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365 Devotionals: Songs of Praise

But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. James 1:22 AMP

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Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:4 KJV

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Bible Basis

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5th Psalm Chapter 60 Chapter 66 Say So

Memory Verse

Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin. Hebrews 12:4 KJV

Key people

Here is a list of key people found in today’s reading (in order of appearance) with bios from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

David. A young shepherd who gains fame first as a musician and later by killing the enemy champion Goliath.

Today’s Devotional Reading: Psalm 60 – 66

Psalm 60 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 61 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 62 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 63 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 64 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 65 Amplified Version (AMP)
Psalm 66 Amplified Version (AMP)

From Matthew Henry’s Commentary

After many psalms which David penned in a day of distress this comes which was calculated for a day of triumph; it was penned after he was settled in the throne, upon occasion of an illustrious victory which God blessed his forces with over the Syrians and Edomites; it was when David was in the zenith of his prosperity, and the affairs of his kingdom seem to have been in a better posture then ever they were either before or after (Chapter 60).

David, in this psalm, as in many others, begins with a sad heart, but concludes with an air of pleasantness—begins with prayers and tears, but ends with songs of praise. Thus the soul, by being lifted up to God, returns to the enjoyment of itself (Chapter 61).

This psalm has nothing in it directly either of prayer or praise, nor does it appear upon what occasion it was penned, nor whether upon any particular occasion, whether mournful or joyful. But in it, I. David with a great deal of pleasure professes his own confidence in God and dependence upon him, and encourages himself to continue waiting on him, Ps. 62:1-7. II. With a great deal of earnestness he excites and encourages others to trust in God likewise, and not in any creature, Ps. 62:8-12. In singing it we should stir up ourselves to wait on God (Chapter 62).

This psalm has in it as much of warmth and lively devotion as any of David’s psalms in so little a compass. As the sweetest of Paul’s epistles were those that bore date out of a prison, so some of the sweetest of David’s psalms were those that were penned, as this was, in a wilderness. That which grieved him most in his banishment was the want of public ordinances; these he here longs to be restored to the enjoyment of; and the present want did but whet his appetite. Yet it is not the ordinances, but the God of the ordinances, that his heart is upon (Chapter 63).

This whole psalm has reference to David’s enemies, persecutors, and slanderers; many such there were, and a great deal of trouble they gave him, almost all his days, so that we need not guess at any particular occasion of penning this psalm (Chapter 64).

In this psalm we are directed to give to God the glory of his power and goodness, which appear, I. In the kingdom of grace (Ps. 65:1), hearing prayer (Ps. 65:2), pardoning sin (Ps. 65:3), satisfying the souls of the people (Ps. 65:4), protecting and supporting them, Ps. 65:5. II. In the kingdom of Providence, fixing the mountains (Ps. 65:6), calming the sea (Ps. 65:7), preserving the regular succession of day and night (Ps. 65:8), and making the earth fruitful, Ps. 65:9-13. These are blessings we are all indebted to God for, and therefore we may easily accommodate this psalm to ourselves in singing it (Chapter 65).

This is a thanksgiving-psalm, and it is of such a general use and application that we need not suppose it penned upon any particular occasion. All people are here called upon to praise God (Chapter 66).

Reflection:

David was not only a Psalmist, or what we would call today a songwriter, he was a minister and King. He called upon people to render their praises unto God. When was the last time you encouraged someone else to give praise to God? This is part of the responsibility of every believer.

Your faith should not be a secret if your life is not in danger. Yes, there are some people who must risk their lives if they would own up to their beliefs. That brings me to the voice of the martyrs.

The Voice of the Martyrs continues its mission to serve persecuted Christians through practical and spiritual assistance and lead other members of the body of Christ into fellowship with them around the world today through the following purposes:

  1. Encouraging and empowering Christians to fulfill the Great Commission in areas of the world where they are persecuted for sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ.
  2. Providing practical relief and spiritual support to the families of Christian martyrs.
  3. Equipping persecuted Christians to love and win to Christ those who are opposed to the gospel in their part of the world.
  4. Undertake projects of encouragement, helping believers rebuild their lives and Christian witness in countries where they have formerly suffered oppression.
  5. Promoting the fellowship of all believers by informing the world of the faith and courage of persecuted Christians, thereby inspiring believers to a deeper level of commitment to Christ and involvement in His Great Commission.

Yesterday was American Independence Day. We read in Hebrews 12:4 that we have not yet resisted unto the shedding of blood to strive against sin – this is true for some but not for all of us. Most of us will not be required to risk our lives for our faith.

You should thank God if your are free to worship Him however you see fit. With that freedom, how can you encourage others to believe as you are redeemed and say so?


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