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The Look of True Worship

Scripture readings:

Hebrews 13:1–6

Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we can confidently say, 

“The Lord is my helper; 
I will not fear; 
what can man do to me?”

Psalm 27

Of David. 

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? 

When evildoers assail me 
to eat up my flesh, 
my adversaries and foes, 
it is they who stumble and fall. 

Though an army encamp against me, 
my heart shall not fear; 
though war arise against me, 
yet I will be confident. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud; 
be gracious to me and answer me! 
You have said, “Seek my face.” 
My heart says to you, 
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” 
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! 
For my father and my mother have forsaken me, 
but the Lord will take me in. 

Teach me your way, O Lord, 
and lead me on a level path 
because of my enemies. 
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries; 
for false witnesses have risen against me, 
and they breathe out violence. 

I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord 
in the land of the living! 
Wait for the Lord; 
be strong, and let your heart take courage; 
wait for the Lord! 

 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version, (Wheaton, IL: Crossway Bibles, 2016).

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