God Sees a Warrior

I’m tired. We drove for two days to spend two days with my brother in Virginia. Then we drove two more days to come home. Can you get jet lag in a car?

I didn’t even do much driving. I was the navigator! Navigators do not get to nap!

I don’t know how professional musicians do it – sleeping in a different bed each night, riding a thousand miles and doing it all over again.

I thought about calling my 80-year-old mother to see how she was doing after our trip. Then I remembered the last time, I called and she wasn’t even home, having resumed her normal schedule.

When 3 cups of coffee and a Mountain Dew failed to perk me up, I gave up and took a nap. If I’m lucky, I will catch up the laundry and finish unpacking today. I feel like such a wimp.

But God sees a warrior!

Exodus 6:26, “It was that Aaron and Moses to whom the Lord said, ‘Bring out the children of Israel from the land of Egypt according to their armies.’ ” Modern English Version

The Israelites saw themselves as slaves living under cruel bondage. God saw them as armies. Each family was an army. We see people; God sees their potential.

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February 8, 2010

1 Samuel 27: David Among the Philistines
1 Samuel 28: Saul and the Witch of Endor
1 Samuel 29: Achish Sends David Back to Ziklag
1 Samuel 30: David Destroys the Amalekites
Psalms 35: An appeal to the heavenly King, as divine Warrior and Judge, to come to the defense of “his servant” who is being maliciously slandered by those toward whom he had shown only the most tender friendship.

What verse impressed you?

February, 7, 2010

Psalms 16: Prayer for the Lord’s protection against the threat of death.
Psalms 17: The Psalmist appeals to the Lord as Judge, when under attack.
Psalms 22: The anguished prayer of David as a godly sufferer victimized by the vicious and prolonged attacks of enemies whom he has not provoked and from whom the Lord has not (yet) delivered him.
1 Samuel 27: David Among the Philistines

What verse impressed you?

February 6, 2010

Psalms 57: When David fled from Saul into the cave.
Psalms 7: Song concerning Cush, a Benjamite, a supporter of Saul, associated with his determined attempts on David’s life.
1 Samuel 25: David, Nabal and Abigail
1 Samuel 26: David Again Spares Saul’s Life in the Desert of Ziph

What verse impressed you?

February 5, 2010

Psalms 62: The Psalmist commits himself to God when threatened by assaults.
Psalms 63: A Psalm of David when he was in the Desert of Judah.
Psalms 64: Prayer to God for protection when threatened by a conspiracy.
1 Chronicles 12: Warriors join David at Ziklag, Others join David at Hebron
1 Samuel 24: David Spares Saul’s Life in a Cave

February 4, 2010

1 Samuel 22: David at the Cave of Adullam and in the Stronghold of Mizpah, Saul Kills the Priests of Nob
Psalms 142: A prayer when David was in the cave.
Psalms 52: Written when Doeg the Edomite had gone to Saul and told him David had gone to the house of Abimelech.
Psalms 36: A prayer for God’s unfailing protection. It is linked to Psalms 37.
Psalms 37: This Psalm contrasts the brief career of the wicked and the Lord’s sustaining help of the righteous reflected in Psalms 36.
1 Samuel 23: David Saves Keilah, Saul Pursues David to the Desert of Ziph, Strongholds of Horesh and Desert of Maon, David Then Went to the Stronghold of Engedi.
Psalms 54: A prayer for deliverance when the Ziphites told Saul David was hiding among them.
Psalms 61: Psalms 61-64 form a series linked together by the common theme of trust in God when under threat. Prayer for restoration to God’s presence.

February 3, 2010: 1 Samuel 20, 21; Psalms 56, 34

1 Samuel 20: David & Jonathan
1 Samuel 21: David At Nob, David at Gath
Psalms 56: Written when the Philistines had seized David at Gath.
Psalms 34: Written when David pretended to be insane before Abimelech.

Psalms 34:1-4, “I will extol the Lord at all times; his praise will always be on my lips. My soul will boast in the Lord; let the afflicted hear and rejoice. Glorify the Lord with me; let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears.”

According to the title notes in the NIV Study Bible these words were written when David pretended to be insane before Abimelech, who drove him away, and he left.

David was running for his life, he knew Saul intended to kill him, 1 Samuel 20:33.

He left his wife behind, 1 Samuel 19:11-13.

He just left his best friend, 1 Samuel 20:42.

He had to leave without a weapon, 1 Samuel 221:8.

He had to leave the country and go to a town in his enemy’s land, 1 Samuel 21:10.

He feared the Philistine king would kill him, 1 Samuel 21:12.

He had to fake insanity, 1 Samuel 21:13.

And that was the way it was when he wrote those words. God gives us joy and comfort when all sources of joy are gone and we have no place to go for comfort.

What verse impressed you?

February 2, 2010: 1 Samuel 18, 19; Psalms 58, 59

1 Samuel 18: Saul’s Jealousy of David
1 Samuel 19: Saul Tries to Kill David
Psalms 58: A prayer for God, the supreme Judge, to set right the affairs of men, judging those rulers who corrupt justice, and championing the cause of the righteous. It is linked to Psalms 59.
Psalms 59: A prayer for deliverance when Saul had sent men to watch David’s house in order to kill him.

1 Samuel 19:13, “Then Michal took an idol…”

Where did she get the idol? I doubt it was David’s.

Michal was barren when married to David. She had no children when she was married to Paltiel, 1 Samuel 25:49.

David took her back in 2 Samuel 3:13-16. When she criticized David for dancing before the ark, 2 Samuel 6:6-23 & 1 Chronicles 15:29, her punishment was she had no kids. I wonder if the early barrenness was because of idol worship?

Her child would have been the next king. God knew her heart. He did not want her to raise the heir.

We see the outward circumstances. God sees our hearts and motives.

What verse impressed you?

February 1, 2010: 1 Samuel 16, 17

1 – 1 Samuel 16, 17
2 – 1 Samuel 18, 19; Psalms 58, 59

1 Samuel 16:1, “The Lord said to Samuel, ‘How long will you mourn for Saul…’ “

How long will I mourn for the things God has lifted the anointing from in my life?

Five years ago my life took a different direction. After playing the piano for over 20 years, I stepped down. My disease affected my face and I felt uncomfortable being in front of the congregation.

Two years ago I stepped down from the church staff after 24 years of working with the finances. The disease progressed to the point I have to stay in a highly protective environment. I could no longer go to the bank and post office.

Fifteen years ago, God placed the desire to create this unique Bible Reading Guide. Yes, it took me that long to piece it together.

Today, I chose to stop mourning for the former things. I will devote my energies to the new things He is doing in my life.

What verse impressed you?

January 31, 2010: 1 Samuel 14, 15

1 Samuel 14: Jonathan Attacks the Philistines, Israel Routs the Philistines, Jonathan Eats Honey, Saul’s Family
1 Samuel 15: The Lord Rejects Saul as King

1 Samuel 15:17, “Samuel said, ‘Although you were once small in your own eyes…’ “

It is not how others see me, it is how I view myself. When I think of myself as spiritual, or wise, I am usually headed for a fall.

Proverbs 16:18, “Pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall.”

When we get too big in our own eyes, God eventually allows us to be humbled. James tells us of a better way.

James 4:10, “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up.”

What verse impressed you?