Devotions May

2 Sam 10; 1 Chr 19; Psa 20

May 11, 2015

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What does it say?

David sends ambassadors to comfort the son of the king of Ammon who has died (2Sam 10). In an unimaginable insult, the son humiliates David’s men. Fearing David’s revenge, he reaches out to the Syrians to defend him. David and Joab intercept the Syrians and defeat them. The […]

Psa 50, 53, 60, 75

May 10, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 50 is ascribed to Asaph. Like Heman and Ethan, Asaph was one of the key Levitical leaders in worship appointed to the task by David, and this is why psalms such as this are placed here in our chronological reading. This psalm calls for people to go […]

2 Sam 8-9; 1 Chr 18

May 9, 2015

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What does it say?

2Sam 8 lists victories of David over surrounding nations. Even within books of the Bible, not everything is given in chronological order. Some believe that this chapter predates the one before it. For our purposes, we don’t have to labor the exact order as we simply seek to […]

Psa 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

May 8, 2015

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What does it say?

David wrote Psalm 25 as one troubled and in need of fresh connection with God’s love. Under attack from enemies and his own conscience, he cries out to God. While the specific setting of Psalm 25 is unknown, Psalm 29 speaks of a mighty thunderstorm as “the voice […]

2 Sam 6-7; 1 Chr 17

May 7, 2015

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What does it say?

This is David’s first attempt to bring the ark to Jerusalem (2Sam 6) and it fails horribly despite his best intentions. Uzzah steadies the ark as the oxen stumble and is struck dead for touching what not even the Levites are allowed to touch. David blames himself and […]

Psa 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132

May 6, 2015

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What does it say?

Ethan wrote Psalm 89 as praise for God’s mercy and a prayer for a return to that sweet communion. Psalm 96 is a universal worship song for God’s salvation, greatness and glory. Psalm 100 is yet another song that calls God’s people to worship. Psalm 101 is David’s […]

Psa 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68

May 5, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 1 is a fitting preface to the Book of Psalms. Perhaps written by David or Ezra, contrasting the godly and ungodly. Psalm 2 contrasts the rebellious human race and the Sovereign God. David wrote Psalm 15 in the form of a testimonial. Psalms 22-24 are a trilogy […]

1Chr 13-16

May 4, 2015

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What does it say?

Newly on the throne of Israel, David orders the Ark of the Covenant brought to Jerusalem from Kirjath-jearim where it had remained since the Philistines returned it after having captured it (1Chr 13; 1Sam 7; 2Sam 6). David devises a ceremonial and dignified way to bring the ark […]

Psa 106-107

May 3, 2015

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What does it say?

Psalm 106 opens with five verses of praise followed by confession of the nation’s sins. Despite the horrific sins confessed, the psalm ends with the hope of salvation and renewed praise of God.

Psalm 107 is a psalm of praise that is comprised of four images. The […]

Psa 133

May 2, 2015

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What does it say?

This is almost like having the day off! Our reading today is one brief psalm of three verses. Psalm 133 is a psalm of David and part of the Psalms of Ascents, or also called Psalms of Degrees. The focal point of the psalm is the anointing of […]

2Sam 5; 1Chr 11-12

May 1, 2015

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What does it say?

Our chronological schedule puts us following the development of the Hebrew monarchy once again in parallel passages we have not yet read. 2Samuel 5 follows five years after David ascends the throne, yet only reigns over the tribe of Judah. Here, after seven and a half years over […]