Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 79:1-13. Psalm 79 is a Psalm of Asaph. Asaph cries out to God for help because the heathen have attacked Jerusalem and have defiled the temple. Why would people want to destroy the temple of God?
There had been so much bloodshed that it was like water around Jerusalem. Asaph feared that they had become a reproach to their neighbors. He asks God, “How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?”
Asaph begged God to pour out His wrath on the heathen and those who’d never known Him. He asked God to forgive the Israelites of their sins and to have mercy on them, because they had been brought to a very low state in life.
Asaph cried out to God, “Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.” Have you ever felt desperate for God to help you, as Asaph did? If so, cry out to God, He will hear and answer your prayers.
Asaph pleaded with God to spare the rest of them. He asked God to pour out His wrath on those who have attacked them that they might receive seven times the punishment for their acts of violence.
Asaph wanted the people to know that they were God’s people and it was His land that they defiled. Asaph begged God to save His people, “So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.”
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[A Psalm of Asaph.]] O God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance; thy holy temple have they defiled; they have laid Jerusalem on heaps.
2 The dead bodies of thy servants have they given to be meat unto the fowls of the heaven, the flesh of thy saints unto the beasts of the earth.
3 Their blood have they shed like water round about Jerusalem; and there was none to bury them.
4 We are become a reproach to our neighbours, a scorn and derision to them that are round about us.
5 How long, LORD? wilt thou be angry for ever? shall thy jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.
7 For they have devoured Jacob, and laid waste his dwelling place.
8 O remember not against us former iniquities: let thy tender mercies speedily prevent us: for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation, for the glory of thy name: and deliver us, and purge away our sins, for thy name’s sake.
10 Wherefore should the heathen say, Where is their God? let him be known among the heathen in our sight by the revenging of the blood of thy servants which is shed.
11 Let the sighing of the prisoner come before thee; according to the greatness of thy power preserve thou those that are appointed to die;
12 And render unto our neighbours sevenfold into their bosom their reproach, wherewith they have reproached thee, O Lord.
13 So we thy people and sheep of thy pasture will give thee thanks for ever: we will shew forth thy praise to all generations.
Things to think about:
- Why was Asaph crying out to God?
- How was his situation desperate?
- In what times or ways do you feel desperate for God’s help?
- What was the promise Asaph made to God at the end of the chapter?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in Psalm 79. We see Asaph’s desperate cry to You for help. Help us to cry out to You when we need help in our lives. Help us not to wait until we are desperate, but to have an ongoing dialog with You through prayer. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
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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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