Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 123:1-4. Psalm 123 is another of the Songs of degrees, which the Israelis sang on their journey to Jerusalem. It is a song of praise to the LORD, lifting up the LORD, God of heaven.
The Psalmist reminds us as a servant lifts his eyes to his master and maidens to their mistress, even so our eyes are lifted to our God.
A servant or maiden honors and respects his master or mistress. They also look to their master or mistress to provide or them. In the same way we, as believers, we should look up to God with honor and respect. We should also look to God for provision and protection from the enemy.
The Psalmist cries for the LORD to have mercy on them, because of their strong contempt. He pours his soul out to the LORD saying it is overflowing from the mocking of the arrogant and proud.
Sometimes when things are going wrong in our lives or we are at a crossroads in our lives it is important to keep our eyes on the LORD. If we get our eyes on man and what is going on around us, we lose hope. If we put our eyes on God and focus on His greatness then our spirits will be lifted. I have experienced this in my own life, have you?
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[A Song of degrees.]] Unto thee lift I up mine eyes, O thou that dwellest in the heavens.
2 Behold, as the eyes of servants look unto the hand of their masters, and as the eyes of a maiden unto the hand of her mistress; so our eyes wait upon the LORD our God, until that he have mercy upon us.
3 Have mercy upon us, O LORD, have mercy upon us: for we are exceedingly filled with contempt.
4 Our soul is exceedingly filled with the scorning of those that are at ease, and with the contempt of the proud.
Things to think about:
- In what ways do you lift your eyes to the LORD?
- In what instances have you prayed to God for mercy?
- When have you been discouraged when you got your eyes off of God and on your circumstances?
- In what ways have you felt encouraged when you focused on God and His greatness?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 123, where the Psalmist reminds us to lift our eyes to You. You are our rock and our redeemer; You are the LORD of our lives. Help us to focus on You and not on what is going on around us. Help us to keep our eyes heaven bound. 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 was 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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