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Letting God take care of my enemies

Today’s reading consisted of Psalms 121, 123-125, 128-130. These are all Psalms that praise God for saving His people from their enemies. Although the nations around them were often bigger and stronger and had more resources, God had brought His people into the Promised Land and He protected them from their enemies as long as they trusted in Him.

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Waiting for God

Today I finished reading 1 Samuel. In the last few chapters of that book Saul’s life comes to a very sad ending. In chapter 28, he is afraid of the Philistine armies, so for a change, he decides to seek out God. But God is silent. So rather than waiting on God, Saul does what he is very good at and takes things into his own hands and goes to consult a medium. The medium brings up the soul of Samuel who reveals to Saul that he is going to die the next day and his kingdom will fall into the hands of the Philistines. And that is exactly what happens.

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Not taking God for granted

Today my chronological reading plan took me back to the Psalms – Psalms 17,35, 54 and 63. Each of these Psalms was written by David during the time King Saul and others were seeking to kill him. Each of the Psalms is a prayer for God to deliver him from his enemies.
 
But something else in each of these Psalms also caught my attention. In each one David is confident that God will answer his prayer and he promises to worship God when that happens, primarily by sharing with others what God has done for Him.
 
That got me to thinking about all the times in my life where God has blessed me and I’ve just taken that for granted. Not only do I fail to let others know how God has been working in my life, I don’t even thank God for what He is doing in my life.
 
So with that in mind, here are just a few of the ways that God worked in my life yesterday. He gave me another day of life to serve Him. He provided for every one of my physical needs – and even beyond that. He gave me the opportunity to speak with a good friend about future ministry opportunities. He guided my sermon preparation. He encouraged me with some thank you notes from the school we ministered to this week. He allowed me to enjoy some time outside in some beautiful weather officiating a beach Volleyball match. He gave Mary and I some time to spend together and to relax. And He gave me a good night’s sleep. And that’s just some of what God did in my life yesterday. Thank you Lord!

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Resisting the urge to fight back

In 1 Samuel 26, we once again see Saul seeking David’s life, even after he had promised not to do that earlier when David had spared his life. This is an important reminder that even when we treat others in the manner that we are commanded in the Bible, that doesn’t guarantee that the other person will respond as they should.

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Changing hearts or changing minds?

Today’s reading consisted of some more of the Psalms that David wrote while he was fleeing from Saul and his other enemies. Yesterday I focused on how David relied upon God to protect him and to defeat his enemies and that theme was present again in the Psalms I read today (Psalms 56, 120, 140-142). But there was also this golden nugget in the middle of Psalm 141:
 

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Are you a David or a Saul?

In 1 Samuel 21-24, we see another contrast between David and Saul. Both of them seek God consistently, but they do it in completely different ways.

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Waiting on God

In 1 Samuel 18-20 we see the patience of David on display. When we put the Biblical accounts together we find that there are likely about 15-20 years between the time David is first anointed as king by Samuel until he becomes king over Judah at the age of 30 and another 7-1/2 years until he becomes king over all Judah and Israel.
 
 

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Are You a Saul or a David?

In 1 Samuel 15 through 17, we see a stark contrast between Saul and David and we can learn lessons from both of them.

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Be Careful What You Ask For

I’m now reading in 1 Samuel. Beginning in chapter 8, the people ask Samuel to appoint a king over them so that they can be just like all the other nations around them. Although this broke God’s heart because he wanted his people to be distinct from the surrounding pagan nations, He told Samuel to go ahead and grant the wish of the people and appoint a king. But through Samuel God also warned the people of the consequences of being ruled by a king instead of being ruled by God Himself.
 
 

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Crying Out to God

Finished reading the book of Judges today. Overall this is a somewhat depressing book that is characterized by this phrase that is found throughout the book: “…and the people of Israel did what was evil in the sight of the Lord”. And it ends with these words: “Everyone did what was right in his own eyes.” Unfortunately those words could easily be written about our culture today.

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