Daily Scripture Reflection
Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by command of God our savior and of Christ Jesus our hope, to Timothy my true child in faith: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
I am grateful to him who has strengthened me, Christ Jesus our Lord, because he considered me trustworthy in appointing me to the ministry. I was once a blasphemer and a persecutor and an arrogant man, but I have been mercifully treated because I acted out of ignorance in my unbelief.
O God, whom I praise, do not be silent, for wicked and treacherous mouths attack me.
They speak against me with lying tongues; with hateful words they surround me,
attacking me without cause.
In return for my love they slander me, even though I prayed for them.
They repay me evil for good, hatred for my love.
But you, Lord, my God, deal kindly with me for your name’s sake;
in your great mercy rescue me.
For I am sorely in need; my heart is pierced within me.
Help me, Lord, my God; save me in your kindness.
At dawn may the Lord bestow faithful love that I may sing praise through the night,
praise to the God of my life.
I say to God, “My rock, why do you forget me?
Why must I go about mourning with the enemy oppressing me?”
It shatters my bones, when my adversaries reproach me.
They say to me daily: “Where is your God?”
Why are you downcast, my soul, why do you groan within me?
Wait for God, whom I shall praise again, my savior and my God.
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, who trains my hands for battle, my fingers for war;
My safeguard and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, my shield in whom I trust,
who subdues peoples under me.
Lord, what are mortals that you notice them; human beings, that you take thought of them?
They are but a breath; their days are like a passing shadow.
Lord, incline your heavens and come; touch the mountains and made them smoke.
Flash forth lightning and scatter my foes; shoot your arrows and rout them.
Reach out your hand from on high; deliver me from many waters;
rescue me from the hands of foreign foes.
Their mouths speak untruth; their right hands are raised in lying oaths.
For through the law I died to the law, that I might live for God. I have been crucified with Christ; yet I live, no longer I, but Christ lives in me; insofar as I now live in the flesh, I live by faith in the Son of God who has loved me and given himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God; for if justification comes through the law, then Christ died for nothing.
Praise the Lord from the earth, you sea monsters and all deep waters;
You lightning and hail, snow and clouds, storm winds that fulfill his command;
You mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars;
You animals wild and tame, you creatures that crawl and fly;
You kings of the earth and all peoples, princes and all who govern on earth;
Young men and women too, old and young alike.
Let them all praise the Lord’s name, for his name alone is exalted,
majestic above earth and heaven.
The Lord has lifted high the horn of his people; to the glory of all the faithful,
of Israel, the people near to their God.
Be patient, therefore, brothers, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains. You too must be patient. Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand.
I call with all my heart, O Lord; answer me that I may observe your laws.
I call to you to save me that I may keep your decrees.
I rise before dawn and cry out; I put my hope in your words.
My eyes greet the night watches as I meditate on your promise.
Hear my voice in your love, O Lord; by your edict give me life.
Malicious persecutors draw near me; they are far from your teaching.
You are near, O Lord; reliable are all your commands.
Long have I known from your decrees that you have established them forever.
How I love your teaching, Lord! I study it all day long.
Your command makes me wiser than my foes, for it is always with me.
I have more understanding than all my teachers, because I ponder your decrees.
I have more insight than my elders, because I observe your precepts.
I keep my steps from every evil path, that I may obey your word.
From your edicts I do not turn, for you have taught them to me.
How sweet to my tongue is your promise, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Through your precepts I gain insight; therefore I hate all false ways.
Happy are those who fear the Lord, who greatly delight in God’s commands.
Their descendants shall be mighty in the land, a generation upright and blessed.
Wealth and riches shall be in their homes; their prosperity shall endure forever.
They shine through the darkness, a light for the upright;
they are gracious, merciful and just.