1 Chronicles 16:9
Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works!
This is a verse from King David’s song of thanks. The Arc of the Covenant was being returned to the City Of David and being placed in the tent that David had pitched. I guess this was the song of thanks that David had written for the priests in charge of music to perform.
When I read verse 9 these thoughts came into my head and I made a note to write about it later. Continue reading
The old men have left the city
The young men their music,
The joy of our hearts had ceased
Our dancing had been turned into mourning.
The book of Lamentations was written by the prophet Jeremiah, at least most subscribe to that idea.
Jeremiah told the Jews the words of God, prophesying their down fall and destruction.
Now here he is lamenting the destruction of their cities, wealth and once again being hauled off into captivity and oppression.
What I like about these verses is that Jeremiah is lamenting the loss of music and dance. Why do I like that?
Because many people through the years and to this very day declare some forms of music, especially modern music, as evil, the work of the devil. Generally the music declared to be evil is music that doesn’t suit the declarer’s taste. Continue reading
Psalms 12:2 – “Everyone lies to his neighbor, with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.
When I first read this I immediately thought of the office bullshitter.
They certainly lie to everyone while piling on the empty platitudes, especially to the company managers and executives. The double heart that they speak with is constant.
You never trust a word they say. They say things just to distract you from the truth or just so they don’t have to deal with the truth.
I guess every office has one. You see them kissing the boss’s ass upon arrival and throughout the day, while conveniently throwing their coworkers under the bus.
They are extreme. Continue reading
1 Chronicles 21:1-7
Then Satan stood against Israel and incited David to number Israel. So David said to Joab and the commanders of the army, “Go, number Israel, from Beersheba to Dan, and bring me a report, that I may know their number.” But Joab said, “May the Lord add to his people a hundred times as many as they are! Are they not, my lord the king, all of them my lord’s servants? Why then should my lord require this? Why should it be a cause of guilt for Israel?” But the king’s word prevailed against Joab. So Joab departed and went throughout all Israel and came back to Jerusalem. And Joab gave the sum of the numbering of the people to David. In all Israel there were 1,100,000 men who drew the sword, and in Judah 470,000 who drew the sword. But he did not include Levi and Benjamin in the numbering, for the king’s command was abhorrent to Joab. But God was displeased with this thing, and he struck Israel.
When I first read these verses I didn’t understand why God would be displeased with King David taking a census. I thought, what is wrong with knowing how many citizens you have to rule. Countries, including our country, take a census every so many years to determine population growth, changes in demographics, etc. Where is the sin it this?
Then, as I read it again, I realized David was getting the number of soldiers he had under his command. Okay, again what’s wrong with that? Eisenhower needed to know troop strength for both the Allies and the Axis. What commander wouldn’t want to know this? That is vital information for strategic and logistical planning.
I also wondered why David’s top commander bulked at this request. What did he know that David didn’t know? How did Joab know David was committing a sin? Continue reading
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
How powerful are these words from Psalms?
I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny. There is no denying the power of these words.
Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.
When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.
This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse. Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life. He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading
2 Kings 6:24-29
Afterward Ben-hadad king of Syria mustered his entire army and went up and besieged Samaria. And there was a great famine in Samaria, as they besieged it, until a donkey’s head was sold for eighty shekels of silver, and the fourth part of a kab of dove’s dung for five shekels of silver. Now as the king of Israel was passing by on the wall, a woman cried out to him, saying, “Help, my lord, O king!” And he said, “If the Lord will not help you, how shall I help you? From the threshing floor, or from the winepress?” And the king asked her, “What is your trouble?” She answered, “This woman said to me, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him today, and we will eat my son tomorrow.’ So we boiled my son and ate him. And on the next day I said to her, ‘Give your son, that we may eat him.’ But she has hidden her son.”
I read these verses and was a bit taken back by the matter of fact telling of this story. Try to imagine having to go through something like this. Try to imagine the brutality and inhumanity that is sited in stories like this and others from the Old Testament. It’s quite stunning. Continue reading
If you read some of my posts you may know that every morning I read a few chapters of my Bible and I have been doing this for a number of years. I’ve read it cover to cover a number of times. Sometimes I read it in order from page 1 to the end and sometimes I skip around from book to book.
The other day while reading my Bible I got to thinking about how big of a role God played in people’s lives when these books were written and then as the years go by (thousands of them) God has a smaller and smaller role.
I think about the book of Psalms. The whole book is King David talking to God either through poetry or songs. Continue reading