Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 34:1-22. Psalm 34 is a Psalm of David. David had been hiding in caves because Saul was seeking to destroy him. In 1 Samuel 21:10-15, David pretended to be a crazy man. The first verse talks about David changing his behavior. Have you ever noticed that sometimes we change our behavior around certain people?
David says that he will bless the LORD at all times, no matter his circumstances. We all know it is a lot easier to praise God when all is going well and a lot harder when times are difficult. David exhorts us to magnify and exalt the LORD. David learned that God would take care of Him through all circumstances of life.
David tells us when he sought the LORD; the LORD heard and delivered him from his fears. Is there something you are afraid of? Have you asked God to deliver you from your fears? David talks about the angel of the LORD encamping around those that fear Him and delivering them. Do you fear the LORD? What does it mean to fear the LORD? This is a way of saying we need to respect or revere the LORD; not be afraid of Him. We should be more concerned about pleasing the LORD than worrying about what He might to do punish us if we didn’t obey Him.
David reminds us to keep our tongues from evil. This is something we all need to be careful about. Sometimes it is difficult to keep our mouths under control. We can’t always say what we think. Sometimes it is better to keep it to ourselves. Like I tell my granddaughters, if you don’t have something good to say, don’t say anything at all. This is a lesson we all need to learn, including myself.
David invites us to taste and see that the LORD is good. “Blessed are those that trust in the LORD.” The LORD hears the cry of His children. He heals their broken hearts. He protects them from their enemies. The LORD redeems the soul of His servants; none of them will be deserted.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[[A Psalm] of David, when he changed his behaviour before Abimelech; who drove him away, and he departed.]] I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
2 My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
3 O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.
4 I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.
5 They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.
6 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.
7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
8 O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
9 O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.
10 The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
11 Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
12 What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?
13 Keep thy tongue from evil, and thy lips from speaking guile.
14 Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.
15 The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.
16 The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
17 The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
18 The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
19 Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
20 He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.
21 Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
22 The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.
Things to think about:
- How can we determine in our hearts to bless the LORD in spite of our circumstances?
- How do you magnify the LORD?
- How can we keep our tongues from speaking evil?
- In what ways can we show gratitude to God for His provision and protection of us?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Psalm of David. We thank You that David realized the treasure He had in You and taught us to see it. Help us to realize how much You love us and protect us. Help us to enjoy spending time with You and praising You for all You are and all You do for us. Thank you, LORD. We love You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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The Book of Psalms:
Part 2 Chapters 31-60
by Deborah H. Bateman
About the book:
The Book of Psalms: Part 2 Chapters 31-60 by Deborah H. Bateman is 27th 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 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 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 2 Chapters 31-60 contains thirty-five 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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