Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 7:1-17.Psalm 7 is a song of David which he sang to the LORD concerning the words of a man David calls Cush, who was slandering King David. This man was from the tribe of Benjamin, the same tribe as the previous king, Saul, and was probably really Shimei, whose story is in 2 Samuel 16:5-14. The name Cush goes way back to the time of Noah. Noah’s son, Ham, called his son Cush.
David declares that his trust is in the LORD. He cries out to God to save him from those who are persecuting him before they, like a lion, tear him to pieces.
David tells the LORD he believes he is innocent of Cush’s accusations, and if he is, indeed, at fault in this situation, let the enemy defeat him. David calls out to the LORD to arise and save him. He tells the LORD to judge him according to his integrity and righteousness.
David asks God to let the wickedness of the wicked end, and to establish the just. David declares that God is his defense. He knows that God judges the righteous and is angry with the wicked. David’s enemy had prepared for battle.
David sings to and praises the LORD. His defense was truly the LORD.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[Shiggaion of David, which he sang unto the LORD, concerning the words of Cush the Benjamite.]] O LORD my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me:
2 Lest he tear my soul like a lion, rending it in pieces, while there is none to deliver.
3 O LORD my God, if I have done this; if there be iniquity in my hands;
4 If I have rewarded evil unto him that was at peace with me; (yea, I have delivered him that without cause is mine enemy:)
5 Let the enemy persecute my soul, and take it; yea, let him tread down my life upon the earth, and lay mine honour in the dust. Selah.
6 Arise, O LORD, in thine anger, lift up thyself because of the rage of mine enemies: and awake for me to the judgment that thou hast commanded.
7 So shall the congregation of the people compass thee about: for their sakes therefore return thou on high.
8 The LORD shall judge the people: judge me, O LORD, according to my righteousness, and according to mine integrity that is in me.
9 Oh let the wickedness of the wicked come to an end; but establish the just: for the righteous God trieth the hearts and reins.
10 My defence is of God, which saveth the upright in heart.
11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
12 If he turn not, he will whet his sword; he hath bent his bow, and made it ready.
13 He hath also prepared for him the instruments of death; he ordaineth his arrows against the persecutors.
14 Behold, he travaileth with iniquity, and hath conceived mischief, and brought forth falsehood.
15 He made a pit, and digged it, and is fallen into the ditch which he made.
16 His mischief shall return upon his own head, and his violent dealing shall come down upon his own pate.
17 I will praise the LORD according to his righteousness: and will sing praise to the name of the LORD most high.
Things to think about:
- With whom was David in conflict?
- What was the enemy’s defense?
- What was David’s defense?
- Have there been times in your life when you were falsely accused and the only defense you had was the LORD? Recall those times. What was the result of you putting your faith and trust in God to see you through those difficult times?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. We see in this Scripture that David put his faith and trust in You. You were the only defense David had because he believed he was innocent of the accusations against him. Help us to trust You completely and know that if we are innocent and You are on our side we can win the battles of this life. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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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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