If you completed your reading consideration of all 150 psalms – congratulations!
If you were here I would give you a cookie. Chocolate chip. Just saying.
We have encountered David’s heart in the Psalms. We have looked at the backdrops for both Saul (no heart) and David (whole heart). Now it is time to focus our studious attention on David and Bathsheba’s son Solomon. King of Kings. Master of the half heart. (though having it all)
The palace intrigue is cranking up. Mom is involved. Friends are engaged. Enemies become active. The king is fading and can’t keep warm. This is like a made-for-tv movie. Except this is not only “based” upon a true story – it is a true story.
So this leads us to enter the book of 1 Kings in earnest. If you enjoyed mastering the Psalms, how will you feel when you carefully go through all 31 chapters of Proverbs?
You will feel like you are on Mount Moriah, that’s how! Not to mention our foray into the life and death considerations of Ecclesiastes. And the romantic interlude with perhaps Solomon’s first wife (he married a few) as we read Solomon’s Song.
All in the next few get togethers – it will be renovating.
David, the non-king
“You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. The things which you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.
Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier in active service entangles himself in the affairs of everyday life, so that he may please the one who enlisted him as a soldier.
Also if anyone competes as an athlete, he does not win the prize unless he competes according to the rules.
The hard-working farmer ought to be the first to receive his share of the crops.
Consider what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything.”
– 2 Timothy 2:1-7