Daily Bible Reading “Fear of the LORD” (Proverbs 9:7-12)

Fear of the LORD

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Proverbs 9:7-12. In this Scripture, we are warned if we correct a scorner, we may be insulted in return. If we rebuke a wicked person, we may end up getting abused.

We are warned not to rebuke a mocker or they will hate you. But, when you reprimand a wise person, they will love you.

When you give instruction to a wise person, they will become even wiser. When you teach a virtuous person, they will grow in knowledge.

Proverbs 9:10 is one of my favorite verses, “The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the Holy One is understanding.”

Through wisdom your days will be multiplied, and the years of your life will be increased.

If you are wise, you will be rewarded for your wisdom: but if you are a scorner, you will suffer the consequences of it.

Notice in this Scripture how the wise person is able to take correction and even welcomes it. The Scripture goes as far as to say they not only appreciate the correction, but love the one who gives the correction.

However, the mocker rejects correction and turns against those who try to help them.

Even though it may be hard sometimes to take correction, if it is given in the right spirit, with a loving heart, it can be beneficial to us.

Do you find it hard to take correction? If so, how can we learn to be more open to rebuke and take the suggestions that others give us for our benefit rather than taking them as an insult?

Have you ever noticed that there are some people who are offended by any suggestion you may offer them? Then, there are some people who welcome your suggestions.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Proverbs 9:7-12

7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot.
8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee.
9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.
10 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: and the knowledge of the holy is understanding.
11 For by me thy days shall be multiplied, and the years of thy life shall be increased.
12 If thou be wise, thou shalt be wise for thyself: but if thou scornest, thou alone shalt bear it.

 

Things to think about:

  • What is the difference between a wise person and a scorner?
  • What is the difference in the way a wise person and a scorner respond to correction?
  • How will the wise person and the scorner be rewarded for their acts?

 

Prayer of the day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in Proverbs we see that a wise man takes correction, but a mocker does not. Help us to be wise and to be willing to be corrected for Your sake and for our own sake. Give us the wisdom that we need to withstand correction and to prosper from it. Help us not to take offense when someone tries to give us constructive criticism. Help us to be sure when we correct others to do it in a spirit of love and humility. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “LORD, Hear My Prayer” (Psalm 102:1-14)

Psalm 102 1 2LORD, Hear My Prayer

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 102:1-14. Have you ever felt overwhelmed? The Psalmist pours his heart out to the LORD and begs Him to hear his cry. He begs God not to turn His face away in the day of trouble. He wants God to listen to him, hear his prayer, and answer his prayer immediately. Have you ever felt this way? I sure have.

The Psalmist is so distraught that he forgets to eat. He says his days are consumed like smoke and his heart is smitten and withered like grass. His skin cleaves to his bones because of his despair. He is like a pelican in the wilderness and an owl of the desert. He stands watch alone like a sparrow on the rooftop.

His enemies are constantly pursuing him and swearing against him. He has both been lifted up and cast down because of God’s indignation and wrath. He says his days are like a shadow that fades away.

But, the LORD will endure forever and be remembered to all generations. He will arise and have favor on Zion at the set time. His servants take pleasure in the dust of the earth and the stones of the mountains of Zion. What does this mean to us today?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 102:1-14

1 [[A Prayer of the afflicted, when he is overwhelmed, and poureth out his complaint before the LORD.]] Hear my prayer, O LORD, and let my cry come unto thee.
2 Hide not thy face from me in the day when I am in trouble; incline thine ear unto me: in the day when I call answer me speedily.
3 For my days are consumed like smoke, and my bones are burned as an hearth.
4 My heart is smitten, and withered like grass; so that I forget to eat my bread.
5 By reason of the voice of my groaning my bones cleave to my skin.
6 I am like a pelican of the wilderness: I am like an owl of the desert.
7 I watch, and am as a sparrow alone upon the house top.
8 Mine enemies reproach me all the day; and they that are mad against me are sworn against me.
9 For I have eaten ashes like bread, and mingled my drink with weeping,
10 Because of thine indignation and thy wrath: for thou hast lifted me up, and cast me down.
11 My days are like a shadow that declineth; and I am withered like grass.
12 But thou, O LORD, shalt endure for ever; and thy remembrance unto all generations.
13 Thou shalt arise, and have mercy upon Zion: for the time to favour her, yea, the set time, is come.
14 For thy servants take pleasure in her stones, and favour the dust thereof.

 

Things to think about:

  • When have you felt desperate for God to hear and answer your prayer?
  • Name a time when you were so distraught you couldn’t eat.
  • How many times have you felt alone in your time of trouble?
  • What are some times in life that we might feel this way?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 102. We can all relate to the Psalmist who is in deep despair and is crying out for You to hear and answer his prayer. At some time in our lives we have all been there. Help us dear LORD in our times of trouble remember to call on Your name and seek Your deliverance from the attacks of the enemy. Give us strength in this troubled world. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “Save, LORD” (Psalm 20:1-9)

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Today Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 20:1-9. Psalm 20 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician. David starts this Psalm by saying, “The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble.” Don’t you want God to hear you when you’re in trouble?

He calls on God to defend and send help from the sanctuary and strengthen them from Zion. Do you ever feel like you need strength to carry on? God can give you the strength you need. Many times we turn to our loved ones to help us in our times of trouble, but they may be busy and not have time to be bothered with our problems. God is always available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. He is never too busy to hear our cries for help.

David asks God to remember their offerings and their burnt sacrifices. He declares that they will rejoice at the salvation of the LORD. He asks for God to answer all of their petitions. David says he knows God saves His anointed.

God sent Jesus, His Son, to die on the cross so He could become our Savior by being the sacrifice God accepted as redemption for our sins. We can trust in Him to forgive us of our sins and give us salvation. We can have victory through Jesus. We can be saved from the enemy. Have you put your faith and trust in Jesus as your Savior? If not, He will hear your cry. Call out to Him today.

David says some people trust in their military, but we put our trust in God. God is our provider. He is our protector and defender. He saves us from the enemy. Others are defeated, but we are lifted up. David’s last cry of this Psalm is, “Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.” Imagine the people of Israel singing this Psalm as a prayer.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 20:1-9

1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David.]] The LORD hear thee in the day of trouble; the name of the God of Jacob defend thee;
2 Send thee help from the sanctuary, and strengthen thee out of Zion;
3 Remember all thy offerings, and accept thy burnt sacrifice; Selah.
4 Grant thee according to thine own heart, and fulfil all thy counsel.
5 We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfil all thy petitions.
6 Now know I that the LORD saveth his anointed; he will hear him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
7 Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember the name of the LORD our God.
8 They are brought down and fallen: but we are risen, and stand upright.
9 Save, LORD: let the king hear us when we call.

 

Things to think about:

  • In what ways do you cry out to God in times of trouble?
  • Share some of the times in your life when God has saved you from trouble.
  • What are some times of trouble in which we can pray for fellow believers?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Thank You that we can call on You not only when we are in trouble, but any time day or night. You are always available and ready to hear from us. Help us to turn our troubles over to You and not try to handle them on our own. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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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.

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Daily Bible Reading “Help, LORD” (Psalm 12:1-8)

 Psalm_12-1Help, LORD

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 12:1-8. Psalm 12 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician on Sheminith, an eight-stringed instrument.

Some biblical scholars think this may be a prophetic psalm, speaking about the end of time. Does any of this sound familiar as you look around the world we live in today?

David cries out to God for help saying that godly men die off. He declares that the faithful have vanished from the children of men.

He says they are double-tongued. They speak flattering words and talk about proud things. David says the LORD will cut off those who are bold enough to declare who we should accept as lord, or ruler, over us.

The LORD says he will protect the poor and needy from the proud. David declares that the words of the LORD are pure, as pure as silver that is refined in an earthen vessel seven times. David cries out to the LORD to preserve them from the wicked that are all around them from his generation forward.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 12:1-8

1 [[To the chief Musician upon Sheminith, A Psalm of David.]] Help, LORD; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.
2 They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak.
3 The LORD shall cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaketh proud things:
4 Who have said, With our tongue will we prevail; our lips are our own: who is lord over us?
5 For the oppression of the poor, for the sighing of the needy, now will I arise, saith the LORD; I will set him in safety from him that puffeth at him.
6 The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
7 Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever.
8 The wicked walk on every side, when the vilest men are exalted.

 

Things to think about:

  • What was David’s concern in this Scripture?
  • What does David say about the words of the LORD?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Thank You for protecting the poor and needy. Help us to be faithful. Help us to be careful what we say. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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