2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19, Psalm 20

Has anyone ever asked you something, and the best answer you can think of is: it’s complicated.  Well, that is my best answer on this one. 😂.

I had to read this several times because I kept getting confused.  Finally, I took a step back and looked at the bigger picture.  David…is he doing what he is supposed to be doing?  Why didn’t he go to Hanum himself? What was David doing?  Did David fight in these battles?   Should we be fighting the Ammonites?

Duet. 2:19 When you come to the Ammonites, do not harass them or provoke them to war, for I will not give you possession of any land belonging to the Ammonites. I have given it as a possession to the descendants of Lot.”

Go way back in your genealogy and look at the Abrahams’ family tree.  His nephew (Lot).  ☹️

Well, it’s complicated.  After all, a long time ago the Annonites (Moabites)  tried to hire Balaam (on the Donkey) to curse Israel.  They also made Israel slaves in Judges.  Then when Saul was king, they tried to take the Transjordan tribes…

King David managed to maintain friendly relations with Nahash but encountered renewed hostilities when his son Hanun became king of Ammon. Hanun enlisted military aid from Beth Rehob, Zobah, Maakah, and Tob.  David’s army under Abishai and Joab overpowered Ammon, took the capital city of Rabbah, and subjected the Ammonites to forced labor.

I will say this is a personal read for me this week.  😢. In an attempt to show kindness, Hanun took it wrong and it caused a major blow up.  And to make matters worse…I am not nice like David…I have a bitter root in my heart about it! 😞


In ancient times, shaving one’s own beard was done only during deep mourning from a national catastrophe.  They were sending quite the message.    The Israelites were humiliated by having their beards shaved, their garments cut and their body exposed.

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David’s kingdom was thriving and it appeared nothing could stop the nation from growing.  Today’s read puts us at the turning point for Israel.


Psalm 20 is a wonderful prayer as David’s men prepare for battle.  Notice the words “you” and “we”:

May the Lord answer you when you are in distress;
    may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
    and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
    and accept your burnt offerings.
May he give you the desire of your heart
    and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
    and lift up our banners in the name of our God.

May the Lord grant all your requests.

Now this I know:
    The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
    with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
    but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,
    but we rise up and stand firm.
Lord, give victory to the king!
    Answer us when we call!

Psalms 50, 53, 60, and 75

Psalm 50- from Asaph (you know he is my favorite Psalmist…he says it like it is!)  Notice that this Psalm is written in the first person from God.  He is reminding us of WHO He is.  He is sitting on the great throne, as our Heavenly Judge.  As if a trial was being heard, God gathers those in heaven to hear his view of Israel.

I have no need of a bull from your stall
    or of goats from your pens,
10 for every animal of the forest is mine,
    and the cattle on a thousand hills.
11 I know every bird in the mountains,
    and the insects in the fields are mine.

God does not NEED our sacrifices.  Nor does Jesus: Hebrews 10:

Therefore, when Christ came into the world, he said:

“Sacrifice and offering you did not desire,
    but a body you prepared for me;
with burnt offerings and sin offerings
    you were not pleased.
Then I said, ‘Here I am—it is written about me in the scroll—
    I have come to do your will, my God.’”

It is about the ❤️ behind the sacrifice.  The Faith.  The Trust.  The Love.


Psalm 53-

Flip in your Bible to Psalm 14.  Wow, right!  Click here to read both at the same time.

What’s the difference??

  • Psalm 14 focuses more on God’s deliverance of the righteous, while Psalm 53 focuses more on God’s defeat of the wicked.
  • Psalm 14 uses “the Lord” (Yahweh) in verses 2, 4, 6, and 7. Psalm 53 uses “God” (Elohim) in all seven places where God is mentioned.

Psalm 60.  A battle cry to the Lord.  In the midst of their fighting, David calls out to God


Psalm 75: How thankful am I that God is the Judge and not man.  I feel so “read wrong” in this world.  I pray all the time: “If they knew my heart…”  This Psalm gives me Peace.  When the cup of wrath is poured out (Rev. 16), God will choose.  Thank Heavens!

No one from the east or the west
    or from the desert can exalt themselves.
It is God who judges:
    He brings one down, he exalts another.
In the hand of the Lord is a cup
    full of foaming wine mixed with spices;
he pours it out, and all the wicked of the earth
    drink it down to its very dregs.

 

2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

This read is bittersweet only because I know what is on the horizon. These chapters sum up a series of battles that grow the land that was conquered from 6,000 sq. miles to 60,000 sq miles.  “The Lord gave David victory wherever he went”

10. David's Rise, Fall, and Punishment (2 Samuel 8-12). Life of David: Discipleship Lessons, by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson

I spent quite a bit of time in my research chasing rabbits and something new I learned is that conquering this land gave David’s kingdom many mines, specifically copper.  Mining will be instrumental to David’s vision of building a “House” for God instead of the current tent.


Chapter 9:   This chapter highlights the character and integrity of David.  Typically a new king seeks and kills any heirs from the former King.  In this case, David finds Saul’s grandson Mephiboshen and honors the covenant he made with Jonothan before he died.


1 Chronicles 18

14 David reigned over all Israel, doing what was just and right for all his people.”


Happy Mother’s Day. 😉

 

Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

So what I am learning (about myself) is that Psalms is one of those things that if you pick up WHILE you are in a moment it is very powerful and God’s voice is so strong.  By the way, if you are sitting here saying ” what in the world is she talking about, I have never heard God’s voice” you are in good company.  I used to get so frustrated and actually question if I was “really” a Christian because I NEVER HEARD IT.  So when I started reading my Bible and realized WHAT I was reading was directly related to my circumstances I started getting a little freaked out!  As I grew,  I realized that the clearest I hear God is directly from his Word.  It’s cold and cranky out today.  Sit still and read 1 psalm over and over.  See what happens ❤️

My first read:

Turn to me and be gracious to me,
    for I am lonely and afflicted.
 Relieve the troubles of my heart
    and free me from my anguish.
 Look on my affliction and my distress
    and take away all my sins.
 See how numerous are my enemies
    and how fiercely they hate me!

For those who had said: “I don’t know what people are talking about, I don’t hear God”.  That was God talking directly to ME.  I read that Psalm over several times and each time a different section then would pop out.

Second read:  This next one made me giggle like God was trying to make me laugh and remember how far I have come…

Do not remember the sins of my youth
    and my rebellious ways;

And I read it again and God closed our conversation with:

Good and upright is the Lord;
    therefore he instructs sinners in his ways.
 He guides the humble in what is right
    and teaches them his way.


Psalm 25 is one of the acrostic psalms in which each verse in the Hebrew Bible begins with the succeeding letter of the Hebrew alphabet.


Psalm 29 I am 99% sure David was sitting in a Thunderstorm just feeling the Presence of God all around him. Underline the word “voice”.


Psalm 33: What a beautiful Psalm.

20 We (this group reading through together this year) wait in hope for the Lord;
    he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
    for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, Lord,
    even as we put our hope in you.


Psalm 36-Continue your love to those who know you,
    your righteousness to the upright in heart. ❤️


Psalm 39 Holy Cow! I could cut and paste the whole thing!


 

2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17

The Davidic Covenant — The Unfolding of Biblical Eschatology

This is a VERY IMPORTANT READ.  It is not long so find a quiet place to hang on EVERY WORD.  We have talked about Covenant in the past.  There is conditional and unconditional.  The Covenants with Noah and Abraham were UNCONDITIONAL.  It did not matter what happened going forward God would NEVER break his Covenant.

Noahic Covenant:

  • He will preserve the Earth
  • He will preserve his creatures

Abrahamic Covenant:

  • The Promised Land of Canaan
  • The Promise of Numerous Offspring
  • The Promise of Blessings into the World

The Mosaic  (Moses) Covenant, however, was “Conditional”.  The Covenant given at Mt. Sinai was dependent on Israel’s obedience to following the Laws given.  Blessings were dependent on obedience.

Regardless of all the jaw-dropping moments, we have read, God has never broken the Covenant with Abraham and Noah.  Now we come to one of the most important chapters in the Bible: The Covenant was given to David: The Davidic Covenant.


Let’s start with verse 1: After the king was settled in his palace and the Lord had given him rest from all his enemies around him, he said to Nathan the prophet, “Here I am, living in a house of cedar, while the ark of God remains in a tent.”

David is living in a palace made of Cedar (Cedar was a big deal back in those days) and God was living in a tent.  I can picture David looking out his window and his heart breaks over this.   HOWEVER, is God really living in a tent?? NO.  The ark is the symbol of His Presence for the community. God,  however, is everywhere!

Skip to Verse 7: Wherever I have moved with all the Israelites, did I ever say to any of their rulers whom I commanded to shepherd my people Israel, “Why have you not built me a house of cedar?”’  Code for “I don’t need a house!!”

Verse 8-11  Go back and circle all the “I” commands in the speech.  David is not the “caretaker” for the Lord, the Lord is the caretaker for David.  Click here.


Ready: Let’s do this…I am unglued!  This Covenant has 2 layers: Near Fulfillment and Far Fulfillment. David/Messiah. Start at verse 11

“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, 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.  I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands.  But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me  your throne will be established forever.’”

This is an unconditional covenant made between God and David through which God promises David and Israel that the Messiah would come from the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah and would establish a kingdom that would endure forever. The Davidic Covenant is unconditional because God does not place any conditions of obedience upon its fulfillment. (thank heavens!)

Jesus Christ was called the ” Son of David” according to the Davidic covenant. The promise that David’s house and throne would be established eternally is important because it is a prophecy concerning the coming Messiah—specifically, that He would come from the house of David.

Let’s read a “begat” (fun word to say)

  • Click here to read The Gospel of Matthew 1: read the first verse (actually read the first 6)
  • Click here to read The Baptism Genealogy.  David is in both of them (but 2 different sons listed) (The WHY on that is mindblowing if you want to research it!) 🤓

David’s Prayer.  Picture David praying this in his lavish cedar palace surrounded by the warriors and “The Three” to protect him.  He is a King!  Yet this prayer….oh this prayer,  he has the perfect attitude about who he is and whose he is.

Ten times he referred to himself as “your servant” and eight times he called God his “Master”.  The flow of this prayer went:

  • thankfulness for his promise,
  • to praise for what God had done in the past,
  • to petition for the future fulfillment of God’s promises.

David’s prayer included humility, gratitude, praise, remembrance, and acknowledgment.  Truly a man after God’s own heart! ❤️❤️❤️

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Psalm 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, 132


Psalm 89: What could I possibly write after reading that??  I hung on every word.  Overall, I want to point out that for first-time readers this is a movie trailer for tomorrow’s read.
You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”
2 Samuel 7 is one of those chapters you need to put in your brain.  The rest of our year will look back to it.  For example, we KNEW the Hebrews would obtain the Promised Land BECAUSE God made a Covenant with Abraham.  BUT, God also told Abraham that He would bless all the nations through him.  The Davidic Covenant sits layered on the Abrahamic Covenant.

Davidic Covenant: This is an unconditional covenant made between God and David through which God promises David and Israel that the Messiah (Jesus Christ) would come from the lineage of David and the tribe of Judah and would establish a kingdom that would endure forever. The Davidic Covenant is unconditional because God does not place any conditions of obedience upon its fulfillment. The surety of the promises made rests solely on God’s faithfulness and does not depend at all on David or Israel’s obedience. (Thank Heavens)

You said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one,
    I have sworn to David my servant,
‘I will establish your line forever
    and make your throne firm through all generations.’”
20 I have found David my servant;
    with my sacred oil I have anointed him.
21 My hand will sustain him;
    surely my arm will strengthen him.
22 The enemy will not get the better of him;
    the wicked will not oppress him.
27 And I will appoint him to be my firstborn,
    the most exalted of the kings of the earth.
28 I will maintain my love to him forever,
    and my covenant with him will never fail.
29 I will establish his line forever,
    his throne as long as the heavens endure.
After the Covenant tomorrow – will the people be perfect?? Not even close! BUT…BIG BUTT!!
32 I will punish their sin with the rod,
    their iniquity with flogging;
33 but I will not take my love from him,
    nor will I ever betray my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
    or alter what my lips have uttered.
Take the time now to see the foreshadowing of Jesus.  Click here and replace David with Jesus and the Covenant of the Cross for you and me.  💜

Psalm 96:  I KNOW your pen underlined something that was JUST for you. God’s personal reminder that He is reading WITH you every day.  One scripture personally stood out to me that would not have stood out before.  It’s personal.  He is with me.  Emmanuel.


Psalm 100 : 💚


Psalm 101.  YIKES.  Did you catch the word “I”.  Usually, we read the Psalms and it is a reminder of what HE does or will do.  Well, my little grasshoppers…Ask not what your country will do for you but you will do for your country!”  Look at the “I”s on this one. Before you re-read this Psalm (like I say to my students, “that was not a question, that was a direction”) Read part of Proverb 6:
16 There are six things the Lord hates,
    seven that are detestable to him:
17         haughty eyes,
        a lying tongue,
        hands that shed innocent blood,
18         a heart that devises wicked schemes,
        feet that are quick to rush into evil,
19         a false witness who pours out lies
        and a person who stirs up conflict in the community.

Psalm 105:   If I were to title this Psalm it would be “Exodus Recap”.  But ‘for me’ it is titled: “Szymanski, are you teaching God’s history to your children??” I am failing.

Psalm 132– One of the Ascent Psalms.  Psalm 120-134 were sung on the way to the Temple as they ascended the mountain to the Temple.

“Let us go to his dwelling place,
    let us worship at his footstool, saying,
‘Arise, Lord, and come to your resting place,
    you and the ark of your might.
May your priests be clothed with your righteousness;
    may your faithful people sing for joy.’”

Psalms 1,2,15,22,23,24,47, and 68


Psalm 1: The translated word for “Blessed” here is “Happy” and “Wicked” can be translated as “Sinner”.  This Psalm stands apart from most Psalms as sort of an Epilogue to the book.  Only 3 Pslams are called “Torah” Psalms and this is one of them.  The Psalm is about our attitude toward the law.  How fitting after yesterday’s read about the Ark incident.   We spoke weeks ago about threshing the wheat: how they would throw the stalks in the air.  The useless chaff would blow away in the wind but the good part would remain.  We have 2 choices to make.  Blessed Happy Life or Wicked Sinner’s life?


Psalm 2: This is the most quoted Psalm in the New Testament=18 times!  As Psalm 1 deals with two ways that individuals may follow,
Psalm 2 deals with two ways that nations may follow. This is categorized as a “Royal Pslam” since the king “installed” refers to David however it is also a “Messianic” Psalm since it also refers to the Messiah as The King.


Psalm 15:  You have to picture the scene.  David lives in a castle and the Ark of the Covenant (a symbol of God) is out his window living in a tent.  As he gazes up in he says:

Lord, who may dwell in your sacred tent?
    Who may live on your holy mountain?

The answer is:

  1. One that speaks the truth
  2. One that does not slander other people.
  3. One that does not do evil to his neighbor
  4. One that does not gossip or use information that would discredit others
  5. One that does not approve of those who turn away from the
    Lord
  6. One that keeps his promises even when it costs him to do so.
  7. One that does not charge interest on money he loans
  8. One that does not pervert justice for his own advantage

Psalm 22-24  These three Psalms are read together as a “triptych of tablets”.   A triptych is a set of 3 pictures that create one scene. Like this:Pheasant Feather Triptych Framed Print, slide 1 of 11

 

These 3 Psalms read together is a Triptych of the story of the Christ as

  • Saviour
  • Shepherd
  • and King

(The Cross, The Crook, The Crown)

THE CROSS, THE CROOK, AND THE CROWN - Margaret Street Church of Christ

When you begin Psalm 22 (A Messianic Psalm)  you may have recognized it,  however, if you didn’t: Jesus quoted this on the Cross.  A Psalm when you feel the Lord has abandoned you.

My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?

Read this Psalm and picture Jesus hanging on the Cross, taking on all that sin and pain, and this is the Psalm that he is whispering in his head.

Dogs surround me,
    a pack of villains encircles me;
    they pierce my hands and my feet.

 All my bones are on display;
    people stare and gloat over me.

 They divide my clothes among them
    and cast lots for my garment.

Then Jesus puts His trust in HIm, even though He feels deserted.  (I literally could cut and paste this whole Psalm into this)

Ending with It is finished:

They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!

 

Psalm 23- Familiar Psalm, especially if you have seen Pulp Fiction!  You have to read Psalm 22 to read Psalm 23, they purposely contrast each other.  P 22 maintains confidence in the Lord even though he feels abandoned and has been physically ripped apart.  P 23 is the opposite, it is about feeling his personal current protection as you walk through this world.  This is a PERSONAL Psalm.  Take note to the “me”, “my” “I”:

Psalm 23 – Reloaded | Psalms, Psalm 23 words, Psalm 23

 

Psalm 24: Finally, the Lord as King.  We don’t know when this was written by David,  but it would make sense that these words have flowed as he moved the Ark towards Jerusalem ascending up the mountain.  I read this one several times and the repeat of “The King of Glory’ made me feel like David just couldn’t get the right words to describe our God as King.  There really are no words!


Psalm 47– This is an “Enthronement” Psalm.  If you have looked on your calendar you may have seen the words “Rosh Hashana”.  The Jews use this psalm on Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year’s Day, and some Christians use it as part of the celebration of Ascension Day.  What is Ascension Day?  40 days after Easter to celebrate Jesus’ ascension into heaven 40 days later.  I LOVE that some of you are like “What??  He hung around for 40 days!  I didn’t know that!”

(May 13, 2021 if you are interested) ❤️


Psalm 68

What was the verse that fell FRESH  on you this morning,  or your pen underlined, or maybe you read it twice? Or a song that came to mind?

I love you guys.  Have a wonderful day.

2 Samuel 5:11-6:23 and 1 Chron 13-16

Everyone has their own way of studying…this is how I study this section:  I read 2 Samuel.  I research and study.  Then I read 1 Chronicles.  If at that point I understand 1 Chron, then I know I am “good to go”.  I also look to see which section is longer.  When I see 1 Chronicles is longer I know it is a “good” read because Ezra usually only wrote about obedience, not failure. (so if you see Samuel is the linger book…☹️


2 Samuel

Well, David has been busy making babies.  Refer to the David Genealogy we printed. (click here). (Lacey I mailed this one to you)

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David is no stranger to the Philistines.  Since the day of Goliath, the name Philistines has been in his life.  They have been enemies but David has been in their land hiding from Saul.  They grew accustomed to David being around until they heard he wasn’t JUST the king of Judah, now he has been anointed the King of Israel (and Judah).  You can see now the Philistines see him as a threat.  David,  even as a king, consulted with the Lord on all his decisions (for now).  Here is a map to go with the read.

Map of the Territory of the Philistines (Bible History Online)


Chapter 6

If you went back to 1 Samuel 6 and 7 you would remember that the Ark was stolen by the Philistines and then when it was returned it was kept in a house….in a house!!!  Could you imagine the knock on the door that day!

1 Samuel 7:

So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the Lord. They brought it to Abinadab’s house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the Lord. The ark remained at Kiriath Jearim a long time—twenty years in all.

So this sweet boy named Uzzah puts his hand out and touches the Ark when the oxen stumbled, and The Lord was so angry He struck him dead right then and there.  If this is your first time reading this story this may seem harsh…I mean c’mon his heart is in the right place!  Oh, how I have used that phrase many, many times….”Well, her heart is in the right place”.  I even use it on myself “Well, I am going to do that or not do that…it doesn’t really matter because my heart is in the right place!  No!  The scriptures don’t affirm that, it is black and white…do what is right!

  • Why is the Ark on a cart?? I may have skimmed a little during some of the law (only when it was repeated I promise) BUT I definitely would have remembered a cart. (If God had used a southern woman to write this, it would have been called a Buggie 😂)  God is Holy and He will be treated as Holy.  ONLY members of the Kohath family in the Tribe of Levi are to carry the Ark using the special poles, like this:

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  • Is Uzzah from the Kohath tribe?
  •  The Ark is NEVER to be touched.  Ever!  That’s why we have special poles!
  • God did not stumble…the Ox did!

If God had ignored this scene as they were bringing the Ark (The Lord) to Jerusalem He would be dismissing the process of how we spiritually and physically approach God.  If God had ignored this moment it would have said “All that I have taught you about who “I AM’”, was wrong and you don’t have to follow my decrees, as long as your heart is in the right place.  This has to be one of the best stories in the Bible to think about all day.  How do we view or approach the Lord?  Has Uzzah been living with The Ark in his house for so long he has grown “too comfortable” with the Presence of the Lord (ouch, right)?   I am so sorry if you like the song “I am a friend of God”, but it drives me crazy!  He is the Almighty, All-Knowing, All-powerful, Creator of the Universe!`Uzzah may have had his heart in the right place but how he approached the Lord was wrong and God used this as a HUGE “teachable moment” for David and the Israelites.

So what appears to be a harsh moment in the Bible is the absolute opposite.  What should the consequence have been for all of them that day?  What should the consequence be for us?  Today is a great day to take a step back and think about our reverence for Our Lord.


David himself took a 3-month “moment” to collect himself and move the Ark correctly.  Again, could you imagine the knock at the door at Obed-Edom’s house?  The Ark eventually will be in Jerusalem.  As David returns and follows the directions for properly moving the Ark, he brings it to a town called Gibeon, about 6 miles just outside the town of Jerusalem.

Map Of Campaign Against The Philistines - Ark Of The Covenant Journey (1000x900), Png Download


1 Chronicles: Besides the awesome detail (for geeks like me), how amazing is it to read Asaph and how the Psalms are incorporated.  I tend to think of them as scrolls that were written.  They were sang, read, memorized..used!

The next 2 days are Psalms.  Please mark your calendar for May 7th as we turn the page to 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17.  Let’s call this 7-17!  It is a HUGE HUGE READ that without it, I don’t know how anyone reads the New Testament!

Psalm 106-107

After I read the Psalm I thought about the other day when I asked what your favorite scripture was and many of you referenced:

“The Lord is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love.”

Psalm 106 references 34 examples of sin, and how does God react??‭‭ He saves them for HIS name’s sake. (Verse 8) and then reverses the reason in Verse 45: for their sake he remembered His COVENANT. ❤️

I found this to be a bittersweet read recounting my own list of sins, and his patience and abounding love that keeps him slow to anger.


The next Psalm starts a new division.  Psalm 107 is the first of Book 5.  If you notice they are separated with a Doxology.  A Doxology is an expression of  Praise.  Below I will attach the Doxologies of each section if you are interested.

PPT - A Study of Israel's Hymn Book PowerPoint Presentation, free download - ID:5368626


Psalm 107– A Psalm of Thankfulness.  This Psalm mentions 4 different times the Lord delivers his people and then this beautiful chorus that follows in verse 8,15, 21, and 31 of Thankfulness.

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

15 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind,

21 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

31 Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.

If you have ever been to a Catholic mass, something similar is repeated in chorus from the congregation.


Click here for a song (this is the first one I thought of, but I am sure some of you may recommend a better one?)

 

Psalm 133

How fitting to read as we ended yesterday with the Israelites coming together to celebrate David as King of Israel.  The tribes were united for a brief time.  David gives two examples to try to imagine how God must feel when His people are actually united as one body.

The oil running down the head of the High Priest.  The priest was the connection between God and his people.  God flowing down onto us directly.

Unity brings life that can thrive.  The dew that flowed down from Mt. Hermon.  God is represented in this Majestic Mountain, standing at almost 10,000 feet for everyone to see.  The Rock that brings life.  Mt. Hermon was the water source that fed into all the seas in the Promise land.  Mt. Hermon was the life of Jerusalem.

Profile of Isreal

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The downward flow of the oil and the dew represents the downward flow if God’s blessings on his people when we are united.

Imagine if we as a church were united??

Psalm 133

A song of ascents. Of David.

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.