Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week June 6-11, 2016
Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
June 6-11, 2016
Monday, June 6, Psalm 135
vv. 5-7, 15-18 – This is a Psalm of contrasts. The stark contrast is between the true God of Scripture and false gods. Think how many foolishly trust in idols. For us, it can be pleasure, eating out, recreation or whatever money can buy. However, nothing dead can give you anything, especially eternal life. Only God can do that!
Tuesday, June 7, Psalm 136
vv. 23, 24 – While this Psalm is directed primarily at Israel, verses 23 and 24 give us also good reason to give thanks unto the Lord. Didn’t the Lord remember us, too, in our lowly estate? Think of Eph. 2:4,5, “But because of His great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions-it is by grace you have been saved.” Daily the Lord also rescues us from our enemies: sin, death, the devil and hell. Read II Tim. 4:18 and I Peter 1:3-5.
Wednesday, June 8, Psalms 137-138
Babylon, in Psalm 137, was an earthly kingdom that conquered Israel. Its cruelty is depicted in v. 9. God stretched out His hand and destroyed that kingdom. (Ps. 138:7) It no longer exists today. Our Babylon is described in Rev. 18. It’s every evil force which draws us away from Christ and seeks to enslave us. The celebration of victory over that terrifying Babylon is described in Rev. 19.
Thursday, June 9, Psalm 139
vv. 1-6 – These verses point out to us that nothing escapes God’s scrutinizing eye. Underline them.
vv. 13-16 – Life is precious. Babies should not be aborted. To do so is murder. God Himself creates them in the depths of the earth, the darkness of the womb. Read Deut. 32:39.
Friday, June 10, Psalms 140-141
Psalm 140, v. 1 – When you study David’s life from beginning to end, you’ll see David had many enemies-even his son, Absalom, turned against him. However, he also experienced these truths found in vv. 12-13.
Psalm 140, vv. 12-13 – For a good example showing how God secures justice for the poor and upholds the cause of the needy, read the book of Esther in the Old Testament.
Ps. 141, vv. 1-2 – Our daily prayers that ascend heavenward like the incense burning in the temple and the aroma of the evening sacrifice, should be this-“Keep my heart from all evil (v. 4). Crush the devil’s evil will and counsel and those he uses to bring evil into this world (5b). Finally, keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. He is the only hope for this world and the way to heaven.” (v. 8) (John 14:6)
Ps. 141, v. 4 – The delicacies of the wicked are the gain they acquire in unholy living. This is nothing in which we want to participate.
Saturday, June 11, Psalms 142, 143
Ps. 142:7 – Through faith in Jesus, we are set free from the prison of sin. This is far worse than an earthly prison. David experienced that unsurpassing freedom. Read Ps. 103:11, 12. In Matt. 11:28 Jesus says, “Come unto Me all ye that labor and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” This rest is from sin. Sometimes with an earthly affliction, we are not set free. That doesn’t mean we shouldn’t plead to God to remove it. However, if He doesn’t take it away, He gives us His resilient strength to bear our cross. “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)
Ps. 143:2 – This passage from God’s Word clearly tells us that we can’t save ourselves. The only way we can stand before God’s throne of judgment saved and not condemned, is through Jesus Christ” Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus,” (Rom. 8:1)
Ps. 143:6 – As dry land yearns for moisture, so should our minds and hearts yearn for the Lord.