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What if David could have used social media?

For some reason, I got to thinking about how David would have used social media if it would have been available in his day. As I was thinking about that, it dawned on me that we actually have the answer to that question in the form of the Psalms. In the Psalms, we have a record of the things that David was passionate about.

 


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Getting off the “slippery slope”

Since Sunday is always such a busy day for me, I rarely post thoughts on my Bible readings. And since yesterday was Mother’s Day, it was even busier than a normal Sunday. But since I do have some thoughts from yesterday’s reading that I think are worth sharing, I’m going to make two separate posts today.
 

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Trusting in God

In 2 Samuel 10 and 1 Chronicles 19, we see Israel facing an attack from both the Ammonites and the Syrians that they hired to fight with them. But God clearly protects Israel here and allows their much smaller army to defeat both the Ammonites and the Syrians.

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A heart for God

I am really enjoying this section of the chronological reading plan I’m using this year. Interspersing the Psalms among the historical accounts in Samuel and Chronicles has helped me to get a much better feel for those Psalms as I consider them in the historical context in which they were written.


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An everlasting kingdom

Today’s readings from 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17 both record God’s covenant that He made with David.

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Violating God’s holiness

In both 2 Samuel 6 and 1 Chronicles 13, we read about an event that is very similar to the account of Ananias and Saphirra in Acts 5. As the ark of the covenant is being carried into Jerusalem on a cart, the oxen stumble and when Uzzah puts out his hand to steady the ark, God’s anger is kindled and Uzzah died immediately.

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The steadfast love of the Lord

Psalms 106 and 107 are both a testimony to the steadfast love of the Lord and a call to remember that love. Both Psalms recount how the people of Israel forgot that love and continually turned away from God. But there were times throughout their history where they remembered God and cried out to Him in the midst of their troubles. And God was faithful to His promises and he rescued them, only to see the people turn away from Him again.
 

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Dwelling together in unity

Today’s Bible reading is undoubtedly going to be the shortest I’ll have all year in the chronological reading plan that I’m using. Psalm 133 consists of only three verses, but those three verses are rich with relevance for Christians in the 21st century here in the United States.
 

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The value of patience

Today’s Bible reading came from both 2 Samuel 5 and 1 Chronicles 11-12. Both passages are accounts of David becoming the King of the entire commonwealth of Israel.
 

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The “Work of Ministry”

1 Chronicles 6 is a long chapter that contains the genealogies of the Levites. The Levites were give the role of ministering in the tabernacle, and later in the temple. Among the Levites were Aaron, and his descendants, who were designated to be priests before God.
 

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