Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 89:42-52. Have you ever felt like God deserted you? The Psalmist continues to question God as to why He turned His back on David. He knew the promises God made to David and couldn’t understand why David was having so much trouble in his life. He seemed to forget about David’s rebellion.
Sometimes when we look at our circumstances we might question if God deserted us also. When things don’t seem to be going so well and it looks like the enemy is winning the battle, we have to be careful not to get discouraged. If we get our eyes off of God and start looking at our circumstances we can easily be distracted. If we let our guard down it will give the enemy the upper hand.
It’s important when we are going through difficult times that we keep your focus on God and His promises. Even if things don’t seem to be going in the right direction, when we keep our focus on God it will give us strength to get through the battles of life. Notice that even though the Psalmist questions God he still praises God in the last verse of this chapter when he says, “Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.”
Daily Bible Reading:
42 Thou hast set up the right hand of his adversaries; thou hast made all his enemies to rejoice.
43 Thou hast also turned the edge of his sword, and hast not made him to stand in the battle.
44 Thou hast made his glory to cease, and cast his throne down to the ground.
45 The days of his youth hast thou shortened: thou hast covered him with shame. Selah.
46 How long, LORD? wilt thou hide thyself for ever? shall thy wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is: wherefore hast thou made all men in vain?
48 What man is he that liveth, and shall not see death? shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave? Selah.
49 Lord, where are thy former lovingkindnesses, which thou swarest unto David in thy truth?
50 Remember, Lord, the reproach of thy servants; how I do bear in my bosom the reproach of all the mighty people;
51 Wherewith thine enemies have reproached, O LORD; wherewith they have reproached the footsteps of thine anointed.
52 Blessed be the LORD for evermore. Amen, and Amen.
Things to think about:
- What happens when you focus solely on your circumstances?
- Have you ever felt like God deserted you?
- What do you consider to be the battles in your life today?
- How do you recognize and deal with the enemy in your life?
- How does keeping your focus on God help you get through these trying times?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 89:42-52, where the Psalmist praises You even though he questions the circumstances. Help us to remember we can count on You. Help us to keep our focus on You instead of our circumstances. Give us strength to withstand the battles of this life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90
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The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118 by Deborah H. Bateman is 29th 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 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 4 Chapters 91-118 contains thirty-six 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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