Isaiah 61:10-62:3 Galatians 3:23-25, 4:4-7 Psalm 63:1-11
Friendship With God

Isaiah 61:10 – 62:3

10    I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
        my whole being shall exult in my God;
     for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation,
        he has covered me with the robe of righteousness,
     as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
        and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11     For as the earth brings forth its shoots,
        and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up,
     so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise
        to spring up before all the nations.

62 1 For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent,
        and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest,
     until her vindication shines out like the dawn,
        and her salvation like a burning torch.
2     The nations shall see your vindication,
        and all the kings your glory;
     and you shall be called by a new name
        that the mouth of the Lord will give.
3     You shall be a crown of beauty in the hand of the Lord,
        and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.


Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7

23 Now before faith came, we were imprisoned and guarded under the law until faith would be revealed. 24 Therefore the law was our disciplinarian until Christ came, so that we might be justified by faith. 25 But now that faith has come, we are no longer subject to a disciplinarian, 26 for in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith.

4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, 5 in order to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as children. 6 And because you are children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave but a child, and if a child then also an heir, through God.


Psalm 63

A Psalm of David, when he was in the Wilderness of Judah.

1     O God, you are my God, I seek you.

      My soul thirsts for you;

         my flesh faints for you,

      as in a dry and weary land

         where there is no water.

2      So I have looked upon you in the sanctuary,

         beholding your power and glory.

3      Because your steadfast love is better than life,

         my lips will praise you.

4      So I will bless you as long as I live;

         I will lift up my hands and call on your name.


5      My soul is satisfied as with a rich feast,

         and my mouth praises you with joyful lips

6      when I think of you on my bed,

         and meditate on you in the watches of the night;

7      for you have been my help,

         and in the shadow of your wings I sing for joy.


8      My soul clings to you;

         your right hand upholds me.

9      But those who seek to destroy my life

         shall go down into the depths of the earth;

10    they shall be given over to the power of the sword,

         they shall be prey for jackals.

11     But the king shall rejoice in God;

         all who swear by him shall exult,

         for the mouths of liars will be stopped.


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