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1 Samuel 17:34-35, John 10:28

Last week at church, Bernie Hayes gave a sermon entitled, The Living God. http://noelridge.net/ He talked about how David, in 1 Samuel, took a sheep out of the mouth of a lion and bear.  I found that fascinating and revisited the Scripture later.  In the account, David said that if a bear or a lion picked off a sheep, he would chase it, hit it, and retrieve the sheep from its teeth.  When countered by either predator, he would grab its hair, strike it and slay it.  To follow through with the previous actions, I think David probably put the sheep down for a moment, and then maybe lovingly picked up its scared, saliva-soaked self.

That Old Testament account of David keeping sheep safe from a predator is similar to a New Testament situation.  Once Jesus saves one of His “sheep,” Jesus said, “…no one will snatch them out of my hand.”

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2 Samuel 22, 21:15-17a

I read about a battle between Israel and the Philistines.  David was exhausted and a Philistine named, Ishbi-Benob,  wanted to kill him.  Then Abishai came forward and killed the Philistine.  I believe God used Abishai to rescue David.  David was a thankful man and sang in celebration after God helped him many times.

Eight years ago today, God rescued me.  I was driving on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a little car that suddenly appeared at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, the front of our car just seemed to float.  I opened my eyes and saw the little car I had tried to avoid still at the stop sign, with no damage.  I was pointed in the right direction.  Shaken, I drove very slowly and found a place to park.  I checked out the car.  There wasn’t any damage, and I wasn’t injured!

Believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel to pick up our car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!  God helps me in many ways, but the heavenly help on Bever Avenue that afternoon stands out.  Every year now, when I put up a new calendar, I write on the month of May, “Heavenly help on Bever Ave,” so I can remember what God did for me.

 

2 Samuel 22, 21:15-17a

I read about a battle between Israel and the Philistines.  David was exhausted and a Philistine named, Ishbi-Benob,  wanted to kill him.  Then Abishai came forward and killed the Philistine.  I believe God used Abishai to rescue David.  David was a thankful man and sang in celebration after God helped him many times.

Seven years ago, God rescued me.  I was driving on Bever Avenue, a busy street, when someone ran a stop sign and headed for the left front of the car.  I was forced to swerve immediately to the right onto a side street, and unfortunately, there was a car at a stop sign there, right in my path.  I braced for the impact as my tires screeched, but instead, our car just straightened out and seemed to float.  Shaken, I drove slowly and found a place to park and checked out the car.  There weren’t any scratches and I wasn’t injured!

You can believe what you like, but I believe God sent an angel or angels to pick up the car.  Thanks be to God, my rescuer!  God helps me in many ways, but the heavenly help on Bever Avenue that afternoon stands out.  Every year now, when I put up a new calendar, I write on the month of May, “Heavenly help on Bever Ave,” so I can remember what God did for me and celebrate.

Think about how God has come to your rescue.  Then, you can put it on your calendar every year to celebrate what He did for you.

Psalm 51

It is winter where I live, and one day last week I was behind two large trucks on an interstate.  They were very dirty, the kind of dirty you can clearly print, “Wash me” on.

Don’t you think we look a little like those trucks to God?  We need to be cleaned too.

David asked God to wash him completely from his sins.  Let’s keep remembering to do the same.

Deuteronomy 1:32, 9:23, 2 Kings 17:14, 18:5, 1 Chronicles 5:20, Psalm 20:7, 24:4, 31:14, 86:2, Romans 15:13

Psalm 24:4-5  2 Kings 18:5-7

When out shopping lately, I stopped in my tracks in a candy aisle when I saw Russell Stover chocolate bars wrapped in pseudo-paper money.  That wasn’t the only thing false about it.  Instead of saying, “In God We Trust” it said, “In Santa We Trust.”  If Russell Stover was trying to be cute, it’s far from cute.  Why?  Because before even touching Scripture, Russell Stover’s usage of , “In Santa We Trust” is an affront to our national motto which is, “In God We Trust.”

There is significant history behind our national motto.  Wikipedia states, “In 1956, the nation was at a particularly tense time in the Cold War, and the United States wanted to distinguish itself from the Soviet Union, which promoted state atheism.[17] As a result, the 84th Congress passed a joint resolution ‘declaring IN GOD WE TRUST the national motto of the United States.’ The law was signed by President Eisenhower on July 30, 1956, and the motto was progressively added to paper money over a period from 1957 to 1966.[14] (Public Law 84-851)[18] The United States Code at 36 U.S.C. § 302, now states: ‘In God we trust’ is the national motto.’ ”

You may have noticed a lot of Scripture at the beginning of this post.  The verses deal with trust and are just a selection from many more verses.  In Deuteronomy 1:32, Moses tells the people that they didn’t trust God (even though God had fought for them in Egypt).  In 2 Kings 18:5-7, King Hezekiah put his trust in God and God made him successful.  In 1 Chronicles 5:20, God helped the Reubenites, Gadites, and the half-tribe of Manasseh win a battle because they cried out, trusting Him.  In Psalm 24:4-5, David conveys that if one doesn’t trust in an idol, etc., they can expect blessing from God.  And in Romans 15:13, apostle Paul speaks of trusting in God for hope, etc.

No, it’s not cute to replace our real God with Santa in any way.  Putting our trust in GOD is a big deal to Him!

Psalm 69:8

During my Bible reading, this verse (particularly the second half) piqued my curiosity.  What exactly did it mean by, “an alien unto my mother’s children”?  Liberty Bible Commentary says, “As the preference of David over his elder brethren aroused their jealousy (1 Sam 16:6-13), so too the Son of David was alien to the younger children of Mary during His earthly ministry (Jn 7:5); but they joined His followers after His resurrection (Acts 1:14).

 

Psalm 11:1

In the above verse, David writes about fleeing to a mountain.  That reminds me of something I read in, “The Small Woman” by Alan Burgess.

The book is about a woman named, Gladys Aylward, who became a missionary in China.  At one point in her life, she knew the Japanese were coming.  She opened her Bible randomly to find out what to do.  She read, “Flee ye, flee ye into the mountains!  Dwell deeply in the hidden places…”  She heeded that wise Biblical advice.

What problem do you have today?  Wisdom abounds in God’s Word.  Search for answers there.