Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 97:1-12. The Psalmist reminds us to rejoice because the LORD reigns. His throne is surrounded with righteousness and judgment. His enemies are burned by the fire that goes before Him. Even the hills melt like wax at the presence of the LORD. The heavens declare His righteousness. His glory is shown throughout the earth.
Those who worship graven, or carved, images are put to shame. All of Zion and the daughters of Judah will rejoice because of God’s judgment. God is exalted high above the earth, higher than all the gods. Those who love the LORD hate evil. If we serve the LORD, study His Word, stay focused on Him, and express our love to Him we will learn to detest sin and the wickedness in this world. It is the LORD who preserves the souls of the saints and delivers them from wickedness.
Both light and gladness are sown for the righteous, those who are right in their hearts. The Psalmist ends this Psalm by reminding us to “Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.”
Daily Bible Reading:
1 The LORD reigneth; let the earth rejoice; let the multitude of isles be glad thereof.
2 Clouds and darkness are round about him: righteousness and judgment are the habitation of his throne.
3 A fire goeth before him, and burneth up his enemies round about.
4 His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled.
5 The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.
6 The heavens declare his righteousness, and all the people see his glory.
7 Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols: worship him, all ye gods.
8 Zion heard, and was glad; and the daughters of Judah rejoiced because of thy judgments, O LORD.
9 For thou, LORD, art high above all the earth: thou art exalted far above all gods.
10 Ye that love the LORD, hate evil: he preserveth the souls of his saints; he delivereth them out of the hand of the wicked.
11 Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart.
12 Rejoice in the LORD, ye righteous; and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness.
Things to think about:
- How do you rejoice that the LORD reigns?
- In what ways have you noticed that creation declares God’s righteousness?
- What does the Psalmist say those who love the LORD hate? Why?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 97 where the Psalmist reminds us to rejoice in the LORD. Help us to rejoice because of Your righteousness. Thank You for delivering us from wickedness. Help us to hate evil and strive to live righteous lives, with Your help. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 4 Chapters 91-118
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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 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.
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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