Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 58:1-11. Psalm 58 is a Psalm of David. In this psalm David is quite direct in his speech. We need to remember that Scripture is inspired by God, so David is writing what the LORD is laying on his heart. He asks the judges if they are speaking righteously and making righteous decisions. How many times in the world we live in today do those in authority not make righteous decisions?
God knows the intentions of our hearts. He knows the desires of our hearts. He knows if we are making decisions with evil in our hearts. He describes the wicked in a very descriptive manner. Some of the leaders tell lies and are deceptive in their decisions. Does this remind you of the leaders of today?
David says the enemy is like a roaring lion, and he asks God to break their teeth. He asks God to take care of the situation. When we are going through the attacks of the enemy we need to pray and ask God for His will to be done in a situation. Not our will, but His will. Don’t try to take matters in your own hands. You may make the situation worse than it was in the beginning.
When I read this chapter it reminded me of this Scripture in Romans 12:19 which says, “Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord.”
The Book of Esther: A Story of Love and Favor is a good example of how the wicked are punished and the righteous are rewarded for their faithfulness and obedience to God.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the Chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David.]] Do ye indeed speak righteousness, O congregation? do ye judge uprightly, O ye sons of men?
2 Yea, in heart ye work wickedness; ye weigh the violence of your hands in the earth.
3 The wicked are estranged from the womb: they go astray as soon as they be born, speaking lies.
4 Their poison is like the poison of a serpent: they are like the deaf adder that stoppeth her ear;
5 Which will not hearken to the voice of charmers, charming never so wisely.
6 Break their teeth, O God, in their mouth: break out the great teeth of the young lions, O LORD.
7 Let them melt away as waters which run continually: when he bendeth his bow to shoot his arrows, let them be as cut in pieces.
8 As a snail which melteth, let every one of them pass away: like the untimely birth of a woman, that they may not see the sun.
9 Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath.
10 The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked.
11 So that a man shall say, Verily there is a reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth.
Things to think about:
- Have you ever encountered someone like David describes, and under what circumstances?
- How should we handle situations like David described in this psalm?
- Can you think of some examples of how leaders of today have made unrighteous decisions in their business or family lives?
- Can you think of some leaders you admire who make righteous decisions?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 58. We pray that You will protect us from those who have wicked intentions in their heart. Help us to bring our cares and concerns to You and not try to handle them on our own. Give us strength, LORD. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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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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