Devotions April

Psa 102-104

April 30, 2015

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What does it say?

David is the author given for Psalm 103, and it is possible that he composed the other two psalms in our reading today as well. Psalm 102 is a cry to God in a time of great calamity. Some see this as a prophetic foreshadowing of Christ on […]

1 Chr 7-10

April 29, 2015

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What does it say?

Chapters 7 through 9 are the end of the genealogy that connects the returning Jewish exiles with their ancestors. Take heart! Everything said thus far about genealogies applies here. Be alert for the tidbits of commentary as you run your eyes over these lists that otherwise will probably […]

Psa 81, 88, 92-93

April 28, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 81 claims Asaph as author and is written to reflect on the Feast of Tabernacles celebrated at harvest time. This psalm calls upon the nation to reflect on God’s promise of provision for those who obey him and laments how they have often rebelled against God.

1 Chr 6

April 27, 2015

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What does it say?

One chapter. It’s all about lists of people and places. It’s long. Since it’s just one chapter, do pay a bit more attention today to what you might be tempted to write off as just another genealogy. Look for the commentaries and bits of information that are strategically […]

Psa 73, 77-78

April 26, 2015

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What does it say?

Asaph is given as the author of the three psalms in our reading today. Psalm 73 explores the common question as to why the wicked seem to prosper in this unjust world. The psalmist transparently confesses his problem with envy upon seeing the abundance possessed by the wicked […]

1Chr 3-5

April 25, 2015

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What does it say?

More genealogy. We are tracing the royal genealogy that began in 2:3. This will eventually become the genealogy of Jesus the Christ of the tribe of Judah.  But this particular genealogy is strictly focused on the royal line and not the entire tribe of Judah. This royal genealogy […]

Psa 43-45, 49, 84-85, 87

April 24, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 43 records David longing for God, probably during the time he flees from his son Absalon (2Sam 17:29). Psalm 44 appears written on the occasion of great national defeat, yet clinging to hope in God. Paul quotes 44:22 in Rom 8:36. Psalm 45 celebrates a royal wedding. […]

1Chr 1-2

April 23, 2015

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What does it say?

This reading frankly doesn’t say much to a Western contemporary reader. The opening chapters of Chronicles is yet another of the infamous biblical genealogies.

As before, don’t think you have to pronounce each name and interact with each detail. Just lightly run your eyes over the […]

Psa 6, 8-10, 14, 16, 19, 21

April 22, 2015

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What does it say?

We have noted before that a precise chronological order of the psalms is impossible. Some are very clear as to author and historical circumstance, while others are not. The psalms in today’s reading are all Davidic psalms.

There are many suggested chronological Bible reading schedules. They […]

2 Sam 1-4

April 21, 2015

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What does it say?

The story continues (2Sam 1). Saul is dead and nothing holds David back from the throne. An Amalekite informs David of the death of Saul and Jonathan, but his story is different from the one we saw in 1Sam 31. Apparently this Amalekite tries to ingratiate himself to […]

Psa 121, 123-125, 128-130

April 20, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 121 communicates that the person who trusts God knows where to turn in time of trouble. Mercy is the theme of Psalm 123, while Psalm 124 praises God for being the Savior of Israel. Peace and security of those who trust in God is the focus of […]

1 Sam 28-31, Psa 18

April 19, 2015

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What does it say?

God is no longer speaking to Saul (1Sam 28:6). Not knowing what else to do, Saul seeks out a medium (witch) in Endor. Witchcraft was prohibited under the Law in Israel, but Saul disguises himself desiring to seek counsel from the dead Samuel.

David is again found […]

Psa 17, 35, 54, 63

April 18, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 17 asks God for deliverance on the basis of the psalmist’s trust in him and personal righteousness.  Psalm 35 is similar in tone in that David pleads for God to avenge him of his enemies because of his own righteousness.

Psalm 54 is a brief […]

1 Sam 25-27

April 17, 2015

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What does it say?

Samuel has anointed Israel’s greatest king, but does not live to see him reign. Samuel dies (1Sam 25) and Israel will not see such a powerful religious leader until Elijah. Still on the run from Saul, David asks Nabal to provide for his men in return for their […]

Psa 56, 120, 140-142

April 16, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 56 corresponds to 1Sam 21:10-15 as David flees from Saul to Gath. David is greatly afraid but puts his trust in God.

In Psalm 120 the psalmist deals with lies and slander. Verse 5 is a poetic way to say that he is among non-believers.

Psa 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

April 15, 2015

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What does it say?

With the story of David fresh in our minds, our reading today takes us to the Book of Psalms. The five psalms that comprise our reading today are all believed to have been written by David during this period of his life as he is fleeing from Saul. […]

1Sam 21-24

April 14, 2015

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What does it say?

Ahimelech the priest feeds and arms David with Goliath’s sword as he flees from Saul (1Sam 21). Going on his way, David comes to the Philistine city of Gath where he feigns madness to prevent being recognized. From there David goes to the cave Adullam where his family […]

1Sam 18-20; Psa 11,59

April 13, 2015

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What does it say?

Both David’s fame and his friendship with Jonathan grow. Saul becomes insanely jealous (1Sam 18). Though he had already promised his daughter to David for slaying the giant, Saul plots to have David killed by demanding what he thinks to be an impossible dowry of 100 Philistine foreskins. […]

1Sam 15-17

April 12, 2015

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What does it say?

Twenty-two years pass between chapters 14 and 15. Saul is ordered to destroy the Amalekites, descendants of Esau, longtime enemies of Israel and proponents of pagan deities. All the warning signs we saw previously now culminate in Saul’s disobedience and rebellion against God. This will be the final […]

1Sam 13-14

April 11, 2015

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What does it say?

Saul’s kingdom started out so well, but when war breaks out with the Philistines, he is quickly going to seal his doom (1Sam 13). Samuel was to offer sacrifices to God as the troops prepare to go to war, but is delayed in his arrival. Impatiently, Saul fails […]