A couple of days ago, I shared with churchmates my struggle about my spiritual life. I confessed that I’m reading the bible with a student mindset. One comment struck me. The comment was I needed to try pray-reading. You know what? I’m going to try that. I must admit that I should be more prayerful. I’ll try that approach starting week 19.
Week 18 (April 30-May 6, 2018) covering the following chapters: 2 Samuel 5, 1 Chronicles 11-16, Psalms 1-2, 15, 22-24, 47, 68, 89, 96, 100-101, 105-107 & 132-133
|2 Samuel 5 is about David King over all Israel & War with the Philistines||“Then all the tribes of Israel came to David at Hebron and said, “Behold, we are your bone and your flesh. Previously, when Saul was king over us, you were the one who led Israel out and in. And the LORD said to you, ‘You will shepherd My people Israel, and you will be a ruler over Israel.'” So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and King David made a covenant with them before the LORD at Hebron; then they anointed David king over Israel.
Now the king and his men went to Jerusalem against the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, and they said to David, “You shall not come in here, but the blind and lame will turn you away”; thinking, “David cannot enter here.” Nevertheless, David captured the stronghold of Zion, that is the city of David. David said on that day, “Whoever would strike the Jebusites, let him reach the lame and the blind, who are hated by David’s soul, through the water tunnel.” Therefore they say, “The blind or the lame shall not come into the house.”
David became greater and greater, for the LORD God of hosts was with him.
And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that He had exalted his kingdom for the sake of His people Israel.
When the Philistines heard that they had anointed David king over Israel, all the Philistines went up to seek out David; and when David heard of it, he went down to the stronghold.
So David came to Baal-perazim and defeated them there; and he said, “The LORD has broken through my enemies before me like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore he named that place Baal-perazim.
Now the Philistines came up once again and spread themselves out in the valley of Rephaim. When David inquired of the LORD, He said, “You shall not go directly up; circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees.
Then David did so, just as the LORD had commanded him, and struck down the Philistines from Geba as far as Gezer.”
|1 Chronicles 11 is about David Made King over All Israel, Jerusalem, Capital City & David’s Mighty Men||“So all the elders of Israel came to the king at Hebron, and David made a covenant with them in Hebron before the LORD; and they anointed David king over Israel, according to the word of the LORD through Samuel. Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (that is, Jebus); and the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land, were there.
Now David had said, “Whoever strikes down a Jebusite first shall be chief and commander.” Joab the son of Zeruiah went up first, so he became chief. Then David dwelt in the stronghold; therefore it was called the city of David.
Now these are the heads of the mighty men whom David had, who gave him strong support in his kingdom, together with all Israel, to make him king, according to the word of the LORD concerning Israel. These constitute the list of the mighty men whom David had: Jashobeam, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the thirty; he lifted up his spear against three hundred whom he killed at one time. After him was Eleazar the son of Dodo, the Ahohite, who was one of the three mighty men.
Now three of the thirty chief men went down to the rock to David, into the cave of Adullam, while the army of the Philistines was camping in the valley of Rephaim.
As for Abshai the brother of Joab, he was chief of the thirty, and he swung his spear against three hundred and killed them; and he had a name as well as the thirty.
Benaiah the son of Jehoiada, the son of a valiant man of Kabzeel, mighty in deeds, struck down the two sons of Ariel of Moab. He also went down and killed a lion inside a pit on a snowy day.”
|1 Chronicles 12 is about David’s Supporters in Ziklag & Supporters Gathered at Hebron||“Now these are the ones who came to David at Ziklag, while he was still restricted because of Saul the son of Kish; and they were among the mighty men who helped him in war. They were equipped with bows, using both the right hand and the left to sling stones and to shoot arrows from the bow; they were Saul’s kinsmen from Benjamin.
From the Gadites there came over to David in the stronghold in the wilderness, mighty men of valor, men trained for war, who could handle shield and spear, and whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were as swift as the gazelles on the mountains.
Then some of the sons of Benjamin and Judah came to the stronghold to David.
Then the Spirit came upon Amasai, who was the chief of the thirty, and he said, ” We are yours, O David, And with you, O son of Jesse! Peace, peace to you, And peace to him who helps you; Indeed, your God helps you!” Then David received them and made them captains of the band.
As he went to Ziklag there defected to him from Manasseh: Adnah, Jozabad, Jediael, Michael, Jozabad, Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands who belonged to Manasseh.
Now these are the numbers of the divisions equipped for war, who came to David at Hebron, to turn the kingdom of Saul to him, according to the word of the LORD.
All these, being men of war who could draw up in battle formation, came to Hebron with a perfect heart to make David king over all Israel; and all the rest also of Israel were of one mind to make David king. They were there with David three days, eating and drinking, for their kinsmen had prepared for them. Moreover those who were near to them, even as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, camels, mules and on oxen, great quantities of flour cakes, fig cakes and bunches of raisins, wine, oil, oxen and sheep. There was joy indeed in Israel.”
|Psalms 133 is about The Excellency of Brotherly Unity|| A Song of Ascents, of David
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is For brothers to dwell together in unity!
It is like the dew of Hermon Coming down upon the mountains of Zion; For there the LORD commanded the blessing-life forever.”
|Psalms 106 is about Israel’s Rebelliousness and the Lord’s Deliverances||“Praise the LORD! Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
We have sinned like our fathers, We have committed iniquity, we have behaved wickedly. Our fathers in Egypt did not understand Your wonders; They did not remember Your abundant kindnesses, But rebelled by the sea, at the Red Sea. Nevertheless He saved them for the sake of His name, That He might make His power known.
Then they believed His words; They sang His praise. They quickly forgot His works; They did not wait for His counsel, But craved intensely in the wilderness, And tempted God in the desert. So He gave them their request, But sent a wasting disease among them.
They made a calf in Horeb And worshiped a molten image.
They forgot God their Savior, Who had done great things in Egypt,
Therefore He said that He would destroy them, Had not Moses His chosen one stood in the breach before Him, To turn away His wrath from destroying them.
Therefore the anger of the LORD was kindled against His people And He abhorred His inheritance. Then He gave them into the hand of the nations, And those who hated them ruled over them.
Many times He would deliver them; They, however, were rebellious in their counsel, And so sank down in their iniquity. Nevertheless He looked upon their distress When He heard their cry; And He remembered His covenant for their sake, And relented according to the greatness of His lovingkindness. He also made them objects of compassion In the presence of all their captors.
Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. And let all the people say, “Amen.” Praise the LORD!”
|Psalms 107 is about Book 5: The Lord Delivers Men from Manifold Troubles||“Oh give thanks to the LORD, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Let the redeemed of the LORD say so, Whom He has redeemed from the hand of the adversary
They wandered in the wilderness in a desert region; They did not find a way to an inhabited city. They were hungry and thirsty; Their soul fainted within them. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He delivered them out of their distresses.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men! For He has satisfied the thirsty soul, And the hungry soul He has filled with what is good.
Their soul abhorred all kinds of food, And they drew near to the gates of death. Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble; He saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And delivered them from their destructions.
Let them give thanks to the LORD for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”
|1 Chronicles 13 is about Peril in Transporting the Ark||“David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is from the LORD our God, let us send everywhere to our kinsmen who remain in all the land of Israel, also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their cities with pasture lands, that they may meet with us; and let us bring back the ark of our God to us, for we did not seek it in the days of Saul.”
David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets. When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, because the oxen nearly upset it. The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down because he put out his hand to the ark; and he died there before God. Then David became angry because of the LORD’S outburst against Uzza; and he called that place Perez-uzza to this day.
So David did not take the ark with him to the city of David, but took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. Thus the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; and the LORD blessed the family of Obed-edom with all that he had.”
|1 Chronicles 14 is about David’s Family Enlarged & Philistines Defeated||“Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David with cedar trees, masons and carpenters, to build a house for him. And David realized that the LORD had established him as king over Israel, and that his kingdom was highly exalted, for the sake of His people Israel. Then David took more wives at Jerusalem, and David became the father of more sons and daughters.
When the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Israel, all the Philistines went up in search of David; and David heard of it and went out against them. Now the Philistines had come and made a raid in the valley of Rephaim.
So they came up to Baal-perazim, and David defeated them there; and David said, “God has broken through my enemies by my hand, like the breakthrough of waters.” Therefore they named that place Baal-perazim.
The Philistines made yet another raid in the valley.
David did just as God had commanded him, and they struck down the army of the Philistines from Gibeon even as far as Gezer. Then the fame of David went out into all the lands; and the LORD brought the fear of him on all the nations.”
|1 Chronicles 15 is about Plans to Move the Ark to Jerusalem||“Now David built houses for himself in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. Then David said, “No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for the LORD chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.”
Then David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab, and said to them, “You are the heads of the fathers’ households of the Levites; consecrate yourselves both you and your relatives, that you may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it. Because you did not carry it at the first, the LORD our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.”
Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
So it was David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, who went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-edom with joy.
It happened when the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and celebrating; and she despised him in her heart.”
|1 Chronicles 16 is A Tent for the Ark, Psalm of Thanksgiving & Worship before the Ark||“And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD.
He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the LORD God of Israel:
Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Glory in His holy name; Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done, His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,
He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. Remember His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised; He also is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.
O give thanks to the LORD, for He is good; For His lovingkindness is everlasting. Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks to Your holy name, And glory in Your praise.” Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, From everlasting even to everlasting. Then all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the LORD. So he left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required;
He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place which was at Gibeon, to offer burnt offerings to the LORD on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which He commanded Israel.
Then all the people departed each to his house, and David returned to bless his household.”
|Psalms 1 is about Book 1: The Righteous and the Wicked Contrasted||“How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, Nor stand in the path of sinners, Nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of the LORD, And in His law he meditates day and night.
The wicked are not so, But they are like chaff which the wind drives away. Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, Nor sinners in the assembly of the righteous. For the LORD knows the way of the righteous, But the way of the wicked will perish.”
|Psalms 2 is about The Reign of the Lord’s Anointed||“Why are the nations in an uproar And the peoples devising a vain thing?
He who sits in the heavens laughs, The Lord scoffs at them. Then He will speak to them in His anger And terrify them in His fury, saying, “But as for Me, I have installed My King Upon Zion, My holy mountain.” “I will surely tell of the decree of the LORD: He said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
‘You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.'” Now therefore, O kings, show discernment; Take warning, O judges of the earth.
Do homage to the Son, that He not become angry, and you perish in the way, For His wrath may soon be kindled. How blessed are all who take refuge in Him!”
|Psalms 15 is about Description of a Citizen of Zion|| A Psalm of David
“O LORD, who may abide in Your tent? Who may dwell on Your holy hill? He who walks with integrity, and works righteousness, And speaks truth in his heart.
In whose eyes a reprobate is despised, But who honors those who fear the LORD; He swears to his own hurt and does not change;”
|Psalms 22 is about A Cry of Anguish and a Song of Praise|| For the choir director; upon Aijeleth Hashshahar. A Psalm of David
“O my God, I cry by day, but You do not answer; And by night, but I have no rest. Yet You are holy, O You who are enthroned upon the praises of Israel.
Upon You I was cast from birth; You have been my God from my mother’s womb. Be not far from me, for trouble is near; For there is none to help.
I am poured out like water, And all my bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; It is melted within me.
But You, O LORD, be not far off; O You my help, hasten to my assistance.
I will tell of Your name to my brethren; In the midst of the assembly I will praise You.
All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, And all the families of the nations will worship before You. For the kingdom is the LORD’S And He rules over the nations.
Posterity will serve Him; It will be told of the Lord to the coming generation. They will come and will declare His righteousness To a people who will be born, that He has performed it.”
|Psalms 23 is about The Lord, the Psalmist’s Shepherd|| A Psalm of David
“The LORD is my shepherd, I shall not want.
He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.
Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”
|Psalms 24 is about The King of Glory Entering Zion|| A Psalm of David
“The earth is the LORD’S, and all it contains, The world, and those who dwell in it.
He shall receive a blessing from the LORD And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
Who is the King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.
Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah.”
|Psalms 47 is about God the King of the Earth||For the choir director. A Psalm of the sons of Korah
“O clap your hands, all peoples; Shout to God with the voice of joy. For the LORD Most High is to be feared, A great King over all the earth.
Sing praises to God, sing praises; Sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; Sing praises with a skillful psalm.”
|Psalms 68 is about The God of Sinai and of the Sanctuary|| For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song.
“Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered, And let those who hate Him flee before Him.
But let the righteous be glad; let them exult before God; Yes, let them rejoice with gladness. Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Lift up a song for Him who rides through the deserts, Whose name is the LORD, and exult before Him.
The chariots of God are myriads, thousands upon thousands; The Lord is among them as at Sinai, in holiness.
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden, The God who is our salvation. Selah.
Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah.
O God, You are awesome from Your sanctuary. The God of Israel Himself gives strength and power to the people. Blessed be God!”
|Psalms 89 is about The Lord’s Covenant with David, and Israel’s Afflictions||A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite
“I will sing of the lovingkindness of the LORD forever; To all generations I will make known Your faithfulness with my mouth.
“I have made a covenant with My chosen; I have sworn to David My servant, I will establish your seed forever And build up your throne to all generations.” Selah.
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours; The world and all it contains, You have founded them.
Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; Lovingkindness and truth go before You. How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O LORD, they walk in the light of Your countenance.
For our shield belongs to the LORD, And our king to the Holy One of Israel.
“I have found David My servant; With My holy oil I have anointed him,
“The enemy will not deceive him, Nor the son of wickedness afflict him. “But I shall crush his adversaries before him, And strike those who hate him. “My faithfulness and My lovingkindness will be with him, And in My name his horn will be exalted.
Where are Your former lovingkindnesses, O Lord, Which You swore to David in Your faithfulness? Remember, O Lord, the reproach of Your servants; How I bear in my bosom the reproach of all the many peoples, With which Your enemies have reproached, O LORD, With which they have reproached the footsteps of Your anointed. Blessed be the LORD forever! Amen and Amen.”
|Psalms 96 is about A Call to Worship the Lord the Righteous Judge||“Sing to the LORD, bless His name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
For great is the LORD and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are idols, But the LORD made the heavens.
Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved; He will judge the peoples with equity.”
Before the LORD, for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.”
|Psalms 100 is about All Men Exhorted to Praise God|| A Psalm for Thanksgiving
“Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing.
For the LORD is good; His lovingkindness is everlasting And His faithfulness to all generations.”
|Psalms 101 is about The Psalmist’s Profession of Uprightness|| A Psalm of David
“I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, To You, O LORD, I will sing praises.
My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me; He who walks in a blameless way is the one who will minister to me. He who practices deceit shall not dwell within my house; He who speaks falsehood shall not maintain his position before me. Every morning I will destroy all the wicked of the land, So as to cut off from the city of the LORD all those who do iniquity.”
|Psalms 105 is about The Lord’s Wonderful Works in Behalf of Israel||“Oh give thanks to the LORD, call upon His name; Make known His deeds among the peoples.
He is the LORD our God; His judgments are in all the earth. He has remembered His covenant forever, The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
He sent Moses His servant, And Aaron, whom He had chosen. They performed His wondrous acts among them, And miracles in the land of Ham.
And He brought forth His people with joy, His chosen ones with a joyful shout. He gave them also the lands of the nations, That they might take possession of the fruit of the peoples’ labor, So that they might keep His statutes And observe His laws, Praise the LORD!”
|Psalms 132 is about Prayer for the Lord’s Blessing upon the Sanctuary||A Song of Ascents
“Remember, O LORD, on David’s behalf, All his affliction; How he swore to the LORD And vowed to the Mighty One of Jacob,
I will not give sleep to my eyes Or slumber to my eyelids, Until I find a place for the LORD, A dwelling place for the Mighty One of Jacob.”
Let us go into His dwelling place; Let us worship at His footstool. Arise, O LORD, to Your resting place, You and the ark of Your strength. Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness, And let Your godly ones sing for joy.”