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05/28/2018 — Psalms Chapters 111-118

What marvelous songs of praise we read!  And I think the Holy Spirit even gives us a wonderful summary of them all in Psalm 117 (the shortest Psalm:) Psalm 117 1 Praise the Lord, all you nations;     extol him, all you peoples. 2 For great is his love toward us,     and the faithfulness of the Lord endures

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05/27/2018 — 1 Chronicles 26-29; Psalm 127

I am amazed when look at the magnificence of the gifts that David, the rulers, and the people of Israel brought for the temple (over 300 tons of gold worth roughly  $12.6 billion dollars today.) Then in 1 Chronicles 29 David reminds us of a point of humility: 14 “But who am I, and who are

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05/25/2018 1 Chronicles Chapters 23-25

As usual we see the author (probably Ezra) add the details of the families that would now serve the Lord.  David has provided the preparations for the building of the Lord’s temple and now he “staffs” it.  I had not considered the reason for these new delineation of duties but Matthew Henry in his commentary

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05/24/2018 — Psalms Chapters 108-110

OK, when I read Psalm 110:1 I realized that we need to “jump ahead” hundreds of years when we hear this passage repeated by Jesus when speaking to the Pharisees in Matt 22:41-46 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Whose son is he?”  “The son

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05/22/18 — Psalms Chapters 95, 97-99

If you are like me I drop notes in the margin of my Bible if a particular sermon, teaching or commentary impacts me (many thanks to Artie, Randy, Buddy and the other men who have taught even before our arrival on the Cape.) I have such notes beside each of the three uses of the

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05/21/2018 — 2 Samuel 22-23 and Psalm 57

In 2 Samuel 23:1 the author stated that these are the “Last words of David;” however they were not delivered on his death bed – they were just some of is last pronouncements.  And in Psalm 23:3-4 he, again, captures a magnificent word-picture that I wish more earthly leaders in the the worlds of business,

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05/20/2018 — Psalm Chapters 5, 38, 41-42

To me there are two Psalms we read that seem to be co-joined in emotion — Psalm 38 penned by David and Psalm 41 attributed to the Sons of Korah. In Psalm 38 we see David in turmoil sadly expressing  the grief, pain, and afflictions caused by his sins. I know that I have felt

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05/19/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 19-21

In reading these three chapters I did not have to read far to see a “life-lesson.”  We are all in need of an honest friend – one who loves us but who does not hesitate to correct and admonish their friend when it is needed.  We certainly see that man in Samuel 19:1-3 in the

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05/18/2018 — Psalms Chapters 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

When we read these Psalm we see common threads — the most similar being David’s relying on God alone as his “rock” and for “his rest” (Psalm 62:2 & 5-6.)  What “jumped out” at me for this reading was perplexing at first: From the NIV — Psalm 26:1 “Vindicate me, O Lord for I have

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05/17/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 16-18

In these chapters we have so much military and political intrigue that it reminded me of an episode from the political thriller “House of Cards.”   I found reading the chapters captivating.  Two particular two points struck me: The details of Absolom’s plans to kill David and the advice of Ahithophel and Hushai are intensive.  However,

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05/16/2018 — Psalms 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55

As I read each of these Psalms I was taken that each seems to present a common theme.  Early in each of these Psalms David states his distress and his pleas for deliverance.  For example:  Psalm 3:1-2  1 Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me!2 Many are saying of me,  “God will

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05/15/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 13-15

In sports there is often one play that will change the entire outcome of the game.   Often the play is a mistake (or error) by the losing team.  In 2 Samuel Chapters 11 and 12 we see Davis make a heinous mistake in his adultery with Bathsheba.  And we see David’s life totally change after

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05/14/2018 — Psalms Chapters 32, 51, 86, 122

The developer of our readings certainly placed two of these Psalms, Psalm 32 and Psalm 51, in locations related to David’s multiple sins associated with his relation with Bathsheba.  And in both we can emotionally relate to Davids’ sorry and his praise. On verse in particular is a “breath prayer” of mine when faced with

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05/13/2018 — 2 Samuel Chapters 11-12 & 1 Chronicles 20

So, now do you see why our reading from Friday was so important?  David sent Joab  and all the king’s men to fight the Ammonites and to besiege  Rabbah.  But as recorded in 2 Samuel 11:1  “David remained in Jerusalem.” And from reading the rest of Chapters 11 and 12 we know the results of

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05/12/2018 — Psalm Chapters 65-67 & 69-70

As I often due when I do my Bible reading I will turn to a commentator or two to help me gain insight.  Another person’s perspective is quite useful. Coffman highlights three points I have missed when I read Psalm 65: There are three natural divisions of the psalm. (1) God is praised for his

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05/11/2018 — 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; & Psalm 20

In these chapters, 2 Samuel 10 and 1 Chronicles 19, and we read of more of the glorious victories which David lead against the enemies of Israel.  Yet, in the midst of all of this celebration there are three very important words: 2 Samuel 10:6-7  & 1 Chronicles 19:8 6 When the Ammonites realized that they

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05/10/2018 — Psalms Chapters 50, 53, 60, & 75

In reading these Psalms I denote a bit of a theme in several of them — the Lord’s assessment  of the wicked and non-believers. Psalm 50:16-21 16 But to the wicked person, God says: “What right have you to recite my laws     or take my covenant on your lips? 17 You hate my instruction     and cast my

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