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STANDING FIRM IN THE LORD (Part 2)

STANDING FIRM IN THE LORD (Part 2)

August 19, 2018

Psalm 40

My Help and My Deliverer

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.
1 I waited patiently for the LORD; he inclined to me and heard my cry. 
2 He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet upon a rock, making my steps secure. 
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the LORD. 
4Blessed is the man who makes the LORD his trust, who does not turn to the proud, to those who go astray after a lie! 
5 You have multiplied, O LORD my God, your wondrous deeds and your thoughts toward us; none can compare with you! I will proclaim and tell of them, yet they are more than can be told. 
6 In sacrifice and offering you have not delighted, but you have given me an open ear. 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 heart.” 
9 I have told the glad news of deliverance in the great congregation; behold, I have not restrained my lips, as you know, O LORD. 
10 I have not hidden your deliverance within my heart; I have spoken of your faithfulness and your salvation; I have not concealed your steadfast love and your faithfulness from the great congregation. 
11 As for you, O LORD, you will not restrain your mercy from me; your steadfast love and your faithfulness will ever preserve me! 
12 For evils have encompassed me beyond number; my iniquities have overtaken me, and I cannot see; they are more than the hairs of my head; my heart fails me. 
13 Be pleased, O LORD, todeliver me! O LORD, make haste to help me! 
14 Let those be put to shame and disappointed altogether who seek to snatch away my life; let those be turned back and brought to dishonor who delight in my hurt!
15 Let those be appalled because of their shame who say to me, “Aha, Aha!” 
16 But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!”
17 As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!

Philippians 4:1-9

1 Therefore, my brothers, whom I love and long for, my joy and crown, stand firm thus in the Lord, my beloved.

Exhortation, Encouragement, and Prayer

2 I entreat Euodia and I entreat Syntyche to agree in the Lord. 
3 Yes, I ask you also, true companion,help these women, who have labored side by side with me in the gospel together with Clement and the rest of my fellow workers, whose names are in the book of life. 
4 Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. 
5 Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 
6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 
7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 
9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me–practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.