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Tuesday, March 27, 2012
American Bible Society Daily Bible Reading and Daily Prayer for Monday, 26 March 2012
Psalm 34: Today’s psalm praises God for deliverance from trouble. The psalm teaches that the LORD provides for those who honor and obey him and is near to those who are discouraged and have lost hope.
Today’s Scripture: Psalm 34:6
Find out for yourself how good the LORD is. Happy are those who find safety with him.
1 I will always thank the LORD; I will never stop praising him. 2 I will praise him for what he has done; may all who are oppressed listen and be glad! 3 Proclaim with me the LORD's greatness;let us praise his name together! 4 I prayed to the LORD, and he answered me; he freed me from all my fears. 5 The oppressed look to him and are glad; they will never be disappointed. 6 The helpless call to him, and he answers; he saves them from all their troubles. 7 His angel guards those who honor the LORDand rescues them from danger. 8 Find out for yourself how good theLORD is. Happy are those who find safety with him. 9 Honor the LORD, all his people; those who obey him have all they need. 10 Even lions go hungry for lack of food, but those who obey the LORD lack nothing good. 11 Come, my young friends, and listen to me, and I will teach you to honor the LORD. 12 Would you like to enjoy life? Do you want long life and happiness? 13Then keep from speaking evil and from telling lies. 14 Turn away from evil and do good; strive for peace with all your heart. 15 The LORD watches over the righteous and listens to their cries; 16but he opposes those who do evil, so that when they die, they are soon forgotten. 17 The righteous call to the LORD, and he listens; he rescues them from all their troubles. 18 TheLORD is near to those who are discouraged; he saves those who have lost all hope. 19 Good people suffer many troubles, but the LORD saves them from them all; 20 the LORD preserves them completely; not one of their bones is broken. 21 Evil will kill the wicked; those who hate the righteous will be punished. 22 The LORD will save his people; those who go to him for protection will be spared.
How does the psalm writer testify to God’s goodness? What instructions does the writer give for achieving true happiness (verses 11-14)? When and how have you experienced God’s goodness?
Lord God, I praise you for your goodness and for all your wonderful deeds. I proclaim your greatness and praise your holy name. May my words and actions this day bring honor and glory to you. Amen.