Daily Scripture Reflection
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just. but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.
We did not follow cleverly devised myths when we made know to you the power and coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ, but we had been eyewitnesses of his majesty.
For he received honor and glory from God the Father when that unique declaration came to him from the majestic glory, “This is my Son, my beloved, with whom I am well pleased.” We ourselves heard this voice come from heaven while we were with him on the holy mountain.
But not the wicked!
They are like chaff driven by the wind.
Therefore the wicked will not survive judgment,
Graciously rescue me, God! Come quickly to help me, Lord!
Confound and put to shame those who seek my life.
Turn back in disgrace those who desire my ruin.
Let those who say “Aha!” turn back in their shame.
But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you.
May those who long for your help always say, “God be glorified!”
Here I am, afflicted and poor. God, come quickly!
You are my help and deliverer. Lord, do not delay!
Grant me justice, Lord! I have walked without blame.
In the Lord I have trusted; I have not faltered.
Test me, Lord, and try me; search my heart and mind.
Your love is before my eyes; I walk guided by your faithfulness.
Do not take me away with sinners, nor my life with the violent.
Their hands carry out their schemes; their right hands are full of bribes.
But I walk without blame; redeem me, be gracious to me!
My foot stands on level ground; in assemblies I will bless the Lord.
What good is it, my brothers, if someone says that he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister has nothing to wear and has no food for the day, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, keep warm, and eat well,” but you do not
give them the necessities of the body, what good is it? So also faith of itself, if it does not have works, is dead. Indeed someone might say, “You have faith and I have works.” Demonstrate your faith to me without works, and I will demonstrate my faith to you from my works. For just as a body without a spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead.
Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, a descendant of David: such is my gospel, for which I am suffering, even to the point of chains, like a criminal. But the word of God is not chained. Therefore, I bear with everything for the sake of those who are chosen, so that they too may obtain salvation that is in Christ Jesus, together with eternal glory. This saying is trustworthy:
If we have died with him, we shall also live with him;
if we persevere, we shall also reign with him.
But if we deny him, he will deny us.
If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful for he cannot deny himself.
Better the poverty of the just than the great wealth of the wicked.
The arms of the wicked will be broken; the Lord will sustain the just.
The Lord watches over the days of the blameless; their heritage lasts forever.
They will not be disgraced when times are hard; in days of famine they will have plenty.
The wicked borrow but do not repay; the just are generous in giving.
For those blessed by the Lord will possess the land, but those accursed will be cut off.
In him we have redemption by his blood, the forgiveness of transgressions, in accord with the riches of his grace that he lavished upon us. In all wisdom and insight, he has made known to us the mystery of his will in accord with his favor that he set forth in him as a plan for the fullness of times, to sum up all things in Christ, in heaven and on earth.
In him we were also chosen, destined in accord with the purpose of the One who accomplishes all things according to the intention of his will, so that we might exist for the praise of his glory, we who first hoped in Christ.
God, you have taught me from my youth; to this day I proclaim your wondrous deeds.
Now that I am old and gray, do not forsake me, God, that I may proclaim your might
to all generations yet to come,
your power and justice, God, to the highest heaven.
You have done great things; O God, who is your equal?
You have sent me many bitter afflictions, but once more revive me.
From the watery depths of the earth once more raise me up.
Restore my honor; turn and comfort me, that I may praise you with the lyre
for your faithfulness, my God, and sing to you with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy as I sing your praise; my soul, too, which you have redeemed.
Yes, my tongue shall recount your justice day by day.
For those who sought my ruin will have been shamed and disgraced.
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.
nor will sinners in the assembly of the just.The Lord watches over the way of the just,
but the way of the wicked leads to ruin.