Daily Bible Reading “Great is the LORD” (Psalm 48:1-14)

 Psalm 48 1 Great is the LORD

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 48:1-14. Psalm 48 is a song for the sons of Korah, the temple musicians. The psalmist talks about how great the LORD is. He is to be greatly praised in the city of God, a reference to Jerusalem that is on His holy mountain, Mt. Zion.

Jerusalem is God’s chosen city. The city is beautiful. It is the city of the LORD. God is known as a refuge in her palaces. The other pagan kings who passed by saw this, were troubled, and ran away. Fear took hold of them like a woman in labor. God broke the ships of Tarshish with an east wind. Biblical scholars believe this Scripture is speaking of the last days.

Zechariah 12:9 says, “And it shall come to pass in that day, that I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.”

Psalm 122:6 reminds us, “Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.”
God will establish it forever. Mt. Zion will rejoice. The daughters of Judah will be glad because of God’s judgement. The Psalmist proclaims, “God is our God, He will be our guide as long as we live.”

Many times the enemy comes against God’s people, but God turns the tides on them and they are defeated. As long as we have God on our side, we will be victorious. Have you made God the LORD of your life?


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 48:1-14

1[[A Song [and] Psalm for the sons of Korah.]] Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised in the city of our God, in the mountain of his holiness.
2 Beautiful for situation, the joy of the whole earth, is mount Zion, on the sides of the north, the city of the great King.
3 God is known in her palaces for a refuge.
4 For, lo, the kings were assembled, they passed by together.
5 They saw it, and so they marvelled; they were troubled, and hasted away.
6 Fear took hold upon them there, and pain, as of a woman in travail.
7 Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind.
8 As we have heard, so have we seen in the city of the LORD of hosts, in the city of our God: God will establish it for ever. Selah.
9 We have thought of thy lovingkindness, O God, in the midst of thy temple.
10 According to thy name, O God, so is thy praise unto the ends of the earth: thy right hand is full of righteousness.
11 Let mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of thy judgments.
12 Walk about Zion, and go round about her: tell the towers thereof.
13 Mark ye well her bulwarks, consider her palaces; that ye may tell it to the generation following.
14 For this God is our God for ever and ever: he will be our guide even unto death.


Things to think about:

  • Do you think of God as being great and deserving of our praise?
  • Have you chosen to follow God by accepting Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior?
  • Did you realize there was a promise for those who pray for the peace of Jerusalem? What is the promise?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 48. We thank You that we can rejoice because You are our God. We pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We pray Your will be done on this earth as it is in heaven. Help us to share the Gospel with the world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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