Psalms 63–65

A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.

1 O God, You are my God;

early will I seek You;

my soul thirsts for You,

my flesh faints for You,

in a dry and thirsty land

with no water.

2 I have seen You in the sanctuary,

to see Your power and Your glory.

3 Because Your lovingkindness is better than life,

my lips will praise You.

4 Thus will I bless You while I live;

I will lift up my hands in Your name.

5 My soul will be satisfied as with marrow and fatness,

and my mouth will praise You with joyful lips.

6 When I remember You on my bed,

and meditate on You in the night watches,

7 because You have been my help,

therefore in the shadow of Your wings I will rejoice.

8 My soul clings hard to You;

Your right hand upholds me.

9 But those who seek my soul to destroy it

will go into the lower parts of the earth.

10 They will fall by the sword;

they will be a portion for jackals.

11 But the king will rejoice in God;

everyone who swears by Him will glory,

because the mouth of liars will be stopped.

Psalm 64

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 Hear my voice, O God, in my complaint;

guard my life from dread of the enemy.

2 Hide me from the secret counsel of the wicked,

from the throng of the workers of iniquity;

3 they sharpen their tongue like a sword,

and bend their bows to shoot their arrows—bitter words,

4 that they may shoot in secret at the blameless;

suddenly they shoot at him and do not fear.

5 They harden themselves in an evil matter;

they talk privately of laying snares;

they say, “Who will see them?”

6 They devise injustice,

saying “We have perfected a secret plot.”

Both the inward thought of man and the heart are deep.

7 But God will suddenly shoot them with an arrow;

they will be wounded.

8 They will bring ruin on themselves

by their own tongues;

all who see them will flee away.

9 All people will fear,

and declare the work of God;

they will wisely consider His deeds.

10 The righteous will be glad in the Lord,

and seek refuge in Him,

and all the upright in heart will glory.

Psalm 65

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David. A Song.

1 Praise awaits You, O God, in Zion;

and to You a vow will be fulfilled.

2 O You who hears prayer,

to You all flesh will come.

3 Iniquities are stronger than me;

as for our transgressions, You atone for them.

4 Blessed is the man You choose and allow to draw near;

he will dwell in Your courts.

We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,

even of Your holy temple.

5 In righteousness You will answer us gloriously,

O God of our salvation,

You, who are the confidence of all the ends of the earth,

and of those who are afar off on the sea;

6 who established the mountains by His strength,

being clothed with might;

7 who stills the noise of the seas,

the noise of their waves,

and the tumult of peoples.

8 Those who dwell in the uttermost parts

are in awe because of Your signs;

You make the going out of the morning and evening rejoice.

9 You visit the earth, and water it;

You enrich it

with the river of God, which is full of water;

You prepare their grain,

for thus You have established it.

10 You water its furrows abundantly;

You settle its ridges;

You soften it with showers;

You bless its sprouting.

11 You crown the year with Your goodness,

and Your paths drip abundance.

12 They drip on the pastures of the wilderness,

and the hills clothe themselves with rejoicing.

13 The pastures are clothed with flocks;

the valleys also are covered with grain;

they shout for joy, they also sing.

Romans 6

1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may increase? 2 God forbid! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Do you not know that we who were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him by baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

5 For if we have been united with Him in the likeness of His death, so shall we also be united with Him in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man has been crucified with Him, so that the body of sin might be destroyed, and we should no longer be slaves to sin. 7 For the one who has died is freed from sin.

8 Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, 9 knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, will never die again; death has no further dominion over Him. 10 For the death He died, He died to sin once for all, but the life He lives, He lives to God.

11 Likewise, you also consider yourselves to be dead to sin, but alive to God through Jesus Christ our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 Do not yield your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but yield yourselves to God, as those who are alive from the dead, and your bodies to God as instruments of righteousness. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under the law, but under grace.

15 What then? Shall we sin because we are not under the law but under grace? God forbid! 16 Do you not know that to whom you yield yourselves as slaves to obey, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But thanks be to God, for you were slaves of sin, but you have obeyed from the heart that form of teaching to which you were entrusted, 18 and having been freed from sin, you became the slaves of righteousness.

19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for just as you have yielded your members as slaves to impurity and iniquity leading to more iniquity, even so now yield your members as slaves to righteousness unto holiness. 20 For when you were the slaves of sin, you were free from righteousness. 21 What fruit did you have then from the things of which you are now ashamed? The result of those things is death. 22 But now, having been freed from sin and having become slaves of God, you have fruit unto holiness, and the end is eternal life. 23 For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.