Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 1 Sam. 22:1-23:12; 1 Chr. 12:8-18; Psa. 52; 57; 142


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1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-Two

  1. David’s return to Israel was also a family reunion (1st Sam. 22:1).
  2. David’s return to Israel was a subject of hope for many who were afflicted by Saul’s unrighteous reign (1st Sam. 22:2 cf. Jdg. 11:3; Prov. 28:12,28; 29:2; Amos 5:13).
  3. David secured his family’s care, and then kept himself in the geographic will of God (1st Sam. 22:3-5). Family connections in Moab via Ruth?
  4. Saul hears of David’s return to Israel, and accuses his entire staff of a conspiracy with his enemy (1st Sam. 22:6-8). Nobody cares! Nobody is sorry for me!
  5. Doeg proves his carnal allegiance to Saul by exposing the role Ahimelech played in David’s escape (1st Sam. 22:9,10).
  6. Saul summons the house of Ahimelech for trial (1st Sam. 22:11-16).
    1. The charge is conspiracy and treason.
    2. The guilt is presupposed.
    3. Ahimelech knows nothing about a conspiracy, and testifies to the righteousness of David.
  7. Saul orders the priests’ execution, and Doeg is willing to carry it out (1st Sam. 22:17-19).
  8. Abiathar escapes the massacre, and arrives safely into David’s company (1st Sam. 22:20-23).

1st Samuel Chapter Twenty-Three

  1. David is notified of a Philistine raid on the Judean city of Keilah (1st Sam. 23:1).
    1. King Saul is doing nothing about the raid.
    2. The people of Judah are looking for leadership.
    3. David inquires of the Lord, and receives his instructions to deliver Keilah (1st Sam. 23:2).
  2. David’s men, however, are not privy to the Lord’s instructions, and are in need of encouragement (1st Sam. 23:3), so David inquires a second time of the Lord for the benefit of his followers (1st Sam. 23:4).
  3. The Lord provided for victory, as promised (1st Sam. 23:5).
  4. At this time, Abiathar arrives from Nob, with the High Priest’s ephod in hand (1st Sam. 23:6).  David now has a second witness to the Lord’s leading, while Saul is being deprived of Divine witnesses (see 1st Sam. 28:6).
  5. Saul (with human observation) sees David in a trap (Keilah), and moves his armies to surround the city (1st Sam. 23:7,8).
  6. David, by prophetic knowledge, knows what Saul intends, and verifies it through priestly revelation in a public manner (1st Sam. 23:9-12).

(Chapter Twenty-Three continues tomorrow)

1st Chronicles Chapter Twelve

(Outline anachronistically disjointed, with 1st Chr. 12:1-7,19 not presented until Day 112)

  1. Men joined him in the wilderness strongholds (1st Chr. 12:8-18; 1st Sam. 22:2; 23:14). Considered to be in distress, in debt, and discontent, these men are actually great heroes.

(Chapter Twelve outline continues on Day 113 and Day 116)

Psalm Fifty-Two

  1. Psalm 52 is David’s rebuke of Doeg the Edomite in the human realm but also a rebuke of Satan in the angelic realm.
  2. Numerous passages of Scripture span the human/angel spectrum (e.g. Isa. 14; Ezek. 28). This text features repeated allusions to Satanic motifs: boasting, evil, might, destruction, deceit (repeatedly), the eternal object lesson, the presence of godly ones.
  3. Psalm 52 is a sad Psalm, because the evil man is uprooted (Ps. 52:5), when he could have been a tree firmly planted (Ps. 52:8,9; 1:3).

Psalm Fifty-Seven

  1. This psalm is David’s plea to God for grace upon grace (Ps. 57:1).
  2. This psalm is David’s praise to God for His faithful answers to prayer (Ps. 57:2,3).
  3. David enjoys the Lord’s glory even in the midst of angelic conflict (Ps. 57:4-6).
  4. David concludes with an orchestra of praise (Ps. 57:7-11).

Psalm One Hundred Forty-Two

  1. Believers may come to the point of an overwhelmed soul (Ps. 142:3,6).
  2. The answer in these troubled times is a fervent, effective prayer life (Ps. 142:1,2,5).
  3. God’s motivation to deliver the believer is for the further glorification of His holy name (Ps. 142:7).