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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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Day 108 – Psalms 17, 35, 54, 63

Day 108
Psalms 17, 35, 54, 63

Psalm 17 is a prayer for vindication (2). David was asking the Judge of all the earth for justice to prevail in his life (1). The context of this psalm is uncertain but clearly David had been treated unjustly and was in trouble (10-12). He approached God confidently (“Hear,” “attend,” “give ear”). He prayed with integrity for his words were not tainted by


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Day 107 – I Samuel 25-27

Day 107
1 Samuel 25-27

As it happened, David faced another test as he roamed the wilderness with his band of mighty men. This particular test involved Nabal (“fool”), a rich, dishonest rancher. Everyone who knew him, knew he was no better than his name. Two things about Nabal stood in stark contrast to his true nature. He was a direct descendant of Caleb,


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Day 106 – Psalms 56, 120, 140-142

Day 106
Psalms 56, 120, 140-142

Psalm 56 was a lament written by David after he had been released from custody by the Gathian Philistines (1 Samuel 21:10-15). He began this psalm with a description of Saul’s incessant pursuit of him; “it was all day long.” Saul’s attacks were as continual as they were diverse (1-2). Even more, Saul’s opposition was unjust and warlike.


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Day 105 – Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

Day 105
Psalms 7, 27, 31, 34, 52

The Psalms is a favorite book of the Bible for many people. We love all the psalms because they give us the language for what we want to say to God in the midst of the vicissitudes of life. The Psalms emerge from the reality of a world where people scheme, gossip, and lie. They reflect the emotions we all feel when we are afraid, anxious,


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