Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 43:1-5. The psalmist begs God to judge him, to plead his case against the enemy and deliver him. He declares that God is his strength or refuge and asks God why He has rejected him. Have you ever felt like God has deserted you? Have you ever wondered if God heard your prayers?
The psalmist asks God to shine His light and truth on him and to lead him to God’s dwelling place. God is his joy. He says he will praise God with his harp. Have you ever felt discouraged or depressed due to your circumstances? The psalmist reminds himself and us to have hope in God and praise Him. He proclaims that God is his helper. When we praise God it blesses Him and lifts our spirits as well.
I can tell you from personal experience that if somehow you can stop focusing on your situations and put your focus on God and praise Him, He will encourage you and help you get through your situation. As long as you focus on your problems you will be defeated, but when you switch your focus to God your circumstances have to take a back seat. God is bigger than all of our circumstances.
Sometimes our circumstances may be devastating. We may be worrying about the future. If we spend time praying and asking God to turn the situation around, we may be delighted with the results. When we take our focus from our circumstances and put our focus, trust, and faith in God, He will see us through the situation. Have you put your hope in God?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Judge me, O God, and plead my cause against an ungodly nation: O deliver me from the deceitful and unjust man.
2 For thou art the God of my strength: why dost thou cast me off? why go I mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?
3 O send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacles.
4Then will I go unto the altar of God, unto God my exceeding joy: yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God.
5 Why art thou cast down, O my soul? and why art thou disquieted within me? hope in God: for I shall yet praise him, who is the health of my countenance, and my God.
Things to think about:
- How many times have you been distressed because of your circumstances?
- What happens when you refocus and put your eyes on God?
- How many times has God helped you to get through a difficult situation?
- If you are going through a difficult time right now put your focus on God and He will help you get through it.
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. We thank You that no matter what we are going through, with Your help we can make it. Help us to put our faith, trust, and hope in You. 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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