Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 61:1-8. Psalm 61 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. David cries out to God to hear his prayer. David says when his heart is overwhelmed he will cry out to God to lead him to the rock. What do you do when your heart is overwhelmed?
What are some words that you would use to describe the word “rock”? A rock is a solid mass. A large rock may be called a boulder. Smaller rocks may be considered as stones. Some rocks may be sharp and in biblical times may have been used to make weapons. In the Scriptures the word “rock” may be a reference to strength, to deity, to God, the mighty one.
Figuratively speaking the word “rock” may symbolize a refuge. As we think of all the meanings of the word “rock” and compare them to God we can visualize God as being our rock, our strength, a large boulder to lean or rest upon.
Deuteronomy 32:4 describes God as the Rock, “He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”
First Samuel 2:2 tells us that there is no rock like our God. “There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: neither is there any rock like our God.”
David spoke of the LORD as his rock when God delivered him from his enemies in 2 Samuel 22:2-3, “And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”
David declares that God is his shelter, his strong tower from the enemy. He proclaims that he will abide in God’s tabernacle, and be safe under the wings of God.
David knows that God has heard his prayers and will answer his cry. He trusted God to prolong his life and to give him the heritage of those who fear God. David promises to praise God forever and perform his vows daily to God. Do you have a habit of praising and worshiping God on a daily basis?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the chief Musician upon Neginah, [A Psalm] of David.]] Hear my cry, O God; attend unto my prayer.
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock that is higher than I.
3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy.
4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.
5 For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given me the heritage of those that fear thy name.
6 Thou wilt prolong the king’s life: and his years as many generations.
7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, which may preserve him.
8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.
Things to think about:
- In what ways do you trust in God’s mercy and truth?
- In what ways do you think of God as your rock?
- How do you look to God as a shelter from the enemy?
- In what ways do you give God praise daily?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 61. We see in this Scripture that David had complete faith and trust in You. He trusted in Your mercy and truth to preserve and prolong his life. He set the example for us to praise and worship You daily, no matter what is going on in our lives. Help us to follow the example and praise and worship you as David did. 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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