Psalms 40–42

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 I waited patiently for the Lord,

and He turned to me, and heard my cry.

2 He also brought me up out of a horrible pit,

out of the miry clay,

and set my feet on a rock,

and established my steps.

3 He has put a new song in my mouth,

even praise to our God;

many will see it, and fear,

and will trust in the Lord.

4 Blessed is the man

who places trust in the Lord,

but does not turn toward the proud,

nor those falling away to falsehood.

5 O Lord my God,

You have done many wonderful works,

and Your thoughts toward us

cannot be compared;

if I would declare and speak of them,

they are more than can be numbered.

6 Sacrifice and offering You did not desire;

You have opened up my ears to listen.

Burnt offering and sin offering

You have not required.

7 Then I said, “Behold, I have come;

in the scroll of the book it is written of me,

8 I delight to do Your will, O my God;

Your law is within my inward parts.”

9 I have proclaimed righteousness in the great congregation;

I have not held back my lips,

O Lord, You know.

10 I have not hidden Your righteousness within my heart;

I have declared Your faithfulness and Your salvation;

I have not concealed Your lovingkindness and Your truth

from the great congregation.

11 Do not withhold Your compassion from me, O Lord;

may Your lovingkindness and Your truth always guard me.

12 For innumerable evils have surrounded me;

my iniquities have overtaken me, so that I am not able to look up;

they are more than the hairs of my head

so that my heart fails me.

13 Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me;

O Lord, make haste to help me.

14 May those seeking to snatch away my life

be ashamed and confounded together;

may those who desire my harm

be driven backward and dishonored.

15 May those who say to me “Aha, aha!”

be appalled on account of their shame.

16 May all those who seek You

rejoice and be glad in You;

may those who love Your salvation say continually,

“The Lord is magnified.”

17 But I am poor and needy;

yet the Lord thinks about me.

You are my help and my deliverer;

do not delay, O my God.

Psalm 41

For the Music Director. A Psalm of David.

1 Blessed are those who consider the poor;

the Lord will deliver them in the day of trouble.

2 The Lord will preserve them and keep them alive,

and they will be blessed on the earth,

and You will not deliver them to the will of their enemies.

3 The Lord will sustain them on the sickbed;

You will restore all his lying down in his illness.

4 I said, “Lord, be gracious to me;

heal my soul, for I have sinned against You.”

5 My enemies speak evil of me:

“When will he die, and his name perish?”

6 And if people come to see me, they speak insincerely;

their heart gathers iniquity to itself,

when they go outside, they tell it.

7 All who hate me whisper together against me;

they devise harm against me.

8 “An evil disease clings to him.

And now that he lies down, he will not rise up again.”

9 Yes, my own close friend,

in whom I trusted, who ate of my bread,

has lifted up the heel against me.

10 But You, O Lord, be gracious to me,

and raise me up, that I may repay them.

11 By this I know that You favor me,

because my enemy does not triumph over me.

12 As for me, You uphold me in my integrity,

and set me before You forever.

13 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel

from everlasting and to everlasting.

Amen and Amen.

Psalm 42

For the Music Director. A Contemplative Maskil of the sons of Korah.

1 As the deer pants after the water brooks,

so my soul pants after You, O God.

2 My soul thirsts for God, for the living God.

When will I come and appear before God?

3 My tears have been my food

day and night,

while they always say to me,

“Where is your God?”

4 When I remember these things,

I pour out my soul within me.

For I would travel with the throng of people;

I proceeded with them to the house of God,

with the voice of joy and thanks,

with a multitude making a pilgrimage.

5 Why are you cast down, O my soul?

And why are you disquieted in me?

Hope in God,

for I will yet thank Him

for the help of His presence.

6 O my God, my soul is cast down within me;

therefore I will remember You

from the land of Jordan,

and of the Hermon, from the hill of Mizar.

7 Deep calls to deep

at the noise of Your waterfalls;

all Your waves and Your billows

passed over me.

8 Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime,

and in the night His song will be with me,

a prayer to the God of my life.

9 I will say to God, my rock,

“Why have You forgotten me?

Why do I go mourning

because of the oppression of the enemy?”

10 With shattering in my bones,

those harassing me reproach me,

when they say to me every day,

“Where is your God?”

11 Why, my soul, are you cast down?

Why do you groan within me?

Wait for God;

I will yet thank Him,

for He is my deliverance and my God.

Acts 27:1–26

1 When it was decided that we should sail into Italy, they handed Paul and some other prisoners over to a centurion of the Augustan Regiment, named Julius. 2 Boarding a ship from Adramyttium, we put out to sea, meaning to sail along the coasts of Asia. Aristarchus, a Macedonian of Thessalonica, was with us.

3 The next day we landed at Sidon. And Julius treated Paul kindly and gave him leave to go to his friends and be given care. 4 From there we put out to sea and sailed under the lee of Cyprus, because the winds were against us. 5 Sailing across the sea off of Cilicia and Pamphylia, we came to Myra, a city of Lycia. 6 There the centurion found a ship of Alexandria sailing to Italy, and he put us on board. 7 We sailed slowly for many days, and arrived with difficulty off Cnidus, and as the wind did not allow us to proceed, we sailed under the lee of Crete off Salmone. 8 Sailing past it with difficulty, we came to a place called Fair Havens, near the city of Lasea.

9 As much time had been lost and as the voyage was now dangerous, because the Day of Atonement was already over, Paul advised them, 10 saying, “Men, I perceive that this voyage will be with injury and much loss, not only of the cargo and ship, but also of our lives.” 11 But the centurion was persuaded more by the captain and the owner of the ship than by what Paul said. 12 Since the harbor was not suitable to winter in, the majority decided to sail on from there, if somehow we might reach Phoenix, a harbor in Crete, facing southwest and northwest, and winter there.

13 When a south wind blew gently, supposing that they had obtained the necessary conditions, they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14 But soon afterward a tempestuous wind swept through, called the Euroclydon. 15 When the ship was overpowered and could not head into the wind, we let her drift. 16 Drifting under the lee of an island called Cauda, we could scarcely secure the rowboat. 17 When they had hoisted it aboard, they used ropes to undergird the ship. And fearing that they might run aground on the sand of Syrtis, they let down the mast, and so were driven. 18 We were violently tossed by the storm. The next day they threw cargo overboard. 19 On the third day we threw the tackle of the ship overboard with our own hands. 20 When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was upon us, all hope that we should be saved was lost.

21 After they had long abstained from food, Paul stood in their midst and said, “Men, you should have listened to me and not have set sail from Crete, incurring this injury and loss. 22 But now I advise you to take courage, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. 23 For there stood by me this night the angel of God to whom I belong and whom I serve, 24 saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand before Caesar. And, look! God has given you all those who sail with you.’ 25 Therefore, men, take courage, for I believe God that it will be exactly as it was told to me. 26 Nevertheless, we must be shipwrecked on a certain island.”