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Trip 381: Psalms of David—Part 4

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Psalm 9    __Psalm 11

Focal verse(s): Psalm 9:1: “I will give thanks to the LORD with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders.”

In Psalm nine David promised to praise the Lord with all his heart, to be joyful in the Lord, to sing to God, and to tell of His wonders.  David praised God because he had been delivered from his enemies and God had destroyed them, even calling on the afflicted to sing praises to God because God did not ignore them.  He contrasted the destinies of the wicked, who would return to the grave (Hell) and the afflicted, who would have their hope fulfilled.  Psalm 11 shows David rebuking the temptation of running away from peril with his statement of “In the Lord 1 take refuge”.  David answered his own question of “What can the righteous do?” with “Trust in the Lord whose throne is exalted in the Heavens.”  We tend to put our trust in things other than the Lord.  Many people trust in their education, good works, church membership, social standing, or material wealth to sustain them, only to find that all of those things leave a gnawing feeling of emptiness in the pit of our souls.  The only way to fill the void in your life which is created from an absence of fellowship with God is to recognize that the Lord is the source of all our strength and deliverance.  At that point we place our trust totally in Christ for our daily needs and Christ becomes exalted through our lives.  A poor woman in an Eastern city made complaint to the Sultan that while she slept she was robbed of all her possessions by thieves.  “Wherefore did you sleep?” asked the Sultan.  “My Lord”, was the response, “I slept because 1 thought you were ever awake.”  The Sultan, pleased with her simple faith in his care of his people, restored to her more than she had lost.  How calmly may the Christian both lie down and sleep, knowing that his God is ever guarding him, for He slumbers not, neither is He weary of watching!” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 1524, #6921.

 
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Posted by on September 30, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 380: Psalms of David—Part 3

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment: __Psalms 7-8

Focal verse(s):  Psalm 8:1:  “O LORD, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!”

In the seventh Psalm, David began with a prayer for God to deliver him from his enemies, stating his personal innocence and asking God to free him by punishing the wicked of the earth.  Saying that his enemies were going to “tear him to pieces like a lion”, David knew that if the Lord did not deliver him, no one else was capable.  David swore his innocence with the statement, “If I have done this…if I have done evil…then let my enemy pursue and overtake me.”  David used the words “arise”, “rise up”, and “awake” to move God into action on his behalf.  In verses eight, ten, and seventeen David used the term “Most High” as a title for God, the first of 23 times the term is used in Psalms.  David closed the seventh Psalm with a promise to thank and praise the Lord for His goodness.  In Psalm eight David exclaimed “0 Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth”, which inspired a popular praise hymn in the late 1980’s.  David marveled that God had entrusted such a magnificent creation to man.  The Psalm ends as it began, “0 Lord, or Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth!”  Christians know there is no other name that is more excellent than the name of Jesus!

 
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Posted by on September 29, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 379: Psalms of David—Part 2

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __Psalms 4-6

Focal verse(s): Psalm 4:1: “Answer me when I call to you, 0 my righteous God. Give me relief from my distress; be merciful to me and hear my prayer.

Psalm four has the familiar form of a typical Davidic Psalm: (1) A cry for God to hear his prayer; (2) A warning to his enemies; and (3) Confidence that God would deliver him and give him peace.  The fifth Psalm was David’s plea to God to hear his morning prayer, praying for God’s leadership and blessing for those who follow the Lord, and for punishment to the wicked.  This Psalm is a good model for all Christians to follow in their prayer life, as David said he prayed “morning by morning”.  The Lord Jesus also got up very early and went to a solitary place for prayer.  The first thoughts of the day for a Christian should be prayer or conversation with God. Psalm six begins with David pleading with the Lord to stop punishing him.  David stated that if God continued His wrath toward him he would surely die.  He asked the Lord to be merciful, heal him, and ease his suffering because he was in much pain, and he used the phrase “my bones are vexed” to express this feeling.  David seemed very impatient and frustrated because he asked the Lord “How long?” in obvious reference to God relieving him from his agony.  David, always the persuader, gave God two reasons why He should answer his prayer: (1) Because of God’s unfailing love; and (2) Because if David died from illness he could not give God the praise and thanks for delivering him.  As in most of his Psalms, David finally expressed confidence that God would hear his prayer and deliver him.  Christians can also be confident that He will hear the cries of His children for help in times of suffering and either provide strength for us to endure or deliver us completely!

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 378: Organization of the Sanctuary Singers; Psalms of Israel’s Worship; Psalms of David

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:   __1 Chronicles 25:1-31    __Psalm 2

Focal verse(s): 1 Chronicles 25:1:  “Moreover, David and the commanders of the army set apart for the service some of the sons of Asaph and of Heman and of Jeduthun, who were to prophesy with lyres, harps and cymbals

David reorganized the church music program, naming it the “ministry of prophesying”.  There seems to have been a close working relationship between the music ministry and the military because the musicians were appointed by both David and the military commanders.  In many ancient societies it was the custom for the musicians to accompany the army into battle.  There were 24 divisions of musicians, each with 12 men, for a total of 288 men, and their musical duties were appointed by lot to show no partiality.  The second Psalm pictures rebellious man and describes a coronation celebration regardless of opposition by rebels.  David exhorts the people to give up their rebellion and submit to God’s Son who He has ordained to rule the nations with a “rod of iron”.  Just as earthly kings make rebellious people subjects submit to their authority, Jesus Christ, the last and greatest King, will make those against Him acknowledge Him as Lord at His second coming!  Philippians 2:11 says, ”Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord. ”   It is not a question whether a person will call Jesus Lord, but when they will acknowledge him as King of Kings.  The problem is that those who wait until they die or until He comes again will be too late.  Dear Christian friend, this fact is a mandate for you to tell your friends, relatives, neighbors, and coworkers about the saving message of Christ!

 
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Posted by on September 27, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 377: Organization of the Priesthood–Part 2

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Trip 377: Organization of the Priesthood–Part 2

Reading assignment:  __1 Chronicles 24:20-31    __1 Chronicles 24:1-19

Focal verse(s): 1 Chronicles 24:3: “David, with Zadok of the sons of Eleazar and Ahimelech of the sons of Ithamar, divided them according to their offices for their ministry.”

In order to put his plan for the priesthood’s reorganization into motion, David recruited the two chief priests, Zadok and Ahimelech, who would assist him in making the divisions of service for both the priests and Levites.  In verse five the phrase “governors of the sanctuary and governors of the house of God” are used as a way of distinguishing the church workers from government officials.  After David had purchased the property for the temple, he gathered all materials for the temple’s building, and formed the priesthood into a highly organized structure for service in the new temple.  Since the families of the Levites had grown so large, it would be impossible for them all to serve at once, so they were divided into small groups to serve on certain weeks of the year.  The selection for the distribution of duties was made by lot publicly in front of the king in order to avoid confusion and quarreling from family members and to insure the solemnity of the occasion.  Because God wants all things done in order, it is important for the Lord’s work to be organized and structured.  Some feel advance planning is not “spiritual”, but that theory is disproved by Jeremiah 1:5:  “… before you were born I sanctified you …” (had a plan for you). God loves planning and organization!  This little story pointedly illustrates the need for organization in everything we do:  “Fred Somebody, Thomas Everybody, Susan Anybody, and Joe Nobody were neighbors, but they were not like you and me.  They were odd people and most difficult to understand.  The way they lived was a shame. It happened that a rude neighbor (an unbeliever) moved into the area.  Everybody thought somebody should try to win him to Christ. Anybody could have made an effort.  You probably know who finally won him: Nobody!  This little parable brings to focus again the fact that each of us is personally responsible for God’s work.  If we leave it for somebody or everybody or anybody, then nobody will do it.  Let’s all work until Jesus comes! *

* Faith, Prayer, and Tract League (Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504) <http://tractleague.com&gt;

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 376: Organization of the Priesthood

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THE TIME SEQUENCE BIBLE

1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:  __1 Chronicles 23:2-32

Focal verse(s): 1 Chronicles 23:6:  “David divided them into divisions according to the sons of Levi: Gershon, Kohath, and Merari.”

After Solomon became king, David used his last years undertaking the organization of a religious and political system that would be lasting and also meet the needs of Israel as a nation. Out of the 38,000 Levites in Israel, David put 24,000 over the work of the temple, 6,000 as judges and officials, 4,000 as musicians, and 4,000 as gatekeepers.  Subgroups were formed from each of these divisions according to the families of Levi.  The minimum age for serving as a priest had always been thirty, but since these new responsibilities greatly enlarged the umbrella of priestly duties, David lowered the minimum age to twenty so more men could be involved. The main job of the Levites was to help the priests in the temple districts prepare the bread of the Presence and grain offerings as well as the burnt offerings used to praise and thank God.  It is a great testimony to David that he did not just “retire” when he passed on the throne to his son Solomon, but instead chose to be a servant of the Lord and organize the church in Israel.  As Christians we should follow the examples of Moses and David and not slow down in the Lord’s service just because we are old.  Abraham Lincoln used to remark that he could get any number of men who are “willing to shed their last drop of blood”, but he found it difficult to get men to shed their first drop to make a beginning.  Don’t talk about what you will do for Jesus by and by. Instead, just begin now to love Him, serve Him, and follow where He may lead.*

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 1630, #7473.

 
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Posted by on September 25, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 375: David’s Organization of Israel’s Religion; Preparation for Building the Temple

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min.

Reading assignment:   __1 Chronicles 22:1-19

Focal verse(s): 1 Chronicles 22:5:  “David said, ‘My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the Lord should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations.  Therefore I will make preparations for it'”

David had a great desire to build a magnificent temple and establish a system of worship for Israel.  However, the Lord told David that he would not be able to build the temple because he had been a man of war.  He was not banned from planning the temple, and because his son Solomon was such a young man, David made great preparations in this area by choosing stone cutters, iron and bronze workers, and securing huge logs of cedar from Lebanon.  He called in Solomon and gave him the task of building the temple, charging him to keep the law of the Lord. David had amassed 3750 tons of gold and 37,500 tons of silver for this massive project!  David finally instructed the leaders of Israel to help Solomon in every aspect of building the temple, then to place the Ark of the Covenant inside the temple when it was complete to symbolize the presence of God.  David was a man of war, but Solomon was a man of peace.  Just as David could not build the temple, neither can men build a “spiritual temple” unless they are men of peace.  If we are to win the world to Christ, we must build our witness based on the example of peace, love, and unity which the world does not know.  Only eight percent of the time since the beginning of recorded history has the world been entirely at peace.  In over 3,100 years, only 286 have been warless and 8,000 treaties have been broken in this time. *   We, like Solomon, must build the body of Christ through peace and wisdom!  As you close your devotional time, turn to Isaiah 48:22 to see what God says about those who do not keep the peace.

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), 987, #4285.

 
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Posted by on September 24, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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