Chapter-a-Day Psalm 3

Israel01_040 But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; with all my might I shout up to God, His answers thunder from the holy mountain. Psalm 3:3-4 (TM)

David’s description of being surrounded on all sides was literally true. Before he was king of Israel, David spent many years living in the desert south of Jerusalem. I’ve been there (see picture). Believe me, it couldn’t have been a fun place to live. To the north was King Saul who had put a significant price on David’s head. To the south and east was Israel’s historic enemy the Amalekites. To the south and west he had the Philistines to contend with. David was literally surrounded.

In the midst of this impossible situation, David could look back and remember that Samuel had anointed him king. It was God’s promise that he would someday sit on the throne of Israel. God was for him and he believed it. David wasn’t trusting in himself, his military genius, or his personal cunning to get him through. He was trusting that God would deliver on His promise, and in order to do that God would have to protect him – so he chose to believe that too.

What a great reminder. In the midst of difficult circumstances (far less dire than David’s) am I trusting myself, am I giving up, or am I believing God’s promises to me?

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 3

Israel01_040 But you, God, shield me on all sides; You ground my feet, you lift my head high; with all my might I shout up to God, His answers thunder from the holy mountain. Psalm 3:3-4 (TM)

David’s description of being surrounded on all sides was literally true. Before he was king of Israel, David spent many years living in the desert south of Jerusalem. I’ve been there (see picture). Believe me, it couldn’t have been a fun place to live. To the north was King Saul who had put a significant price on David’s head. To the south and east was Israel’s historic enemy the Amalekites. To the south and west he had the Philistines to contend with. David was literally surrounded.

In the midst of this impossible situation, David could look back and remember that Samuel had anointed him king. It was God’s promise that he would someday sit on the throne of Israel. God was for him and he believed it. David wasn’t trusting in himself, his military genius, or his personal cunning to get him through. He was trusting that God would deliver on His promise, and in order to do that God would have to protect him – so he chose to believe that too.

What a great reminder. In the midst of difficult circumstances (far less dire than David’s) am I trusting myself, am I giving up, or am I believing God’s promises to me?

Chapter-a-Day Psalm 2

Crown_3 "Don’t you know there’s a King in Zion? A coronation banquet Is spread for him on the holy summit." Psalm 2:6 (TM)

Exactly who was king in Zion (Jerusalem) was up for debate when David wrote Psalm 2. The liner notes on this Psalm tell us that David was on the run from his son Absalom, who had pulled off a brilliantly executed coup and was in the process of taking his father’s throne. Absalom was a smooth talking, good looking young man who was popular with the people. David’s popularity was at an all-time low. He was the establishment and the public was tired of his reign. (read the story in 2 Samuel 13-18)

David’s psalm reminds us all that God was king – not Absalom – not even David.

There are plenty of times when things seem totally out of control and I feel like I’m getting the shaft. It’s in those times that I need the reminder that God is good, He is in control and His purposes will ultimately prevail. My plans, my purposes, and my circumstances are subordinate to His will. It may not be easy and it may not be pleasant – but I can trust my heavenly Father.
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Chapter-a-Day Psalm 1

Road God charts the road you take. The road they take is Skid Row. Psalm 1:6 (TM)

As I stand on this leg of life’s journey, I can look back at where I’ve been and see how God has charted the path. Even through my own silly detours the road has been steadily leading me right here.

As I turn and look forward I can’t see the horizon clearly, but I can see the next step. I look back again and realize God’s faithfulness. He has brought me this far. I can keep going. Step-by-step, day-by-day – I’m on the right road.

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Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 31

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. Proverbs 31:17-18 (TM)

We were under a deadline yesterday. There was a project that had been delayed for several different, aggravating reasons. Wendy and I worked hard over the weekend but yesterday was crunch time. I was up and off to meetings early in the morning and Wendy was up with me to get cranking on the project. Last night I went to bed late and she was still working away. I don’t know what time she came to bed.

How can I read today’s chapter and not feel blessed?

Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 31

First thing in the morning, she dresses for work, rolls up her sleeves, eager to get started. She senses the worth of her work, is in no hurry to call it quits for the day. Proverbs 31:17-18 (TM)

We were under a deadline yesterday. There was a project that had been delayed for several different, aggravating reasons. Wendy and I worked hard over the weekend but yesterday was crunch time. I was up and off to meetings early in the morning and Wendy was up with me to get cranking on the project. Last night I went to bed late and she was still working away. I don’t know what time she came to bed.

How can I read today’s chapter and not feel blessed?

Chapter-a-Day Proverbs 30

Books The skeptic swore, "There is no God! No God!—I can do anything I want! I’m more animal than human; so-called human intelligence escapes meProverbs 30:1 (TM)

I’ve never been able to get this one. I remember teachers who taught this in the classroom. Even if I wasn’t a follower of Christ, I would still believe that there is a God. It seems to me that being an atheist requires as much, if not more, faith than being a Christian. To be an atheist you must believe that (1) matter spontaneously came into existence out of nothing (try and prove that scientifically) and (2) life spontaneously sprang from matter (once again, defying the very laws of nature).

I liken those who would utter the thoughts of today’s verse to the rebellious teenager who, when asked who his parents are, replies, "I have no parents."
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