Today’s reading is: Psa. 131; 133; 138-141; 143
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-One
- Psalm 131 is one of the Songs of Ascents, sung as the pilgrims made the ascent to the temple for their annual feasts (Ps. 120-134).
- Humble believers faithfully pursue their work assignment, and do not strive for things beyond what they have been called to do (Ps. 131:1).
- Humble believers compose and quiet their soul so they can listen to the quiet voice of the Lord (Ps. 131:2).
- Humble believers hope in the Lord, waiting for Him to call us home (Ps. 131:3).
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-Three
- Psalm 133 is another of the psalms of ascents (Ps. 120-134).
- Believers should come to appreciate the blessings of unity in Christ (Ps. 133:1; Rom. 12:10; 1st Thess. 4:9-10; Heb. 13:1).
- Christian unity not only pleases God, but also produces spiritual life blessings for one another on earth (Ps. 133:3; 2nd Cor. 13:11).
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-Eight
- Psalm 138 is a Davidic psalm, but the subject matter is fitting for the post-exilic Jewish people (Ps. 138:1-3).
- David understood his witness and testimony before the angelic realm (v.1).
- David understood the reality of the heavenly temple before any earthly temple had yet been built (v.2a).
- David understood the primacy of the Word of God, which God Himself magnified (v.2b).
- David understood the empowerment of fervent prayer (v.3).
- David looked ahead to promised Millennial blessings (Ps. 138:4-6) and this provided him with confidence to endure present temporal testing (Ps. 138:7-8).
Psalm One Hundred Thirty-Nine
- Psalm 139 consists of four stanzas of six verses each.
- David celebrates God’s omniscience (Ps. 139:1-6).
- David celebrates God’s omnipresence (Ps. 139:7-12).
- David celebrates God’s omnipotence (Ps. 139:13-18).
- David celebrates God’s preeminence (Ps. 139:19-24).
Psalm One Hundred Forty
- Believers must guard against attacks from the Adversary (Ps. 140:1-3).
- Believers must guard against being ensnared by the Adversary (Ps. 140:4-5).
- The method for the believers’ alertness is fervent, effectual prayer (Ps. 140:6-13).
Psalm One Hundred Forty-One
- David worships the Lord through prayer (Ps. 141:1-2).
- He cannot offer the required sacrifices at the tabernacle.
- He understands the spiritual significance of prayer as the reality behind the ritual.
- David asks the Lord to protect him from sins of the tongue, mental attitude sins, and overt sins (Ps. 141:3-4a).
- Wicked associates need to be avoided (Ps. 141:4b), and godly friends need to be listened to when they reprove him (Ps. 141:5a).
- David looks to the Lord to deliver him from the traps and snares the Adversary sets against him (Ps. 141:8-10).
Psalm One Hundred Forty-Three
- David calls upon the Lord to answer his prayer (Ps. 143:1-4).
- Prayer is answered on the basis of the Lord’s faithfulness and righteousness (v.1).
- David is saved by grace, and not the object of God’s eternal judgment (v.2).
- David’s testing was to the point where his soul was overwhelmed (vv.3,4).
- Rather than focus on his problems, David chooses to dwell on the glories of God’s faithful doings (Ps. 143:5-6; Phil. 4:8).
- David’s prayers become urgent because he views his physical death as imminent (Ps. 143:7-9).
- All testing is instructive—even the testing of dying grace (Ps. 143:10-12).