A Song of Ascents. “Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth”— let Israel now say—“Greatly have they afflicted me from my youth, yet they have not prevailed against me. The plowers plowed upon my back; they made long their furrows.” The LORD is righteous; he has cut the cords of the wicked. May all who hate Zion be put to shame and turned backward! Let them be like the grass on the housetops, which withers before it grows up, with which the reaper does not fill his hand nor the binder of sheaves his arms, nor do those who pass by say, “The blessing of the LORD be upon you! We bless you in the name of the LORD!”
I can remember the pain of a sunburned back in my youth after long hours sitting on a tractor and cultivating corn in the hot Iowa sun. And the agony of trying to sleep that night with a sunburned back. That thought, coupled with the futility of growing grass on a rooftop is a very discouraging picture. All this and yet the pilgrim can proclaim, “Yet they have not prevailed against me. How often can we make that claim, “That the Evil One has not prevailed within me”?
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Morning Psalm 33, Noon Psalm 119:105-112, Evening Psalm 26
An alternate Reading Plan is 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.
Or set your own reading schedule up in convenient groupings as fits your study habits. But a daily time in the Word of the LORD is an absolute.