Our Bible Study group’s topic for the past few weeks is about being a new man. This means that we focus on the Christ and remove everything about our natural life (culture, race, gender, nationality, etc). This is a struggle but I believe that as I install more and more God in my daily living by reading His word and praying, I will get there. We, as Christians, will be able to fulfil God’s goals.
Week 19 (May 7-13, 2018) covering the following chapters: 2 Samuel 6-7; 1 Chronicles 17, Psalms 25, 29, 33, 36, 39, 2 Samuel 8-9; 1 Chronicles 18, Psalms 50, 53, 60, 75, 2 Samuel 10; 1 Chronicles 19; Psalm 20, Psalms 65-67, 69-70, 2 Samuel 11-12; 1 Chronicles 20
|2 Samuel 6 is about Peril in Moving the Ark & The Ark is Brought to Jerusalem||“And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the LORD of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim. They placed the ark of God on a new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart.
But when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God struck him down there for his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. David became angry because of the LORD’S outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called Perez-uzzah to this day.
And David was unwilling to move the ark of the LORD into the city of David with him; but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.
Now it was told King David, saying, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God.” David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness.
Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.
So David said to Michal, ” It was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel; therefore I will celebrate before the LORD.
Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.”
|2 Samuel 7 is about David Plans to Build a Temple, God’s Covenant with David & David’s Prayer||“Now it came about when the king lived in his house, and the LORD had given him rest on every side from all his enemies,
But in the same night the word of the LORD came to Nathan, saying, “Go and say to My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Are you the one who should build Me a house to dwell in?
I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a great name, like the names of the great men who are on the earth.
When your days are complete and you lie down with your fathers, I will raise up your descendant after you, who will come forth from you, and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build a house for My name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever.
In accordance with all these words and all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David. Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD, and he said, “Who am I, O Lord GOD, and what is my house, that You have brought me this far? And yet this was insignificant in Your eyes, O Lord GOD, for You have spoken also of the house of Your servant concerning the distant future. And this is the custom of man, O Lord GOD.
For You have established for Yourself Your people Israel as Your own people forever, and You, O LORD, have become their God.
Now, O Lord GOD, You are God, and Your words are truth, and You have promised this good thing to Your servant. Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord GOD, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.””
|1 Chronicles 17 is about God’s Covenant with David & David’s Prayer in Response||“It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell David My servant, ‘Thus says the LORD, “You shall not build a house for Me to dwell in; for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from one dwelling place to another.
even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I tell you that the LORD will build a house for you. When your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers, that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who will be of your sons; and I will establish his kingdom. He shall build for Me a house, and I will establish his throne forever.
According to all these words and according to all this vision, so Nathan spoke to David. Then David the king went in and sat before the LORD and said, “Who am I, O LORD God, and what is my house that You have brought me this far?
O LORD, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
For You, O my God, have revealed to Your servant that You will build for him a house; therefore Your servant has found courage to pray before You.
And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You; for You, O LORD, have blessed, and it is blessed forever.””
|Psalms 25 is about Prayer for Protection, Guidance and Pardon|| A Psalm of David
“O my God, in You I trust, Do not let me be ashamed; Do not let my enemies exult over me.
Make me know Your ways, O LORD; Teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You I wait all the day.
Good and upright is the LORD; Therefore He instructs sinners in the way. He leads the humble in justice, And He teaches the humble His way.
For Your name’s sake, O LORD, Pardon my iniquity, for it is great.
The secret of the LORD is for those who fear Him, And He will make them know His covenant.
Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, For I wait for You. Redeem Israel, O God, Out of all his troubles.”
|Psalms 29 is about The Voice of the Lord in the Storm|| A Psalm of David
“Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty, Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
The voice of the LORD is powerful, The voice of the LORD is majestic.
The LORD sat as King at the flood; Yes, the LORD sits as King forever. The LORD will give strength to His people; The LORD will bless His people with peace.”
|Psalms 33 is about Praise to the Creator and Preserver||“Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; Praise is becoming to the upright.
By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And by the breath of His mouth all their host.
Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast.
The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart from generation to generation. Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, The people whom He has chosen for His own inheritance.
Our soul waits for the LORD; He is our help and our shield. For our heart rejoices in Him, Because we trust in His holy name. Let Your lovingkindness, O LORD, be upon us, According as we have hoped in You.”
|Psalms 36 is about Wickedness of Men and Lovingkindness of God|| For the choir director. A Psalm of David the servant of the Lord
“Transgression speaks to the ungodly within his heart; There is no fear of God before his eyes.
The words of his mouth are wickedness and deceit; He has ceased to be wise and to do good.
Your lovingkindness, O LORD, extends to the heavens, Your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Your righteousness is like the mountains of God; Your judgments are like a great deep. O LORD, You preserve man and beast.
O continue Your lovingkindness to those who know You, And Your righteousness to the upright in heart. Let not the foot of pride come upon me, And let not the hand of the wicked drive me away.”
|Psalms 39 is about The Vanity of Life|| For the choir director, for Jeduthun. A Psalm of David
“I said, “I will guard my ways That I may not sin with my tongue; I will guard my mouth as with a muzzle While the wicked are in my presence.” I was mute and silent, I refrained even from good, And my sorrow grew worse.
” LORD, make me to know my end And what is the extent of my days; Let me know how transient I am.
“And now, Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in You.
“I have become mute, I do not open my mouth, Because it is You who have done it.
“Hear my prayer, O LORD, and give ear to my cry; Do not be silent at my tears; For I am a stranger with You, A sojourner like all my fathers. “Turn Your gaze away from me, that I may smile again Before I depart and am no more.””
|2 Samuel 8 is about David’s Triumphs||“Now after this it came about that David defeated the Philistines and subdued them; and David took control of the chief city from the hand of the Philistines. He defeated Moab, and measured them with the line, making them lie down on the ground; and he measured two lines to put to death and one full line to keep alive. And the Moabites became servants to David, bringing tribute. Then David defeated Hadadezer, the son of Rehob king of Zobah, as he went to restore his rule at the River.
King David also dedicated these to the LORD, with the silver and gold that he had dedicated from all the nations which he had subdued: from Aram and Moab and the sons of Ammon and the Philistines and Amalek, and from the spoil of Hadadezer, son of Rehob, king of Zobah.
So David reigned over all Israel; and David administered justice and righteousness for all his people.”
|2 Samuel 9 is David’s Kindness to Mephibosheth||“The king said, “Is there not yet anyone of the house of Saul to whom I may show the kindness of God?” And Ziba said to the king, “There is still a son of Jonathan who is crippled in both feet.”
Then King David sent and brought him from the house of Machir the son of Ammiel, from Lo-debar. Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan the son of Saul, came to David and fell on his face and prostrated himself. And David said, “Mephibosheth.” And he said, “Here is your servant!” David said to him, “Do not fear, for I will surely show kindness to you for the sake of your father Jonathan, and will restore to you all the land of your grandfather Saul; and you shall eat at my table regularly.”
So Mephibosheth lived in Jerusalem, for he ate at the king’s table regularly. Now he was lame in both feet.”
|1 Chronicles 18 is about David’s Kingdom Strengthened||“So David reigned over all Israel; and he administered justice and righteousness for all his people. Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the army, and Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud was recorder; and Zadok the son of Ahitub and Abimelech the son of Abiathar were priests, and Shavsha was secretary; and Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites, and the sons of David were chiefs at the king’s side.”|
|Psalms 50 is about God the Judge of the Righteous and the Wicked|| A Psalm of Asaph
“He summons the heavens above, And the earth, to judge His people: “Gather My godly ones to Me, Those who have made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
“Hear, O My people, and I will speak; O Israel, I will testify against you; I am God, your God.
“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving And pay your vows to the Most High;
“Now consider this, you who forget God, Or I will tear you in pieces, and there will be none to deliver. “He who offers a sacrifice of thanksgiving honors Me; And to him who orders his way aright I shall show the salvation of God.””
|Psalms 53 is about Folly and Wickedness of Men|| For the choir director; according to Mahalath. A Maskil of David
“The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God,” They are corrupt, and have committed abominable injustice; There is no one who does good. God has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there is anyone who understands, Who seeks after God.
Oh, that the salvation of Israel would come out of Zion! When God restores His captive people, Let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.”
|Psalms 60 is about Lament Over Defeat in Battle, and Prayer for Help|| For the choir director; according to Shushan Edith. A Mikhtam of David, to teach; when he struggled with Aram-naharaim and with Aram-zobah, and Joab returned and smote twelve thousand of Edom in the Valley of Salt
“O God, You have rejected us. You have broken us; You have been angry; O, restore us.
You have given a banner to those who fear You, That it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah. That Your beloved may be delivered, Save with Your right hand, and answer us!
Have not You Yourself, O God, rejected us? And will You not go forth with our armies, O God? O give us help against the adversary, For deliverance by man is in vain. Through God we shall do valiantly, And it is He who will tread down our adversaries.”
|Psalms 75 is about God Abases the Proud, but Exalts the Righteous|| For the choir director; set to Al-tashheth. A Psalm of Asaph, a Song
“We give thanks to You, O God, we give thanks, For Your name is near; Men declare Your wondrous works.
“I said to the boastful, ‘Do not boast,’ And to the wicked, ‘Do not lift up the horn;
But God is the Judge; He puts down one and exalts another.
But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.”
|2 Samuel 10 is about Ammon and Aram Defeated||“Now it happened afterwards that the king of the Ammonites died, and Hanun his son became king in his place. Then David said, “I will show kindness to Hanun the son of Nahash, just as his father showed kindness to me.” So David sent some of his servants to console him concerning his father. But when David’s servants came to the land of the Ammonites, the princes of the Ammonites said to Hanun their lord, “Do you think that David is honoring your father because he has sent consolers to you? Has David not sent his servants to you in order to search the city, to spy it out and overthrow it?” So Hanun took David’s servants and shaved off half of their beards, and cut off their garments in the middle as far as their hips, and sent them away.
Now when the sons of Ammon saw that they had become odious to David, the sons of Ammon sent and hired the Arameans of Beth-rehob and the Arameans of Zobah, 20,000 foot soldiers, and the king of Maacah with 1,000 men, and the men of Tob with 12,000 men. When David heard of it, he sent Joab and all the army, the mighty men.
When all the kings, servants of Hadadezer, saw that they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with Israel and served them. So the Arameans feared to help the sons of Ammon anymore.”
|1 Chronicles 19 is about David’s Messengers Abused & Ammon and Aram Defeated||“Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him in front and in the rear, he selected from all the choice men of Israel and they arrayed themselves against the Arameans. But the remainder of the people he placed in the hand of Abshai his brother; and they arrayed themselves against the sons of Ammon. He said, “If the Arameans are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the sons of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will help you. Be strong, and let us show ourselves courageous for the sake of our people and for the cities of our God; and may the LORD do what is good in His sight.”
When the Arameans saw that they had been defeated by Israel, they sent messengers and brought out the Arameans who were beyond the River, with Shophach the commander of the army of Hadadezer leading them. When it was told David, he gathered all Israel together and crossed the Jordan, and came upon them and drew up in formation against them. And when David drew up in battle array against the Arameans, they fought against him.”
|Psalms 20 is about Prayer for Victory over Enemies|| For the choir director. A Psalm of David
“May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the name of the God of Jacob set you securely on high!
We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions. Now I know that the LORD saves His anointed; He will answer him from His holy heaven With the saving strength of His right hand.
Save, O LORD; May the King answer us in the day we call.”
|Psalms 65 is about God’s Abundant Favour to Earth and Man|| For the choir director. A Psalm of David. A Song
“There will be silence before You, and praise in Zion, O God, And to You the vow will be performed.
How blessed is the one whom You choose and bring near to You To dwell in Your courts. We will be satisfied with the goodness of Your house, Your holy temple. By awesome deeds You answer us in righteousness, O God of our salvation, You who are the trust of all the ends of the earth and of the farthest sea;
You water its furrows abundantly, You settle its ridges, You soften it with showers, You bless its growth. You have crowned the year with Your bounty, And Your paths drip with fatness.”
|Psalms 66 is about Praise for God’s Mighty Deeds and for His Answer to Prayer|| For the choir director. A Song. A Psalm
“Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; Sing the glory of His name; Make His praise glorious.
Come and see the works of God, Who is awesome in His deeds toward the sons of men.
He rules by His might forever; His eyes keep watch on the nations; Let not the rebellious exalt themselves. Selah.
I shall come into Your house with burnt offerings; I shall pay You my vows,
Come and hear, all who fear God, And I will tell of what He has done for my soul.
If I regard wickedness in my heart, The Lord will not hear; But certainly God has heard; He has given heed to the voice of my prayer. Blessed be God, Who has not turned away my prayer Nor His lovingkindness from me.”
|Psalms 67 is about The Nations Exhorted to Praise God|| For the choir director; with stringed instruments. A Psalm. A Song
“Let the peoples praise You, O God; Let all the peoples praise You.
The earth has yielded its produce; God, our God, blesses us. God blesses us, That all the ends of the earth may fear Him.”
|Psalms 69 is about A Cry of Distress and Imprecation on Adversaries|| For the choir director; according to Shoshannim. A Psalm of David
“Save me, O God, For the waters have threatened my life.
I am weary with my crying; my throat is parched; My eyes fail while I wait for my God. Those who hate me without a cause are more than the hairs of my head; Those who would destroy me are powerful, being wrongfully my enemies; What I did not steal, I then have to restore. O God, it is You who knows my folly, And my wrongs are not hidden from You.
But as for me, my prayer is to You, O LORD, at an acceptable time; O God, in the greatness of Your lovingkindness, Answer me with Your saving truth. Deliver me from the mire and do not let me sink; May I be delivered from my foes and from the deep waters.
Answer me, O LORD, for Your lovingkindness is good; According to the greatness of Your compassion, turn to me, And do not hide Your face from Your servant, For I am in distress; answer me quickly.
You know my reproach and my shame and my dishonor; All my adversaries are before You.
I will praise the name of God with song And magnify Him with thanksgiving.
The humble have seen it and are glad; You who seek God, let your heart revive. For the LORD hears the needy And does not despise His who are prisoners.
For God will save Zion and build the cities of Judah, That they may dwell there and possess it. The descendants of His servants will inherit it, And those who love His name will dwell in it.”
|Psalms 70 is about Prayer for Help against Persecutors|| For the choir director. A Psalm of David; for a memorial.
“O God, hasten to deliver me; O LORD, hasten to my help!
Let all who seek You rejoice and be glad in You; And let those who love Your salvation say continually, “Let God be magnified.” But I am afflicted and needy; Hasten to me, O God! You are my help and my deliverer; O LORD, do not delay.”
|2 Samuel 11 is about Bathsheba, David’s Great Sin||“Now when evening came David arose from his bed and walked around on the roof of the king’s house, and from the roof he saw a woman bathing; and the woman was very beautiful in appearance. So David sent and inquired about the woman. And one said, “Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?” David sent messengers and took her, and when she came to him, he lay with her; and when she had purified herself from her uncleanness, she returned to her house. The woman conceived; and she sent and told David, and said, “I am pregnant.” Then David sent to Joab, saying, “Send me Uriah the Hittite.” So Joab sent Uriah to David.
Then David said to Uriah, “Go down to your house, and wash your feet.” And Uriah went out of the king’s house, and a present from the king was sent out after him. But Uriah slept at the door of the king’s house with all the servants of his lord, and did not go down to his house.
Now in the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it by the hand of Uriah. He had written in the letter, saying, “Place Uriah in the front line of the fiercest battle and withdraw from him, so that he may be struck down and die.”
Now when the wife of Uriah heard that Uriah her husband was dead, she mourned for her husband. When the time of mourning was over, David sent and brought her to his house and she became his wife; then she bore him a son. But the thing that David had done was evil in the sight of the LORD.”
|2 Samuel 12 is about Nathan Rebukes David, Loss of a Child, Solomon Born & War Again||“Then the LORD sent Nathan to David. And he came to him and said, “There were two men in one city, the one rich and the other poor.
“Now a traveler came to the rich man, And he was unwilling to take from his own flock or his own herd, To prepare for the wayfarer who had come to him; Rather he took the poor man’s ewe lamb and prepared it for the man who had come to him.” Then David’s anger burned greatly against the man, and he said to Nathan, “As the LORD lives, surely the man who has done this deserves to die.
Nathan then said to David, “You are the man! Thus says the LORD God of Israel, ‘It is I who anointed you king over Israel and it is I who delivered you from the hand of Saul.
Why have you despised the word of the LORD by doing evil in His sight? You have struck down Uriah the Hittite with the sword, have taken his wife to be your wife, and have killed him with the sword of the sons of Ammon. Now therefore, the sword shall never depart from your house, because you have despised Me and have taken the wife of Uriah the Hittite to be your wife.’
Then David said to Nathan, “I have sinned against the LORD.” And Nathan said to David, “The LORD also has taken away your sin; you shall not die. However, because by this deed you have given occasion to the enemies of the LORD to blaspheme, the child also that is born to you shall surely die.”
Then it happened on the seventh day that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead, for they said, “Behold, while the child was still alive, we spoke to him and he did not listen to our voice. How then can we tell him that the child is dead, since he might do himself harm!”
So David arose from the ground, washed, anointed himself, and changed his clothes; and he came into the house of the LORD and worshiped. Then he came to his own house, and when he requested, they set food before him and he ate.
Then David comforted his wife Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her; and she gave birth to a son, and he named him Solomon. Now the LORD loved him and sent word through Nathan the prophet, and he named him Jedidiah for the LORD’S sake. Now Joab fought against Rabbah of the sons of Ammon and captured the royal city.
Now therefore, gather the rest of the people together and camp against the city and capture it, or I will capture the city myself and it will be named after me.”
He also brought out the people who were in it, and set them under saws, sharp iron instruments, and iron axes, and made them pass through the brickkiln. And thus he did to all the cities of the sons of Ammon. Then David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.”
|1 Chronicles 20 is about War with Philistine Giants||“Then it happened in the spring, at the time when kings go out to battle, that Joab led out the army and ravaged the land of the sons of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. And Joab struck Rabbah and overthrew it. David took the crown of their king from his head, and he found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there was a precious stone in it; and it was placed on David’s head. And he brought out the spoil of the city, a very great amount.
Now it came about after this, that war broke out at Gezer with the Philistines; then Sibbecai the Hushathite killed Sippai, one of the descendants of the giants, and they were subdued.
These were descended from the giants in Gath, and they fell by the hand of David and by the hand of his servants.”