July 15th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 24

Observation - David wanted to worship God at the threshing floor, the place where God showed him and all of Israel GRACE. Araunah wanted to give him the land, but David wanted his worship to cost him something.

Application - We cannot earn anything from God with our actions or worship, but David’s costly worship sets a good example for us. True worship often requires genuine sacrifice. How can you worship God today with your life in a way that shows true surrender and sacrifice?

Prayer - Thank you for giving me GRACE freely. May my life be a living sacrifice to you.

July 13th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 22

Observation - David’s song of praise came after some very difficult and challenging times, not only in the nation he was leading, but in his own family. David clung to God’s faithfulness and grace.

Application - It is so easy to let life’s challenging circumstances capture our focus. David, chose to place his focus on GOD instead of the tragic circumstances. While he did mourn and lament, he also chose to praise God too. What would it look like for you to write a song of praise to God today? Maybe take some time to journal that praise or even write a praise song.

Prayer - God, I am so grateful that YOU are my rock, my fortress, and my savior. Thank you for being faithful through every season of my life. Help me to alway praise you through the good times and the bad. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

July 12th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 21

Observation - There was a lot of injustice that happened leading up to the events in this chapter. David responded to God by stopping the killing of the Gibeonites. He also brought closure to Saul’s family by brining his and Jonathan’s bones back to finally be buried.

Application - This chapter seemed to be quite a mess of cleaning up the mess that is often humanity. God is truly the only one that can make us completely whole. Invite God into the good and the messy areas of your life today. His way is better than ours.

Prayer - God, thank you for loving me right where I’m at, unconditionally, but also loving me too much to leave me where I’m at. I surrender every area of my life to you.

In Jesus’ name, Amen.

July 8th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 17

Observation - Ahithopel hangs himself either because he is angry that Absalom didn’t follow his advice or because he thinks Absalom’s plan will fail. Ahithopel knows that if Absalom fails, he’ll be found guilty of treason and executed. No matter what the circumstances, suicide is detestable to the Hebrews because of the high value they place on human life.

Application - It is hard when we lose someone to suicide. We are usually left with more questions than answers. When those troubled times hit us, it is best to take them to God. If you feel lost, or in a dark place, reach out to someone who can help you.

Prayer - Lord, your Word speaks promises of healing and restoration and I thank you for the miracles you still perform today. Today I claim those promises over my friend. I believe in the healing power of faith and prayer and I ask you to begin your mighty work in the life of my friend. In your name I pray, amen.

July 7th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 16

Observation - Absalom seeks the advice of two men, Ahithophel and Hushai. Ahitophel is helping the prince overtake the throne from David. Hushai, on the other hand, is David’s spy. At first Ahithopel advice sounds good - and most likely David and his men would have been overtaken had it been followed. But Hushai, caring about David and not Absalom, baits the prince by flattering his pride and ambition. 

Application - Fromm whom can we get good advice? How can we know if the advice is wise or unwise? It is difficult at times to distinguish between the two. However, we can learn from Absalom. Flattery isn’t a component of good advice. Carefully weigh all that friends or family recommend, viewing with skepticism and advice that is laced with empty flattery. 

Prayer - Jesus I pray that you surround me with friends who will speak life and love into my life. That they will be the kind of friends that will speak from your wisdom. Help me weed out those who may speak ill things into my life. In your name I pray, amen.

July 6th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 15 _

Observation - Absalom carried out his plan to take over the throne. He pointed out the faults of the king in power, and he praised himself and his abilities. Absalom pulled off this trickery because of his high rank, his handsome appearance and his courtesy to even the lowliest people. In doing so, he stole the hearts of the Israelites. Yet through it all, his father David did not take Absalom’s actions seriously.

Application - When God reprimands us for our actions, it is not done out of anger. Our father loves us and wants the best of us, but he also doesn’t let us go unpunished when we sin. Unlike David with Absalom, God’s correction is meant to redirect us and turn us away from sin.

Prayer - Father God, I always want to do right in your eyes. There are days that I may fail or days I may want to return to my old sin and old ways. Help me to remember your word in those moments and stand strong, so that I can flee from those tempting thoughts. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

July 5th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 14

Observation - In the middle of these passages about rape, murder, revenge, and rebellion, we find this description of Absalom’s beauty. It is probably placed here to set the stage for Absalom’s use of his good looks and charm to attempt to take over his father’s throne. The source of Absalom’s beauty, his thick hair, is perhaps what causes his head to become entangled in a tree branch, contributing to his death. We also see some movement towards David and Absalom’s relationship being restored.

Application - It is human nature to follow beautiful people. In the next chapter, the Israelites turned to Absalom because of his charm and beauty, and we do the same thing even today. In choosing whom we will appoint as our leaders and whom we will follow, we would be wise to remember that God does not look at the outward appearance but looks directly at our hearts. Regardless, we also see a glimpse of how God can restore relationships. Let’s invite him to fully restore any broken relationships that we might have in our lives.

Prayer - God, when it comes to wisdom, I want You to reveal true wisdom to me. Help me to not be distracted by those whose wisdom does not come from you. Help me to see broken relationships in my life fully restored too. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.

July 4th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 13

Observation - Tamar mourns, and yet no one comes forward as her advocate - not even her father, King David, who has the power to discipline Ammon. Perhaps he holds back because of his own scandalous behavior with Bathsheba. Not only does this action hurt Tamar but also cause a seed of hatred to grow in Absalom’s heart. He has now pledged to kill Ammon which he does two years later

Application - When we move fast in anger, it’s hard to see the consequence of our actions. When anger builds inside of us, we tend to lash out and hurt those around us. When we feel hurt, it is best to release those feelings to God and allow him to heal us from the inside out.

Prayer - Father God, thank you so much for your ever-lasting love. You are the constant source of strength and light in my life. I ask that when anger or hurt rise up in me that you would help me bring those feelings to your feet and be replaced with your love instead. In your name I pray, amen.

July 3rd

Scripture - 2 Samuel 12

Observation - David thought he had a secret. Yet how could he keep it when all of heaven knows? The prophet Nathan confronted David. With the tables turned, God promised that David will now experience pain for his choices. 

Application - Nothing is ever done in secret. We may think we are hiding something from those that surround us, but in our Father’s eyes, he sees it all. He knows your thoughts and he knows what is hiding deep in our hearts. Sometimes it takes us awhile to admit things done in hiding, but when we bring it to light, God’s forgiveness is there for us. 

Prayer - Father, I don’t want to live a life in shame and regret. More times than not, I find myself hiding from you. I know that what I do is not always pleasing. Help me to lay those things at your feet and walk in your total freedom. In your name I pray, amen

July 2nd

Scripture - 2 Samuel 11

Observation - Looking our over the city, David saw a woman, Bathsheba bathing. He didn’t stop there, he sent someone to find out who she was. He didn’t stop his lust for her even when he found out she was married. In most cultures King’s in those days could take whomever they wanted for his harem, but it was against Israelite law for David to take Bathsheba as his wife. David took full responsibility after Nathan rebuked him. David could have gone another way, but God honored his heart of repentance. 

Application - Read Psalm 51, David’s prayer of repentance. Underline David’s pleas and consider how David’s image of God affects his petitions.

Prayer - Father, I know that I do wrong on a daily basis. I know that I mess up and fail you. I also know of your love for me and how much you desire to help me get back on track. In moments of weakness, remind me of your love for me. In your name I pray, amen. 

July 1st

Scripture - 2 Samuel 10

Scripture - When the Ammonite king died, David sent a delegation to express sympathy to Hanun, the new Ammonite king. Suspecting the delegation has ulterior motives, Hanun seizes the men of the delegation. He then began to humiliate them in the most insulting manner he could think of: he cuts off half of each man’s beard and he cuts off each man’s robe at the buttocks. When David heard of it, he graciously allowed them to stay in Jericho until their beards had grown back. Because of what the Ammonites did they suffered a tremendous defeat in the battles that ensue.

Observation - Have you ever been humiliated in a situation. Did you feel embarrassment or even shame from it? It’s easy in those times to hold onto how we felt or not forgive the other party for what they did; we’d rather take on some kind of payback ourselves. In those moments, remember God brings freedom from shame. If there is an event that caused you pain, ask God to help you forgive that person.

Prayer - God, I ask that no matter what, you help me through each life circumstance. I pray over those times that I may have caused embarrassment or pain to someone. Help me to walk out the situation with you. I also pray for those who have done something to me. I forgive each and every person. In your name I pray, amen.

June 29th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 8

Observation - This chapter of victory, blessing, and prosperity describes the national life of Israel during David’s reign. This is one reason why he is generally regarded as the greatest king or ruler Israel ever had. This is how God wanted to reign in the life of Saul, but Saul resisted the Lord and rejected His Spirit. Because David allowed God to be Lord over Him, the nations were subdued before David.

Application - It is so hard for our flesh to understand what it means to be submissive to our Father. Submissive to our father just means that we are willing to lay ourselves down so that he might fill us back up with his glory, love and power. When we submit to and trust God, God is able to move more freely in our lives. 

Prayer - Father, each day I want to experience growth with you. I never want one day to look like another. I always want to be transformed by your glory. WIll you fill me with more of you? Help me learn to be humble in your presence. In your name I pray, amen.

June 28th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 7

Observation - God promised David, “rest from all enemies.” This was fulfilled for a time during David’s reign, yet God’s promise didn’t end there. God continued to use David’s family line to eventually bring the savior of the world, fulfilled through Jesus Christ’s reign as King of kings. A descendent of David, Jesus was and is the fulfillment of God’s promise to David of a king forever on the throne and of rest from his enemies. 

Application - It’s so awesome when we begin to see God’s promises to us fulfilled. Some days it feels like we are never going to see anything God says come to fruition. As long as we are faithful and step out, God will be there to say what he says and do what he says he will do.

Prayer - Father, help me to step out and see your promises come alive in and through my life. Let me not hold anything back from you. I know that I can trust in you and that you will bless my life along the way. In your name I pray, amen.

June 27th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 6

Observation - Michal saw David dancing in the streets and was disgusted with his behavior. She completely despised him in this moment. She felt that David’s behavior dishonored him and his throne. She didn’t speak out of concern for David or for her nation’s best interests, but rather out of contempt for David. Not really caring about what she thinks, David claims he’d be even more undignified and humbled before the Lord in order to truly worship him.

Application - As David worshiped extravagantly, our hearts are what God cares about, not our traditions or cultural expectations. Worship from the heart honors God, regardless of how it may appear to others.

Prayer - Dear heavenly Father, I desire to learn how to worship You as You deserve. Help me Lord to grow into the sort of worshipper that the Father is seeking – one that worships You in spirit and truth. In your name I pray, amen.

June 26th

Scripture - 2 Samuel 5

Observation - When the Israelites went into a battle that was sanctioned by God, he led them, or, as these verse states, he went “out in front” of them. Many times, the Lord uses supernatural means to bring victory to his people. Here, God invites David to do battle differently. David followed the directions and succeeded! 

Application - God’s got our backs in so many ways. Some days we may feel like we are alone going through a situation, but reality is, is that God is right there by our side. In those times, it’s important to spend time in our secret place with God and praying for his supernatural direction and power over our lives. 

Prayer - Lord, I trust in your unfailing love, in your promises.
I give this day and all that it holds to you. May I walk in your goodness and direction,
knowing your gentle hand will guide me, and keep me.