Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 78:40-52. Asaph refers to the children of Israel when they were wandering in the wilderness. He says they provoked and grieved God in the desert. God even sent signs and wonders yet they turned their backs on Him and forgot how He delivered them from the enemy.
God turned the rivers into blood so they couldn’t drink the water. He sent plagues of flies and frogs to try to get their attention. God destroyed their crops with caterpillars and locust and cattle with hail and their sycamore trees with frost.
Their flocks were destroyed by lightning. God sent angels of evil among them. He smote the firstborn in Egypt and the heads of their tabernacles in the land of Ham because of their disobedience. God had tried to be patient with them and give them every chance to get right with Him. But, they stirred up God’s anger, wrath, and indignation with their rebellious ways. Verse 52 tells us that God made His people go forth like a flock of sheep, as He led them in the wilderness.
We love to think of God as a loving God, and He is, but we don’t like to think of God as a just God, pouring His wrath out on those who disobey Him. This Scripture reminds us that God is both loving and just.
Daily Bible Reading:
40 How oft did they provoke him in the wilderness, and grieve him in the desert!
41 Yea, they turned back and tempted God, and limited the Holy One of Israel.
42 They remembered not his hand, nor the day when he delivered them from the enemy.
43 How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan:
44 And had turned their rivers into blood; and their floods, that they could not drink.
45 He sent divers sorts of flies among them, which devoured them; and frogs, which destroyed them.
46 He gave also their increase unto the caterpiller, and their labour unto the locust.
47 He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycomore trees with frost.
48 He gave up their cattle also to the hail, and their flocks to hot thunderbolts.
49 He cast upon them the fierceness of his anger, wrath, and indignation, and trouble, by sending evil angels among them.
50 He made a way to his anger; he spared not their soul from death, but gave their life over to the pestilence;
51 And smote all the firstborn in Egypt; the chief of their strength in the tabernacles of Ham:
52 But made his own people to go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock.
Things to think about:
- Can you imagine the turmoil the children of Israel went through because of their disobedience?
- In what ways were the children of Israel disobedient to God?
- What took the children of Israel so long to get the message?
- In what ways do we do the same thing?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We pray as we read this Scripture that You would help us to see how the children of Israel stirred up Your anger against them; please help us to be obedient. Forgive us of the times we fail You. Thank You for Your son, Jesus Christ, who died and was resurrected to cover our sins. Help those who haven’t yet accepted Jesus as their Savior to receive Him into their lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Psalms:Part 3 Chapters 61-90 by Deborah H. Bateman is 28th 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 3 Chapters 61-90 contains fifty 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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