Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 119:17-24. This portion of Scripture starts with the Hebrew letter GIMEL, which is the third letter of the Hebrew alphabet. Because of the shape of the letter some think it may have derived from a camel, but it said to be a rich man running after a poor man. The Psalmist tells God to deal with him bountifully so he will live and keep God’s word. He asks God to open his eyes so he can see the wondrous things from God’s law.
He declares that he is a stranger in the earth and asks God not to hide His commandments from him. The Psalmist says his soul breaks because of the longing he has for God’s judgments all the time. He acknowledges that God has rebuked the proud and cursed them because they don’t obey the commandments of God.
The Psalmist asks God to deliver him from reproach and contempt because he has kept His testimonies. He proclaims that God’s testimonies are his delight and his counselors. He uses the commandments of God as his guideline for life.
You have to remember that in the Old Testament they were living under the law and were condemned if they didn’t keep the law. In the New Testament, Jesus came, and redeemed us from the law, but that doesn’t mean we should live any way we want. We should still use God’s word for our guideline as how Christians should live and strive to live in the ways of the LORD.
Daily Bible Reading:
17 GIMEL. Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word.
18 Open thou mine eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of thy law.
19 I am a stranger in the earth: hide not thy commandments from me.
20 My soul breaketh for the longing that it hath unto thy judgments at all times.
21 Thou hast rebuked the proud that are cursed, which do err from thy commandments.
22 Remove from me reproach and contempt; for I have kept thy testimonies.
23 Princes also did sit and speak against me: but thy servant did meditate in thy statutes.
24 Thy testimonies also are my delight and my counsellors.
Things to Think About:
- Do you treasure God’s word?
- Do you long to understand more of the Bible?
- Do you strive to live according to the Bible?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 119 where the Psalmist declares his love for Your word. Help us to long to read, study, and understand the many things You have shared with us in the Bible. Help us as we strive to live out the word in our daily lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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Suggested Verse for Bible Journaling or Scripture Memorization:
Deal bountifully with thy servant, that I may live, and keep thy word. – Psalm 119:17
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About the Book:
Psalm 119: Thy Word is a Lamp unto My Feet is a Daily Bible Reading Study by Deborah H. Bateman. Psalm 119 is located in the center of the Bible and is the longest chapter in the Bible. Psalm 119 is about the importance of God’s Word in the life of the Psalmist and in your life as well.
Psalm 119 is broken up into twenty-two stanzas of eight verses each so Deborah created twenty-two Daily Bible Reading lessons which can be used for personal daily devotions or group Bible studies. Each stanza in Psalm 119 starts with a letter from the Hebrew alphabet so you will also learn about one letter of the Hebrew alphabet with each lesson.
Deborah includes a brief commentary, the Daily Bible Reading Scripture, a prayer, and a few questions at the end of each lesson for personal reflection or group discussion. This study will encourage you and inspire you to read and study the Bible, God’s Holy Word.
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