July 30 | Daily Devotion

Lectio Continua: a continuous reading of every verse

Lectio Semi-continua: shorter reading selections from the passages

Lectio Divina

“Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, O Lord. I have done nothing wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight!” ~Psalm 59:3-4

Update from Acts: The book recording the “acts of the Apostles” (the deeds of the early church leaders) ends with Paul still under house arrest in Rome. We know from extra-biblical sources that Paul died a few years later under Emperor Nero (est. 64 AD). But in the final years of his life, he proclaimed the good news about Jesus boldly and “without hindrance” (Acts 28:31).

Psalm 59

Many of David’s psalms are written in times of distress. Here, as the title indicates, King Saul has sent men to David’s house to have him killed. “See how they lie in wait for me! Fierce men conspire against me for no offense or sin of mine, O Lord. I have done nothing wrong, yet they are ready to attack me. Arise to help me; look on my plight!” (vv. 3-4). Once again we see David looking to God for deliverance and justice. “O my Strength, I watch for you; you, O God, are my fortress” (v. 9). When we feel that we have been unjustly treated, God is our strength and the One we should come to for help. He is our “refuge in times of trouble” (v. 16).

Psalm 60

God’s people have experienced a number of setbacks, and so they feel like God has rejected them, that He is angry with them. David calls on God to act. Using poetic imagery, he asks God to help them own their enemies (to use a modern turn of phrase). God is depicted as larger than life—a great giant in the land, who is aroused by the prayers of His people to give aid against the enemy (v. 11). David hopes to hear Him declare that He has measured the land and made it theirs. That He has armed Himself with the warriors of Ephraim and used Moab by the sea to wash His feet. This psalm reminds us again that asking God for deliverance, and for victory, is something that pleases Him.

Psalm 61

“Hear my cry, O God, listen to my prayer. From the ends of the earth I call to you, I call as my heart grows faint; lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (v. 1-2). When we are overwhelmed, this is what we must do—cry out to God for help. He will hear us, and He will deliver us. Then will we sing praise to His name (v. 8)!


Lectio Divina is written by F. Lionel Young III, who serves as the senior pastor of Calvary Church in Valparaiso, Indiana. He is the author of A New Kind of Missionary, a popular introduction to global Christianity.