Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Church Leaders

O. T. #916  "Church Leaders"
January 31, 2017
1 Chronicles 23
And to stand every morning to thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening.  1Chronicles 23:30


Do we praise the Lord and give Him thanks every morning and evening? I try to keep doing it throughout the day. How about you? We don't need to be a church leader, to do it either.

Keep in mind that Prophet Ezra wrote this book in order to encourage and teach the returning Jews from the Babylonian captivity of 70 years. These original readers had their Temple destroyed, so these instructions were invaluable to them. King David took seriously his  preparing the Temple, which his son Solomon would build. He made building plans, gathered funds and materials needed, as well as organized the administration and the worship services. David was such a dynamic musician, he also invented musical instruments through his years. Yet, he was about 70 years old by now

Ezra does not elaborate on Solomon's coronation, nor the attempts to seize his throne. (1 Kings tells of that.) The chapters 23-27 inform us of that organization of leaders, priests, and Levites so service in the LORD's house was smooth and effective. Now, the Levites did not officiate at the altar, but assisted the priests with the sacrifices. (Can you imagine the number of sacrifices daily made? Inspecting and killing the animals would have been quite a task.)

Life Application Study Bible tells us of the duties assigned in the Temple written in this chapter:
  • Administration Duties: Supervisors, Officers, Judges, Public administrators;
  • Ministerial Duties: Assistant for sacrifices, Assistants for purification ceremonies;
  • Service Duties: Bakers of the bread of the Presence, Those responsible for the weights and measures, Caretakers.
Other duties and assignments are discussed in the next 4 chapters.
What can we learn from this information? The duties each of us perform week after week is significant. Emptying trash is just as needful as teaching a class. Let us do them with joy, serving the Lord Jesus.


David took another census, though it was only of the Levites, so there would be enough men assisting the priests. (No pride)The total was 38,000 of me age 30 and up, which would have been to age 50.
They were divided into 4 groups:
  1. Priests and assistants worked in the Temple (24,000 in number);
  2. Officers and judges (6,000);
  3. Porters or gatekeepers (4,000);
  4. Singers who praised the Lord (4,000).
There is other information in this chapter. The three traditional families of the Levies were divided into courses (divisions) and listed.
Those younger men of age 25 had a 5-year apprentice before their duties began at age 30. David lowered the age to 20. When the Temple was completed in Jerusalem, there would be no need for the Levies to transport the tabernacle, but a greater need for maintaining the ritual of the Temple. so there was a need for more men.

I found it interesting that the men baked the unleavened cakes and prepared the flour for the meat offerings. These were not only done daily, but for special feasts and Sabbaths.

Are we training our younger adults in the ways of our church in preparation of their taking over for us?


Do my best for Jesus.

Remain faithfully serving Him in the church.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Set and Seek

O. T. #915  "Set and Seek"
January 30, 2017
1 Chronicles 22-Part 3


King David was in his seventies now whenever he charged his son Solomon to be strong and of good courage as he blessed the next king over Israel. He asked God to give Solomon wisdom and understanding.

Then in verse 17 we read, David also commanded all the princes of Israel to help Solomon his son...

Because Solomon was young and inexperienced (20's or 30's), David knew he could not accomplish such a large task alone, but would need help to complete the new Temple. So David enlisted the loyalty and help of his leaders to transfer their loyalty to Solomon. He is noted for having built such  an excellent magnifical Temple, called Solomon's Temple. Another thing we recall notable of Solomon is his being the wisest man on earth, that God developed.

Do we give our allegiance to our spiritual leaders in Kingdom work? Are we encouraging them to be strong in faith and of good courage? Will we ask God to give them His wisdom and understanding?
If we are leaders, do we ask others to do this?


After David's private charge to Solomon, he addressed the princes of Israel, who included the tribal leaders, civil and military officials.
What did David say to them in the last two verses?
  • The LORD your God is with you.
  •  He has given you peace with the surrounding nations. God handed them over to David and they are subject to the LORD and His people.
  • Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD your God. 
  • Arise therefore, and build the sanctuary of the LORD God.
  • Bring the Ark of the Covenant and the holy vessels of God into the house that is built to honor the LORD's name. (NLT and KJV)

All right, folks, it is time for the word nerd.
The word for set (nathan: pronounced naw-tan') in the Hebrew language, has many words to explain its meaning: give, apply, bestow, bring, without fail, lift up, offer, pour, turn, yield.

Seek (darsh: daw-rash') means to tread or frequent; usually to follow (for pursuit or search); to seek or ask; to worship; inquire; make inquisition; question; search.

I don't know about you, friend, but at various times, I go before the Lord with different purposes:
I give my heart and soul in worship of God.
I bring my heart and soul to make inquisition, question, and search of the Lord His will.
I lift up my heart and soul in search of Him, whenever He seems so far away.
I pour out my heart and  soul to God.
I yield to follow Him.

Then we are to rise and do His will, follow His instructions, go as He leads my heart.

Here's some wise words found in Life Application Study Bible:
David learned it takes total dedication to please God-obeying with heart and soul. This requires both right decisions (good judgment) and right attitudes (strength, courage, enthusiasm). It isn't enough to understand what God wants; your heart must be totally dedicated to Him. Remove the distractions that pull you from God, and serve Him wholeheartedly.


Daily set my heart and soul to seek the LORD my God.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Word From a Wise Father

O. T. #914  "Words From a Wise Father"
January 27, 2017
1 Chronicles 22-Part 2


Few times do I remember having a heart-to-heart conversation with my father. It was my fault. One precious memory  was when we sat together on the porch swing, talking about life. He had been through so much is just a short time, but was wise in words through experience. Today Dad would have been 95 if he had lived. Oh how I wish I had spent more time listening to him.
Solomon listened to his wise father, King David. Shall we see what words of a wise father he heard? 

David gave a charge to the workmen, to Solomon, and to the leaders of Israel. Picking up verse 5, we read what King David told his son Solomon, apparently in private:
  • David described Solomon as young and tender, but he probably was in his 20's or 30's at this time. (Holman says this was the first mention of Solomon would succeed  David and build the Temple.)
  • The house to be built for the LORD must be exceeding magnificent (above excellent; first-class, superior), of fame and of glory throughout all countries.
  • David was gong to make preparations for the new Temple of God. David prepared abundantly before his death. (The Temple plans, materials, and spoils from the conquered nations were provided by David.)
  • It was in his mind to build a house unto the name of the LORD my God, but the Word of the LORD came to David saying that he would not build it because I have shed much blood. (David was a warrior, conquering much land and enemies for Israel, thus killing.)
  • He was told that he would have a son who would be a man of rest, rest from his enemies, and named Solomon. God would give peace and quiet unto Israel in his days.
  • Solomon would build God a house for His name; they would be as son and father; God would establish Solomon's throne of his kingdom over Israel forever. (verse 10)
Are we taking steps to prepare our children to find and fulfill God's purpose. Although they must make up their own mind, we can supply the tools. Do we show them how to pray and study God's Word, teach them the difference between right and wrong, and the importance of church involvement?


David's charge continued in verse 11:
  • The LORD be with thee and prosper you Solomon; build His house. (This was Solomon's purpose.)
  • Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding, and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of the LORD thy God. (verse 12)
  • Then he would proper if Solomon heeded to fulfill the statues and judgments which the LORD charged Moses concerning Israel.
  • Be strong and of good courage; dread not, nor be dismayed. (Similar to God's charge to Joshua  in 1:7.)
David goes on to tell his son all the extraordinary wealth and supplies he had successfully obtained for the construction of the Temple in verses 14-16. Solomon would be without excuse if he failed to carry out his father's project. All he need was provided, so it sounds like the faith and obedience to carry it out was all Solomon needed. (Did Solomon recall what his father said that day whenever God asked him what he requested, then Solomon asked for wisdom to rule Israel.)

Are we honest with our children? Do we admit our mistakes which we made in our life and their consequences?
Some of the best gifts we can share with our children and grandchildren is that we pray for God's will to be accomplish in their lives, and specifically what we feel His purpose for them is.
Pray for them to surrender to that will of God, dear friends. Then pray the tempter will not distract them from doing it.


Thank You Jesus for a wise and loving father.

My heart's desire is for God to use my children and grandchildren in His kingdom work.

What a blessing to have them serving Jesus in some form of ministry.

Pray for them as I wait to see what God is going to do.

Lord Jesus, give them a love for You, a hunger for Your Word, a thirsting for Your Spirit, and a love for others and Your church.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Exceeding Magnifical

O. T. #913 "Exceeding Magnifical"
January 26, 2017
1 Chronicles 22


When we confess our sins, the way is opened for God to bring good from a bad situation. Out of David's tragic mistake came the purchase of a plot of land that would become the site of God's temple, the symbol of God's presence among His people. Every time the people went to the temple they would remember that God is their true King and that everyone, including their human king, is fallible and subject to sin. God can make good happen even from our sins. (Life Application Study Bible)

King David had taken a census in Israel, which revealed his unbelief in trusting God to protect and provide for his nation. As he trusted in his vast army, this act resulted in 70,000 men being killed from a plague as judgment from God. David confessed his sin and begged God to not attack those in Jerusalem, and He showed mercy in not doing so. David purchased the plot of land at that place, the thressingfloor of Ornan. There David built an altar and made sacrifices unto his God. That plot of land became the site for the new Temple (David dedicated it) which David's son Solomon would build. That is where we are in our story, which is an actual event.

However, God had told David that he would not be the one to build the Temple due to his shedding of blood, being a warrior. Solomon would carryout David's plans and use David's materials.

In verses 1-19, David gave 3 charges to:
  1. the workman (verses 2-5);
  2. Solomon (verses 6-16);
  3. the leader (verses 17-19).
The workmen included strangers, who were resident aliens or tolerant sojourners, remnants of Canaan's old inhabitants. Israelites were involved-masons (stonecutters) and Zidonians (Phonicians).
Materials were obtained from the lands David's army conquered-gold, silver, iron, brass, and cedar purchased from Tyre. (verses 1-4)

Do we make preparations to do God's work? What about including others in what we know is His will?


Have you toured the White House? I haven't yet, but you can see the inside on a virtual tour on the internet. It must by quite an extraordinary building. David had plans for the Temple to be more than an extraordinary building. How did he describe it?

Look at verse 5: And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries...

The phrase exceeding magnifical means above excellent (superior, first class).

David was not allowing sloppy work on God's House. As we have read the description of the Temple, we know tat it truly was an exceeding magnifical Temple.

Do we allow our self to do sloppy work for the Lord, or do we do our best? Is our work of excellence for God's glory? Do we spread His fame throughout the earth?

Exodus 9:16 NLT says but I have spared you for a purpose-to show you my power and to spread my fame throughout the earth.


Do my best for the Lord Jesus, not sloppy work.

Use my Lord Jesus, to spread Your fame throughout the earth.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

What Does It Cost Me?

O. T. #912 "What Does It Cost Me?"
January 25, 2017
1 Chronicles 21-Part 2


Hey, this is good, Ya'll. Hang in there with me to the end and you will find it is so. We see what a planner God is and nothing  just happens. Ready to find out what happened?

Well, 70,000 men died because King David took a census taken of his people. Joab questioned David about it, he insisted. Through that one action, we see David's pride popping through. Instead of trusting God to protect Israel, he was self-sufficient and unbelief was upon David. It's the heart that God looks at, not the appearance. Samuel learned that when he was seeking the next king to anoint, which turned out to be David.

What happened?
  • As the pestilence spread in Israel due to this, God sent an angel to Jerusalem with instructions to destroy it.
  • Before it occurred, God stopped the angel In verse 15 we read He said, It is enough, stay now thine hand.
  • The angel of the LORD stood by the thressingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
  • David saw it there between heaven and earth with a drawn hand stretched out over Jerusalem.
  • David and the elders of Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces. (verse 16)
  • David said to God, Is it not I that commanded the people to be numbered? Even I it is that have sinned and done evil indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? Let thine hand, I pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on thy people, that they should be plagued. (verse 17)
  • Then the angel of the LOD commanded Gad to say to David that he should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite. (verse 18)
God was about to destroy His beloved Jerusalem, the City of David, when David intercedes. He sees the payment for his sin, as well as his sin's ugliness, devastation, and horror. He is a broken man facing the responsibility of his own iniquity, and throws himself upon the mercy of God. After David admitted his sin, then God stopped the angel from destroying the city.

When come face to face with our sin, do we not be for the mercy of God, too?


Ornan and his 4 sons were threshing wheat when David asked him to grant David the place upon which he could build an altar. Ornan agreed to give it to the king, including his oxen for the burnt offerings, the threshing instruments for wood, and wheat for the meat offering. I offered it all.

Look at verse 24. David refused the offer of the gift and said, I will buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.

So David paid Ornan for all of it and sacrificed unto the LORD God there. He even refused a king's discount. This place remained as the place of sacrifice for David from then on.

The word sacrifice implies giving something that costs the giver in terms of self, time, or money. It require more than a token effort or gift. God wants us to give voluntarily, but He wants it to mean something. Giving to God what costs you nothing does not demonstrate commitment. (Life Application Study Bible)

The Lord had a plan. He wanted David to build a never-to-be-forgotten memorial. Here it is folks. Are you ready to be astonished? This very sight of the thressingfloor was located on Mt. Moriah, the place where Abraham was going to sacrifice his son Isaac, and was going to be the site of the new Temple Solomon, David's son, would build. Not only hat, on the other end of the same ridge is Golgotha, where Christ Jesus offered Himself as a sacrifice for our sins.

What can we give to God today as a sacrifice? How about our time to study His Word and our self to serve Him? Does He want us to give money to His work? Let us seek His will, asking what He wants us to give today. He gave His all for us on the cross.
It isn't "What will it cost me" that I should ask, but "Am I giving it in love?"


Give to God that which costs me.

Use me Lord for Your glory.

Take me, my time, and my money as a sacrifice today for Your kingdom work.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Counting People, People Count

O. T.#911  "Counting People, People Count
Jan. 24, 2017
1Chronicles 21
...Go, number Israel...   1 Chronicles 21:2


I can't count the number of times my words got me into trouble. They hurt people's feelings, came out the wrong way, were rash decisions. Then I realize that people do count, are important to us and the Lord, have a purpose. David's words gets him into trouble today in our chapter.

How can counting people get one in trouble? Why would it result in thousands loosing their life? Now we have an account of the time David sinned in his later years, a sin that affected thousands of lives. Get your glasses on so we can take a closer look at his bad decision. It probably happened after the war with the Philistines. Both David's first and last battles involved  giants and the Philistines (Goliath and his brothers, giants of Gath).

In verse one we see that Satan was against Israel and provoked David to number Israel. But in 2 Samuel 24:1, we read the anger of the LORD  burned against Israel and it ticked David off. We aren't told the reason for this. God did not cause David to sin. He allowed this sinner to reveal the sinfulness of David's heart by his actions. Satan was allowed to tempt David and he yielded due to his pride. Can we all relate to that? God doesn't cause us to sin, but allows the temptation or trial. That is when we get a better look at our self. Hmm. Sometimes we don't like what we see, don't we?

So King David wanted to know how many people were in his land so he could learn the strength of his army.

He wanted to see how big his land really was, how vast his kingdom, how impressive his army. (Swindoll)

Joab,the captain of David's army, advised against this action without his king following it. A census amounted to a draft or conscription for the army. The land was now at peace so there was no need to enlist troops. David wanted to glory in the size of his nation and army, its power and defenses. He put his faith in the size of his army rather than God's ability to protect them regardless of their number.
(Life Application Study Bible)

Had David been praying, seeking God's counsel, or searching the Scriptures previously? Was he out of touch with God? Was he not accountable to anyone? Why did he not consult his priests about the matter? Why did David insist on having the numbers?     P-R-I-D-E

In what do we put our security-money, possessions, our family, nation, or God?
Are we trusting in God in our weakness?
Our pride gets us in trouble every time, or is I just me?


God was not pleased with David, to say the least. David was not delighting in the Lord but his own might. Like us so many times, the sin of unbelief got David in trouble.

Without faith it is impossible to please God. (Heb. 11:6)
Paul wrote...for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. (Rom. 14:23)

Gad and Nathan were two prophets who that associated with David.
Gad presented David with 3 options of punishment for his action:
  1. famine for 3 years,
  2. devastation by his enemies for 3 months,
  3. plague on the land for 3 days.
David chose the plague, reasoning that it most directly involved the hand of God and therefore had the most potential for mercy. What a tough decision, especially since his people would pay for his sin. We know that 70,000 men died. Don't you know it was a time of sorrow in Israel? I can't imagine the wailing women's pain in their loss-husbands, sons, brothers, uncles.

Our actions always affect others, whether we want them to or not. Oh, if only I could grab those hurtful words and put them back into my mouth before someone gets hurt by hearting them.
We will pick it up next time with David's reaction.


Bridle my tongue.

Let people know they count.

*Dedicating today's post to my Dad. It was  30 years ago today that he went to be with the Lord Jesus. Still miss him as much as then. One day we will stroll over heaven. You don't need that wooden leg to do it, either.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Confronting Giants

O. T. #910  "Confronting Giants"
January 23, 2017
1 Chronicles 20


After the Ammonites and Syrians were defeated by the Israelites, King David remained in Jerusalem during the spring when his men went to war. (Spring was after the harvest time.) Ezra does not mention what David did during that time. 2 Samuel 11 tells about David's sin with Bathsheba, with the murder of her husband, Uriah the Hittite; in chapter 12, his confrontation by Nathan over David's sin.
In 2 Samuel 12:13, David confesses/admits that he had sinned against the LORD.

In the same chapter read in verse 17 The sacrifice You desire is a broken spirit You will not reject a broken and repentant heart, O God.
Verse 12 says, Restore to me the joy of Your salvation, and make me willing to obey you.

Perhaps this event was omitted due to God's forgiveness of David's sin and remembers them no more.
Through the blood of Jesus we receive forgiveness when we sincerely repent. That results in joy.

What about us? do we have a broken spirit over our sins? Are we willing to repent, admit to God that we have done wrong? Are we in need of joy? What about our family-will we pray fervently for them?
God can mend broken hearts.


Joab led the Israelites in besieging the city of Rabbah, which was the capital of the Ammonites. (It is modern Amman in Jordan today.)
The wars with the Philistines are mentioned here, but only 3 of the 4. These were in the land of the giants, relatives of Goliath, whom David brought down with only 1 rock through the power of God. David confronted one giant and now had more in front of him.
Do we have some giants in our life that need  be conquered?

Had the Israelites followed Joshua and Caleb in conquering the land of the giants back then, David would not have had do so in his day.The elimination of giants is an important aspect of how David finally took possession of the entire Promised Land.

J. Vernon McGee says,
There can be no compromise with the enemy. There can be no compromise with evil. Evil must be opposed. Lawlessness must be opposed. Right and wrong are in opposition. There cannot be an agreement between the two.
Are we a friend or enemy with evil, a soldier of God? Have we put on the whole armor of God today so we can withstand evil?
If not, then read Ephesian 6 and put it on dear one.

May I challenge you and me to pray daily for our new President as he makes decisions for our country and the world?


Confess my sins.

Allow God to mend my broken heart.

Ask God to conquer giants in my life and help me overcome evil.

Friday, January 20, 2017

Misread Intentions

O. T. #909 "Misread Intentions"
January 20, 2017
1Chronicles 19
Joab told his brother, "And if the Ammonites are too strong for you, I will help you. Be courageous! Let us fight bravely for our people and the cities of our God. May the LORD's will be done. 1 Chronicles 19:13


Here's another mess for Israel-the insulting of David's ambassadors by the Ammonites, Israel's victory over them by Joab's leadership, and Israel's battle against the Syrians, as in 2 Samuel 10. These two accounts  are almost identical except for the number of chariots that the Ammonites had hire.

What happened?
  • King Nahash of the Ammonites died and his son Hanun became king. David sent messengers to express sympathy to Hanun about his father's death, since Nahash had been loyal to David.
  • The Ammonites, during King Saul's reign, had besieged Israel's town of Jabesh-gilead to the east. Nahash refused to accept surrender of the city except under a gory condition-thrusting out their right eyes. Saul's army came to the rescue before it  and defeated the Ammonites. (That is some background of the relations between the two nations.)
  •  Hanun's men persuaded him that David's men only came to spy out their land so Israel could conquer it. (They lied.) So Hunan seized David's ambassadors and shaved them, and sent them home, humiliated. (Israelite men always wore beards.)
  • That was not bad enough, the Ammonites cut off half of the delegate's robes, exposing their back sides.  David told his men to say in Jericho until their beards grew out and then return home. (They felt deep shame for their appearance.)
  • Instead of making amends when he realized his mistake angered David, Hanun hired 32,000 chariots of other armies to join his forces against Israel.
  • David sent Joab's army, who fought against the Arameans, and included his brother Abishai leading part of the army to fight against the Ammonites. Read our key verse.
  • As the Israeli army advanced, both enemy forces fled way. When Joab led his men home, the Arameans decided to attack David's forces, though they had previously been defeated before this. Both the Ammonites and Aramean troops joined forces across the Euphrates River. 
Joab's encouragement to his brother is an example for us. We should help our brethren when the enemy seems to take them down; work together; encourage them; fight for others; may the Lord's will be done in our lives.

Hunan had misread David's intentions. Being overly suspicious, he brought disaster upon his people and himself. Although it is wise to be cautious and wise as we deal with others, we should no assume every action is ill-intended.


How did this mess end?
David took charge of his Israeli army and defeated the combined Aramean army, who is called Syrians in the King James Bible.
David's forces killed 7,000 charioteers and 40,000 footmen. Hadadezer's allies saw they were defeated by Israel and surrendered to David to become his subjects. After that, the Arameans were no longer willing to help the Ammonites.

Hanun's cover-up dearly cost him. It often costs more to cover up an error than to admit it honestly.
Folks, this is a lesson I am learning. I realize that I owe an apology to a lady. The soon, the better. I have put it off four months. The time is now.


Admit when I am wrong.

Apologize when needful to mend relationships.

Encourage others when they are in need, helping them do the Lord Jesus' will.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Mighty Things

O. T. #98  "Mighty Things"
Jan. 19 2017
1 Chronicles 18
Oh, please help us against our enemies, for all human help is useless.
With God's help we will do mighty things, for He will trample down our foes.  Psalm 60:12 NLT


David knew who gave him and his army victory over their enemies and developed Israel into an empire. God did it. He also knew that human help was useless without God. With God's help we can do mighty things, like David. Do you need His help today?

Here we read of the summary of David's military victories and the spoils he collected from the:
  • Philistines (verse 1)
  • Moabites (verse 2)
  • Syrians (verses 3-11)
  • Edomites (verses 12-13).
These verses correspond with 2 Samuel 8, with a few variations and minor additions. As David defeated Israel's enemies, he conquered their land, also.

David fulfilled the promise God had given to Abraham-that his descendants would eventually occupy the land all the way from the Euphrates River to the Brook of Egypt (Gen. 15:8). David accumulated much of the materials for the building (Temple) and for the utensils (brass, silver, gold) during his lifetime.  (MacArthur)

In verse 7 we read of David taking 1,000 chariots, 7,000 horsemen, and 20,000 footmen. What an addition to his army. These were only taken from the king of Zobah. Others must have been taken from the other nations.  However, did you notice that David did not take the horses to be his? He was obeying God's instructions to Israel's kings in that they were forbidden to take the horses and wives of their enemies for themselves. (Deut. 17:16)

David dedicated the gold and silver unto the Lord that he had brought from these nations. (verse 11)

What mighty things do you need God to do in your life or your family's life?
Do we dedicate our money, possessions, talents and abilities unto the Lord for His use and glory?
Do we acknowledge God's role in our success like David did? Or do we take credit for the work God did?


So David reigned over all Israel, and executed judgment and justice among all his people. (verse 14)

He did what was just and right for all his people. In verses 15-17, we read of a list of David's officials:
  • Commander of the army-Joab,
  • Royal Historian-Jehoshaphat,
  • Priests-Zadok and Ahimelech,
  • Court Secretary-Seraiah,
  • Captain of the King's Bodyguard-Beniah,
  • Chief Rulers-David's sons.
Do we do what is just and right for everyone?


Seek God's help, acknowledging my uselessness and need.

Trust His mighty hand to work on my behalf.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Dreams of the Heart

O. T. #907  "Dreams of the Heart"
January 18, 2017
1 Chronicles 17
Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto?
1 Chronicles 17:16


Do you have any dreams for your life or your family? David did. Step with me into his palace to find out what it was.

Shh. Listen. Do you hear the pitter-pat of the rain upon the roof of the magnificent palace as David tries to sleep? He gets up and goes to his window, looks down upon the tent. Well, it could have happened. It does not say that is what happened that way, though.
It could have been what triggered thoughts in David's mind about the Ark of God dwelling in just a tent in the rain? Do you think David's desire to build God a permanent house (Temple) delighted the Lord so much that He repeated the episode that is recorded in 2 Samuel 7? Speculation.

Anyway, in this chapter we read of David's ambition to build a house for the Lord, the Lord's response and promise concerning David's house, and David's gratitude an thanksgiving or it.

Sometimes our ambitions, dreams, or ideas are not always what God has for us to do. such was the case with David. Oh, it was a good idea, and Nathan the Prophet even approved of it, but that did not mean it was God's will for David at that time. What could be wrong with providing a beautiful Temple for the Lord's house? But it was. God revealed it to Nathan that same night.

Why didn't God want David to build His Temple? God told David that his job was to unify and lead Israel, as well as destroy its enemies. This task required David shedding blood, and God did not want a warrior building His Temple. However, David did make the plans and collected the materials for it so his son Solomon could begin building as soon as he became king (1Kings 5-7). Later on David's Dream would be fulfilled, not through his efforts, but his son's. What a delight for David to see it happen, even though he was not allowed to be the one.

Did David accept his part in God's plan and not go beyond it? Yes. Sometimes God says no to our plans, but provides other opportunities in a different direction. So we need to open our spiritual eyes to where God is working and the doors of service He opens for us, a redirection. Are we willing to accept a "no" in answer to our prayers?

Are we traveling on the right road which is God's will for us at this time? Are we willing to accept God using someone else to accomplish something which was our idea? We are all in the kingdom work, serving the same King Jesus.


This is the account of the Davidic Covenant which God made with David as explained by John MacArthur:
  1. God will appoint a place for His people.
  2. God will arrange for the permanence of His people.
  3. God will prevent oppression from His people's enemies.
  4. God will set up the Davidic dynasty-the house of David.
  5. God will establish the Davidic kingdom.
  6. God will ensure the certainty of the Davidic throne.
We know that Jesus' lineage was through the line of Judah and David. What better blessing could David have received? Jesus, the Messiah, is building His eternal house, kingdom, in heaven. Christ Jesus' Davidic reign will conclude human history. The whole world is blessed, too.

David was overwhelmed and prayed with awe and thanksgiving over God's bestowing this divine blessing on his seed and nation. When we stop to think of it, Christians have an eternal house awaiting us. That should get our clapper clapping.

One more thing, dear one-did you read in verse 16 where David acknowledges yet it was a small thing in Thin eyes...

Our big things, problems, are only small things for God to solve or resolve. (Had to throw that in :))


Thank You Lord for providing salvation for me and my family, and my friends.

Help me to accept "no" when it comes to me.

Rejoice when others are used by God for kingdom work.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

New Appointments

O. T. #906  "New Appointments"
January 17, 2017
1 Chronicles 16-Part 3


We have been hearing of the new appointments which our new President-elect has been making in preparation of serving as our nation's leader. He wants the positions filled so they can immediately get to the task of governing our nation. King David also made new appointments of the priestly Levites. Join me as we take a look at them.

We read of the magnificent procession Israel had as David brought back the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. He had prepared a tent  for its housing. Here we read of parts of three Psalms which possibly David wrote. David assigned Assaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord. For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised.

King David was known as a man after God's own heart. He had developed that relationship while a young man shepherding his father's sheep back home. Music was in David's soul. He wrote so many of the Psalms that we enjoy and give us encouragement. Even when he left the fields to serve King Saul with soothing music and during those years of running for his life, David continued to sing praises unto his Lord God, amidst adversity, too.

Now some Israelites continued to worship at the tent located in Gibeon. So King David wanted to unite the Tabernacle and the Ark in Jerusalem by building a Temple. However, we know that this did not happen, but his son Solomon accomplished it.

Keep in mind that there were 862 Levites from 6 families that David had summoned. (The previous king, Saul, was not concerned with spiritual matters.) Sounds like he was serious.

Is there a song in our heart today sing unto the Lord God Almighty who is so merciful?


David made appointments of the Levites:
  • Asaph and his brethren minister before the Ark continually, as every day's work required.(verse 37)
  • Obededom and 68 of his brethren were assigned as gatekeepers. (verse 38)
  • Zadok the priest and his brethren were stationed at Gibeon to serve in the Tabernacle. (verse 39)
  • Heman and Jeduthun and the rest were chosen as lead singers and musicians. (verse 41-42)
And all the people departed every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house. (verse 43)

Remember the joy the people in the procession with the Ark had? I like to think it continued as David made the appointments and they left to serve.
Since our youth group has been growing at my church, we have needed to split classes and establish new ones. It is wonderful when people step up and help meet those needs. God can use us in ministry. Are we preparing for it as we wait for the appointment? Is our heart willing? Do we pray for the opportunity?

What needs to e done? Cleaning, serving, singing, planning, administering, teaching may be available if we only seek.


Prepare for my new appointment in serving the Lord Jesus.

Pray, seek, surrender.

Learn and love and listen.

Humbly serve Jesus when the door opens.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Lessons From a Ladybug

O. T. #905  "Lessons From a Ladybug"
January 16, 2017
1 Chronicles 16-Part 2
Great is the LORD! He is most worthy of praise!  1 Chronicles 16:25 NLT


There are so many things for which I am thankful to the Lord. I try to thank Him throughout the day, but fail so many times.
This morning as I was studying the Word, a tiny ladybug flew onto my book. Hmm, it is the middle of winter. What is it doing here? I watched as it would over and over again fly to the top of the page and then then fall back down to the middle (bottom of the hill so to speak). I feel like that today. I fail God, then He sets me back upon my feet of faith, and helps me fly above my problems, only to fall back again. Finally, I realized that poor little thing was not going to survive in this environment (no live plants in my house), so I carried it outside. I had to turn it over since the ladybug landed on its back. I don't know where it came from, only that the Lord would have to take care of it because it would eventually freeze to death.
Yes Lord, I am like that tiny bug in Your sight. I need Your help every hour.

In verses 25-27 we read of the difference between God and idols. Idols are man-made and do not have power, whereas, God is all powerful. He is the One who creates.
(The rest of this chapter is an extensive quotation of Psalms 105, 96, and 106.)

How does David describe God in his song of thanksgiving?
  • He is great! (verse 8)
  • He had done wonderful deeds. (verse 9)
  • He performs wonders, miracles, and gives rulings. (verse 12)
  • His justice is seen throughout the land. (verse 14)
  • He keeps His covenants, commitments to a thousand generations. (verse 15)
  • He gave Israel a never-ending covenant. (verse 17)
  • God gave the land of Canaan to Israel as their special possession. (verse 18)
  • He did not let anyone oppress them while Israel as a tiny nation.  (verse 21)
  • He saves! (verse 23)
  • Honor and majesty surround Him; strength and joy fill His dwelling. (verse 27)
  • The LORD reigns! (verse 31)
  • His faithful love endures forever. (verse 34)
  • He is good.  (verse34)
  • The LORD, the God of Israel lives from everlasting to everlasting! (verse 36)
Do we give to the LORD the glory He deserves?


What are some things David tells Israel and us to do?
  • Give thanks to the LORD and glory He deserves for He is good.
  • Proclaim His greatness and good news that He saves.
  • Sing to Him, sing His praises.
  • Exult His holy name.
  • Rejoice.
  • Search for he LORD and His strength, continually seek Him.
  • Remember His wonders, miracles, and rulings.
  • Remember His covenant.
  • Publish His glorious deeds.
  • Tell everyone of the amazing things He does.
  • Fear Him above all gods.
  • Give Him the glory He deserves.
  • Bring your offering and come into His presence.
  • Worship the LORD in all His holy splendor.
  • Tremble before Him.
  • Tell all the nations "The LORD reigns!"
  • Cry out to God to save us from the heathen.
And all the people shouted "Amen" and praised the LORD. (verse 6)

I cannot add to this. Are we, will we do these?


Give thanks to the Lord for He is good. His mercy endures forever.

Friday, January 13, 2017

Giving to an Elderly Parent

O. T. #904  "Giving to an Elderly Parent"
Jan. 13, 2017
1 Chronicles 16
Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon His name, make known His deeds among the people.
1 Chronicles 16:8


Once the Ark of God arrived in Jerusalem it was placed inside the tent or Tabernacle which David had prepared for it. It was a visual reminder for Israel of the presence of God in their midst. It should have helped the people be more  consistent in their worship. Burnt sacrifices and peace offerings were dedicated to God.

The burnt offering typified what God sees in Christ. It ascended to the presence of God. The peace offering spoke of the fact that Christ made peace by the blood of His Cross. Everything is right between God and us when we come God's way through Christ. (J. Vernon McGee)

Then David gave every one Israel a loaf of bread, meat, and a cake of raisins. Such a joyful time.

Is praise and thanksgiving in our daily life? It should be daily instead of only at times of celebration or Sundays.


In verses 4-5 we read of David appointing certain Levites to:
  • minister before the Ark of the LORD,
  • record, which means to make mention, to commemorate, or possibly to celebrate;
  • thank and praise the LORD God of Israel,
  • and their names.
We recognize the name of Asaph as having written some Psalms in addition to David and Solomon. However, it is possible that David did write Psalm 105.

Life Application Study Bible give us four elements of true thanksgiving are found in this song (Psalm 105:1-15) in verses 8-22:
  1. remembering what God has done
  2. telling others about it
  3. showing God's glory to others
  4. offering gifts of self, time, and resources.
I think the one most difficult is the last-giving myself and my time. How about you?

Lately, my husband's father has been having some health issues which involved spending the night in the hospital, then wearing a catheter for almost a week. Hubby even spent that night with this elderly man. Now, today he had to be at the doctor's office at 8 am to remove his friend. Then this afternoon, he takes his dad back for a visit with the doctor who is a specialist (a 20 mile trip one way). Now that is what I call an illustration of giving of self, time, and resources. Most of all, it expresses the love of Christ.

                    ... and remember, tell, show, and offer.

                               ... and sing praises unto God and give thanks to Him.

                                ... minister unto my God, then record the things He has done for me.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Exceeding Great Joy

O. T. #903  "Exceeding Great Joy"
Jan. 12, 2017
1 Chronicles 15-Part 2
So David and the elders of Israel , and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obededom with joy. 1 Chronicles 15:25


I will never forget the joy I felt as our church crossed over from the old sanctuary into the new one. It had been years of struggle, disagreements, financial problems, and people leaving. How humbling and exciting it was to experience all the working of God throughout that decade. We sang praises unto the Lord our God as we got inside. We experienced His Spirit moving in our midst as we worshiped with thankful hearts. I can only imagine how David and those in the procession bringing the Ark home to Jerusalem felt-joy. God was in their midst.

We pick up our study with the key verse above. Everyone was in their place, the priests, the musicians and singers, as well as the king and elders of Israel. Also those who accompanied the Ark to Jerusalem were David's civil administrator and his military leaders. Only the Levites carried the Ark of God.

There was joy. The singers lifted up the voice of joy in verse 16. The word joy in Hebrew, simchah (sim-khaw'), means blithesomeness or glee; exceedingly, gladness, joyful, pleasure, rejoicing.

The same word is used in verse 25 above. Those who went to retrieve the Ark were filled with joy.
I wonder how far their journey was, but could not find the answer. Can you imagine the sight of all those marching and walking together with joyful hearts. And the singing and music heard as they traveled.

Do you recall another group of men who rejoiced with exceeding great joy? They were wise men following an extraordinary star, traveling to a Bethlehem's stable where they found the Messiah, King of kings and Lord of lords lying in a manger. (Matthew 2:10)

That joy is found in the Greek language to be chara (khar-ah'), means cheerfulness, calm delight, gladness, exceeding joy.

What brings you joy? Whether it is on a road or in the air or on the sea, we can had joy knowing we are  going to do the Lord's work and He is with us today. I don't know about you sweet friend, but I can use some exceeding great joy in my life today. Jesus, fill us with Your joy. It is the fruit of Your Spirit.


Verse 26 is a contradiction with 2 Samuel 6:13 in that the offering occurred after the Ark was moved verses the beginning of the procession when the offering was given. Well, at least it was done. Does it matter when?

As David marched in the parade, how was he dressed? Instead of his kingly robe and attire, he wore a robe of fine linen. He also had an ephod of linen, which the priests wore, and was a short tunic or apron worn around the waist. the ephod was a distinguishing mark of identification. David set aside his royal robe to look like everyone else. Jesus did the same when He left heaven to walk as a man.

The river of joy was flowing and the devil tried to stop it. He used David's first wife, Michal, who was Saul's daughter,  saw him dancing in the street and despised him in her heart. Perhaps he looked foolish in her eyes as he expressed gratitude. This wife had a heart problem empty of joy.

Even if our expression of joy and gratitude toward God in worship may look foolish to some, don't be deterred. Praise Him wholeheartedly.


Open my heart to the Lord for His joy to fill it.

Even in the midst of struggles, praise Hm.

Serve the Lord with gladness.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017


O. T. #902    "Details"
January 11, 2017
1 Chronicles 15
And David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared a place for the Ark of God and pitched a tent for it. (1 Chronicles 5:1 NIV)


Details. It's the little things that matter. Seems like I have heard that. For sure, David did not seek God's details, but rushed in and moved the Ark, but with consequences.

This chapter is a continuation of chapter 13 where David made his first attempt to move the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. During the transportation of the Ark on a new cart, a man died when he touched it as he tried to prevent it from falling off the cart. This resulted in David leaving it at the house of Obededom for 3 months. Within that time, David asked how God wanted it transported.

David found the answer as we read back in Number 4. The sons of Kohath (Levi's son) were given specific instructions of taking down the Tabernacle and moving the Ark-gold poles through the rings on the two sides of the Ark were to be carried upon the Levites' shoulders.

Verse 1 tells us David prepared a palace for him(his housing project) and another tent instead of bringing the Mosiac Tabernacle to Jerusalem. We don't know why-perhaps the Philistines had destroyed it.

*Warning: The following can be lengthy and in depth, so if you are not into genealogy, skip this part and take my word for it that these two priests were related to Aaron, a Levite. :)

What did David do prior to moving the Ark the second time?
  • He gathered all of Israel together. (verse 3)
  • David informed them that the Levites were chosen by God to carry the Ark. (verse 2)
  • He assembled the children of Aaron (high priest and great grandson of Levi) and the Levites (tribe God chose as priests). There were 862 Levites from 6 families.
  • To help us better understand why some of those men were listed here, Levi's 3 sons were Gershom, Kohath, and Merari.
  • It was the clan of Kohath that the descendants came-Zadok and Abiathar. This is how: Kohath had 4 sons-Amram, Izhar, Hebron, and Uzziel. Does the name Amram ring a bell?
  • Amram was the father of Aaron and Moses (sister Miriam too).
Being curious as to how Zadok and Abiathar fit in the family of Levites, I had to do some research. I found that Aaron had 4sons-Nadab and Abihu offered strange fire to God and died. That left Eleazar and Ithamar. It was through these two men that our two named priest came.
Zadok was the great-great grandson of Eleazar and Abiathar was the great-great-great-great grandson of Ithamar. Whew! Now we know.

So what is the big deal about moving the Ark to Jerusalem? It was the symbol of God's presence.

J. Vernon McGee said, "God is interested in the worship of His people. The Ark was the very heart and center of the worship for Israel. This is where God puts the emphasis. Crowning the Ark was the Mercy Seat. That is the place where God met His people."

David got his focus on the right thing-God's Word. When we get away from His Word, we tend to not do things God's way.

Folks, we are all in need of a place where we receive mercy from God because we sin. Jesus Christ is the Mercy Seat for us and intercedes on our behalf to God. (1 John 2:1-2)


Before the priests moved the Ark, they had to sanctify themselves in preparation.(verse 12)
It was a ceremonial sanctification whereas they washed body and clothing and avoided defilement (Exodus 19).
Verse 17-19 lists the Levites that were musicians, who accompanied the procession to get the Ark. There were 4 groups of musicians. Seven priests blew the trumpet and preceded the Ark. David had a brass band, the orchestra, and singers. What a parade.
Two sets of doorkeepers were included in the marchers-2 in front to open the door and 2 behind to close it, possibly. (verse 24)

If you unlock the doors of the church or lock things up, your position is important.
God is interested in the details. He established them for the Ark and expected them to be followed. Similarly, He expects us to follow His instructions to us.

When God gives specific instructions, it is wise to follow them precisely. Even though we may not understand them, obedience is far better than disobedience.


Stay faithful in doing what God has instructed me to do.

Ask Him before I move on my own path.

Seek mercy when I fail.

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Our Position and Possessions

O. T. #901 "Our Position and Possessions"
January 10, 2017
1 Chronicles 14
And the fame of David went out into all lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him upon all nations.  (1 Chronicles 14:17)


Falwell suggests that Ezra should have written this chapter before chapter 13, as Samuel did in 2 Samuel 5. This information precedes the transferring of the Ark to Jerusalem.

Anyway, we recall that King Hiram of Tyre provided the lumber and workers to build David's palace. He initiated the sale building materials. (verse 1)

David perceived that the LORD had confirmed him king over Israel, for his kingdom was lifted up on high, because of his people Israel. (verse 2) This international recognition was confirmation from the LORD that David's kingdom was approved by God (Holman Illustrated Bible Commentary)

David realized that God had prospered him for a special reason-for the sake of God's people. God places us where we are and gives us what we have so that we may encourage others and give to those in need. (Life Application Study Bible)

Are we using what we have where we are to bring the love of Christ to others and aid those in need?
Are we keeping our position and possessions in the right priority-for God's glory?


One of David's downfalls was women. He had a harem of wives and concubines, which resulted in numerous children. Even though it was customary in the heathen nations, it was not God's ideal (Gen. 2:24). His children resulted in jealousy, strife, and even murder in David's family, in spite of his marriages giving him power and influence.

Here is the account of the Philistines battling Israel. David inquired of God before going against them. Victory given by God established Israel as an empire over which David ruled 40 years. Israel developed a mighty army and was a force to be reckoned with.

David's ways differed from his successors in that he destroyed the idols of his enemies. (verse 12)

Do we go to God first before initiating our projects?


Don't use my position and positions for my gain, but for God's honor.

Recognize that God gives and takes away.

All that I have is from Him.

Monday, January 9, 2017

Doing Our Homework

O. T. #900  "Doing Our Homework"
Jan. 9, 2017
1 Chronicles 13
If it seem good unto you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send... (1 Chronicles 13:2)
And let us bring again...  (verse 3)


Growing up, I didn't mind doing homework, if it was in a subject that I liked, that is. Probably those subjects I didn't like were the ones I need to do homework in the most, though. King David did not do his homework at a specific time. Shall we see what resulted?

Some time lapsed between chapters 12 and 13. Before David got to go to Jerusalem as Israel's king, the Philistines surrounded David and his men. The Lord gave them victory over the Philistines. (Remember the sound of marching feet in the trees-that was God's sign of victory.)

David's palace was built in Jerusalem. Then David's desire was to bring the Ark of the Covenant back to Jerusalem. Before he did, David consulted his captains and leaders, as well as inviting all Israel to join in. (This was omitted from 2 Sam. 6.)

Did you notice the words in the key verses, let us send and let us bring? David desired to offer his brethren, those relatives who the Philistines had conquered their land for desolation, to come live with them. Then he wanted to bring the Ark home. Together-us.

Effective leaders listen carefully to others' opinions, and they encourage others to participate in making decisions. Of course, we should always consult God first. We can run into problems if we do not talk to him first. (Life Application Study Bible)

Do we consider others' opinions important? o w get them involved or just do it our self?


With the Ark in Jerusalem, it would make the city of David the nation's center of worship and politics. A problem arose, though. David didn't do his homework. He attempted to transport the Ark on a new cart, doing it his way, instead of finding out how to do it God's way, which was on the shoulders of the Levites. As it turned out Uzzah died when he touched it, in order to keep the Ark from falling off the cart. Had David done his homework, a man would not have died.
The Ark stayed at Obededom's house for 3 months. The Lord blessed that man.

Do we stop and consult God before we rush into a project? Do we do our homework?


Let us-involve others in the decisions and activity of projects I am leading.

Ask God first about the projects I lead.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Need Some Joy?

O. T. #899 Chronicle "Need Some Joy?"
Jan. 6, 2017
1 Chronicles 12-Part 2


Need some joy today? For sure! This week has been one of those. My husband's dad has had health issues, which led to discovering other ones. A relationship was harmed by words exchanged. And to top it off, my computer at work crashed so now I will have to spend time preparing deductions again before tax time. Ugh! I am in need of some joy. How about you?

Verse 25 informs us of the numbers of armed warriors who joined David at Hebron was 336,222 (best I can figure). They we all eager to see David become king instead of Saul, just as the LORD had promised. 
All these men came in battle array to Hebron (a place where David reigned as king over Judah for 7 1/2 years) with a single purpose of making David the king over all Israel. In fact, everyone in Israel agreed that David should be their king. (verse 38)
[Resource: New Living Translation]

Their single purpose was to show overwhelming support for David and make him their king. God brought these men together as " one heart" or "one mind."

So many times our churches and organizations are going in all sorts of directions instead of asking God to give them one central purpose-one that will encourage the saints and glorify God. Our Christian groups should be of one mind like David's army. Is it time for us to take a closer look at ours? Is it in need of refocusing?


Let's take a look at the last two verses (39-40) in this chapter. This feast was associated with the coronation of King David found in 2 Samuel 5.

How long did those men stay with David? (3 days)
What did they do during that time? (They feasted and drank.)
Why? (Preparations had been made by their relatives.)

What a long party, family reunion. That would have been a lot of guest to prepare for-over 320,000.
Can you hear the laughter, the catching up on what had happened since the last time they visited?
Sounds like Hebron folks had some help with the catering. Verse 40 tells us people from as far as Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen. (These were the northern tribes.)

What did these kind relatives furnish for the party? A vast supply of flour, fig cakes, clusters of raisins, wine, olive oil, cattle, sheep, and goats were brought to the celebration. (verse 40b)

What was throughout the land of Israel? GREAT JOY!

Can you hear the excitement? I think even the women and David's servants were dancing around and singing joyfully as they prepared the food. Can you feel the joy in the air. Everyone had it. All of Israel was included.

In the Hebrew language, joy (simcah) means glee, (religious or festival); exceeding gladness, joyfulness.

Now I ask you, who couldn't use some of that joy today? It doesn't take a feast or party. We can find joy in Jesus, friends. Now matter our situation, He can give us joy and peace.

Let me share this. Last night I had planned for a few friends, from 2 churches and family, to gather at a restaurant for some girl time. Our purpose was to encourage my sil who is meeting her doctors in Nashville to discuss her health on Monday. Hopefully, she will be ready to have heart surgery to replace a heart valve. She needed some joy. It has been a stressful time, a prayerful 2 months. It was successful. We all laughed and reassured her. Now that is what I'm talking about-joy in the midst of troubles. Jesus gives what we need, when we need it. (She has some bright yellow house shoes with smiley faces to remind her. Got to go buy me some.)

LET IT GO and ask Jesus for joy today!

*Please pray for Rose this next week.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Hurling Stones

O. T. #898  "Hurling Stones"
Jan. 5, 2017
1 Chronicles 12


Notice that we are reading about the time David was hiding in a cave from Saul, who sought to kill him.  (This was before he became king of Judah or Israel.) The men listed here were warriors from the tribe of Benjamin, the same as Saul. The had fought beside David when he was captain in Saul's army. These men ere expert archers; they could shoot arrows or sling stones with both their left and right hands. They deserted Saul and  joined David. Did you notice that these men could hurl stones as deadly weapons?

Do we hurl words as hard as stones? On the hand, how do we react when others hurl words at us, as hard as stones? Stones can harm or even kill people. We saw the results of David flinging only one at the giant Goliath.


Help came to David in his time of need.
  • David was joined by the strong fighting men from Gad who were mighty warriors. (verses 14-15)
  • Others came from Benjamin and Judah at the stronghold. A stronghold is a cut off or fenced place; a fortress. In David's case, the cave was a good stronghold.
  • David confronted them as to whether they came as his friends (came in peace to help him) or to betray him as enemies. (verses 16-17)
  • The Holy Spirit upon Amasai, the leader of Thirty, saying, We are yours, David! We are on your side, son of Jesse. Peace and prosperity be with you, and success to all who help you, for your God is the one who helps you. (verse18)
Life Application Study Bible teaches us:
In the O.T. times, the Spirit came upon individuals in order to accomplish specific goals. Beginning at Pentecost, however, the Spirit came upon all believers, not only to empower them to do God's will, but also to dwell in them day by day (Acts 2:14-21).  If you are a believer in Jesus Christ, you will experience the Holy Spirit's ongoing work in our life as well as special times of filling for God's purposes.

Help me to not hurl stones of pain, but blessings of peace and success to others.

Allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through me.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

In a Pit on a Snowy Day

O. T. #897  "In a Pit on a Snowy Day"
Jan. 4, 2017
1 Chronicles 11-Part 2


Snow is in the forecast for tomorrow, yet I am in a pit today. Hurtful words put me down there. That lion said some words that put me down here. I need a cleansed heart as white as snow. You see, I think hurtful thoughts toward that person, even though I don't say them. Wash me and I shall be whiter than snow, Jesus. Help me to forgive and love as You forgive me and continue to love me. Perhaps some of you up living up north have deep snow at your house, or even in your life. Are you in a pit of snow, too? One of David's mighty men was. Let's see how he got out.

David's mighty men are listed here. Though it is not a complete list, those men were warriors and heroes from the time of David's running from Saul  throughout his 40 year reign as king. Therefore, not all those men were around all the time. Most of the list parallels with 2 Samuel 23. David had his inner circle close relationships like Jesus did. Josheb, Basshbeth, Eleazer, and Shammah are the list of the 3 by David Jeremiah. You will remember the three who risked their life to get some fresh water from the well of Bethlehem when they were fighting the Philistines. David was so touched by the act of bravery and kindness that he would not drink it. Instead, David poured he water out to the Lord.These mighty And then there were the 30 honorable men, which were probably actually 45 in number.

David always gave credit of victory to the Lord God. Verse 14 says So the LORD brought about a great victory.

Do we have that strong of faith? Do you need a miracle of victory today? Jesus can handle it. Nothing is impossible for Him to handle. So we need to let Him handle it.


Abishai was Joab's brother and chief of another group of three men. He had killed 300 men with his spear. Benaiah killed two lion-like heroes of Moab. Did you notice in verse 22 that he killed lion in the midst of a pit on a snowy day. Also, he killed some Egyptian giants.

Do we have any lying lions to kill in our pit of self-pitty, even on a snowy day? Or, do we have any giants to bring down? Kill those giants and lions with the Word of God today and climb out of that pit. Stay in the fight until the final round. Friend, God is holding you right now. You are an overcomer, hang onto His promises, like the song says.


Trust God while in a pit on a snowy day for the victory.

Open my eyes, God, so I can see clearly on this snowy day in my life.

Warm my heart with Your love.

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

A Castle and a City

O. T. #896 "A Castle and  City"
Jan. 3, 2016
1 Chronicles 11


After the Jews captivity in Babylon and returned to Jerusalem to reestablish a nation, Ezra wrote this book to teach and remind them of their heritage. So far, we have learned about the genealogy of Israel, their heritage, and connection to the Patriarchs. Then Israel's first king, Saul. Now the rest of this book discusses King David's reign over Israel and his accomplishments as well as the Jewish covenant with God, worshiping Him, their priesthood, Levites and singers, and the Temple.

Omitted by Ezra are the details of the kings, David's sin with Bathsheba, his son Absalom's rebellion, and son Adonijah's usurpation of the throne. Even the history of Elijah and Elisha and their ministry in the northern kingdom is omitted. (Falwell)

After Saul's death, he reigned as king in Hebron over Judah for 7 1/2 years, which is mentioned in 2 Samuel 5. He was age 30 when David began to reign as king of Israel, being king over both Israel and Judah for 33 years. This is not mentioned here. However, two additions are given concerning David's call and anointing and his securing Jerusalem for his capital.

Keep in mind Israel was a united kingdom under the reigns of Saul, David and Solomon. David must have been a wonderful man. Although, it took him 12-15 years wondering in the wilderness running for his life from jealous Saul that he developed into "a man after God's own heart." It was through those challenging times that he wrote so many Psalms for us that provide encouragement. This godly man was used by God to be the influence Israel needed.

What kind of influence do we have in our little piece of the world?


David's nephew Joab, who became the captain of David's army, conquered Jerusalem from the Jebusite inhabitants.
In verse 5b, David took the castle of Zion, which is the city of David.

Then David took up residence there, built up the city around the existing one, including the supporting terraces, and the surrounding wall.

And David became more and more powerful, because the LORD Almighty was with him.
 (verse 9)

What are we doing in our castle and city? Are we an influence of faith in Jesus? Is our faith growing stronger because Almighty God is with us?


Surrender to God as an instrument of influence for his kingdom.

Grow stronger in faith in Jesus as I walk daily with Him.

Show someone love today. Do a nice deed; meet a need.

Monday, January 2, 2017

My serve was not working this morning. Check back tonight for post on chapter 11. Have a blessed day.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

January 1, 2017

Keep traveling steadily along His pathway and in due season He will honor you with every blessing.  Psalm 37:34

Happy New Year Everyone!

Friends, can you believe it, another year has come and gone? Looking back at last year helps us to see how God worked in our life. Was it a year of heartache and loss or happiness and joy, tragedy and sorrow or success and achievement?

How do you think God looks on this past year in our life? Did it bring us any closer to Him? What lessons did we learn last year? What did God teach us?

If we look within, we might see some changes which may need to be made before we begin this new year. If you are like me, there were so many times I missed the mark of being all I should have been. Self-examination causes us to realize that we can't live the way we should in our own strength.. We need God's help. Our only hope is a changed heart, one which we can only receive through Jesus Christ.
God's love is unchanging. we read in Malachi 3:6, I the Lord do not change.

From everlasting to everlasting the Lord's love is with those who fear Him. Psalm 103:17

2 Corinthians 5:17 says If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

A new year awaits us, smiling in the unknown of 12 months. Are we ready to receive dozens of things God is waiting to teach us?

Praise be to you, O Lord; teach me Your decrees. Psalm 119:12

Let m take this opportunity to share my faith, in case anyone is in need today. Salvation comes through Jesus Christ. It is not obtained by our  working for it. It only comes by way of faith-believing that Jesus is God's Son who lived a perfect life and died in our place so we can have forgiveness of sin and eternal life. Oh friend, if you do not now this wonderful Savior, ask Him to come into your heart and forgive you of your sins. Then you will find this everlasting love and a changed heart. Eternal life in heaven awaits you.

Join us tomorrow as we continue our Bible study in the book of 1 Chronicles 11.

Teach me your way, O Lord; lead me in a straight path.  Psalm 27:11