Day 134 – Psalm 32, 51, 86, 122

Day 134
Psalm 32, 51, 86, 122

Psalm 32 is a psalm of repentance from sin and the blessednesses (plural!) experienced in being forgiven. The exact historical context is not known but many think it could have been written after David’s great sin with Bathsheba and the murder of Uriah. David refers to the reality of divine forgiveness which just doesn’t quiet the noise of a


Day 133 – 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20

Day 133
2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20

After David’s victory over the Ammonites and Syrians, his kingdom was now twice the size of Saul’s, stretching from Dan to Beersheba. David was at the summit of his greatness. God’s king was enjoying dominion in God’s city. As it happened, Joab was sent by David to complete the campaign against the Ammonites begun months earlier.


Day 132 – Psalm 65-67, Psalm 69-70

Day 132
Psalm 65-67, Psalm 69-70

Psalm 65 is a song of David, or a poem set to notes (Hebrew: mizmor). The historical situation for this psalm is unknown but because of its emphasis upon abundant harvests it was used as a festival song during the Feast of Tabernacles. God is worthy of all praise. The opening stanza is one of the great gospel statements of the Old Testament.


Day 131 – 2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19, Psalm 20

Day 131
2 Samuel 10, 1 Chronicles 19, Psalm 20

Since he was a man after God’s own heart, King David had a heart of kindness and mercy. We have already seen how he showed kindness to Jonathan’s son Mephibosheth. In this reading, he sought to show kindness to King Hanun of the Ammonites, who assumed the throne upon his father’s death. Hanun’s father, Nahash, was a tyrant


Day 130 – Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75

Day 130
Psalm 50, 53, 60, 75

Psalm 50 is the first psalm of the great singer Asaph that occurs within the chronology of the Psalter. He begins by using three different names of God to declare His power and authority (i.e. El, Elohim, and Yahweh). God has summoned the earth for judgment. Coming out of Zion in a theophany of fire and storm, God’s judgment begins


Day 129 – 2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

Day 129
2 Samuel 8-9, 1 Chronicles 18

The stories of the Old Testament were actual historical narratives. Many of these historical narratives also became amazing pictures and predictors of a wonderful future yet to come. In our reading today, these two accounts give us a picture of the powerful authority of Jesus to subdue his enemies, as well as, His amazing grace. The growth and


Day 128 – Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

Day 128
Psalm 25, 29, 33, 36, 39

Psalm 25 is a teaching psalm of David. It is an acrostic as each verse begins with the successive letters of the Hebrew alphabet, though there are a few irregularities. The historical context is unknown but David, as he so often was, is in the midst of a crisis. David was facing enemies who wanted to humiliate him. He turns to the Lord, lifts up his soul to Him (which is a picture of


Day 127 – II Samuel 7, I Chronicles 17

Day 127
2 Samuel 7, 1 Chronicles 17

As it happened, 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17 record one of the most important moments in redemptive history. After David’s palace was built in Jerusalem, he enjoyed a period of peace from the Lord (7:1). He realized that while he was residing in an opulent palace, the Ark of the


Day 126 – Psalm 89, 96, 100-101, 105, 132

Day 126
Psalm 89, 96, 100, 101, 105, 132

Psalm 89 is a song composed by Ethan. It is a declaration of praise focused on the steadfast love of God (hesed). Since God’s loyal love lasts forever, it should be sung about forever. Ethan’s psalm was based on the covenant God made with David to build and establish his house forever (cf. 2 Samuel 7).


Day 125 – Psalm 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68

Day 125
Psalm 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68

Psalm 1 is the front door into the Psalter. It promises the blessings of God to those who delight in the Law of God. The person who lives under the blessings of God refuses to be influenced and shaped by the advice of the wicked, the lifestyle of the unrighteous, or the mockery of mockers.