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Our Journey – Week 20

This past week we ventured through the
victories of David and enjoyed walks through the great Psalms teaching prayers of faith, everyone sins, answered prayers, spreading His News, and prayers when in need of help!

 

Date

May Reading

b

May 12

2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicle 18

 

May 13

Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75

 

May 14

2 Samuel 10;1 Chronicle 19, Psalm 20

 

May 15

Psalm 65-67, 69-70

 

May 16

2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicle 20

 

May 17

Psalm 32, 51, 86, 122

 

May 18

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 20

 

Did you notice the similarities between 2 Samuel 8 & 1 Chronicles 18? I feel it is so wonderful and interesting to read through all the details this way! I love learning new things as well! Did you learn anything new this time reading through these books of the Bible?

 

I learned: Seraiah is also known as Shavsha

               royal advisers are also known as priests, chief officials at the king’s side

 

I love the events detailed of David and Mephibosheth shared in 2 Samuel 9!

 

We can learn a lot from the differences between true and false faith are shared in Psalm 50. The notes from the Life Application NIV Bible  share: God judges people for treating Him lightly. First, He speaks to the superficially religious people who bring their sacrifices but are only going through the motions )50:1-15). They do not honor God with true praise and thankfulness. Second, He chides wicked, hardhearted people for their evil words and immoral lives (50:16-22). He asks the superficially religious for genuine thanksgiving and trust, and He warns the evil people to consider their deeds, lest He destroy then in His anger. Here we learn of God being the only judge. We humans have no right to judge others. We have to be careful … making sure our hearts are in the right place, God wants us to proclaim His righteousness, not give meaningless sacrifices in empty rituals.

 

We realize in Psalm 53 that all have sinned and only God can save us!

Psalm 20 shares a prayer for victory in battle! It was brought to my attention in study on Thursday that v. 1, 5 both say when. Letting us know that it is when we’re in distress He’ll protect us and give us victory; and when we’re victorious it is all for the glory of God!

 

We can rest in peace and continue on in faith knowing the joy of God provides abundantly and answers prayer in Psalms 65-66.

 

It is shared in my Life Application NIV Bible that Psalm 67 was possibly written for on of the harvest feasts. We learn from this psalm that we can experience great joy from spreading the news about God around the world! My notes share: 67:2 Could the psalm writer have looked across the years to see the gospel go through the earth? This psalm surely speaks of the fulfillment of the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20), when Jesus commanded that the gospel be taken to all nations. Count yourself among that great crowd of believers worldwide who know the Savior; praise him for his Good News; and share that gospel so that the harvest will abundant.  67:7 Every verse in this psalm mentions God’s relationship with the entire globe. The intended audience of this message spans the world. God repeatedly spoke to and through his people about his love for all nations. Read this psalm with the realization that it was written for and about you! We see the Word being fulfilled by the Bible being shared!

 

Psalm 69 is one of the most quoted psalms in the New Testament, and is often applied to the ministry and suffering of Jesus. Verse 4, like John 15:25, speaks of Jesus’ many enemies. The experience of being scorned by his brother ( 69:8 ) is expressed in John 7:5. Verse 9 portrays David’s zeal for God; Christ showed great zeal when he threw the money changers out of the temple (John 2:14-17). Paul quoted part of 69:9 in Romans 15:3. Christ’s great suffering is portrayed in 69:20, 21 (Matthew 27:24; Mark 15:23; Luke 23:36; John 19:28-30). Verses 22 through 28  are quoted in Romans 11:9, 10; and Peter applied 69:25 to Judas (Acts 1:20). The theme shares: We may have to suffer severely for our devotion to God, but that should cause us to look forward with joy to the day when evil and injustice will be gone forever. Can you stand in joy today… focusing on the day when there will be no more evil or injustice acts? I understand this is hard to do. But what a lovely thought, picture in mind, of total peace and love shared with everyone!

 

You can use Psalm 70 when you are short on time and need urgent help!

 1 Hasten, O God, to save me;
       O LORD, come quickly to help me.

 2 May those who seek my life
       be put to shame and confusion;
       may all who desire my ruin
       be turned back in disgrace.

 3 May those who say to me, “Aha! Aha!”
       turn back because of their shame.

 4 But may all who seek you
       rejoice and be glad in you;
       may those who love your salvation always say,
       “Let God be exalted!”

 5 Yet I am poor and needy;
       come quickly to me, O God.
       You are my help and my deliverer;
       O LORD, do not delay.

Psalm 32, 51, & 86 all share prayers of/for forgiveness! We can always come to God asking Him to “Guard my life”. He will take the time to “create in me a pure heart, and renew a steadfast spirit within me”! I am not worthy of this Love, mercy, and forgiveness He shares with me. Praise Him even through the rough times, confess & repent – He will receive you!

Join us next Our Journey post for Week 21:

 

Date

May Reading

b

May 19

2 Samuel 13-15

 

May 20

Psalm 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55

 

May 21

2 Samuel 16-18

 

May 22

Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

 

May 23

2 Samuel 19-21

 

May 24

Psalm 5, 38, 41-42

 

May 25

Prayer  /  Reflection  /  Journal & Bible Reading Catch Up

 

I pray you all have a blessed week. HL

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