Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 71:13-24. The Psalmist is pleading to God to cause all sorts of calamities to come on his enemies. He declares that he will praise and worship God for his righteousness. He says he will continue in the strength of the LORD.
The Psalmist says God has taught him from his youth and he has declared God’s wondrous works ever since. Have you come to know the LORD? If so, what age were you when you came to know the LORD? I was raised in church since I was a baby and was baptized as a young girl, but didn’t remember the actual conversion experience. So at the age of fifteen I surrendered my life to God and was baptized again.
The Psalmist tells us he is old and gray headed now and asks God not to forsake him in his old age. His desire is to declare God’s works to that generation and to everyone who is to come. I imagine he never thought we would be reading his words today and be encouraged to praise and serve God through them.
He promises to praise God and sing to Him with his harp. He says he will speak of God’s righteousness all day because his enemies have been brought to shame. Have you ever prayed for those who’ve mistreated you? We’d be better off letting God handle our troubles than trying to handle them on our own.
Daily Bible Reading:
13 Let them be confounded and consumed that are adversaries to my soul; let them be covered with reproach and dishonour that seek my hurt.
14 But I will hope continually, and will yet praise thee more and more.
15 My mouth shall shew forth thy righteousness and thy salvation all the day; for I know not the numbers thereof.
16 I will go in the strength of the Lord GOD: I will make mention of thy righteousness, even of thine only.
17 O God, thou hast taught me from my youth: and hitherto have I declared thy wondrous works.
18 Now also when I am old and grayheaded, O God, forsake me not; until I have shewed thy strength unto this generation, and thy power to every one that is to come.
19 Thy righteousness also, O God, is very high, who hast done great things: O God, who is like unto thee!
20 Thou, which hast shewed me great and sore troubles, shalt quicken me again, and shalt bring me up again from the depths of the earth.
21 Thou shalt increase my greatness, and comfort me on every side.
22 I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
23 My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
24 My tongue also shall talk of thy righteousness all the day long: for they are confounded, for they are brought unto shame, that seek my hurt.
Things to think about:
- How should we respond to those who mistreat us?
- How do you find strength in the LORD?
- In what ways do you enjoy praising the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 71. We see how the Psalmist prayed for his enemies and continued to praise You even though he was troubled. Help us to praise You in spite of our troubles. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
This is an excerpt from The Book of Psalms: Part 3 Chapters 61-90
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About the book:
The Book of Psalms:Part 3 Chapters 61-90 by Deborah H. Bateman is 28th 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 contains 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 3 Chapters 61-90 contains fifty 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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