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Trek through 1st and 2nd Samuel

Singing of our Lord!

Scripture reading for March 30th:  2nd Samuel 21-24, 1st Kings 1

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 22:1-3 “David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul.  He said: “The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress and my Deliverer; my God is my Rock in whom I take refuge, my Shield and the Horn of my salvation.  He is my stronghold, my Refuge and my Savior–“

King David was a psalmist of Israel who loved to sing psalms of praise to His Lord.  As David remembered all the times God had delivered him from all his many foes, this song of praise broke forth from his lips!  Our Rock is worthy of praise!

Rejoicing in our Savior:  The chorus in heaven will resound with song at the victory of the Lamb of God!  “In a loud voice they sang, “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  “Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: “To Him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power for ever and ever!”” (Revelation 5:12-13)

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Thankful for Compassion!

Scripture reading for March 29th:  2nd Samuel 16-20

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 18:32-33  “The king asked the Cushite, “Is the young man Absalom safe?”  The Cushite replied, “May the enemies of my lord the king and all who rise up to harm you be like that young man.”  The king was shaken.  He went up to the room over the gateway and wept.  As he went, he said: “O my son Absalom!  My son, my son Absalom!  If only I had died instead of you–O Absalom, my son, my son!”

King David cried out in mourning at the news of the death of his rebellious son Absalom.  As he sobbed, he stated that he wished it would have been him that had died instead.  This is the heart of a father and our Father God over His rebellions sons and daughters! 

Thankful for God’s heart:  Jesus Christ, God’s Son, actually died in our place to pay for our rebellion!  ” . . for all had sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus.  God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood.”  (Romans 3:23-25)

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Thankful for God’s Presence!

Scripture reading for March 28th:  2nd Samuel 11-15

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 15:25-26  “Then the king (David) said to Zadok, “Take the ark of God back into the city (Jerusalem).  If I find favor in the Lord’s eyes, He will bring me back and let me see it and His dwelling place again.  But if He says, ‘I am not pleased with you,’ then I am ready; let Him do to me whatever seems good to Him.”  

King David was reaping what he had sowed, but he had confessed his sin with Bathsheba and was forgiven.  His own son was trying to take his throne and his closest adviser had betrayed him.  David valued God’s Presence, represented by the Ark of God.  He knew that the Ark belonged in Jerusalem and trusted God to bring him back there to be in His presence again.

Thankful for God’s Presence:  Jesus, God’s Son, through king David, prayed for His own return to God’s Presence!  “I have brought You glory by completing the work You gave me to do.  And now, Father, glorify Me in Your Presence with the glory I had with You before the world began.”  (John 17:4-5)

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Thankful for the Eternal Throne!

Scripture reading for March 27th:  2nd Samuel 7-10

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 7:8,12-13  “”Now then, tell My servant David, ‘This is what the Lord Almighty says:  I took you from the pasture and from following the flock to be ruler over my people Israel.  .  .When your days are over and you rest with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, who will come from your own body, and I will establish His kingdom.  He is the One who will build a house for My Name, and I will establish the throne of His kingdom forever.””  

David was older and desired to build a house for God.  Nathan the prophet of God gave David this Word of promise.  God would raise up from David’s offspring a King who would have an eternal throne and build God’s house!

Thankful for the eternal throne:  Jesus Christ is the promised ‘Son of David’ who died for sinners and rose again as the ‘King Eternal’ who is now building the ‘house for My Name’!  “Now to the King eternal, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory for ever and ever. Amen.”  (1st Timothy 1:17)

 

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Rejoice in the Lord!

Scripture reading for March 24th:  2nd Samuel 2-6

Key Scriptures:  2nd Samuel 5:18-20 “Now the Philistines had come and spread out in the Valley of Rephaim; so David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack the Philistines?  Will You hand them over to me?”  The Lord answered him, “Go, for I will surely hand the Philistines over to you.”  So David went to Baal Perazim, and there he defeated them.  He said, “As waters break out, the Lord has broken out against my enemies before me.”  

After being anointed as Israel’s king, David came under attack from the Philistines.  He inquired of the Lord for directions and help and God answered faithfully!  David gave God the credit for their defeat!

Rejoicing in the Lord:  We can rejoice in the Lord and be anxious about nothing!  God hears and answers!  “Humble yourselves under God’s mighty hand, that He may lift you up in due time.  Cast all you anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”  (1st Peter 5:6-7)

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Thankful for strength in God!

Scripture reading for March 23rd:  1st Samuel 29-31, 2nd Samuel 1

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 30:6-8  “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters.  But David found strength in the Lord his God.  Then David said to Abiathar the priest, the son of Ahimelech, “Bring me an ephod. Abiathar brought it to him, and David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I pursue this raiding party?  Will I overtake them?”  “Pursue them,” He answered. “You will certainly overtake them and succeed in the rescue.”  

David and his men returned to their encampment to find their women and children gone and their goods plundered.  The men were bitter and blamed David.  David turned to the Lord for strength and directions.  God assured him of victory and restoration of all that was lost!

Thankful for strength from God:  God gives strength to His people through His Word and promises!  “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.  I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.  I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.”  (Philippians 4:12-13)

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Thankful for God’s Justice!

Scripture reading for March 22nd:  1st Samuel 24-28

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 26:8-11 “Abishai said to David, “Today God has delivered your enemy into your hands.  No let me pin him to the ground with one thrust of my spear; I won’t strike him twice.”  But David said to Abishai, “Don’t destroy him!  Who can lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed and be guiltless?  As surely as the Lord lives,” he said, “the Lord Himself will strike him; either his time will come and he will die, or he will go into battle and perish. But the Lord forbid that I should lay a hand on the Lord’s anointed.”

David refused to take King Saul’s life, even though he was trying to kill him. He knew that he was God’s anointed authority and God alone was qualified to deal with him.

Thankful for God’s justice:  God alone knows the heart of each person and all vengeance belongs to Him!  “Do not repay anyone evil for evil.  Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.  If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.  Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written, “It is Mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.”  (Romans 12:17-19)

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Thankful for covenant faithfulness!

Scripture reading for March 21st:  1st Samuel 20-23

Key Scriptures:  1st Samuel 20:13-15  “May the Lord be with you as He has been with my father.  But show me unfailing kindness like that of the Lord as long as I live, so that I may not be killed, and do not ever cut off your kindness from my family–not even when the Lord has cut off every one of David’s enemies from the face of the earth.”  

Jonathan, King Saul’s son, made a covenant with David.  Jonathan’s own father was seeking to harm David and Jonathan promised to warn his covenant friend.  He asked that David would show him and his family covenant faithfulness like that of the Lord.

Thankful for covenant faithfulness:  Our Lord Jesus, Son of David, has promised to protect us and show mercy to all those who put their trust in Him!  “May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing His will, and may He work in us what is pleasing to Him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen”  (Hebrews 13:20-21)

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Rejoice in the “Name”!

Scripture reading for March 20th:  1st Samuel 15-19

Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 17:45-47  “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.  . . .and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.””

David knew His God and the power of His Name!  He used that authority of God’s Name to declare a victory over a Philistine giant named Goliath!  He declared that the Lord would save Israel and win with supernatural power!

Rejoice in the Name of Jesus:  Jesus gave His followers His Name and killed our giant enemy Satan! “Therefore God exalted Him to the Highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11)

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Thankful for a true prophet!

Scripture reading for March 17th:  1st Samuel 11-14

Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 12:13-15  “Now here is the king you have chosen, the one you asked for; see, the Lord has set a king over you.  If you fear the Lord and serve and obey Him and do not rebel against His commands, if both you and the king who reigns over you follow the Lord your God–good!  But if you do not obey the Lord, and if you rebel against His commands, His hand will be against you, as it was against your fathers.”  

As a true prophet of the Lord, Samuel faithfully declared God’s word to the people of God.  He spoke plainly and truthfully about the king they had asked for.  It was in their best interest to obey and serve God.  Rebellion would bring God’s hand of discipline!

Thankful for a true Prophet:  Jesus Christ spoke plainly about the people’s need to obey him and embrace His word and the consequences of not obeying.
“But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”  (Matthew 7:26-27)

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