Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 17:1-15. Psalm 17 is a Prayer of David. David cries out to God to hear his prayer. David speaks the truth of his heart to God in his prayer. David’s prayer was sincere. He wasn’t trying to impress God with his words, but was sharing the concerns of his heart with God.
David asked God for justice. He asked God to look at both sides of the situation and make an honest judgment. David acknowledges that he can’t hide anything from God. David knew that God had examined his heart and knew his desires and intent. David decided to do what was right in the eyes of God.
Do we ask God to examine our hearts? Do we do what is right or do we ask Him to do what we want Him to do for us regardless of who is right in any given situation? Can we be confident as David was to ask God to examine our hearts, or are we afraid to tell God to examine us because of the sin in our hearts?
David said, because of God’s presence in his life, he had been kept safe from the enemy. This is a plea for God to watch over him and protect him from the enemy. He acknowledges that God protects those who follow after Him under the shadow of His wings. As a mother hen would protect her babies under her wings, God covers us and protects us from the fiery darts of the enemy.
David asks God to protect him from the wicked that were lurking about him like a lion waiting to attack his prey. David asked God to arise and defeat the enemy for his sake. David asked God to watch over him while he slept. David knew God loved him because of the way God watched over and protected him. Have you put your faith and trust in God and in His Son, Jesus?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[A Prayer of David.]] Hear the right, O LORD, attend unto my cry, give ear unto my prayer, that goeth not out of feigned lips.
2 Let my sentence come forth from thy presence; let thine eyes behold the things that are equal.
3 Thou hast proved mine heart; thou hast visited me in the night; thou hast tried me, and shalt find nothing; I am purposed that my mouth shall not transgress.
4 Concerning the works of men, by the word of thy lips I have kept me from the paths of the destroyer.
5 Hold up my goings in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
6 I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
7 Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
8 Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
9 From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.
10 They are inclosed in their own fat: with their mouth they speak proudly.
11 They have now compassed us in our steps: they have set their eyes bowing down to the earth;
12 Like as a lion that is greedy of his prey, and as it were a young lion lurking in secret places.
13 Arise, O LORD, disappoint him, cast him down: deliver my soul from the wicked, which is thy sword:
14 From men which are thy hand, O LORD, from men of the world, which have their portion in this life, and whose belly thou fillest with thy hid treasure: they are full of children, and leave the rest of their substance to their babes.
15 As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness.
Things to think about:
- What was David’s concern in this Psalm?
- What did David ask God to do for him?
- Do you ask God to watch over you while you sleep?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Thank You for the sincerity of the prayer of David. Help us to put our complete trust in You. Watch over us and protect us from the enemy. Help us to do what is right in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Psalms: Part 1 Chapters 1-30 by Deborah H. Bateman is part of 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 the 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 1 Chapters 1-30 contains thirty-one 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 groups.
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