2020 Day 225 – 2 Samuel 16-18 and Psalms 42

2020 Day 225 – 2 Samuel 16-18 and Psalms 42

David’s own son Absalom conspired against his father to take over as king.  He gained power and then he had soldiers go out to try and kill David.  In the battle, Absalom was killed by some of David’s men even though that is not what he had commanded them to do.  “And the king ordered Joab and Abishai and Ittai, “Deal gently for my sake with the young man Absalom.” And all the people heard when the king gave orders to…

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2020 Day 224 – 2 Samuel 13-15 and Psalms 41

2020 Day 224 – 2 Samuel 13-15 and Psalms 41

Part of a song that we sometimes sing comes from the words of Psalm 42.  “As the deer pants for the water brooks, So pants my soul for You, O God.” (Psalms 44:1)  It is not known for sure, but David may be the writer of this Psalm.  How great would it be if we all could be writers of these words and truly mean it.  A desire to live a life with God that much would be hard to hide.  “In…

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2020 Day 223 – 2 Samuel 10-12 and Psalms 40

2020 Day 223 – 2 Samuel 10-12 and Psalms 40

David was chosen by God to be king.  He was also known as a man after God’s own heart.  But there were times when God was not pleased with the things David did.  When he had Uriah killed and married Bathsheba, God sent Nathan to talk to David.  Nathan told a story of a rich man who needed a lamb to feed his guests so he took one from a certain poor man.  The poor man only owned the one lamb…

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2020 Day 222 – 2 Samuel 7-9 and Psalms 39

2020 Day 222 – 2 Samuel 7-9 and Psalms 39

David made his share of mistakes, but he knew where salvation could be found.  “But may all who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; may those who love your salvation say continually, “Great is the LORD!” (Psalms 40:16)  David’s words remind us that salvation is available to everyone, but it requires us to seek God by studying and following His word.  If we consider all He has done for us, we should want to do what this verse encourages us…

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2020 Day 221 – 2 Samuel 4-6 and Psalms 38

2020 Day 221 – 2 Samuel 4-6 and Psalms 38

When the Philistines found out that David was now king, they went looking to attack him.  David heard of their plan and asked for advice from the most reliable source.  “And David inquired of the LORD, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you give them into my hand?” And the LORD said to David, “Go up, for I will certainly give the Philistines into your hand.” (2 Samuel 5:19)  How great would it be to have a conversation with…

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2020 Day 220 – 2 Samuel 1-3 and Psalms 37

2020 Day 220 – 2 Samuel 1-3 and Psalms 37

An Amalekite man came to David and gave him news of the death of Saul and Jonathan.  When questioned by David how he knew they were dead, the man claimed to have taken Saul’s life at his request.  Since Saul had been trying to kill David and his death meant David would now be king, the man was probably expecting to be considered a hero.  David did not have the same feeling about it.  “David said to him, “How is it…

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2020 Day 219 – 1 Samuel 28-31 and Psalms 36

2020 Day 219 – 1 Samuel 28-31 and Psalms 36

No matter how bad things might have gotten for David thru his life, whether self inflicted or not, he always came back to his source of strength and saving power.  “The salvation of the righteous is from the LORD; he is their stronghold in the time of trouble.” (Psalms 37:39)  No matter what may happen in our lives, the Lord is there for us also.  We just have to bring our burdens to Him.  “Cast your burden on the LORD, and…

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2020 Day 218 – 1 Samuel 25-27 and Psalms 35

2020 Day 218 – 1 Samuel 25-27 and Psalms 35

Have you ever had an opportunity to get revenge on someone who had treated you very badly?  Most of us would jump at that kind of opportunity.  David again had a chance to kill Saul, but once again he did not harm the king.  “And David said to Abishai, Destroy him not; for who can put forth his hand against Jehovah’s anointed, and be guiltless?” (1 Samuel 26:9)  David made his share of mistakes in his life, but the love and…

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2020 Day 217 – 1 Samuel 22-24 and Psalms 34

2020 Day 217 – 1 Samuel 22-24 and Psalms 34

King Saul and his men were chasing David in an attempt to kill him.  Saul went into the cave where David was hiding but he never knew David was there.  Instead of using this opportunity to harm the man who wanted to kill him, all David did was cut off the corner of Saul’s robe.  I doubt any person who knew the situation would have blamed David if he had used this opportunity to kill Saul.  Most would have considered…

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2020 Day 216 – 1 Samuel 19-21 and Psalms 33

2020 Day 216 – 1 Samuel 19-21 and Psalms 33

If we put our trust in the Lord, He will always be there for us.  The Psalmist shares that thought in chapter 33.  “Our soul waits for the LORD; he is our help and our shield.  For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. Let your steadfast love, O LORD, be upon us, even as we hope in you.” (Psalms 33:20-22)  He will provide our needs on this earth and more importantly will provide for us…

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