Psalm 68-69Contemporary English Version (CEV)
(A psalm and a song by David for the music leader.)
God Will Win the Battle
68 Do something, God!
4 Our God, you are the one
5 Our God, from your sacred home
7 You set your people free,
11 You gave the command,
14 God All-Powerful, you scattered
15 Our Lord and our God,
17 When you, Lord God, appeared
19 We praise you, Lord God!
21 Our Lord and our God,
24 We have seen crowds marching
28 Our God, show your strength!
30 Punish that animal
32 Now sing praises to God!
34 Tell about God’s power!
(By David for the music leader. To the tune “Lilies.”)
God Can Be Trusted
69 Save me, God!
4 There are more people
6 Lord God All-Powerful,
9 My love for your house
13 But I pray to you, Lord.
16 Answer me, Lord!
19 You know how I am insulted,
22 Make their table a trap
26 They cause trouble for people
30 I will praise the Lord God
34 Heaven and earth
Romans 8:1-21Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Living by the Power of God’s Spirit
8 If you belong to Christ Jesus, you won’t be punished. 2 The Holy Spirit will give you life that comes from Christ Jesus and will set you[a] free from sin and death. 3 The Law of Moses cannot do this, because our selfish desires make the Law weak. But God set you free when he sent his own Son to be like us sinners and to be a sacrifice for our sin. God used Christ’s body to condemn sin. 4 He did this, so that we would do what the Law commands by obeying the Spirit instead of our own desires.
5 People who are ruled by their desires think only of themselves. Everyone who is ruled by the Holy Spirit thinks about spiritual things. 6 If our minds are ruled by our desires, we will die. But if our minds are ruled by the Spirit, we will have life and peace. 7 Our desires fight against God, because they do not and cannot obey God’s laws. 8 If we follow our desires, we cannot please God.
9 You are no longer ruled by your desires, but by God’s Spirit, who lives in you. People who don’t have the Spirit of Christ in them don’t belong to him. 10 But Christ lives in you. So you are alive because God has accepted you, even though your bodies must die because of your sins. 11 Yet God raised Jesus to life! God’s Spirit now lives in you, and he will raise you to life by his Spirit.
12 My dear friends, we must not live to satisfy our desires. 13 If you do, you will die. But you will live, if by the help of God’s Spirit you say “No” to your desires. 14 Only those people who are led by God’s Spirit are his children. 15 God’s Spirit doesn’t make us slaves who are afraid of him. Instead, we become his children and call him our Father.[b] 16 God’s Spirit makes us sure that we are his children. 17 His Spirit lets us know that together with Christ we will be given what God has promised. We will also share in the glory of Christ, because we have suffered with him.
A Wonderful Future for God’s People
18 I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us. 19 In fact, all creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who his children are. 20 Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope 21 that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children.
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