123 Our Lord and our God, I turn my eyes to you, on your throne in heaven. 2 Servants look to their master, but we will look to you, until you have mercy on us.
3 Please have mercy, Lord! We have been insulted more than we can stand, 4 and we can’t take more abuse from those proud, conceited people.
(A song by David for worship.)
Thanking the Lord for Victory
124 The Lord was on our side! Let everyone in Israel say: 2 “The Lord was on our side! Otherwise, the enemy attack 3 would have killed us all, because it was furious. 4 We would have been swept away in a violent flood 5 of high and roaring waves.”
6 Let’s praise the Lord! He protected us from enemies who were like wild animals, 7 and we escaped like birds from a hunter’s torn net.
8 The Lord made heaven and earth, and he is the one who sends us help.
(A song for worship.)
The Lord’s People Are Safe
125 Everyone who trusts the Lord is like Mount Zion that cannot be shaken and will stand forever. 2 Just as Jerusalem is protected by mountains on every side, the Lord protects his people by holding them in his arms now and forever. 3 He won’t let the wicked rule his people or lead them to do wrong. 4 Let’s ask the Lord to be kind to everyone who is good and completely obeys him.
5 When the Lord punishes the wicked, he will punish everyone else who lives a crooked life. Pray for peace in Israel!
1 Corinthians 10:1-18Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Don’t Worship Idols
10 Friends, I want to remind you that all of our ancestors walked under the cloud and went through the sea. 2 This was like being baptized and becoming followers of Moses. 3 All of them also ate the same spiritual food 4 and drank the same spiritual drink, which flowed from the spiritual rock that followed them. That rock was Christ. 5 But most of them did not please God. So they died, and their bodies were scattered all over the desert.
6 What happened to them is a warning to keep us from wanting to do the same evil things. 7 They worshiped idols, just as the Scriptures say, “The people sat down to eat and drink. Then they got up to dance around.” So don’t worship idols. 8 Some of those people did shameful things, and in a single day about twenty-three thousand of them died. Don’t do shameful things as they did. 9 And don’t try to test Christ,[a] as some of them did and were later bitten by poisonous snakes. 10 Don’t even grumble, as some of them did and were killed by the destroying angel. 11 These things happened to them as a warning to us. All this was written in the Scriptures to teach us who live in these last days.
12 Even if you think you can stand up to temptation, be careful not to fall. 13 You are tempted in the same way that everyone else is tempted. But God can be trusted not to let you be tempted too much, and he will show you how to escape from your temptations.
14 My friends, you must keep away from idols. 15 I am speaking to you as people who have enough sense to know what I am talking about. 16 When we drink from the cup that we ask God to bless, isn’t that sharing in the blood of Christ? When we eat the bread that we break, isn’t that sharing in the body of Christ? 17 By sharing in the same loaf of bread, we become one body, even though there are many of us.
18 Aren’t the people of Israel sharing in the worship when they gather around the altar and eat the sacrifices offered there?
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