Readings: We jumped around A LOT…so for ease of typist…selections from II Samuel, I Chronicles and Psalms
As I said above, the Bible reading this week was very much like Bible Olympics…my fingers got a work out…so this week, I am going to post the verses that touched me the most this week with very little commentary! Please forgive in advance any formatting woes…it is inevitable!
Monday: “Lord, you have assigned me my portion and my cup,
you have made my lot secure.
The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant place;
surely I have a delightful inheritance.
I have set the Lord always before me;
Because he is at my right hand,
I will not be shaken.
You have made known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
Psalm 16: 5-7, 8, 11
Tuesday: “As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before
the LORD, she despised him in her heart…When David returned home to bless his
household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king
of Israel has distinguished himeslf today, disrobing in the sight of the slave girls
of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
II Samuel 6: 16, 20
This spoke to me this week…is it easier for me to speak in sarcastic, cutting tones to my husband than to walk in joy…Michal should have rejoiced that the ark had returned…she should have run from her window and started dancing along but she allowed bitterness to overcome her heart. David came to bless his own household and he was met with hurtful accusations. This reminds me of times when my husband may go on a business trip and he returns home and I am weary from doing life at home and all I can see is that he spent a few nights in a quiet hotel room…not the hard work that he has done or the fatigue he feels equally…do I cut him off before he can extend a gift from his trip…a blessing? This is a shared journey…if he wins…we all win!
“Lord, who may dwell in your sanctuary?
Who may live on your holy hill?
He whose walk is blameless
and who does what is righteous,
who speaks the truth from his heart
and has no slander on is tongue
and casts no slur on his fellowman.”
Psalm 15: 1-3
Wednesday: “Lift up your heads, O you gates;
be lifted up, you ancient doors.
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory?
The LORD strong and mighty,
the mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, O you gates;
lift the up, you ancient doors,
that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory?
The LORD Almighty–
he is the King of glory.”
Psalm 24: 7-10
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
be pleasing in your sight,
O LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”
Psalm 19: 14
“Praise be to the Lord, to God our Savior,
who daily bears our burdens.
Psalm 68: 19
Thursday: “These were the chiefs of David’s mighty men–they, together with all Israel, gave
his kingship strong support to extend it over the whole land, as the LORD had
I Chronicles 11: 10
I wonder…do I give my strong support to the leaders in my life…my husband, my pastor, my president…do I give this support so that their “kingship” will extend?
Psalm 33–most of it is underlined in my Bible…love it!
Friday: “Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you
while you may be found;
surely when the mighty waters rise,
they will not reach him,
You are my hiding place;
you will protect me with songs of deliverance.
I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go;
I will counsel you and watch over you.
Do not be like the horse or the mule,
which have no understanding
but must be controlled by bit and bridle
or they will not come to you.
Many are the woes of the wicked,
but the LORD’s unfailing love
surrounds the man who trusts in him.
Rejoice in the LORD and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!”
Psalm 32: 6-11
“All my longings lie open before you , O Lord;
my sighing is not hidden from you.”
Psalm 38: 9
Saturday: “But Uriah slept at the entrance to the palace with all his master’s servants and did not go down to his house…Uriahs said to David, “The ark and Israel and Judah are staying in tents, and my master Joab and my lord’s men are camped in the open fields. How could I go to my house and eat and drink and lie with my wife? As surely as you live, I will not do such a thing!”
II Samuel 11: 9, 11
I think I have always focused more on David and Bathsheba and not Bathsheba’s husband Uriah. He appears to be a righteous man…knowing this must have heaped onto David’s guilt of staging his death.
“Benaiah son of Johoiada was a valiant fighter from Kabzeel, who performed great exploits. He struck down tow of Moab’s best men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day and killed a lion.”
II Samuel 23: 20
Why do I always think of biblical times as dry and arid…it snowed…never saw that before!
Saturday: “If the LORD had not been on our side–
let Israel say–
if the LORD had not been on our side
when men attacked us,
when their anger flared against us,
they would have swallowed us alive;
the floods would have engulfed us,
the torrents would have swept over us,
the raging waters would have swept us away.
Praise be to the LORD,
who has not let us be torn by their teeth.
Our help is in the name of the LORD,
the maker of heaven and earth.”
Psalm 124: 1-5, 8
One of the psalms of ascent…it is our song as well…we know if the Lord had not been on our side…we shudder to think what would have befallen us!
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