Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 18:1-50. Psalm 18 is a Psalm of David. David was a servant of the LORD. This Psalm was written as a song of praise and thanks to the LORD for delivering David from his enemies, and from the hand of Saul, the king, who wanted to kill him. David admits that the LORD is his strength.
He says, “The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower. I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.” What does David mean by this? Notice that when David uses the word “my,” he claims God as his deliver, strength, etc. Can you claim Him as your God in that way?
David states that the LORD delivered him from the wrath of the people, and made him the head of the heathen. David had no idea that they would serve him. They obeyed David and submitted to his commands. He said the outsider will die away and be frightened out of their secure spaces. David praises the LORD saying, “The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.”
David gave glory and honor to God for taking revenge upon his enemy and causing them to submit to him. The LORD delivered David from his enemies and he made sure to give thanks and sing praises to the LORD for what He did for him. The LORD delivered King David and gave him great victory. He showed mercy on David as His chosen one, both to him and to his descendants forever.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [To the chief Musician, [A Psalm of David, the servant of the LORD, who spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD delivered him from the hand of all his enemies, and from the hand of Saul: And he said,]] I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.
2 The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust; my buckler, and the horn of my salvation, and my high tower.
3 I will call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised: so shall I be saved from mine enemies.
***For the sake of space I didn’t include all the verses of this chapter, but it would be good if you would like to take out your Bible and read David’s description of how the Lord delivered him from his enemies.***
Psalm 18: 43-50
43 Thou hast delivered me from the strivings of the people; and thou hast made me the head of the heathen: a people whom I have not known shall serve me.
44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me: the strangers shall submit themselves unto me.
45 The strangers shall fade away, and be afraid out of their close places.
46 The LORD liveth; and blessed be my rock; and let the God of my salvation be exalted.
47 It is God that avengeth me, and subdueth the people under me.
48 He delivereth me from mine enemies: yea, thou liftest me up above those that rise up against me: thou hast delivered me from the violent man.
49 Therefore will I give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and sing praises unto thy name.
50 Great deliverance giveth he to his king; and sheweth mercy to his anointed, to David, and to his seed for evermore.
Things to think about:
- We probably have never been in a situation like David.
- What kind of enemies do we face today? In what ways has the LORD delivered you?
- How did you give God praise for doing so?
- In what ways do you give thanks daily for the LORD’S protection?
- What are some ways that we can show the LORD that we appreciate Him and everything He does for us?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 18. We see that David was singing and praising You for delivering him from his enemies. Lord, we thank You for Your deliverance for us also. Help us to always sing and praise Your holy name for what You do for us. You are our rock and our redeemer and we will praise You forever. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 1 Chapters 1-30 by Deborah H. Bateman is part of 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 the 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 1 Chapters 1-30 contains thirty-one 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 groups.
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