Isaiah 30:18 “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; and therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.”
Ever read something like a short phrase or word that strikes you? Reading “the Lord will wait” makes me think…. My “waiting on God” perhaps has much deeper meaning than merely idle waiting for time to elapse. I’ve heard it illustrated that we are in the “waiting room” to be called by the physician to be seen. Nothing wrong with that picture, but this verse illustrates a different picture to me. I see the Physician waiting for me to arrive… Continue reading
Read and Meditate on 2 Samuel 1-5: 1- 5
The nation of Israel became divided into the two territories of Judah and Israel after the death of King Saul. David was anointed king over Judah, but Israel was handed down to Saul’s son Ishbosheth. “Now there was a long war between the house of Saul and the house of David. But David grew stronger and stronger, and the house of Saul grew weaker and weaker.” 2 Samuel 3:1. David was king over Judah for 7 years before Ishosheth was killed by one of his very own men. As God had promised David back when he was anointed by Samuel several years ago, it was now his time to rule as king over all Israel.
As I sat quietly in our good Friday worship service, I looked down at the little cup filled with grape juice and thoughts began to flood my mind. Questioning the deep deep purple-ish red color of the grape juice, I began to think of the depth of it all…. how deeply my sin cut the heart of Jesus… how deep the color of His blood was as He -without objection- paid the price of all my wrongdoings, and sin in this life… Continue reading
Read and Meditate on 1 Samuel 25: 1-44
Another popular portion of scripture is the story of David and Abigail. Here we learn much about the quality of woman Abigail was, and the character of David. To recap, Nabal had a business of sheep shearing in Carmel, and while David’s guys were in that town, they did not allow any harm to them. When David sent some fellows to return the favor, Nabal rejected them saying “who is David, and who is the son of Jesse?” verse 10. In hearing this news, David summoned his armed men and was headed to pay back Nabal. About half way to their target, they are greeted by several servants with gifts. One after another, they offered David and his men some bread, wine, sheep, roasted grain, raisins, and fig cakes. Finally comes Abigail. As soon as she saw David, she dismounted and offered the most humble, sincere apology and wisdom to David, as she bowed before him. He received it, and spared her husband’s life.
Read and Meditate on 1 Samuel 18-24, 26-31
“Anger is cruel and wrath is like a flood, but jealousy is even more dangerous.’ Proverbs 27:4 NLT
After David killed Goliath, all of Israel was rejoicing over this great victory. It was common for people to celebrate this victory with song and dance. Saul was happy over the victory, but not so much the response the people were giving to David. Jealousy set in the moment he heard women singing “Saul has slain thousands, and David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:7, it was in that moment that ‘Saul eyed David from that day forward’ verse 9.
Read and Meditate on 1 Samuel 17: 1-58
David has been commuting to and from work, and home – playing for Saul by day and tending to his father’s flock of sheep by night, if you will. One day Jesse asks David to deliver food to his brothers who were out to battle the Philistines. In arriving there, David hears the Philistine giant present himself to fight, as he had for 40 days, with no opponent. With the Israelites in fear, David knew what he was to do. Gaining King Saul’s approval, youthful David gathers some sticks and stones and goes to face the giant. “Am I a dog that you come to me with sticks?” Little did Goliath know, the ruddy, good looking man that rose up to fight him was going to fight him in the name of the Lord of hosts.
You know, when you hold your hot coffee so close with both hands to get warm and then realize you can’t see because the steam has fogged your glasses? No? Just me? Oh… Something about these cold-ish dreary days make me want to snuggle with the Word and just breathe it in. Well as I looked up and away from my mug, the fog began to fade off my glasses. Then my heart hears so subtly, “Are the things you are holding onto tightly – the things that you hold close… are they fogging your sight of what is ahead?”