Pray for one another that you may all be strengthened in your faith until the great and glorious day of the Lord.

Scripture: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

ESV Text: 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 3 9 For what thanks can we render to God again for you, for all the joy wherewith we joy for your sakes before our God; 10 Night and day praying exceedingly that we might see your face, and might perfect that which is lacking in your faith?

     11 Now God himself and our Father, and our Lord Jesus Christ, direct our way unto you. 12 And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: 13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.(KJV)

Scripture: Psalms 73

ESV Text: Psalms 73

Psalm 73 (Listen)

Book Three

God Is My Strength and Portion Forever

A Psalm of Asaph.

73:1 Truly God is good to Israel,
to those who are pure in heart.
But as for me, my feet had almost stumbled,
my steps had nearly slipped.
For I was envious of the arrogant
when I saw the prosperity of the wicked.

For they have no pangs until death;
their bodies are fat and sleek.
They are not in trouble as others are;
they are not stricken like the rest of mankind.
Therefore pride is their necklace;
violence covers them as a garment.
Their eyes swell out through fatness;
their hearts overflow with follies.
They scoff and speak with malice;
loftily they threaten oppression.
They set their mouths against the heavens,
and their tongue struts through the earth.
10 Therefore his people turn back to them,
and find no fault in them.
11 And they say, “How can God know?
Is there knowledge in the Most High?”
12 Behold, these are the wicked;
always at ease, they increase in riches.
13 All in vain have I kept my heart clean
and washed my hands in innocence.
14 For all the day long I have been stricken
and rebuked every morning.
15 If I had said, “I will speak thus,”
I would have betrayed the generation of your children.

16 But when I thought how to understand this,
it seemed to me a wearisome task,
17 until I went into the sanctuary of God;
then I discerned their end.

18 Truly you set them in slippery places;
you make them fall to ruin.
19 How they are destroyed in a moment,
swept away utterly by terrors!
20 Like a dream when one awakes,
O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms.
21 When my soul was embittered,
when I was pricked in heart,
22 I was brutish and ignorant;
I was like a beast toward you.

23 Nevertheless, I am continually with you;
you hold my right hand.
24 You guide me with your counsel,
and afterward you will receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
26 My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

27 For behold, those who are far from you shall perish;
you put an end to everyone who is unfaithful to you.
28 But for me it is good to be near God;
I have made the Lord God my refuge,
that I may tell of all your works. (ESV)

KJV Text:

KJV Text (alt. audio): Chapter 73:

     1 A Psalm of Asaph. Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart. 2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men. 6 Therefore pride compasseth them about as a chain; violence covereth them as a garment. 7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walketh through the earth. 10 Therefore his people return hither: and waters of a full cup are wrung out to them. 11 And they say, How doth God know? and is there knowledge in the most High? 12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.

     15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children. 16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me; 17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end. 18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction. 19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors. 20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.

     21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins. 22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee. 23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand. 24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory. 25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever. 27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee. 28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 477:
Lord Jesus, Thou the Church’s Head

— Organ Audio

1. Lord Jesus, Thou the Church’s Head, 
Thou art her one Foundation; 
In Thee she trusts, before Thee bows, 
And waits for Thy salvation. 
Built on this Rock secure, 
Thy Church shall endure 
E’en though the world decay 
And all things pass away. 
Oh, hear, oh, hear us, Jesus! 

2. O Lord, let this Thy little flock, 
Thy name alone confessing, 
Continue in Thy loving care, 
True unity possessing. 
Thy Sacraments, O Lord, 
And Thy saving Word 
To us e’er pure retain. 
Grant that they may remain 
Our only strength and comfort. 

3. Help us to serve Thee evermore 
With hearts both pure and lowly; 
And may Thy Word, that light divine, 
Shine on in splendor holy 
That we repentance show, 
In faith ever grow; 
The power of sin destroy 
And all that doth annoy. 
Oh, make us faithful Christians! 

4. And for Thy Gospel let us dare 
To sacrifice all treasure; 
Teach us to bear Thy blessed cross, 
To find in Thee all pleasure. 
Oh, grant us steadfastness 
In joy and distress, 
That we Thee ne’er forsake. 
Let us by grace partake 
O endless joy and glory. 


Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

Scripture: Revelation 22:12-21

ESV Text: Revelation 22:12-21

KJV Text:

(Alt. audio): Chapter: 22 12 And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. 13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie. 16 I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. 17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. 18 For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

     20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. 21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.(KJV)

Hymn: TLH 343:
How Lovely Shines the Morning Star

— Organ Audio

1. How lovely shines the Morning Star! 
The nations see and hail afar 
The light in Judah shining. 
Thou David’s Son of Jacob’s race, 
My Bridegroom and my King of Grace, 
For Thee my heart is pining. 
Lowly, Holy, 
Great and glorious, Thou victorious 
Prince of graces, 
Filling all the heavenly places. 

2. O highest joy by mortals won, 
True Son of God and Mary’s Son, 
Thou high-born King of ages! 
Thou art my heart’s most beauteous Flower, 
And Thy blest Gospel’s saving power 
My raptured soul engages. 
Thou mine, I Thine; 
Sing hosanna! Heavenly manna 
Tasting, eating, 
Whilst Thy love in songs repeating. 

3. Now richly to my waiting heart, 
O Thou, my God, deign to impart 
The grace of love undying. 
In Thy blest body let me be, 
E’en as the branch is in the tree, 
Thy life my life supplying. 
Sighing, Crying. 
For the savor Of Thy favor; 
Resting never, 
Till I rest in Thee forever. 

4. A pledge of peace from God I see 
When Thy pure eyes are turned to me 
To show me Thy good pleasure. 
Jesus, Thy Spirit and Thy Word, 
Thy body and Thy blood, afford 
My soul its dearest treasure. 
Keep me Kindly 
In Thy favor, O my Savior! 
Thou wilt cheer me; 
Thy Word calls me to draw near Thee. 

5. Thou, mighty Father, in Thy Son 
Didst love me ere Thou hadst begun 
This ancient world’s foundation. 
Thy Son hath made a friend of me, 
And when in spirit Him I see, 
I joy in tribulation. 
What bliss Is this! 
He that liveth To me giveth 
Life forever; 
Nothing me from Him can sever. 

6. Lift up the voice and strike the string. 
Let all glad sounds of music ring 
In God’s high praises blended. 
Christ will be with me all the way, 
Today, tomorrow, every day, 
Till traveling days be ended. 
Sing out, Ring out 
Triumph glorious, O victorious, 
Chosen nation; 
Praise the God of your salvation. 

7. Oh, joy to know that Thou, my Friend, 
Art Lord, Beginning without end, 
The First and Last, Eternal! 
And Thou at length–O glorious grace!– 
Wilt take me to that holy place, 
The home of joys supernal. 
Amen, Amen!