4/11/19 “An Everlasting Covenant”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from 2 Samuel 7; 1 Chronicles 17; Psalms 1-2; 33; 127; 133.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“The Lord swore an oath to David, a promise he will not abandon: “I will set one of your offspring on your throne.” Psalm 132:1, CSB

“Unless the Lord builds a house, its builders labor over it in vain;” Psalm 127:1a, CSB

“For to which of the angels did God ever say, “You are my Son, today I have begotten you”? Or again, “I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son”?” Hebrews 1:5, ESV

Devotion:

I cannot overstate the importance of today’s reading in the grand story of Scripture. 2 Samuel 7 and 1 Chronicles 17 are vital to understanding biblical history and theology. In these passages don’t let yourself be tricked into thinking that David is the central figure of the story. God is. God promises David an everlasting kingdom. New Testament passages, like Hebrews 1:5, interpret this promise through the lense of Jesus Christ.

The declaration of Hebrews 1:5 refers back to the Davidic Covenant in 2 Samuel 7:14 and 1 Chronicles 17:13. The promise is declared to King David by God concerning his covenant heir, whom God will designate God’s own “Son.” In the context of 2 Samuel, we could assume this refers to David’s son Solomon, but Solomon failed to follow the law and was not “established forever” (2 Samuel 7:16). This promise can only be fulfilled by the Davidic Messiah, Jesus Christ. It is through Jesus that God builds an eternal house that isn’t built in vain (Psalm 132:1 & 2 Samuel 7:16). Our salvation through Jesus is a result of God fulfilling this promise to David.

Praise God for fulfilling His promises and place your hope in Jesus today.

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4/10/19 “Songs of Praise and Thanksgiving”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Psalm 89; 100-101; 107.

Highlighted Verse(s):

God is greatly feared in the council of the holy ones;, more awe-inspiring than all who surround him.” Psalm 89:7, CSB

“Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love.” Psalm 107:43, CSB

Devotion:

Today’s reading are full of powerful songs of praise and thanksgiving. Today as you reflect on these Psalms I suggest two things. We will be wise to pay attention to and dwell on the Lord and His great works (Psalm 107:43). Let Him and His works more awe-inspiring than anything else around you (Psalm 89:7).

First, ask the Spirit to use the images in these Psalms to stir your thoughts to praise God for His goodness and power as seen in the things that He has done for you. Let the Word of God lead you to praise and thanksgiving today (Psalm 100:1-2; 107:1)

Second, see Jesus in these Psalms. For example, Psalm 89:9 tells us that God has power over the raging see. He is able to still surging waves. The fact that Jesus has the same power (Matthew 8:23-27, Mark 4:35-41, and Luke 8:22-25) reveals that He is God. Psalm 89 celebrates the Davidic kingdom as God’s special gift to His people (Psalm 89:19-37). This Psalm was used as an earnest prayer for God to bless his people through the Davidic covenant with wisdom, goodness, and might. Christians, we can sing and pray this today. We believe that, in Jesus, God has kept his promises to David, displaying his steadfast love and faithfulness. Under no circumstances will God ever “reject” (Psalm 89:38) Jesus. Just as this psalm reassured God’s people of old, it also reassures us that God’s steadfast love and faithfulness are a solid foundation for the promise to David, even when it feels like God has abandoned that promise.

Give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord for who He is and what He has done for you.

Praise Him for fulfilling His promises through Jesus.

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4/9/19 “The Awe-Inspiring Presence of God”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Psalm 15; 23-25; 47.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“Lord, who can dwell in your tent? Who can live on your holy mountain? The one who lives blamelessly, practices righteousness, and acknowledges the truth in his heart.” Psalm 15:1-2, CSB

“Lord, I appeal to you.” Psalm 25:1, CSB

“Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.” Hebrews 10:19-22, ESV

Devotion:

As you read today’s Psalms allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to reflect on your relationship with the Lord. These Psalms are full of rich and vibrant images and language describing God and those whom God knows. Psalm 15 celebrates those who know the Lord and worship Him. Who can dwell with God? The qualifications for being able to know God and worship Him in His presence are matters of the heart. The requirements of Psalm 15:2 go deeper than what the law of the Pentateuch require. They are matters of the heart. They speak of perfection. Fellowship with God in His presence ultimately requires a perfect heart. The celebratory moment of Psalm 15 is found in realizing that we receive this perfection through the mediation of Jesus Christ, our Great High Priest (Hebrews 10:19-22).

Through Jesus we can worship the King of Glory and creator of all things! The same God who made everything and everyone is the same God whose presence we experience in worship (Psalm 24). So, we can appeal to the Lord and lift up our souls to Him (Psalm 25:1). That phrase in Psalm 25:1 literally means to long for, set our hearts on, desire, be greedy for, and direct our desires toward the Lord. Experiencing the presence of God is awe-inspiring (Psalm 47:2) and makes us greedy for more.

Reflect on who God is, revealed in these Psalms. Reflect on your relationship with the Lord. Do you have your heart set on Him?

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3/8/19 “The Worship of the Lord Takes Center Stage”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from  2 Samuel 5:11-6:23; 1 Chronicles 13-16; Psalm 96; Psalm 105-106.

Highlighted Verses:

“Give thanks to the Lord; call on his name; proclaim his deeds among the peoples.  Sing to him; sing praise to him; tell about all his wondrous works! Honor his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.  Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his face always.” 1 Chronicles 16:8-11, CSB

Devotion:

Worship of the Lord takes center stage during the reign of David. True worship of God is now at the center of the story.  Throughout the events of the readings in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles we see David and Israel worshipping the Lord.  This highlights a big contrast between David and Saul.  The two kings differed greatly in the attention and care they gave to seeking the Lord, following His ways, and giving Him worship.  These 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles passages of Scripture show that the shallowness of Saul is now embodied in his daughter, Michal.  She is bitter toward David when he dances before the Lord.  Don’t miss the name Asaph in today’s readings.  he is mentioned in 1 Chronicles 16:7 and he wrote many of the Psalms.  In fact the song that is recorded in 1 Chronicles 16:8-36 is a combination of Psalm 105:1-15, Psalm 96:1-13, and Psalm 106:1,47-48.

How much does the worship of the Lord take center stage in your life?  How much time do you give to worshipping the Lord each day?

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3/7/19 “Unity”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from 2 Samuel 5:1-10; 1 Chronicles 11-12; Psalm 133.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“How good and pleasant it is when brothers live together in harmony! It is like fine oil on the head, running down on the beard, running down Aaron’s beard onto his robes.” Psalm 133:1-2, CSB

“This oil made the priests “holy,” consecrated to God’s purpose. The image means that when Israel is true to its ideal, it is displaying genuine consecration and carrying out its calling in the world.” Hebrews 8:6, ESV

Devotion:

Psalm 133 refers to fellow Israelites dwelling together in the city of Jerusalem in unity and peace with one another.  Ideally, Christians would live in peace with one another and be continually concerned for the well being of each other. When reading Psalm 133:2 we may not understand the image given to describe unity.  The oil that is referred to would be used to make priests “holy” and consecrated for God’s purpose. This image means this: Through unity we will display our holiness and consecration to others and thus paint a picture of God to the world.  As you read the passages in 2 Samuel and 1 Chronicles, notice the unity of Israel under David and the place of a covenant.  ‘Covenant’ is at the heart of the story of Scripture.  A covenant is a legal agreement made between two parties.  Jesus is the mediator of a new covenant that we can have with God.  Legally, through Jesus, our debt has been paid.

Spend a few minutes thanking Jesus for bringing you, through His death and resurrection, into a covenant with God.  

Ask the Lord to help you pursue unity and peace with the people in your life. 

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3/6/19 “Impacted by our Identity in Christ”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from 1 Chronicles 7-9.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9, ESV

Devotion:

In today’s reading the chronicler shares the big picture of Israel’s history. This reveals the identity of His people. This big picture allows us to see that David’s rule is the point of reference for this history. This is a good reminder of the impact David had on history. God used him in a mighty way. The thing that will have the greatest impact on our life is our identity in Christ. Reflect on your own identity in Christ.

How is God using you? How would God like to use you? Remember you do not have to be perfect to be used by Him. He uses the weak to display His strength.

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4/5/19 “Giving Thanks to the Lord in Worship”

Today’s Deeply Rooted Devotion is from Psalm 81; 88; 92-93.

Highlighted Verse(s):

“It’s good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, Most High, to declare your faithful love in the morning and your faithfulness at night.” Psalm 92:1-2, CSB

Devotion:

The next several devotions will cover a few more genealogies in the Chronicles as well as more Psalms. I hope you enjoy the combination of the Psalms with the genealogies. it can be hard to read lists of names and the Psalms provide a good balance. As you read over the next few days keep in mind that genealogies help us to be reminded of the identity of God’s people and the Psalms help us find a place of deep worship of God.

Today’s Psalms cover a variety of themes. As you read them allow the Spirit to lead you to a place of thanksgiving to the Lord. His faithful love is worth declaring, both in praise to Him and in declaration to others. Let the characteristics of the Lord lead you into worship.

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