Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 80:1-19. Psalm 80 is a Psalm of Asaph, where he cries out for God, the Shepherd of Israel, to save His people. He calls out for God to save the tribes of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. The twelve sons of Jacob are listed in Genesis 35:23-26. He begged God to shine His face on them. He asked God how long He would be angry against His people. Why did Asaph think God was angry with them?
They were at strife with their neighbors, and had been brought to great sorrow. Their enemies made fun of them because God had turned His face from them. Asaph acknowledged that God brought them out of Egypt and established them in the Promised Land. Then he questioned why God let His guard down from around them so the enemy could come in and overtake them.
Because of their sin against Him, God turned His face away and allowed the enemy to attack them. Asaph begged for God’s forgiveness and for Him to shine His face upon them once again and save them from the destruction of their enemies. Have you ever cried out to God to let His face shine on you?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the chief Musician upon Shoshannimeduth, A Psalm of Asaph.]] Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.
3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
4 O LORD God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
8 Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.
9 Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land.
10 The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars.
11 She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.
12 Why hast thou then broken down her hedges, so that all they which pass by the way do pluck her?
13 The boar out of the wood doth waste it, and the wild beast of the field doth devour it.
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;
15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch that thou madest strong for thyself.
16 It is burned with fire, it is cut down: they perish at the rebuke of thy countenance.
17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.
18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.
19 Turn us again, O LORD God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
Things to think about:
- Why was Asaph crying out to God?
- What did he want God to do?
- Why did God turn His face from the people?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 80. We see that Asaph was crying out for Your help. They were in a desperate situation and they needed You to shine Your face on them and save them. Help us to realize our desperate state and cry out for You to help us and save us from ourselves and from the enemy. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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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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