Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 84:1-12. Psalm 84 is to the chief Musician, upon Gitteth, which is a musical instrument either used by the people of Gath or used in vintage songs for the wine-dressers and press-traders. This is one of the songs used for the Feast of Booths, which took place in the fall of the year to celebrate the harvest. It is a Psalm for the sons of Korah.
How beloved is Your tabernacle. Their hearts cried out for God. Do you long for God? Do you love going to church and worshiping with fellow believers? Do you find your church to be friendly, welcoming, and loving? The sons of Korah worked at the tabernacle as doorkeepers. They were the ones who welcomed people as they arrived at the tabernacle. They loved being in the tabernacle of the LORD. It was their joy.
Hebrews 10:25 reminds us how important it is for us, as Christians, to worship together and encourage one another, “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.”
The Psalmist reminds us the birds have their houses and nests. He says, the ones who dwell in the house of the Lord and find their strength in Him are blessed. I love verse 10, which says, “For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.” They would rather have been in the house of the LORD, performing their duties, which were lower than many of the other duties that were ascribed to the priestly tribe, than anywhere else they could be. They did their duties out of love and service to the people and the LORD.
He reminds us why we should enjoy being in the LORD’s presence so much in verses 11 and 12, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly. O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.” Have you put your trust in the LORD?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm for the sons of Korah.]] How amiable are thy tabernacles, O LORD of hosts!
2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the LORD: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.
3 Yea, the sparrow hath found an house, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may lay her young, even thine altars, O LORD of hosts, my King, and my God.
4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.
5 Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; in whose heart are the ways of them.
6 Who passing through the valley of Baca make it a well; the rain also filleth the pools.
7 They go from strength to strength, every one of them in Zion appeareth before God.
8 O LORD God of hosts, hear my prayer: give ear, O God of Jacob. Selah.
9 Behold, O God our shield, and look upon the face of thine anointed.
10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.
11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
12 O LORD of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Things to think about:
- What do you like most about spending time in the house of the LORD?
- If you do not attend church, why not?
- What are some other ways we can fellowship with fellow believers besides at church?
- What is your favorite place to spend time with God?
- In what ways do you show you completely trust in God?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 84. The Psalmist reminds us how important it is for us as believers to spend time together worshiping You. We thank You that You are our sun and shield and give grace and glory to us. Thank You for reminding us that You will not withhold any good thing from those who walk uprightly. Help us to put our complete trust in You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90
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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 in 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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