2 Samuel 9-11
on May 14th, 2021
Weekly Devotional from 2 Samuel 11--Verse 27But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord. It’s funny, this story is written so matter-of-factly. David did his dirty deed and quickly got back to business. No sting of conscience. No throb of regret. And I’m afraid, sometimes, we’re no different than David. We sin against our brother and move on with our life. “But the thing displeased the L...
2 Samuel 6-8
on May 13th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Samuel 6--Verses 13-14aAnd when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal. And David danced before the LORD with all his might.David loved worshiping God. He didn’t care what he looked like. All he wanted was for those around him to join in worshipping Yahweh, the God above all. We see this in our reading today, and in ...
2 Samuel 4-5
on May 12th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Samuel 5--Verse 5And David came to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there. And he said, “The Lord has broken through my enemies before me like a breaking flood.” Therefore the name of that place is called Baal-perazim.I find it fascinating the significance of the names of people and places in the Bible. You see it all throughout scripture where either a child or a pla...
2 Samuel 2-3
on May 11th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Samuel 3—Verses 26-27Then Joab left David and sent messengers after Abner. They brought him back from the well of Sirah, but David was unaware of it. When Abner returned to Hebron, Joab pulled him aside to the middle of the city gate, as if to speak to him privately, and there Joab stabbed him in the stomach. So Abner died in revenge for the death of Asahel, Joab’s brother....
2 Samuel 1
on May 10th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 2 Samuel 1--Verse 14David said to him, “How is it you were not afraid to put out your hand to destroy the Lord’s anointed?”It always amazes me that David had so much respect for King Saul, in spite of the king’s many attempts on his life. In the verse above, we see a clue to David’s perspective. He respected Saul’s position as the Lord’s anointed.Sometimes we are required to ...
1 Samuel 30-31
on May 8th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 30—Verse 6aAnd David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because all the people were bitter in soul…Recap: these men who gathered to David were “in distress, in debt, and bitter in soul” (22:2). And during the time they all lived in Ziklag, they’d raid the neighbors, murdering and plundering (27:8-9). So, now that they get a taste of their ow...
1 Samuel 27-29
on May 7th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 29--Verse 6The [Philistine] lords do not approve of you. There may be times in life where people don’t approve of you. And, in the moment, you may not like it one bit. David sure didn’t. In verse 8 he objects, “But what have I done?” What David didn’t realize, though, was that God was sparing him from having any connection to the death of Saul. God was keeping his re...
1 Samuel 24-26
on May 6th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 24-- Verse 5And afterward David’s heart struck him, because he had cut off a corner of Saul’s robe. David handled being wrongly accused and threatened with such humility. He refused to bring harm to Saul, even though he had every right to do so. He even felt guilty for considering to do harm to Saul, because he honored him. Even though David was deeply hurt, he chose...
1 Samuel 21-23
on May 5th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 23--Verse 2Therefore David inquired of the Lord, “Shall I go and attack these Philistines?” And the Lord said to David, “Go and attack the Philistines and save Keilah.”Reading about David it is interesting that he inquires of the Lord before he makes any big decisions. I think this would be a very beneficial practice for us. Before we make a choice let’s take it to t...
1 Samuel 18-20
on May 4th, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 18--Verses 8-9 (CSB)Saul was furious and resented this song. “They credited tens of thousands to David,” he complained, “but they only credited me with thousands. What more can he have but the kingdom?” So Saul watched David jealously from that day forward. We all have to be so careful with jealousy. If we do not weed it out of our hearts, it can quickly take root an...
1 Samuel 15-17
on May 3rd, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 17--Verse 43And the Philistine said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods.”Everyone has heard of the story of David and Goliath - a young shepherd boy armed with only a sling and stones going up against an armored giant having spear and sword. The giant looked with disdain at the “hero” sent to represent ...
1 Samuel 12-14
on May 1st, 2021
Daily Devotional from 1 Samuel 12—Verse 21And do not turn aside after empty things that cannot profit or deliver, for they are empty.We were created with an empty spot in our heart. We feel it, all our lives long: a longing, an ache, a desire for completion. We think, if we can just fill that spot, we will have arrived. Sometimes the longing is more intense, sometimes subtler. But it’s always ther...
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