Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 149:1-9. Psalm 149 is a Psalm of praise. The Psalmist exhorts us to sing to the LORD a new song.
He calls on Israel to rejoice in their Creator and be joyful in their King. He encourages them to praise God in their dance and sing praises to Him with the timbrel (tambourine) and harp. The LORD takes pleasure in His people and enjoys their praise.
The Psalmist says for the children of God to sing praises to God on their beds. This makes me think that we should sing praises to God when we wake up in the morning and before we go to sleep at night.
He calls out for the praises of God to be in their mouths and a two-edged sword in their hand. These people no doubt were in battle. They had to defend their faith, their lives, and their land. They had to declare judgment on their enemies. Yet, they were to praise the LORD.
Even so, we should be praising the LORD in spite of our circumstances. Circumstances come and go, but the love of the LORD will last forever. Sing praises to His holy name.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints.
2 Let Israel rejoice in him that made him: let the children of Zion be joyful in their King.
3 Let them praise his name in the dance: let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp.
4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
5 Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.
6 Let the high praises of God be in their mouth, and a twoedged sword in their hand;
7 To execute vengeance upon the heathen, and punishments upon the people;
8 To bind their kings with chains, and their nobles with fetters of iron;
9 To execute upon them the judgment written: this honour have all his saints. Praise ye the LORD.
Things to think about:
- What do you think the new song was about that they were supposed to sing to the LORD?
- How does it make you feel to read “The LORD takes pleasure in his people?”
- Do you make a habit of being joyful and singing praises to the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 149 where the Psalmist exhorts us to sing praises to the LORD. Help us to praise You day and night. Help us to praise You in spite of our circumstances. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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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 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.
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.
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