Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 4:1-8. Psalm 4 is a Psalm of David to the Chief Musician upon Neginoth, which is believed by biblical scholars to be a stringed instrument. David called on the LORD. David called out to the LORD in prayer. David had confidence in God that He would hear and answer his prayers. There are many Scriptures that remind us we can call on God in our time of trouble and He will hear and answer our call. Here are a few of them:
“The LORD is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth” (Psalm 145:18).
“And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalm 50:15).
“And it shall come to pass, that before they call, I will answer; and while they are yet speaking, I will hear” (Isaiah 65:24).
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried unto my God: he heard my voice out of his temple, and my cry came before him, even into his ears” (Psalm 18:6)
“As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me” (Psalm 55:16).
“He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him” (Psalm 91:15).
Have there been times of trouble in your life when you called on the LORD and He heard and answered your prayers? When we reflect on times past when the LORD has heard and answered our prayers it helps build our faith and confidence that He will hear and answer us again.
This is an evening Psalm. David talks about lying down and resting because he knew the LORD was watching over him.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[To the chief Musician on Neginoth, A Psalm of David.]] Hear me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer.
2 O ye sons of men, how long will ye turn my glory into shame? how long will ye love vanity, and seek after leasing? Selah.
3 But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him.
4 Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah.
5 Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
6 There be many that say, Who will shew us any good? LORD, lift thou up the light of thy countenance upon us.
7 Thou hast put gladness in my heart, more than in the time that their corn and their wine increased.
8 I will both lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou, LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
Things to think about:
- How does the fact that David believes God will answer his prayers affect him?
- How does it make you feel knowing God hears and answers our prayers?
- What are some of the times of trouble in your life when God has heard and answered your prayers?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Thank You that we can have confidence that You hear and answer our prayers. Help us to trust You completely. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
– Excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 1 Chapters 1-30
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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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