Daily Bible Reading

March 15th, 2019

Psalm 56 (GNT)

Sustained by God’s Word of Prayer

Introduction

Psalm 56: In today’s reading, the psalm writer says that his trust in God is greater than his fear and he expresses confidence in God’s protection.

Today's Scripture: Psalm 56:13b

I walk in the presence of God, in the light that shines on the living.

Today's Reading

A Prayer of Trust in God

1Be merciful to me, O God,

because I am under attack;

my enemies persecute me all the time.

2All day long my opponents attack me.

There are so many who fight against me.

3When I am afraid, O Lord Almighty,

I put my trust in you.

4I trust in God and am not afraid;

I praise him for what he has promised.

What can a mere human being do to me?

5My enemies make trouble for me all day long;

they are always thinking up some way to hurt me!

6They gather in hiding places

and watch everything I do,

hoping to kill me.

7Punish them, O God, for their evil;

defeat those people in your anger!

8You know how troubled I am;

you have kept a record of my tears.

Aren't they listed in your book?

9The day I call to you,

my enemies will be turned back.

I know this: God is on my side—

10the Lord, whose promises I praise.

11In him I trust, and I will not be afraid.

What can a mere human being do to me?

12O God, I will offer you what I have promised;

I will give you my offering of thanksgiving,

13because you have rescued me from death

and kept me from defeat.

And so I walk in the presence of God,

in the light that shines on the living.

Reflect

What verses in today’s reading express the psalm writer’s trust in God? Reread verses 4, 8, and 11. What do the questions posed at the end of these verses reveal about the writer’s faith? Have you experienced times in your life when you felt God’s presence in the midst of a troublesome or fearful situation?

Pray

Loving and merciful God, I offer you my humble heart and place my trust in you. I know that you are on my side. Order my steps this day so that I walk in the light of your presence. Amen.

Prayer Concern

Civilians in countries experiencing armed conflict

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Psalm 57: A prayer for protection from enemies.

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