Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 147:12-20. In this Scripture, the Psalmist cries out to Jerusalem to praise the LORD God of Zion. He strengthened their gates and blessed them with children. He makes peace in their borders and fills them with the finest wheat.
He sends His commandment throughout the earth, sharing His Word. He gives snow like wool and scatters frost like ashes. He casts ice like morsels to show forth the cold. He sends His word to melt them and causes the wind to blow, and the water to flow.
Reading this Scripture reminds me of the weather we’ve been having lately. It seems like the weather goes from one extreme to the other. We often complain about the weather if it’s not pleasing to us. This Scripture helps us to remember it is God who makes the snow to fall, the wind to blow, and the rain to come. He also makes the sun to shine and the beautiful blue skies to brighten our days. Just as life is not always pleasant, we can’t always have the weather we prefer, but we can still enjoy the beauty of God’s creation.
Not only did God bless Jerusalem as His chosen city, the LORD God also gave His statutes and judgments to Jacob to deliver to Israel. God hasn’t dealt with any other nation like He has dealt with Israel, and no other nation has known His judgments like Israel. Along with God’s blessings comes His judgment. He is a just God. He loves us, but it is also His duty to judge us as a righteous judge.
Daily Bible Reading:
12 Praise the LORD, O Jerusalem; praise thy God, O Zion.
13 For he hath strengthened the bars of thy gates; he hath blessed thy children within thee.
14 He maketh peace in thy borders, and filleth thee with the finest of the wheat.
15 He sendeth forth his commandment upon earth: his word runneth very swiftly.
16 He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.
17 He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?
18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
19 He sheweth his word unto Jacob, his statutes and his judgments unto Israel.
20 He hath not dealt so with any nation: and as for his judgments, they have not known them. Praise ye the LORD.
Things to think about:
- Why did God choose Jerusalem as His chosen city?
- Why were the people of Jerusalem God’s chosen people?
- Why did God reveal to Jacob His statutes for Israel as His chosen land?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 147 where the Psalmist cries out to Jerusalem to praise You. Thank You for helping us to understand Your relationship with Israel and Jerusalem. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We anxiously await Your return. 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 the 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 has already been 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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