May 8 – Scripture of the Day

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Today we continue in the Psalms. Included in today’s reading is the best known and perhaps most loved Psalm of all: Psalm 23.

A psalm of David.

1 The Lord is my shepherd;
   I have all that I need.
2 He lets me rest in green meadows;
   he leads me beside peaceful streams.
3     He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
   bringing honor to his name.
4 Even when I walk
 through the darkest valley,
I will not be afraid,
   for you are close beside me.
Your rod and your staff
   protect and comfort me.
5 You prepare a feast for me
   in the presence of my enemies.
You honor me by anointing my head with oil.
   My cup overflows with blessings.
6 Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me
   all the days of my life,
and I will live in the house of the Lord
   forever.

May 6 – Scripture of the Day

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We have come to the portion of scripture in the 365 day chronological bible where King David dies. His son, Solomon, has ascended to the throne. It is a momentous occasion, David’s death. For he is considered Israel’s greatest king; not necessarily for his political and military triumphs, though those were great, but because of his love for the Lord and leading Israel towards righteousness. Which, incidentally, is what allowed for his political and military success; the blessings of the Lord.

The scripture that stood out to me today was 2 Samuel 23:1-7 which were “the last words of David” according to the scripture. It reads:

David’s Last Words

23 These are the last words of David:

“David, the son of Jesse, speaks—

   David, the man who was raised up so high,

David, the man anointed by the God of Jacob,

   David, the sweet psalmist of Israel.

2 “The Spirit of the Lord speaks through me;

   his words are upon my tongue.

3 The God of Israel spoke.

   The Rock of Israel said to me:

‘The one who rules righteously,
who rules in the fear of God,

4 is like the light of morning at sunrise,

   like a morning without clouds,

like the gleaming of the sun

   on new grass after rain.’

5 “Is it not my family God has chosen?

   Yes, he has made an everlasting covenant with me.

His agreement is arranged and guaranteed in every detail.

   He will ensure my safety and success.

6 But the godless are like thorns to be thrown away,

   for they tear the hand that touches them.

7 One must use iron tools to chop them down;

   they will be totally consumed by fire.”

May 5 – Scripture of the Day

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The passage that stood out to me today was 1 Chronicles 29:10-13 which is titled David’s Prayer of Praise and says, “10 Then David praised the Lord in the presence of the whole assembly: “O Lord, the God of our ancestor Israel,[a] may you be praised forever and ever! 11 Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty. Everything in the heavens and on earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom. We adore you as the one who is over all things. 12 Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything. Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength. 13 “O our God, we thank you and praise your glorious name!”

May 2 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today was 1 Chronicles 22:6-10. David wanted to build a great temple in honor of God, but it was not to be. His son Solomon would build the temple for the Lord.

The scripture says, “6 Then David sent for his son Solomon and instructed him to build a Temple for the Lord, the God of Israel. 7 “My son, I wanted to build a Temple to honor the name of the Lord my God,” David told him. 8 “But the Lord said to me, ‘You have killed many men in the battles you have fought. And since you have shed so much blood in my sight, you will not be the one to build a Temple to honor my name. 9 But you will have a son who will be a man of peace. I will give him peace with his enemies in all the surrounding lands. His name will be Solomon,[a] and I will give peace and quiet to Israel during his reign. 10 He is the one who will build a Temple to honor my name. He will be my son, and I will be his father. And I will secure the throne of his kingdom over Israel forever.’ ”

May 1 – Scripture of the Day

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The scripture that stood out to me today comes from Psalm 18. David sang this psalm to the Lord after the Lord rescued him from Saul and other enemies.

Verses 1-2 say, “I love you, Lord; you are my strength. 2 The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my savior; my God is my rock, in whom I find protection. He is my shield, the power that saves me, and my place of safety.”

These verses stood out to me because they are an excellent example of what our attitude towards God should be. First and foremost, we should love God and boldly proclaim so! We should acknowledge that the Lord is our strength; without the Lord’s strength, we have none.

He is indeed our rock and fortress. And most importantly, he is our savior!

Thanks be to God!