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August 20

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Pastor’s Note

Today in Psalm 116 we see that we love God for many reasons, beyond the obvious and profound. Often our love for God is boosted and enhanced by the practical and specific things he providentially provides for us. Let us not be reluctant to “count our blessings” as mundane and personal as they may seem to us. Let them fuel our worship today. In 1 Corinthians 2 we see how easily impressed the Corinthians were with the world’s wisdom, yet how important it is that Christians recognize the surpassing value of God’s revelation throughout the Bible—especially in the revelation and redemption of the incarnate God, Jesus Christ.

— Pastor Mike

This Week in DBR

Psalms 116-118

I Love the Lord

116:1 I love the Lord, because he has heard
 my voice and my pleas for mercy.
Because he inclined his ear to me,
 therefore I will call on him as long as I live.
The snares of death encompassed me;
 the pangs of Sheol laid hold on me;
 I suffered distress and anguish.
Then I called on the name of the Lord:
 “O Lord, I pray, deliver my soul!”

Gracious is the Lord, and righteous;
 our God is merciful.
The Lord preserves the simple;
 when I was brought low, he saved me.
Return, O my soul, to your rest;
 for the Lord has dealt bountifully with you.

For you have delivered my soul from death,
 my eyes from tears,
 my feet from stumbling;
I will walk before the Lord
 in the land of the living.

10 I believed, even when [1] I spoke,
 “I am greatly afflicted”;
11 I said in my alarm,
 “All mankind are liars.”

12 What shall I render to the Lord
 for all his benefits to me?
13 I will lift up the cup of salvation
 and call on the name of the Lord,
14 I will pay my vows to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people.

15 Precious in the sight of the Lord
 is the death of his saints.
16 Lord, I am your servant;
 I am your servant, the son of your maidservant.
 You have loosed my bonds.
17 I will offer to you the sacrifice of thanksgiving
 and call on the name of the Lord.
18 I will pay my vows to the Lord
 in the presence of all his people,
19 in the courts of the house of the Lord,
 in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Praise the Lord!

The Lord‘s Faithfulness Endures Forever

117:1 Praise the Lord, all nations!
 Extol him, all peoples!
For great is his steadfast love toward us,
 and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever.
Praise the Lord!

His Steadfast Love Endures Forever

118:1 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 for his steadfast love endures forever!

Let Israel say,
 “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let the house of Aaron say,
 “His steadfast love endures forever.”
Let those who fear the Lord say,
 “His steadfast love endures forever.”

Out of my distress I called on the Lord;
 the Lord answered me and set me free.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear.
 What can man do to me?
The Lord is on my side as my helper;
 I shall look in triumph on those who hate me.

It is better to take refuge in the Lord
 than to trust in man.
It is better to take refuge in the Lord
 than to trust in princes.

10 All nations surrounded me;
 in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
11 They surrounded me, surrounded me on every side;
 in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
12 They surrounded me like bees;
 they went out like a fire among thorns;
 in the name of the Lord I cut them off!
13 I was pushed hard, [2] so that I was falling,
 but the Lord helped me.

14 The Lord is my strength and my song;
 he has become my salvation.
15 Glad songs of salvation
 are in the tents of the righteous:
“The right hand of the Lord does valiantly,
 16 the right hand of the Lord exalts,
 the right hand of the Lord does valiantly!”

17 I shall not die, but I shall live,
 and recount the deeds of the Lord.
18 The Lord has disciplined me severely,
 but he has not given me over to death.

19 Open to me the gates of righteousness,
 that I may enter through them
 and give thanks to the Lord.
20 This is the gate of the Lord;
 the righteous shall enter through it.
21 I thank you that you have answered me
 and have become my salvation.
22 The stone that the builders rejected
 has become the cornerstone. [3]
23 This is the Lord‘s doing;
 it is marvelous in our eyes.
24 This is the day that the Lord has made;
 let us rejoice and be glad in it.

25 Save us, we pray, O Lord!
 Lord, we pray, give us success!

26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!
 We bless you from the house of the Lord.
27 The Lord is God,
 and he has made his light to shine upon us.
Bind the festal sacrifice with cords,
 up to the horns of the altar!

28 You are my God, and I will give thanks to you;
 you are my God; I will extol you.
29 Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
 for his steadfast love endures forever!

1 Corinthians 2

Proclaiming Christ Crucified

2:1 And I, when I came to you, brothers, [4] did not come proclaiming to you the testimony [5] of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my speech and my message were not in plausible words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

Wisdom from the Spirit

Yet among the mature we do impart wisdom, although it is not a wisdom of this age or of the rulers of this age, who are doomed to pass away. But we impart a secret and hidden wisdom of God, which God decreed before the ages for our glory. None of the rulers of this age understood this, for if they had, they would not have crucified the Lord of glory. But, as it is written,

“What no eye has seen, nor ear heard,
 nor the heart of man imagined,
what God has prepared for those who love him”—

10 these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 11 For who knows a person’s thoughts except the spirit of that person, which is in him? So also no one comprehends the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. 12 Now we have received not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might understand the things freely given us by God. 13 And we impart this in words not taught by human wisdom but taught by the Spirit, interpreting spiritual truths to those who are spiritual. [6]

14 The natural person does not accept the things of the Spirit of God, for they are folly to him, and he is not able to understand them because they are spiritually discerned. 15 The spiritual person judges all things, but is himself to be judged by no one. 16 “For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?” But we have the mind of Christ.

Footnotes

[1] 116:10 Or believed, indeed; Septuagint believed, therefore
[2] 118:13 Hebrew You (that is, the enemy) pushed me hard
[3] 118:22 Hebrew the head of the corner
[4] 2:1 Or brothers and sisters
[5] 2:1 Some manuscripts mystery (or secret)
[6] 2:13 Or interpreting spiritual truths in spiritual language, or comparing spiritual things with spiritual

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