Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 77:10-20. In the first part of chapter 77 Asaph talked about going through a troubled time, where he was so distraught that he couldn’t even sleep at night. Some of the things that help me when I wake up troubled in the night are to pray, quote Scripture, or sing songs of praise to God in my mind. These will help to satisfy my spirit and many times I will be able to fall back to sleep. What helps you fall back to sleep when you wake up at night?
Asaph remembered the years when God had His right hand of blessing on the people of Israel. He thought about the works of God and meditated on them and talked about them all day. It completely changed his focus. When we take our mind off of our circumstances and put them on God and His glorious works, our focus can totally change, as Asaph’s did. We can go from feeling defeated to feeling victorious because we remember that God is on our side. Has this ever happened to you?
Asaph reminisced about the wonders the LORD had performed and how He showed His strength to the people. He says, even the waters saw God and were afraid. He talked about a storm of thunder, lightning, and pouring rain. Doesn’t it get your attention if a bad thunder and lightning storm comes up?
He says God’s way is in the sea. Personally I love going to the beach and listening to the waves crashing. It’s such a comforting sound to me. In fact, I wish I was there right now. It’s so refreshing to me.
Have you ever noticed when you are going through a very troubled time in your life and start meditating on God’s Word and talking about God’s wonderful works how your mood will change? Instead of feeling hopeless and in despair, you become hopeful and joyful.
Asaph reminds us how God leads His people like a flock of sheep. God uses different people to lead His people. In Old Testament days He used Moses and Aaron, among others. How is God leading you? Who is God using to lead you in your life?
Daily Bible Reading:
10 And I said, This is my infirmity: but I will remember the years of the right hand of the most High.
11 I will remember the works of the LORD: surely I will remember thy wonders of old.
12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
14 Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people.
15 Thou hast with thine arm redeemed thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
16 The waters saw thee, O God, the waters saw thee; they were afraid: the depths also were troubled.
17 The clouds poured out water: the skies sent out a sound: thine arrows also went abroad.
18 The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.
19 Thy way is in the sea, and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.
20 Thou leddest thy people like a flock by the hand of Moses and Aaron.
Things to think about:
- Do you like thunder storms or do they scare you?
- Have you ever thought it sounded like God was angry when it thundered?
- How does it make you feel to read God’s Word and think of His goodness?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 77. Asaph reminds us of Your wondrous works. He reminds us of the sounds of the storm and the power You display during the storm. He reminds us how You lead Your people. Help us to remember the works of Your hands. Help us to remember the strength and power You have to work in our lives. Help us not to be afraid when the storms of life arise, but to put our faith in You to take us through the storms. 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 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 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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