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Trip 433:  David’s Last Days—Part 3; David’s Last Words (970 B.C.)

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Psalm 37     __2 Samuel 23:1-7

Focal verse(s):  So now, in the sight of all Israel, the assembly of the LORD, and in the hearing of our God, observe and seek after all the commandments of the LORD your God so that you may possess the good land and bequeath it to your sons after you forever.

The 37th Psalm could very well have been written shortly before David’s death, as evidenced by verse 25: “I have been young, and now am old…”   This seems to be a farewell Psalm with David giving a charge to the people to stay strong in the Lord.  In verses 3,4,5,& 7, David tells the people to “Trust in the Lord”, “Delight…in the Lord”, “Commit thy way…to the Lord”, and “Rest in the Lord”, which are all wonderful charges to God’s people.  If we trust in God we will have no fear and if we delight ourselves in Him we will have true happiness.  In committing our way to God we will not ever have to worry.  Resting in the Lord means that we lean totally on Him for our every need.  David’s last recorded words were a short poem, almost a last will and testament, similar to the 33rd chapter of Deuteronomy.  This poem clearly shows how much David had grown as a literary scholar from his early days as a simple shepherd boy.  As stated in our last devotional trip, David did a wonderful job of wrapping up the details of his final days before his death.  Take David’s example and be a blessing to your heirs by properly planning for your own death, taking care of your estate and finances ahead of time so that you will not be a burden upon your relatives after your death.  The Christian should be a blessing rather than a burden for those they leave behind when they go to meet Christ!

 
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Posted by on November 21, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 432:  David’s Last Days—Part 2

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:  __1 Chronicles 29:1-22     __1 Kings 2:1-9

Focal verse(s):  1 Chronicles 29:9:  “The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the Lord …

David, knowing that his son Solomon was young and inexperienced in taking on such an enormous task of building a temple, appealed to the people for sacrificial giving of materials and time.  He pointed out that he himself had already given substantial contributions of gold, silver, and other precious materials, and expected the others to do likewise according to their resources. The people joyfully responded to David’s offertory plea, giving a total of more than 46 tons of gold, silver, and bronze, not counting the other materials such as stone and lumber!  David responded to this generous outpouring of the people by worshipping God, acknowledging the Lord for His many attributes.  3000 animals were sacrificed the next day in celebration of the temple offering.  David made a final charge to his son Solomon the king, much like the counsel that Moses gave to Joshua before his death.  He encouraged Solomon to be a strong leader and to keep God’s commandments and also asked Solomon to put Joab to death to avenge the two army commanders Joab had killed during David’s reign.  David’s last days are a great example to all of us in preparation for death.  Very few people today seem to consider the blessing they can be to their families by making advance preparations for their own passing.  Many times family members are burdened with problems after a relative’s death because the deceased did not prepare sufficiently before their death.  Regardless of your age, be sure you have a will and plan ahead to be a blessing rather than a burden to your family when your time to meet God comes!

 
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Posted by on November 20, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 431:  David’s Organization of Israel’s Government Continued; David’s Last Days (970 B.C.)

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:  __1 Chronicles 27:25 through 1 Chronicles 28:21

Focal verse(s):  1 Chronicles 28:8:  “So now I charge you…be careful to follow all the commands of the Lord your God, that you may possess this good land and pass it on as an inheritance to your descendants forever.”

David set men over the many divisions of government, such as directors for the king’s storehouse, farm labor, vineyards, olive oil supplies, animal herds, counselors, and advisors. David had already started compiling materials for the construction of the temple, knowing that his son King Solomon would oversee the actual construction because God had forbidden David to do it personally.  Knowing his life was almost over, he called the people together and charged them to be obedient to Solomon and to stay at the task of building the temple until it was completed.  He gave Solomon the plans and measurements and furnishings for the temple, including the amount of gold and silver to be used, saying that they had come from a revelation of God and carefully wrote out all the details for Solomon to follow.  He assured his son Solomon that the Lord would be with him as he built the temple and exhorted him to remain strong and courageous.  As Christians, we should take the same approach to any job that the Lord gives us in the church:  Stay at the task, be strong and diligent, and work until the project or job is completed.  The following poem, entitled “Go On!” sums up this thought:  “One step won’t take you very far; You’ve got to keep on walking; One word won’t tell folks who you are; You’ve got to keep on talking; One inch won’t make you very tall; You’ve got to keep on growing; One deed won’t do it all; You’ve got to keep on going.” *

* Paul Lee Tan, “Encyclopedia of 7700 Illustrations: Signs of the Times” (Rockville, Maryland: Assurance Publishers, 1984), page 996, #4324.

 
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Posted by on November 19, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 430:  Organization of the Treasurers; David’s Organization of Israel’s Government

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __1 Chronicles 26:20-32   __1 Chronicles 27:1-22

Focal verse(s):  1 Chronicles 27:1:  “This is the list of the Israelites–heads of families, commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds, and their officers, who served the king …“.

The Levitical treasurers had two different categories of dedicated items to guard: (1) The treasuries of the temple of the Lord, and (2) The treasuries for the things dedicated, which were mostly spoils of war which had been dedicated to God.  The government was organized by David under the Judiciary, Military, Tribal Governors, Crown Administrators, and the Privy Council.  The Judiciary leaders took care of government affairs away from the temple and the Military branch handled all matters dealing with the army.  Tribal Governors retained the 12 tribe system, but altered some of the original tribal arrangements.  The Crown Administrators were concerned with looking after the royal storehouses and the royal property, while the Privy Council consisted of the inner cabinet of the king’s personal advisors.  God is not only the God of creation, but is the God of organization!  He showed David how to organize the government in a way that would allow even the most complex governmental task to be handled with efficiency. Some people think that advance planning is not “spiritual”, but quite the contrary, our God loves organization and planning!  Concentrate today on how you can better organize your day so you can spend more time with the Lord and be a better witness for Him!

 
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Posted by on November 18, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 429 Psalms of Unknown Authors—Part 17; Organization of the Gatekeepers

Reading assignment: __Psalm 148 through Psalm 150 __1 Chronicles 26:1-19
Focal verse(s): Psalms 150:6: “Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!”
As we study the last three Psalms, we see ultimate praise of the Lord our God! In Psalm 148 the Psalmist uses the first six verses for celestial (heavenly) praise and the last eight stanzas for terrestrial (earthly) praise. As the second commandment states in Exodus 20:4, “in heaven above, or in the earth below, or in the water under the earth”, this Psalm covers all of God’s creation! Psalm 149 is a Psalm of missionary zeal showing God’s chosen people working to bring all of earth under obedience to God. The people are called on to praise God with song, dancing, and musical instruments, praising Him with their entire being! The 150th Psalm is the grand finale, the hallelujah chorus, the “bring down the house with applause” Psalm, all in one! No matter where we are in the universe, we should praise God with all our souls! Psalm 150:6 sums up the entire book of Psalms: “Let everything that breathes praise the Lord.” We now go back to Chronicles and learn about the Levitical gatekeepers, who were closely related to the musicians in their work at the temple. Like the musicians, they were assigned their duties by lot. Different families had responsibilities for the East, West, South, and North gates of the temple. There were a total of 4000 gatekeepers, but only 22 served per shift. As Christians, we are all “keepers of the gate” of righteousness which is our temple, the body of Christ. 1st Corinthians 3:16-17 tells us that “if anyone destroys God’s temple, God will destroy him.” Watch the gate to your heart carefully, my friend!

 
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Posted by on November 17, 2014 in Uncategorized

 

Trip 428:  Psalms of Unknown Authors—Part 16

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Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Psalm 132    __Psalm 134    __Psalm 137    __Psalm 146 through Psalm 147

Focal verse(s):  Psalm 146:9:  “The Lord watches over the alien and sustains the fatherless and the widow, but He frustrates the ways of the wicked.”

Psalm 134 is only three verses long and seems to have been sung at a group of evening meetings held during the Feast of Tabernacles.  This Psalm was sung responsively between priest and congregation, leading the people to raise their hands in adoration of God.  The 137th Psalm is a Psalm of mourning for those Jews who were not in their homeland, reflecting upon the period of captivity for the Israelites.  Psalms 146 through 150 are five hallelujah Psalms which conclude the book of Psalms.  All five begin and end with the phrase “Praise ye the Lord”.  Psalm 146 praises God for his magnitude and marvelous grace.  The 147th Psalm praises the Lord for His capacity to support all creation as well as for His healing powers to the sick.  In 1873 a group of women at Hillsboro, Ohio met and prayed and then read the 146th Psalm.  Then they prayed and pleaded with the saloon keepers to give up their business.  Church bells rang simultaneously with the crusade of prayer and persuasion.  On the second day one saloon keeper capitulated.  He gave his entire stock to the women saying, “Do as you please with it.”  At the end of eight days, every one of the 11 saloons in the town closed.  The brewers of Cincinnati offered $5,000 reward to anyone who would break up the movement.  One usually courageous male tried to do so, but threw up his hands and surrendered to the women after four days.  This crusade of prayer and persuasion led to the formation in 1874 of “The Women’s Christian Temperance Union.”  These Psalms remind this writer of the little praise chorus which says, “Hallelu, hallelu, hallelu, hallelujah, praise ye the Lord!” (Source unknown)  If you know it, pause now and sing it to God. If you do not, sing the chorus of “0 Come All Ye Faithful” (0 come let us adore him …).

 
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Posted by on November 16, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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Trip 427:  Psalms of Unknown Authors—Part 15

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1095 Devotional “Trips”!

Rix W. Tillman, D. Min

Reading assignment:   __Psalm 123    __Psalm 125 through Psalm 126    __Psalm 128 through Psalm 130

Focal verse(s):  Psalm 126:5-6 – “Those who sow in tears will reap with songs of joy.  He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying sheaves with him.”

This reading examines six short Psalms which are all labeled “A song of degrees”.  The 15 Psalms from Psalm 120 through Psalm 134 are all known as “songs of degrees”.  A Jewish tradition says that there was a ceremony of fifteen steps by which the priests ascended into the temple, singing one of the fifteen songs of degrees at each step. Whatever the tradition, this series of Psalms forms a distinct group and are actually a miniature book of Psalms in themselves.  In Psalm 123 the Psalmist called on God for mercy because the people were puffed-up with pride and following the ungodly crowd.  In Psalm 125 the warning is given to those who turn away from the Lord and assurances of security are given to those who follow God.  Psalm 126 pictures the joy of the returned Jewish exile and Psalm 128 declares the blessings that those who fear God will receive.  Psalm 129 expresses thankfulness to God for delivering Israel and contains a prayer for God to put all people to shame who hate the Jewish people.  The 130th Psalm is a sincere plea for God to display mercy to His chosen people.  As you picture priests going up the fifteen steps to the temple and stopping on each step to sing a different “song of degrees”, think about how much scripture they were going through in one day!  We should seek to fill our minds with the Word of God and songs of praise as we go through the “steps” of our day!  Your “marching orders” for today: Read Ephesians 5:18-20 and then follow the orders!

 
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Posted by on November 15, 2014 in Bible Devotional, Chronological Bible

 

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