Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 106:34-48. The Israelites rebelled against the LORD. He commanded them to destroy the nations who refused to honor God, whose lands God gave to the Israelites, but they didn’t do as they were told. They socialized with the heathens, learned their ways, and served their idols.
The children of Israel even sacrificed their own sons and daughters to the idols of Canaan. Can you imagine shedding the innocent blood of their sons and daughters to the idols? Because of their disobedience the land was polluted with innocent blood and they defiled themselves with their own works of iniquity.
The wrath of the LORD was kindled against them so much that He abhorred His inheritance. Because of their disobedience He gave them over to their enemies and left those who hated them to rule over them. God delivered His chosen ones so many times, but they kept doing wrong and getting themselves into situations that weren’t pleasing to Him.
But God still remembered His covenant with the people of Israel. He heard their cry when they called to Him. He made the people who took them into captivity take pity on them. He is a merciful and loving God even when we fail to love Him and serve Him.
The Psalmist cries out to God to save them and deliver them from the heathen so they may give thanks and praise the LORD. He ends the Psalm by saying, “Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.”
Daily Bible Reading:
34 They did not destroy the nations, concerning whom the LORD commanded them:
35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.
36 And they served their idols: which were a snare unto them.
37 Yea, they sacrificed their sons and their daughters unto devils,
38 And shed innocent blood, even the blood of their sons and of their daughters, whom they sacrificed unto the idols of Canaan: and the land was polluted with blood.
39 Thus were they defiled with their own works, and went a whoring with their own inventions.
40 Therefore was the wrath of the LORD kindled against his people, insomuch that he abhorred his own inheritance.
41 And he gave them into the hand of the heathen; and they that hated them ruled over them.
42 Their enemies also oppressed them, and they were brought into subjection under their hand.
43 Many times did he deliver them; but they provoked him with their counsel, and were brought low for their iniquity.
44 Nevertheless he regarded their affliction, when he heard their cry:
45 And he remembered for them his covenant, and repented according to the multitude of his mercies.
46 He made them also to be pitied of all those that carried them captives.
47 Save us, O LORD our God, and gather us from among the heathen, to give thanks unto thy holy name, and to triumph in thy praise.
48 Blessed be the LORD God of Israel from everlasting to everlasting: and let all the people say, Amen. Praise ye the LORD.
Things to think about:
- In what ways did the children of Israel turn their backs on God?
- How do we at times turn our backs on God?
- Why did God show them mercy despite their disobedience?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 106 where the Psalmist reminds us that even though the children of Israel were disobedient You showed mercy toward them. Help us to be obedient children of God and do our best to honor and praise You forever. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118
by Deborah H. Bateman
About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118 by Deborah H. Bateman is 29th 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.
The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118 contains thirty-six 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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