“The fear of the LORD is to hate evil: pride, and arrogancy, and the evil way, and the froward mouth, do I hate.”
Only when we fear the Lord do we begin to have wisdom.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.”
Part of the process of truly fearing the Lord is to hate what the Lord hates.
“The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction.”
We cannot be friends with the world while also considering ourselves to be friends with Him. God demands that His children disregard what displeases Him.
Evil abounds in the world around us, and therefore we must avoid everything that is contrary to the Truth. We must hate evil, pride, arrogance, every evil way, and those who speak not the Truth.
Within the pages of the Word of God we find instructions for how God would have us to live amongst this evil.
“Through thy precepts I get understanding: therefore I hate every false way.”
When it seems that there is nowhere to turn due to the increase of evil around us, it is easy to become disheartened and discouraged. Where can we go? What can we do?
Resist the temptation to panic and isolate yourself, and begin to cling to the Word of God to speak peace to your soul.
“Therefore I esteem all thy precepts concerning all things to be right; and I hate every false way.”
Strive today to hate what God hates.
1 Chronicles 27-29 | 2 Thessalonians 1
“My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments:”
We cannot forget what we do not know.
The more we know of God’s Word the more of His Word we will want to know.
The importance of knowing the Word cannot be overstated; however, more than knowing, we must apply the Truth of God’s Word to our hearts.
“…but let thine heart…”
What we allow in our hearts determines our words and our actions.
“A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.”
What is your heart saying today?
“Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.”
Engrave the Wisdom of the Word upon your heart and life today.
Read the Word. Recite the Word. Remember the Word.
2 Peter 3:15
“But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”
What answer will you give?
Our hearts speak louder than we realize sometimes.
1 Chronicles 25-26 | 1 Thessalonians 5
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;”
Our crooked and perverse nation is in distress.
People are looking for hope, seeking answers in all the wrong places.
Darkness seems to be prevailing; yet, we are still here.
That means there is still work for us to do.
There is still time to “shine as lights” for others to see.
“For they eat the bread of wickedness, and drink the wine of violence. But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.”
In the middle of the darkness, “the path of the just” can light the way; because this is not just any shining light.
“Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.”
“I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness.”
We have the Light of Christ within us, and it is up to us to shine so that others may see the glorious Light of the Gospel.
2 Corinthians 4:3-4
“But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.”
People all around us are walking in darkness. Their minds are blinded by the devil through disbelief. Only the Light of the Gospel can open their spiritual eyes.
“That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.”
May the Word of Life shine out of our hearts…for it is His Word that makes the difference.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
Shine the Light today.
Our nation needs Him more than ever before.
1 Chronicles 23-24 | 1 Thessalonians 4
1 Kings 3:11
“And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;”
God must hear requests for long life, riches, honour, or revenge all the time.
How much must it grieve His heart for us to ask for any or all of those things rather than asking for wisdom to serve Him?
Solomon could have asked for anything, yet he asked for wisdom. He not only received it, but through God’s grace he was also given so much more.
1 Kings 3:12-14
“Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee. And I have also given thee that which thou hast not asked, both riches, and honour: so that there shall not be any among the kings like unto thee all thy days. And if thou wilt walk in my ways, to keep my statutes and my commandments, as thy father David did walk, then I will lengthen thy days.”
What might the Lord also give us if we will simply ask for the right thing in the first place?
Because he asked for wisdom, God not only granted Solomon’s request, but He also bestowed so much more in addition to his plea.
What a picture of the grace of God! He always gives us so much more than we could ever deserve.
If we will simply ask for wisdom, as Solomon did, we too may receive temporal blessings in addition to that which has eternal value.
What have we missed because we simply asked for the wrong thing?
1 Chronicles 21-22 | 1 Thessalonians 3
1 Kings 3:12
“Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.”
Solomon asking for wisdom, knowledge and understanding did not surprise the LORD God one bit.
He knows what we need before we even ask.
“Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”
Solomon’s wisdom was displayed in his asking for it in the first place. He was wise enough to ask for more wisdom! God had given him the opportunity, and Solomon had faith that God would provide his request.
Because of his faith, God entrusted him with a distinct ability unlike anyone else.
God has a unique plan for each of our lives.
He has entrusted us with the privilege to serve Him, and He knows exactly what we need. We must have enough faith to ask Him to give us the wisdom He knows we need in order to accomplish His will in us.
1 Kings 4:29-30
“And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore. And Solomon's wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.”
God allows situations to come into our lives to allow our faith in Him to grow. The more faith we have in Him, the more He can use us in ways we never dreamed.
1 Kings 4:34
“And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.”
What has God entrusted you with?
Examine your faith in Him today.
1 Chronicles 19-20 | 1 Thessalonians 2
1 Kings 3:9
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
Solomon could have asked for anything he wanted; yet he asked for wisdom. God, in His foreknowledge, knew what Solomon would ask for before He even gave him the opportunity.
Solomon had two specific reasons for asking for wisdom, knowledge and understanding. The anointed king of Israel recognized that his young age provided little experience to perform his duties.
To Fulfill God’s Plan
Solomon realized that the task before him was too great to do on his own. He knew that if he tried to accomplish it in his own ability he would surely fail.
2 Chronicles 1:10
“Give me now wisdom and knowledge, that I may go out and come in before this people: for who can judge this thy people, that is so great?”
How many times to we try to complete a task on our own only to fail miserably? If we serve by our own strength and power, little will be done for the cause of Christ. We must acknowledge our need for Him!
To Discern His Problems
If he was to rule over God’s chosen people, Solomon knew he had to be able to discern between what was right and wrong.
“…that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?”
Discernment is lacking within many professing Christians today.
God is willing and able to give us the ability to discern between good and bad. He only requires that we ask Him to give it to us.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
We must ask God for wisdom in order to fulfill His plan for our lives and to have discernment while we serve Him.
1 Chronicles 17-18 | 1 Thessalonians 1
“I will love thee, O LORD, my strength.”
Now set to music, David’s song begins a little differently.
The most recognizable difference between 2 Samuel 22 and Psalm 18 is the addition of this one sentence to begin his song of deliverance.
The calamity he had faced had led to knowing and loving his Deliverer more.
2 Samuel 22:29-31
“For thou art my lamp, O LORD: and the LORD will lighten my darkness. For by thee I have run through a troop: by my God have I leaped over a wall. As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
David’s love for the Lord grew through the trials he faced.
What if we looked at our trials that way…
If what we face makes us know and love the Lord more, is it not worth it?
It is easier to wait if we spend our time knowing and loving Him.
The pain is less felt when we are focused on Him.
Suffering and affliction are valuable additions to our lives while we endure them we choose to turn to Him.
David acknowledged the Lord was the Source of his strength.
“The LORD is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”
He lovingly depended upon the Lord for his strength to carry on.
We can choose to do the same in our times of calamity.
In times of waiting, love Him.
In times of discouragement, praise Him.
In times of suffering, seek Him.
In times of doubt, trust Him.
1 Chronicles 15-16 | Colossians 4
2 Samuel 22:1
“And David spake unto the LORD the words of this song in the day that the LORD had delivered him out of the hand of all his enemies, and out of the hand of Saul:”
For David, it was his enemies that caused his calamity.
He refers to them 17 times within this chapter. But as many times as he focused on them, he chose to look to the Lord many more…at least 85 times.
David chose to focus on his Deliverer instead of his oppressors.
2 Samuel 22:2-3
“And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; The God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.”
Who is He to you today?
As your Rock, He gives stability.
As your Fortress, He gives safety.
As your Deliverer, He gives salvation.
Do you trust Him today?
As your Shield, He gives shelter.
As the Horn of Your Salvation, He gives strength.
As your High Tower, He gives security.
As your Refuge, He gives peace.
As your Saviour, He gives deliverance.
Compare 2 Samuel 22 to Psalm 18.
It is almost as if our chapter today is a first draft before the song is set to music.
David left us such an example that when times get hard, we can trust the Lord.
2 Samuel 22:31
“As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.”
When we don’t understand why or even what is happening, He does.
2 Samuel 22:33
“God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.”
Choose to be thankful in your circumstances today.
2 Samuel 22:50
“Therefore I will give thanks unto thee, O LORD, among the heathen, and I will sing praises unto thy name.”
Allow your thanksgiving to turn to praise, even in the midst of those who are against you.
1 Chronicles 13-14 | Colossians 3
2 Samuel 22:19
“They prevented me in the day of my calamity: but the LORD was my stay.”
Sometimes, our unbelief keeps us in a place too long, which can lead to calamity.
Calamity: an event causing great and often sudden damage or distress; a disaster.
Have you ever had a calamity take place in your life?
He knew where to turn in the days of his calamity.
2 Samuel 22:7
“In my distress I called upon the LORD, and cried to my God: and he did hear my voice out of his temple, and my cry did enter into his ears.”
The Lord heard him…and He answered.
The Lord was his stay…He supported him.
If you are in distress…call upon Him, and cry unto Him.
He may not answer the way you want or expect, but He will do what He knows is best.
His answer to David involved an earthquake, thunder, and lightning because of His wrath defending David.
Perhaps the Lord wants to shake the very ground you walk each day.
Instead of being fearful, rejoice that the Lord will fight the battle for you.
2 Samuel 22:20
“He brought me forth also into a large place: he delivered me, because he delighted in me.”
The Lord delivered him, because He delighted in him.
There is such liberty on the other side of the Lord’s deliverance.
He supported David in his darkest hour, as it seemed that everyone else had deserted him.
When oppression overtook him, the Lord was his stay.
He’ll do the same for you today.
1 Chronicles 11-12 | Colossians 2
“Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?”
We blame toddlers and teenagers for asking the question, “Why can’t we…”, the most often, but the truth of the matter is that adults ask just as frequently.
Our answer to the younger generation is usually “for your own good” or “just do as I say”. Yet so often we neglect our own preaching.
When the disciples asked Jesus, “Why could not we…”, it was not for their own good or because they just needed to obey what He said.
It was their unbelief.
“And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.”
They missed out on seeing miracles take place simply because they did not believe it would happen.
Jesus even explained to them that if they just had a little faith nothing would be impossible.
But they doubted…ultimately, they doubted Him.
They doubted what He could do in and through them if only they would believe.
When we believe that with Him anything is possible, we will begin to see the mountains in our lives begin to move.
“Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.”
He wants us to seek Him in faith. When we doubt that He will do what He said, we miss out on so much more than just our need.
Unbelief has consequences.
1 Chronicles 9-10 | Colossians 1
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