Tuesday: Hiding in Thee

Theme: Asking for Mercy

This week’s lessons teach us of the need to rest in the Lord during difficult trials, and to praise him for his faithful care.

Scripture: Psalm 57:1-11

The first of the psalm's two parts begins with David asking for mercy, even as he takes refuge in God. Since the title of the psalm speaks of the cave in which David was hiding, it is natural to think that the cave suggested the idea of a "refuge.” But we should notice that David does not call the cave his refuge, though it was a refuge in a certain physical sense. Rather it is God whom he calls his refuge. Indeed, to use the image of the second half of verse 1, although David may have been hidden physically in the dark shadows of the vast cave of Adullam, he knows that it is actually under the shadow of the wings of God that he has found safety.

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When You Go Through the Valley

We can rest assured that our Savior knows the way through whatever valley we walk. He knows what it is to feel the shadows of death creep over him. He knows what it is to face evil, temptation, enemies, and emotional turmoil. 

On a recent trip to Israel, I had the privilege of walking where Jesus walked. Our group also explored sites and locations of important places and events in the Old Testament. After spending a couple of days in the Jordan River Valley, we headed west toward Jerusalem. We read through the Psalms of Assent as we followed the path Israelite pilgrims took on their yearly visit to the Temple. On the way, we stopped at the Valley of the Shadow of Death.

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Monday: Hiding in Thee

Theme: Settled in God

This week’s lessons teach us of the need to rest in the Lord during difficult trials, and to praise him for his faithful care.

Scripture: Psalm 57:1-11

In the last several studies we have looked at psalms which are linked to that early desperate period of David's life when he was forced to flee into the wilderness from King Saul who wanted to kill him. Psalm 52 began this set of psalms. It refers to Doeg the Edomite who told Saul that David had gone to Nob and had been helped by Ahimelech the priest. Because of Doeg's self-serving betrayal Ahimelech and eighty-four of the priestly families were killed. Psalm 54 is another such psalm. It tells of David's betrayal by the Ziphites, who were his countrymen and who should have protected him. Worst of all, Psalm 56 describes David's desperate plight in the Philistine town of Gath which he went to alone, desperate and afraid.

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The Gospel of Inclusion

Will the real gospel please stand?

Sometimes I enjoy listening to the This American Life podcast on my road trips. It is a secular podcast that provides storied snippets portraying all kinds of different thoughts and experiences within American life. Although I often am saddened by the typical narrative that follows the current secular worldviews and portrayals of the Christian faith.

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Friday: “What Can Man Do to Me?”

Theme: New Life in Christ

In this week’s lessons we learn from the life of David that when we are afflicted by the attacks of others, we can have confidence in the Lord, whose word never fails.

Scripture: Psalm 56:1-13

So let me ask, Do you trust God? If you are a Christian, you have trusted him in the matter of your salvation. That is the greatest thing. God has saved you from sin, hell and the devil. If you are a Christian, you believe he has done that. But if he has done that, can you not also trust him in lesser things like loneliness or even those sometimes dangerous circumstances that cause fear and desperation? The Bible teaches that God will take care of you if you belong to him and are following after Jesus Christ. David wrote in an earlier psalm, "I was young and now I am old, yet I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their children begging bread" (Ps. 37:25). The psalm immediately before this one argued, "Cast your cares on the LORD and he will sustain you” (Ps. 55:22). The Apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians, "My God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus" (Phil. 4:19).

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Coveting Beauty

There is nothing wrong with beautiful things. But when their beauty captivates our eyes and our heart more than the beauty of Christ, then we have begun to worship false gods.

As the people of God stood on the banks of the Jordan River and cast a wishful eye toward the Promised Land, Moses passed the mantle of leadership over to Joshua. As the new leader of the people, Joshua was to take the people across that river, remove the Canaanites, and take possession of the land the Lord had promised them. The first city to be handed over to Israel was Jericho. In a miraculous battle, the Israelites destroyed the city wall with a shout and completely overwhelmed the city.

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Thursday: “What Can Man Do to Me?”

Theme: The Voices of Fear and Faith

In this week’s lessons we learn from the life of David that when we are afflicted by the attacks of others, we can have confidence in the Lord, whose word never fails.

Scripture: Psalm 56:1-13

I referred earlier to Perowne’s comment that Psalm 56 is about "the victory rather than the struggle of faith." But that did not mean that fear is missing from the psalm. On the contrary, the fear described in 1 Samuel 21:12 is evident in the opening verses (vv. 1, 2) and also in David’s second, longer elaboration of the danger (vv. 5-9). There are two emphases.

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Wednesday: “What Can Man Do to Me?”

Theme: An Outline of the Psalm

In this week’s lessons we learn from the life of David that when we are afflicted by the attacks of others, we can have confidence in the Lord, whose word never fails.

Scripture: Psalm 56:1-13

With this background of David’s flight to Gath in mind, we now read the central verses of the psalm: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me” (vv. 3, 4)?

With this background of David’s flight to Gath in mind, we now read the central verses of the psalm: “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me” (vv. 3, 4)?

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Tuesday: “What Can Man Do to Me?”

Theme: How David Felt

In this week’s lessons we learn from the life of David that when we are afflicted by the attacks of others, we can have confidence in the Lord, whose word never fails.

Scripture: Psalm 56:1-13

There are three things worth noting about David’s time in Gath, when this psalm was written.

There are three things worth noting about David’s time in Gath, when this psalm was written.

David was alone. He had fled from Saul without any soldiers, in fact, even without food or weapons. We think of him having at least his four hundred valiant men with him when he was in the wilderness. We think of him having hearty companionship and at least some protection. But according to 1 Samuel 22, the gathering of his army occurred after the time in Gath. So David was entirely alone at this time. There was no one with him.

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The Law Court to the Living Room

Calvin’s relentless determination--following the apostle Paul--to always express the gospel not only in terms of the courtroom, which is foundational, but also in terms of the family room, is a path we would do well to recover.

Is the message of the Protestant Reformation still an important one for today? In light of the 500th Anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, Pew Research Center decided to do a study (which they released on August 31, 2017) to find out if Protestant Christians believe today the truths that were fought for during the Reformation. When they released the results, they titled it, “U.S.

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