I Chronicles 15-19: Moving the ark the right way.

September 22, 2015. Daily Reading: I Chronicles 15-19. Background: I Chronicles 11-14. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 15 Bringing the ark to Jerusalem the right way: Back in chapter 13, we saw David try to bring the ark of the covenant to Jerusalem, but he did it in a way that he thought was best, and…

Psalm 96-98: A joyful noise to the Lord.

September 9, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 96-98. Background: Psalm 93-95. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 96 Ascribe to the Lord His glory: This psalm is a psalm of worship and praise, ascribing the due glory and power to the Lord of Heaven, Creator of all. The opening calls all the earth into chorus to sing a…

Psalm 93-95: Glory, vengeance and praise.

September 2, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 93-95. Background: Psalm 90-92. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 93 The Lord Reigns: This is a psalm of praise, ascribing power and authority to the Lord who reigns on high. We open with a royal picture of a reigning king, robed in majesty, sitting on a thrown that has been…

Psalm 90-92: Refuge.

August 26, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 90-92. Background: Psalm 87-89. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 90 Numbering our days: This psalm, a prayer of Moses, compares our finite nature with the infinite nature of God, juxtaposing our short time with the everlasting. God is eternal, enthroned in the heavens, and has been the dwelling place for…

Psalm 75-77: Fear the Lord.

July 1, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 75-77. Background: Psalm 72-74. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 75 Praise for His works: This psalm is a song of praise and thanksgiving to the Lord, positioning Him above all the inhabitants of the earth. After the opening that details what the song is about, the psalm turns to the…

Psalm 66-68: Blessings and Triumph.

June 10, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 66-68. Background: Psalm 63-65. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 66 Blessed be God: This psalm is a song of praise to our God for His awesome deeds that He has done throughout the earth. All the earth is called into a glorious chorus of praise to the Creator of the…

Psalm 63-65: Praise and prayers to the Lord.

June 3, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 63-65. Background: Psalm 60-62. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 63 Longing for the Lord: In this Psalm, David vividly expresses his longing and desire for the Lord, as one would thirst for water in a dry and weary land. David put the Lord as his top priority in this psalm,…

Psalm 57-59: Praising on the run.

May 20, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 57-59. Background: Psalm 54-56. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 57 Exaltation in the time of trouble: This psalm was written by David when he was fleeing from King Saul and hiding in a cave at Adullam (see I Samuel 22, 24). As we have seen in previous psalms, when David…

Psalm 45-47: The King.

April 22, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 45-47. Background: Psalm 42-44. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 45 A love song to the King: The 45th psalm is self named as a love song to the king, who tradition would tell us was king Solomon. However, this psalm has a much deeper and greater purpose nested within it than to simply…

Psalm 33-35: Shout to the Lord.

March 25, 2015. Daily Reading: Psalm 33-35. Background: Psalm 30-32. Chapter 33 Shout to the Lord: Psalm 33 is a wonderful psalm of praise that recaps the steadfast love and works that the Lord has done in all the earth. The praise of the Lord begins of the skill of the player praising the righteousness of…

I Samuel 1-6: In the days of Samuel.

March 17, 2015. Daily Reading: I Samuel 1-6. Background: The book of Samuel begins in the latter times of the Judges and quickly develops into the monarchy of Israel, with Saul being anointed the first king in chapter nine. Concepts and Connections. Chapter 1 A mother’s faith: Similar to other stories such as Abraham and Sarah…

Isaiah 34-39: Answers from the Lord.

February 20, 2014. Daily Reading: Isaiah 34-39. Background: Isaiah 29-33. It should be noted that the text found Isaiah 36-39 is quoted in/from II Kings 18:13 to 2 Kings 20:19, with the only difference (besides a minor word change here or there) being Hezekiah’s prayer found in chapter 38. These chapters also serve as a…