Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 139:1-12. This is a Psalm of praise to God from David. David contemplates how intimately God knows us. God knows everything about us. He knows about our daily life. He knows everything we think, say, and do. He knows about our choices and our habits. David finds it hard to comprehend how well God knows him; do you?
David acknowledges God’s omnipresence. He reminds us that God is everywhere we go. No matter where we go we can’t escape Him. God holds us in His hand. He guides us through our life. When we are asleep God watches over us. When we are awake and going about our daily lives He is leading us each step of the way. Even in the darkness, we cannot hide from God.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me.
2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off.
3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.
4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether.
5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it.
7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence?
8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there.
9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea;
10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.
11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me.
12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.
Things to think about:
- Do you know God as well as He knows you? How can you get to know Him better?
- Do you care about God as much as He cares about you? In what ways can you let God know you care about Him?
- How does it make you feel to know how much God loves and cares for you?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 139. As we look at David’s thoughts and see how well You know us we are humbled to know You care for us so much. We thank You for watching over us and protecting us. We thank You for leading, guiding, and directing our lives. Please search our hearts to see if there is any evil in them. If so, please forgive us and cleanse our hearts. 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 has already been 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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