Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 32:1-11. Psalm 31 is a Psalm of David. David starts by saying, “Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven.” If you’re a Christian, one who has accepted Jesus Christ as your Savior, you are blessed because your sin is covered by His blood.
If you confess your sin to God and ask for His forgiveness, He will forgive you. We need to pray to God while He can be found. Isaiah 55:6 tells us, “Seek ye the LORD while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near: Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the LORD, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.”
David says the LORD is his hiding place. He watches over us and protects us. He keeps us from trouble. He will instruct us and teach us. He will lead, guide, and direct us in the way we should go.
David tells us not to be like a horse or a mule who doesn’t understand, and must be lead around with a bridle. Wicked people have many sorrows, but those who trust in the LORD, the righteous, are surrounded with mercy. David exhorts the righteous to be glad in the LORD and shout for JOY.
Daily Bible Reading:
1 [[[A Psalm] of David, Maschil.]] Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered.
2 Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.
3 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long.
4 For day and night thy hand was heavy upon me: my moisture is turned into the drought of summer. Selah.
5 I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
6 For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him.
7 Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah.
8 I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye.
9 Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee.
10 Many sorrows shall be to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about.
11 Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all ye that are upright in heart.
Things to think about:
- Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins? Recall the time.
- Do you consider the LORD to be your hiding place? If so, when are you most likely to turn to Him as your refuge?
- In what ways do you depend on the LORD to lead, guide and direct in your life?
- How do you find happiness and joy in the LORD?
Prayer of the Day:
Dear Heavenly Father,
We thank You for this Psalm of David as he reflects on You and Your goodness to him. Remind us of Your goodness to us and to be glad and shout for joy. We are so thankful, and praise You for Your goodness to us. We love You, LORD. 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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