Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 55:1-23. Psalm 55 is a Psalm of David to the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, (a song or poem of contemplation). David calls out to God to listen to his prayer and not to hide from his pleas for favor.
David was restless and anxious because of his enemies who constantly taunted and threatened him. His heart hurt and he wished he could fly like a dove, far away in the desert to be at peace.
David asked God to destroy his enemies and divide their tongues because they had caused violence and strife in the city. He said they walked around the walls day and night doing mischievous things and causing sorrow in the city. Wickedness, deceit, and treachery never departed from her streets.
If the people threatening and slandering David had been his enemies, he could have borne the abuse, but his own friends challenged him, which caused him much grief and sorrow. Have you ever experienced having your friends turn their backs on you? Or find out they’re not really on your side? Have you even had people at church turn against you? David responded by calling on the LORD.
David did not have mercy on them when he asked God to let death overtake them quickly, and let them go straight to hell. David was tired of their wickedness.
David said as for him, he cried out to God morning, night, and at noon. He had confidence that the LORD heard his cries and would save him.
David declared that God had delivered his soul in peace from the battle that was against him. He knew that God heard his pleas, and would afflict those who came against him because they didn’t fear God.
“Cast your burden on the LORD, and He will sustain you. He will never suffer the righteous to be moved.” David had confidence in God that he would take care of his enemies. He knew that God wouldn’t let these deceitful men continue to live like this. David trusted God completely to protect him from those who had turned their back on him.
I have had times like David, haven’t you? When I became a Christian author, I thought all my family, friends, and church family would support me completely. That was not necessarily true. I have had complete strangers send me ugly emails telling me to stop sharing God’s Word. I have had family members say cutting remarks about me being on the computer so much. I have had friends who stopped following me on social media. Some of the people I thought would support me the most have turned their backs on me.
Sometimes people are jealous when you succeed at doing something, or they may think or even say, “Who do they think they are.” I know I’m not perfect, but I strive to do what the LORD wants me to do. I’d love to have everybody’s support, but I know that’s not realistic. All I can do is do what I think the LORD wants me to and let Him deal with the rest. Don’t let anybody stop you from doing what you feel the Lord wants you to do.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 To the chief Musician on Neginoth, Maschil, A Psalm of David. Give ear to my prayer, O God; and hide not thyself from my supplication.
2 Attend unto me, and hear me: I mourn in my complaint, and make a noise;
3 Because of the voice of the enemy, because of the oppression of the wicked: for they cast iniquity upon me, and in wrath they hate me.
4 My heart is sore pained within me: and the terrors of death are fallen upon me.
5 Fearfulness and trembling are come upon me, and horror hath overwhelmed me.
6 And I said, Oh that I had wings like a dove! for then would I fly away, and be at rest.
7 Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.
8 I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.
9 Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.
10 Day and night they go about it upon the walls thereof: mischief also and sorrow are in the midst of it.
11 Wickedness is in the midst thereof: deceit and guile depart not from her streets.
12 For it was not an enemy that reproached me; then I could have borne it: neither was it he that hated me that did magnify himself against me; then I would have hid myself from him:
13 But it was thou, a man mine equal, my guide, and mine acquaintance.
14 We took sweet counsel together, and walked unto the house of God in company.
15 Let death seize upon them, and let them go down quick into hell: for wickedness is in their dwellings, and among them.
16 As for me, I will call upon God; and the LORD shall save me.
17 Evening, and morning, and at noon, will I pray, and cry aloud: and he shall hear my voice.
18 He hath delivered my soul in peace from the battle that was against me: for there were many with me.
19 God shall hear, and afflict them, even he that abideth of old. Selah. Because they have no changes, therefore they fear not God.
20 He hath put forth his hands against such as be at peace with him: he hath broken his covenant.
21 The words of his mouth were smoother than butter, but war was in his heart: his words were softer than oil, yet were they drawn swords.
22 Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
23 But thou, O God, shalt bring them down into the pit of destruction: bloody and deceitful men shall not live out half their days; but I will trust in thee.
Things to think about:
- Was David’s battle with his enemy in this Scripture or was it with someone who was supposed to be his friend? How do we know?
- What did David want God to do with those who were opposing him?
- Has anything like this ever happened to you? If so, when?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
As we read this Scripture in the book of Psalms we see that David was distraught. He poured his heart out to You and begged for Your help. Help us to know that You are always there for us and when life is closing in we can call out to You. Help us to have faith that You will hear and answer our prayers. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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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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