Praise Focus

Tuesday of the Twelfth Week in Kingdomtide
2 Samuel 22—24

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

The Lord acts to bring justice and victory to those who trust in him. (Chapter 22 and Psalm 18 are identical.) Pray this song of David over his whole life and receive the same joy in God’s protection for yourself. This can only happen when you humble yourself and look only to the Lord as your protector. Jesus saves you from all your enemies of whatever kind. Praise him. Focus on him. The Lord brings triumph and victory over all that besets you.

This song is a prayer-lift in the presence of chapters of tragic history. David’s prayer will uplift you. Mull over the images; make them yours.

No one can take away your peace unless you let him or her do it. Do you let this happen at times because there is something wanting in your focus of praise?


Tuesdays are dedicated to Old Testament history and “The Writings.”
During the season of Kingdomtide this year we read a few chapters of Proverbs followed by 2 Samuel


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Healing Divisons

Tuesday of the Eleventh Week in Kingdomtide
2 Samuel 19—21

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

Power, division, and disloyalty continue, eventually resulting in the two separate kingdoms of Israel and Judah after the death of Solomon. 19:30 comes from the lips of Mephibosheth, Saul’s grandson whom David had taken as his own. The return of King David is all that Mephibosheth wants; everything else can go. The presence of the Lord Christ in your heart—what else do you need?

The side of Jesus was opened and divided, so that there could be healing and reconciliation among those torn by division. Inner divisions that may be breaking your heart are healed, because Jesus had his heart broken for you.

Greater is the power of Jesus’ love than the powers that would split you apart.


Tuesdays are dedicated to Old Testament history and “The Writings.”
During the season of Kingdomtide this year we read a few chapters of Proverbs followed by 2 Samuel


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Grief of David and Jesus

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

2 Samuel 16—18

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Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter.

The treason against David reminds me of the same against Jesus on the part of Judas. Absalom, part of David’s family, betrays his father, and wants the power of the kingdom to fall to him. Judas, one of Jesus’ apostles, betrays his Lord. Just as Absalom, Judas does not like the way the lines of power in Jesus’ Kingdom are being drawn. The fates of Absalom and Judas are similar—hanging from a tree. The grief of David over the fate of his son is similar to the grief that Jesus must have felt for Judas’ betrayal and the way he ended. The prayer of David, “If only I had died in your place,” is fulfilled in Jesus who died in your place and mine, so that our sin would not do to us what Absalom’s and Judas’ did to them. The tree, upon which Jesus hung in agony, became a new tree of life.

Spend time praising the Lord for the extent of his love for you. How much more can you yet respond?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Vengeance belonging to You v. 11
Your word setting me at rest v. 17
You grant me inner wisdom. v. 20
Laying my heart before You v. 33

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This is the tenth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Hot Coals of Unforgiveness

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

2 Samuel 13—15

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Nick reads the one-minute Firestarter.

David sows the sin of lust in his family. He makes an opening for evil to fester. Incest becomes hatred, further blowing up into conspiracy and murder.

As you read this story, know in your heart that the Lord is at work to bring reconciliation and peace to your family. No one alone can make it happen, but know that Jesus has risen to bring wholeness to brokenness in your life and in the lives of those you love.

Are there any dark emotions of resentment and vengeance that vibrate inside you as you read? Be honest with yourself. Forgive. Don’t let the tail wag the dog anymore! Let go and forgive. Thus, you will find that there will no longer be that inner pushing and shoving going on that takes its energy from negative emotions that burn within. When you forgive, you release the hot coals of unforgiveness that would otherwise burn you up.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Alert and never idle 11:2ff
Always faithful at my post 11:11
Ever faithful to Your word 12:10
Mourning the results of sin 12:24

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This is the ninth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Repentance

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

2 Samuel 11—12

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Instead of being a leader with his men in battle, David is idle at home being a voyeur—gaping at Bathsheba bathing. David’s sin of lust and murder ushers in a future laden with the same and similar sins in his descendants.

David repents and becomes purer and greater. Greater too than your sin is Jesus risen. Repent of your sinfulness. The sins of your family’s past need no longer cripple the future. Jesus ended this on the cross. The power of the Lord’s resurrection is to have you break with areas of sin in your life that bring grave consequences such as death.

David … you … Jesus … reflect upon your life in the light of this episode. Go deeper into repentance, total forgiveness, and joy.

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Lifting up the ones bowed down v. 7
Living with You within me v. 12
Feeding on the Bread of Life v. 11
Your loving kindness in me

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This is the eighth of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

 

An Adopted Son of David

Tuesdays: The Hebrew “Writings”

2 Samuel 9—10

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David has a sense of reverence for the gifts from the Lord he had received in his life. Of these, one of the most precious was his deepest friend, Jonathan. Out of respect for his memory, David welcomes Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth into his household and in effect, adopts him as a son.

Notice what happens to those who do not receive David’s kind approach. In the refusal of the Ammonities and the Syrians to receive reconciliation with David, they sow the seeds of their own destruction.

The Lord reaches out to you and takes you as one of his children, not only to eat at his table, but to partake of his body and blood. Be as Mephibosheth and find yourself welcome in intimate communion with the Lord.

Who needs your special acts of kindness?

The Reading for Today
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Bible Breaths
What are these?
Joy in all that You promise v. 21
There is no God besides You. v. 22
May Your name be magnified. v. 26
Bless the house of Your servant. v. 29

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This is the seventh of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year A.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Sitting Before the Lord

Tuesday of the Sixth Week in Kingdomtide
2 Samuel 7—8

Nick reads the one-minute introduction.

David does what yesterday’s reading from Isaiah implored. David’s plan to build a house for God is reversed: God is going to build him a house! Feel the burst of promise in the coming Messiah 7:8. Sit with David as he prays a glorious prayer of thanksgiving from verse 18. He reviews what God has done in his life. You do the same. Make this prayer your very own. Reflect upon the movement of your life and see in it the hand of the Lord redeeming and remaking what your mistakes and sins have damaged.

All the successes of chapter 8 come because David sits before the Lord in chapter 7. Is there a new chapter in your life that is about to begin, but which needs you to sit in prayer where you are now?


Tuesdays are dedicated to Old Testament history and “The Writings.”
During the season of Kingdomtide this year we read a few chapters of Proverbs followed by 2 Samuel


Daily Bible Breaths


Version for Children and Families