Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 83:1-18. Psalm 83 is a Psalm of Asaph, a prayer for Israel. Asaph cried out for God not to remain silent, not to hold His peace and not to be still because His enemies had lifted up their heads against His children.
Their enemies were trying to cut Israel off from being a nation. Some of the turmoil that was going on back in Asaph’s day is still going on today. Look at the news of today about Israel and how their enemies are still trying to come against them.
Asaph listed all the different people who were coming against Israel. He called out for God to move against these people who were enemies of God, and were coming against God’s chosen people. He cried out to God to let them be troubled forever so they would know that He is God of the whole earth.
When I read the last verse of this chapter, it gives me chills. Isn’t this what it is all about, “That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth”?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [A Song [or Psalm of Asaph.]] Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God.
2 For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head.
3 They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.
4 They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.
5 For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:
6 The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;
7 Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;
8 Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.
9 Do unto them as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:
10 Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.
11 Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:
12 Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.
13 O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.
14 As the fire burneth a wood, and as the flame setteth the mountains on fire;
15 So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm.
16 Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD.
17 Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:
18 That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth.
Things to think about:
- How does it make you feel to know that some of the same problems that happen today were happening back in biblical times?
- Do you ever pay attention to the news media about the turmoil in Israel today? What are some things you have noticed lately?
- How can we help people to know that God is the God of the whole earth?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 83. Help us as we read this Scripture to realize there have always been enemies of God, who tried to destroy Your people. Help us not to be afraid. Help us to do everything we can as believers to lift Your name up in this world so all people may know that You are God. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms:Part 3 Chapters 61-90 by Deborah H. Bateman is 28th book in the Daily Bible Reading Series. The book of Psalms contains 150 chapters. Deborah divided The Book of Psalms into five books to make it easier to read and study. Each book contains approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 has already been published a book by itself called: Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet.
The book of Psalms is one of Deborah’s favorite books of the Bible. It is a great book to read if you’re ever feeling down or need to renew your relationship with Christ. King David went through a lot of tough times in his lifetime, but he loved God and trusted God to protect him from his enemies.
The book of Psalms was written by various people. About half of it was attributed to King David, whether they were written by David or for David is questioned by some biblical scholars. Some of the Psalms were written by Asaph and some say they were written for the sons of Korah and even Moses and Solomon were writers of the Psalms. The Psalms consists of poetry that was primarily meant to be used as songs of praise to the Lord.
The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90 contains fifty Daily Bible Reading Lessons. Each lesson contains a brief commentary by the author, the Daily Bible Reading Scriptures, a few questions for contemplation or discussion, and a prayer of the day. It is a great Bible study for individuals or group studies.
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