1 Samuel 17:1-18:4
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Focus Verses: Psalm 78:37-39
...their hearts were not loyal to him, they were not faithful to his
covenant. 38 Yet he was merciful; he forgave their iniquities and did
not destroy them. Time after time he restrained his anger and did not
stir up his full wrath. 39 He remembered that they were but flesh, a
passing breeze that does not return.
is a teaching song. It begins with an appeal to listen to the
psalmist's words as he speaks in parables, as he speaks of hidden
things, and as he recounts the things of old. His hope is that the
generations to come will learn something from those who have gone before
them. He is honest about the good and the bad. He wants their
descendants to learn from the mistakes of their forefathers.
speaks of God's judgment and wrath, but he also speaks of God's love
and grace. He speaks of the unfaithfulness and weakness of people, but
rejoices in God's faithfulness. God, he says, remembers the frailty and
weakness of people—that they "are but flesh, a passing breeze that does
not return." God knows our weaknesses and is merciful. Through Christ
Jesus, he is able to sympathize with our weaknesses, and he is willing
and able to help us in our times of need.
Response and Action:I
want to pay attention and be teachable. There is so much to learn from
the experiences of God's people recorded in Scripture and throughout
church history. I will consider the words, stories, and experiences from
people of faith who have gone before me. I will read the Bible and
explore the rich supply of Christian biographies, memoirs, letters,
poetry, songs available to me.
I will do my best to
honestly share my experiences, good and bad, with my children and their
children. I will rejoice in God's amazing grace and faithfulness to me. I
will give thanks for my merciful God who understands my weaknesses and
helps me in my times of need
God, thank you for your love and faithfulness. Forgive my sins, and
have mercy toward me in my weakness. By the power and grace of your Holy
Spirit, lead, teach, transform, shape and strengthen me, that I might
delight in your will, and walk in your ways, to the glory of your name. I
pray all this in Jesus' name. Amen
Spiritual Formation Verses: Hebrews 4:14-16
since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. 15 For
we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our
weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as
we are—yet was without sin. 16 Let
us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may
receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.
What's So Amazing About Grace?
by Philip Yancey