The following are a few scriptures and comments from today's reading:
2 Samuel 5:12 says, “So David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted His kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.”
Psalms 104 talks about the glorious creation of the LORD that He causes to work together so perfectly. Psalms 104:24 says, “O LORD, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions.” For someone to say there is no God, it is because they have decided they don’t want God. Creation plainly reveals that there must be a God.
There a a couple double meanings of words in Psalm 104:4. I like how (God’s Word Translation) translates it best. It says, “You make your angels winds and your servants flames of fire.” The NIV is also correct by translating it: “He makes winds his messengers, flames of fire his servants.” It is true what the NIV says; He can bring a message through wind, and flames of fire can serve Him, but also when His Angels come, they often come with the wind of heaven, and God’s Fire. (See Acts 2:1-3)
Notice the underlined phrases in 1 Chronicles 9:28-33,
“Now some of them were in charge of the serving vessels, for they brought them in and took them out by count. Some of them were appointed over the furnishings and over all the implements of the sanctuary, and over the fine flour and the wine and the oil and the incense and the spices. And some of the sons of the priests made the ointment of the spices. Mattithiah of the Levites, the firstborn of Shallum the Korahite, had the trusted office over the things that were baked in the pans. And some of their brethren of the sons of the Kohathites were in charge of preparing the showbread for every Sabbath. These are the singers, heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites, who lodged in the chambers, and were free from other duties; for they were employed in that work day and night.”
Every Levite knew what they were “in charge of,” or “appointed over,” or “had the trusted office over.” In the Church, everyone who isn’t a new believer should know the same things. This isn’t limited to positions and duties like ushering, or being on the worship team. As some of the Levites were appointed over the incense and singing, so there are places in the Spirit we are called to occupy in prayer and worship to God alone. These are not positions where man notices us serving them, but God is glorified as we do what He has called us to do in the prayer closet. What has God put you in charge of concerning prayer; what has He appointed you over so His Kingdom comes and His will is done in a particular situation or person or people?
Verse 12 contains a terrible judgment; it says, “I gave them over to their own stubborn heart, to walk in their own counsels.” He continues in verse 13, "Oh, that My people would listen to Me, That Israel would walk in My ways!” True faith is exemplified when we listen to Him. Paul talks about this same judgment in Romans chapter 1 when he says in verse 24, “Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts,” and in verse 28, “God gave them over to a debased mind.”
No matter what man tries to do or the judgments that come upon the earth, “The LORD on high is mightier,” and His “testimonies are very sure.” When we see destruction, we must realize his salvation is greater; when we see lack, we must realize His provision is greater; when we see sickness, we must realize His healing is greater! No matter how bad the problem, we must be able to look at it and say, “my God is greater.”
Psalm 73 chronicles the amazing journey of someone who almost walked away from God when he became envious of the prosperity of the wicked (vrs. 2-3). It seemed so unfair; the wicked seemed to have everything and he had nothing after cleansing himself from wicked ways (vrs 13). The key verses are Psalms 73:16-17: “When I thought how to understand this, It was too painful for me— Until I went into the sanctuary of God; Then I understood their end.” His perception completely changed after beholding the truth. He realizes how wrong he had been and says in Psalms 73:22, “I was so foolish and ignorant; I was like a beast before You.” He realizes the wicked will one day meet destruction, but he will be received into glory (vrs. 24). He changes his focus of success from having material wealth to having God in his life; He only desired God in the earth from then on (vrs. 25).
Psalms 78:5-6 says, “For He established a testimony in Jacob, And appointed a law in Israel, Which He commanded our fathers, That they should make them known to their children; That the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, That they may arise and declare them to their children.”
To be successful, we must equip the next generation in a way that they will equip the next after them. We must give the younger generation EVERYTHING God has for them, not just some simple Bible stories.
Psalms 78:32 says, “In spite of this they still sinned, And did not believe in His wondrous works.” What is the reason for sin? Unbelief. People too often refuse to believe what does not seem convenient to them at the time. But Psalms 78:34-35 says, “When He slew them, then they sought Him; And they returned and sought earnestly for God. Then they remembered that God was their rock, And the Most High God their Redeemer.” When their disobedience became enjoyable and fearful, they “REMEMBERED that God was their rock.” We see that their lack of memory was a choice.
Right in the middle of these genealogies, the author pauses to tell us about Jabez. 1 Chronicles 4:9 says he was “more honorable” than his brothers. He was worthy of honor above his brothers, but he was labeled as one who brings pain. Jabez’s faith caused him to look beyond what he was labeled and call on God. The first part of his prayer may appear selfish at first ("Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil…”), but the last part reveals his heart; (“…that I may not cause pain!") Jabez believed big to be a blessing and “God granted him what he requested.”
Psalms 49:16-17, 20: “Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him. …A man who is in honor, yet does not understand, Is like the beasts that perish.”
Psalms 84:2 “My soul longs, yes, even faints For the courts of the LORD; My heart and my flesh cry out for the living God.”
I like how David praises God’s faithfulness in Psalms 6:8 & 9 by saying, “Depart from me, all you workers of iniquity; For the LORD has heard the voice of my weeping. The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer.” He had been weeping, but there was faith in David to know God heard it!
Psalms 10:4 says, “The wicked in his proud countenance does not seek God; God is in none of his thoughts.” It is the prideful that don’t seek God; the humble seek Him.
Psalms 19:12-14 says, “Who can understand his errors? Cleanse me from secret faults. 13) Keep back Your servant also from presumptuous sins; Let them not have dominion over me. Then I shall be blameless, And I shall be innocent of great transgression. 14) Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart Be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD, my strength and my Redeemer.”
David’s main goal wasn’t to be King, but to honor the LORD, the king of kings. David continued to honor Saul after his death, as the one the LORD anointed. David was given much power and authority by the LORD because he ascended to the throne in meekness; he never forced his way to the top.
2 Samuel 3:1: "Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker."
Many of those who were called to promote David as king are still fighting against him. This happened to Jesus our Lord; the Jewish people were called to embrace Him as the Messiah, but many fought against Him. This also happens today in the church; many who God calls as leaders are fought by those who reject them in their heart.
Psalms 123:1: “Unto You I lift up my eyes, O You who dwell in the heavens.”
Why would we pray to our Father in heaven, and then look at what we have in the natural. We need to lift up our eyes to all the resources of heaven; it’s our Fathers good pleasure to give us the Kingdom.
Psalms 130:5: “I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, And in His word I do hope.”
When difficult trials and situations arise, we need to allow God’s Word to be an anchor for our soul. When situations change, God’s Word will not; set your expectation on the Word.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan
Wednesdays - Bible Study - 7-8:15 pm
Sundays - Prayer - 7 pm
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