Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 66:1-20. In Psalm 66 the Psalmist exhorts us to worship, praise, and sing to God. He talks about how God takes care of His children by citing the incident when God turned the sea into dry land so they could cross it. What are some ways we can praise and worship God?
The Psalmist talks about how God tries us like silver is tried in the fire. Sometimes we have to go through trials in our life but, with God’s help we come out on the other side of it better than we were before. It may make us stronger and more resilient.
Sometimes God may let us go through some tough times in order to make us better. Make sure to use these times of trial to make yourself better and not bitter by observing what you learn during the tough trials of this life.
The Psalmist talks about giving his offerings to God and paying honor and tribute to God for His goodness and love. This is another way of worshiping and praising God, by showing our appreciation for all He is and all He does for us.
The Psalmist acknowledges if we have sin in our hearts, God won’t hear our prayers. It is important that we keep the lines of communication open with God as believers.
Have you ever felt like your prayers weren’t being heard? If so, do a heart check. We need to make sure we repent of our sins and ask God to forgive us so He will hear our prayers. God doesn’t do this to punish us, but wants us to get our hearts and lives right with Him.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the chief Musician, A Song [or] Psalm.]] Make a joyful noise unto God, all ye lands:
2 Sing forth the honour of his name: make his praise glorious.
3 Say unto God, How terrible art thou in thy works! through the greatness of thy power shall thine enemies submit themselves unto thee.
4 All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name. Selah.
5 Come and see the works of God: he is terrible in his doing toward the children of men.
6 He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we rejoice in him.
7 He ruleth by his power for ever; his eyes behold the nations: let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
8 O bless our God, ye people, and make the voice of his praise to be heard:
9 Which holdeth our soul in life, and suffereth not our feet to be moved.
10 For thou, O God, hast proved us: thou hast tried us, as silver is tried.
11 Thou broughtest us into the net; thou laidst affliction upon our loins.
12 Thou hast caused men to ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water: but thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.
13 I will go into thy house with burnt offerings: I will pay thee my vows,
14 Which my lips have uttered, and my mouth hath spoken, when I was in trouble.
15 I will offer unto thee burnt sacrifices of fatlings, with the incense of rams; I will offer bullocks with goats. Selah.
16 Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.
17 I cried unto him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.
18 If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me:
19 But verily God hath heard me; he hath attended to the voice of my prayer.
20 Blessed be God, which hath not turned away my prayer, nor his mercy from me.
Things to think about:
- How do you give praise and honor to God?
- Do you give offerings to God in appreciation for who He is and what He has done for you?
- Have you kept your commitments to God?
- Do you have iniquity (sin) in your heart? If so, ask God to forgive you and cleanse your heart so your prayers won’t be hindered.
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture where we are reminded to worship, praise, and glorify You. We pray You will forgive us of our sins and help us to keep the lines of communication open with You. Help us to keep the commitments we have made to You. Help us not to hold iniquity in our hearts. 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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