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Day 118 – Psalm 81, 88, 92-93

Day 118
Psalm 81, 88, 92-93

Psalm 81 is a song of Asaph, a Levitical musician, which he composed for the Feast of Booths. The Feast of Booths was an annual harvest celebration. During the festival, the people of Israel would dwell in makeshift tents for a weeklong remembrance of God’s care and protection of His


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Day 117 – 1 Chronicles 6

Day 117
1 Chronicles 6

The tribe of Levi was one of Israel’s most prominent tribes. The Chronicler has already traced the genealogies of the tribe of Judah (the tribe of David) and the tribe of Benjamin (the tribe of Saul). The importance of the tribe of Levi was also attested to by its lengthy genealogical placement (6:1-81). The significance of the tribe of Levi from the


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Day 116 – Psalm 73, 77, 78

Day 116
Psalm 73, 77, 78

Psalm 73 commences Book 3 of the Psalter. Like ten other psalms in this section (74-83), including Psalms 77 and 78, it was composed by Asaph. Asaph was one of the Levites mentioned by the Chronicler who led worship in the Temple (cf. 1 Chronicles 6:39). Psalm 73 is a remarkable theodicy (a defense of God’s ways). It is the Book of Job in


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Day 115 – I Chronicles 3-5

Day 115
1 Chronicles 3-5

The family of King David was the central feature of the Chronicler’s genealogies. In the first section of Chapter 3, David’s nineteen sons were registered in two lists: those who were born in Hebron, where he ruled over Judah for seven and a half years (3:1-4), and those who were born in Jerusalem, where he was enthroned over all Israel for


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Day 114 – Psalm 43, 44, 45, 49, 84, 85, 87

Day 114
Psalm 43, 44, 45, 49, 84, 85, 87

Initially, these chapters don’t appear to be a valuable section of Scripture. 1 Chronicles actually begins with nine chapters of genealogies. There are 250 people and places named in the first chapter alone. This seemingly endless list of names, continuing for page after page, prompts the reader to wonder, “Why are all of these names and


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Day 113 – I Chronicles 1-2

Day 113
1 Chronicles 1-2

Initially, these chapters don’t appear to be a valuable section of Scripture. 1 Chronicles actually begins with nine chapters of genealogies. There are 250 people and places named in the first chapter alone. This seemingly endless list of names, continuing for page after page, prompts the reader to wonder, “Why are all of these names and


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Day 112 – Psalm 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 21

Day 112
Psalm 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 21

In Psalm 6 David was in deep anguish (3). The historical situation is unspecified but he was at his wit’s end because of “foes,” “workers of evil,” and “enemies.” They have arrayed against him with such force that he suffered inwardly (i.e. depression) and even his bones ached. He had cried so much his pillows were soaked at night. He felt like he


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Day 111 – 2 Samuel 1-4

Day 111
2 Samuel 1-4

The opening verse of 2 Samuel records defeat and victory. First of all, King Saul was dead. He took his own life after the Israelite army had been routed by the Philistines. It was an ignominious end for Israel’s first monarch, the king everyone had wanted. Secondly, by contrast, David was victorious over the Amalekites, the very people Saul had


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Day 110 – Psalm 121, 123-125, 128-130

Day 110
Psalm 121, 123-125, 128-130

The seven psalms that comprise our reading today are among the Songs of Ascents (shiray hammaloth), of which there are fifteen psalms overall. They were meant to be sung as Jewish pilgrims made one of their three annual trips to Jerusalem, the City of David.


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Day 109 – 1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18

Day 109
1 Samuel 28-31; Psalm 18

David, the king-anointed, had gotten himself into quite a pickle and Saul, the king-rejected resorted to divination. To begin with, David, while living in the Philistine city of Ziklag, deceived Achish, one of the tribal-kings of the Philsitines, into thinking that he was a loyal ally. But now, the Philistines were mustering a force to fight against the


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