Daily Bible Reading “God Is My Strength and Power” (2 Samuel 22:31-39)

2 Samuel 22-33God Is My Strength and Power

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 22:31-39. David praised the LORD saying, “As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a shield to those who trust in him.” David asked, “Who is the one true God, except the LORD? Who is a rock, but our God?”

David declared, “God is my strength and power: and he makes my way perfect.” He made David’s feet to be swift like those of a deer: and set him upon high places.

The LORD taught David to be a great warrior and strengthened him so that his bow which was made of steel broke by power of his arms. David was protected by the LORD’S shield of salvation: and the LORD’S gentleness made David great. The LORD widened David’s path so his feet didn’t slip.

David pursued his enemies, and destroyed them; and didn’t turn back until he consumed them. He consumed them, and wounded them, so they could not get back up. David’s enemies fell under his feet.

Where do you find strength and power to fight the enemy? This is not something we can do in our own strength. We need the help of the LORD.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22:31-39

31 As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
32 For who is God, save the LORD? and who is a rock, save our God?
33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
34 He maketh my feet like hinds’ feet: and setteth me upon my high places.
35 He teacheth my hands to war; so that a bow of steel is broken by mine arms.
36 Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy gentleness hath made me great.
37 Thou hast enlarged my steps under me; so that my feet did not slip.
38 I have pursued mine enemies, and destroyed them; and turned not again until I had consumed them.
39 And I have consumed them, and wounded them, that they could not arise: yea, they are fallen under my feet.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who did David say taught him to fight like a mighty warrior?
  • From where did David get his strength and power?
  • How did David become a great warrior?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel 22 we see that David credited most of his success as a great warrior to You. He knew that You were the one who directed his steps and helped him to defeat his enemies. Help us to realize that it is You who gives us the strength to live our daily lives and the power to defeat the enemy in our lives. In Jesus’ name, we pray. We love You, LORD. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “The LORD Defended David” (2 Samuel 22:11-20)

 

2 Samuel 22 The LORD Defended David Angel over JerusalemThe LORD Defended David

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 22:11-20. David declared that the LORD rode upon a cherub, and flew on the wings of the wind. The dark waters and thick clouds of the skies surrounded him in darkness.

Because of his brightness bolts of lightning were kindled and the LORD sent thunder from heaven. The voice of the Most High made his presence known.

He sent out arrows of lightning and scattered them; and confused them. The valleys of the sea appeared, and the foundations of the earth were discovered. The wind howled and the LORD rebuked them with the blast of breath from his nostrils.

The LORD sent from heaven, he took him; he drew him out of many waters; He delivered David from his enemy, and from those who hated him: because they overpowered him.

David said that the enemy attacked him when he was in distress, but the LORD came to his rescue. He lead David into a large place and rescued him from his enemy, because the LORD delighted in him.

Has there ever been a time in your life when you could say that the LORD came to your defense? If so, how did He make His presence known? In what ways did He protect you from the enemy?

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 22:11-20

11 And he rode upon a cherub, and did fly: and he was seen upon the wings of the wind.
12 And he made darkness pavilions round about him, dark waters, and thick clouds of the skies.
13 Through the brightness before him were coals of fire kindled.
14 The LORD thundered from heaven, and the most High uttered his voice.
15 And he sent out arrows, and scattered them; lightning, and discomfited them.
16 And the channels of the sea appeared, the foundations of the world were discovered, at the rebuking of the LORD, at the blast of the breath of his nostrils.
17 He sent from above, he took me; he drew me out of many waters;
18 He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them that hated me: for they were too strong for me.
19 They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.
20 He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who came to David’s rescue during his time of trouble?
  • In what ways did the LORD attack the enemy?
  • How was David able to escape his enemies attack?

 

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that You protected David from his enemies. Help us to know that You are our protector and our guide. You will keep the enemy from destroying us. Thank You for watching over us. Help us to seek Your leadership and guidance at all times. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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Daily Bible Reading “Barzillai Had a Servant’s Heart” (2 Samuel 19:31-43)

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Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 19:31-43. Barzillai, who was a Gileadite, came from Rogelim and crossed the Jordan with the king and sent him on his way from there.

Barzillai was getting up in age. He was eighty years old at this time. He provided for the king during his stay in Mahanaim, which is mentioned in 2 Samuel 17:27-29. He was a wealthy man who had brought supplies for David and his men. He and his friends saved the lives of the king and his men.

The king asked Barzillai to cross over with him and stay with him in Jerusalem. The king promised to provide for Barzillai.

Barzillai answered the king, “How many more years will I live, that I should go up to Jerusalem with the king? He reminded the king that he was eighty years old. He said he had trouble telling the difference between what was enjoyable and what wasn’t. He told the king that he couldn’t taste what he ate and drank. He also said that he couldn’t even hear the voices of male and female singers. He didn’t want to be an added burden to the king.

He told the king that he would cross over the Jordan with him for a short distance, but didn’t want the king to reward him in that way. He asked the king to let him return, so he could die in his own town and be buried near the tomb of his father and mother. He suggested that the king let Chimham cross over with him instead. He asked the king to do for Chimham whatever he wished.

The king agreed to let Chimham cross over with him, and said he would do for him whatever Barzillai wanted. He also told Barzillai that he would do anything for him that he desired.

All the people crossed the Jordan, and then the king crossed over. The king kissed Barzillai and told him goodbye. Barzillai returned to his home as he desired.

When the king crossed over to Gilgal, Chimham went with him. All the troops of Judah and half the troops of Israel escorted the king over.

Soon the men of Israel came to the king and asked him, why the men of Judah stole the king away and brought him, his household, and all his men across the Jordan.

The men of Judah told the men of Israel that they did this because the king was closely related to them. They questioned them as to why they were angry about it. They asked, “Have we eaten any of the king’s food? Have we taken anything for ourselves?”

The men of Israel answered the men of Judah, “We have ten shares in the king; so we have a greater claim on David than you have. Why then do you treat us with contempt? We were the first to speak of bringing back our king.” The men of Judah pressed their claims even more forcefully than the men of Israel. These men were acting like King David was their possession to barter for or something.

Barzillai, on the other hand, had a servant’s heart. He had done things to help David, but he didn’t want anything in return. He didn’t want to be a burden to David. He only wanted to be a blessing to him.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 19:31-43

31 And Barzillai the Gileadite came down from Rogelim, and went over Jordan with the king, to conduct him over Jordan.
32 Now Barzillai was a very aged man, even fourscore years old: and he had provided the king of sustenance while he lay at Mahanaim; for he was a very great man.
33 And the king said unto Barzillai, Come thou over with me, and I will feed thee with me in Jerusalem.
34 And Barzillai said unto the king, How long have I to live, that I should go up with the king unto Jerusalem?
35 I am this day fourscore years old: and can I discern between good and evil? can thy servant taste what I eat or what I drink? can I hear any more the voice of singing men and singing women? wherefore then should thy servant be yet a burden unto my lord the king?
36 Thy servant will go a little way over Jordan with the king: and why should the king recompense it me with such a reward?
37 Let thy servant, I pray thee, turn back again, that I may die in mine own city, and be buried by the grave of my father and of my mother. But behold thy servant Chimham; let him go over with my lord the king; and do to him what shall seem good unto thee.
38 And the king answered, Chimham shall go over with me, and I will do to him that which shall seem good unto thee: and whatsoever thou shalt require of me, that will I do for thee.
39 And all the people went over Jordan. And when the king was come over, the king kissed Barzillai, and blessed him; and he returned unto his own place.
40 Then the king went on to Gilgal, and Chimham went on with him: and all the people of Judah conducted the king, and also half the people of Israel.
41 And, behold, all the men of Israel came to the king, and said unto the king, Why have our brethren the men of Judah stolen thee away, and have brought the king, and his household, and all David’s men with him, over Jordan?
42 And all the men of Judah answered the men of Israel, Because the king is near of kin to us: wherefore then be ye angry for this matter? have we eaten at all of the king’s cost? or hath he given us any gift?
43 And the men of Israel answered the men of Judah, and said, We have ten parts in the king, and we have also more right in David than ye: why then did ye despise us, that our advice should not be first had in bringing back our king? And the words of the men of Judah were fiercer than the words of the men of Israel.

 

Things to think about:

  • What did we learn in this Scripture about Barzillai?
  • Why didn’t he want to stay with the king?
  • Who did he recommend in his place?

 

Prayer of the Day:

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that there were supporters of King David. There were people like Barzillai who had taken care of the king, but didn’t want anything in return. Help us to find people to partner with to do Your work who a not selfish and self-serving, but truly want to help further Your kingdom. Help us to have a servant’s heart. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

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Daily Bible Reading “David and Joab Conquer Rabbah” (2 Samuel 12:26-31)

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David and Joab Conquer Rabbah

Today’s Daily Bible Reading is from 2 Samuel 12:26-31. Joab had been trying to conquer Rabbah for a year while David was dealing with his sin. Joab finally conquered Rabbah, the capital city of the Ammonites, which is located east of the Jordan River.

Joab sent messengers to tell David that he had overtaken the royal city of Rabbah, which was also called the city of waters since it was located along the Jordan. He sent word for David to come and bring the rest of the people to help secure the city, or the city would be named after him.

David gathered his troops and went to Rabbah. They helped Joab and were able to overtake the city. David took their king’s crown from his head. The crown weighed a talent of gold and was adorned with precious stones. The crown was placed on David’s head instead of the king of Rabbah.

They obtained much treasure from Rabbah. He captured the people and put them to work for him as he did with all the cities of the children of Ammon.

David repented to God for his sin and God allowed him to be victorious again. He had suffered the consequences of his sin. Even though we sin and come short of the glory of God we still can be used by God. We can be victorious again. It would be better if we didn’t sin and turn away from God, but when we repent and turn back to God, He can bless us again.

 

Daily Bible Reading:

2 Samuel 12:26-31

26 And Joab fought against Rabbah of the children of Ammon, and took the royal city.
27 And Joab sent messengers to David, and said, I have fought against Rabbah, and have taken the city of waters.
28 Now therefore gather the rest of the people together, and encamp against the city, and take it: lest I take the city, and it be called after my name.
29 And David gathered all the people together, and went to Rabbah, and fought against it, and took it.
30 And he took their king’s crown from off his head, the weight whereof was a talent of gold with the precious stones: and it was set on David’s head. And he brought forth the spoil of the city in great abundance.
31 And he brought forth the people that were therein, and put them under saws, and under harrows of iron, and under axes of iron, and made them pass through the brickkiln: and thus did he unto all the cities of the children of Ammon. So David and all the people returned unto Jerusalem.

 

Things to think about:

  • Who led the conquer of Rabbah?
  • Why did Joab send for David?
  • What was David’s response to Joab’s request?
  • How do we know they were victorious in this battle?

Prayer of the Day:

Dear Heavenly Father,

As we read this Scripture in 2 Samuel we see that You allowed David to be victorious again against the enemies of Israel. Help us to realize that we can be forgiven and return to Your favor. Help us not to let our sins and mistakes keep us from serving You. If we have fallen into sin, help us to repent and turn back to You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.

 

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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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