Weekly Worship Meditation

April 2016

Understanding troubling Psalms

April 24, 2016 Vindicate me, O LORD, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the LORD; I shall not slip. —Psalm 26:1  A surface reading of the Psalms can be misleading and downright disconcerting.  After all, David often comes across as self-righteous, and rather “judgy” regarding His enemies.  How shall we understand these Psalms? First, we should not understand David as claiming to be sinless.  Remember that in other Psalms...

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Keeping sinful vows?

April 17, 2016 [David] delivered them into the hands of the Gibeonites, and they hanged them on the hill before the LORD. So they fell, all seven together, and were put to death in the days of harvest, in the first days, in the beginning of barley harvest. —2 Samuel 21:9 Just because something is recorded in the Bible, that is no proof that God approved of it.  There was a plague in Israel because of a long past sin of Saul.  Saul violated a several hundred year old...

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Who is building what for whom?

April 10, 2016 Go and tell My servant David, ‘Thus says the LORD: “Would you build a house for Me to dwell in?’” —2 Samuel 7:5 Well intentioned, no doubt, David decided to build a house for God.  David built himself a fine house and he thought it inappropriate that God should have nothing but a tent in which to dwell.  David shared his idea with the prophet Nathan, who received word from God that David was not to build God a house. Reasons...

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Being Like David and John

April 3, 2016 So Samuel said to him, “The LORD has torn the kingdom of Israel from you today, and has given it to a neighbor of yours, who is better than you.” —1 Samuel 15:28 How is David like Jesus, and Saul not like John the Baptist?  David is like Jesus in that both were overlooked, not considered to be king material (1 Sam. 16:6-13).  There are many ways in which Saul is not like John the Baptist, but one which is noteworthy is that when Saul was being...

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