Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 130:1-8. Psalm 130 is another of the songs of degrees, which the children of Israel sang on their way to Jerusalem. The Psalmist cries out for the LORD to hear and answer his prayers. He questions the LORD: if He should punish all who have sinned who would be left standing?
As the Psalmist mentions, let us thank God for His forgiveness. Forgiveness is a great gift given to those who don’t deserve it. It is impossible for us to earn our way to heaven. God offers us the gift of forgiveness of our sins through His Son, Jesus Christ. It is only through His grace and mercy that we can receive forgiveness of our sins. Have you accepted Christ as your Savior and received the gift of forgiveness?
The Psalmist tells us that he waits on the LORD, because his hope is in the word of the LORD. He declares that his soul waits on the LORD more than those who watch and wait for morning. Have you ever stayed up all night and it seemed like forever until morning came? There is something about the sunrise of a new day that brings us hope. The Psalmist exhorts Israel to find their hope in the LORD because He is merciful and will redeem them from their sins.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[A Song of degrees.]] Out of the depths have I cried unto thee, O LORD.
2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications.
3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?
4 But there is forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared.
5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
6 My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning.
7 Let Israel hope in the LORD: for with the LORD there is mercy, and with him is plenteous redemption.
8 And he shall redeem Israel from all his iniquities.
Things to think about:
- Do you ask God to hear and answer your prayers?
- Have you found forgiveness for your sins through the LORD?
- In what ways do you find hope in the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 130 where the Psalmist calls out for You to hear and answer his prayers. We thank You for the privilege of being able to bring our petitions to You in prayer. Help us to fellowship with You through prayer on a daily basis. Thank You for Your mercy toward us and for Your forgiveness of our sins. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 5 Chapters 120-150.
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The Book of Psalms: Part 5 Chapters 120-150
By Deborah H. Bateman
About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 5 Chapters 120-150 by Deborah H. Bateman is 30th 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 was published in a book 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.
This part of the book of Psalms contains fifteen of the Songs of degrees. They were the songs or chants that the people of Israel sang as they journeyed to Jerusalem. It also contains some of the Psalms of David.
The Book of Psalms: Part 5 Chapters 120-150 contains thirty-eight 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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