August 8

Pastor’s Note

In Psalm 82 we see a powerful reminder that our dealings on earth should reflect the righteousness, equity, and justice of the God in heaven. Let us see the grave responsibility we have as leaders, bosses, managers, parents, coaches, and teachers. May our reading of the second half of Romans 8 be a great encouragement to our hearts and minds today.

— Pastor Mike

Psalms 82-84

Rescue the Weak and Needy

A Psalm of Asaph.

82:1 God has taken his place in the divine council;
 in the midst of the gods he holds judgment:
“How long will you judge unjustly
 and show partiality to the wicked? Selah
Give justice to the weak and the fatherless;
 maintain the right of the afflicted and the destitute.
Rescue the weak and the needy;
 deliver them from the hand of the wicked.”

They have neither knowledge nor understanding,
 they walk about in darkness;
 all the foundations of the earth are shaken.

I said, “You are gods,
 sons of the Most High, all of you;
nevertheless, like men you shall die,
 and fall like any prince.” [1]

Arise, O God, judge the earth;
 for you shall inherit all the nations!

O God, Do Not Keep Silence

A Song. A Psalm of Asaph.

83:1 O God, do not keep silence;
 do not hold your peace or be still, O God!
For behold, your enemies make an uproar;
 those who hate you have raised their heads.
They lay crafty plans against your people;
 they consult together against your treasured ones.
They say, “Come, let us wipe them out as a nation;
 let the name of Israel be remembered no more!”
For they conspire with one accord;
 against you they make a covenant—
the tents of Edom and the Ishmaelites,
 Moab and the Hagrites,
Gebal and Ammon and Amalek,
 Philistia with the inhabitants of Tyre;
Asshur also has joined them;
 they are the strong arm of the children of Lot. Selah

Do to them as you did to Midian,
 as to Sisera and Jabin at the river Kishon,
10 who were destroyed at En-dor,
 who became dung for the ground.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb and Zeeb,
 all their princes like Zebah and Zalmunna,
12 who said, “Let us take possession for ourselves
 of the pastures of God.”

13 O my God, make them like whirling dust, [2]
 like chaff before the wind.
14 As fire consumes the forest,
 as the flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15 so may you pursue them with your tempest
 and terrify them with your hurricane!
16 Fill their faces with shame,
 that they may seek your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be put to shame and dismayed forever;
 let them perish in disgrace,
18 that they may know that you alone,
 whose name is the Lord,
 are the Most High over all the earth.

My Soul Longs for the Courts of the Lord

To the choirmaster: according to The Gittith. [3] A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

84:1 How lovely is your dwelling place,
 O Lord of hosts!
My soul longs, yes, faints
 for the courts of the Lord;
my heart and flesh sing for joy
 to the living God.

Even the sparrow finds a home,
 and the swallow a nest for herself,
 where she may lay her young,
at your altars, O Lord of hosts,
 my King and my God.
Blessed are those who dwell in your house,
 ever singing your praise! Selah

Blessed are those whose strength is in you,
 in whose heart are the highways to Zion. [4]
As they go through the Valley of Baca
 they make it a place of springs;
 the early rain also covers it with pools.
They go from strength to strength;
 each one appears before God in Zion.

O Lord God of hosts, hear my prayer;
 give ear, O God of Jacob! Selah
Behold our shield, O God;
 look on the face of your anointed!

10 For a day in your courts is better
 than a thousand elsewhere.
I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God
 than dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the Lord God is a sun and shield;
 the Lord bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does he withhold
 from those who walk uprightly.
12 O Lord of hosts,
 blessed is the one who trusts in you!

Romans 8:19-39

19 For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. 23 And not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait eagerly for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For in this hope we were saved. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For who hopes for what he sees? 25 But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.

26 Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words. 27 And he who searches hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because [5] the Spirit intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, [6] for those who are called according to his purpose. 29 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. 30 And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.

God’s Everlasting Love

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be [7] against us? 32 He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things? 33 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus is the one who died—more than that, who was raised—who is at the right hand of God, who indeed is interceding for us. [8] 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,

“For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
 we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Footnotes

[1] 82:7 Or fall as one man, O princes
[2] 83:13 Or like a tumbleweed
[3] 84:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
[4] 84:5 Hebrew lacks to Zion
[5] 8:27 Or that
[6] 8:28 Some manuscripts God works all things together for good, or God works in all things for the good
[7] 8:31 Or who is
[8] 8:34 Or Is it Christ Jesus who died . . . for us?

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