Psalms 57:1-3 Be gracious to me, O God, be gracious to me,
For my soul takes refuge in You;
And in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge
Until destruction passes by.
I will cry to God Most High,
To God who accomplishes all things for me.
He will send from heaven and save me;
He reproaches him who tramples upon me.
This passage in Psalms is a prayer of David that he wrote while hiding in a cave when King Saul was looking for him in order to kill him. There are 150 chapters in Psalms and most of them are prayers. I read five chapters in Psalms each day as part of my Bible reading schedule so I get through it each month. Today is the 26th, 26 X 5 = 130, so today I read Psalms 126 to 130. As I read them I also make the words my personal prayer for that day. It is amazing how at least one verse each day will be a perfect fit for me. Todays reading includes this passage.
Psalms 130:5-6 I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait,
And in His word do I hope.
My soul waits for the Lord
More than the watchmen for the morning;
Indeed, more than the watchmen for the morning.
To wait on the Lord means to spend time with Him, to seek a stronger relationship with Him. So as a result of reading this passage I prayed, “Dear Lord, I have been less than faithful in my Bible reading and prayer time lately because of business, I am sorry for that, I repent and commit to seeking You diligently, apart from You I desire nothing on this earth, apart from You I can do nothing that really matters.
Praying through five chapters of Psalms each day is very powerful praying in that the words are ones that are a prophecy of the very words that Jesus prayed as a man on the earth as He lived life.
I love your blogs, they are very encouraging to me. I have a question. I try to read through the Bible every year and then also read through separate books of the Bible to my children at night. How do you keep your mind engaged when you have read a passage many times? I have trouble with my thoughts wondering as I read or listen to the Bible from time to time. Sometimes, I will even just re-read a whole chapter because its obvious to me that I wasn’t actively reading it.
Thank you pastor Duke. Your example is an encouragement to me.
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