TODAY’S DAILY READING: 1 Samuel 6-7 & Psalm 7-8
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 6- Hard Heart
1 Samuel 6:6
“Why then do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He did mighty things among them, did they not let the people go, that they might depart?”
Tucked away in the story of the Philistines return of the Ark to Israel, is this powerful exhortation regarding the danger of hardening our hearts to God. We are reminded of the difficulties Pharaoh endured because of his refusal to humble himself and obey the Word of God. The lessons from this exhortation are twofold.
First, we need to examine… Read More
1 Samuel 7- Will This Ever Work?
1 Samuel 7:13
“So the Philistines were subdued, and they did not come anymore into the territory of Israel…”
Israel faced a constant threat from the Philistines. They had come into the territory promised to Israel, taken land, and threatened the people. Earlier in 1 Samuel, the nation mustered all its strength to drive the Philistines out of their territories, only to suffer a devastating loss. In that earlier battle, the people gathered… Read More
Psalm 7- Fallen In
“He made a pit and dug it out,
And has fallen into the ditch which he made.”
If we were writing a comedic screenplay, we might want to include a character who designs an elaborate trap, only to unwittingly catch himself. While it might be quite humorous on the big screen, it is tragic in the real world. The psalmist reminds us, one of the consequences of wicked living is, in the long… Read More
Psalm 8- Glory Of Creation
“O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is Your name in all the earth, Who have set Your glory above the heavens!”
Webster defines glory as “Great beauty and splendor, even magnificence.” David is declaring things about the magnificence of God. It seems this Psalm was penned as a result of looking at the beauty of creation, in light of the Creator. He realizes that as glorious as creation is, it pales by comparison to he Creator.
How sad, that we often neglect… Read More