You know my reproach, my shame, and my dishonor; My adversaries are all before You. Reproach has broken my heart, And I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; And for comforters, but I found none. They also gave me gall for my food, And for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink. Let their table become a snare before them, And their well-being a trap.
Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see; And make their loins shake continually. Pour out Your indignation upon them, And let Your wrathful anger take hold of them. Let their dwelling place be desolate; Let no one live in their tents. For they persecute the ones You have struck, And talk of the grief of those You have wounded. Add iniquity to their iniquity, And let them not come into Your righteousness. Let them be blotted out of the book of the living, And not be written with the righteous.
But I am poor and sorrowful; Let Your salvation, O God, set me up on high. I will praise the name of God with a song, And will magnify Him with thanksgiving. This also shall please the LORD better than an ox or bull, Which has horns and hooves. The humble shall see this and be glad; And you who seek God, your hearts shall live. For the LORD hears the poor, And does not despise His prisoners.
Look at the pattern in this passage. In the first paragraph, David looks inward and finds nothing but desolation. The statement, “I am full of heaviness” is an excellent summary of his state of mind. He cannot even find someone to share his dolor with. We have all been there, done that, but, speaking for myself, never with the eloquence of David.
Now look at the pattern in the second paragraph. David summarizes his state of mind very succinctly and then turns to the LORD as the source of the solution. He turns to the LORD completely and totally, no whining and grumbling. I can hear the joy in the LORD as he recognizes that the LORD hears the poor and responds. “His heart lives.” It's a 'hitch up your pants and get to work' attitude. May I respond the same.
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Morning Psalm 6, Noon Psalm 119:113-120, Evening Psalm 52.
Alternate Reading Plan based on 7 chapters/day from 7 sections of the Scriptures. My groupings are: Genesis-Joshua, Judges to Esther, Job to Song of Solomon, Psalms breaking 119 into convenient sets, Isaiah to Malachi, Matthew to Acts, Romans to Revelation.
Set your own up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits.
I suggest either setting aside a period of the day to read all, or break the readings up into morning, mid-day, and evening series. Both approaches have their advantages, and both will build an awareness of the Bible as a whole over time.