Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 73:15-28. The Psalmist was discouraged because he had been looking around at the wicked and it seemed as if they were prospering and flourishing.
Then, he went to the sanctuary of God and realized the wicked may look like they are doing good at this time, but the end for them is eternal damnation. Their destruction is looming over their heads. Have you ever felt jealous of those who are wicked, but seem prosperous?
This Psalmist’s heart was grieved once he realized the prosperity of the wicked was temporary. They will face judgement one day. Instead of being envious of them we need to pray for them that they will see the light, turn from their wicked ways, and accept Jesus Christ as their Savior.
If you are a believer, you have God on your side. He is there to hold you by the hand and guide you through this life. He has also promised you life eternal with Him in heaven. Don’t let the enemy discourage you by having you compare your life on this earth with the life of the wicked. You have eternal life with Christ. They have eternal damnation if they don’t accept Christ. Instead of being jealous of them pray for them.
Daily Bible Reading:
15 If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the generation of thy children.
16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then understood I their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places: thou castedst them down into destruction.
19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment! they are utterly consumed with terrors.
20 As a dream when one awaketh; so, O Lord, when thou awakest, thou shalt despise their image.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
23 Nevertheless I am continually with thee: thou hast holden me by my right hand.
24 Thou shalt guide me with thy counsel, and afterward receive me to glory.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee.
26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.
27 For, lo, they that are far from thee shall perish: thou hast destroyed all them that go a whoring from thee.
28 But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord GOD, that I may declare all thy works.
Things to think about:
- Are you sometimes jealous of the wicked that seem to prosper?
- How does it make you feel when you are reminded that God is holding you by the hand and leading you through this life?
- Do you take comfort in knowing if you are a believer God has prepared a place for you in heaven?
- How can we pray for those in our circles whom we aren’t sure live a life for Christ?
- What are some other ways we help unbelievers see the light and accept Christ as their Savior?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 73. Thank You for allowing the Psalmist to remind us that our hope is in You. Help us not to compare ourselves to unbelievers. Help us to remember that You love us and want the best for us. Help us to remember that this world is temporary and You have prepared a place for us in heaven. Remind us to pray for unbelievers that they will come to know You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90
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About the book:
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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