Daily Bible Reading

Daily Bible Reading
Gideon's Spring in Israel

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Canonical Reading Plan for Jun 23, Psa 51-57

Today's readings are Psa 51-57.

Psa 51 - Penitential/Lament  (David praises God's forgiveness)
Psa 52 - Wisdom/Imprecatory  (David rebukes God's enemy)
Psa 53 - Lament (David mocks God's enemy)
Psa 54 - Lament (David prays for God's defense)
Psa 55 - Imprecatory (David prays for God's destruction
Psa 56 - Lament (David prays for God's deliverance)
Psa 57 - Lament (David prays for God's rescue)

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Canonical Reading Plan for Jun 22, Psa 46-50

Today's readings are Psa 46-50

Psa 46 - Pilgrimage  (Sons of Korah trust God's refuge)
Psa 47 - Enthronement  (Sons of Korah praise God's sovereignty)
Psa 48 - Pilgrimage (Sons of Korah praise God's city)
Psa 49 - Wisdom (Sons of Korah rebuke false hopes)
Psa 50 - Royal (Asaph issues God's summons) 

Most of today's Psalms are all ascribed to the Sons of Korah, Levites, and descendants of Kohath, who challenged Aaron's priestly position in Numbers 16 with disastrous results.  By the time we see them in 1 Chronicles, the Korahites have been relegated to gatekeepers and bakers in the Temple. Some of their history rises up on these Psalms. Their devotion and worship, in spite of things having turned out different than they expected, is an encouragement and a fine example.

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Canonical Reading Plan for Jun 21, Psa 40-45

Today's readings are Psa 40-45.

Psa 40 - Lament  (David seeks God's defense)
Psa 41 - Thanksgiving (David trusts God's loyalty)

Note, Psa 41 is the end of Book One of the Psalms. True to form, it is Davidic in nature and ends with the phrase, "Blessed be the Lord God of Israel." Book One is roughly a parallel to David's early career when he had been anointed king by Samuel but was struggling under Saul. Book Two, whose theme is "The king on the throne," begins with a series of psalms by the Sons of Korah. 

Psa 42 - Lament (the psalmist thirsts for God)
Psa 43 - Lament (the psalmist longs for God)
Psa 44 - Lament (the psalmist remembers God)
Psa 45 - Royal (Sons of Korah celebrate the King's marriage)

Monday, June 19, 2017

Canonical Reading Plan for Jun 20, Psa 36-39

Today's readings are Psa 36-39. 

Ps 36 - Thanksgiving (David trusts God's lovingkindness)
Ps 37 - Trust (David trusts God's security)
Ps 38 - Lament (David acknowledges God's discipline)
Ps 39 - Lament  (David seeks God's purposes)

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Canonical Reading Plan for Jun 19, Psa 32--35

Today's readings are Psa 32-35

Ps 32 - Penitential (David praises God's forgiveness)

Ps 33 - Thanksgiving (David extols God's sovereignty)
Ps 34 - Thanksgiving (David blesses God's provision)
Ps 35 - Imprecatory  (David petitions God's vengeance)

The headings of the Psalms can be very helpful in understanding what's going on around them.

Notice a few things;

·         David is not the author of all the Psalms in the Book of Psalms
·         David is not hesitant to express his confusion, fear, and doubt, sometimes even his anger
·         Regardless of his feelings, David always (almost) ends with praise and exaltation of God, repenting, giving Him thanks and acknowledging his power and holiness. 

David's psalms are great templates and examples of prayer. I can't help but wonder how my prayers would compare to David's. Would they be as honest? Would they end up being as God-focused? Would they be as reverent and thankful, even in tough circumstances, as David's?

In Psa 35, we see how David handles what may be the most difficult time of his life. He calls out for help, for protection from his enemies, for vindication, for strength, for many things our hearts cry out for when we are hurting and afraid. 

Yet David is always careful to praise God and acknowledge His wisdom and power. David is dependent upon God's hand moving in his life and confesses his weakness without Him. 

David gives us a road map for navigating strife in our life. It's OK to be afraid, even mad. But our eyes and hearts should always turn to God, trusting in Him, worshiping Him and finding our peace in Him.