Daily Bible Reading

February 17, 2024

Psalm 108(GNT)

God’s Guiding Word: Love

Introduction

Psalm 108: In today’s reading, the writer prays for help while he expresses confidence in God. Verses 7–9 refer to the land of Israel and its neighbors. Shechem was in the territory of Manasseh west of the Jordan River. Sukkoth and Gilead were in the territory of Manasseh east of the Jordan. The Ephraim tribe settled in central Canaan, and its name sometimes stood for the whole northern kingdom. Judah was the name for the entire southern kingdom. The people of Moab were descended from Lot, the nephew of Abraham (see Genesis 19:30–38), and Moab and Israel had been enemies in the past (2 Samuel 8:2). The people of Edom were descendants of Esau, one of Abraham’s grandsons (see Genesis 25:29, 30; 36:9), and they, too, had been enemies of Israel (2 Samuel 8:13–14).

Scripture Reading

108 I have complete confidence, O God!
    I will sing and praise you!
Wake up, my soul!
    Wake up, my harp and lyre!
    I will wake up the sun.
I will thank you, O Lord, among the nations.
    I will praise you among the peoples.
Your constant love reaches above the heavens;
    your faithfulness touches the skies.

Show your greatness in the sky, O God,
    and your glory over all the earth.
Save us by your might; answer my prayer,
    so that the people you love may be rescued.

From his sanctuary God has said,
    “In triumph I will divide Shechem
    and distribute Sukkoth Valley to my people.
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh too;
    Ephraim is my helmet
    and Judah my royal scepter.
But I will use Moab as my washbowl,
    and I will throw my sandals on Edom,
    as a sign that I own it.
    I will shout in triumph over the Philistines.”

10 Who, O God, will take me into the fortified city?
    Who will lead me to Edom?
11 Have you really rejected us?
    Aren’t you going to march out with our armies?
12 Help us against the enemy;
    human help is worthless.
13 With God on our side we will win;
    he will defeat our enemies.

Today’s Key Verse: Psalm 108:5

Show your greatness in the sky, O God, and your glory over all the earth.

Reflect

You may wish to compare Psalm 108 with Psalms 57 and 60. Some scholars suggest that parts of these two psalms were combined to form Psalm 108. What verses speak of asking God for help against Israel’s enemies? What verses speak of trust in God? How do you experience confidence in God’s love for you?

Pray

Lord God, you are mighty and victorious. Whenever I need your help, I know I can turn to you, trusting that you hear my prayer. Hold me close to you and surround me with your loving presence. In your holy name, I pray, Amen.

Tomorrow’s Reading

John 7:1–24: Jesus returns to Galilee and meets with his brothers.

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