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June 7 Read Psalm 108

One of the blessings of living a Christian life is the opportunity to have devotions not just every day but throughout the day. We should start out the day in praise to our God. We continue through the day with that same theme, and then we can end the day in thanksgiving for all that he has done for us. This is what we see in this Psalm. We praise the God of mercy and truth. When we end the day, we look back on all that he has done for us, and give to him thanks for that help. We truly may say that our help is in Jehovah’s name. Man’s help is nothing unless it is based in Jehovah’s help. Let us call upon God’s name and let us do that throughout the day. Sing Psalter 298.

June 8 Read Psalm 109:1-20

This part of this Psalm of David is imprecatory in nature. As you read through it, did you note to whom David directed these remarks and that they were prophetic in nature? It seems obvious that David penned these words concerning the treachery of Ahithophel his advisor after Ahithophel had gone over to Absalom’s side during his son’s rebellion. It is also evident that these words point ahead to the treachery of Judas Iscariot. David had his enemies; Christ had his enemies; and we have ours. All of them stem from the hatred of Satan against God. Let us be comforted by the words ofPsalm 2: “He that sitteth in the heavens will laugh.” Sing Psalter 300:1-10.

June 9 Read Psalm 109:21-31

After David brings his needs concerning his enemies to God in prayer, he prays for help from the only helper he can trust. This must be our reaction in times of trouble. Even well meaning friends cannot provide the help and assurance of our Friend of friends. God knows our needs and cares for those needs because he causes those needs. He causes them for his glory and our good. Because he is the sovereign God, he can do all things. And not only can he do all things, he will do all things for his people. Let us, like David, praise God in both private and public. Sing Psalter 301.

June 10 Read Psalm 110

This Messianic Psalm speaks of two of the three offices held by Christ. He first of all is a king who defeats all his enemies. These enemies are also the enemies of his church. Therefore, he is a king whom we must revere. We must be willing subjects to our great king and worship him in the beauty of holiness. Secondly, he is a high priest like none other as he is after the order of Melchizedek. This is an eternal priesthood. As priest he offered himself on the altar of the cross for our salvation. Let us be thankful for this work of our Savior, and let us show that thankfulness with lives of true holiness. Sing Psalter 302.

June 11 Read Psalm 111

Do we ever stop and think of the multitude of God’s works? When we do this, we must not just think of his many works in nature, but we must also think about his works in which he extends to us some of his attributes. We see truth and uprightness mentioned in this Psalm. We also see the work of his covenant that he has established with us. In considering his covenant we must see that it is not an agreement between God and us, but rather it is a bond of friendship and fellowship with him. Let us consider all his works and give unto him the honor due to his most glorious name. Sing Psalter 304.

June 12 Read Psalm 112

This Psalm, like the one before it, has an alphabetical scheme in the Hebrew. After starting with the word Hallelujah—translated Praise ye the LORD in the KJV, each of the first eight verses have two phrases that begin with successive letters in the Hebrew alphabet. The last two verses have three such phrases. While the previous Psalm dealt with God and his works, this Psalm deals with the God-fearing man and his works. These, of course, are not works of merit, but rather works of thankfulness. Notice the number of times giving to the poor is mentioned. Let us walk in these works as we praise our covenant God. Sing Psalter 305.

June 13 Read Psalm 113

This Psalm begins a section of the Psalms known as the Hallel or praise Psalms. These were used during the feasts, especially that of Passover or Tabernacles. Jesus and his disciples sang one or more of these Psalms before they left the upper room on the night in which Jesus was betrayed. In this Psalm we see the majesty of God is to be praised. Even in that majesty God has come to this earth and helped those who were not helped by any man. The poor are lifted out of their poor estate, and the barren woman is given children. The God who has done this has also given to poor sinners a great salvation. Hallelujah! Sing Psalter 306.

June 14 Read Psalm 114

Here in this Psalm of praise, we see several noteworthy thoughts. First of all, Israel is called to praise God who delivered them from the bondage of Egypt into the Promised Land. This is a picture of our deliverance from the bondage of sin and deliverance into the Promised Land of heaven. Secondly, we see that all creation is full of joy for this salvation and waits until the final culmination of deliverance that which brings creation into the new heavens and new earth. Finally we are called to experience the joy of our salvation in our life on this earth and to look ahead to that final joy in the sanctuary of the most high God. Sing Psalter 307.

June 15 Read Psalm 115:1-8

How many people in today’s world or even today’s church practice the words of verse 1? It is human nature to say I or me and praise our works and ourselves instead of God and his works. Notice the result of such an attitude. Those around us wonder who our God is, and that brings despite to God’s holy name. When we praise our works, we are no better than those who have God’s of this world’s materials. Let us trust our God who made heaven and earth. Sing Psalter 308:1-3.

June 16 Read Psalm 115:9-18

There are two works of great meaning for the child of God in this Psalm. First of all, we see the word trust. We need to stop often and ponder the meaning of this word. Once we have not only its denotation but also its connotation fixed in our minds, we must contemplate its meaning in our lives. Do we put our complete trust in our covenant God in all things? Do we trust him more than others or ourselves? Secondly, we see the word bless. When we are blessed by God, we can feel a quiet calmness come over our souls. This blessing may not be physical, in fact, sometimes it is better if it is not. But we need the spiritual blessing from him continually washing over our souls. May this be our condition as we live our lives on this earth. Sing Psalter 309.

June 17 Read Psalm 116:1-9

There is great hope and comfort in this Psalm. The author starts out with the simple declaration that he loves Jehovah. He gives the reason that Jehovah hears him. Is this not what we want from an earthly friend? We want one who will listen to us and our troubles. God is such a friend; he is much more. He is our covenant friend. No matter what afflicts us on this earth, we can have the confidence that we will be with him in heaven as stated in the last verse. We can rest because God has helped and will help us in any situation. To him be all praise and glory! Sing Psalter 310.

June 18 Read Psalm 116:10-19

Sometimes we speak too quickly even when we may be stating that which is true. Even then God will care for us and give to us many benefits. For those benefits we must bring works of thankfulness. We pay all of our vows to God. We frequent his house with the rest of the body of Christ. In the middle of this section is the beautiful truth that the death of the saints is precious. Those saints have been redeemed and are now being brought home to Jehovah. Death is that passageway to life and glory from them. When all is said and done there is but one word left, Hallelujah! Sing Psalter 311.

June 19 Read Psalm 117

This shortest of Psalms has a multitude of truths. First of all, all nations are called to praise our God. If all nations are called to praise him, then it must be the church’s duty to publish his name in every place. Secondly, the reasons for his praise are because of several of his attributes. We see especially named his mercy and his truth. We see that his mercy is great. That greatness is more than we can comprehend. Then we see that his truth endureth forever. God will not change in his love for his people. Let us praise him while we have breath. Sing Psalter 314.

June 20 Read Psalm 118:1-9

First of all, we see the refrain “for his mercy endureth forever.” Do we include these words in our prayers often? Do we stop each day to consider that God’s mercies are “new every morning”? Our experiences, like those of Israel, should cause us to make this a daily confession. Secondly, we see the Psalmist confessing his trust in Jehovah. Is this part of our daily confession and experience? How often must we be forced to say that our trust is in the Lord? How often do we put our trust in ourselves only to find that the object of our trust is weak and sinful? What more do we need than Jehovah who is on our side every minute of every day? Let us trust in Jehovah whose mercies endure forever. Sing Psalter 317.

June 21 Read Psalm 118:10-18

There are two things of note in this section of the Psalm. First of all, the Psalmist recounts afflictions that he endured in his life. There is no title to tell us but this sure seems like a Psalm of David. David constantly reported that Jehovah was his helper. Even in troublous times David would confess that God was his strength, song, and salvation. Is this our experience and confession? Secondly, the Psalmist knows that these afflictions do come from God. Do we? Will we continue to declare Jehovah’s works no matter what our state in life? We must bow daily to our God in prayer, confess his name, and look to him to bring to us salvation and comfort. Sing Psalter 318.

June 22 Read Psalm 118:19-29

There are several short verses in here fraught with meaning for the child of God. Which is your favorite? Let’s look at verse 23 once more. I see two meanings that are comforting to the child of God. The first is that God in both the states of the mediator has ordained every act of Christ so that we may have salvation. Each step on the way to the cross and to final glory is significant for us. But we can also see that all things in our lives are Jehovah’s doing as well. There are no accidents or “lucky breaks.” All things are ordained by our sovereign God and are for our good. What a joy and comfort this is! Sing Psalter 320.

June 23 Read Psalm 119:1-8

The word blessed can also be translated happy. So in verses 1 and 2 we see that the happy ones are those who walk in the way of the law of God. This long Psalm lays out for us the way that we should walk either young or old. The Psalmist realizes that he cannot walk in God’s law on his own. We see this in verse 5. We, too, must depend on the Holy Spirit to guide us in the proper way. May we make that part of our daily prayers. When we walk in God’s law we will praise him with our whole being and we will have the assurance that he will not forsake us. Sing Psalter 321.

June 24 Read Psalm 119:9-16

This section of Psalm 119 is full of gems. Young people must start out with verse 9. There is only one right answer to the question posed at the beginning of that verse. It is not multiple choice or true/false. Verse 11 continues to give wise counsel for God’s people of all ages. Do you want to know why you must memorize God’s word? It is not so that you can win trivia games, but so that you may flee from sin. And then in verse 15 we see the object of our devotions. They are not so that we can exalt ourselves, but so that God can teach us the right way. Ponder these things, people of God, and seek his Word always. Sing Psalter 322.

June 25 Read Psalm 119:17-24

It should be our testimony that we are strangers on the earth. This Psalmist testified to that truth. The writer of Hebrews 11 also states that as he describes Abraham’s family’s life. Do we live that way? Or do we join with the world in all sorts of activities and events, and no one knows that we are different? If we live the life of a stranger and pilgrim, we will need God’s law every day. We will need that law to keep us through the onslaughts of the wicked. With that law at our side and in our hearts, we will know what to speak and how to act at all times. Let that law be your delight and counselor. Sing Psalter 323.

June 26 Read Psalm 119:25-32

The Psalmist realizes that a sin that besets him and all of us is the sin of lying. In that sin we repudiate God’s law in all that we do. When we lie, God’s law is cast aside like an old rag. When we choose the way of truth, which is living in accordance to God’s law, then God will enlarge our hearts, that is, make us to live a life pleasing to him. As we go through life, let us seek God’s law, understand that law, and talk of that law to all that are around us. Sing Psalter 324.

June 27 Read Psalm 119:33-40

As we read in Hebrews 12, life can be compared to a journey or a long race. What will make it so that we can finish the race? The answer is found in verse 33. We need to run the race in the way of God’s law. When we have learned that law from the mouth and hand of the Great Teacher, then we can keep that law to the very end of the race. In that keeping we will finish the race and be able to receive the prize won for us by Christ. As we observe that law, we must turn away from all types of wickedness. Let us long after that law and in that way be made alive in righteousness now and in eternity. Sing Psalter 325.

June 28 Read Psalm 119:41-48

Are we ready to speak of God’s Word and law before all kinds of men? Do we speak of it daily in the workplace, at school, or where we are enjoying recreation? This part of the Psalm says that we must be ready to speak of that Word before kings. We may not let whom we are talking to dictate of what we speak. Even before those whom God has placed in authority, we must speak of God’s Word. If we cannot or will not do it now, we will not be ready for the trials that will come upon us in the last days. We must learn that law, love that law, and be ready at all times to give an answer for the reason of the hope which lies within us. Sing Psalter 326.

June 29 Read Psalm 119:49-56

The Psalmist recounts the comfort he had in times of affliction. He may have been tempted to lose hope in God. He was afflicted in many ways. The wicked were out to do him harm and were openly breaking God’s law. He also needed help at night. He received comfort in all these afflictions. What was the way of that comfort? That way was in the keeping of God’s law. We, too, can have that kind of a comfort. We, too, can be comforted when it appears that afflictions from any and every corner press in upon us. That comfort is found when we keep all of God’s law. Let us daily pray for the grace to find that comfort in this way. Sing Psalter 327.

June 30 Read Psalm 119:57-64

There are two ideas on which I wish for us to focus today. First of all verse 59. There the psalmist says that he turned his feet to God’s testimonies. Our feet are the vehicle which take us places. If we allow our feet to take us places unfit for the child of God we have not turned them to his law. Secondly, reread verse 63. Who are our companions? Are they those who fear God’s name? Are they those who lead us in places that our feet should not be? As we go through life we must make choices. We should let the law of Jehovah be our guide and lead us onto paths where we find fit companions. Sing Psalter 328.

July 1 Read Psalm 119:65-72

Does God do “bad” things to his people? The answer to that is an emphatic no! Take a minute to remember Romans 8:28. Look it up; ponder it; savor it. In this portion of Psalm 119 we see more proof that “bad” things are for God’s peoples’ good. Those afflictions, as they are called here, help us to keep God’s Word, and they also help us to learn God’s Word. Verse 68 tells us that not only is God good but he does good. Would he not do good unto his people? We might not always understand the why of those afflictions, but we can trust that they are for our profit. As we go through life, we can always know that God loves us and does good for us. Sing Psalter 329.

July 2 Read Psalm 119:73-80

Notice verse 74. Here is a statement that we do not focus on very much or very often. Are God’s people glad to see us because we hope in his Word? Does the fact that we hope in his Word bubble out of us so that the saints are made glad by our appearance? There is a connection between that verse and the next one. The connection is that even though God has afflicted us, we still can hope in God. This is not a light matter. This matter is only one that can take place by faith. Only by way of God’s lovingkindness is his law our delight. Let us make verse 80 our daily prayer so that we might show forth God’s faithfulness to us each day of our lives. Sing Psalter 330.

July 3 Read Psalm 119:81-88

We see many evidences of the troubles that the Psalmist was experiencing. The writer was no different than any of us. We, too, have afflictions in this life. It does not matter what our age or what our station and calling in this life is. We have afflictions. God does not leave us alone. He brings to us his Word. In that Word and especially in that law, he gives to us all the comfort necessary to live as we await the day of rejoicing. We are being made ready for heaven. Like the caterpillar that unfolds into the beautiful butterfly or moth, we are being made ready for a beautiful life of glory. May God’s Word sustain us. May we, like the Psalmist, not forsake the law of our gracious God. Sing Psalter 331.

July 4 Read Psalm 119:89-96

What a beautiful thought it is that God’s Word is settled in heaven! The idea of settled is established. But it is an establishment with comfort. That Word comforts us each and every day of our lives. It also gives to us the comfort that our covenant God who made the heaven and earth is in control of all things so that nothing happens by chance but all is carried out by his fatherly hand. Because we are his, we can have the confidence that all things work together for our good and his glory. As we read God’s Word, and as we live out of that Word, we can have the assurance that it gives to us spiritual life now and through all eternity. Sing Psalter 332.

July 5 Read Psalm 119:97-104

The Psalmist has experienced the benefits of knowing God’s law and seeing its profit in his daily life. He then breaks out in the song of praise “O how love I thy law.” Is this our experience? Do we see how God’s law is applicable in our lives, and how it gives to us the true wisdom? God is the best teacher with the best subject material. When we immerse ourselves in the study of his law, we learn what is most important in this life. God’s law will taste better than any earthly food as it will be our food for eternity. Let us learn that law, live out of that law, and hope in that law forever. Sing Psalter 333.