Daily Bible Reading “Live Good, Do Good, Be Blessed” (Proverbs 3:27-35)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 3:27-35. In this Scripture, Solomon warns his son not to withhold good from those to whom it is due when it is in your power to do it. What does this mean?

What are some things that would be considered to be good that we could withhold from others? Do we ever willfully not do good things for others even though we are able to do them?

Would this include an employer/employee relationship? How about a husband/wife relationship? How about our children? How about our friends and extended family? How about our church family? How about strangers we meet on the street?

Has someone ever stopped you on the street and asked you for money and even though you had money you did not give it to them? Is this what the Scripture is talking about? Should we be generous enough to trust that people really do need money or they wouldn’t be asking us? Or, are we sometimes skeptical and afraid of what people might do so we refuse to help them? Maybe it is not our place to judge them. Maybe we should leave it up to God to determine if they are right or wrong.

The Scripture says, “Don’t say to your neighbor, Go, and come again, and tomorrow I will give; when you have it by you.” Does this mean if our neighbor came to borrow something from us and we had it available we should give it to them?

Has there ever been a time in your life when someone asked you to do something for them and you didn’t feel like being bothered? Maybe you had the power to do for them what they needed, but you were selfish. Maybe you didn’t want to get involved. If we look back on our lives and  think of these things were there times we weren’t always a good neighbor? How could we improve on doing good to others?

Being generous is a way for us to share the love of Christ with our neighbor or those we come in contact with every day.

We are warned not to devise evil against our neighbor. We are to see that he dwells safely by us. If everybody lived peacefully with their neighbor we would have a much better world to live in today.

In Luke 10:25-37 Jesus tells the story of the Good Samaritan who took compassion on his neighbor and took care of his needs, both physically and financially. He tells us to go and do likewise.

We are instructed not to quarrel with a person without cause if they have done us no harm. This is also meant not to sue a man without cause. In the world we live in today there are some people who are always looking to sue someone and get over on somebody. This is forbidden in this Scripture.

We are warned not envy violent men and not to choose any of their ways. The wicked person is an abomination to the LORD. But God’s guidance is with those who are righteous.

Solomon tells his son why he shouldn’t choose the ways of the wicked. He explains to him what the rewards are for living a righteous life and being in fellowship with the LORD.

The Scripture says that the curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but God blesses the house of those who are just.

He mocks the scorners: but gives grace to the lowly, those who are poor, humble and meek. People who are wise will inherit honor: but dishonor will come to those who are foolish.

Sometimes we may look at people who do wrong and think that they are getting along better than we are. This Scripture tells us not to choose any of the wicked person’s ways because their ways are contrary to the ways of the LORD. In time they will get their just reward. The LORD communes with those who are righteous and blesses them.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 3:27-35

27 Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.
28 Say not unto thy neighbour, Go, and come again, and to morrow I will give; when thou hast it by thee.
29 Devise not evil against thy neighbour, seeing he dwelleth securely by thee.
30 Strive not with a man without cause, if he have done thee no harm.
31 Envy thou not the oppressor, and choose none of his ways.
32 For the froward is abomination to the LORD: but his secret is with the righteous.
33 The curse of the LORD is in the house of the wicked: but he blesseth the habitation of the just.
34 Surely he scorneth the scorners: but he giveth grace unto the lowly.
35 The wise shall inherit glory: but shame shall be the promotion of fools.

 

Things to think about:

  • What are some things we can do for others that would be considered good?
  • Who is our neighbor?
  • How are we to treat our neighbor?
  • What is the fate of wicked people?
  • What are the rewards of righteous people?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we study this Scripture in the book of Proverbs, no doubt many of us are convicted about the ways we have interacted with others. Help us to treat others in the ways You would have us to. Help us to be good neighbors and to always do good to those who it is due when we have the power to do it. Help us not to be selfish. Help us not to be unconcerned about other people. Help us not to judge others. Help us to show Your love to others by our good deeds. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

Bible Verse to Journal or Memorize:

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it. – Proverbs 3:27

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Daily Bible Reading “Have You Put Your Trust in God” (Psalm 56:1-13)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 56:1-13. Psalm 56 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician to the tune of Jonath-elem-recho-kim, which is thought to be the tune of “the silent dove of far-off places.” This psalm was written when the Philistines captured David at Gath. David cries out for God to have mercy on him, because men were out to destroy him.

David put his trust in the LORD. He declares he will praise God’s Word and will not fear what men can do to him. David asks the LORD if his tears are written in God’s book. Did you know God has a bottle for your tears and a book where He records them? That’s what David says. God cares about your sorrow. He loves you and cares about you. Have you put your trust in God? Do you trust Him completely to take care of everything in your life?

The Bible tells us in Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 56:1-13

1 [[To the Chief Musician upon Jonathelemrechokim, Michtam of David, when the Philistines took him in Gath.]] Be merciful unto me, O God: for man would swallow me up; he fighting daily oppresseth me.
2 Mine enemies would daily swallow me up: for they be many that fight against me, O thou most High.
3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.
4 In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.
5 Every day they wrest my words: all their thoughts are against me for evil.
6 They gather themselves together, they hide themselves, they mark my steps, when they wait for my soul.
7 Shall they escape by iniquity? in thine anger cast down the people, O God.
8 Thou tellest my wanderings: put thou my tears into thy bottle: are they not in thy book?
9 When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; for God is for me.
10 In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word.
11 In God have I put my trust: I will not be afraid what man can do unto me.
12 Thy vows are upon me, O God: I will render praises unto thee.
13 For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?

 

Things to think about:

  • What was David trusting God to do?
  • In what ways are you afraid of what people can do to you?
  • How can we show God that we trust Him completely?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 56. In this Psalm of David we learn how much You care for us and for our sorrows. David says You have our tears in a bottle and record them in Your book. This reinforces how much You are concerned for what we are going through in this life. Help us to be grateful for Your love and concern. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “Hear My Prayer, O God” (Psalm 55:1-23)

 Psalm 55 22Hear My Prayer, O God

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 55:1-23. Psalm 55 is a Psalm of David to the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, (a song or poem of contemplation). David calls out to God to listen to his prayer and not to hide from his pleas for favor.

David was restless and anxious because of his enemies who constantly taunted and threatened him. His heart hurt and he wished he could fly like a dove, far away in the desert to be at peace.

David asked God to destroy his enemies and divide their tongues because they had caused violence and strife in the city. He said they walked around the walls day and night doing mischievous things and causing sorrow in the city. Wickedness, deceit, and treachery never departed from her streets.

If the people threatening and slandering David had been his enemies, he could have borne the abuse, but his own friends challenged him, which caused him much grief and sorrow. Have you ever experienced having your friends turn their backs on you? Or find out they’re not really on your side? Have you even had people at church turn against you? David responded by calling on the LORD.

David did not have mercy on them when he asked God to let death overtake them quickly, and let them go straight to hell. David was tired of their wickedness.

David said as for him, he cried out to God morning, night, and at noon. He had confidence that the LORD heard his cries and would save him.

David declared that God had delivered his soul in peace from the battle that was against him. He knew that God heard his pleas, and would afflict those who came against him because they didn’t fear God.

“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.” David had confidence in God that he would take care of his enemies. He knew that God wouldn’t let these deceitful men continue to live like this. David trusted God completely to protect him from those who had turned their back on him.

I have had times like David, haven’t you? When I became a Christian author, I thought all my family, friends, and church family would support me completely. That was not necessarily true. I have had complete strangers send me ugly emails telling me to stop sharing God’s Word. I have had family members say cutting remarks about me being on the computer so much. I have had friends who stopped following me on social media. Some of the people I thought would support me the most have turned their backs on me.

Sometimes people are jealous when you succeed at doing something, or they may think or even say, “Who do they think they are.” I know I’m not perfect, but I strive to do what the LORD wants me to do. I’d love to have everybody’s support, but I know that’s not realistic. All I can do is do what I think the LORD wants me to and let Him deal with the rest. Don’t let anybody stop you from doing what you feel the Lord wants you to do.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 55:1-23

1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.

 

Things to think about:

  • Was David’s battle with his enemy in this Scripture or was it with someone who was supposed to be his friend? How do we know?
  • What did David want God to do with those who were opposing him?
  • Has anything like this ever happened to you? If so, when?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in the book of Psalms we see that David was distraught. He poured his heart out to You and begged for Your help. Help us to know that You are always there for us and when life is closing in we can call out to You. Help us to have faith that You will hear and answer our prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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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 2 Chapters 31-60 contains thirty-five 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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