Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week June 13-18, 2016

Bible Reading and Commentary for the Week
June 13-18, 2016
Monday, June 13, Psalms 144, 145
Ps. 144:4 – This is the epitaph of every human being. It gives us the reason why no man can give us the real answer to eternal peace, hope and happiness. True peace, happiness and hope are found only in the Lord Jesus . (John 14:6) That’s why we confess with the Psalmist, “Blessed are the people whose God is the Lord.” (v. 15)
Psalm 145:3 – Why is the Lord most worthy of praise and greatly to be praised? Those answers are in vv. 8, 9, 13-16, and 19. Underline them and think about the astounding, marvelous goodness of God!
Psalm 145:15-16 – A beautiful table prayer. Underline and memorize.

Tuesday, June 14, Psalm 146
v. 7 – The prisoners here are not political prisoners or wards of the state. The prisoners the Psalmist speaks of are all of us. We are born into this world imprisoned by sin. Jesus freed us from that nightmare and its dreaded consequence through His reconciling work on Calvary’s cross. That’s why the Apostle Paul could write, “The wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus, our Lord.” (Rom. 6:23)
v. 8 – The real blindness from which God sets us free is the terrifying darkness of sin that ends in eternal death. Our spiritual sight is found only in Jesus. Read Luke 4:18-21

Wednesday, June 15, Psalm 147
v. 1 – The reason it is good and fitting for us to sing praises to our God not only on Sunday, but every day, is found particularly in vv. 3, 8, and 11. Underline these verses. Only God truly is able to heal the broken hearted. He does it through the Gospel. Read Eph. 1:7.

Thursday, June 16, Psalm 148
v. 8 – Who controls the weather? It’s not the weatherman. He reports it after God has set it into motion.

v. 14 – In the Old Testament, the horn was a symbol of strength. Israel enjoyed its real strength in that from their descendents, Jesus came into this world. He was, as Zechariah foretold, a horn of salvation. Cf. Luke 1:69.

Friday, June 17, Psalms 149
v. 3 – While dancing may have been a part of Israel’s worship, it was not in the Mosaic Law and not demanded by us in the New Testament. Because of the sensuality connected with many types of dances today, we do not include it in our order of worship. We use our voices and instruments (v. 3b) to praise God which also was the most common form used in Israel’s worship.

v. 4 – “He will beautify the humble with salvation” (NKJV) reminds us of the hymn “Jesus, Your Blood and Righteousness My Beauty are, My Glorious Dress.” (Hymn 376)

vv. 6-9 – God permitted Israel to inflict vengeance on God’s enemies, especially those nations who tried to frustrate God’s plan of salvation. However, God does not give us New Testament Christians that authority. He Himself will apply that crushing blow to His enemies on Judgment Day. Read Rev. 18, 19 and 20.

Saturday, June 18, Psalm 150
v. 1 – We praise God in His sanctuary every Sunday in church. His angels praise Him in His mighty heavens.

vv. 3-5 – We also praise God through all these instruments listed in these verses every Sunday through the use of our organ.

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