Tag Archive: David


Read: 1 Chronicles 16:37-43, 2 Samuel 6:20-23, 2 Samuel 8:15-18/1 Chronicles 18:14-17, 2 Samuel 9, 2 Samuel 7/1 Chronicles 17

The Daily Bible doesn’t provide commentary for today’s reading and so I want to share what has touched me the past couple days.

David is a worshiper.  He praises God when he’s down, when he’s failing, when his life’s at stake, when he’s provided for, when he’s protected and especially when things are set right…as seen in yesterday’s reading when the ark of the covenant finally returns to Jerusalem.

david dancing

David’s heart is poetry and music.  He worships God with his whole being and his whole body…and his wife Michal is offended by it:

“How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!”   2 Samuel 6:20

But God intends for us to worship Him fully…in every moment of our day, through every aspect of our lives, upon every fiber of our being.  That’s exactly what David did and I believe God punishes Michal for rebuking him.  (v. 23)

God gave us a spirit that praises Him and David gets that.  He sets up the first official worship team (1 Chronicles 15:16-24)…which is true to my heart… a team which consists of singers, instrument players and a worship leader who are to only serve God through music!!

Sweet.

I cannot wait for heaven.  To sing with all the redeemed to our precious Savior, forever more.

 

 

 

 

“To Jerusalem, David will also return the sacred ark of God and make initial plans for the building of a permanent temple.”

Read: 2 Samuel 6:12-19, 1 Chronicles 15 & 16, Psalm 105 & 96

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

David Becomes King

“David must surely have mixed emotions as he considers the future.  He is obviously relieved to be free of Saul’s constant threats, but the mantle of responsibility is now his.  (His kingship over all Israel is still some seven years away.  He must rule over Judah alone until civil conflict is resolved and he is accepted by all the people.

The account of these initial years begins with David seeking God’s guidance — one of the many traits which makes David such a special leader for God’s people.”

Read: 2 Samuel 2, 3, 1 Chronicles 3:1-4a, 2 Samuel 4, 5:1-5, 1 Chronicles 11:1-3, 1 Kings 2:11,
1 Chronicles 3:4b, 29:26-27, 1 Chronicles 12:23-40

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“One of the most interesting incidents recorded during this period is an encounter in which Saul asks a witch to consult the spirit of Samuel for him.  Of course God has severely condemned witches as deceivers and pretenders, and the witch herself surely does not expect Samuel’s real spirit to appear.  When God intervenes to call Samuel from the dead, no one is more surprised and frightened than the witch.  Saul’s resort to the heathen practice of divination, along with his previous disobedience to God’s commands, may well contribute to his downfall and untimely death.”

Read:  1 Samuel chapters 28 & 31, 1 Chronicles 10, 2 Samuel 4:4 and 2 Samuel 1

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Read: 1 Samuel 25:9-44, chapters 26 & 27, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 28:1-2, 29:1-11,
1 Chronicles 12:19-22 and 1 Samuel chapter 30

The Daily Bible continues through 1 Samuel, introducing an amazing woman, Abigail, and also continuing Saul’s relentless pursuit of David.

Abigail is married to a very wealthy, crude and foolish man named Nabal.  Abigail is the epitome of a good wife; she protects Nabal and his household by doing all she can to stop David from seeking revenge upon this man who so arrogantly paid back evil for good.  But not only does Abigail protect her undeserving husband, she also stops David from taking vengeance into his own hands.

Through today’s reading, it is clear that God’s favor is upon David not only through the actions of Abigail but also because He steers David away from danger and delivers Saul into his hand once again.  You’d think Saul would catch on, but clearly Saul is far from God and also far from the promises he continually offers to David of repentance and sorrow for his actions.

Read:  1 Samuel 22:6-23, Psalm 52, 1 Samuel 23:1-14, Psalm 63, 1 Samuel 23:15-25, Psalm 54,
1 Samuel 23:26-29, 1 Samuel 24, Psalm 57, 1 Samuel 25:1-8

The Daily Bible doesn’t give commentary on today’s reading.  But these past few days, reading about David and Saul — the animosity and jealousy Saul has for David, while David’s respect for Saul as king is astounding.  This, right here, entering the 1st and 2nd Samuel books is why I so enjoy reading through the chronological Bible.  It is such a unique and wonderful way to read about the rantings of Saul and the struggles of David, as David offers pleas and gratitude over these experiences to God through the Psalms.

Oh, to have David’s heart…to inquire of God over every decision, to be in anguish over what may be chasing or awaiting him and yet turn it all over and to trust God fully, then as God provides protection and leading, offering thanks and gratitude.

It is no wonder that David is “a man after God’s own heart.”

“I HAVE FOUND DAVID the son of Jesse, A MAN AFTER MY HEART, who will do all My will.”
Acts 13:22b

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Statue outside King David’s tomb – Jerusalem, Israel

“David often identifies the specific incident to which he refers in a given psalm, and those psalms are therefore included at the appropriate place in the historical narrative.  Other psalms are also included where they reflect the events David is experiences, although their relation to the particular historical context is only speculative.”

Read: 1 Samuel 21:7-12, Psalm 56, 1 Samuel 21:13-15, Psalm 34, 1 Samuel 22:1-2, Psalm 142,
1 Chronicles 12:8-18, 1 Samuel 22:3-5

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

“Saul is well aware of David’s growing popularity as somewhat of a folk hero, and this causes resentment and jealousy in Saul.  The repeated incidents of rage which arise out of his insecurity reveal still another defect in character in addition to his previous disobedience to God’s commands.

In sharp contrast, David is seen repeatedly as a gentle, forgiving servant of his king.  Instead of retaliating for undeserved threats, David responds with mercy and avoidance.

David reveals himself as a deeply sensitive and expressive man of God.  In times of trouble David rises above his inner fears and feelings of helplessness to express himself through poetic songs, known as psalms.  Virtually every important encounter he faces becomes memorialized in his petitions to God.

Woven throughout the story of Saul’s pursuit of David is the close friendship enjoyed by David and Jonathan.  It is a touching relief from the animosity of Saul, yet it comes to a tragic end.”

Read:  1 Samuel 18, 19:1-18, Psalm 59, 1 Samuel 19:19-24, 20, 21:1-6

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

David’s Rise to Power

“The die is cast, but the time for Saul to be replaced is not yet at hand.  Over the next several years his successor, David, will become a powerful figure in Israel and take on increased influence.”

Read: 1 Samuel chapters 16, 17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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