for everyone who does good, the Jew first and also the Greek. 11 For God shows no partiality.

God’s Judgment and the Law

12 For all who have sinned without the law will also perish without the law, and all who have sinned under the law will be judged by the law. 13 For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be justified. 14 For when Gentiles, who do not have the law, by nature do what the law requires, they are a law to themselves, even though they do not have the law. 15 They show that the work of the law is written on their hearts, while their conscience also bears witness, and their conflicting thoughts accuse or even excuse them 16 on that day when, according to my gospel, God judges the secrets of men by Christ Jesus.

17 But if you call yourself a Jew and rely on the law and boast in God 18 and know his will and approve what is excellent, because you are instructed from the law; 19 and if you are sure that you yourself are a guide to the blind, a light to those who are in darkness, 20 an instructor of the foolish, a teacher of children, having in the law the embodiment of knowledge and truth— 21 you then who teach others, do you not teach yourself? While you preach against stealing, do you steal? 22 You who say that one must not commit adultery, do you commit adultery? You who abhor idols, do you rob temples? 23 You who boast in the law dishonor God by breaking the law. 24 For, as it is written, “The name of God is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you.”

25 For circumcision indeed is of value if you obey the law, but if you break the law, your circumcision becomes uncircumcision. 26 So, if a man who is uncircumcised keeps the precepts of the law, will not his uncircumcision be regarded [6] as circumcision? 27 Then he who is physically uncircumcised but keeps the law will condemn you who have the written code [7] and circumcision but break the law. 28 For no one is a Jew who is merely one outwardly, nor is circumcision outward and physical. 29 But a Jew is one inwardly, and circumcision is a matter of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter. His praise is not from man but from God.

Footnotes

[1] 65:1 Or Praise waits for you in silence
[2] 65:9 Or and make it overflow
[3] 66:17 Hebrew under
[4] 66:17 Or and he was exalted with my tongue
[5] 2:8 Or contentious
[6] 2:26 Or counted
[7] 2:27 Or the letter