1 John 4:13-18 - "Love & Fear" by Josh Malone

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Scripture Readings

Out of the depths I cry to you, O Lord!
    O Lord, hear my voice!
Let your ears be attentive
    to the voice of my pleas for mercy!

If you, O Lord, should mark iniquities,
    O Lord, who could stand?
But with you there is forgiveness,
    that you may be feared.

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than watchmen for the morning,
    more than watchmen for the morning.

O Israel, hope in the Lord!
    For with the Lord there is steadfast love,
    and with him is plentiful redemption.
And he will redeem Israel
    from all his iniquities.
English Standard Version (ESV)

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By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
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Psalm 130 - "From the Depths" by Brian Hoch

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Scripture Readings

    “I called out to the LORD, out of my distress,
        and he answered me;
    out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
        and you heard my voice.
    [3] For you cast me into the deep,
        into the heart of the seas,
        and the flood surrounded me;
    all your waves and your billows
        passed over me.
    [4] Then I said, ‘I am driven away
        from your sight;
    yet I shall again look
        upon your holy temple.’
    [5] The waters closed in over me to take my life;
        the deep surrounded me;
    weeds were wrapped about my head
    [6]     at the roots of the mountains.
    I went down to the land
        whose bars closed upon me forever;
    yet you brought up my life from the pit,
        O LORD my God.
    [7] When my life was fainting away,
        I remembered the LORD,
    and my prayer came to you,
        into your holy temple.
    [8] Those who pay regard to vain idols
        forsake their hope of steadfast love.
    [9] But I with the voice of thanksgiving
        will sacrifice to you;
    what I have vowed I will pay.
        Salvation belongs to the LORD!”

(Jonah 2:2-9 ESV)


A Song of Ascents.

    [1] Out of the depths I cry to you, O LORD!
    [2]     O Lord, hear my voice!
    Let your ears be attentive
        to the voice of my pleas for mercy!
    
    [3] If you, O LORD, should mark iniquities,
        O Lord, who could stand?
    [4] But with you there is forgiveness,
        that you may be feared.
    
    [5] I wait for the LORD, my soul waits,
        and in his word I hope;
    [6] my soul waits for the Lord
        more than watchmen for the morning,
        more than watchmen for the morning.
    
    [7] O Israel, hope in the LORD!
        For with the LORD there is steadfast love,
        and with him is plentiful redemption.
    [8] And he will redeem Israel
        from all his iniquities.

(Psalm 130 ESV)

 

Psalm 75 - "Lifting Up" by Brian Hoch


    [1] And Hannah prayed and said,

    “My heart exults in the LORD;
        my horn is exalted in the LORD.
    My mouth derides my enemies,
        because I rejoice in your salvation.
    
    [2] “There is none holy like the LORD:
        for there is none besides you;
        there is no rock like our God.
    [3] Talk no more so very proudly,
        let not arrogance come from your mouth;
    for the LORD is a God of knowledge,
        and by him actions are weighed.
    [4] The bows of the mighty are broken,
        but the feeble bind on strength.
    [5] Those who were full have hired themselves out for bread,
        but those who were hungry have ceased to hunger.
    The barren has borne seven,
        but she who has many children is forlorn.
    [6] The LORD kills and brings to life;
        he brings down to Sheol and raises up.
    [7] The LORD makes poor and makes rich;
        he brings low and he exalts.
    [8] He raises up the poor from the dust;
        he lifts the needy from the ash heap
    to make them sit with princes
        and inherit a seat of honor.
    For the pillars of the earth are the LORD's,
        and on them he has set the world.
    
    [9] “He will guard the feet of his faithful ones,
        but the wicked shall be cut off in darkness,
        for not by might shall a man prevail.
    [10] The adversaries of the LORD shall be broken to pieces;
        against them he will thunder in heaven.
    The LORD will judge the ends of the earth;
        he will give strength to his king
        and exalt the horn of his anointed.”

(1 Samuel 2:1-10 ESV)



    [1] We give thanks to you, O God;
        we give thanks, for your name is near.
    We recount your wondrous deeds.
    
    [2] “At the set time that I appoint
        I will judge with equity.
    [3] When the earth totters, and all its inhabitants,
        it is I who keep steady its pillars. Selah
    [4] I say to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’
        and to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up your horn;
    [5] do not lift up your horn on high,
        or speak with haughty neck.’”
    
    [6] For not from the east or from the west
        and not from the wilderness comes lifting up,
    [7] but it is God who executes judgment,
        putting down one and lifting up another.
    [8] For in the hand of the LORD there is a cup
        with foaming wine, well mixed,
    and he pours out from it,
        and all the wicked of the earth
        shall drain it down to the dregs.
    
    [9] But I will declare it forever;
        I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.
    [10] All the horns of the wicked I will cut off,
        but the horns of the righteous shall be lifted up.
    

(Psalm 75 ESV)

Psalm 137 -"Singing of Zion II"

    [1] By the waters of Babylon,
        there we sat down and wept,
        when we remembered Zion.
    [2] On the willows there
        we hung up our lyres.
    [3] For there our captors
        required of us songs,
    and our tormentors, mirth, saying,
        “Sing us one of the songs of Zion!”
    
    [4] How shall we sing the LORD's song
        in a foreign land?
    [5] If I forget you, O Jerusalem,
        let my right hand forget its skill!
    [6] Let my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth,
        if I do not remember you,
    if I do not set Jerusalem
        above my highest joy!
    
    [7] Remember, O LORD, against the Edomites
        the day of Jerusalem,
    how they said, “Lay it bare, lay it bare,
        down to its foundations!”
    [8] O daughter of Babylon, doomed to be destroyed,
        blessed shall he be who repays you
        with what you have done to us!
    [9] Blessed shall he be who takes your little ones
        and dashes them against the rock!

(Psalm 137 ESV)

Psalm 48 - "Singing of Zion I"

A Song. A Psalm of the Sons of Korah.

    [1] Great is the LORD and greatly to be praised
        in the city of our God!
    His holy mountain, [2] beautiful in elevation,
        is the joy of all the earth,
    Mount Zion, in the far north,
        the city of the great King.
    [3] Within her citadels God
        has made himself known as a fortress.
    
    [4] For behold, the kings assembled;
        they came on together.
    [5] As soon as they saw it, they were astounded;
        they were in panic; they took to flight.
    [6] Trembling took hold of them there,
        anguish as of a woman in labor.
    [7] By the east wind you shattered
        the ships of Tarshish.
    [8] As we have heard, so have we seen
        in the city of the LORD of hosts,
    in the city of our God,
        which God will establish forever. Selah
    
    [9] We have thought on your steadfast love, O God,
        in the midst of your temple.
    [10] As your name, O God,
        so your praise reaches to the ends of the earth.
    Your right hand is filled with righteousness.
    [11]     Let Mount Zion be glad!
    Let the daughters of Judah rejoice
        because of your judgments!
    
    [12] Walk about Zion, go around her,
        number her towers,
    [13] consider well her ramparts,
        go through her citadels,
    that you may tell the next generation
    [14]     that this is God,
    our God forever and ever.
        He will guide us forever.

(Psalm 48 ESV)



    [1] So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. [2] Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation—[3] if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.

    [4] As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, [5] you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. [6] For it stands in Scripture:

    “Behold, I am laying in Zion a stone,
        a cornerstone chosen and precious,
    and whoever believes in him will not be put to shame.”
    
        [7] So the honor is for you who believe, but for those who do not believe,

    “The stone that the builders rejected
        has become the cornerstone,”
    
        [8] and

    “A stone of stumbling,
        and a rock of offense.”
    
        They stumble because they disobey the word, as they were destined to do.

    [9] But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. [10] Once you were not a people, but now you are God's people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.

    [11] Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. [12] Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation.

(1 Peter 2:1-12 ESV)

Psalm 19 - "Talking Back"

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    [1] The heavens declare the glory of God,
        and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
    [2] Day to day pours out speech,
        and night to night reveals knowledge.
    [3] There is no speech, nor are there words,
        whose voice is not heard.
    [4] Their voice goes out through all the earth,
        and their words to the end of the world.
    In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    [5]     which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
        and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.
    [6] Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
        and its circuit to the end of them,
        and there is nothing hidden from its heat.
    
    [7] The law of the LORD is perfect,
        reviving the soul;
    the testimony of the LORD is sure,
        making wise the simple;
    [8] the precepts of the LORD are right,
        rejoicing the heart;
    the commandment of the LORD is pure,
        enlightening the eyes;
    [9] the fear of the LORD is clean,
        enduring forever;
    the rules of the LORD are true,
        and righteous altogether.
    [10] More to be desired are they than gold,
        even much fine gold;
    sweeter also than honey
        and drippings of the honeycomb.
    [11] Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
        in keeping them there is great reward.
    
    [12] Who can discern his errors?
        Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
    [13] Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
        let them not have dominion over me!
    Then I shall be blameless,
        and innocent of great transgression.
    
    [14] Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
        be acceptable in your sight,
        O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.

(Psalm 19 ESV)

    [7] Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God. [8] Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. [9] In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. [10] In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. [11] Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. [12] No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

    [13] By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. [14] And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. [15] Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. [16] So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. [17] By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. [18] There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. [19] We love because he first loved us. [20] If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen. [21] And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

(1 John 4:7-21 ESV)

Psalm 103 - "Remember"

[1] Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and all that is within me,
        bless his holy name!
    [2] Bless the LORD, O my soul,
        and forget not all his benefits,
    [3] who forgives all your iniquity,
        who heals all your diseases,
    [4] who redeems your life from the pit,
        who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
    [5] who satisfies you with good
        so that your youth is renewed like the eagle's.
    
    [6] The LORD works righteousness
        and justice for all who are oppressed.
    [7] He made known his ways to Moses,
        his acts to the people of Israel.
    [8] The LORD is merciful and gracious,
        slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
    [9] He will not always chide,
        nor will he keep his anger forever.
    [10] He does not deal with us according to our sins,
        nor repay us according to our iniquities.
    [11] For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
        so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
    [12] as far as the east is from the west,
        so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
    [13] As a father shows compassion to his children,
        so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
    [14] For he knows our frame;
        he remembers that we are dust.
    
    [15] As for man, his days are like grass;
        he flourishes like a flower of the field;
    [16] for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
        and its place knows it no more.
    [17] But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
        and his righteousness to children's children,
    [18] to those who keep his covenant
        and remember to do his commandments.
    [19] The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
        and his kingdom rules over all.
    
    [20] Bless the LORD, O you his angels,
        you mighty ones who do his word,
        obeying the voice of his word!
    [21] Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
        his ministers, who do his will!
    [22] Bless the LORD, all his works,
        in all places of his dominion.
    Bless the LORD, O my soul!

(Psalm 103 ESV)


    [1] Then I saw in the right hand of him who was seated on the throne a scroll written within and on the back, sealed with seven seals. [2] And I saw a mighty angel proclaiming with a loud voice, “Who is worthy to open the scroll and break its seals?” [3] And no one in heaven or on earth or under the earth was able to open the scroll or to look into it, [4] and I began to weep loudly because no one was found worthy to open the scroll or to look into it. [5] And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”

    [6] And between the throne and the four living creatures and among the elders I saw a Lamb standing, as though it had been slain, with seven horns and with seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth. [7] And he went and took the scroll from the right hand of him who was seated on the throne. [8] And when he had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each holding a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. [9] And they sang a new song, saying,

    “Worthy are you to take the scroll
        and to open its seals,
    for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God
        from every tribe and language and people and nation,
    [10] and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God,
        and they shall reign on the earth.”
    
        [11] Then I looked, and I heard around the throne and the living creatures and the elders the voice of many angels, numbering myriads of myriads and thousands of thousands, [12] saying with a loud voice,

    “Worthy is the Lamb who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and might
    and honor and glory and blessing!”
    
        [13] And I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and in the sea, and all that is in them, saying,

    “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb
    be blessing and honor and glory and might forever and ever!”
    
        [14] And the four living creatures said, “Amen!” and the elders fell down and worshiped.

(Revelation 5 ESV)

Psalm 20 - "Praying to Win"

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

 [1] May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble!
  May the name of the God of Jacob protect you!
 [2] May he send you help from the sanctuary
  and give you support from Zion!
 [3] May he remember all your offerings
  and regard with favor your burnt sacrifices! Selah
 
 [4] May he grant you your heart's desire
  and fulfill all your plans!
 [5] May we shout for joy over your salvation,
  and in the name of our God set up our banners!
 May the LORD fulfill all your petitions!
 
 [6] Now I know that the LORD saves his anointed;
  he will answer him from his holy heaven
  with the saving might of his right hand.
 [7] Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
  but we trust in the name of the LORD our God.
 [8] They collapse and fall,
  but we rise and stand upright.
 
 [9] O LORD, save the king!
  May he answer us when we call.

(Psalm 20 ESV)


 [1] You then, my child, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus, [2] and what you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also. [3] Share in suffering as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. [4] No soldier gets entangled in civilian pursuits, since his aim is to please the one who enlisted him. [5] An athlete is not crowned unless he competes according to the rules. [6] It is the hard-working farmer who ought to have the first share of the crops. [7] Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.

 [8] Remember Jesus Christ, risen from the dead, the offspring of David, as preached in my gospel, [9] for which I am suffering, bound with chains as a criminal. But the word of God is not bound! [10] Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. [11] The saying is trustworthy, for:

 If we have died with him, we will also live with him;
 [12] if we endure, we will also reign with him;
 if we deny him, he also will deny us;
 [13] if we are faithless, he remains faithful—
 
  for he cannot deny himself.

(2 Timothy 2:1-13 ESV)

Psalm 3 - "A Royal Paternal Sufferer"

A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

    [1] O LORD, how many are my foes!
        Many are rising against me;
    [2] many are saying of my soul,
        there is no salvation for him in God. Selah
    
    [3] But you, O LORD, are a shield about me,
        my glory, and the lifter of my head.
    [4] I cried aloud to the LORD,
        and he answered me from his holy hill. Selah
    
    [5] I lay down and slept;
        I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.
    [6] I will not be afraid of many thousands of people
        who have set themselves against me all around.
    
    [7] Arise, O LORD!
        Save me, O my God!
    For you strike all my enemies on the cheek;
        you break the teeth of the wicked.
    
    [8] Salvation belongs to the LORD;
        your blessing be on your people! Selah

(Psalm 3 ESV)


    [1] Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, [2] looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

    [3] Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted. [4] In your struggle against sin you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood. [5] And have you forgotten the exhortation that addresses you as sons?

    “My son, do not regard lightly the discipline of the Lord,
        nor be weary when reproved by him.
    [6] For the Lord disciplines the one he loves,
        and chastises every son whom he receives.”
    
        [7] It is for discipline that you have to endure. God is treating you as sons. For what son is there whom his father does not discipline? [8] If you are left without discipline, in which all have participated, then you are illegitimate children and not sons. [9] Besides this, we have had earthly fathers who disciplined us and we respected them. Shall we not much more be subject to the Father of spirits and live? [10] For they disciplined us for a short time as it seemed best to them, but he disciplines us for our good, that we may share his holiness. [11] For the moment all discipline seems painful rather than pleasant, but later it yields the peaceful fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

(Hebrews 12:1-11 ESV)

Psalm 121 - "Ascending Trust"

A Song of Ascents.

    [1] I lift up my eyes to the hills.
        From where does my help come?
    [2] My help comes from the LORD,
        who made heaven and earth.
    
    [3] He will not let your foot be moved;
        he who keeps you will not slumber.
    [4] Behold, he who keeps Israel
        will neither slumber nor sleep.
    
    [5] The LORD is your keeper;
        the LORD is your shade on your right hand.
    [6] The sun shall not strike you by day,
        nor the moon by night.
    
    [7] The LORD will keep you from all evil;
        he will keep your life.
    [8] The LORD will keep
        your going out and your coming in
        from this time forth and forevermore.

(Psalm 121 ESV)


    [1] Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of his disciples [2] and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. [3] If anyone says to you, ‘Why are you doing this?’ say, ‘The Lord has need of it and will send it back here immediately.’” [4] And they went away and found a colt tied at a door outside in the street, and they untied it. [5] And some of those standing there said to them, “What are you doing, untying the colt?” [6] And they told them what Jesus had said, and they let them go. [7] And they brought the colt to Jesus and threw their cloaks on it, and he sat on it. [8] And many spread their cloaks on the road, and others spread leafy branches that they had cut from the fields. [9] And those who went before and those who followed were shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! [10] Blessed is the coming kingdom of our father David! Hosanna in the highest!”

    [11] And he entered Jerusalem and went into the temple. And when he had looked around at everything, as it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the twelve.

(Mark 11:1-11 ESV)

Psalm 142 - "The Abandoned King"

A Maskil of David, when he was in the cave. A Prayer.

    [1] With my voice I cry out to the LORD;
        with my voice I plead for mercy to the LORD.
    [2] I pour out my complaint before him;
        I tell my trouble before him.
    
    [3] When my spirit faints within me,
        you know my way!
    In the path where I walk
        they have hidden a trap for me.
    [4] Look to the right and see:
        there is none who takes notice of me;
    no refuge remains to me;
        no one cares for my soul.
    
    [5] I cry to you, O LORD;
        I say, “You are my refuge,
        my portion in the land of the living.”
    [6] Attend to my cry,
        for I am brought very low!
    Deliver me from my persecutors,
        for they are too strong for me!
    [7] Bring me out of prison,
        that I may give thanks to your name!
    The righteous will surround me,
        for you will deal bountifully with me.

(Psalm 142 ESV)

Psalm 23 - "The Shepherd King"

A Psalm of David.

    [1] The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.
    [2]     He makes me lie down in green pastures.
    He leads me beside still waters.
    [3]     He restores my soul.
    He leads me in paths of righteousness
        for his name's sake.
    
    [4] Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
        I will fear no evil,
    for you are with me;
        your rod and your staff,
        they comfort me.
    
    [5] You prepare a table before me
        in the presence of my enemies;
    you anoint my head with oil;
        my cup overflows.
    [6] Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
        all the days of my life,
    and I shall dwell in the house of the LORD
        forever.

(Psalm 23 ESV)


[1] “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter the sheepfold by the door but climbs in by another way, that man is a thief and a robber. [2] But he who enters by the door is the shepherd of the sheep. [3] To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. [4] When he has brought out all his own, he goes before them, and the sheep follow him, for they know his voice. [5] A stranger they will not follow, but they will flee from him, for they do not know the voice of strangers.” [6] This figure of speech Jesus used with them, but they did not understand what he was saying to them.

    [7] So Jesus again said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, I am the door of the sheep. [8] All who came before me are thieves and robbers, but the sheep did not listen to them. [9] I am the door. If anyone enters by me, he will be saved and will go in and out and find pasture. [10] The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. [11] I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. [12] He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. [13] He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. [14] I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my own know me, [15] just as the Father knows me and I know the Father; and I lay down my life for the sheep. [16] And I have other sheep that are not of this fold. I must bring them also, and they will listen to my voice. So there will be one flock, one shepherd. [17] For this reason the Father loves me, because I lay down my life that I may take it up again. [18] No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down, and I have authority to take it up again. This charge I have received from my Father.”

    [19] There was again a division among the Jews because of these words. [20] Many of them said, “He has a demon, and is insane; why listen to him?” [21] Others said, “These are not the words of one who is oppressed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”

(John 10:1-21 ESV)

Marco Polo — Psalm 13

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

 [1] How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever?
  How long will you hide your face from me?
[2] How long must I take counsel in my soul
  and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

 [3] Consider and answer me, O LORD my God;
  light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
[4] lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
  lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

 [5] But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
  my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
[6] I will sing to the LORD,
  because he has dealt bountifully with me.

(Psalm 13 ESV)

Psalm 27 -- Vaughan Roberts

Of David. [1] The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid? [2] When evildoers assail me to eat up my flesh, my adversaries and foes, it is they who stumble and fall. [3] Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; though war arise against me, yet I will be confident. [4] One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the LORD and to inquire in his temple. [5] For he will hide me in his shelter in the day of trouble; he will conceal me under the cover of his tent; he will lift me high upon a rock. [6] And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me, and I will offer in his tent sacrifices with shouts of joy; I will sing and make melody to the LORD. [7] Hear, O LORD, when I cry aloud; be gracious to me and answer me! [8] You have said, “Seek my face.” My heart says to you, “Your face, LORD, do I seek.” [9] Hide not your face from me. Turn not your servant away in anger, O you who have been my help. Cast me not off; forsake me not, O God of my salvation! [10] For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the LORD will take me in. [11] Teach me your way, O LORD, and lead me on a level path because of my enemies. [12] Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; for false witnesses have risen against me, and they breathe out violence. [13] I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! [14] Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! (Psalm 27 ESV)

Psalm 32--The Lyrics of Forgiveness

A Maskil of David. [1] Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. [2] Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. [3] For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. [4] For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah [5] I acknowledged my sin to you, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah [6] Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to you at a time when you may be found; surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. [7] You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance. Selah [8] I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my eye upon you. [9] Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. [10] Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the LORD. [11] Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, O righteous, and shout for joy, all you upright in heart! (Psalm 32 ESV)