Bible in 365 Days – Day 133

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 68-70
  • Psalms 86
  • Psalms 101

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 69:7-12 NLT

For I endure insults for your sake;
humiliation is written all over my face.
Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
they treat me like a stranger.

Passion for your house has consumed me,
and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
When I weep and fast,
they scoff at me.
When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
they make fun of me.
I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
and all the drunks sing about me.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David was mocked and humilated because of his faith and passion for God.

    For I endure insults for your sake;
    humiliation is written all over my face.
    Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
    they treat me like a stranger.

    Passion for your house has consumed me,
    and the insults of those who insult you have fallen on me.
    When I weep and fast,
    they scoff at me.
    When I dress in burlap to show sorrow,
    they make fun of me.
    I am the favorite topic of town gossip,
    and all the drunks sing about me.

  2. His exhibition of his passion for God led to his isolation from his brothers (close friends and family).

    Even my own brothers pretend they don’t know me;
    they treat me like a stranger.

     

Application:

When I first joined the Apostolic denomination, one of the first things I did was donate all my pants and any revealing dresses or tops. By the time I was finished, I had about 3 skirts remaining. Throughout my 10-year tenure within the faith, I endured much. I lost friends who couldn’t understand why I kept my hair natural when it obviously wasn’t the trend. I was ridiculed and mocked because I didn’t attend parties, wore the same 3 formal and casual skirts for over a year and preferred going to church, especially at the peak of my teenaged passion for Christ. I was isolated from my peers and family, even other Christians, who did share my faith or my intensity.

Living for God is a lonely path that requires endurance and the courage to step outside the norms defined by the world. There are critical risks to doing this. Like David, you may be humiliated and mocked. You may be insulted and be the topic of gossip. Members of your family may pretend not to know you or chastise you for your “bad behaviour” (remember how David’s wife, Michal, grew to hate him after he danced, sparsely-clothed, in the streets when the Ark of the Convenant is moved to Jerusalem). Even drunks will consider you beneath them. Why? Because you no longer fit in.

Living a godly life requires you to endure and shun fitting in. What are you willing to endure for Christ?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 128

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Focus Chapters:

  • Psalms 22-26

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 23:1 NLT

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.

 

Observation (s):

  1. The Lord supplies all that David needed.

    The Lord is my shepherd;
        I have all that I need.

     

Application:

Our needs are so important to God that He always ensures that we have all that we need. A few years ago, although I had no money, I started university in faith. Throughout the three years, God supplied my tuition through grants and a part-time job that was extremely flexible when it came to my school schedule. He supplied the fare I needed to get to and from school. He provided the strength I needed to work part-time and go to school full-time while completing all my assignments on time and sitting all my exams. He made sure I could attend every class, even when tired and ensured my safety as I travelled late at nights.

Sure, there were a lot of things I wanted! I would have loved to have had my own personal transport so I didn’t have to make mad dashes to catch a cab in order to be on time for class. I would have relished not having to worry about tuition or feeling tired to the bone. Despite all this, like David, I am truly grateful that God supplied all my needs.

Reflect on the situations you are facing. Everything may not be the way you wanted, but rest assured that God supplied all your needs.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 125

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Chronicles 29:1-22
  • 1 Kings 1

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Chronicles 29:10-11, 20 NLT

Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

“O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.

Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David praised God in public before the assembly.

    Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly:

    “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel, may you be praised forever and ever! Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things.

  2. David’s open worship inspired others to also praise God in the open.

    Then David said to the whole assembly, “Give praise to the Lord your God!” And the entire assembly praised the Lord, the God of their ancestors, and they bowed low and knelt before the Lord and the king.

     

Application:

We love our football teams. Football season, win, lose or draw, we are committed and want the whole world to know. We adore our sports stars. We praise our favourite movies and series and invest hours into keeping track of them so that we can discuss them in detail with our friends and acquaintances. We rave about the marvellous movie stars and aspire to be like them. During political campaign season, we deck ourselves in the colours of our favourite representatives and declare, quite proudly, where our allegiance lies. Yet, the adoration and fanfare changes when the subject of God is raised.

David was a leader who loved the Lord. He was not afraid to show his adoration in public and raved about the goodness and greatness of God. And you know what? His enthusiasm transferred to the people and they too bowed down and praised God in the open.

Are you afraid to show that you are a child of God? Do you shy away from advertising and raving about God in public? God is not a shameful secret to be hidden in the dark. It’s time to transfer some of your enthusiasm about worldly things into raving about Him.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 124

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Focus Chapters:

  • 1 Chronicles 26-28

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Chronicles 28:11-19 NLT

Then David gave Solomon the plans for the Temple and its surroundings, including the entry room, the storerooms, the upstairs rooms, the inner rooms, and the inner sanctuary—which was the place of atonement. David also gave Solomon all the plans he had in mind for the courtyards of the Lord’s Temple, the outside rooms, the treasuries, and the rooms for the gifts dedicated to the Lord. The king also gave Solomon the instructions concerning the work of the various divisions of priests and Levites in the Temple of the Lord. And he gave specifications for the items in the Temple that were to be used for worship.

David gave instructions regarding how much gold and silver should be used to make the items needed for service. He told Solomon the amount of gold needed for the gold lampstands and lamps, and the amount of silver for the silver lampstands and lamps, depending on how each would be used. He designated the amount of gold for the table on which the Bread of the Presence would be placed and the amount of silver for other tables.

David also designated the amount of gold for the solid gold meat hooks used to handle the sacrificial meat and for the basins, pitchers, and dishes, as well as the amount of silver for every dish. He designated the amount of refined gold for the altar of incense. Finally, he gave him a plan for the Lord’s “chariot”—the gold cherubim whose wings were stretched out over the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant. “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.

 

Observation (s):

  1. God was explicit with His instructions regarding the Temple. He provided David with a plan.

    “Every part of this plan,” David told Solomon, “was given to me in writing from the hand of the Lord.

     

Application:

In project management, emphasis is placed on ensuring that the scope of work is thoroughly defined and understood by the persons who will be carrying out the work. Explicit definition of requirements helps to ensure that all stakeholder expectations are met and quality work is delivered. In fact, the project is not considered completed or a success until the requirements have been satisfactorily delivered.

God is the model stakeholder! He ensures that his expectations are clearly defined, leaving no room for guessing in matters concerning Him. As such, David was able to be quite clear about the specifications that were expected for the Temple, handing Solomon the plan that was provided to him about the layout and resources that would be needed to build the Temple and make it functional and operational.

Are you on a God-designated mission but feeling lost? Talk a moment and talk to Him. God does not leave room for guesswork in matters concerning Him. He tends to be quite specific.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 122

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 24:1-9
  • 1 Chronicles 21:1-6
  • 2 Samuel 24:10-17
  • 1 Chronicles 21:7-17
  • 2 Samuel 24:18-25
  • 1 Chronicles 21:18-30
  • 1 Chronicles 22

 

Standout Verse(s):

1 Chronicles 21:1-5, 7, 14 NLT

Satan rose up against Israel and caused David to take a census of the people of Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

But Joab replied, “May the Lord increase the number of his people a hundred times over! But why, my lord the king, do you want to do this? Are they not all your servants? Why must you cause Israel to sin?”

But the king insisted that they take the census, so Joab traveled throughout all Israel to count the people. Then he returned to Jerusalem and reported the number of people to David. There were 1,100,000 warriors in all Israel who could handle a sword, and 470,000 in Judah.

God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.

 So the Lord sent a plague upon Israel, and 70,000 people died as a result.

 

1 Chronicles 22:1-5, 18 NLT

Then David said, “This will be the location for the Temple of the LordGod and the place of the altar for Israel’s burnt offerings!”

So David gave orders to call together the foreigners living in Israel, and he assigned them the task of preparing finished stone for building the Temple of God. David provided large amounts of iron for the nails that would be needed for the doors in the gates and for the clamps, and he gave more bronze than could be weighed. He also provided innumerable cedar logs, for the men of Tyre and Sidon had brought vast amounts of cedar to David.

David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

“The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.

Observation (s):

  1. David triggered a census that did not receive God’s seal of approval.

    So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Take a census of all the people of Israel—from Beersheba in the south to Dan in the north—and bring me a report so I may know how many there are.”

    God was very displeased with the census, and he punished Israel for it.

  2. David made preparations to build the Temple of the Lord. To show His approval, God gave Israel a season of peace.

    David said, “My son Solomon is still young and inexperienced. And since the Temple to be built for the Lord must be a magnificent structure, famous and glorious throughout the world, I will begin making preparations for it now.” So David collected vast amounts of building materials before his death.

    “The Lord your God is with you,” he declared. “He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. He has handed them over to me, and they are now subject to the Lord and his people.

     

Application:

“If you fail to prepare, prepare to fail” is a common phrase that has graced the front or back pages of examination booklets. It is true! Preparation is a necessary tool to reduce the risk of failure. However, a more critical tool is God’s stamp of approval on the intent behind our preparation activities.

While the intent behind the census is unclear, David triggered a census and roused God’s anger! Whatever David was making preparations for caused Israel to sin, as Joab had predicted. Eventually, the intent behind his preparations cost 70,000 Israelites their lives!

In another season, David begun preparations for building the Temple of God. Although he could have no part in building, he ensured that his young and inexperienced son, Solomon, would have all the materials he needed to make a magnificent memorial. God, in giving His stamp of approval, gave the Israelites a season of peace to carry out their preparations and execution.

What great plan or event are you preparing for? Ensure you have God’s stamp of approval. Preparation reduces the risk of failure but God’s stamp of approval guarantees success.


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 121

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 22
  • Psalms 18

 

Standout Verse(s):

Psalms 18:1-2 NLT

I love you, Lord;
you are my strength.
The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.
He is my shield, the power that saves me,
and my place of safety.

 

Observation (s):

  1. David used the possessive pronoun “my” that declared his relationship with God.

    The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior;
    my God is my rock, in whom I find protection.

  2. David’s declaration of his relationship with God reached the point where he utilized adjectives and descriptive parts of speech to describe the role that God played in his life.

    He is my shield, the power that saves me,
    and my place of safety.

Application:

Who doesn’t love possessive pronouns and the ownership or relationships that they allow us to declare quite proudly. “My mother” is much more personal that “the lady who gave birth to me”. “My boy friend” declares a pride that “a guy friend” lacks. And who can argue about the different between “God” and “my God”. It screams love, personal relationship and a sense of belonging and ownership!

There is also something incredible which these relationships announced when our possessive pronouns are coupled with adjectives and descriptive parts of speech that show the specialness of our relationships. For example when “my friend” becomes “my best friend” or “my mother” becomes “my biggest cheerleader” or “my God” becomes “my strength”.

Are you like David who love and have such a special relationship with God that you use possessive pronouns and descriptive parts of speech to capture His active role in your life? God was David’s strength, his rock in whom he finds protection, his fortress, and savior. God was David’s shield, the power that saves him, and his place of safety. Who is God to you?


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Bible in 365 Days – Day 120

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Focus Chapters:

  • 2 Samuel 19:31-43
  • 2 Samuel 20
  • Psalms 7
  • 2 Samuel 21
  • 1 Chronicles 20:4-8

 

Standout Verse(s):

THE ACTION

2 Samuel 19:41-43 NLT

But all the men of Israel complained to the king, “The men of Judah stole the king and didn’t give us the honor of helping take you, your household, and all your men across the Jordan.”

The men of Judah replied, “The king is one of our own kinsmen. Why should this make you angry? We haven’t eaten any of the king’s food or received any special favors!”

“But there are ten tribes in Israel,” the others replied. “So we have ten times as much right to the king as you do. What right do you have to treat us with such contempt? Weren’t we the first to speak of bringing him back to be our king again?” The argument continued back and forth, and the men of Judah spoke even more harshly than the men of Israel.

 

THE REACTION

2 Samuel 20:1-2 NLT

There happened to be a troublemaker there named Sheba son of Bicri, a man from the tribe of Benjamin. Sheba blew a ram’s horn and began to chant:

“Down with the dynasty of David!
We have no interest in the son of Jesse.
Come on, you men of Israel,
back to your homes!”

So all the men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba son of Bicri. But the men of Judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the Jordan River to Jerusalem.

 

Observation (s):

  1. The men of Israel were upset about not getting the full opportunity to aide David and his men across Jordan.

    But all the men of Israel complained to the king, “The men of Judah stole the king and didn’t give us the honor of helping take you, your household, and all your men across the Jordan.”

  2. Despite their early fervour, the men of Israel deserted David and his men and joined Sheba when his chant reached them.

    There happened to be a troublemaker there named Sheba son of Bicri, a man from the tribe of Benjamin. Sheba blew a ram’s horn and began to chant:

    “Down with the dynasty of David!
    We have no interest in the son of Jesse.
    Come on, you men of Israel,
    back to your homes!”

    So all the men of Israel deserted David and followed Sheba son of Bicri.

  3. Despite Sheba’s call, the men of Judah remained with David and escorted him until he ended his journey.

    But the men of Judah stayed with their king and escorted him from the Jordan River to Jerusalem.

     

Application:

Know the difference between your friends and followers. Don’t get it confused. Like David, we have few friends and many followers. Followers are persons who supports and admires a particular person or set of ideas. Like the men of Israel, your followers will even fight to be near and around you. However, when trouble comes or a person with better ideas come along, they can quickly shift sides and desert you, like the men of Israel when presented with the doctrines of Sheba.

Surround yourself with friends, like the men of Judah, who were there with you at the start of the journey and during your troubles and will stay with you to ensure you get across your Jordan River, to the end in Jerusalem.


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