Daily Scripture Reflection
Concerning times and seasons, brothers, you have no need for anything to be written to you. For you yourselves know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief at night. When people are saying, “Peace and security,” then sudden disaster comes upon them, like labor pains upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
But since we are of the day, let us be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love and the helmet that is hope for salvation. For God did not destine us for wrath, but to gain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep we may live together with him. Therefore, encourage one another and build one another up, as indeed you do.
Have mercy on me, God, have mercy on me.
In you I seek shelter.
In the shadow of your wings I seek shelter till harm pass by.
I call to God Most High, to God who provides for me.
May God send help from heaven to save me,
shame those who trample upon me.
May God send fidelity and love.
Lord, remember David and all his anxious care;
How he swore an oath to the Lord, vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob:
“I will not enter the house where I live, nor lie on the couch where I sleep;
I will give my eyes no sleep, my eyelids no rest,
Till I find a home for the Lord, a dwelling for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
We have heard of it in Ephrathah; we have found it in the fields of Jaar.
Let us enter God’s dwelling; let us worship at God’s footstool.
Arise, Lord, come to your resting place, you and your majestic ark.
Your priests will be clothed with justice; your faithful will shout for joy.
For the sake of David your servant, do not reject your anointed.
Teach me, Lord, your way that I may walk in your truth,
single-hearted and revering your name.
I will praise you with all my heart, glorify your name forever, Lord my God.
Your love for me is great; you have rescued me from the depths of Sheol.
O God, the arrogant have risen against me; a ruthless band has sought my life;
to you they pay no heed.
But you, Lord, are a merciful and gracious God, slow to anger, most loving and true.
Turn to me, have pity on me; give strength to your servant;
save this child of your handmaid.
Give me a sign of your favor: make my enemies see, to their confusion,
that you, Lord, help and comfort me.
You are a “chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises” of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were “no people” but now you are God’s people; you “had not received mercy” but now you have received mercy.
How great is your goodness, Lord, stored up for those who fear you.
You display it for those who trust you, in the sight of all the people.
You hide them in the shelter of your presence, safe from scheming enemies.
You keep them in your abode, safe from plotting tongues.
Blessed be the Lord, who has shown me wondrous love,
and been for me a city most secure.
Once I said in my anguish, “I am shut out from your sight.”
Yet you heard my plea, when I cried out to you.
Love the Lord, all you faithful.
The Lord protects the loyal, but repays the arrogant in full.
Be strong and take heart, all you who hope in the Lord.
I sing of love and justice; to you, Lord, I sing praise.
I follow the way of integrity; when will you come to me?
I act with integrity of heart within my royal court.
I do not allow into my presence anyone who speaks perversely.
Whoever acts shamefully I hate; no such person can be my friend.
I shun the devious of heart; the wicked I do not tolerate.
Whoever slanders another in secret I reduce to silence.
Haughty eyes and arrogant hearts I cannot endure.
My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?
Why so far from my call for help, from my cries of anguish?
My God, I call by day, but you do not answer; by night, but I have no relief.
Yet you are enthroned as the Holy One; you are the glory of Israel.
In you our ancestors trusted; they trusted and you rescued them.
To you they cried out and they escaped; in you they trusted and were not disappointed.
But I am a worm, hardly human, scorned by everyone, despised by the people.
All who see me mock me; they curl their lips and jeer; they shake their heads at me:
“You relied on the Lord – let him deliver you; if he loves you, let him rescue you.”
You water the mountains from your palace; by your labor the earth abounds.
You raise grass for the cattle and plants for our beasts of burden.
You bring bread from the earth, and wine to gladden our hearts,
oil to make our faces glean, food to build our strength.
The trees of the Lord drink their fill, the cedars of Lebanon, which you planted.
There the birds build their nests; junipers are the home of the stork.
The high mountains are for wild goats; the rocky cliffs, a refuge for badgers.
Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins.
Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another. No one has ever seen God. Yet, if we love one another, God remains in us, and his love is brought to perfection in us.