A Psalter- Psalm Devotional of Praise to Our Sovereign Covenant God
November 1 Read Psalm 37:1-11
Psalm 37:1-2 In this Psalm David gives instruction to the child of God in the area of relation with the wicked. David’s experience as told in this Psalm was that the wicked seem to prosper. David tells us in these first two verses to not be concerned about the wicked’s apparent success in this life. Their end is sure; they will be cut down by the sickle of God’s wrath and fade away. This should have a twofold effect on us. First of all we should not wish the wicked’s riches or position in this world. It profiteth him nothing. Secondly we can have comfort that a far better life awaits us in heaven at the throne of our eternal king. For this be thankful and pray that the kingdom come quickly. Sing Psalter 95:1.
November 2 Read Job 27:1-10
Psalm 37: 3-4 If we are not to concern ourselves with the wicked what are we to do? The text is explicit. We are to trust in God and do good. By doing this we will receive blessings in this life and the life to come. Young people, are you seeking to do good? Are you seeking to delight yourself in Jehovah? These are activities which take work on our part. We would much rather do evil. We would much rather delight in self and the things which please us. There is no reward for that, however. The only reward will be in doing the good of the Lord and delighting in Him and His ways. We must do this in our work and we must do this in our play. To do anything else will starve us spiritually. Let us seek daily the grace to love God and walk in His ways. Sing Psalter 95:2 and 100:1-2.
November 3 Read Genesis 12:1-9
Psalm 37:5-6 Young people, have you committed your way unto God? In your choices of vocation, life’s mate, and church affiliation, have you determined to trust in Him, to serve Him, and to obey Him? In today’s reading we see the consequences for Abraham and Sarah when they committed their way unto God. They left family, friends, and home in obedience to the call of God. Are you willing to obey him at the expense of a certain job, a certain boy, or a certain girl? Are you willing to seek the truth which is the way you must walk in your choices? Think on this matter! It is serious and like Abraham it will cause serious consequences. Seek for the city which hath foundations whose builder and maker is God. Sing Psalter 95:3 and 100:3
November 4 Read Ephesians 4:24-32
Psalm 37:7-8 People of God, do you become angry with circumstances in your lives? Do you do evil because of that anger? That anger is sin against our Holy God for it is He that brings us into the situations of this life. David had experienced evil done to him by wicked men. Think of his experiences with Saul, with the men of Keilah, with his sons. He knew what it was like to be persecuted. When he had a chance to kill Saul, he would not because it was not the will of God. We, too, may be in similar circumstances. While we may not be tempted to literally kill our neighbor, might we kill him by some other action or words. Do we seek our neighbor’s good when it is in our power to do him harm. Christ loved us when we did not deserve it. We must reflect that love in our daily walk. Sing Psalter 96:1 and 100:4.
November 5 Read Acts 5:1-13
Psalm 37:9-10 The account of Ananias and Sapphira is not placed in Scripture so that the church may gloat on the downfall of the wicked. This account is placed in the Bible for our instruction in how to walk in the ways of Jehovah. How many times have we wished the praise of men and profit for ourselves? Are we any better than Ananias and Sapphira? Our continuing to walk in the sins of greed and pride will cause us to be chastised by our holy God. When we wait on Jehovah for His time in earthly things, we will be rewarded with temporal and spiritual blessings. We may not understand these at the time, but He will show us the way and give to us grace to endure all things. Sing Psalter 96:2.
November 6 Read Matthew 5:1-12
Psalm 37:11 Meek inherit the earth? I can hear the world laughing at this phrase. If you want to have a place in this world, you have to be aggressive. You have to put down your opponent by whatever means is at hand. David, the man after God’s own heart, who was known for his military prowess pens these words. He realizes that his might would not give him anything. He understands that he must wait upon God and await what God will give him. Jesus says those very words as well during His sermon on the kingdom of heaven. Meekness is one of the characteristics of the citizens of that kingdom. Young people, do you have this quality? Do you cultivate this characteristic of a citizen of God’s kingdom? This is God’s will for us. We must be meek, and with meekness await His will. Sing Psalter 96:3.
November 7 Read Psalm 37:12-22
Psalm 37:12-15 David continues to give guidance to the child of God over the apparent success of the wicked. In the first part of this Psalm he shows us that we must wait upon the Lord to do His will. Now he draws from his experience about the end of the wicked. Verse 13 is the important one for us. If we are going to bring about the wicked’s demise, we will be sorely disappointed. It is God who is in control. David uses God’s covenant name Jehovah. What a comfort for us to know that because of the covenant love that God has for us, He will protect us and sustain us through all the onslaughts of the wicked. Their day is coming and it is a day of judgment and calamity. Our day is coming and it is a day of rejoicing around the Lamb’s throne in heaven. Sing Psalter 96:4.
November 8 Read Proverbs 15:11-17
Psalm 37:16-17 One of the horses running toward the end of time is the black horse. This horse signifies the economic troubles of the ages. It is the age old struggle of the haves and the have-nots. To the child of God it quite often appears that they are relegated to the lot of the have-nots and have nothing but economic troubles in this world. Solomon in Proverbs gives us good counsel about this situation. He tells us that it is better to be in want and have the fear of the Lord than to perish in Hell while having riches on this earth. His father had taught him well as we can see by this Psalm. David understood that to have little but to be righteous was a blessed thing. Are you content, people of God, with what God chooses to give you? Are you willing to be upheld by God waiting for your reward in heaven. Pray for the grace needed in this difficulty. Sing Psalter 97:1.
November 9 Read Isaiah 60:15-22
Psalm 37:18-19 The passage which we read for today as well as these two verses from Psalm 37 have the same thought. It is the continuation of the previous verses. God cares for His people. In whatever circumstances of life that we are lead, He cares for us. We may lie at death’s door in the hospital our body wracked by disease and pain, but we have a comfort that the wicked never have. God cares for us. The child of God may suffer extreme hunger, and it has happened in history and will happen again to those who refuse the mark of the beast, but he has this comforting word to him. God cares for him. Our business may be failing because we refuse to give in to those who urge ungodly practices upon us, but yet we can know that our heavenly Father who cares for even the sparrow, cares for us. What more do we need? What will we lack? Nothing, for God cares for us. Sing Psalter 97:2.
November 10 Read Revelation 19:7-21
Psalm 37:20 Once again in Scripture we see that little word “but”. We quite often see this little word; do we stop to examine its importance? In this context it is used to show that the apparent success of the wicked is not success at all. Why? Because our God has all things marked in His sovereign will. He knows His sheep, and He knows the wicked. Their end is sure. It will be destruction in the lake of fire. Do you believe in Hell? You should, because if you do not you will most likely end up there. Hell is a very real place reserved for those who oppose God and His people. The day is coming when the smoke of the reprobate’s demise will arise to heaven to be viewed by those who have a place prepared for them in heaven. Sing Psalter 97:3.
November 11 Read Acts 4:31-37
Psalm 37:21-22 People of God, do you show mercy to those in need and give to them in their distress? Or do you think that this is the work of the deacons and has nothing to do with you? The office of deacon is that of priest. Those ordained to show mercy. But because we believe in the office of all-believers, the office of mercy is our responsibility as well. Christians of all ages will have opportunity to show mercy to those who need it. Children and young people, while in school it is not hard to see a class mate who needs a comforting word or some small token of your help. Adults, do you look for fellow church members who need comfort and lend it to them by way of visit, comforting words of Scripture, or even some monetary help? It is our calling to show mercy because Christ was merciful to us. We must pray for grace to do this. Sing Psalter 97:4.
November 12 Read Psalm 37:23-33
Psalm 37:23-24 Young people, are your steps ordered by God? You probably will say, “of course, they are!” Do those around you know that they are? Can they tell it by the places you go, by the activities you do, and by the company you keep? Do you delight in walking in the way of God-that narrow way that leads to heaven? David delighted to walk in God’s ways. He knew that he sinned and strayed from the path. But it was also his experience that his shepherd would lead him back unto the right way. He had tasted grace and delighted in it. Young people, this may seem difficult now, but you will reap rich rewards by walking in God’s paths now and in eternity. Sing Psalter 98:1 and 101:1.
November 13 Read I Peter 5:1-11
Psalm 37:25-26 Earlier in this Psalm we looked at the believer’s duty to be merciful and help those in need. David’s experience is that because God is merciful, the people of God are not in need. By nature we do not want to help those who have needs. We want to be greedy and selfish. That same person is also merciful. He, too, lends to those who have needs. What is his reward? His children are blessed by God. While our good works are not the tools which take us to heaven, they are the fruit of our salvation in Christ and are blessed by God in this life. Humbleness is not popular in this world. Being humble and helping others for no recognition is unheard of. But this is the way the God leads His people. Be humble and merciful. Sing Psalter 98:2 and 101:2 & 3.
November 14 Read Nehemiah 13:10-22
Psalm 37:27-28 People of God, are you obeying the command, “depart from evil”? Are you fleeing the old man of sin and cleaving unto the man of righteousness. Evil is all around us. We find it at work, at school, and at play. Fleeing from it may mean a change of plans. It may mean telling friends or coworkers that you can not do what they wish. It may mean facing scoffing and affliction. Does this mean we have nothing to do? Of course not. The next phrase says to do good. There is plenty of good that we can do in this world for God’s sake. There are many elderly who needs someone to visit them and to keep them company. There are people who could use a hand around the house. There are fellow students who could use a helping hand. Nehemiah was busy doing good. Did everyone like him? Probably not! But he had the praise of God saying, “Well done thou good and faithful servant. Enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” Sing Psalter 98:3 and 103:1.
November 15 Read James 3:5-12
Psalm 37:29-31 These three verses speak of the blessings of walking in the way of the righteous. People of God are we happy with such blessings? They do not speak of fame, fortune, or high position on this earth. But they speak of the works pleasing to God. Are we happy enough to have heaven as our reward? Are we willing to live there forever in communion with God? Are we willing to speak of judgment and wisdom? Is God’s law in our hearts so that our steps do not slide? These things should be a joy to us. Are they? Are we seeking to put God’s law in our hearts? It just doesn’t go there by osmosis, you know. There is a lot for us to consider in these verses. Let us do that with our whole being. Sing Psalter 98:4.
November 16 Read Dan 6:10-23
Psalm 37:32-33 Most of us should know the story of Daniel in the lion’s den well. Could we be put in the lion’s dens of today for worshipping our God in the way he commands us? The wicked watch us just as hard as they watched Daniel. Will they find us in church, in the catechism room, in the society room discussing God’s Word? Just being there is not enough and does not please God though it does make Satan happy. Or worse will they find us in the bar, on the dance floor, watching the movie in whatever form? The wicked are watching. What do they see? Jehovah will be with us when the wicked attack but our sin does rise up against us. Sing Psalter 99:1.
November 17 Read Psalm 37:34-40
Psalm 37:34 This verse serves as a summary to the Psalm. First we are called upon to wait on the Lord. This can be very hard at times. Sometimes we are like Jacob and want to do the Lord’s work for him. Secondly we are called to keep His way. This goes hand in hand with the first admonition. We must learn that it is not our way that is the right way, but it is the Lord’s way we must follow. This way is summed up in the two commandments which summarize the law. We are to love the Lord our God, and we are to love our neighbor as ourselves. What is the reward for waiting upon Jehovah and keeping His way? That reward is twofold. First of all we will have eternal life in heaven. What more could we want? Secondly we will see the wicked who seemed to have the preeminence in this life brought to their eternal reward. God is good and knows how to give good gifts to his people. Sing Psalter 99:2 and 101:4.
November 18 Read II Kings 9:30-37
Psalm 37:35-36 These two verses are an expansion upon the last part of verse 34. What should our response be to such a work of God. Our response should not be one characterized by revenge, but rather we should be comforted that God does care for His people and that His promises are sure. We read about the end of Jezebel. To the seven thousand who had not bowed the knee to Baal, her death must have brought relief. But it should have also brought renewed zeal in serving Jehovah whose promises are sure. When we see the wicked’s destruction does it fill us with confidence that His ways are sure? It should. Sing Psalter 99:3.
November 19 Read II Timothy 4:1-8
Psalm 37:37-38 David continues with the contrast of the end of the wicked and that of the righteous. Paul in his epistle to Timothy speaks of that peace that he expects to receive. He has faced Satan in many forms. He is awaiting sentence at the hands of a cruel ruler. He believes that no matter what man decides to be his fate, God is sovereign and God will reward him either in this life of the life to come. Are we living the life of the perfect and upright man? Are we anxiously awaiting the end of this life and the beginning of the promised peace which is in heaven? Let us pray for that peace, and let us pray for the grace to live a life of sanctification on this earth. Sing Psalter 99:4 and 101:5.
November 20 Read II Kings 6:8-18
Psalm 37: 39-40 People of God, do you believe that God is your strength in times of trouble? Do you confess this as you lie on the hospital bed wondering what will be the outcome of surgery. Do you confess this as you look over your finances and wonder how you will make ends meet? Do you confess this when you are faced with a situation in which you must admonish someone for walking in a sinful way? Satan uses these and other like situations to put the elect in trouble today. These are the battles we must fight. Are we trusting in Him in all ways and at all times? Do we have the hearty confidence that He will deliver us from all evil? It is not an if-then proposition. It is a statement of fact from a sovereign God that He helps us because we trust in Him. That trust is based upon the unshakable faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us praise God from whom all blessings flow. Sing Psalter 99:5.
November 21 Read Psalm 38:1-14
Psalm 38:1 This Psalm of David is a prayer to God. In some Bibles the title added to it is “A Psalm of David,” to bring to remembrance. Throughout the Psalm, David confesses that because of his sin he has lead a hard life. He does this not to complain that God has not treated him fairly. Rather he wants to throw himself on the mercies of God his salvation. In the first verse he realizes that the life he has lead is worthy of rebuke and chastening in God’s displeasure. If David, the man after God’s own heart, realized this, what about us? Are we aware exactly what kind of life we lead? Are we ready to confess all of our sins and ask for God’s forgiveness? People of God of all ages, we must examine our lives and realize the depths of sin to which we fall. Then we must throw ourselves upon God’s mercies. Sing Psalter 102:1.
November 22 Read I Chronicles 21:1-8
Psalm 38:2-3 The Bible reading for the next several days is the familiar account of David numbering the people. While I do not know that this forms the background for Psalm 38, it appears that some like experience of David brought about the penning of this penitential Psalm. David confesses that the hard times he has experienced were brought about by God. He does not blame them on some wicked man though we know that wicked men sought David’s destruction often. His sin caused him much grief in life, and he knew it. People of God, do we confess that our sins are the cause of our miseries in this life? Do we see that the hand of God rests upon us because of our sins which testify of our unfaithfulness? This is necessary for the child of God. The first part of our Heidelberg Catechism testifies to this. Let us confess our sins before God and seek to walk in a new and holy life. Sing Psalter 102:2.
November 23 Read I Chronicles 21:9-13
Psalm 38:4-6 David continues with the litany of troubles to which his sin had brought him. He is not doing this out of self pity. He is not doing this to condemn God which might be our reaction at times. He is doing this because the only way of deliverance for him and us must be the complete knowledge of our misery and the confession of that misery. This is not the works righteousness of the Middle Age monk. This is the way of salvation ordained by God. Notice the words David uses to express the depths of his misery. He sinks under its heavy load. His physical condition is affected by his sin. Nothing he does throughout the day can erase the thoughts of his sin. All appears hopeless, except David knows his God is merciful. Do you? Sing Psalter 102:3.
November 24 Read I Chronicles 21:14-17
Psalm 38:7-9 These three verses are a continuation of the depths of misery into which David has been plunged by God on account of his sin. In verse 8, he speaks that his spiritual condition has caused him to cry out in pain. He cannot see a way of escape in his own life and way. He needs something more. In verse 9, he lays out all of his troubles before God. This is a prayer, young people. Do you pray this way? Do you confess your sins before God in prayer? Are your prayers specific in nature, or are they a few mumbled words of embarrassment that say nothing. This prayer of David was pleasing before God and was answered by God. Let us pray for forgiveness of all our sins. Sing Psalter 102:4.
November 25 Read Matthew 26:27-56
Psalm 38:10-11 Young people, do you feel deserted at times by those whom you account as friends? David had that experience. His son rebelled against him, and in that rebellion one of his best friends, Hushai, deserted him. Our Bible reading for today accounts for us the Jesus’s experience during the night in which He was betrayed. As He prays in the garden, his inner circle sleeps. David is a type of Christ. We can see Christ in some of his experiences. Christ became a man like us. Why? So that He could undergo the wrath of God for our sins. Christ was like us in all points except sin. Do we go to Him often in prayer? Do we seek the help of our elder brother? This is the only way out for sinners like us. Pray to God through Christ for forgiveness of sin and experience the mercy afforded us. Sing Psalter 102:5.
November 26 Read Mark 15:53-62
Psalm 38:12-14 In this text we again see David as a type of Christ. As Christ stood before the Sanhedren, He was silent not answering the false charges against Him. David had the same experience. He did not answer because he knew he was being chastised by God for his sin. Christ underwent the false accusations not for His sin, because He had none, but for ours. Because Christ experienced the suffering that Friday evening, we have the assurance of salvation. The wicked will mock us and accuse us falsely now and in the future. We must undergo this chastening because of our sin. By grace let us bow our heads and place our trust in Christ our redeemer. Sing Psalter 102:5.
November 27 Read Psalm 38:15-22
Psalm 38:15-16 This section begins with the word “for”. In our English grammar the word “for” is used to give a reason. What was David’s reason for his ability to withstand those who would despitefully use him. That reason was because he could hope in the Lord. This was not the wishy-washly hope of the world. This was the hope that maketh not ashamed. This was the hope which came from a faith in the covenant God. David prayed as he was mocked for he knew that the only way of deliverance for him was if God would sustain him in his trials. Do you have that hope, people of God? Do you have faith to trust in the covenant God? If we do, we will never fall. Today, we readers celebrate Thanksgiving. Let us be truly thankful for the good spiritual gifts God has given us. Sing Psalter 103:1.
November 28 Read Job 31:33-40
Psalm 38:17-18 Christian people, are you truly sorry for your sin? Are you sorry for committing those things which violate the law of our holy God? Or are we only sorry for the consequences of our sin? There is a big difference. If we are only sorry for the consequences, we will sin again but try not to be caught in our sin. Look at those who abuse alcohol or drugs. Their sorrow is only because they may be caught by the law. They will look for ways to avoid the law while indulging in their lusts. We can be no better. True sorrow is first of all that we realize that we have sinned against God and are no longer worthy to be called his sons. Secondly true sorrow means that we resolve to walk a new and holy life. Let us be truly sorrowful for our sins; God will bless us. Sing Psalter 103:2.
November 29 Read I Peter 3:8-18
Psalm 38:19-20 Young people, do you follow that which is good. Could you be convicted in court for doing what is right because of a preponderance of evidence. David was. Daniel was. Christ was. Can we add our name to that list? If we can, we must expect persecution from those who hate the good. We can be afflicted by Satan’s children on every side. This should be the experience of every child of God no matter his age. Let us be busy in well doing. Not so that we can obtain our salvation by our works, but because we are thankful for salvation that has been given us by God. Let us be convicted in Satan’s court for doing good, and we will be found in God’s court singing praise to the Lamb who lives for ever. Sing Psalter 103:3.
November 30 Read Isaiah 12
Psalm 38:21-22 David finishes this Psalm with the plea that God will not forsake him. He prays that God will be with him at all times. He prays that Jehovah will help him quickly. We need to make this plea a part of our daily prayers. We, too, are buffeted on every side by the storms of evil. We, too, have those around us that seek to do us harm. We, too, are tempted by a multitude of evils. Are you praying, people of God, for deliverance? Are these kinds of prayers part of your life, young people? Like David we need God to help us. David knows to whom he prays. It is the Lord of his salvation. It is Christ through whom he can do all things. Let us pray now for such deliverance, and let us pray always for this help. God will hear us because he is the God of our salvation. Sing Psalter 103:4.