Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 41:1-13. Psalm 41 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. David begins this psalm by saying, “Blessed are those who are concerned for the poor.” God will take care of him and protect him from his enemies and the LORD will strengthen him on his sickbed.
David makes what is considered a prophetic statement in verse 9, which is believed to be a referral to Judas’ betrayal of Jesus. Jesus also makes reference to this in John 13:18 when He says, “I speak not of you all: ‘I know whom I have chosen: but that the scripture may be fulfilled, He that eateth bread with me hath lifted up his heel against me.’”
Verse 10 is also believed to be a messianic statement referring to the resurrection of Christ. David says he will know the LORD favors him when his enemies didn’t triumph over him. He ends this Psalm with, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.”
One of the things we can do to show gratitude for all the blessings God has given us is give gifts to the poor. We can do this as an act of thanksgiving to God for all His blessings on us. God is there for us and takes care of us even when our best friends have deserted us. He protects us from our enemies. We need to find ways of showing our gratitude to Him. It blesses God when we help those who are in need. Do you make a habit of helping those who are less fortunate than you?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the Chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] Blessed is he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver him in time of trouble.
2 The LORD will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and thou wilt not deliver him unto the will of his enemies.
3 The LORD will strengthen him upon the bed of languishing: thou wilt make all his bed in his sickness.
4 I said, LORD, be merciful unto me: heal my soul; for I have sinned against thee.
5 Mine enemies speak evil of me, When shall he die, and his name perish?
6 And if he come to see me, he speaketh vanity: his heart gathereth iniquity to itself; when he goeth abroad, he telleth it.
7 All that hate me whisper together against me: against me do they devise my hurt.
8 An evil disease, say they, cleaveth fast unto him: and now that he lieth he shall rise up no more.
9 Yea, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted, which did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me.
10 But thou, O LORD, be merciful unto me, and raise me up, that I may requite them.
11 By this I know that thou favourest me, because mine enemy doth not triumph over me.
12 And as for me, thou upholdest me in mine integrity, and settest me before thy face for ever.
13 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting, and to everlasting. Amen, and Amen.
Things to think about:
- What are some things we can do to help those who are less fortunate?
- What does David tell us our rewards will be for helping the poor?
- In what ways can we seek God’s favor on our lives?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Help us to remember what David tells us about being concerned for the poor. Thank You for Your Son, Jesus, who not only died for our sins, but was resurrected so we might have eternal life. Help us to show our gratitude to You for all You have done for us. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60 by Deborah H. Bateman is 27th 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 will contain approximately thirty chapters from the book of Psalms.
Psalm 119 will not be included in The Book of Psalms since Deborah has already published a book about it 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 2 Chapters 31-60 contains thirty-five 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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