Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Tuesday, January 11, 2022


The Daily Bible Readings
Tuesday, January 11, 2022
Psalm 106:1-12; Judges 5:12-21; 1 John 5:13-21
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm opens with the imperative, “Praise the Lord.” He is deserving of thanksgiving or grateful “acknowledgment,” for he is “good” or “kind,” and his love—compassionate concern or “mercy”—is abiding. Being the ultimate standard of moral excellence, God is good and the source of all good things and his compassionate care can always be relied upon.

In our reading in the fifth chapter of Judges, Deborah and Barak sing about their victory over the Canaanites. They praise the Lord, the Israelite warriors—Ephraim, Benjamin, Machir in Manasseh, Zebulun, and Issachar—but scold the tribes that failed to join the fight.

Our reading in the fifth chapter of First John focuses on the teaching that believers can have the assurance of their salvation. Verse 13 clearly states that John’s purpose for this letter is “that you may know that you have eternal life.” Five additional teachings are then given, followed by a brief command to stay away from idols.

The voice of an individual rings out in our verse of the day. The psalmist looks back on a battle and trial. He declares that he will not fear because God is on his side. This is the heart of the covenant of grace: God siding with His redeemed. The implication for the psalmist is that he has nothing to fear from anyone because God is in control. Superior forces or weapons do not guarantee victory; it is a gift from God.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
Psalm 118:5-6

When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Usually, Prayers that come from distress and difficulties are from the heart, and they go directly to the heart of God. Many of us are going through such difficulty. Let’s not think of it as an end. Prayers serve as an avenue to break yokes and justify us.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 106:1-12
God Saves Through Water

1 Praise the Lord.

  Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
     his love endures forever.

2 Who can proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord
     or fully declare his praise?
3 Blessed are those who act justly,
     who always do what is right.

4 Remember me, Lord, when you show favor to your people,
     come to my aid when you save them,
5 that I may enjoy the prosperity of your chosen ones,
     that I may share in the joy of your nation
     and join your inheritance in giving praise.

6 We have sinned, even as our ancestors did;
     we have done wrong and acted wickedly.
7 When our ancestors were in Egypt,
     they gave no thought to your miracles;
  they did not remember your many kindnesses,
     and they rebelled by the sea, the Red Sea.
8 Yet he saved them for his name’s sake,
     to make his mighty power known.
9 He rebuked the Red Sea, and it dried up;
     he led them through the depths as through a desert.
10 He saved them from the hand of the foe;
      from the hand of the enemy he redeemed them.
11 The waters covered their adversaries;
      not one of them survived.
12 Then they believed his promises
      and sang his praise.


The happiness of God's people (vv. 1-5). Israel's sins (vv. 6-12).

Verses 1-5: None of our sins or sufferings should prevent our ascribing glory and praise to the Lord. The more unworthy we are, the more is his kindness to be admired. And those who depend on the Redeemer's righteousness will endeavor to copy his example, and by word and deed to show forth his praise. God's people have reason to be cheerful people; and need not envy the children of men their pleasure or pride.

Verses 6-12: Here begins a confession of sin; for we must acknowledge that the Lord has done right, and we have done wickedly. We are encouraged to hope that though justly corrected, yet we shall not be utterly forsaken. God's afflicted people own themselves guilty before him. God is distrusted because his favors are not remembered. If he did not save us for his own name's sake, and to the praise of his power and grace, we should all perish.

From the Historical Books
Judges 5:12-21
The Song of Deborah

12 ‘Wake up, wake up, Deborah!
      Wake up, wake up, break out in song!
   Arise, Barak!
      Take captive your captives, son of Abinoam.’

13 “The remnant of the nobles came down;
      the people of the Lord came down to me against the mighty.
14 Some came from Ephraim, whose roots were in Amalek;
      Benjamin was with the people who followed you.
   From Makir captains came down,
      from Zebulun those who bear a commander’s staff.
15 The princes of Issachar were with Deborah;
      yes, Issachar was with Barak,
      sent under his command into the valley.
   In the districts of Reuben
      there was much searching of heart.
16 Why did you stay among the sheep pens
      to hear the whistling for the flocks?
   In the districts of Reuben
      there was much searching of heart.
17 Gilead stayed beyond the Jordan.
      And Dan, why did he linger by the ships?
   Asher remained on the coast
      and stayed in his coves.
18 The people of Zebulun risked their very lives;
      so did Naphtali on the terraced fields.

19 “Kings came, they fought,
      the kings of Canaan fought.
   At Taanach, by the waters of Megiddo,
      they took no plunder of silver.
20 From the heavens the stars fought,
      from their courses they fought against Sisera.
21 The river Kishon swept them away,
      the age-old river, the river Kishon.
      March on, my soul; be strong!


Some commended, others censured.

Deborah called on her own soul to be in earnest. He that will set the hearts of other men on fire with the love of Christ, must himself burn with love. Praising God is a work we should awake to, and awake ourselves unto. She notices who fought against Israel, who fought for them, and who kept away. Who fought against them. They were obstinate enemies to God's people, therefore the more dangerous. Who fought for them. The several tribes that helped are here spoken of with honor; for though God is above all to be glorified, those who are employed must have their due praise, to encourage others. But the whole creation is at war with those to whom God is an enemy. The river of Kishon fought against their enemies. At most times it was shallow, yet now, probably by the great rain that fell, it was so swelled, and the stream so deep and strong, that those who attempted to pass, were drowned. Deborah's own soul fought against them. When the soul is employed in holy exercises, and heart-work is made of them, through the grace of God, the strength of our spiritual enemies will be trodden down, and will fall before us. She observes who kept away, and did not side with Israel, as might have been expected. Thus many are kept from doing their duty by the fear of trouble, the love of ease, and undue affection to their worldly business and advantage. Narrow, selfish spirits care not what becomes of God's church, so that they can but get, keep, and save money. All seek their own, Philippians 2:21. A little will serve those for a pretense to stay at home, who have no mind to engage in needful services, because there is difficulty and danger in them.

From the Epistles
1 John 5:13-21
The Life of Those Born of God

5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life. 14 This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of him.

16 If you see any brother or sister commit a sin that does not lead to death, you should pray and God will give them life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that you should pray about that. 17 All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death.

18 We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them. 19 We know that we are children of God, and that the whole world is under the control of the evil one. 20 We know also that the Son of God has come and has given us understanding, so that we may know him who is true. And we are in him who is true by being in his Son Jesus Christ. He is the true God and eternal life.

21 Dear children, keep yourselves from idols.


The assurance of God's hearing and answering prayer (vv. 13-17). The happy condition of true believers, and a charge to renounce all idolatry (vv. 18-21).

Verses 13-17: Upon all this evidence, it is but right that we believe on the name of the Son of God. Believers have eternal life in the covenant of the gospel. Then let us thankfully receive the record of Scripture. Always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that our labor is not in vain in the Lord. The Lord Christ invites us to come to him in all circumstances, with our supplications and requests, notwithstanding the sin that besets us. Our prayers must always be offered in submission to the will of God. In some things they are speedily answered; in others they are granted in the best manner, though not as requested. We ought to pray for others, as well as for ourselves. There are sins that war against spiritual life in the soul, and the life above. We cannot pray that the sins of the impenitent and unbelieving should, while they are such, be forgiven them; or that mercy, which supposes the forgiveness of sins, should be granted to them, while they willfully continue such. But we may pray for their repentance, for their being enriched with faith in Christ, and thereupon for all other saving mercies. We should pray for others, as well as for ourselves, beseeching the Lord to pardon and recover the fallen, as well as to relieve the tempted and afflicted. And let us be truly thankful that no sin, of which any one truly repents, is unto death.

Verses 18-21: All mankind are divided into two parties or dominions; that which belongs to God, and that which belongs to the wicked one. True believers belong to God: they are of God, and from him, and to him, and for him; while the rest, by far the greater number, are in the power of the wicked one; they do his works, and support his cause. This general declaration includes all unbelievers, whatever their profession, station, or situation, or by whatever name they may be called. The Son leads believers to the Father, and they are in the love and favor of both; in union with both, by the indwelling and working of the Holy Spirit. Happy are those to whom it is given to know that the Son of God is come, and to have a heart to trust in and rely on him that is true! May this be our privilege; we shall thus be kept from all idols and false doctrines, and from the idolatrous love of worldly objects, and be kept by the power of God, through faith, unto eternal salvation. To this living and true God, be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Today’s Lectionary Readings are selected from the Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, a three-year cyclical lectionary. We are currently in Year C. Beginning with the first Sunday of Advent in 2022, we will be in Year A. The year which ended at Advent 2021 was Year B. These readings complement the Sunday and festival readings: Thursday through Saturday readings help prepare the reader for the Sunday ahead; Monday through Wednesday readings help the reader reflect and digest what they heard in worship. Revised Common Lectionary Daily Readings, copyright © 2005 Consultation on Common Texts. www.commontexts.org. The Bible texts of the Old Testament, Epistle, and Gospel lessons are from The Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide. Commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible.

The Morning Prayer for Tuesday, January 11, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1, RSV

Our dear Father, we ask you to come to us from heaven and surround us with your goodness and mercy, with your light and life. We are weak, poor, and lost just when we need to stand firm and hold on. But you are faithful. You stay by us and help us. Continue to help and sustain us, we pray. Do not let our lives be lived in vain. May something of eternity be with us in all we have to face in life, so that over and over again we may find courage to start anew. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Tuesday, January 11, 2022


Verse of the Day
Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Psalm 118:5-6
When hard pressed, I cried to the Lord; he brought me into a spacious place. The Lord is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?
Usually, Prayers that come from distress and difficulties are from the heart, and they go directly to the heart of God. Many of us are going through such difficulty. Let’s not think of it as an end. Prayers serve as an avenue to break yokes and justify us.

Read all of Psalm 118

Listen to Psalm 118

Scripture from the Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV®.

Our Daily Bread — Escape or Peace?


Escape or Peace?

I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. John 16:33

READ John 16:25–33

“ESCAPE.” The billboard shouts the benefits of having a hot tub installed. It gets my attention—and gets me thinking. My wife and I have talked about getting a hot tub . . . someday. It’d be like a vacation in our backyard! Except for the cleaning. And the electric bill. And . . . suddenly, the hoped-for escape starts to sound like something I might need escape from.

Still, that word entices so effectively because it promises something we want: Relief. Comfort. Security. Escape. It’s something our culture tempts and teases us with in many ways. Now, there’s nothing wrong with resting or a getaway to someplace beautiful. But there’s a difference between escaping life’s hardships and trusting God with them.

In John 16, Jesus tells His disciples that the next chapter of their lives will test their faith. “In this world you will have trouble,” He summarizes at the end. And then He adds this promise, “But take heart! I have overcome the world” (v. 33). Jesus didn’t want His disciples to cave in to despair. Instead, He invited them to trust Him, to know the rest He provides: “I have told you these things,” he said, “so that in me you may have peace” (v. 33).

Jesus doesn’t promise us a pain-free life. But He does promise that as we trust and rest in Him, we can experience a peace that’s deeper and more satisfying than any escape the world tries to sell us.

By Adam Holz


How have you seen invitations to escape in the world around you recently? How well do you think they might deliver on those promises?

Father, help me to trust You so that I may find peace and rest in You.

Read Finding Peace in a Troubled World.


After three years of following their Teacher, seeing His miracles, and expecting to see Him overthrow the Roman occupation, His disciples were confused when He told them He was leaving (John 16:5–7). But that’s not all. He also said that in His absence, they’d have trouble (vv. 1–4, 16–18). Sensing their alarm, Jesus signaled that before long they’d understand God’s plan to overcome the oppressive world rule of His enemy (v. 33). Only after He’d risen from the dead and sent His Spirit would they understand the self-sacrificing goodness of God. Jesus exposed the accusing lies of Satan (v. 11), overcame with love the worst of our sins, and conquered death by showing His power over the grave.

Learn more about the life and times of Jesus.

Mart DeHaan