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Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Reflecting in All Circumstances

When David, king of Israel, would reflect on his life and The LORD, he would often write it down in Hebrew Poetry or song lyrics.  We have these writings captured in the book of Psalms.  The words were meant to be experienced more than read.  The introduction to each Psalm explains this to us.
...concerning Cush of the tribe of Benjamin. (Psalm 7)
These Psalms have a different feel when we read them after reading about the circumstances.  The story tells us about what was happening outside – with people, conversations, and actions.  The Psalm tells us about what was happening inside – the thoughts and feelings of David’s mind and heart.  Look at how the following stories and Psalms are connected to one another.  Pick one to look up in your own Bible and read both the outside (Samuel passage) and inside (Psalm) perspectives.  You can start to see how David turned to God in all circumstances.
...regarding the time Saul sent soldiers to watch David's house in order to kill him. (1 Samuel 19:11ff, Psalm 59)
...regarding the time Doeg the Edomite said to Saul, "David has gone to see Ahimelech." (1 Samuel 21:1-9, Psalm 52)
...regarding the time the Philistines seized him in Gath. (1 Samuel 21:10-15, Psalm 56)
...regarding the time he pretended to be insane in front of Abimelech, who sent him away. (1 Samuel 21:10-15, Psalm 34)
...regarding the time he fled from Saul and went into the cave. (1 Samuel 22, Psalm 57)
...regarding a time when David was in the wilderness of Judah. (1 Samuel 22:5ff, Psalm 63)
...regarding the time the Ziphites came and said to Saul, "We know where David is hiding." (1 Samuel 23:15-29, Psalm 54)
...regarding the time Nathan the prophet came to him after David had committed adultery with Bathsheba. (2 Samuel 11-12, Psalm 51)
...regarding the time David fled from his son Absalom. (2 Samuel 15-18,Psalm 3)
How about you?  Do you express what’s inside your mind and heart when going through situations that are thrown upon you from the outside?  Do you turn to God in all circumstances?