Daily reading

Today’s reading is: 1 Kgs. 2:1-12; 2 Sam. 23:1-7; 1 Chr. 29:26-30; Psa. 4-6; 8-9; 11


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1st Kings Chapter Two

  1. David issued some parting instructions for Solomon (1st Kgs. 2:1-9).
    1. Instruction #1: obey the Word of God (1st Kgs. 2:1-4).
    2. Instruction #2: execute Joab (1st Kgs. 2:5-6).
    3. Instruction #3: be gracious to Barzillai the Gileadite (1st Kgs. 2:7).
    4. Instruction #4: execute Shimei the son of Gera (1st Kgs. 2:8-9).
  2. Upon David’s death, Solomon’s succession was initially uncontested (1st Kgs. 2:10-12).

(Chapter Two continues on Day 144)

2nd Samuel Chapter Twenty-Three

  1. David’s final public address to Israel is a song of humility & praise for the Lord’s Divine message (2nd Sam. 23:1-7).

(Chapter Twenty-Three continues on Day 114)

1st Chronicles Chapter Twenty-Nine

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. David’s life and reign are summarized at his physical death (1st Chr. 29:26-30).

Psalm Four

  1. Psalm 4 is similar to Psalm 3 (TTB Day 123), and many believe it was written at the same time.  If so, the content of Psalm 4 refers to the prayer activity of Psalm 3:4.
  2. The believer who is walking in the light should have every expectation of answered prayer (Ps. 4:1).
  3. It is the unbeliever and the carnal believer who should be trembling in anticipation of the hand of God’s Divine discipline (Ps. 4:2-3).
  4. The believer who is struggling to walk by faith needs to spend more time meditating upon the Word of God (Ps. 4:4-5). This text has an allusion in Eph. 4:26.
  5. Believers who are strong in faith need to uphold the believers who are weak in faith (Ps. 4:6-8).

Psalm Five

  1. Psalm 5 was written on the eve of battle against an evil, deceptive foe.
  2. David calls upon the Lord to pay attention to his prayer ministry, and even notifies the Lord that he will be praying once again in the morning (Ps. 5:1-3).
  3. David praises the Lord for His Holiness, and eagerly looks forward to a return to God’s house (the tabernacle) (Ps. 5:4-7).
  4. David not only asks for military victory, but for the spiritual victory of walking in righteousness (Ps. 5:8-10). This text has a citation in Rom. 3:13.
  5. David concludes by teaching his men to learn from his example of the faith-rest life (Ps. 5:11-12).

Psalm Six

  1. Psalm 6 is a penitential psalm.  David recognizes that he has been under Divine discipline, and he humbles himself before the Lord in a request for grace.
  2. “Do not rebuke” and “do not chasten” indicates that the Lord’s rebuke and chastisement of David have accomplished the intended result—David’s repentance (Ps. 6:1).
  3. “Be gracious” and “heal me” indicates that David has been restored to a grace-orientation (Ps. 6:2). This text has an allusion in Jn. 12:27.
  4. Although we don’t know the specific incident in David’s life which prompted this psalm, the grief and adversaries of v.7 are likely references to Amnon and Absalom.
  5. The psalm ends with a warning to David’s enemies—David is back in fellowship, and the Lord is with him once again (Ps. 6:8-10). This text has a quotation in Matt. 7:23 & Lk. 13:7.

Psalm Eight

  1. David praises the Lord for being the Lord of Israel, and displaying his majesty for all to behold (Ps. 8:1).
  2. The Lord is so awesome that even the cry of a nursing infant praises His strength (Ps. 8:2; Matt. 21:16; 1st Cor. 1:27).
  3. The vast expanse of the created universe places mankind into a microscopic perspective, and places mankind’s preeminence into an unfathomable perspective (Ps. 8:3-9).
  4. The prophetic look to Jesus Christ will become highlighted by the Apostle Paul and the author of Hebrews (Ps. 8:4-6; 1st Cor. 15:27; Eph. 1:22; Heb. 2:6-8).

Psalm Nine

  1. David anticipates a wonderful answer to his prayers, and promises four worship activities in response (Ps. 9:1-2).
  2. Victories are the Lord’s, and not man’s (Ps. 9:3-6).
  3. The Lord’s permanence is a great comfort, in His contrast with the world’s impermanence (Ps. 9:7-10). This text has an allusion in Acts 17:31.
  4. Believers are called upon to respond to the Lord’s faithfulness with expressions of praise and thanksgiving (Ps. 9:11-16).
  5. The Kingdom of God on earth will be a clear indication for men that they are not the masters of the universe (Ps. 9:17-20).

Psalm Eleven

  1. David understood that his spiritual fortress was the Lord, and therefore his soul had no other place to flee to, and no need to flee (Ps. 11:1).
  2. Although David has physically fled from Saul, his soul was not fleeing in fear.
  3. The wicked plan extensively for the downfall of the righteous (Ps. 11:2).
  4. David chose to occupy his mind with the heavenly glory of the Lord, and the Lord’s plan for the testing of His servants (Ps. 11:4-5).
  5. David chose to occupy his mind with the Lord’s ultimate judgment in eternity (Ps. 11:6-7). This fire and brimstone text has NT allusions in Rev. 14:10; 20:10; 21:8.