Psalms 18-21 PRAISE TO GOD AND HIS FAVOUR OF THOSE HE LOVES

I just gave you an introduction, which should have included Ps 50. That’s only if you

are reading from a Bible that gives you titles of sections, or comments before

Psalm you are reading. This one is a marker of praise to God by David after

He delivered him from the hands of Saul.

Ps 18  is a strong Psalm of praise, adoration and love to God

How do you say to God : I love you. Those three words work, but also

offer praises of thanksgiving, for creation around you, for positive

circumstances in your life. and David gets very specific in this Psalm

Look at vs. 7 : The earth reeled and rocked, etc…because he was angry.

Smoke went up from his nostrils…we see the dragon in a movie, this is

a positive guy getting angry as the enemies of His people

This is a very personal God,,,,vs; 29  by you I can run against a troop

and leap over a wall. Empowerment 101

 

Psalm 19

More praise and declaration of the creation crying out praise to God

Personification of creation expressed by pen. Awesome!!

Psalm 20

Don’t be afraid to call upon God for his assistance.

vs. 1  “May the Lord answer you in the day of trouble!

Psalm 21

More praise here, “how the king rejoices in the Lords’

strength. You have given your hearts desire”

These themes will be repeated again and again throughout

the Psalms. I’m excited because I’ve never done a close

study, or reading of the Psalms and recording “features” like

this blog

Introduction to Psalms

The average number of verses per chapter or Psalm is approx 16, but that’s okay. The majority – but not all – are written by David. Actually

there are about 15 of which there is no published “author” by name. Since most of them attribute an author, it’s not fair to suggest David

wrote the rest of them.  However, that’s often done.

We’ve done the first 17 plus #s 52 and 51  so we’ll carry on at 18 and following.

This is probably the #1 favourite book in the entire BIble and yet because of volume or total contents most of the Psalms in the history of my life at least, are often ignored.

So ENJOY this reading. It should take the better part of a month.

 

2 SAMUEL 23,24 Final Days of David

The final days of David are not quiet and serene. As I hinted in my introduction they

actually don’t end in this book. This is a short read for you today

Chapter 23,       The Last Words of David

These first few verses David is speaking about himself, and later  Asaph

writes about him in  Ps. 78: 70,71

Asaph wrote a few Psalms we’ll be looking at that book next.

Then a listing of Davids’ Mighty Men.

Some of the 3, and some of the 30 and some of their exploits

Chapter 24

God is angry at his nation and tempts David, a stronger word actually is used

“incites” him to take a census. Later after he does, God punishes the nation

Joab actually resists the temptation to take a census. Who cares how many people

we have. May God add more , so what.  But he doesn’t listen to his right hand man

Then punishment for this action and God says do you want 3 years of famine

or 3 years of men chasing you down. David says, Gods’ mercy is better than mans

So then he erects an altar, worships the Lord and the plague is stopped.

That is the way the book ends.

 

2 SAMUEL 20-22 Various Battles

Chapter 20

It was promised to David as a penalty from the Lord: “the sword shall never leave your house”

From that word came the abuse of Tamar, and Absaloms’ murderous revenge upon the adulterer

Then the Civil unrest via Absalom, the abandoning of the throne by David and eventual

death of Absalom. Just as that is over, and the Throne restored, here comes

another rebellion from a guy named Sheba.

The first verse the author calls him “a worthless man”. What does David do,

he puts away his concubines; and gets ready to go to war himself.

Remember he got in trouble sexually when he didn’t go to war.

He’s a warrior and a good one. Put your best foot forward.

The story continues with the rather graphic account of his battles against Shebas’ men.

Just as  they have him  cornered in a city a woman comes to the rescue. Leave us alone,

we’ll cut off his head and send  it out to you, then you can go home.

In summary in the chapter you get a brief list of the leaders of various

departments under Davids rule.

Chapter 21

Now here comes a famine. David seeks Gods face, to ask why all this trouble.

Saul put the Gibeonites to death and they were promised security

Remember way back in Joshua 9, when Israel was defeating cities, the Gibeonites

were a nation that put their heads together and made a plan to deceive Joshua

for the sake of safety and peace. Joshua after being found out, promised their safety as a nation

and they would “hewers of wood and drawers of water” for ever.

Saul didn’t keep that promise, and that’s why the famine arrived.

David had to make an agreement with them to atone for the problem. “Send us 7 sons of Saul

to pay for the action against us. ”  But, it says, David spared Mephibosheth, as he promised

he would, in the covenant he made with Jonathan.

Then we see more battles with the archenemy: The Philistines, One guy wanted to make a

name for himself and kill David, but Davids’ archers came to his defense and said, don’t ever

come to war again, we cannot afford to lose you.

Chapter 22.

This is the great song of Deliverance that David writes. I don’t believe it is one of the 150 Psalms that

David wrote most of them, but this is not one of that collection, we’ll start to read in a couple of days

 

2 SAMUEL 17-19 United we Stand, Divided we Fall

As King it’s no surprise that one has a lot of friends and loyalties to Him

Chapter 17

One friend s Hushai   The chapter opens with Ahithophel, Davids’ former advisor,

now advising Absalom. It’s like the best guy on your side, when he goes to the other side.

It’s sort of like, one strike against you. Ahithophels advice was golden

He gives advice to Absalom, then Absalom calls for Hushai to give advice

Hushai wants to say, there’s a better way. He cannot agree or support Ahithophel

because his advice was so good, so he has to present and sell a different option

He advises based on character, rather than strategy of David.

Absalom chooses Hushais’ advice.

Then Hushai tells the priests to go and tell David what his advice was

so they can plan to avoid the strategy that Absalom is using , or at least

not to be surprised by it. So we see Absalom saying lets say together and

go and fight as one mass. Davids’ strategy will be different

Ahithophel is so offended, he goes home, and putting his affairs in order, commits suicide

Chapter 18

Davids’ strategy is to split his forces up under three leaders and go out with one of them

It’s his leaders who say,,,you stay behind, we’ll take care of winning this battle for you

David says, not to harm Absalom, but when Joab sees him stuck in a tree by his heavy

locks of hair, he says kill him, and many soldiers speared him to death

David of course, cries for his son Absalom, but one wonders, why he didn’t

pay attention to him years earlier.

*** Eli had sons who were not good godly men

Samuel had the same trouble with his sons

David had a chance but failed with Absalom

I always ask WHY!?

Chapter 19

Here Joab is told of Davids’ grieving for Absalom and he rebukes David.

Then David returns to Jerusalem, and while he calls out various people

one of them being Mehphibosheth, he doesn’t hurt him

David pardons his enemies

 

 

 

2 Samuel 14-16 FATHER AND SON

CHapter 14

Joab, Davids’ right hand man, gets a lady to go and tell a story to the King.

David recognizes right away that Joab is behind it and he’s trying to tell the King

a story to love his son Absalom.  Eventually he does bring him back to Jerusalem

but he doesn’t dwell with David. In fact he has his own house to stay in

The last section of the chapter is telling: Absaloms’ family, but he doesn’t

come into the kings presence

So Absalom has to get the attention of the King. So he sets about to set the fields

on fire. His neighbour is Joab, and gets his attention and finally he went into the King

 

Chapter 15.

That isn’t enough for Absalom though. This chapter features a planned civil revolt

against his father. You see the strategy how he went about to do it. Now the prophecy

of Nathan back in chapter 12 is coming true. The sword not leaving your house,

other women. As Absalom will have sex with Davids’ wives and concubines on the

roof of the palace.  A man named Hushai wants to go with David, but he tells him to

return to Jerusalem and confuse Absalom with the wisdom of Ahithophel.  His wisdom

was like unto Gods, so Hushai was to give an alternative opinion and then send

a messenger back to David with the strategy Absalom settled on.

 

Chapter 16  As David carries on he meets a servant, a friend who brings food and supplies

for his army and himeslf, his name is Ziba.  Then as David carries on further, a man

comes out: Shemei and curses David. His men want to do away with him, but David says

not to, he may be cursing me as an order from God. Great attitude.

Absalom enters Jerusalem and consults Ahithophel and the next chapter

we’ll see the wisdom of David to send Hushai back to Absalom to consult him also

2 SAMUEL 12-13 PSALM 51 TRUTH AND CONSEQUENCES

CHAPTER 12

Here is the first of many consequences as a result of Adultery.  Now David had other wives, we’re

not talking Polygamy.  With Abigail as a wife, he waited until  Nabal, her husband died.

This time was much more grevious.  There was the attempt to make it look like Uriah was the father.

Then there was the involvement of another to make it look like a simple wartime death.

But all the while, the plan was in motion. GET RID OF THE GUY

The prophet Nathan confronts David with a parable, pertaining directly to him.

Then with the solid confrontation that David is a murdered and adulterer he gives this promise:

“the sword will never leave your house”  and your neighbour will lie with your wives

Each sin has its’ consequence, and truly for us as well today, but we don’t see it.

We don’t think about it

This all takes place in about 9 months, since then the baby is born.

God afflicts the child with a disease

He dies, despite Davids’ prayer and fasting.

Then in due time, another son is born: Solomon

PSALM 51

This is one of the famous Psalms  written by David out of contrition and confession in lieu of this story

 

1 Be gracious to me, O God, according to your lovingkindness; According to the greatness of our compassion blot out my transgressions

2 Wash me thoroughly from my iniquity and cleanse me from my sin.

3 For I know my transgressions and my sin is ever before me.

4  Against You, You only, I have sinned and done what is evil in Your sight

So that you are justified when You speak  and blameless when You judge

5. Behold I was brought forth in iniquity,  and in sin my mother conceived me,

6. Behold you desire truth in the innermost being, and in the hidden part You will make me know wisdom

7. Purify me with hyssop and I shall be clean; Wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow

8. Make me to hear joy and gladness, Let the bones which you have broken rejoice.

9. Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquities

10.  Create in me a clean heart , O God and renew a right spirit within me

11. Do not cast me away from Your presence, and renew a steadfast spirit within me

12. Restore to me the joy of your salvation and sustain me with a willing spirit.

13, Then I will teach transgressors Your ways, and sinner will be converted to You.

14. Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation

15. O Lord, open my lips, That my mouth may declare your praise

16. For you do not delight in sacrifice, otherwise I would give it, You are not pleased with burnt offering

17. The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit; a broken and a contrite heart, O God, You will not despise.

18. By your favour do good to Zion; build the walls of Jerusalem

19. Then you will delight in righteous sacrifices, In burnt offering and whole burnt offering; then young bulls will be offered on Your altar

Chapter 13.

Rape, Adultery and murder reign in the hearts and lives of Davids’ children.

Absalom, his son is the one who takes care of Justice in the Royal family.

 

This is only the beginning of problems with Davids’ leadership after his crimes

2 SAMUEL 8-11 Idle Hands are the Devils Workshop

Every Leader is prone to error, and from experience that can threaten a career

Chapter 8    Davids’ repeated victories strike fear in the neighbouring kings. Lets try making friends

Chapter 9  This features Mephibosheth. He is of the household of Jonathan and he wanted to

do something to honour him in some way.  One of Sauls’ servants: Ziba

Mephibosheth was honoured to eat at Davids’ table always.

Here is a story of the tables being turned. Saul hated David,

but his son Jonathan made a pact with David. So David uses Sauls son

to serve Jonathans’ son.

Chapter 10    Now David goes out and defeats a couple of nations in the neighbourhood

Chapter 11     This is the Idle hands.  David decides not to go out to battle, and has a

battle of his own.  He sees a woman on a rooftop bathing herself and he

sends for her, commits adultery. Her husband is at war.  After awhile

the woman tells him, I’m pregnant. OH OH!!

So step one, he recalls the husband and says go down and enjoy your wife

His name is Uriah, but Uriah has more morals than that….why should I do

that when the other guys are fighting the battle

Step two, David tries to get him drunk so he’ll sleep with his wife

and cover up Davids’ sin… That doesn’t work either

Step three….he writes a letter to Joab to set him in the front of the battle

where there’s more likelihood he’ll get killed.

That’s exactly what happened, and after she mourned for him, David sent

for her and she became a wife to him,,,,but notice the last phrase of the

chapter.  “But the thing that David had done displeased the Lord”

2 SAMUEL 4-7 THE OFFICIAL CORONATION OF DAVID

Chapter 4  Lots of murder and mayhem here. You have the two factions after Abner is killed,

warring against each other but now you get people vying to be in the favourable heart

of David.

Chapter 5.  Another guy after Ishbosheth is Jonathans’ son and his name is Mephibosheth.

You want to remember that name.  You recall the covenant that David had with Jonathan…

as he said, between you and me and our generations for ever. So this guys’ nurse was trying

to escape, tripped and fell and at the tender age of 5, Mephibosheth became crippled.

Some other guys who were leaders in Sauls army came and killed Ishbosheth. Not a very

nice way, and as I’ve said before the Bible doesn’t whitewash anything.

Chapter 6. Finally we see David take control of Jebus; which is the old name for Jerusalem

He builds towers, extends the property lines, and still goes to battle to defeat the

Philistines

Chapter 7  is a very special covenant between him and God and then Davids’ personal prayer

How do you pray and today we have the Holy Spirit to aid us in our prayers. Here a personal

faith only, David prays and promises various things; some of which he will defer to his

son yet born: Solomon

2 SAMUEL 1-3 The Development of the Kingdom for David

Well, we’ve finished 10 books of the Bible and almost one third of the year. So when you think of 10 of 66 books,

avoid comparing percentages, like I do. 10 books = 16% of the total number of books, for 33% of the year.

That kinda of thinking will slow you right down

However, we’ve tackled the largest book, almost in the New Testament and some of the most difficult

ones in the entire Scripture

As you heard if you watched the Intro video, 2 Samuel is all about the reign of David.

Chapter 1

We pick up the story as David is still residing in Ziklag with his little group of 600 men

and their rescued families. He hears that Saul has been killed.  A young guy comes to

report to David and wanting to sound like a hero he tells David that Saul was dying and

as he came near, Saul told him to kill him, take him out of his misery. He brought the crown

from his head and his armlet and brought them to David

That brought great mourning from the whole group of them at the news that Saul, Jonathan

and a lot of fellow Israelites had been killed. Then later David orders the killing of the

young who told him that he killed the king. YOU DON’T TOUCH THE ANOINTED ONE!

Then David has a lament for Saul and for Jonathan. See the comment for Jonathan vs27:

“your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing the love of women”

 

Chapter 2

David inquires of the Lord: What shall I do now

Go up to  Hebron, the city of Judah.  He hears the story of the valiant men of Jabesh-Giliad

who in the last paragraphy of I Samuel it was report these men went and rescued Sauls

bones.  Highly respectful.

In the meantime, Abner, the commander of Sauls’ armies anointed Ishbosheth King of Israel

He reigned two years, but the people followed David, who reigned in Hebron 7 1/2 years

Now the rest of the chapter details how they decided who should reign. They didn’t do elections.

They preferred battles and warfare. Fairly detailed but near the end they decided to stop

the killing and Abner was spared . Joab blew the trumpet to stop the war and they separated for now

 

Chapter 3

The summary was that the house of David fought the house of Saul for a long war. David grew stronger

So here is a little list of Davids’ sons born at Hebron. 6 kids by 6 different women.

Eventually Joab will kill Abner and David mourns that event, but Joab is making Davids’ household

and reign even more secure