TODAY’S DAILY READING: 1 Samuel 3-5 & Psalm 5-6
Old Testament: 1 Samuel 3- By The Word
1 Samuel 3:21
“Then the Lord appeared again in Shiloh. For the Lord revealed Himself to Samuel in Shiloh by the word of the Lord.”
Long before Jerusalem was established as the capital of Israel, Shiloh was the ancient location of the Tabernacle. It was at Shiloh, where the High Priest would meet with the LORD on the Day of Atonement. It was there, where the glory of the LORD would fill the Holiest place like a cloud.
Samuel was a… Read More
1 Samuel 4- The Glory Of God
1 Samuel 4:22
And she said, “The glory has departed from Israel, for the ark of God has been captured.”
1 Samuel 4 records some of the darkest days in Israel’s history. The people had lost sight of God, their armies had suffered defeat, the ark of the covenant had been taken in battle, the sons of the nation’s spiritual leader had been killed and upon hearing all this Eli the high priest fell over and died. In the midst of all of this… Read More
1 Samuel 5- Spoils Of War
1 Samuel 5:7
“And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, ‘The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.’”
The Philistines mustered all their courage as they confronted Israel on the battlefield. They soon overpowered the Israeli army and took the spoils of war. In this battle, the spoils included the Ark of the Covenant. Upon returning to Ashdod, the Philistines placed the Ark in the their temple, and found themselves facing an interesting predicament; they now had two gods. As night fell, so did… Read More
Psalm 5- The Mornings
“My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You, And I will look up.”
On a regular basis, how would you describe your mornings? Do you wake up grumpy, dreading another day? Or late, rushing to get your responsibilities done? Or perhaps you arise and rush to get the morning paper, check the news, or peruse Facebook, or the web.
David declares that his mornings began with the Lord. Even in the midst of difficult… Read More
Psalm 6- Need Help?
“Have mercy on me, O Lord, for I am weak; O Lord, heal me, for my bones are troubled.”
Have you ever heard the phrase, “You can do this,” as a mantra for finding the strength to face the challenge before you? Life often forces us to be stronger than we think we are and to stand up to the opportunity before us. In a passionate plea for the Corinthians to stand against the opposition they were facing, Paul declared,
1 Corinthians 16:13 “Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong.”
While there are times when we must… Read More