Devotional Reading for June 12, 2021

Psalm 60-66 (The Daily Walk Bible).

In Psalm 60’s superscription it says “useful for teaching.” This should help us to recognize the importance of songs, prayers, and the others parts of our worship service. We should do our best to make sure that all parts of our service are doctrinally correct and “useful for teaching.”

Devotional Reading for June 10, 2021

Psalms 50-54 (The Daily Walk Bible).

In case you forgot, here is the background for Psalm 51 that is recalled in the inscription: “A psalm of David, regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.”

2 Samuel 12:1-15 “And the LORD sent Nathan to David. He came to him and said to him, ‘There were two men in a certain city, the one rich and the other poor. The rich man had very many flocks and herds, but the poor man had nothing but one little ewe lamb, which he had bought. And he brought it up, and it grew up with him and with his children. It used to eat of his morsel and drink from his cup and lie in his arms, and it was like a daughter to him. Now there came a traveler to the rich man, and he was unwilling to take one of his own flock or herd to prepare for the guest who had come to him, but he took the poor man’s lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.’ Then David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man, and he said to Nathan, ‘As the LORD lives, the man who has done this deserves to die, and he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.’ Nathan said to David, ‘You are the man! Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel, “I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. And I gave you your master’s house and your master’s wives into your arms and gave you the house of Israel and of Judah. And if this were too little, I would add to you as much more. Why have you despised the word of the LORD, to do what is evil in his sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and have taken his wife to be your wife and have killed him with the sword of the Ammonites. Now therefore the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.” Thus says the LORD, “Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house. And I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun. For you did it secretly, but I will do this thing before all Israel and before the sun.”‘ David said to Nathan, ‘I have sinned against the LORD.’ And Nathan said to David, ‘The LORD also has put away your sin; you shall not die. Nevertheless, because by this deed you have utterly scorned the LORD, the child who is born to you shall die.’ Then Nathan went to his house. And the LORD afflicted the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and he became sick.”

Before David was called to be king, God said that he would seek out “a man after his own heart” (1 Samuel 13:14). Could David still be that man? I think so, because when confronted by his sin, he repents and realizes that he has greatly offended God by what he has done: “Against you and you alone have I sinned” (Psalm 51:4). May we have that same attitude of repentance when we have sinned against God!

Did you catch the reminders that we are sinners by nature and by choice? “For I was born a sinner” (Psalm 51:5). “God looks down from heaven on the entire human race; he looks to see if there is even one with real understanding, one who seeks for God But no, all have turned away from God; all have become corrupt. No one does good, not even one!” (Psalm 53:2-3). Which is why we need a Savior!

“Oh, that salvation would come from Mount Zion to rescue Israel!” (Psalm 53:6)

Devotional Reading for June 5, 2021

Psalms 25-30 (The Daily Walk Bible).

I think that the daily walk section meant to say that praise for God’s glory and character is a God centered prayer!

Does Psalm 26 remind you of Job? I’d have to be pretty sure of myself to pray that to God! But I can thank God that I am innocent and righteous because I am in Christ.

We all have trouble and enemies. You might not have a physical enemy in your life right now like David did, but you have spiritual enemies. God has defeated death, sin, hell and Satan for us. If that isn’t a reason to praise, I don’t know what is!

May our prayer today be, “Teach me how to live, O Lord.”

Devotional Reading for June 4, 2021

Psalm 19-24 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Psalm 22 is a marvelous depiction of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. He points us to it by crying out the first verse from the cross, but it goes beyond that. His mocking is portrayed. His thirst is depicted. It even predicts the casting of lots for His clothing! Finally, verse 31, “he has done it,” may even be a precursor of “it is finished!”

This Psalm, in addition to teaching us about Jesus Christ, also shows us something about life. Expressions of despair are countered with expressions of faith, reminding us that even when things look bleak, we can put our trust in God. And even though so much may come against us in life, we can boldly proclaim “you have rescued me” because of the final victory that is our in Jesus Christ!

Devotional Reading for June 3, 2021

Psalm 13-18 (The Daily Walk Bible).

Once again, I like the synopsis: “Today, as in David’s day, believers in God face many challenges to their faith, both from their own fearful hearts (Psalm 13) and from those who foolishly deny God’s existence (14). The answer? Walking in fellowship with God (15), being sustained by the promises of God (16), and drawing upon God’s ever available resources (17–18).”

The superscriptions are actually in the Hebrew text. So when we read “he sang this song to the Lord on the day the Lord rescued him from all his enemies and from Saul,” it gives us some of the backstory and we can understand it better. Psalm 18 isn’t just a generic thank you for God’s protection, it’s about something very specific. That may help us if we use the Psalm as our own inspiration for prayer.

Psalm 16:8-11 is Messianic and is used in Acts 2:25-32, and Acts 13:34-37.

Devotional Reading for June 2, 2021

Psalm 7-12 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The devotional encourages us to “Take an aspect of God’s character that you discover while reading today’s passage, and translate it into the language of praise to God by singing a hymn, composing a short poem of praise, or reading aloud the words of Psalm 9.”

I’m going to go a step further. Try to pray through a Psalm. Take the lines and make them your own. In 9:1 stop and tell God the marvelous things that he has done for you. Make a commitment to Him that you will tell others. Stop in verse 2 to actually sing a song of joy. In verse 3 thank God for the enemies that he has saved you from (like death, hell and the grave!). In verse 4 thank Him for Jesus Christ taking your judgment away. And continue on….

Psalm 8:2 and 8:4-6 are Messianic and are used in Matthew 21:16, 1 Corinthians 15:25-28, and Hebrews 2:5-10.

Devotional Reading for June 1, 2021

Psalm 1-6 (The Daily Walk Bible).

The introduction to the entire book suggests a 5 fold division in the book of Psalms. One of the reasons is because each section has a simple benediction at the end (Psalm 41:3 “Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.”).

I love the synopsis that our devotional gave about the first 6 Psalms: “The gateway to the book of Psalms is guarded by two major declarations concerning God’s revelation of himself: He can be known through his Word, which brings blessing (Psalm 1), and he can be known in the person of his Son, who rules over creation (2). The servant of God can cling to him with confidence, knowing that God’s help and consolation are assured in both good times and bad. No foe (3) nor threat (4), no frustration (5) nor cause for fainting (6) can change the fact that God is in control.”

Psalm 2:1-2, 7, and 9 are Messianic and are used in Acts 4:25-28, Hebrews 1:5, and Revelation 2:26-27 (among other places).

Devotional Reading for May 31, 2021

Job 40-42 (The Daily Walk Bible).

So, Job gets his vision of God. How does he respond?

Job 40:3-5 “Then Job answered the Lord and said ‘Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth. I have spoken once, and I will not answer; twice, but I will proceed no further.’”

Job 42:1-6 “Then Job answered the Lord and said ‘I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes.’”

Once again, when we truly get a vision of the majesty and awesomeness of God, it restores our faith in Him and our doubts and questions disappear!