Tuesday 30 April, 2013

Psalm 4

1 My faithful God, answer me when I call out to you. Give me rest from my trouble. Show me your favor. Hear my prayer. 2 How long will you people turn my glory into shame? How long will you love what will certainly fail you? How long will you pray to statues of gods? Selah 3 Remember that the Lord has set his faithful people apart for himself. The Lord will hear me when I call out to him. 4 When you are angry, do not sin. When you are in bed, look deep down inside you and be silent. Selah 5 Offer sacrifices to the Lord in the right way. Trust in him. 6 Many are asking, “Who can show us anything good?” Lord, let us see your face smiling on us with favor. 7 You have filled my heart with great joy. It is greater than the joy of people who have lots of grain and fresh wine. 8 I will lie down and sleep in peace. Lord, you alone keep me safe.

Today’s passage shows us that we can rejoice in God’s protection and peace.

The writer of this psalm is David. Regardless of when David wrote

this, he put his trust in God because the Lord has mercy on him and hears his prayer.

Many people love delusions and seek false gods and ask “who can show us any good?” They don’t know that:

  1. The Lord has set apart the faithful for himself.
  2. They are not to sin when angry.
  3. They are to search their hearts and be silent on their beds.
  4. Offer right sacrifices and trust in the Lord.
  5. The light of His face can shine upon them.

But, David knew the Lord and:

  1. His heart was filled with greater joy than when the grain and new wine abound.
  2. He was able to lie down and sleep in peace and dwelt in safety.

Dear Lord, help me to place my confidence in You, no matter in what situations or what other people are saying? Because the Bible says “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” Matthew 20:26 Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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Monday 29 April, 2013

Psalm 3

1 Lord, I have so many enemies! So many people are rising up against me! 2 Many are saying about me, “God will not save him.” Selah 3 Lord, you are like a shield that keeps me safe. You honor me. You help me win the battle. 4 I call out to the Lord. He answers me from his holy hill. Selah 5 I lie down and sleep. I wake up again, because the Lord takes care of me. 6 I won’t be afraid of the tens of thousands who are lined up against me on every side. 7 Lord, rise up! My God, save me! Strike all my enemies in the face. Break the teeth of sinful people. 8 Lord, you are the one who saves. May your blessing be on your people.

We read about Absalom’s rebellion in chapters 15 to 18 of 2 Samuel.

So many enemies: David’s beloved son, Absalom, is determined to kill him; and turns all Israel against him and seizes the throne.

Such a close thing: a warning; fleeing Jerusalem only just ahead of Absalom’s arrival; narrowly avoiding being pursued and caught on the road; a warning to cross the Jordan at night; and then the whole army of Israel coming to kill him.

In this crisis, David sees things with new clarity. That he is alive to wake in the morning, in safety, is a blessing from God (as it is every day). Sometimes it takes a crisis to see things clearly. God didn’t create the crisis, but he brings good things out of it if we have eyes to see them.

And yet with the whole army of Israel against him, David and his supporters rout them and completely defeat the rebellion. If ever there was evidence of God’s love for David, of his decisive intervention to protect him; that David’s success came from God, this is it.

That David wanted his enemies violently slapped is understandable. But Jesus has a better way. “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.” (Luke 6:27-8) It’s God’s wonderful grace

that Jesus died for me while I was still his enemy, so I could become his friend. Opposing God or being an enemy to his people is a very dangerous place to be. Our enemies need our prayers and love to be rescued from that place.

Oh God, you are a shield around me! The very life I have is a blessing from you. Rescue me from my enemies. And better yet, rescue them from being your enemies.

Written by David Cornell

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Sunday 28 April, 2013

Psalm 2

1 Why do the nations plan evil together? Why do they make useless plans? 2 The kings of the earth take their stand against the Lord. The rulers of the earth gather together against his anointed king. 3 “Let us break free from their chains,” they say. “Let us throw off their ropes.” 4 The One who sits on his throne in heaven laughs. The Lord makes fun of those rulers and their plans. 5 When he is angry, he warns them. When his anger blazes out, he terrifies them. 6 He says to them, “I have placed my king on my holy mountain of Zion.” 7 I will announce what the Lord has promised. He said to me, “You are my son. Today I have become your father. 8 Ask me, and I will give the nations to you. All nations on earth will belong to you. 9 You will rule them with an iron rod. You will break them to pieces like clay pots.” 10 Kings, be wise! Rulers of the earth, be warned! 11 Serve the Lord and have respect for him. Serve him with joy and trembling. 12 Obey the son completely, or he will be angry. Your way of life will lead to your death. His anger can blaze out at any moment. Blessed are all those who go to him for safety.

It is good for us to be reminded of the sovereignty of God. Sometimes we take him for granted, or put him in a box, or focus on just the most gracious aspects of his character. While his amazing grace is true, we need to remember that that is just part of his character. God is creator and sovereign. He rules over all. It seems somewhat shocking to us to think that the Lord “scoffs” at rulers who rage against him, before rebuking them in anger, but it is true.

Let us “Serve the Lord with reverent fear and rejoice with trembling”. But let us also marvel at what he has done for us in

accepting us as his friends, and let us join in the final refrain in this Psalm – “What joy for all who find protection in him!”

Written by Megan Cornell

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Saturday 27 April, 2013

Psalm 1

1 Blessed is the one who obeys the law of the Lord. He doesn’t follow the advice of evil people. He doesn’t make a habit of doing what sinners do. He doesn’t join those who make fun of the Lord and his law. 2 Instead, he takes delight in the law of the Lord. He thinks about his law day and night. 3 He is like a tree that is planted near a stream of water. It always bears its fruit at the right time. Its leaves don’t dry up. Everything godly people do turns out well. 4 Sinful people are not like that at all. They are like straw that the wind blows away. 5 When the Lord judges them, their life will come to an end. Sinners won’t have any place among those who are godly. 6 The Lord watches over the lives of those who are godly. But the lives of sinful people will lead to their death.

Psalm 1 functions as an introduction to the book of Psalms as a whole, establishing the idea of two distinct paths in life: the way of the godly and the way of the wicked. The godly are those who reject evil, who delight in God’s law, and live according to it. God watches over these people, He provides for them, and the result of living in alignment with God’s ways is that what they do prospers and they are fruitful.

In contrast, the wicked are those who do not follow

God’s ways and in the end they will be destroyed. They are compared to the chaff that is blown away by the wind during the winnowing process, in order to leave the useful grain behind.

I can be so easily absorbed in the moment and in accomplishing the tasks of the day that I miss the bigger picture of my life. If I truly desire to prosper, to be fruitful and be used by God to expand His kingdom, then I need to make the day to day choices that set me up to see this happen. Am I rejecting evil in my moment by moment: the bitterness, selfishness and pride that seem to creep up on me? Am I delighting in God’s law: am I reading and chewing on His Word am I developing an appetite for His ways? Am I living according to His Word: is what He says the final word in my life?

Lord, please help me to make the moment by moment choices that will lead me in Your ways. Thank you that as I keep choosing You I will bear fruit, that You will use me to make a difference.

Written by Beth Waugh

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Friday 26 April, 2013

2 Samuel 24:18-25

18 On that day Gad went to David. Gad said to him, “Go up to the threshing floor of Araunah, the Jebusite. Build an altar there to honor the Lord.” 19 So David went up and did it. He did what the Lord had commanded through Gad. 20 Araunah looked and saw the king and his officials coming toward him. So he went out to welcome them. He bowed down to the king with his face toward the ground. 21 Araunah said, “King David, you are my master. Why have you come to see me?” “To buy your threshing floor,” David answered. “I want to build an altar there to honor the Lord. When I do, the plague on the people will be stopped.” 22 Araunah said to David, “Take anything that pleases you. Offer it up. Here are oxen for the burnt offering. Here are threshing sleds. And here are wooden collars from the necks of the oxen. Use all of the wood to burn the offering. 23 King David, I’ll give all of it to you.” Araunah continued, “And may the Lord your God accept you.” 24 But the king replied to Araunah, “No. I want to pay you for it. I won’t sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that haven’t cost me anything.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen. He paid 20 ounces of silver for them. 25 David built an altar there to honor the Lord. He sacrificed burnt offerings and friendship offerings. Then the Lord answered prayer and blessed the land. The plague on Israel was stopped.

The context of this passage can be summed up in three points: David had sinned, David had recognised his sin and humbled himself before God, and now the people are suffering the effects of the sin in the form of a devastating plague. In this situation God reaches out to David, He uses Gad to direct David to build an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. David obeys God and builds an altar, paying for the threshing floor and all the materials needed, as David knows that a sacrifice to the Lord must cost something. God accepts the offering David has made and David is once again right with God. In this state of right relationship God answers David’s prayer and stops

the plague from any further destruction.

What strikes me in this passage is the fact that God takes the initiative; He shows David a way back to Him, a way to restore their relationship. Our God is an initiating God, He sent Jesus to the cross so that through our faith in Him our relationship with God is restored. What a powerful message that God wants to be in relationship with us.

Thank you God for taking the first step and opening up a way for me to be in right relationship with you. Thank you God that my shortcomings don’t prevent me from enjoying your goodness and faithfulness.

Written by Beth Waugh

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Wednesday 24 April, 2013

2 Samuel 23:8-39

8 Here are the names of David’s mighty men. Josheb-Basshebeth was chief of the Three. He was a Tahkemonite. He used his spear against 800 men. He killed all of them at one time. 9 Next to him was Eleazar. He was one of the three mighty men. He was the son of Dodai, the Ahohite. Eleazar was with David at Pas Dammim. That’s where Israel’s army made fun of the Philistines who were gathered there for battle. Then the men of Israel pulled back. 10 But Eleazar stayed right where he was. He struck the Philistines down until his hand grew tired. But he still held on to his sword. The Lord helped him win a great battle that day. The troops returned to Eleazar. They came back to him only to take what they wanted from the dead bodies. 11 Next to him was Shammah, the son of Agee. Shammah was a Hararite. The Philistines gathered together at a place where there was a field full of lentils. Israel’s troops ran away from them. 12 But Shammah took his stand in the middle of the field. He didn’t let the Philistines capture it. He struck them down. The Lord helped him win a great battle. 13 David was at the cave of Adullam. During harvest time, three of the 30 chief men came down to him there. A group of Philistines was camped in the Valley of Rephaim. 14 At that time David was in his usual place of safety. Some Philistine troops were stationed at Bethlehem. 15 David longed for water. He said, “I wish someone would get me a drink of water from the well that is near the gate of Bethlehem.” 16 So the three mighty men fought their way past the Philistine guards. They got some water from the well that was near the gate of Bethlehem. They took the water back to David. But David refused to drink it. Instead, he poured it out as a drink offering to the Lord. 17 “Lord, I would never drink that water!” David said. “It stands for the blood of these men. They put their lives in danger by going to Bethlehem to get it.” So David wouldn’t drink it. Those were some of the brave things the three mighty men did. 18 Abishai was chief over the Three. He was the brother of Joab, the son of Zeruiah. He used his spear against 300 men. He killed all of them. So he became as famous as the Three were. 19 In fact, he was even more honored than the Three. He became their commander. But he wasn’t included among them. 20 Benaiah was a great hero from Kabzeel. He was the son of Jehoiada. Benaiah did many brave things. He struck down two of Moab’s best fighting men. He also went down into a pit on a snowy day. He killed a lion there. 21 And he struck down a huge Egyptian. The Egyptian was holding a spear. Benaiah went out to fight against him with a club. He grabbed the spear out of the Egyptian’s hand. Then he killed him with it. 22 Those were some of the brave things Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, did. He too was as famous as the three mighty men were. 23 He was honored more than any of the Thirty. But he wasn’t included among the Three. David put him in charge of his own personal guards. 24 Here is a list of David’s men who were among the Thirty. Asahel, the brother of Joab Elhanan, the son of Dodo, from Bethlehem 25 Shammah, the Harodite Elika, the Harodite 26 Helez, the Paltite Ira, the son of Ikkesh, from Tekoa 27 Abiezer from Anathoth Mebunnai, the Hushathite 28 Zalmon, the Ahohite Maharai from Netophah 29 Heled, the son of Baanah, from Netophah Ithai, the son of Ribai, from Gibeah in Benjamin 30 Benaiah from Pirathon Hiddai from the valleys of Gaash 31 Abi-Albon, the Arbathite Azmaveth, the Barhumite 32 Eliahba, the Shaalbonite the sons of Jashen Jonathan, 33 the son of Shammah, the Hararite Ahiam, the son of Sharar, the Hararite 34 Eliphelet, the son of Ahasbai, the Maacathite Eliam, the son of Ahithophel, from Giloh 35 Hezro from Carmel Paarai, the Arbite 36 Igal, the son of Nathan, from Zobah the son of Hagri 37 Zelek from Ammon Naharai from Beeroth, who carried the armor of Joab, the son of Zeruiah 38 Ira, the Ithrite Gareb, the Ithrite 39 Uriah, the Hittite The total number of men was 37.

Here the writer of Samuel gives us a glimpse of those who David had around him, warriors that helped him to fight and win the battles against the Philistines and the many other nations surrounding Israel.   David alone did not do it all, he had 37 other key men around him in battle, apart from an entire army.  Three of  these guys were more outstanding than the others.  Men who were trusted and relied upon for their skill, courage and leadership, to be there in the thick of it, and who no doubt had David’s back on many occasions.

The last verse though is a stinger, verse 39 “Uriah the Hittite – thirty seven in all.”  Uriah, Bathsheba’s husband was one of David’s trusted warriors and yet he had him killed to cover his sin.  Such a dark day for David.

This is a reminder that we all need people around us to go though life with, and especially in ministry.  God never has it as a one man show. He has created us for relationship and to support one another, to fight for and alongside one another.

Father thank you for those you have put around me, especially at the moment, to do life with and to help and surround me in times of trouble.  Amen

Written by Suzie Hodgson

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Tuesday 23 April, 2013

2 Samuel 23: 1-7

23 Here are David’s last words. He said, “I am David, the son of Jesse. God has given me a message. The Most High God has greatly honored me. The God of Jacob anointed me as king. I am Israel’s singer of songs. 2 “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me. I spoke his word with my tongue. 3 The God of Israel spoke. The Rock of Israel said to me, ‘A king must rule over people in a way that is right. He must have respect for me when he rules. 4 Then he will be like the light of morning at sunrise when there aren’t any clouds. He will be like the bright sun after rain that makes the grass grow on the earth.’ 5 “Isn’t my royal family right with God? Hasn’t he made a covenant with me that will last forever? Every part of it was well prepared and made secure. Won’t he save me completely? Won’t he give me everything I long for? 6 But evil people are like thorns that are thrown away. You can’t pick them up with your hands. 7 Even if you touch them, you must use an iron tool or a spear. Thorns are burned up right where they are.”

Memoirs show the depth of human pain and failure. David’s words are a closing statement of his memoir.

Just before his death, David considers his long, complex life. He

had been shepherd-boy, warrior, general, king and psalmist.

He acknowledges that it is God who has kept him through the years. David is assured that God will continue to be with his descendants. David’s last words are a poetic memoir of praise and

pain.

With all David’s brokenness, God’s promises will still be through his line. David reflected over his life, family, leadership and failures. By acknowledging the good, the bad and the ugly, his memoires show God working in his life. David’s story is part of God’s story and we are also part of God’s story.

We all have a past, and we have been shaped by events and people we’ve known. We are all broken people who make mistakes that have led us in directions we didn’t see.
Our past can be great story; God’s future will be an even better one, full of hope and new life. What’s your story? What does it look like so far?
Who and what has shaped your attitudes and understanding and changed the direction of your life? Would we answer the question, “If I had it to do over again, I’d …”?

I pray my memoir will include what God is doing with my story — how God’s love and grace has redeemed even my greatest failures and turned them into something good. That it ends with a hope for a future made possible by God. I pray that I will always recognise (as David did) that God is the only hero my memoir needs. Our stories only have lasting value if they’re folded into the story that God has, is and will do in the world.

Written by Cathy Croft

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Monday 22 April, 2013

2 Samuel 22:1-15

22 David sang the words of this song to the Lord. He sang them when the Lord saved him from the powerful hand of all of his enemies and of Saul. 2 He said, “The Lord is my rock and my fort. He is the One who saves me. 3 My God is my rock. I go to him for safety. He is like a shield to me. He’s the power that saves me. He’s my place of safety. I go to him for help. He’s my Savior. He saves me from those who want to hurt me. 4 I call out to the Lord. He is worthy of praise. He saves me from my enemies. 5 “The waves of death were all around me. A destroying flood swept over me. 6 The ropes of the grave were tight around me. Death set its trap in front of me. 7 When I was in trouble I called out to the Lord. I called out to my God. From his temple he heard my voice. My cry for help reached his ears. 8 “The earth trembled and shook. The pillars of the heavens rocked back and forth. They trembled because the Lord was angry. 9 Smoke came out of his nose. Flames of fire came out of his mouth. Burning coals blazed out of it. 10 He opened the heavens and came down. Dark clouds were under his feet. 11 He got on the cherubim and flew. The wings of the wind lifted him up. 12 He covered himself with darkness. The dark rain clouds of the sky were like a tent around him. 13 From the brightness that was all around him flashes of lightning blazed out. 14 The Lord thundered from heaven. The voice of the Most High God was heard. 15 He shot his arrows and scattered our enemies. He sent flashes of lightning and chased the enemies away.

This psalm was written earlier in David’s life and seems to be included here to reflect back on his life.

After a seemingly endless series of struggles against enemies intent on destroying David: from Philistine giants and almost every nation surrounding Israel, to his own king and father in law, Saul, and his son, Absolom, there is now a time of peace.

It would be so easy to look back and say “I did it”, but David recognises that it was God who brought him through; that God gave him the strengths and abilities he needed. He knows that it is God who gave the victories. He sees how God acted dramatically and mightily in the spiritual as well as the physical, in ways that would be missed by those who only believe what they see with their eyes.

It’s ironic that David’s hardest times were not

when he was being pursued by Saul or in the thick of battle, but when he had peace. When Saul was on his heels the necessity of making God his refuge, and the importance of doing what was right was clear. It was in success that David fell into sin (such as with Bathsheba or taking the census).

David correctly sees that God blessed him because he

delighted in him (v20). Though David’s desire to do what was right was important (v21-25), it was his heart for God that was most important. In his later years he learnt the importance of repentance when he fell and that God also loves to forgive and heal a broken relationship.

Father, give me eyes to see the reality that you are my rock, my fortress and my saviour; and a heart for you, that longs to please and longs for restoration when I hurt you.

Written by David Cornell

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Sunday 21 April, 2013

2 Samuel 21:15-22

15 Once again there was a battle between the Philistines and Israel. David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines. He became very tired. 16 Ishbi-Benob belonged to the family line of Rapha. The tip of his bronze spear weighed seven and a half pounds. He was also armed with a new sword. He said he would kill David. 17 But Abishai, the son of Zeruiah, came to save David. He struck the Philistine down and killed him. Then David’s men took an oath and made a promise. They said to David, “We never want you to go out with us to battle again. You are the lamp of Israel’s kingdom. We want that lamp to keep on burning brightly.” 18 There was another battle against the Philistines. It took place at Gob. At that time Sibbecai killed Saph. Sibbecai was a Hushathite. Saph was from the family line of Rapha. 19 In another battle against the Philistines at Gob, Elhanan killed Goliath’s brother. Elhanan was the son of Jaare-Oregim from Bethlehem. Goliath was from the city of Gath. His spear was as big as a weaver’s rod. 20 There was still another battle. It took place at Gath. A huge man lived there. He had six fingers on each hand and six toes on each foot. So the total number of his toes and fingers was 24. He was also from the family of Rapha. 21 He made fun of Israel. So Jonathan killed him. Jonathan was the son of David’s brother Shimeah. 22 Those four Philistine men lived in Gath. They were from the family line of Rapha. David and his men killed them.

When David went down with his men to fight against the Philistines, he became exhausted and almost got killed by Ishbibenob one of the descendants of Rapha.

But, Abishai came to rescue David and killed the Ishbibenob.

Then Saph, Goliath the Gittite and another  a man of great size with 6 fingers and toes and all descendants of the giants of Gath, were killed by David and his men.

These four Philistines were were very strong and their spears were big and heavy and their swords new. From human eyes, they should defeat Israel very easily.

But the truth is, they were killed by David and his men. The Bible says: It is not by sword or spear that the LORD saves; for the battle is the LORDs.

In spiritual conflicts, even strong saints sometimes are faint.  We need spiritual-company who can help us when we were exhausted/down.

My challenge is: Will I be a watchman of my spiritual-friends and help them in these times?

Dear Jesus, help me always to put my trust on you, because the battle is LORDs. Amen.

Written by Allen Leu

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Saturday 20 April, 2013

2 Samuel 21:1-14

21 For three years in a row there wasn’t enough food in the land. That was while David was king. So David asked the Lord why he wasn’t showing his favor to his people. The Lord said, “It is because Saul and his family committed murder. He put the people of Gibeon to death.” 2 The people of Gibeon weren’t a part of Israel. Instead, they were some of the Amorites who were still left alive. The people of Israel had promised with an oath to spare them. But Saul had tried to put an end to them. That’s because he wanted to make Israel and Judah strong. So now King David sent for the people of Gibeon and spoke to them. 3 He asked them, “What would you like me to do for you? How can I make up for the wrong things that were done to you? I want you to be able to pray that the Lord will once again bless his land.” 4 The people of Gibeon answered him. They said, “No amount of silver or gold can make up for what Saul and his family did to us. And we can’t put anyone in Israel to death.” “What do you want me to do for you?” David asked. 5 They answered the king, “Saul nearly destroyed us. He made plans to wipe us out. We don’t have anywhere to live in Israel. 6 So let seven of the males in his family line be given to us. We’ll kill them. We’ll put their dead bodies out in the open in the sight of the Lord. We’ll do it at Gibeah of Saul. Saul was the Lord’s chosen king.” So King David said, “I’ll give seven males to you.” 7 The king spared Mephibosheth. He was the son of Jonathan and the grandson of Saul. David had taken an oath in the sight of the Lord. He had promised to be kind to Jonathan and the family line of his father Saul. 8 But the king chose Armoni and another Mephibosheth. They were the two sons of Aiah’s daughter Rizpah. Saul was their father. The king also chose the five sons of Saul’s daughter Merab. Adriel, the son of Barzillai, was their father. Adriel was from Meholah. 9 King David handed them over to the people of Gibeon. They killed them. They put their dead bodies out in the open on a hill in the sight of the Lord. All seven of them died together. They were put to death during the first days of the harvest. It happened just when people were beginning to harvest the barley. 10 Aiah’s daughter Rizpah got some black cloth. She spread it out for herself on a rock. She stayed there from the beginning of the harvest until it rained. The rain poured down from the sky on the dead bodies of the seven males. She didn’t let the birds of the air touch them by day. She didn’t let the wild animals touch them at night. 11 Someone told David what Rizpah had done. She was Aiah’s daughter and Saul’s concubine. 12 David got the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan. He got them from the citizens of Jabesh Gilead. They had taken them in secret from the main street in Beth Shan. That’s where the Philistines had hung their bodies up on the city wall. They had done it after they struck Saul down on Mount Gilboa. 13 David brought the bones of Saul and his son Jonathan from Jabesh Gilead. The bones of the seven males who had been killed and put out in the open were also gathered up. 14 The bones of Saul and his son Jonathan were buried in the tomb of Saul’s father Kish. The tomb was at Zela in the territory of Benjamin. Everything the king commanded was done. After that, God answered prayer and blessed the land.

In this passage, the impact of Saul reminds me that no matter what the intensity of zeal I have stirring up within me, this is no justification for me going against solemn words of promise before God, and before people.

Clearly, God considers words of solemn promise before Him and before people binding. Binding to the point that when we go against such words, we are sinning. As confronting as the killing of Saul’s 7 male descendants is to me, it is also a reminder that God cannot and does not leave such sin and guilt unpunished.

The encouragement of this passage for me is to be really aware of what I promise to God and others, and make sure that I have every intention of fulfilling what I promise, and that I have the resources to do likewise. That I am to remember that, just like God is, I need to be a person whose word is trustworthy and true.

Praise God that Jesus covers me with grace and forgiveness when I can’t live up to such a high calling as this. But this is no excuse to not improve my record. I have a responsibility, in Christ, to

be true to my promises. To be otherwise, and to live otherwise, is to enter into sin.

God, help me to continue to improve my record of faithfulness to my word, and help me to deal with every faltering before you and people as you deem it necessary to repair and restore things.

Amen.

Written by Ps. Rob Waugh

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