Daily Bible Reading “Create in Me a Clean Heart” (Psalm 51:1-19)

Psalm 51 Create in me a Clean HeartCreate in Me a Clean Heart

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from Psalm 51:1-19. You may wonder why I included a lesson from Psalm 51 in the midst of the study of the book of 2 Samuel, but this is David’s response to his circumstances during this time.

Psalm 51 is a Psalm of David, after he’d been with Bathsheba and the prophet Nathan confronted him. The story of David and Bathsheba is recorded in 2 Samuel 11-12. In Psalm 51 David cries out to God for forgiveness. He confesses his sin to God and asks God to cleanse him. Have you asked God to forgive you of your sins?

David asks God to cleanse his heart and create a right spirit in him. He begs God not to turn away from him or to take the Holy Spirit from him. He asks God to restore to him the joy of his salvation. David declares he will praise God despite his shortcomings.

David says, “The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.” God wants us to come to Him and ask for His forgiveness for our sins. He wants us to be obedient and do the things that are right in His sight. God loves us unconditionally, but when we fail to meet His expectations we need to repent and turn from our sins.

Daily Bible Scripture:

Psalm 51:1-19

1 [[To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David, when Nathan the prophet came unto him, after he had gone in to Bathsheba.]] Have mercy upon me, O God, according to thy lovingkindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions.
2 Wash me throughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin.
3 For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me.
4 Against thee, thee only, have I sinned, and done this evil in thy sight: that thou mightest be justified when thou speakest, and be clear when thou judgest.
5 Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
7 Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow.
8 Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.
9 Hide thy face from my sins, and blot out all mine iniquities.
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
11 Cast me not away from thy presence; and take not thy holy spirit from me.
12 Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
14 Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, thou God of my salvation: and my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness.
15 O Lord, open thou my lips; and my mouth shall shew forth thy praise.
16 For thou desirest not sacrifice; else would I give it: thou delightest not in burnt offering.
17 The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise.
18 Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion: build thou the walls of Jerusalem.
19 Then shalt thou be pleased with the sacrifices of righteousness, with burnt offering and whole burnt offering: then shall they offer bullocks upon thine altar.

Things to think about:

  • Is there anything in your life you need to ask for God’s forgiveness?
  • Are you in constant fellowship with God?
  • Have you received the joy of salvation?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank You for this Scripture in the book of Psalms. Help us to ask for Your forgiveness of our sins. Help us to be obedient to Your Word. Help us to desire to be in fellowship with You constantly. Create in us a clean heart. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “David and Bathsheba’s Son Dies” (2 Samuel 12:18-25)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 12:18-25. For seven days David laid on the ground praying, fasting, and seeking God’s face. On the seventh day his son died. Seven is the number of completeness and perfection in the Bible. Wonder if there is some significance in this instance to the child dying on the seventh day.

David’s servants were afraid to tell him of his son’s death because David wouldn’t respond to them when they talked to him before the child was dead. They didn’t know how he would react to the news now that his son was dead.

David saw them whispering and realized that the child had died. So he asked them if the child was dead. David’s servants responded to him saying, “He is dead.”

David got up, bathed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes. Then, he went to the house of the LORD and worshiped. Despite this tragedy in David’s life, he loved the LORD and one of the first things he did was go to worship Him. David knew God loved him as well. When David was ready, his servants prepared food for him and he ate.

The servants asked David why he fasted, prayed, and cried over his child while he was alive, but now that he was dead he got up and ate.

David told them that he fasted and prayed to God hoping that He would be gracious to him and spare his son’s life. But now that he was dead, what could he do, he could go to his son, but his son couldn’t return to him.

David went in to comfort his wife, Bathsheba. He slept with her and she conceived a son who they called Solomon, whom the LORD loved.

David sent word to Nathan that they were having a son and he called him Jedidiah, which means “beloved of Jehovah.”

Sometimes we don’t understand why God allows things to happen. We may have prayed and asked God not to allow something bad to happen as David did. But, God has his reasons for allowing things to happen, both bad and good. In this Scripture God not only allowed their son to die, but he also blessed them with another son.

Isaiah 55:9 tells us, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

Psalm 51 speaks of this time in David’s life. Where David repented of his sins to the LORD and asked for God’s forgiveness.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 12:18-25

18 And it came to pass on the seventh day, that the child died. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead: for they said, Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spake unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice: how will he then vex himself, if we tell him that the child is dead?
19 But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead: therefore David said unto his servants, Is the child dead? And they said, He is dead.
20 Then David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of the LORD, and worshipped: then he came to his own house; and when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat.
21 Then said his servants unto him, What thing is this that thou hast done? thou didst fast and weep for the child, while it was alive; but when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread.
22 And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?
23 But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.
24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the LORD loved him.
25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah, because of the LORD.

 

Things to think about:

  • What had David done for seven days?
  • What did David do once he found out his son died?
  • Why did David say his actions changed?
  • How did God bless David and Bathsheba in this Scripture?

 

Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture our hearts are grieved for the loss that David and Bathsheba experienced. We also see that You blessed them with another son shortly after their loss. Help us to realize that Your ways are higher than our ways. Even though we might not understand why some things happen You have Your reasons for allowing them. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “David’s Despair” (2 Samuel 12:7-17)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 12:7-17. In the previous lesson Nathan told David a story about a rich man and a poor man. In this lesson Nathan told David the rich man in the story was him. Nathan goes on to tell David that the LORD was displeased with him and everything the LORD had to say about him.

The LORD told Nathan to tell David, I anointed you king over Israel, and I delivered you out of the hand of Saul. I gave you your master’s house, and your master’s wives. I made you king over the house of Israel and Judah. If all of that wasn’t enough, I would have given  you many more things.

The LORD was upset with David. He asked, Why have you despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? You killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and took his wife to be your wife, and had him slain with the sword of the children of Ammon.

Because of this the sword will never depart from your house; because you have despised me, and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.

The LORD said, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house, and I will take your wives before your eyes, and give them to your neighbor, and he will lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.

You did your deeds secretly: but I will do this thing before all of Israel, and before the sun.

David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” Nathan replied to David, “The LORD also hath put away your sin; you will not die.”

Because by this deed you have given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child that is born to you will die.

Nathan departed to his house. The LORD struck the child that Bathsheba, bare to David, and he became ill.

David sought God in prayer for the child. He fasted. David went in, and laid all night on the ground. David probably would have preferred that God take him than his son.

Even though David’s son and his wife were obtained in a sinful way, he loved them and wouldn’t want anything bad to happen to either  of them. David was grieved in his heart about this situation. He probably begged God to spare his child’s life.

The elders of David’s house went to console him. They tried to get David to get up: but he wouldn’t get up. He wouldn’t even eat with them.

Surely David was distraught. Imagine the despair David must have felt. David knew that God was upset with him and his son’s life hung in the balance because of his sin.

God loved David. In fact, in Act 13:22, God called David a man after his own heart. It must have grieved God for David to commit these sins, as it grieves God when we sin.

One of the hardest lessons I’ve had to learn in the last few years is that there are consequences for our sin. Not for myself, but for people I care about deeply.

God is our heavenly father and as we have to punish our children when they do wrong it is his duty to see that we suffer the consequences of our sin. Does that break God’s heart, I’m sure it does as much or more as it breaks our heart when we have to correct our children.

Even though Jesus died to cover our sins on the cross and keep those of us who accept him as Savior from going to hell, there are still consequences on this earth for our sins. Some of those consequences are hard to accept.

When we disobey man’s laws there are consequences that we have to face and when we disobey God there are consequences that we face as well.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 12:7-17

7 And Nathan said to David, Thou art the man. Thus saith the LORD God of Israel, I anointed thee king over Israel, and I delivered thee out of the hand of Saul;
8 And I gave thee thy master’s house, and thy master’s wives into thy bosom, and gave thee the house of Israel and of Judah; and if that had been too little, I would moreover have given unto thee such and such things.
9 Wherefore hast thou despised the commandment of the LORD, to do evil in his sight? thou hast killed Uriah the Hittite with the sword, and hast taken his wife to be thy wife, and hast slain him with the sword of the children of Ammon.
10 Now therefore the sword shall never depart from thine house; because thou hast despised me, and hast taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be thy wife.
11 Thus saith the LORD, Behold, I will raise up evil against thee out of thine own house, and I will take thy wives before thine eyes, and give them unto thy neighbour, and he shall lie with thy wives in the sight of this sun.
12 For thou didst it secretly: but I will do this thing before all Israel, and before the sun.
13 And David said unto Nathan, I have sinned against the LORD. And Nathan said unto David, The LORD also hath put away thy sin; thou shalt not die.
14 Howbeit, because by this deed thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born unto thee shall surely die.
15 And Nathan departed unto his house. And the LORD struck the child that Uriah’s wife bare unto David, and it was very sick.
16 David therefore besought God for the child; and David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth.
17 And the elders of his house arose, and went to him, to raise him up from the earth: but he would not, neither did he eat bread with them.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who did Nathan tell David he was like?
  • What did Nathan tell David the LORD said?
  • What was David’s response to the LORD’s words?
  •  Is there anything in your life that you need to ask God’s forgiveness?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we see that David’s sin displeased You. We see David’s despair in the situation. Help us to learn from this story in David’s life. Help us to know that there are consequences for our sins. Help us to consider those consequences before we sin. Help us to look for a way to escape our sin. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Nathan Tells David a Story” (2 Samuel 12:1-6)

 

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 12:1-6. The LORD sent Nathan to talk to David. Nathan told David a story about two men who lived in a city, one man was rich and one man was poor.

The rich man was blessed with many flocks and herds. The poor man had nothing except one ewe lamb that lived with him and his children. This lamb was like a member of the family. It ate what the man ate and drank what he drank. It slept on the man’s chest.

There was a traveler who came to the rich man. Instead of the rich man taking one of his flock to prepare for the traveler he took the poor man’s only little ewe and dressed it and fed it to the visitor.

David grew very angry when he heard Nathan’s story. He told Nathan that this man should die for his actions. He also said the man should repay the man four times for his selfish act.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 12:1-6

1 And the LORD sent Nathan unto David. And he came unto him, and said unto him, There were two men in one city; the one rich, and the other poor.
2 The rich man had exceeding many flocks and herds:
3 But the poor man had nothing, save one little ewe lamb, which he had bought and nourished up: and it grew up together with him, and with his children; it did eat of his own meat, and drank of his own cup, and lay in his bosom, and was unto him as a daughter.
4 And there came a traveller unto the rich man, and he spared to take of his own flock and of his own herd, to dress for the wayfaring man that was come unto him; but took the poor man’s lamb, and dressed it for the man that was come to him.
5 And David’s anger was greatly kindled against the man; and he said to Nathan, As the LORD liveth, the man that hath done this thing shall surely die:
6 And he shall restore the lamb fourfold, because he did this thing, and because he had no pity.

 

Things to think about:

  • Why did the LORD send Nathan to talk to David?
  • Who were the two people that were in Nathan’s story?
  • What did the rich man do to the poor man?
  • What did David say should happen to the rich man for his transgressions?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture we see in the story that Nathan told David that the rich man took from the poor man his only possession. Help us not to be selfish. Help us to share with the poor instead of take what little they have. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “David Sent Uriah to the Front line” (2 Samuel 11:14-27)

 

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 11:14-27. The next morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah back to the battlefield.

David told Joab in the letter to put Uriah on the front lines of the battle and leave him there so he will be killed.

So Joab assigned Uriah in a place where he knew there were valiant men to fight the battle. Uriah along with some of Joab’s other men were killed.

Joab sent word to David about the happenings of the war. He told the servant if David got angry and asked why they went so close to the city wall tell him that Uriah was dead as well.

The servant went to David and gave him a report on the battle as Joab had requested.

David sent word back to Joab telling him not to let this discourage him, but to go even harder against the city and overthrow it.

When Bathsheba, Uriah’s wife, heard that he was killed she mourned for him.

When Bathsheba had finished mourning for her husband, Uriah, David sent for her. She became David’s wife and had his son.

David thought he had fixed the problem, but the LORD was not happy with David and his actions.

Have you ever done anything that you knew displeased the LORD? How did it make you feel to know that God was not pleased with you? How do you think David felt?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 11:14-27

14 And it came to pass in the morning, that David wrote a letter to Joab, and sent it by the hand of Uriah.
15 And he wrote in the letter, saying, Set ye Uriah in the forefront of the hottest battle, and retire ye from him, that he may be smitten, and die.
16 And it came to pass, when Joab observed the city, that he assigned Uriah unto a place where he knew that valiant men were.
17 And the men of the city went out, and fought with Joab: and there fell some of the people of the servants of David; and Uriah the Hittite died also.
18 Then Joab sent and told David all the things concerning the war;
19 And charged the messenger, saying, When thou hast made an end of telling the matters of the war unto the king,
20 And if so be that the king’s wrath arise, and he say unto thee, Wherefore approached ye so nigh unto the city when ye did fight? knew ye not that they would shoot from the wall?
21 Who smote Abimelech the son of Jerubbesheth? did not a woman cast a piece of a millstone upon him from the wall, that he died in Thebez? why went ye nigh the wall? then say thou, Thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
22 So the messenger went, and came and shewed David all that Joab had sent him for.
23 And the messenger said unto David, Surely the men prevailed against us, and came out unto us into the field, and we were upon them even unto the entering of the gate.

24 And the shooters shot from off the wall upon thy servants; and some of the king’s servants be dead, and thy servant Uriah the Hittite is dead also.
25 Then David said unto the messenger, Thus shalt thou say unto Joab, Let not this thing displease thee, for the sword devoureth one as well as another: make thy battle more strong against the city, and overthrow it: and encourage thou him.
26 And when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband.
27 And when the mourning was past, David sent and fetched her to his house, and she became his wife, and bare him a son. But the thing that David had done displeased the LORD.

 

Things to think about:

  • What was David’s plan to get rid of Uriah?
  • How did David’s plan play out?
  • What did David do once Uriah was dead?
  • How did the LORD feel about David’s actions?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see how David dealt with his sin and we see that You were not happy with him. Help us to think about the consequences of the things we do before we do them. Help us to not only think of ourselves and our own desires, but to think of the others it will affect. Help us to realize that when we sin it grieves You. Help us to consider all these things before we make decisions that we can’t reverse. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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In the beginning of the book the LORD is beckoning His people to return to Him and He will return to them. The dreams that Zechariah has are dreams that are pertinent to his day as well as dreams about the future.

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