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    by Jan Couns

Then Jonathan (king Saul’s son) made a covenant with David (a shepherd) because he loved him as himself. 1 Samuel 18:3

Despite the social and cultural differences, we (Christians) have a bond that is stronger than flesh and blood. “The Voice of the Lord” Lewis and Harriet Lederer Foundation, Inc. Messianic Jewish Publishers

And Jonathan (dressed as a prince) took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David (who was dressed as a shepherd), with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt. 1 Samuel 18:4

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January 31, 2020

David sent to ask about (the beautiful woman he saw bathing).. 2 Samuel 11:3a

(David already had many wives and concubines)

You say, 'If I had a little more, I should be very satisfied.' You make a mistake. If you are not content with what you have, you would not be satisfied if it were doubled. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92, British Reformed Baptist, highly influential amongst Christians of different denominations

(They said to David about the beautiful woman) ‘Is this not Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam, the wife of Uriah the Hittite?’ David…  ( Click for more )

January 24, 2020

(after the enemy fled from battle) Joab left off fighting the Ammonites and returned to Jerusalem. the Syrians. regrouped (and) sent for the Syrians who were across the River. 2 Samuel 10:14-16

Partial defeat stirs up our foes to stronger struggles. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

When (the enemy’s regrouping) was told to David, he gathered all Israel, crossed over the Jordan and defeated them and they made peace with Israel. 2 Samuel 10:17-19a

Why try to fight the battle on the field of (the enemy’s)…  ( Click for more )

January 17, 2020

When Joab saw that he had two fronts to fight, before and behind, he took his pick of the best of Israel and deployed them to confront the (stronger enemy). The rest of the army he put under the command of Abishai, his brother, and deployed them to confront the (weaker enemy). 2 Samuel 10:9,10 Maximize the potential that God has provided. Doug Sager, Christian Preacher

Joab to Abishai, "If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you shall help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I will come and help you. 2 Samuel 10:11

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January 10, 2020

King David sent and brought Mephibosheth, Jonathan’s remaining son who is lame in his feet, out of (a place of hiding and poverty). David said ., "Do not fear, for I will surely show you kindness for Jonathan your father's sake, and will restore to you all the land of Saul your grandfather; and you shall eat bread at my table continually. 2 Samuel 9:3-7

I choose faithfulness...Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My associates will not question my word. My wife will not question my love. And my children will never fear that…  ( Click for more )

(David prays) You are God, and Your words are true, and You have promised this goodness to Your servant. .You, O Lord God, have spoken it, and with Your blessing let the house of Your servant be blessed forever. 2 Samuel 7:28,29

True faith rests upon the character of God and asks no further proof than the moral perfections of the One who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it. A. W. Tozer

King David dedicated . to the Lord, . the silver and gold from all the nations he had subdued (for the future temple which he was not allowed to build). 2 Samuel 8:11 …  ( Click for more )

December 27, 2019

For the sake of Your word, and according to Your own heart, You have done all this greatness (and) to let Your servant know. 2 Samuel 7:21

He has set forth by His Word the secrets of His will that He has decided to reveal to us. These He decided to reveal in so far as He foresaw that they would concern and benefit us. John Calvin 1509-64, The Institutes of the Christian Religion

You are great, O Lord God. For there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 2 Samuel 7:22

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The LORD has heard my supplication; The LORD will receive my prayer. Psalm 6:9

Rather than repeated repetitions; reexamine, realign and revise prayer until there is a resolve that it is within God’s preferred will.

Let all my enemies be ashamed (confounded) and greatly troubled; Let them turn back and be ashamed suddenly. Psalm 6:10

For what good can thy neighbor's ill do for thee? If he had no ill, he would not even be thine enemy. (Pray) that he may end his ill, and he will be thine enemy no longer. St. Augustine

You will be made rich in every…  ( Click for more )

December 13, 2019

Moses . stood in the breach before Him.. Psalm 106:23b How greatly the intercession of the saints on behalf of others prevaileth with God. Saint Augustine of Hippo 354-430

Then Phinehas stood up and interposed, And so the plague (as a result of sin) was stayed; it was reckoned to him for righteousness, To all generations forever. Psalm 106:30-31 My legacy to my family - ‘It’s stopping here’ – my sin stops with me! Joyce Meyer, 1943- Christian teacher, author They shed innocent blood, The blood of their sons and their daughters, Whom…  ( Click for more )

December 6, 2019

As for man, his days (come to an end). But the lovingkindness of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear Him And His righteousness to children's children.. Psalm 103:15-17 It is a great satisfaction to godly men, when they are going out of the world, to see the affairs of their families in a good posture, their children rising up in their stead to serve God and their generation. Matthew Henry 1662-1714Welsh-born, English nonconformist minister and Bible commentator

.O Lord my God, You are very great; You are clothed with splendor and majesty, Covering…  ( Click for more )

The Lord is . Slow to anger and abounding in lovingkindness. Psalm 103:8b Many of us do not really believe in the unconditional love of God. We dwell excessively on ourselves and on our mistakes. And so we keep asking, 'Who am I that the Lord should love me?' Instead we ought to be asking, 'Who are you, O my God, that you love me so much?' John Powell, 1925-2009

He has not dealt with us according to our sins, Nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. .great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear (awe) Him. Psalm 103:10-11b So much of His mercy comes…  ( Click for more )

November 22, 2019

The children of Your servants will continue, And their descendants will be established before You. Psalm 102:28 Don’t let these parenting years get away from you. Your contributions to your children and grandchildren could rank as your greatest accomplishments in life. James Dobson, 1936-

Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget none of His benefits.. Psalm 103:2 Make not mercies that are great - little. Jeremiah Burroughs, 1600-46, English Puritan Congregationalist preacher (Bless the Lord) Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you with lovingkindness…  ( Click for more )

November 15, 2019

If anyone secretly slanders his neighbor, I will stop him. Psalm 101:5a If something uncharitable is said in your presence; speak in favor of the absent, withdraw, or, if possible, stop the conversation. St. John Vianney, 1786-1859, French priest

The one who has a haughty look and a proud heart, Him I will not endure. Psalm 101:5b Guilt or grief is all that gracious souls get by communion with vain souls. Thomas Brooks, 1608-80, English non-conformist Puritan preacher, author

My eyes shall be upon the faithful of the land, that they may dwell with me.. Psalm 101:6a …  ( Click for more )

November 8, 2019

O sing to the Lord a new song, For He has done wonderful things; His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory. Psalm 98:1 We may break ourselves off from all that is sinful in our past lives, and begin afresh, saying, ‘God helping me! I will write another sort of biography for myself for the days that are to come. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

Serve the Lord with gladness.. Psalm 100:2a Be not an eye-servant or a man-please; serve God with singleness of heart and the Lord who gives you grace to serve, will…  ( Click for more )

(David) Return, O LORD (Y@hovah), rescue my soul; Save me because of Your lovingkindness. Psalm 6:4

Lost in fear, distrust and regret, my soul pleads for a rekindled cognizance of Your presence and a renewed confidence in Your faithfulness.

(David fearing death) For there is no mention of You in death; In Sheol (eternal place of exile from God) who will give You thanks? Psalm 6:5 It is futile to bargain with God. His wise decisions are based on His character and His promises, not on what we can render to Him.

(David) I am worn out from groaning; all night…  ( Click for more )

When my anxious thoughts multiply within me, Your consolations delight my soul. Psalm 94:19 Minds are very prone to contemplations more puzzling than profitable and we have been vain to hope to untie them ourselves; only God’s mind shall perfectly unriddle our thoughts and in the end bring joy. Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1834-92

Bless the Lord’s name; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day. Psalm 96:2 Witnessing is not putting on a Christian front as to convince prospective customers. Witnessing is just being honest - being true to what God has…  ( Click for more )

The righteous man will flourish like the palm tree; He will grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Psalm 92:12 Help me to quit saying, ‘This is the way I am,’ and remind me that I am capable of tremendous transformation with You. Beth Moore, b.1957, Christian author and teacher, So Long Insecurity

The righteous will still yield fruit in old age; They shall be full of sap and very green. Psalm 92:14 Grace is often most vigorous and fruitful when nature's strength decays. Thomas Coke, 1747- 1814, Welsh, first Methodist Bishop

Blessed is the man whom You chasten,…  ( Click for more )

Because he has loved Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him securely on high, because he has known My name. Psalm 91:14 Over all who maintain their fellowship with God, tender guardian care is extended. Their heavenly Father Himself interposes between them and their adversaries. Charles Spurgeon 1834-92

He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honor him. Psalm 91:15 God is faithful. He will hear you and direct you through the darkness. Let Him prove you, and give Him opportunity to prove Himself to…  ( Click for more )

October 4, 2019

He will cover you with His pinions, And under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark. Psalm 91:4 Faith is fear transformed by the act of our own will, calling to mind mighty God, and betaking ourselves thereto. Alexander Maclaren, 1826-1910, British Baptist expository preacher

You will not be afraid of the terror by night, Or of the arrow that flies by day. Psalm 91:5

God does not take away from us those natural fears which lead us to seek the preservation of life, but He masters them by a serene security of heart produced by His Presence.…  ( Click for more )

Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us, And the years we have seen evil. Psalm 90:15 The Lord himself will, in one way or another, sweeten every bitter cup, and wipe away all tears from our eyes. John Newton, Anglican clergyman, hymnwriter, 1725-1807

Let Your work appear to Your servants And Your majesty to their children. Psalm 90:16 Young families are discovering for themselves the healing power of God to change their lives; they experience much of the loving grace, kindness, and restoration of God. And this allows their children go on to even greater…  ( Click for more )

Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; love and faithfulness go before You. Psalm 89:14 God never acts inconsistently with His wisdom, His holiness, or His goodness. He never acts capriciously, but has good cause for all His decisions and actions. William Plumer, 1802-80, pastor, professor, author

How blessed are the people who know the joyful sound! O Lord, they walk in the light of Your countenance. Psalm 89:15 The Holy Ghost is a spirit of counsel, powerfully instructing and convincingly teaching how to act and walk, for He directs us to…  ( Click for more )

O Lord of hosts, How happy and blessed is the man who trusts in You! Psalm 84:12 Happy is the man who trusts thee; he has learned that life lived with God has tremendous advantages. Ray Stedman, 1917-92, evangelical Christian pastor, author

Righteousness will go before Him And will make His footsteps into a way. Psalm 85:13 God directs the steps of a godly man or woman in the best way. Be encouraged that your life is not left to fate or chance. Warren Wiersbe, American pastor, writer Christian literature, b1929 (Psalm of David) Make glad the soul of Your servant, For…  ( Click for more )

September 6, 2019

God established a testimony . And appointed a law, Which He commanded our fathers That they should teach them to their children, That the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, That they may arise and tell them to their children, Psalm 78:5-6 Godly fathers are, both by the order of nature and grace, the best instructors of their children; they cannot delegate that sacred duty. CH Spurgeon 1834-92

Thus He remembered that they were but flesh. Psalm 78:39a God knows our situation; He will not judge us as if we had no difficulties to overcome.…  ( Click for more )

Spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may rejoice in you. Psalm 5:11c

Hedges, walls moats and cloaks: This day He devotes. We in joyfully gratitude welcome or in bitter indignation dismiss - His grace.

For You, O Lord, will bless the righteous; With favor You will surround him as with a shield. Psalm 5:12

God promises special protection to his loved ones who fear him and serve him. That protection doesn’t come by removing us from trials and difficult circumstances. His special care is most clearly seen when we are in the midst of…  ( Click for more )

Lead me, O Lord, in your righteousness because of my enemies - make straight your way before me. Psalm 5:8 I shall not fear the battle If thou art by my side, Nor wander from the pathway If thou wilt be my guide. John E. Bode

For there is no faithfulness in their mouth; Their inward part is destruction; Their throat is an open tomb; They flatter with their tongue. Psalm 5:9 If the Lord's people will humble themselves by admitting that deception is quite possible to them, they will be the less deceived. Watchman Nee, 1903-72, Chinese Christian evangelist and author …  ( Click for more )

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