Insights on Today's Reading
1 Kings 1 - Treachery in David's family seemed to plague him almost to the end of his life. In this chapter we read of David's son, Adonijah, who chose to take the kingdom as his own. The sad thing is that David's close associates, Joab, and the priest Abiathar, joined Adonijah in his usurping the throne. Word came to Nathan, the prophet, and he and Bathsheba went to David to warn him of what was happening. We've already read in 2 Samuel 7 that God promised a son to David to be the next king, and that son was Solomon. Therefore, David had his closest advisors aid in getting Solomon on the throne and he was to be anointed with David's blessing. God oversaw that the man, Solomon, was indeed the new king.
1 Kings 2 - As David's life came to a close he settled some old issues that needed to be settled. One was having Joab executed for his killing of two men who were better than himself, Abner and Amasa. Solomon also executed Adonijah because he tried to scheme his way to the kingdom and then finally, Shimei, who brought such grievous curses on David was executed too. Sometimes God delays judgment, but judgment will still come to those who showed no repentance.
Psalm 37 - This is one of the best loved Psalms and one rich in devotional thoughts. The one verse that attracts the most attention is verse 4, "Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires of your heart." I've found that the first part of this verse actually controls the second part. If I delight in the Lord and enjoy fellowship with Him and doing His will I find that He gives me the right kind of desires to have.
Psalm 71 - As one gets older they find their need for the Lord to be as much as ever. They know their hope is found in God and though they get grayheaded, vs. 18, they will always want to share with younger generations of God's power in their lives. But even in old age they will never stop seeking revival, vs. 20.
Psalm 94 - Vengeance does belong to God. Though the wicked may appear to triumph, they will be give account for their actions. The God who made the ear can hear, and He who formed the eye can see, vs. 9. No one can sin in the dark and be hidden from God. But we also know God will give mercy to those who cry out for it.
Daily commentary and insight from Pastor Eckardt.
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