Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 39:1-13. Psalm 39 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician, Jeduthun. David talks of having a bridle on his tongue while the wicked were about him so that he might not sin with his tongue. This is a message from David that we must all take heed of and be careful about.
David said he acted as if he was dumb, or mute, and kept his silence. He held his peace even though sorrow stirred in his heart. David was a great king, but when it came to the end of his days David was concerned about his demise.
As humans we are vain and think that our lives are going to last forever, but our days are numbered and David wanted to know what to expect. We worry about making money and buying houses, cars, and such, but we can’t take them with us when we die. This is something we all wonder about, if we are truthful with ourselves – when and how we’ll die. But only God knows when our time will come.
David’s hope was in the LORD. David asks God to deliver him from his sin. Obviously David was suffering the consequences of his sin and he was begging God not to make a spectacle of him because of his disobedience. David calls out to God to spare him and give him strength.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the Chief Musician, even to Jeduthun, A Psalm of David.]] I said, I will take heed to my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle, while the wicked is before me.
2 I was dumb with silence, I held my peace, even from good; and my sorrow was stirred.
3 My heart was hot within me, while I was musing the fire burned: then spake I with my tongue,
4 LORD, make me to know mine end, and the measure of my days, what it is; that I may know how frail I am.
5 Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up riches, and knoweth not who shall gather them.
7 And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee.
8 Deliver me from all my transgressions: make me not the reproach of the foolish.
9 I was dumb, I opened not my mouth; because thou didst it.
10 Remove thy stroke away from me: I am consumed by the blow of thine hand.
11 When thou with rebukes dost correct man for iniquity, thou makest his beauty to consume away like a moth: surely every man is vanity. Selah.
12 Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear unto my cry; hold not thy peace at my tears: for I am a stranger with thee, and a sojourner, as all my fathers were.
13 O spare me, that I may recover strength, before I go hence, and be no more.
Things to think about:
- Why was David silent?
- What was David’s concern?
- In whom did David say he put his hope?
- What did David ask in his prayer to the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. We see that David had learned not to gossip about his feelings with men, but to discuss them with You. Help us to realize that we can’t trust everybody with our deepest concerns, but we can trust You with everything we are and everything we think. Help us to put all our hope and trust 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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