Daily Bible Reading “God is My Defense” (Psalm 59:1-17)

 Psalm 59God is My Defense

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 59:1-17. Psalm 59 is a Psalm of David, to the Chief Musician. It was written during the time when King Saul was having David’s house watched and was seeking to kill him. David became a king, a strong mighty man of God, but he leaned on the LORD as his defense and refuge in his time of trouble. Do you turn to God during times of trouble in your life?

Most of us have never experienced anything like David experienced. David’s enemies were gathered against him and he hadn’t done anything to cause them to seek after him. David cried out to God for help. He says his enemies acted like angry dogs, going about the city telling lies. They reminded him of hungry dogs going about seeking those they could devour. What a description. Do you know anybody like this? I sure hope not, but there are people like this in the world.

During this time of trouble, David praises the LORD and cries out to Him to be his defense and to show him mercy during these trying times. David is solely dependent on God. He knows that God is his only help during this time. Have you ever been in a situation where you knew only God could get you out of it or through it?

Sometimes God is the only answer to your dilemma. He is the only one who can change the situation you’re in. Cry out to God, as David did, and God will hear your cries and defend you against the enemy.


Daily Bible Reading:

Psalm 59:1-17

1 [[To the Chief Musician, Altaschith, Michtam of David; when Saul sent, and they watched the house to kill him.]] Deliver me from mine enemies, O my God: defend me from them that rise up against me.
2 Deliver me from the workers of iniquity, and save me from bloody men.
3 For, lo, they lie in wait for my soul: the mighty are gathered against me; not for my transgression, nor for my sin, O LORD.
4 They run and prepare themselves without my fault: awake to help me, and behold.
5 Thou therefore, O LORD God of hosts, the God of Israel, awake to visit all the heathen: be not merciful to any wicked transgressors. Selah.
6 They return at evening: they make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
7 Behold, they belch out with their mouth: swords are in their lips: for who, say they, doth hear?
8 But thou, O LORD, shalt laugh at them; thou shalt have all the heathen in derision.
9 Because of his strength will I wait upon thee: for God is my defence.
10 The God of my mercy shall prevent me: God shall let me see my desire upon mine enemies.
11 Slay them not, lest my people forget: scatter them by thy power; and bring them down, O Lord our shield.
12 For the sin of their mouth and the words of their lips let them even be taken in their pride: and for cursing and lying which they speak.
13 Consume them in wrath, consume them, that they may not be: and let them know that God ruleth in Jacob unto the ends of the earth. Selah.
14 And at evening let them return; and let them make a noise like a dog, and go round about the city.
15 Let them wander up and down for meat, and grudge if they be not satisfied.
16 But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy in the morning: for thou hast been my defence and refuge in the day of my trouble.
17 Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing: for God is my defence, and the God of my mercy.


Things to think about:

  • Why should we call on God in times of trouble?
  • In what ways do you feel that you can depend on God?
  • In what situations have you trusted God to be your defense?


Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

We thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 59. Even though it is hard to read and hear these gruesome details of David’s dilemma, it helps us to see You are always there for us in our time of deepest trouble. We can always call out to You for help and You will hear our cries and defend us against the enemy. You are a merciful God, You love Your children, and You will protect them from the attacks of the enemy. We thank You, dear LORD. Help us to know we can depend on You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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