26 July 2020 Sunday Morning Service
73:1 Surely God is good to Israel, to those who are pure in heart.
73:2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped; I had nearly lost my foothold.
73:3 For I envied the arrogant when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.
73:4 They have no struggles; their bodies are healthy and strong.
73:5 They are free from the burdens common to man; they are not plagued by human ills.
73:6 Therefore pride is their necklace; they clothe themselves with violence.
73:7 From their callous hearts comes iniquity; the evil conceits of their minds know no limits.
73:8 They scoff, and speak with malice; in their arrogance they threaten oppression.
73:9 Their mouths lay claim to heaven, and their tongues take possession of the earth.
73:10 Therefore their people turn to them and drink up waters in abundance.
73:11 They say, “How can God know? Does the Most High have knowledge?”
73:12 This is what the wicked are like–always carefree, they increase in wealth.
73:13 Surely in vain have I kept my heart pure; in vain have I washed my hands in innocence.
73:14 All day long I have been plagued; I have been punished every morning.
73:15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,” I would have betrayed your children.
73:16 When I tried to understand all this, it was oppressive to me
73:17 till I entered the sanctuary of God; then I understood their final destiny.
73:18 Surely you place them on slippery ground; you cast them down to ruin.
73:19 How suddenly are they destroyed, completely swept away by terrors!
73:20 As a dream when one awakes, so when you arise, O Lord, you will despise them as fantasies.
73:21 When my heart was grieved and my spirit embittered,
73:22 I was senseless and ignorant; I was a brute beast before you.
73:23 Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand.
73:24 You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory.
73:25 Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you.
73:26 My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
73:27 Those who are far from you will perish; you destroy all who are unfaithful to you.
73:28 But as for me, it is good to be near God. I have made the Sovereign LORD my refuge; I will tell of all your deeds.
2:1 As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins,
2:2 in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient.
2:3 All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature objects of wrath.
2:4 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy,
2:5 made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions–it is by grace you have been saved.
2:6 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,
2:7 in order that in the coming ages he might show the incomparable riches of his grace, expressed in his kindness to us in Christ Jesus.
2:8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith–and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God–
2:9 not by works, so that no one can boast.
2:10 For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.