Thursday, April 28, 2016

Thursday, April 28th: 2 Samuel 16-17, Psalm 13 & 63 ~ Jeannine

Today's passage from the Bible In a Year Reading Plan is 2 Samuel 16-17, Psalm 13 & Psalm 63

Couple things...

I find it interesting how David responds to the cursing of Shimei. He really just lets this guy go off and curse and yell at him. And when his advisers tell him that they will go shut him up, David just tells them to leave him alone. Maintaining that kind of composure when faced by unjustified criticism is an extremely difficult task and very discouraging. Ignoring it is maybe even harder. I find even slight criticism hard to take at times, never mind if someone were to curse me the way Shimei cursed David.

Psalm 13 - I think we all, at times, feel the way David did in this passage. Here David talks his problems out with God. He expresses his feelings of disappointment, abandonment and loneliness. And in that find strength and peace. I find it interesting how even in my own life when I am alone and sharing my thoughts with God I feel the same strength and peace even when I don't get an answer. Just talking it out with Him is enough.

Tomorrow's Bible In a Year Passage: 2 Samuel 18-20, Psalm 7


Nathan Reimer said...

I too have often "talked it out" in prayer, and felt much better after even though God didn't give me an answer immediately. Just leaving things with Him was comfort enough at that moment.

2 Samuel 16:23 Absalom followed Ahithophel’s advice, just as David had done. For every word Ahithophel spoke seemed as wise as though it had come directly from the mouth of God.

How easy it is for us at times to be deceived by someone who tells us what we want to hear, or who speaks half truths.

Tammy Reimer said...

It's truly amazing that we, insignificant humans, can have direct access to God through our mediator, Jesus Christ. What a privilege! Yet we don't use it often enough! An active and vibrant prayer life is often in the category of something we want but don't really know how to do. I think praying scripture is a great place to start!