Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 26:1-12. Psalm 26 is a Psalm of David. David asks God to judge him. He said he walked in integrity and trusted in the LORD. He tells God to examine him and test him. David keeps God’s loving kindness before his eyes and he walks in the truth of the LORD.
There were times in David’s life when he sinned against God, most notably with Bathsheba and and Uriah (see 2 Samuel 11). But he repented and put his complete faith and trust in God. David separates himself from evildoers. He set himself aside for his relationship with God. In this Scripture, David shows us in this Scripture the importance of having positive friends and role models.
David chooses to follow after God with his whole heart. David loves the house of God. He speaks of God’s wondrous works and is thankful to God for all His blessings.
David begs God to protect him from his enemies. They were evil men, who performed wicked acts with their hands. They took bribes to do evil. David doesn’t want to be associated with them. He wants God to keep him away from these evil doers.
David cries out to God to redeem him and have mercy on him. Once David stumbled and fell into sin, but now he was walking in integrity. His feet are on solid ground. His intent is to praise the LORD forever.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[A Psalm of David.]] Judge me, O LORD; for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in the LORD; therefore I shall not slide.
2 Examine me, O LORD, and prove me; try my reins and my heart.
3 For thy lovingkindness is before mine eyes: and I have walked in thy truth.
4 I have not sat with vain persons, neither will I go in with dissemblers.
5 I have hated the congregation of evil doers; and will not sit with the wicked.
6 I will wash mine hands in innocency: so will I compass thine altar, O LORD:
7 That I may publish with the voice of thanksgiving, and tell of all thy wondrous works.
8 LORD, I have loved the habitation of thy house, and the place where thine honour dwelleth.
9 Gather not my soul with sinners, nor my life with bloody men:
10 In whose hands is mischief, and their right hand is full of bribes.
11 But as for me, I will walk in mine integrity: redeem me, and be merciful unto me.
12 My foot standeth in an even place: in the congregations will I bless the LORD.
Things to think about:
- How can we walk in integrity like David did?
- Would you be courageous enough to ask God to examine your life and judge you?
- What were some of the ways David separated himself from those who came between him and his faith in God?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Thank You for David’s testimony that he walked in integrity. David reminds us of the importance of separating ourselves from evil. Help us to walk in Your ways and keep us from every evil work. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 1 Chapters 1-30 by Deborah H. Bateman is part of 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 will contain 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 the 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 1 Chapters 1-30 contains thirty-one 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 groups.
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