Psalms 70–71

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David. To bring remembrance.

1 Make haste, O God, to deliver me!

Make haste to help me, O Lord.

2 May those who seek my life

be ashamed and confused;

may those who desire my harm

be driven back and humiliated.

3 May they turn back as a consequence of their shame

who say “Aha! Aha!”

4 May all those who seek You

rejoice and be glad in You;

and may those who love Your salvation continually say,

“God be magnified!”

5 But I am poor and needy;

make haste to me, O God!

You are my help and my deliverer;

O Lord, do not delay!

Psalm 71

1 In You, O Lord, I seek refuge;

may I never be put to shame.

2 Deliver me in Your righteousness and help me escape;

incline Your ear to me and save me.

3 Be my rock of refuge

to enter continually;

You have given commandment to save me;

for You are my rock and my stronghold.

4 Deliver me, O my God, out of the hand of the wicked,

out of the hand of the unjust and cruel man.

5 For You are my hope, O Lord God;

You are my confidence from my youth.

6 On You I have supported myself from the womb;

You took me out of my mother’s womb.

My praise will continually be about You.

7 I am like a wondrous sign to many;

You are my strong refuge.

8 My mouth will be filled with Your praise

and with Your glory all the day.

9 Do not cast me off in the time of old age;

do not forsake me when my strength fails.

10 For my enemies speak against me;

and those who watch for my life take counsel together,

11 saying, “God has forsaken him;

pursue and catch him,

for there is none to deliver him.”

12 O God, do not be far from me;

O my God, act quickly to help me.

13 May the adversaries of my life be ashamed and confused;

may those who seek my harm

be enveloped in scorn and dishonor.

14 But I will hope continually,

and will add to all Your praise.

15 My mouth will declare Your righteousness

and Your salvation all the day,

for I cannot know their numbers.

16 I will go in the strength of the Lord God;

I will make mention of Your righteousness, of Yours only.

17 O God, You have taught me from my youth;

and until now I have proclaimed Your wondrous works.

18 Now also when I am old and gray,

O God, do not forsake me,

until I have proclaimed Your strength to this generation,

and Your power to everyone who is to come.

19 Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heights;

You have done great deeds;

O God, who is like You?

20 You who have shown me great distresses and troubles

will revive me again,

and will bring me up again

from the depths of the earth.

21 You will increase my greatness,

and You will encircle and comfort me.

22 I will give You thanks with the harp,

even Your truth, O my God;

to You I will sing with the lyre,

O Holy One of Israel.

23 My lips will rejoice

when I sing to You,

and my soul, which You have redeemed.

24 My tongue also will speak of Your righteousness

all the day long;

for those who seek my harm are ashamed,

for they have been put to shame.

Romans 8:22–39

22 We know that the whole creation groans and travails in pain together until now. 23 Not only that, but we also, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan within ourselves while eagerly waiting for adoption, the redemption of our bodies. 24 For we are saved through hope, but hope that is seen is not hope, for why does a man still hope 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 weaknesses, 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 He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God.

28 We know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son, so 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.

31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? 33 Who shall bring a charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. 34 Who is he who condemns? It is Christ who died, yes, who is risen, who is also at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written:

“For Your sake we are killed all day long;

we are counted as sheep for the slaughter.”

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities nor powers, neither things present nor things to come, 39 neither height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.