April 22, 2018
Saul’s reign came to a tragic end with his death on the mountains of Gilboa. When David heard the news he wrote a song of lament for Saul and his son Jonathan. The song gives us the proper perspective on the tragedies of life, the harsh realities of death, and our longing for healing from […]
March 11, 2018
The taunts of the giant Goliath brought paralyzing fear upon Saul and the armies of Israel. But David’s confidence in God made him fearless before the enemy. Though we are often tempted to despair, we have a Hero like David who shows us the power of a steadfast confidence in God.
March 4, 2018
While Samuel mourned over the failure of Saul, God was on the move, preparing to reveal the king of his own choosing and through him to establish an everlasting kingdom. The selection of David and his special anointing demonstrates that God is fulfilling his mission in the world with a kingdom that will not fall […]
February 25, 2018
Soon after he became king of Israel, Saul demonstrated his spiritual ineptitude for leading God’s people. His impatience with God coupled with his natural instincts caused him to justify his direct obedience to God’s commands. Like Saul, the excuses we make to keep us from total obedience to God reveal the root causes of our […]
February 11, 2018
Israel’s demand for a human king is a new stage in their rebellion against God’s rule. Rejecting the kingdom of God, Israel will soon experience the curse of the kingdom of men. Only then will they discover that the Rejected King is the only sovereign who can be for them the leader that they need.
February 4, 2018
The Philistine armies defeated Israel and captured the ark of the covenant. Although they had conquered Israel, the Philistine soon discovered that they were no match for Israel’s God. When the people of God cry out to him with true repentance, God helps them recover the glory he has made them to enjoy.
January 28, 2018
Sometimes it seems that God is distant from his people and their pain. It can seem as if he does not care, that he has abandoned us, and left us to suffer in our misery. Hannah’s prayer for a son, and her subsequent prayer of thanksgiving, urge God’s people to wait on the Lord with […]
January 21, 2018
God desires for his people to prosper and flourish and has given them instruction for how to live in this way. He has given them a choice to either follow his lead and live or to rebel against him and perish. He urges us to always choose life so that not only can we enjoy […]