Monday, February 7, 2022

The Daily Bible Readings for Monday, February 7, 2022


The Daily Bible Readings
Monday, February 7, 2022
Psalm 115; Judges 5:1-11; 1 Corinthians 14:26-40
with commentaries from Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Bible

Introduction & Summary

In today’s lectionary readings, our psalm addresses a question that concerns all religious people. Who will God honor to live in his presence? This psalm was, and still is among the Jews, the first of those traditionally read or sung following the Passover meal. It is a song expressing communal confidence in God to help and bless His people.

Our reading in Judges is the Song of Deborah. Deborah sang concerning the overthrow of Israel’s enemies and the deliverance vouchsafed to the tribes. The song of Deborah and Barak is a celebrative chronicle of the Israelites’ victory. It was sung to inspire praise and adoration for God, affirming his saving power and concern for his people.

In our epistle reading, Paul communicates to the Corinthians his “house rules” by insisting that there must be order in the church. He gives instructions about the priority and proper exercise of gifts, especially the gift of tongues.

In our verse of the day, the psalmist addresses the people of Israel who love the LORD and introduces a strong statement. Despite the seemingly abrupt transition, the psalmist sensibly connected the appearance of the God whose very throne is founded on righteousness and justice with the heart for righteousness and justice that His people should also have.

Today’s Verse of the Day:
Psalm 97:10

Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
As our taste for the Lord and His loving, holy nature grows, our distaste for anything that dishonors and displeases Him should also increase. Our love for God should prompt us to help others draw near to Him as well.

Today’s Lectionary Readings:
From the Psalter
Psalm 115
God Blesses the Chosen People

1 Not to us, Lord, not to us
     but to your name be the glory,
     because of your love and faithfulness.

2 Why do the nations say,
     “Where is their God?”
3 Our God is in heaven;
     he does whatever pleases him.
4 But their idols are silver and gold,
     made by human hands.
5 They have mouths, but cannot speak,
     eyes, but cannot see.
6 They have ears, but cannot hear,
     noses, but cannot smell.
7 They have hands, but cannot feel,
     feet, but cannot walk,
     nor can they utter a sound with their throats.
8 Those who make them will be like them,
     and so will all who trust in them.

9 All you Israelites, trust in the Lord—
     he is their help and shield.
10 House of Aaron, trust in the Lord—
      he is their help and shield.
11 You who fear him, trust in the Lord—
      he is their help and shield.

12 The Lord remembers us and will bless us:
      He will bless his people Israel,
      he will bless the house of Aaron,
13 he will bless those who fear the Lord—
      small and great alike.

14 May the Lord cause you to flourish,
      both you and your children.
15 May you be blessed by the Lord,
      the Maker of heaven and earth.

16 The highest heavens belong to the Lord,
      but the earth he has given to mankind.
17 It is not the dead who praise the Lord,
      those who go down to the place of silence;
18 it is we who extol the Lord,
      both now and forevermore.

   Praise the Lord.


Glory to be ascribed to God (vv. 1-8) by trusting in him and praising him (vv. 9-18).

Verses 1-8: Let no opinion of our own merits have any place in our prayers or in our praises. All the good we do, is done by the power of his grace; and all the good we have, is the gift of his mere mercy, and he must have all the praise. Are we in pursuit of any mercy, and wrestling with God for it, we must take encouragement in prayer from God only. Lord, do so for us; not that we may have the credit and comfort of it, but that they mercy and truth may have the glory of it. The heathen gods are senseless things. They are the works of men's hands: the painter, the carver, the statuary, can put no life into them, therefore no sense. The psalmist hence shows the folly of the worshipers of idols.

Verses 9-18: It is folly to trust in dead images, but it is wisdom to trust in the living God, for he is a help and a shield to those that trust in him. Wherever there is right fear of God, there may be cheerful faith in him; those who reverence his word, may rely upon it. He is ever found faithful. The greatest need his blessing, and it shall not be denied to the meanest that fear him. God's blessing gives an increase, especially in spiritual blessings. And the Lord is to be praised: his goodness is large, for he has given the earth to the children of men for their use. The souls of the faithful, after they are delivered from the burdens of the flesh, are still praising him; but the dead body cannot praise God: death puts an end to our glorifying him in this world of trial and conflict. Others are dead, and an end is thereby put to their service, therefore we will seek to do the more for God. We will not only do it ourselves, but will engage others to do it; to praise him when we are gone. Lord, thou art the only object for faith and love. Help us to praise thee while living and when dying, that thy name may be the first and last upon our lips: and let the sweet savor of thy name refresh our souls for ever.

From the Historical Books
Judges 5:1-11
Deborah the Judge Sings God’s Praise

5:1 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song:

2 “When the princes in Israel take the lead,
     when the people willingly offer themselves—
     praise the Lord!

3 “Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers!
     I, even I, will sing to the Lord;
     I will praise the Lord, the God of Israel, in song.

4 “When you, Lord, went out from Seir,
     when you marched from the land of Edom,
  the earth shook, the heavens poured,
     the clouds poured down water.
5 The mountains quaked before the Lord, the One of Sinai,
     before the Lord, the God of Israel.

6 “In the days of Shamgar son of Anath,
     in the days of Jael, the highways were abandoned;
     travelers took to winding paths.
7 Villagers in Israel would not fight;
     they held back until I, Deborah, arose,
     until I arose, a mother in Israel.
8 God chose new leaders
     when war came to the city gates,
  but not a shield or spear was seen
     among forty thousand in Israel.
9 My heart is with Israel’s princes,
     with the willing volunteers among the people.
     Praise the Lord!

10 “You who ride on white donkeys,
      sitting on your saddle blankets,
      and you who walk along the road,
11 the voice of the singers at the watering places.
      They recite the victories of the Lord,
      the victories of his villagers in Israel.

   “Then the people of the Lord
      went down to the city gates.


Praise and glory ascribed to God (vv. 1-5). The distress and deliverance of Israel (vv. 6-11).

Verses 5:1-5: No time should be lost in returning thanks to the Lord for his mercies; for our praises are most acceptable, pleasant, and profitable, when they flow from a full heart. By this, love and gratitude would be more excited and more deeply fixed in the hearts of believers; the events would be more known and longer remembered. Whatever Deborah, Barak, or the army had done, the Lord must have all the praise. The will, the power, and the success were all from Him.

Verses 5:6-11: Deborah describes the distressed state of Israel under the tyranny of Jabin, that their salvation might appear more gracious. She shows what brought this misery upon them. It was their idolatry. They chose new gods, with new names. But under all these images, Satan was worshiped. Deborah was a mother to Israel, by diligently promoting the salvation of their souls. She calls on those who shared the advantages of this great salvation, to offer up thanks to God for it. Let such as are restored, not only to their liberty as other Israelites, but to their rank, speak God's praises. This is the Lord's doing. In these acts of his, justice was executed on his enemies. In times of persecution, God's ordinances, the walls of salvation, whence the waters of life are drawn, are resorted to at the hazard of the lives of those who attend them. At all times Satan will endeavor to hinder the believer from drawing near to the throne of grace. Notice God's kindness to his trembling people. It is the glory of God to protect those who are most exposed, and to help the weakest. Let us notice the benefit we have from the public peace, the inhabitants of villages especially, and give God the praise.

From the Epistles
1 Corinthians 14:26-40
Advice About Worship

14:26 What then shall we say, brothers and sisters? When you come together, each of you has a hymn, or a word of instruction, a revelation, a tongue or an interpretation. Everything must be done so that the church may be built up. 27 If anyone speaks in a tongue, two—or at the most three—should speak, one at a time, and someone must interpret. 28 If there is no interpreter, the speaker should keep quiet in the church and speak to himself and to God.

29 Two or three prophets should speak, and the others should weigh carefully what is said. 30 And if a revelation comes to someone who is sitting down, the first speaker should stop. 31 For you can all prophesy in turn so that everyone may be instructed and encouraged. 32 The spirits of prophets are subject to the control of prophets. 33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

34 Women should remain silent in the churches. They are not allowed to speak, but must be in submission, as the law says. 35 If they want to inquire about something, they should ask their own husbands at home; for it is disgraceful for a woman to speak in the church.

36 Or did the word of God originate with you? Or are you the only people it has reached? 37 If anyone thinks they are a prophet or otherwise gifted by the Spirit, let them acknowledge that what I am writing to you is the Lord’s command. 38 But if anyone ignores this, they will themselves be ignored.

39 Therefore, my brothers and sisters, be eager to prophesy, and do not forbid speaking in tongues. 40 But everything should be done in a fitting and orderly way.


Disorders from vain display of gifts (vv. 26-33); and from women speaking in the church (vv. 34-40).

Verses 26-33: Religious exercises in public assemblies should have this view; Let all be done to edifying. As to the speaking in an unknown tongue, if another were present who could interpret, two miraculous gifts might be exercised at once, and thereby the church be edified, and the faith of the hearers confirmed at the same time. As to prophesying, two or three only should speak at one meeting, and this one after the other, not all at once. The man who is inspired by the Spirit of God will observe order and decency in delivering his revelations. God never teaches men to neglect their duties, or to act in any way unbecoming their age or station.

Verses 34-40: When the apostle exhorts Christian women to seek information on religious subjects from their husbands at home, it shows that believing families ought to assemble for promoting spiritual knowledge. The Spirit of Christ can never contradict itself; and if their revelations are against those of the apostle, they do not come from the same Spirit. The way to keep peace, truth, and order in the church, is to seek that which is good for it, to bear with that which is not hurtful to its welfare, and to keep up good behavior, order, and decency.

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. 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 Monday, February 7, 2022


The Morning Prayer
Monday, February 7, 2022

But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:13b-14, NIV

Dear Father in heaven, living source of all that is eternal in us, we come to you and plead with you to strengthen the gifts you have given us. Grant us the light of life in which we can walk in spite of the many burdens and uncertainties of our earthly life. Protect us from deception and disappointment. Strengthen our hope for your steadfast, firm, and eternal rule in us, in many others, and finally in all people. Amen.

Verse of the Day for Monday, February 7, 2022


Verse of the Day
Monday, February 7, 2022

Psalm 97:10
Let those who love the Lord hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.
As our taste for the Lord and His loving, holy nature grows, our distaste for anything that dishonors and displeases Him should also increase. Our love for God should prompt us to help others draw near to Him as well.

Read all of Psalm 97

Listen to Psalm 97

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

Our Daily Bread — Getting What We Want


Getting What We Want

Adonijah . . . put himself forward and said, “I will be king.” 1 Kings 1:5

READ 1 Kings 1:5, 32–37

Aaron Burr anxiously awaited the result of the tie-breaking vote from the US House of Representatives. Deadlocked with Thomas Jefferson in the 1800 race for the presidency, Burr had reason to believe that the House would declare him the winner. However, he lost, and bitterness gnawed at his soul. Nurturing grievances against Alexander Hamilton for not supporting his candidacy, Burr killed Hamilton in a gun duel less than four years later. Outraged by the killing, his country turned its back on him, and Burr died a dour old man.

Political power plays are a tragic part of history. When King David was nearing death, his son Adonijah recruited David’s commander and a leading priest to make him king (1 Kings 1:5–8). But David had chosen Solomon as king (v. 17). With the help of the prophet Nathan, the rebellion was put down (vv. 11–53). Despite his reprieve, Adonijah plotted a second time to steal the throne, and Solomon had him executed (2:13–25).

How human of us to want what’s not rightfully ours! No matter how hard we pursue power, prestige, or possessions, it’s never quite enough. We always want something more. How unlike Jesus, who “humbled himself by becoming obedient to death—even death on a cross”! (Philippians 2:8).

Ironically, selfishly pursuing our own ambitions never brings us our truest, deepest longings. Leaving the outcome to God is the only path to peace and joy.

By Tim Gustafson

What do your desires and goals tell you about your heart? What do you need to give to God today?

Dear God, please help me fill the role You’ve given me and not to covet more. Help me trust You in everything.


By ancient rules of inheritance, Adonijah, the oldest of David’s surviving sons, was the rightful heir to the throne. David decided, however, in favor of Solomon, a younger son by Bathsheba (1 Kings 1:17–18, 30), even though two of his trusted advisors thought that Adonijah would be a better choice (vv. 5–7). But why would God let David choose Solomon knowing that in the end Solomon would break all the laws of the throne (Deuteronomy 17:14–20), scandalize his own reputation, and embrace idolatry (1 Kings 11:1–13)? Scripture doesn’t directly answer the question. Instead, it becomes part of the bigger story. Just as the world needed a more faithful and self-controlled king than David, it needed a wiser and more faithful king than Solomon. Only with the arrival of Jesus do we get the kind of wisdom, goodness, security, and King the whole world needs.

Mart DeHaan