Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61, 62, and 64

Psalm 26.  I picture David writing this the night he was pelted with rocks.  When David asked God to vindicate him, he was praying that the Lord would show others that he had not been guilty of things with which others had charged him.

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I love:

Test me, Lord, and try me,
    examine my heart and my mind;
for I have always been mindful of your unfailing love
    and have lived in reliance on your faithfulness.


Psalm 40-In this psalm, David offered himself as a sacrifice to God because the Lord had delivered him.  This is one of those Psalms that every time a read a verse I say “Oh, that’s my favorite part” and then the next one is my favorite one!


Psalm 58- This psalm shows that David looked to the Lord as the ultimate authority in Israel. David’s view of his own relationship with God was proper.  Even though he had the authority to punish the wicked, he still looked to God as the Person who had final authority over them, and he appealed to Him to act instead.


Psalm 61- Knowing the background to the Psalms put them from black and white to color.  David may have been on the run from Saul, enemies, Israelites, or even Absolom when he wrote this.


Psalm 62-Rock, refuge, fortress.  Where was David when he wrote this? Castle Rock or Cave Rock, is doesn’t; matter, it is what is in his heart.

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Psalm 64– When you do this read through again, take note of how many times David talked about the ‘mouth’ or ‘their words’ as the weapon that hurts him the most.

2 Samuel 16-18

Your handout that looks like this will help you today if you look for some of the names.

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Names in the reading:

  • Ziba- he was originally Saul’s servant but then became his grandson’s (Mephibosheth) servant.  Ziba is a liar!
  • Shimei– the stone thrower (from Saul’s tribe)
  • Absolom- the third son of King David, (proclaimed himself king)
  • Abishai- Joab’s brother.  He is loyal to the king.
  • Ahithophel-originally David’s councilor but betrayed him and went to team Absolom.
  • Joab- David’s nephew, army commander (lacks self-control)
  • Hushai-a servant of David sent to Jerusalem as a spy for David against Absalom
  • Zadok-Priests carrying the Ark
  • Abaithar– priest, loyal to Daivd.   (he was the one that told David that Saul had all the priests of Nob killed)
  • Amasa-David’s nephew to go out in place of Joab. (Joab’s cousin).  I am still unraveling this one in my head.
  • Ittai (I love this guy)- he was the foreigner that was more loyal to David than his own people a few days ago.
  • Ahimaaz-Zadok’s son

There are a few others but these are most of them.

I had to read the beginning several times (I kept getting confused).  In short, David runs into 2 people from Saul’s family.  First, Ziba, the servant to Saul’s grandson Mephibosheth.  (He was the one with the disabled legs we read about a few weeks ago).  Ziba brings David supplies and cons him into giving him Sauls’ estate.😠

Then he runs into Shimei who threw stones at David (I bet David wrote some Psalms about this horrible day)  He calls him a murderer, a scoundrel, and that his son Absolom is now the king (ummm no he is not!)  Abishai (who I like!) says “Put me in coach! I will cut off his head”. But David leaves it in the Lord’s hands and spares his life.

Let’s go back to Chapter 12 when Nathan the Prophet said to David after sleeping with Bathsheba:

11 “This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight. 12 You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.’”

We discussed the calamity…now the underlined portion of the prophecy.

Ahithophel tells David’s son to sleep with his concubines for everyone to see.  Usually, a king’s concubines belonged to the successor, so by this action, Absolom asserts his kingship.  Now all of Israel thinks he is the new king. (Ummm, no he’s not)


The other day in Chapter 15 David was upset and he prayed to the Lord (2 Sam 15:31)

Now David had been told, “Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”

And that is exactly what the Lord did!  His advice was not taken (which is rare for a man in his position) and when the advice was not followed he hanged himself. (Such Pride!)

Absolom continues to build an army.  The parallel position of Joab (David’s top commander) was replaced by the very man that had married David’s first wife Abigail, and David summoned her back.  Clearly, he does not like David so it was a strategic move on Absolom’s part.    David went to battle, and unlike his mistake in the past, he says in chapter 18:2: “I myself will surely march out with you”(But tenderhearted David tells his troops to be gentle with his son Absolom).

However, Joab was done with this tomfoolery of protecting Absolom, and the physical characteristic of Absolom that showed his strength and his good looks was the very thing that got him killed: his lush hair!

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They buried his body under a monument of rocks mocking his own monument to himself he had previously erected called “Absolom’s monument”.

For all the reasons the Lord loves David, we do too,  because even after everything Absolon had committed against him, David always had a heart. ❤️


If you feel like reading ahead the Psalms that follow this read for tomorrow are:

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Psalm 3,4,12,13,28,55

Before you read these, take a moment to put David’s life in perspective.  Some of us will relate to a time when this mimicked our own life on some level.  If you don’t, then look for the one verse you will cling to when trials will come your way.  Write them down and tuck them in your Bible.


David had reigned for decades as one of the most powerful monarchs in the world. He had extended Israel far beyond its borders. He had become wealthy, living in a palace with his many wives and servants. He had the absolute authority of life or death over everyone with whom he had dealings. No one dared to get on his bad side.

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But then David sinned with Bathsheba and ordered the death of her husband, Uriah. Although David subsequently repented when the prophet Nathan confronted him, David’s sins set in motion a series of God-ordained devastating consequences.

  • David’s oldest son, Amnon, raped his half-sister, Tamar.
  • Tamar’s brother, Absalom, took revenge by murdering Amnon.
  • Absalom fled into exile for several years but later was permitted to return. But after his return, David refused to see his son for two years.
  • The resentment built and Absalom began to gather the disgruntled people in the kingdom, offering himself as a more sympathetic leader than his powerful father was.

David realized that to survive, he had to flee the capital immediately. All of his servants and their little ones grabbed what they could and took off towards the wilderness. David followed them, weeping, and walking barefoot with his head covered in shame.

It was David’s most traumatic, humiliating experience in his entire life. Everything that he had spent his life working for had suddenly unraveled. Many whom he had thought were allies and friends had abandoned him and the most painful wound of all was the betrayal of Absalom. It brought home to David his own failure as a father. One son was murdered, a daughter was raped, and the murderer was now after his own father’s life in addition to his kingdom. Life was falling apart for David.


Psalm 3 has been called the “morning psalm” while Psalm 4 might be the “evening psalm’.

Psalm 12 and 13.  Such an emotional contrast.  Trusting in Him yet feeling forgotten.

Psalm 28.  As a woman, I can say I am an emotional rollercoaster (most of the time).  This Psalm gave me Peace.

Psalm 55.  What is the battlefield?  Our thoughts.

Listen to my prayer, O God,
    do not ignore my plea;
    hear me and answer me.
My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught
    because of what my enemy is saying,
    because of the threats of the wicked;
for they bring down suffering on me
    and assail me in their anger.


But as for me, I trust in you.

Correction made 🤪

Good Morning. I read the correct reading this morning but the title was wrong. 2 Sam 13-15. It is not a difficult read BUT it is one that you will need to pay attention to. A lot of names. I attached a highlighted family tree AND Quizlet notecards to help. Have a wonderful Saturday!

2 Samuel 13-15

(I highlighted it for you)

 

Amnon is the firstborn son, (important to note) fell in love lust with his sister (from another mother).  (God told them not to take more than 1 wife for a reason).  Amnon’s cousin (David’s nephew) advises him to concoct this horrible plan to sleep with her and it ends in rape.  Unlike the rape of Dinah, Jacob’s daughter, Amnon hated her after rather than loving her more.

Verse 21: don’t miss it:  “When King David heard all this, he was furious.”  And???  Where is the David that followed the Law of Moses?  Where is the David that inquired of the Lord?    He did nothing!  Oh, David!!

Absolom avenged the death of his sister (just like Simon and Levi did for Dinah).  Obviously, they have been circumcised already, so Absolom used drunkenness to plan his attack and killed Amnon.  Absolom knew that he would be brought to trial at a city of refuge and found guilty so he fled.

David’s reluctance to disciple is a major character flaw in David which has set in motion the “calamity” that was prophesied after his own adultery with Bathsheba and murdering her husband Uriah.  I can only assume, his own past is what is keeping him from dealing with these situations.  How can he find others guilty for the same sins he himself committed.

Well, he is the appointed King…that is his job!

So what is the undercurrent in all this?  THE THRONE!  The heir has been killed and next in line will be Absolom.  In this court case, we just established a motive (I feel like Perry Mason).  If Absolom becomes king, his right-hand man will be his advisor: Jonadeb!

Calamity!

(If you had to read that more than once, join the crowd…too many names.  The printout will help)


Before we go any further can we recall that we are not supposed to have an earthly king?

Back in Deuteronomy 17 God gave instructions for a King.  Click here if you want to read it.

Summary: A king…

  1. He must be the one the Lord chooses
  2. He must not multiply his horses for military purposes
  3. He must not acquire many wives
  4. He must make a copy of the Law and have it with him at all times.  He will read it every day.

Chapter 14-  Since David responded so well when Nathan told the parable of the rich man/poor man/ewe (a few days ago in our read), Joab uses the same tactic to shed light on the situation to David. David rules “not one hair will fall to the ground”  What??? The parable allows David to make a judgment on the consequence RATHER THAN following the Law of Moses (wasn’t that #4 in the list from above).  Absolom is spared any discipline and he and his gorgeous thick hair that weighed 5 pounds when cut “that not one will fall to the ground” return to Jerusalem but are not permitted to see David.

Absolom is turning into a real “donkey”!  He is like a child and wants his own way, and burns Joab’s field to make it happen.    Chapter 14 ends with:

33 So Joab went to the king and told him this. Then the king summoned Absalom, and he came in and bowed down with his face to the ground before the king. And the king kissed Absalom.

The kiss represents a sign that he has been forgiven.


Chapter 15- Finally, Absolom gets the ball rolling to make himself the king!  For 4 years he and his lush hair become very popular and wins the hearts of the people (betraying David).

And Absalom would add, “If only I were appointed judge in the land! Then everyone who has a complaint or case could come to me and I would see that they receive justice.”

Also, whenever anyone approached him to bow down before him, Absalom would reach out his hand, take hold of him and kiss him. Absalom behaved in this way toward all the Israelites who came to the king asking for justice, and so he stole the hearts of the people of Israel.

Up to this point, David has never been defeated in a battle against his enemies, yet he flees Jerusalem because of his beloved son, Absolom!

10 Then Absalom sent secret messengers throughout the tribes of Israel to say, “As soon as you hear the sound of the trumpets, then say, ‘Absalom is king in Hebron.’” (keep looking at the list above)

He has more support from a foreigner named Ittai, who he just met,  than his own family.21 But Ittai replied to the king, “As surely as the Lord lives, and as my lord the king lives, wherever my lord the king may be, whether it means life or death, there will your servant be.”


When David flees he takes the ark with him (and the Priest: Zadok)

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Lots of names today:

Ahithophel is among the conspirators with Absalom.” So David prayed, “Lord, turn Ahithophel’s counsel into foolishness.”

Ahithophel WAS originally David’s counselor. Benedict Arnold!!

So David put spies in place as he hides. 😢3 7 So Hushai, David’s confidant, arrived at Jerusalem as Absalom was entering the city.

Calamity with a capital C.


Comment question:  Why is this a 2 Samuel read-only and omitted from Chronicles?  Answer in comments.

Are you behind? You are not as far as you think!

I posted this the other day.   Take this weekend to get caught up.  Listen to it in the car.  Read a few chapters in-between loads of laundry.  Wake up early in the morning.  Turn your phone off.  Just some ideas. ❤️

OK, ARE YOU BEHIND???  Yup.  Most of you are slipping because it is a BUSY time of the year.

You have 2 options! 

  1. You can throw in the towel and you will regret it!
  2. Read the schedule below…..(Find where you left off).
    • If it was WAY before April 8, this is your JUMPING IN SPOT!!
Apr 8: 1Sam 1-3
Apr 9: 1Sam 4-8
Apr 10: 1Sam 9-12
Apr 11: 1Sam 13-14
Apr 12: 1Sam 15-17
Apr 13: 1Sam 18-20;
Apr 14: 1Sam 21-24
Apr 17: 1Sam 25-27
Apr 19: 1Sam 28-31;
Apr 21: 2Sam 1-4
May 1: 2Sam 5:1-10;
May 4: 2Sam 5:11-6:23; 

May 7: 2Sam 7;
May 9: 2Sam 8-9;
May 11: 2Sam10;

This will keep you historically up to date.  THEN you will do 2 things:

  1.  When you are cleaning the house, folding laundry, pulling weeds….You will click here and listen to 1 Chronicle which is a REPEAT read so it will be a great recap.  It will be fun to do because you will be like “Oh my stars, I get it!!”
  2. Promise that you will sit outside one day and read the Psalms.

Psalm 32, 51, 86, and 122

Psalm 32 is a Wisdom Psalm.  It is more of a reflection than a prayer or petition.

I really never noticed the -ed after the word ‘bless’ until now.  As a reflection (not a prayer) it makes total sense.  They are not going to be blessed, they are already blessed.

Blessed is the one
    whose transgressions are forgiven,
    whose sins are covered.

Reading Psalm 32 and 51 back to back is incredible  ‘

  • Psalm 32 talks about the NEED to confess
  • Psalm 51 is the model for the confession.

In it, David did not utter one word of excuse for the sins he had committed, nor did he minimize his offenses or blame others for what he had done.

Psalm 32

5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you
    and did not cover up my iniquity.
I said, “I will confess
    my transgressions to the Lord.”
And you forgave
    the guilt of my sin.

Are you acknowledging your sin OR confessing/repenting of your sin????

I found it odd that the narrator changes from David to God speaking through David by verse 8.  Anyone have any insight on this?  Has this been happening in other Psalms and I just have not noticed?


Psalm 51 A Penitential Psalm.  Back on April 22nd I described a set of psalms that were used when repenting.  Click here if you need to go back.

Look at the title of this Psalm:

For the director of music. A psalm of David. When the prophet Nathan came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba.

David confessed the sins he committed against Bathsheba and Uriah. Obviously, he had sinned against Bathsheba, her husband, and the nation that he ruled, but David rightfully admitted that the worst thing he had done was offending God. Taking personal responsibility for our sins is an important part of true confession.

My favorite part was probably one that many of you didn’t choose today (because there are so many good ones) Verse 16:

You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it;
    you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings.
 My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit;
    a broken and contrite heart
    you, God, will not despise.

I cannot “make up for it” with works.  Trust me I try it all the time!  What God takes pleasure in is the broken heart.  How many times have you heard this:

a voice from my heart.: Break my heart for what breaks Yours.


Psalm 86:  Very cool Psalm that it is a compilation assembled by other parts of the Psalms quoted almost verbatim.

This Psalm is a virtual mosaic of other psalms, and its quotations are almost verbatim.
Verses in Psalm 86 Similar verses elsewhere
Verse 1: from Ps. 17:6; 31:2; 35:10; 37:14; and 40:17
Verse 2:  from Ps. 25:20
Verse 3: from Ps. 57:1-2
Verse 5: from Exod. 34:6
Verse 6: from Ps. 28:2
Verse 7: from Ps. 17:6; and 77:2
Verse 8: from Ps. 35:10; 71:19; 89:6; Exod. 8:10; 9:14; and 15:11
Verse 10: from  Ps. 72:18; and 77:13-14
Verse 11: from Ps. 27:11
Verse12-13: from Ps. 50:15, 23; 56:13; and 57:9-10
Verse16: from Ps. 25:16


Psalm 122: A song of ascents. You have to picture it.  Walking uphill, to Jerusalem for a festival or to worship and this song is being sung.Ma'alot – the Songs of Ascents

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem:
    “May those who love you be secure.
 May there be peace within your walls
    and security within your citadels.”
 For the sake of my family and friends,
    I will say, “Peace be within you.”

2 Samuel 11-12, 1 Chronicles 20

As much as I would love to make the application of this read I won’t.   As you read, let the Holy Spirit pull out the lesson YOU need today.


I was just doing research and it said “This is the 2nd most notorious sin in the Bible next to the Fall”.   I had a funny memory hit me: I was at a conference and the speaker: Kay Arthur,  was teaching on this scripture and I was sitting next to a “very marinated in Jesus” woman who heard this story all her life so she was talking to me and I hushed her and I said “I have got to hear how this ends!” and she said, “It’s David and Bathsheba!” I looked at her and said, “I have no idea who these people are!” (First time ever hearing this “notorious” story).  Then I said, “I just wish the woman in from of me didn’t have such big hair!”.  She laughed and did not tell me it was the next speaker:  Beth Moore.  😳


Disobedience to God’s will results in a lack of blessing.

Verse 1 “In the spring, at the time when kings go off to war, David sent Joab out with the king’s men and the whole Israelite army. They destroyed the Ammonites and besieged Rabbah. But David remained in Jerusalem.”

David’s problems began when things were going too well for him! Our most difficult times are not when things are going bad. Hard times make us dependent on God. You don’t get proud when you’re dependent on God. Survival keeps you humble. Pride happens when everything is going your way!

Verse 2: Seeing Bathsheba was not a sin.  Sending someone to find out who she was: Sin.

Clearly, I want to break this down verse by verse but I think you would all kill me for that so let sum it up by saying:

SIN leads to SIN

For David, lust led to adultery.  Adultery led to deception.  Deception led to entrapment.  Entrapment led to Murder.  I want to say “all from inquiring about her”, but truly if he was at war where he was supposed to be, none of this would have happened.  (oh,  the life application I could make here!).

Do you remember back in 1 Samuel 8 when the Israelites said “We want a king”, and Samuel basically said, ” if you ask for a king…here are all the wrong things he will do and TAKE from your family”.  Well, he used his royal position to “Take” what wasn’t his just as predicted.

I know the men will cringe, but underlining that she was “purifying” and that she just had her “monthly uncleanliness” is so important.  It proves that she was not already pregnant when David took her.

David compounded his sin by trying to cover it up rather than confessing it. He tried three cover-ups:

  1. a “clean” one (vv. 6-11), (go sleep with your wife…clearly you have missed her)
  2. a “dirty” one (vv.12-13), (let’s get him drunk…all drunk men want to sleep with their wives…keeping it real folks!) 😂

Uriah drunk proved to be a better man than David sober!  Ouch! David was setting up this soldier to cover his own sin. However, King David underestimated Uriah’s commitment to him.  Though Bathsheba’s husband was a Hittite, he appears to have been a godly believer in the Lord,  as well as a dedicated warrior. Uriah’s name means “Lord is my light”.

3. and a “criminal” one (vv. 14-17) (sadly the plan worked, and Uriah died, but so did a few other men along with him)


Chapter 12

As a prophet, Nathan was required to confront sin, even the sin of a king.  Nathan used a parable:

  • The Rich man-is David
  • The Poor man-is Uriah
  • The Ewe-is Bathsheba

Ohhh how easy it is to recognize the sin of others over our own!  (It’s like when I sit in church and I say in my head “Ohhhh I wish Karen (made up name) could hear this sermon…she needs it).  Yikes!  Am I the only one that does that??

Not only did David recognize the sin, but his emotional ungodly reaction to it was also ridiculous! Let’s look at the Law, shall we?

  • Exodus 22:1 ““Whoever steals an ox or a sheep and slaughters it or sells it must pay back five head of cattle for the ox and four sheep for the sheep.
  • Leviticus 20:10 “‘If a man commits adultery with another man’s wife—with the wife of his neighbor—both the adulterer and the adulteress are to be put to death.”
  • Leviticus 24:17  “‘Anyone who takes the life of a human being is to be put to death”

What sentence did King David hand down…did he follow the Law?  On the contrary….He hands down the penalty HE should receive.  Ohhh the humanity!

David burned with anger against the man and said to Nathan, “As surely as the Lord lives, the man who did this must die!”

 God’s response: (Notice the word “I”)

  • I anointed you king over Israel,
  • I delivered you from the hand of Saul
  • I gave your master’s house to you, and your master’s wives into your arms.
  • I gave you all Israel and Judah.
  • And if all this had been too little, I would have given you even more.

Now notice the word “You”

  • Why did you despise the word of the Lord by doing what is evil in his eyes?
  • You struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword and took his wife to be your own.
  • You killed him with the sword of the Ammonites.
  • Now, therefore, the sword will never depart from your house, because you despised me and took the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your own.

Verse 13:  “I have sinned against the Lord.”

Notice that God’s forgiveness followed immediately after David’s confession.

GRACE!!!!

The Lord removed the guilt of David’s sin (forgiveness) he did not remove the consequences of it (discipline). Someone told me once: you hammer a nail in a board you may remove the nail, but the hole remains.

“This is what the Lord says: ‘Out of your own household I am going to bring calamity on you. Before your very eyes I will take your wives and give them to one who is close to you, and he will sleep with your wives in broad daylight.  You did it in secret, but I will do this thing in broad daylight before all Israel.”

Shut up!!! Is this really going to happen??  Umm Hello….it is the Bible and God is speaking, so of course, it is going to happen.  You will have to wait for it but here are some clue words: 1.rooftop 2. orgy (and as much as I know the  many of you roll your eyes at my genealogy charts…you’re gonna need it when we get there.


As a result of David’s slope of sins, his firstborn will die.  David accepts the judgment of the Lord and takes responsibility for the result.  The heir to the throne is born: Solomon (his name comes from the Hebrew word shalom, peace, and means “Peaceable” or “Peaceful”), was a blessing from the Lord. It demonstrates that God’s grace is greater than all our sins.  Solomon had another name, “Jedidiah” (I will always picture Owen Wilson from Night of the Museum).  In spite of David’s sin, God’s covenant remains. 

The chapter ends circling back to the first verse we read today, with David going out to war with his warriors like he was supposed to in the first place (this all could have been avoided).  He took a crown weighing about 75 pounds and returned home to Jerusalem.


1 Chronicles 20.  (very different read) Remember the purpose of the Chronicles was to encourage the Hebrews returning after the captivity to rebuild Jerusalem.  Ezra, the writer,  wanted to write about the victories of their ancestors…soooo no point in retelling the transgressions. 😂  Sooooo, the author leaves out the whole Bathsheba incident on purpose., but highlights these enormous battles fighting giants with 12 fingers and 12 toes they were so big!

YOU KNOW THE PSALMS ARE GOING TO BE AMAZING FOLLOWING THIS.  FEEL FREE TO READ AHEAD!

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Are you behind? You are not as far as you think!

I just had the coolest night.  A small group in Arkansas just let me sit in their Bible Study via Facetime!.  They meet to discuss the reading.  How humbling that almost all the questions they asked me I didn’t know.  😂. Keeping it real.

OK, ARE YOU BEHIND???  Yup.  Most of you are slipping because it is a BUSY time of the year.

You have 2 options! 

  1. You can throw in the towel and you will regret it!
  2. Read the schedule below…..(Find where you left off).
    • If it was WAY before April 8, this is your JUMPING IN SPOT!!
Apr 8: 1Sam 1-3
Apr 9: 1Sam 4-8
Apr 10: 1Sam 9-12
Apr 11: 1Sam 13-14
Apr 12: 1Sam 15-17
Apr 13: 1Sam 18-20;
Apr 14: 1Sam 21-24
Apr 17: 1Sam 25-27
Apr 19: 1Sam 28-31;
Apr 21: 2Sam 1-4
May 1: 2Sam 5:1-10;
May 4: 2Sam 5:11-6:23; 

May 7: 2Sam 7;
May 9: 2Sam 8-9;
May 11: 2Sam10;

This will keep you historically up to date.  THEN you will do 2 things:

  1.  When you are cleaning the house, folding laundry, pulling weeds….You will click here and listen to 1 Chronicle which is a REPEAT read so it will be a great recap.  It will be fun to do because you will be like “Oh my stars, I get it!!”
  2. Promise that you will sit outside one day and read the Psalms.

 

Psalm 65, 66, 67 / 69, 70

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  • Sorry I am late, not only did I oversleep but I sat in Psalm 69 and 70 for a little while.  I read them through my eyes.  But then to give me a perspective I read them through David’s eyes which made my troubles seem so much smaller. ❤️

Psalm 65 and 66 are called “communal songs”.  Notice the plural pronouns.  Picture all of us reading today saying this at the same time.


Psalm 65 we begin by asking for forgiveness in verse 1-4.  Verses 5-8 we recognize his awesome power.  Verse 9-13 we acknowledge his overwhelming bounty.


Psalm 66 will speak to those who have suffered a trial in their life.  My favorite part is:

10 For you, God, tested us;
    you refined us like silver.
11 You brought us into prison
    and laid burdens on our backs.
12 You let people ride over our heads;
    we went through fire and water,
    but you brought us to a place of abundance.

The image of taking silver that is tarnished and wiping away the impurities until it is refined.  If you have ever polished silver you keep at it until you can see your reflection in it.  God refines us until he can see a reflection of Himself in us.


Psalm 67 is to be read as a nation.  We are the priesthood for the Lord so the author of this psalm begins with the Priestly Blessing from Numbers 6 (click here)

May God be gracious to us and bless us
    and make his face shine on us
 so that your ways may be known on earth,
    your salvation among all nations.


Psalm 69– Out of all the Psalms you will read, this one is intense.  If it did not speak to you read it through David’s eyes.  I sat in this one for a bit today mulling over some things in my life.


Psalm 70– short but strong Psalm.  Notice the repeat in “May those” “May all”.