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Our Journey – Week 19

Our journey this week revolves around David in 2 Samuel, Psalms he and others wrote, and 1 Chronicles!

Date

May Reading

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May 5

Psalm 133

 

May 6

2 Samuel 5:11-6:23; 1 Chronicle 13-16

 

May 7

Psalm 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68

 

May 8

Psalm 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132

 

May 9

2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicle 17

 

May 10

Psalm 25, 36, 39

 

May 11

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

Come join Our Journeyus to read through the Bible Chronologically – this six day plan gives you Sunday off so that you can have a devoted prayer time to reflect and journal on what you’ve read throughout the week! And if needed – a day to catch up on any readings you may have missed. Please know that you can begin with the 1st of the year or at any time you please (and then catch up when you’re able to – maybe even next year)! May God Bless you as you walk and build your relationship closer with Him!

Week 19

Psalm 133 is a song of ascents – sharing the joy of harmonious relationships, brotherly love! In these 3 verses that completes this Psalm David shares the importance of living together in unity. The notes from The Life Application NIV Study Bible share: Unity is important because

  1. it makes the church a positive example to the world and helps draw others to us;
  2. it helps us cooperate as a body of believers as God meant us to, giving us a foretaste of heaven;
  3. it renews and revitalizes ministry because there is less intentions to sap our energy.

     Living in unity does not mean that we will agree on everything; there will be many opinions just as there are many notes in a musical chord. But we must agree on our purpose in life – to work together for God. Our outward expression of unity will reflect our inward unity of purpose. How have you shared being united with your brothers/sisters in Christ lately?

Mount Hermon

Hermon shared in v.3 is the tallest mountain in Palestine, located northeast of the Sea of Galilee. You can click on the picture to find out more information regarding this area!

“It is as if the dew of Hermon were falling on Mount Zion. For there the LORD bestows His blessing, even life forevermore.”

Psalm 133:3

Can you see this? The tallest mountain’s dew (Mount Hermon) – mist – falling upon Mount Zion (Jerusalem)… The largeness of the blessing He gives us. Giving us such a blessing that our land will give enough food for three years! Forevermore – everlasting, forever! Can you picture it?

 2 Samuel 5:11 – 6:23

And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.

v.12

     We learn here that David understood his greatness can only come from God, as he credits his success by giving God first place in his life. Do you seek greatness from God or from people? In the drive for success, remember to keep your ambition under God’s control.

The notes share the “stronghold” mentioned in v.17 is the mountain stronghold in the Desert of Judah that David used when defending himself against Saul (see 23:14 and 1 Chronicles 12:8). Have you ever taken the time to really think about a stronghold? What is your stronghold? Consider, the next time needing a shield, safe place, etc – to have God be your stronghold. He’s always there for us, waiting for us to turn each situation over to Him!

Additional notes from the Life Application NIV Study Bible share for 5:19-25 David fought his battles the way God instructed him. In each instance he

  1. asked if he should fight or not,
  2. followed instructions carefully, and
  3. gave God the glory.

We can err in our “battles” by ignoring these steps and instead: (1) do what we want without considering God’s will, (2) do things our way and ignore advice in the Bible or from other wise people, and (3) take the glory ourselvesor give it to someone else without acknowledging the help we received from God. All these responses are sinful.

1 Chronicles 13-16

I’m going to take this time to go back & journal
Chapters 10-12 here as I directed in the last journey post!

Here we learn it takes God’s timing, not ours. David walks step by step with God – to be obedient to His wishes, teaching us great patience. This journey begins with Saul taking his own life which we first read of in 1 Samuel 31:4

You will see as we walk this journey through 1 Chronicles
that we’ve read this before in another book of the Bible!

Chapter 11 revisits briefly how David came to power – which we read in more detail in 2 Samuel 5:1-10.

And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.

1 Chronicles 11:9

The notes share: David’s power increased as a direct result of his consistent trust in God. In contrast, Saul’s power decreased because he wanted all the credit for himself and ignored God (1 Samuel 15:17-26). Those who are concerned about building a name for themselves risk losing the very recognition they crave. Like David, we should be concerned for righteousness, honesty, and excellence, and leave the results to God.

Verses 10-47 communicate David’s Mighty Men to us! There are Three imparticular men that are constantly spoken of, whom are: Jashobeam (Jashob-Baal) (v.11), Eleazar (v.12), and I believe Shammah (2 Samuel 23:11) being described as the most elite group. In v. 15-19 David teaches us that great devotion should only be given to God – not a man. Others held in great honor mentioned are: Abishai (v.20) and Benaiah (v.22). Then The Thirty mighty men (which there are actually 37) are listed.

1 Chronicles 13shares the event of bringing the Ark back from Abinadab’s house. Although unfortunately the Ark did not end where David wanted it; because Uzzah died for touching the Ark. Therefore David was afraid of God, and did not understand how he could bring the ark to the City of David – so it stayed with the family of Obed-Edom for three months. This event was also shared in 2 Samuel 6:1-11.

David commits a psalm of thanks to the Lord for Asaph and his associates in 1 Chronicles 16. The note shared: 16:7-36 Four elements of true thanksgiving are found in the song (psalm):

  1. remembering what God has done,
  2. telling others about it,
  3. showing God’s glory to others, and
  4. offering gifts of self, time, and resources.

If you are truly thankful, your life will show it. 16:8ff Several parts of this psalm are parallel to songs in the book of Psalms: 16:8-22 with Psalm 105:1-15; 16:23-33 with Psalm 96; 16:34-36 with Psalm 106:1, 47, 48.

Psalm 1 The writer begins his psalm extolling the joys of obeying God and refusing to listen to those who discredit or ridicule him. Our friends and associates can have a profound influence on us, often in very subtle ways. If we insist on friendships with those who mock what God considers important, we might sin by becoming indifferent to God’s will. This attitude is the same as mocking. Do your friends build up your faith, or do they tear it down? True friends should help you draw closer to God, not hinder, your relationship with Him.

There is one main point in Psalm 2 that I’d like to discuss: Kiss the Son
                                        do you understand the meaning of this? It’s interesting to me to find my notes share: To “kiss the son” means to surrender fully and submit to him. Christ in not only God’s chosen King, he is also the rightful King of our hearts and lives. To be ready for Christ’s return, we must submit to his leadership every day. So – what does it mean to you to submit? We need to take the time to give all, make Christ Lord over our lives, and share His glory with others every chance we get!

I’m digging deeper into finding what it truly means to live a blameless life as directed in Psalm 15 & 101. Share your insights with me… here – or when I post my findings (hopefully tomorrow for My Monday Walk!).

One last book I’d like to focus on: Psalm 96 closely resembles David’s hymn of praise in 1 Chronicles 16:23-26.

~ How to praise God according to this Psalm:

  1. sing
  2. proclaim his salvation everyday
  3. declare (share) his glory and marvelous deeds
  4. fear Him, tremble before Him
  5. Acknowledge His creation
                             the heavens
                             the earth
                             the animals & plants
                             us
  6. bring an offering (remember what was shared previously… an offering of yourself, time, earnings, etc.)
  7. come to Him
  8. speak the truth, “The Lord Reigns”

Do you see the similarities? Look back at the notes shared above regarding 1 Chronicles 16!

I have so many more notes that I’ve written regarding my readings this past week… but I’d like to hear your thoughts. Share a comment here! Have a blessed week, HL

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