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Beware of the Deadening Effects of Intentional Sin

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Psalm 32 explains how the rivers of living water refreshed the soul of David. The man after God’s own heart has returned. The joy is back, the peace is back, the fellowship is renewed, and the songs begin to flow again. But we must never forget—the consequences continued. And what a song it must have […]

A Prayer When We Feel Insecure

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David faced constant insecurities and huge responsibilities as he and his men hid from King Saul in the forest of Hereth. Psalm 17:6-7, “I have called upon You, for You will hear me, O God; incline Your ear to me, and hear my speech. Show Your marvelous lovingkindness by Your right hand, O You who […]

The Grace to Sleep When Facing Danger

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In the midst of the worst time of his life David fell sound asleep. In the midst of one of the most dangerous situations David had ever faced he relaxed, sang a song to the Lord and laid down–completely confident that the Lord would protect him. Have you ever really thought about why we sleep […]

Have You Given Your Trophies To God?

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What did David do with the greatest trophy of the world of his day? David had won in open battle the spoils of Goliath. The sword of Goliath was the ultimate trophy. And what did David do with that treasured trophy? The same thing he did with all of his other treasures: David gave back […]

David’s Spiritual Secret: A Life That Serves God

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David is down. It is the saddest day of his life. While he is at the bottom, and getting driven out of town—he gets an unexpected hit. David is attacked, slandered, and painfully abused from a totally unexpected person. In that moment—we see the real David. When you and I are at our most desperate […]

Making God’s Name Great

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In 1 Samuel 17:4, 57-58 David is the giant killer and writes Psalm 8. We believe this because in the most ancient Jewish Targums—paraphrases of the Hebrew Old Testament into Aramaic from the time of Ezra onward—specifically point to this 8th Psalm as being about David and Goliath. The words in the manuscripts before Psalm […]

Pulled Out of the Pit of Fear

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For quite some time everything had been going so well for David as the hero giant-killer, the worship leader for the king, the king’s chief warrior, a member of the king’s cabinet, and the king’s son-in-law. But then everything unexpectedly fell apart! David had to flee for his life; his wife stayed behind with her […]

Who Are You When You’re All Alone?

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Psalm 19 was probably written from David’s teenaged years. In those years David’s life was characterized by a wholehearted devotion for God and His Word. When David was alone he sought the Lord with everything he had. We are given a clear picture of David in public—and in the privacy of the open plains of […]

David’s Holy Habits

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Psalm 132 captures David’s spiritual secret. We find here that David is talking about his childhood; and from this Psalm we can detect the choices that made him able to face not just Goliath, but all the adversity he had at home when his father and brothers didn’t like him. What made David strong enough […]

David’s Lowest Time in Life

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What was wrong? David was hiding his sin, and Proverbs 28:13 says that He who covers his sins will not prosper, but whoever confesses and forsakes them will have mercy. Thus the only solution for his dreadful condition was repentance. As David desperately struggled with attacks from within and without, he poured his lonely heart out to […]

Confession is Intensely Personal

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When David stood at the other end of Nathan’s boney finger, pointed directly in his face—he was guilty, and he knew it. David had broken every law in the book, God’s Book.  In reality, David had broken all of the Ten Commandments when he sinned with Bathsheba. How had he broken them all? In two […]

The Shepherd Boy’s Psalm

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Psalm 23 is a challenge to learn about God in times of loneliness. Listen to what David experienced, what he clung to from his long dark nights, and long lonely days. As you listen, ask the Lord to give you the same desire. Then, echo each of David’s affirmations and make them your own testimony. […]

 
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