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TODAY’S READING: Psalms 5, 38, 41–42 David’s charm is in how he for the most part saw himself as small. The king cried out to the King, his God (Psalm 5:2). Surrounded by fawning and flattery, David never lost sight of who the real Royal was and never lost a sense of complete dependency. By…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 19–21 The gospel determines who our friends are. Jesus, face set like a flint, was single-eyed on the reason He came to earth. Nothing and no one could deter or distract Him from giving His life for sinners. Given that focus and the fact that we are called to share it,…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 26, 40, 58, 61–62, 64 Part of the missionary message is that the whole world, every people, is under the destructive wrath of God. The inescapable reality is that the character of God includes a destructive anger against what is wicked. The passions that rise within us against abuse and injustice are…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 16–18 God allowed the kingdom of Israel to be an example as He intended it (as He does with all His dealings with His people). Jehovah would be the God of the nation, the nation would be His holy people, and Jehovah would live among them to bless them, fight for…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 3–4, 12–13, 28, 55 The psalms are generally either hymns of praise or songs of lament that lead to trust. In the general order of the book (as compiled), the laments lead to the praises. Of the first forty-two psalms, over twenty-two are laments. This movement from woe to joy does not…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 13–15 No good thing comes from passive resistance to the missionary plan of God. The turning point for David and his kingdom was the Bathsheba incident, occasioned by David staying home when he should have been pursuing the glory of God among the nations. David’s passivity led to immorality and murder,…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 32, 51, 86, 122 Our readings today center on David’s prayers for forgiveness and deliverance. There is a special type of agony when you realize you’re the bad guy and you’ve caused pain. It is one thing to pray for the Lord to deliver you from the bad guys. It is another…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 11–12; 1 Chronicles 20 We were designed for battle. We were created to fight for the glory of God among all peoples. When we take our eyes off the war for God’s glory among all peoples, we are prone to stupid, selfish, and sinful things. When energy intended for battle lies…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 65–67, 69–70 The premise of a missionary reading of the Bible is that God is good and glorious, worthy of all worship, great in mercy and holiness. Our majestic God created humans of every variety and made us to be fully satisfied only by being in relationship with Him, a relationship defined…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20 Much damage occurs when we don’t assume the best, whether in a toneless email or a diplomatic mission. David out of kindness sent a delegation across the river to Ammon (Amman, Jordan today) to mourn the passing of a friend. The new regime assumed the…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 50, 53, 60, 75 Psalm 67 employs an interesting use of God’s name that is used similarly in the psalms of today’s reading. Instead of the covenantal name between Israel and God (Jehovah/Yahweh/YHWH), the title Elohim is used. In most Bible translations YHWH is translated “Lord” (in capital letters) and Elohim is…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 8–9; 1 Chronicles 18 Chronicles is the G-rated version of David’s life. Written by priests who were concerned to show David in the best possible light, Chronicles makes no mention of Bathsheba, the civil war with Absalom, or the fact that David slaughtered two thirds of the Moabite army he captured…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 25, 29, 33, 36, 39 In the Psalms, our missionary God has provided us with a great missionary hymnbook. Paul York points out that most Christians who read the Psalms say they are about the troubles we face in life and how God helps us in them. While the Psalms do discuss…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 89, 96, 100–101, 105, 132 According to the commissions at the end of the gospels, fundamental missionary activity is to make disciples of all unreached peoples teaching them to obey everything Jesus taught [including to make disciples of all peoples (Matt. 28:18–20)], to preach the gospel in all the world to every…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 6–7; 1 Chronicles 17 God’s promise to Abraham (to bless him to be a blessing to all the peoples of earth) and to David (to ensure from His house will come the Messiah, the eternal King of all the nations) are the two pivotal covenants of the Old Testament. They are…

TODAY’S READING: Psalms 1 –2, 15, 22–24, 47, 68 Sometimes the evidence needs no explanation. If we compiled the word-for-word missionary citations just from the handful of Psalms in today’s reading into one collection, here is what that song would sing unadorned over the nations and over those who would lay down their lives to…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Chronicles 13–16 Anger is a secondary emotion. We don’t become angry without some stimulus, and in the case of David and the ark of God that stimulus was fear. David was angry because he “was afraid of God that day” (1 Chr. 13:11–12). Even in the best of times, when we are…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 106–107 Over and again the Psalms (no matter the particular author) bring our attention back to Bible’s metanarrative: the desire of God to be glorified by every tribe, tongue, people, and nation, a selfless desire, for it is in that worship of God that every people will be made glad. The history…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 133 Applying this psalm missiologically, an alternate reading of the first verse would be: Behold how good and how pleasant it is when brethren plant churches together in unity. It is noteworthy that someone very familiar with the pain of disunity penned this psalm. David’s father and brothers did not think highly…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 5; 1 Chronicles 11–12 The New Testament will open with the link of David to Jesus (Matt. 1:1). We will explore this in more detail when we read 2 Samuel 7, for the connection is critical to the metanarrative of the Bible. In today’s reading, David was made king by all…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 102–104 It’s pretty intuitive that God by definition must have universal worship. If indeed He is God, then all peoples from all places in all the creation must worship Him and be only, fully satisfied in and by Him. You can’t be God and not have universal scope, whether that be power,…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Chronicles 8–10 The genealogies in Chronicles begin with Adam, focus on the priests, and end with Saul. The chronicler did not spend a lot of time on the negative aspects of Saul, his family, or even David’s sins, preferring a more positive (if detailed) narrative that centers on the temple and priestly…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 88, 92–93 The psalms are helpful missionary ballast. When we set sail to obey the command of God to preach the gospel in all the earth making disciples of every people, we start that journey sparkly. Many are the “shiny” missionaries we have seen disembark to their port of entry with new…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Chronicles 6–7, Psalm 81 God’s purposes triumph either in the nations or through the nations. Either God’s missionary people receive God’s blessings and carry them to the nations, or God has His people carried to the nations to use their plight to showcase His glory (1 Chr. 6:15). It is interesting that…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 73, 77–78 Israel had been promised through Abraham that they would be blessed to be a blessing. As a royal priesthood, they were to both intercede and to rule under God’s smiling sovereignty, and in their prosperity all the nations of the world were to see how beneficial it was to live…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Chronicles 3–5 “Now these were the kings” (1 Chr. 1:43) becomes “now these were the sons of David” (3:1). The books of Chronicles were written after the Jews returned from exile in Babylon. They were concerned to show continuity with their pre-exilic family and the best way to do so was through…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 43–45, 49, 84–85, 87 The very poor memory of man (despite God’s constant effort at reminding us) combined with the very constant rebellion against what we do remember repeatedly leads us to disaster. Repeatedly, God offers us the joy of His presence. The Most High God pursues us. He desires to be…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Chronicles 1–2 The books of Chronicles are a review of Israel’s history through the lens of the priests. “The priests were the ones responsible for maintaining genealogical records, which explains why the genealogies that are preserved tend to be most complete when they describe the priestly families… These [genealogies] serve as a…

TODAY’S READING: Psalm 6, 8–10, 14, 16, 19, 21 In the Psalms, there are more references to the nations than there are actual psalms. George Peters wrote: “It is a profound fact that ‘the hymn of praise is missionary preaching par excellence’ especially when we realize that such missionary preaching is supported in the Psalms…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Samuel 1–4 As 1 Samuel ends, Saul was told that the kingdom was taken from him because he did not execute God’s wrath on Amalek (28:17–18). The first verse of 2 Samuel notes that David returned from slaughtering the Amalekites on the day that Saul died, the day that David became king….

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