Scripture reading for June 13th: Psalm 52-56
Key Scriptures: Psalm 55:22-23 “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall. But You, O God, will bring down the wicked into the pit of corruption; bloodthirsty and deceitful men will not live out half their days. But as for me, I trust in You.”
The psalmist David was surrounded by jealous enemies and even friends that sought to betray him. He learned to depend on God to sustain him by crying out to God at all times of the day. He cast all his cares on the Lord and depended on Him for protection and ultimate vindication. David knew that God promised to uphold the righteous and punish the wicked eternally.
Thankful for God’s sustaining grace: “Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.” (1st Peter 5:6-7)
Scripture reading for June 12th: Psalm 48-51
Key Scriptures: Psalm 51:10-12 “Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me. Do not cast me from your presence or take you Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and grant me a willing spirit, to sustain me.”
King David had sinned greatly by committing adultery with Bathsheba and having her husband Uriah taken out. He was confronted by Nathan the prophet of God and he humbly confessed his need for cleansing in his heart and restoration. He even asked for a willing spirit and a continuation of God’s Spirit dwelling in him. God graciously answered this prayer and all who come to Him for mercy through Jesus Christ!
Rejoicing in restoration: “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: That Go was reconciling the world to Himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And He has committed to us the message of reconciliation.” (2nd Corinthians 5:17-19)
Scripture reading for June 9th: Psalm 43-47
Key Scriptures: Psalm 45:6-8 “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has set You above your companions by anointing You with the oil of joy. All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia; from palaces adorned with ivory the music of strings makes you glad.”
The sons of Korah were Levites assigned to leading worship by song in the temple. This psalm was composed by them as a coronation song for the King. It extolled the virtues of the King and His Kingdom. The anointing of the King was with the ‘oil of joy’! This King would delight in doing God’s will and would love righteousness and hate wickedness! His robes would smell of that holy anointing oil applied to prepare Him for His death for our sins! The writer of Hebrews applies these verses to Jesus Christ! (Hebrews 1:8-9)
Rejoicing in the oil of joy: “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2)
Scripture reading for June 8th: Psalm 39-42
Key Scriptures: Psalm 41:1-3 “Blessed is he who has regard for the weak; the Lord delivers him in times of trouble. The Lord will protect him and preserve his life; He will bless him in the land and not surrender him to the desire of his foes. The Lord will sustain him on his sickbed and restore him from his bed of illness.”
David knew that God cared for the weak and needy. All who know God will have concern for the hurting. God rewards those who share His heart by promising them protection and deliverance in their own times of sickness, trouble and weakness! We reap what we sow from a God who is faithful and caring!
Thankful for a caring God: “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God. For just as the sufferings of Christ flow over into our lives, so also through Christ our comfort overflows.” (2nd Corinthians 1:3-5)
Scripture reading for June 7th: Psalm 34-38
Key Scriptures: Psalm 34:11-14 “Come My children, listen to Me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord. Whoever of you loves life and desires to see many good days, keep your tongue from evil and your lips from speaking lies. Turn from evil and do good’ seek peace and pursue it. The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous and His ear is attentive to their cry; . . .”
David got himself into a bit of a mess. To escape Saul’s threats, he went to the land of Abimelech, Israel’s enemy, and feigned madness in order to survive. Abimelech ended up sending him away. David wrote this psalm as an act of worship for God’s deliverance of his own life from his own folly. God’s mercy was truly there for those that feared Him and departed from evil.
Thankful for holy fear: (Jesus) “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear, Fear Him who, after the killing of the body, has power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tel you, fear Him.” (Luke 12:4-5)
Scripture reading for June 6th: Psalm 29-33
Key Scriptures: Psalm 33:18-22 “But the eyes of the Lord are on those who fear Him, on those whose hope is in His unfailing love, to deliver them from death and to keep them alive in famine. We wait in hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. In Him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in His holy Name. May Your unfailing love rest upon us, O Lord, even as we put our hope in You.”
God’s eyes are always watching everything done on earth. He particularly watches those who fear and honor Him and have put their hope in His love and His promise to deliver them from death. This fact brings great joy to the psalmist as he sings of God’s faithful love. Waiting is with joy and expectation!
Rejoicing in the Blessed Hope: “For the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men. It teaches us to say “No” to ungodliness and worldly passions and to live self-controlled, upright and godly lives in this present age, while we wait for the blessed hope–the glorious appearing of our Great God and Savior, Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for Himself a people that are His very own, eager to do what is good.” (Titus 2:11-14)
Scripture reading for June 5th: Psalm 24-28
Key Scriptures: Psalm 27:1-3 “The Lord is my light and my salvation–whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life–of whom shall I be afraid? When evil men advance against me to devour my flesh, when my enemies and my foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then will I be confident.”
David faced many enemies and obstacles from his enemies. He learned that his real ‘stronghold’ was the Lord Himself and His flawless word. There was no need to live in fear. The light of God’s truth would enable him to face whatever trouble might come with strong confidence and calm assurance!
Rejoicing in confidence: “God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in him. In this way, love is made complete among us so that we will have confidence on the day of judgment, because in this world we are like Him. There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” (1st John 4:17-18)
Scripture reading for June 2nd: Psalm 20-23
Key Scriptures: Psalm 23:1-3 “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet waters, He restores my soul. He guides me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.”
David was a shepherd in his early years. His training taught him about God’s character and His tender care for each of His ‘sheep’. David experienced the leading of His Shepherd and the provision of ‘green pastures’ and ‘quiet waters’. This restoration of his soul made a deep impression and caused David to worship and write it down for us!
Rejoicing in our Shepherd: “I am the good Shepherd. The good Shepherd lays down His life for the sheep. . . .I am the good Shepherd: I know My sheep and My sheep know Me–just as the Father knows Me and I know the Father–and I lay down My life for the sheep.” (John 10: 11, 14)
Scripture reading for June 1st: Psalm 15-19
Key Scriptures: Psalm 16:8-11 “I have set the Lord always before me. Because He is at my right hand, I will not be shaken. Therefore my heart is glad and my tongue rejoices; my body also will rest secure, because You will not abandon me to the grave, nor will you let Your Holy One see decay. You have made known to me the path of life; You will fill me with joy in Your presence, with eternal pleasures at Your right hand.”
King David placed God in the first place in his life. This gave him great security, not only in this life but even after death! He was assured that his body would not just decay, but one day he would enjoy everlasting and eternal joy in God’s presence–even at His right hand! Jesus Christ, a son of David, Son of God also took comfort and courage from these words of God!
Rejoice with your tongue: “The fact that God raised Him (Jesus Christ) from the dead, never to decay, is stated in these words: “‘I will give you the holy and sure blessings promised to David.’ So it is stated elsewhere: “‘You will not let Your Holy One see decay.” (Acts 13:34-35)
Scripture reading for May 31st: Psalm 11-14
Key Scriptures: Psalm 12:6-8 “The words of the Lord are flawless, like silver refined in a furnace of clay, purified seven times. O Lord, You will keep us safe and protect us from such people forever. The wicked strut about freely when what is vile is honored among men.”
As in our day and time, the wicked and proud of Israel were strutting about because what was vile had been promoted and honored in the times they were living in. King David rejoiced in God’s faithful promise to protect the righteous against the treachery of the wicked. God could be counted on to honor His Word, not only in that time, but forever!
Thankful for God’s flawless Truth: There are only two types of people on the earth: Those that believe in the Son of God and those who do not! One has eternal life, the other eternal wrath! “The Father loves the Son and has placed everything in His hands. Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for God’s wrath remains on him.” (John 3:35-36)