Psalm 121, 123, 124, 125, 128, 129, 130

Psalm 121 is one of the Songs of Ascent.  (Actually, 120-134 are all of them) If you would like to read all of them Click here.) When people would walk uphill to Jerusalem on a pilgrim for one of the festivals, they would often sing these Psalms.

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Psalm 123

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Psalm 124

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Psalm 125

The word Zion is written 150 times in the Bible.  The word has several references.  It is referred to the CIty of David, Jerusalem, a mountain that cannot be moved (metaphorically)

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Psalm 128-This is also called the Wedding Psalm since it was read at weddings in Israel.

  • Here is some transparency for you- so you know when you go to a wedding, they do a “reading”.  Well, when I got married,  I was so OFFENDED by the Bible, I refused to have a Scripture read!   BUT if I was married today I would have this one read 🙌

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Psalm 129-

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Psalm 130- My FAVORITE of the day- Verse 3-He does not keep record!-Thank heavens! ❤️

1 Samuel 28-31 and Psalm 18

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Chapter 28

Saul and the Witch by Ruth Thompson

God restricted any type of divination, sorcery, or witchcraft (anyone who consults with the dead) in Deuteronomy 18:9-14, however, Saul in desperation visits one.  Even though it was forbidden, God used it to speak to him.  In 1 Samuel 28 the message to Saul through Samuel  is:

16 Samuel said, “Why do you consult me, now that the Lord has departed from you and become your enemy? 17 The Lord has done what he predicted through me. The Lord has torn the kingdom out of your hands and given it to one of your neighbors—to David. 18 Because you did not obey the Lord or carry out his fierce wrath against the Amalekites, the Lord has done this to you today. 19 The Lord will deliver both Israel and you into the hands of the Philistines, and tomorrow you and your sons will be with me. (YIKES, I added that 😂)) The Lord will also give the army of Israel into the hands of the Philistines.”

We knew the kingdom was torn from his hands when Saul grabbed his robe as a visual of what was happening back in chapter 15:

27 As Samuel turned to leave, Saul caught hold of the hem of his robe, and it tore.  Samuel said to him, “The Lord has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today and has given it to one of your neighbors—to one better than you.  He who is the Glory of Israel does not lie or change his mind; for he is not a human being, that he should change his mind.”

28-31.  I am always amazed when I look BACK and see how God worked out circumstances.  This is one of those stories.  God knew Chapter 31, so he orchestrated David to be back in Ziklag to save his family in 30 and 29!

God is the Chess Master!  (He would win in the show the Queen’s Gambit!)

David was called up to fight against Saul finally.  BUT should David have this blood on his hands?  NO!  Achish puts him at the back of the army (a sign of respect for his life).  Had David fought in this battle, it would have a negative effect when he becomes king.  So God orchestrates a situation to get him out of it.  However, when he returns to Ziklag and finds all the women and children stolen from the  Amalekites, he gets blamed for that too by his OWN people!  Can David go one day without someone wanting to kill him!

In the end,  David not only brought every person to safety but he also acted wise and fair insisting that all the provisions get distributed evenly and the extra goes to the elders.

Psalm 18:  AMAZING!  How do you pick just one verse?  Click here to read it again!

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Psalm 17, 35, 54, and 63

Psalm 17:

David has had opportunity after opportunity to kill Saul.  Verse 9 says

Keep me as the apple of your eye;
    hide me in the shadow of your wings
from the wicked who are out to destroy me,
    from my mortal enemies who surround me.

But David knows: verse  (go back to verse 3)

Though you probe my heart,
    though you examine me at night and test me,
you will find that I have planned no evil;
    my mouth has not transgressed.

Psalm 35:

IN ALL circumstances…ALL David says:

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Psalm 54:

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Psalm 63:

The first 8 verses are worth reading out loud!


1 Samuel 25-27

Chapter 25: Now Samuel died, and all Israel assembled and mourned for him; and they buried him at his home in Ramah.

The prophet Samuel dies.  He is the one that anointed David as King so now it will be David’s word against Saul’s word.  This will deepen his fears when being pursued so it will intensify the Psalms.  In the meantime, David is protecting a huge piece of property for a rich man named Nabal.  It was customary that during the shearing season, the servants would feast in exchange for their labor.  Nabal’s wife Abigail, may not like her scoundrel of a husband that she calls “fool”, but she does save his life (long enough for God to get justice, not David).

This was important because it states in verse 3 that Nabal was a “Calebite” (remember Joshua and Caleb),  so he is from the tribe of Judah and she points out taking revenge on a man from Judah will only tarnish his reputation when he is king.  She’s a smart woman!

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Chapter 26: David took a wife….wait! Didn’t he have a wife (Saul’s daughter)?  Oh, wait he took another wife….will 3 be his lucky number? Nope.8 Wives and 10 concubines will be his lucky number.

Does David NEED to kill Saul?  No.  What we learned from the Nabal story is that if God wants Saul dead, he can handle it Himself.  So David continues to trust that he is not the hand that would kill one of God’s anointed kings.  He trusts!

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Chapter 27:

Now that we are reading the Psalms, take in the whole picture.  He is being pursued by his OWN people, and fleeing and taking refuge in ENEMY territory.  Scary!

So David flees to the land of the Philistines, knowing this is such a risk that Saul would not follow him and give up. He is given a piece of land called Ziklag (technically a town listed in Judah but was never conquered, so the Philistines control it.  He lives there a year and 4 months.  While living there he continues God’s plan of conquering the land.  When Achish asked who he raided that day he answered with “white lies” when really he was attacking the Geshurites, the Girzites,  and the Amalekites.

Have a great great day!  Back into Psalms tomorrow.  Feel free to read ahead.

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Psalm 56, 120, 140, 141, 142

Psalm 56:David:  He must have felt the whole world was against him because they were!.  Think about how scared he had to be.  He was using the Philistine territory as a hiding place.  Being pursued by a King of his own people. Tapestry Of Truth - Psalm 56:3 - TOT9241 - Wall and ...

Psalm 120:-  In your Bible, it should say “Song of Ascent”. The Songs of Ascent are a special group of psalms (Psalms 120—134) They are also called Pilgrim Songs. Four of these songs are attributed to King David (122, 124, 131, 133) and one to Solomon (127), while the remaining ten are anonymous.

The city of Jerusalem will be situated on a high hill (it has not been built yer, David’s son will be in charge of that). Jews traveling to Jerusalem for one of the three main annual Jewish festivals traditionally sang these songs on the “ascent” or the uphill road to the city.

We will eventually read all of them but if you are interested in reading them now: (walk up a hill I guess 😁)

Psalm 120: God’s presence during distress
Psalm 121: Joyful praise to the Lord
Psalm 122: Prayer for Jerusalem
Psalm 123: Patience for God’s mercy
Psalm 124: Help comes from the Lord
Psalm 125: Prayer for God’s blessing upon His people
Psalm 126: The Lord has done great things
Psalm 127: God’s blessing on man’s efforts
Psalm 128: Joy for those who follow God’s ways
Psalm 129: A cry for help to the Lord
Psalm 130: A prayer of repentance
Psalm 131: Surrender as a child to the Lord
Psalm 132: God’s sovereign plan for His people
Psalm 133: Praise of brotherly fellowship and unity
Psalm 134: Praise to God in His temple

Back to Psalm 120: Meshek was a nation in the far North and Kedar was a nation in the Southeast. No matter where David went he was in danger.

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Psalm 140: If you printed the list you will see that this is a lament BUT considered on Imprecatory Psalm. Click here for the list.

Imprecatory Psalms are rough to read. (Just being honest). An imprecation is a curse that invokes misfortune upon someone. Imprecatory psalms are those in which the author calls down calamity, destruction, and God’s anger and judgment on his enemies. Yikes.  BUT, think about what David is going through.  Think about a time in your life you may have prayed this over someone.  Again, just being honest.  Imprecatory Psalms are: Psalms 5, 10, 17, 35, 58, 59, 69, 70, 79, 83, 109, 129, 137, and 140.

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Psalm 141:I never noticed before how much of his prayers regarded the destruction that comes from the mouth. From his enemies and his own.  But in Psalm 141 I see confidence in David by verse 6.  The word WILL is used often.  Complete trust.

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Psalm 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

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I posted 2 handouts last night if you need them.

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Psalm 7 is titled: shiggaion of David, which he sang to the Lord concerning Cush, a Benjamite.

  • A shiggaion is a word also used in Habbakuk 3:1.  It might mean “erratic wandering” “a feeling of: ‘wild’, ” “a poem written under intense feeling”- after yesterday’s reading, this puts the Psalm into perspective as David is being pursued by thousands- Maybe he is referring to Doeg-the priest killer, who is with Saul and the Benjaminites on this quest.

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Psalm 27: In a time of fear and loneliness, David writes:

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Psalm 31– I am sure you saw the theme that God is David’s (our)- Refuge, Rock, Fortress BUT in the middle of the Psalm David does admit the negative impact his enemies have had on him.  He is worn down, leaving him lonely and broken.  BUT he concluded with encouragement and returns to the confidence in God that again he is our Refuge. Ending with a message for the reader:

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Psalm 34-Even though we don’t know where David was in his journey when this was written, I can’t help but think he may have been saddened by the account of the priests dying from his lie.  He is brokenhearted and crushed in spirit (v. 18) and warns:

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(it’s always cool to see Scriptures that roll off our tongue used in context like 34:8)

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Psalm 52-Obviously angry, David expresses his thoughts on the evil that has occurred before he fled.  Innocent men, who helped him were put to death BUT he has full confidence in the Lord that he will defeat those who are a disgrace to God’s eyes.

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As we begin integrating the Psalms I thought it might help to have a chart to look at.  Here are two possible handouts you may want to tuck into your Bible for a while.  It is difficult to put them chronologically, but to know what the author was facing at times will give us an interesting perspective. ❤️


  • Messianic Pointing to the coming savior
  • Imprecatory Calling on God to curse, judge, or destroy the enemies
  • Lament Calling on God for help and deliverance by individuals who are in distress
  • Thanksgiving Giving credit to God for His work on their behalf
  • Songs of Ascent Composed to be sung during the three pilgrimage celebrations observed in the Temple: Passover, Pentecost, Tabernacles (Psalms 120-134)
  • Royal Psalm Composed to highlight a specific event in the life of a king: Wedding, Battle, Inauguration
  • Acrostic Each verse, or a group of verses, begins with a specific letter that follows in sequence

I have 2 handouts that I think you would like.  Before reading a Psalm you can look at the chart to see the genre. (if you like this and don’t have a colored printer, text me and I can put one in the mail to you.  615-418-9377)

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Another option is this one:

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1 Samuel 21-24

The next several years David is a fugitive.  He heads to Nob, where the Tabernacle is located.  David deceitfully lies to the priest telling him he is on a secret mission. David asks for food, and the priest feeds him from the sacred Bread of Presence (which is normally set apart for the Priests)A priest changes out the bread at the Table of Showbread in the Tabernacle of Moses. in 2021 | Tabernacle of moses, The tabernacle, Tabernacle
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This is the story Jesus speaks of in Mark 2:25-

25 He answered, “Have you never read what David did when he and his companions were hungry and in need?  In the days of Abiathar the high priest, he entered the house of God and ate the consecrated bread, which is lawful only for priests to eat. And he also gave some to his companions.”

BUT one of Saul’s men is there, Doeg the Edomite, and overhears the lie as he takes the sword that has been set aside from killing Goliath.

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Saul then travels about 12 miles to the Valley of Elah (very close to where he killed Goliath).  David knows that Saul is crazy and will eventually attack his family, so he asks the king of Moab to summon his family for safety.  In the meantime, David’s lie causes Saul to order the death of the priests since he assumed there was a conspiracy. The Benjaminites were smart enough to say “I’m not doing it…you do it”, BUT…. Doeg, the Edomite is willing to execute the priests.  His actions do not help relations between Edom and Israel and David will later remember this in 2 Samuel 8.  Not only does Saul order the death of 85 priests BUT the whole town of Nob is put to death, including women, children, and animals.  A “total destruction” usually reserved for Israel’s worst enemies.  BUT, ONE escapes, Abiathar.

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Meanwhile,  even as a fugitive trying to save his own life, David still protects Keilah (in Judah)from the Philistines.

Jonathon visits Saul and encourages him

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Saul pursues David and they land in the same cave!  David cuts a piece of his cloak while he was “sitting on the throne”. 😷🚽🤮


David had the opportunity and received encouragement to cut off Saul’s life but chose to cut off only his robe hem. He ended up promising
not to spare Saul’s descendants and name.  The hem or edge of a person’s garment in the ancient Near East made a statement about his social standing. A king’s hem was especially ornate and identified him as the king. Almost immediately David realized that his clever trick was inappropriate. Since Saul was the king, David had no right to cut with his clothing. Furthermore, David realized that any attempt to take the kingdom from Saul, as he had taken the symbol of that kingdom, was contrary to God’s will.   (I have been there!  Well, not in the bathroom with someone, but taking action against God’s will). Since Saul was God’s anointed it was God’s place to remove him, not David’s.  David’s words and actions convicted Saul of his actions too, and the king wept tears of remorse.  Saul even called on the Lord to reward David with a blessing for his treatment of the king. ❤️

Finally,  Saul asked David not to cut off his descendants when he came to power. It was customary in the ancient Near East for a new king to kill all the descendants of the ruler whom he replaced. This prevented them from rising up and reestablishing the dead king’s dynasty. David had already promised Jonathan that he would not kill his descendants (20:14-17), and he now made the same promise to Saul. 

So is David in the clear?

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I know I am weird, but I can’t help but think that Doeg looks like “The Hound” on G.O.T.

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1 Samuel 18-20; Psalm 11, Psalm 59

So the straw that broke the camel’s back for Saul was the song:

“Saul has slain his thousands,
and David his tens of thousands.”

When Saul hears the song he is infuriated and his jealousy takes over.

Here was my “AHA” moment from the reading.  Remember how all throughout Genesis we would see the Patriarchs make a mistake and then see their son follow in his footsteps or repeat the pattern.  I never saw before the: “Saul sending David to battle as a means to get rid of him….and David follows in his footsteps later!!”

Marriage: To post a picture or not post a picture…that is the question.  Ha!   It was a common practice in the Middle East to collect foreskins just like Native Americans would collect scalps.  David collects 200 when he was only required to collect 100.  You have to imagine Saul’s frustration that this guy just won’t die!!

Michal “wife of the year”.  (She did remind me a lot of Rachel…right down to keeping an idol in her house).

Chapter 20:This chapter reveals that both Saul and Jonathan realized that David was the Lord’s anointed who would one day replace Saul. However, their responses to this inevitable situation were the opposite because their desires were the opposite. Saul wanted to see his own plans fulfilled, but Jonathan wanted to see God’s will be done. Jonathan ended up choosing David, his natural rival, in preference over Saul, his natural father.

This marks the beginning of a “man on the run”.  If you think about any great song on the radio, it is usually written out of a personal experience during hardship or trial. Now is when David will write some of his best worship.  The Psalms.

Psalm 11: As David flees for 14 years he writes Psalm 11 knowing God is in control.

Psalm 59: As I read these I picture David.  A man who can kill thousands of Philistines.  A man you can kill Goliath.  Yet, a man who asks for God to help him during these times.  He KNOWS that everything he accomplishes is not from him, but from God.

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1 Samuel 15-17

Chapter 15: I think this chapter is an easy read but I get a lot of texts about a “How can a Loving God, wipe out (completely destroy) women, children, and animals”.  Chapter 15 is a perfect opportunity to break that down.   In verse 3 the Lord gives the command:

‘I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy all that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.’”

Think of the Amalekites as cancer and Israel is the body.  Would a good Dr. say “take out most of the cancer, but leave a little in there”?  The Amalekites have been a cancer to the Israelites since day one.  They are brutal attackers that have a history of guerilla warfare.   They attack tribes, stealing their women and children (raping them), and their idolatrous religious practices will always be enticing to the Israelites.  I know if Merideth Grey was the Dr., she would get all the cancer from the body.

Saul disobeys God’s commandment (again).  Agag the king is captured and as Samuel points out “What is that bleating of sheep in my ears?” Saul did not come close to following God’s orders in this surgery!!

However, with love, I say:

Don’t throw a stone at Saul until you can read the Sermon on the Mount and see if you are Saul (do you pick and choose what to obey?  I am not talking about the subtitles: I am talking about the fine print) Click here.

Saul: He is impatient, disobedient, dishonest, and arrogant. But here is the deal, God is never without a plan.  We knew from the beginning Saul was not going to work out because we KNOW that the kingship must go through the line of Judah, not Benjamin!  So if you are not happy when politicians get elected into offices, have heart, maybe God is giving us what we ask for to show us what we really need: The Lord.

Samuel’s response is very important for us to understand because it is said in Psalms 40, Psalms 51, Proverbs 21, Isaiah 1, Jeremiah 7, Hosea 6, Micha 6, Mathew 12, Mark 12, and Hebrews 10!

“Does the Lord delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices
as much as in obeying the Lord?
To obey is better than sacrifice,
and to heed is better than the fat of rams.
For rebellion is like the sin of divination,
and arrogance like the evil of idolatry.
Because you have rejected the word of the Lord,
he has rejected you as king.”

Without question, the offering of sacrifices was an important part of worship in ancient Israel BUT it was an empty ritual without proper motivation and obedience.  Genuine repentance and obedience are necessary accomplishments to the presentation of the sacrifice.   When we deliberately disobey the Lord’s commands, he rejects the sacrifice, in Saul’s case: He rejected him as king.

Samuel ends the chapter as a Judge when he killed Agag.

Chapter 16

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At the anointing of David in front of his 7 older brothers, he is empowered with the Holy Spirit and it will remain with him forever.  Simultaneously, God chose to withdraw the Spirit from Saul. (Remember it isn’t until Pentecost in Acts that the Holy Spirit is promised to all believers, so don’t panic that the Lord will do this to you).  An evil spirit (lower case ‘s’) will torment Saul as a means to get David into the palace, sort of like an apprentice.  He is very young and has a lot to learn.

But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”


Chapter 17- You can call it David and Goliath (I will call it God and Goliath).  I am going to say something true, ready?  Some of you have grown up in church or have attended church for a long time and you can “tell” this story.  Big guy..little guy…sling-shot… BUT I am betting that there are many of you that have NEVER actually read the whole chapter.  How do I know?  Because until recently I had never read it either (but I had seen veggie tales!)

(By the way, totally irrelevant but if you have HBO, watch the WWF Andre the Giant documentary, it’s fascinating) 😁.

Focus Szymanski!!

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