Light and salvation David praises God in all His power, creativity, majesty, protection
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Welcome to Livin’ Light’s Bible-In-A-Year challenge of discovering God’s love for us and His purpose for our lives. Here is the format for this great adventure: The daily reading assignment is posted at 5 a.m. After each day’s reading, Leigh An Coplin, the blog host, shares observations and poses questions about difficult passages to Rob Fields, who studied Christian Education at Asbury Seminary and currently teaches Biology in the Orlando area. To start from the beginning, click on 365 Bible Readings and scroll down to Day 1. The reading schedule is taken from The One Year Chronological Bible NLT. 

Today’s Reading
Psalms 27-32
(979 BC) Click here for a timeline of the entire Bible.

Questions & Observations

Q. (Psalm 27): This psalm says to me that as David was devoted to the Lord, sometimes that meant heralding His name and looking down on enemies, and other times, curling up under God’s protection while He does the fighting.  In the latter, when he was surrounded by enemies, I hear in David’s words that he tries really hard not to be scared, but it’s hard knowing how fierce and conniving his enemies can be.  And then in the next set, David asks God to show him how to live, maybe so he doesn’t have to be afraid?  That’s what I get anyway.

A. Sounds correct to me.

O. (28): I am hearing a lot of recurring emotions from David.  1) His patience wears thin.  He has a lot of responsibility, in which he asks God to give him direction.  2) And, when he doesn’t get answers, he becomes impatient and scared and starts begging God to forgive him.  3) His endurance is tested because his enemies keep lurking and lurking and lurking.

Q. (30:6-7): Is David showing us that God turned away from him because of his ego?

A. Yes.  It appears that David forgot that his prospering was from God, not his own efforts, and God appears to have shamed him into seeing how things really are.

O. (31:9-13): In these verses, we revisit many of David’s “ghosts” that are haunting him.  I am reminded of how much David endured for God’s name.  No, he was not perfect, but he was devoted to God.  These verses have renewed my respect for such a soldier of God!

Q. (31:22): Why are some prayers not answered until someone cries out?

A. Why is any prayer answered at all?  God, in His mercy, chooses to listen to His children and show compassion for their needs, but He is by no means obligated to listen to them.  Part of the act of faith that comes in praying is trusting that God not only controls the results of the request, but also the timing of the answer.  I would imagine that in some cases, God desires for us to wait until we have nothing left to do but turn to Him, and then rescues us.  It would certainly produce a proper understanding of Who is ultimately in control of our lives.

O. (32:5): It’s so wonderful that God has an open ear for us to confess our sins.  I know when I’m hiding guilt or shame, it eats at me.  So, thank you God for this outlet, letting us off the hook with just a heartfelt “sorry.”

For further study: Five ways God answers prayers, https://www.christianitytoday.com/biblestudies/articles/spiritualformation/five-ways-god-answers-prayer.html

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Tomorrow’s reading: Psalms 35-38