Day 144 – Psalm 108-110

Day 144
Psalm 108-110

In Psalm 108 David takes portions from two other psalms and applied them to a different danger (Psalm 57:1-11 and Psalm 60:5-12). Several of Israel’s old foes seem to have caused trouble for Israel and David went and fought against them and was triumphant. David was a gifted


Day 143 – 2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21-22, Psalm 30

Day 143
2 Samuel 24, 1 Chronicles 21-22, Psalm 30

As it happened, this strange and unusual account, occurring near the end of David’s life, was unexpected. David had been king for a total of forty years. The identity of Israel as a unified nation had been forged under his leadership. During his administration, the expansion and


Day 142 – Psalm 95, 97-99

Day 142
Psalm 95, 97-99

Psalm 95 is a psalm about the people of faith worshiping God through singing. There are other ways that we honor God but we sing because God delights in our joyful noise! In our corporate praise there can be singing, shouting, kneeling, and more. There is a place for sober lament in worship but the prevailing note in our worship should be


Day 141 – 2 Samuel 22-23; Psalm 57

Day 141
2 Samuel 22-23; Psalm 57

In the heart of the epilogue of 2 Samuel are two psalms composed by David. The first psalm (Chapter 22) was composed by David when he was a younger man after being pursued by Saul for many years. With only slight variations, it is identical to Psalm 18. Since the psalm seems quite characteristic of David’s entire life, it was


Day 140 – Psalm 5, 38, 41-42

Day 140
Psalm 5, 38, 41-42

Psalm 5 is a morning psalm of David. He came to the Lord at the start of the day and asked three times in three different ways for the Lord to hear him. He directed his prayer to the Lord and he looked up with expectancy believing God would answer. The pattern is praying and watching. In this psalm, David declared what he knew to be


Day 139 – 2 Samuel 19-21

Day 139
2 Samuel 19-21

The price of victory was Absalom’s death. David’s grief over the death of his son was inconsolable. His mourning was so excessive that it irritated Joab and shamed David’s men, who fought so courageously for him at the battle of Ephraim. David was snatching sadness from the


Day 138 – Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

Day 138
Psalm 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

Psalm 26 is a psalm of David about integrity. He began by saying, “Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity” (1) and he concluded by saying, “But as for me, I shall walk in my integrity” (11). In the final analysis, all that any of us have left is our integrity. In between, he


Day 137 – II Samuel 16-18

Day 137
2 Samuel 16-18

King David was in flight, leaving the beloved city he had captured and transformed into the spiritual and political capital of Israel. His great sin, for which he had experienced God’s experience, still carried consequences that triggered a series of tragic events: his infant son had


Day 136 – Psalm 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55

Day 136
Psalm 3-4, 12-13, 28, 55

Psalm 3 was written by David when he fled Jerusalem due to Absalom’s rebellion. Absalom’s coup against his father began in Hebron where he was declared king and quickly spread to Jerusalem twenty-five miles south as people gathered around him. David abandoned his palace still barefooted, weeping, and with his head covered. David was


Day 135 – 2 Samuel 13-15

Day 135
2 Samuel 13-15

The prophet Nathan warned David that the sword would never depart from his house. Indeed, the prophet presaged that evil would arise from within his own family. As it happened, over the course of the next decade or more, David’s family descended into total disarray. The repercussions of his sin left his family in tatters and his