Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 139:13-24. My favorite part of this chapter is in verses 13-18 when David talks about how God knew us from the beginning when we were formed in our mothers’ wombs. He talks about all our members being written in God’s book of remembrance.
David declares that God’s thoughts of us are more than the sands of the sea. How does it make you feel to know God knows you so intimately? He loves you. He cares about you. In fact, He loves you so much He sent His Son to die on the cross for your sins.
In Matthew 10:30 and Luke 12:7 the Scripture says the very hairs on our head are numbered. Do you have any idea how many hairs are on your head? He knows us better than we know ourselves.
David then talks about his enemies. He says since God loves him so much and cares so much for him surely He will protect him from his enemies. David asks God to search his heart and see if there is any evil in his ways or thoughts. He asks God to lead him in the way everlasting.
Have you asked God to search your heart? Or are you afraid of what He might find? Believe it or not, God already knows the secrets of our hearts. But we may need God to reveal our thoughts and intents to us so we can make them right with Him.
Daily Bible Reading:
13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother’s womb.
14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well.
15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.
16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.
17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them!
18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.
19 Surely thou wilt slay the wicked, O God: depart from me therefore, ye bloody men.
20 For they speak against thee wickedly, and thine enemies take thy name in vain.
21 Do not I hate them, O LORD, that hate thee? and am not I grieved with those that rise up against thee?
22 I hate them with perfect hatred: I count them mine enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:
24 And see if there be any wicked way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
Things to think about:
- How does it make you feel to know that God knew you from the very beginning of your life, while you were still in your mother’s womb?
- How does it make you feel to know that God protects you from the enemy?
- Have you ever asked God to search your heart to see if there is any wickedness in it, as David did? Why not do that today and ask Him to reveal to you the things in your life that need to change?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 139 where David talks about how intimately You know us. Thank You for Your protection from the enemy. Search our hearts to see if there is any wickedness in them. Cleanse and purify our hearts, souls, and bodies, and make us what You would have us to be. 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
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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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