¡Hola, hola! Isn’t it wonderful to know that we are actually “preparing Jesus room” in our hearts every day as we come to His Word? Isn’t it wonderful to know that no matter which devotional book we have chosen to read this Advent season, we are not missing out reading the best Book to read this season? Isn’t it wonderful to know that every time we come to the Word, we come to the living Word of God that never returns void? Isn’t it wonderful that when we open the Word of God, Immanuel is truly with us? This is truly a wonderful season!
This week we will finish the first book of Samuel and start the second. We will also read Psalms 34, 54, 57, 13, 20, 21, 51, 3, 4, 5, and 7. Yes! It is not a mistake! We will be all over the Psalms because I tried -as much as possible- to pair the Psalms that David wrote when he was going through different circumstances. For example, on Friday we will read 2 Samuel 12 and in that chapter we come across the time when Nathan the Prophet rebukes David for the grievous sin he committed with Bathsheba and the murder of her husband. And then in Psalm 51, we read the psalm that David wrote to confess his own sin. We continue reading the same day and come to chapter 15, and we find the tragic story of Absalom’s conspiracy against his own father, King David, and so we read Psalm 3 (again), a Psalm David wrote when he was fleeing from his own son.
1st and 2nd Samuel were originally one book, and I encourage you to read the story and use your imagination to follow along. Let the story captivate you. It is a real page-turner, Friends. And as you read, be careful how you read yourself into the story. Dare to see yourself, maybe as a woman who is being enslaved by envy -like Saul was. Maybe you are not seeking the Lord’s direction for all the affairs of your life, like Saul and at one point David didn’t. Remember that David couldn’t see himself in the story when Nathan confronted him for his sin. David’s sin had blinded him to his own sin. Pray to God and let the Holy Spirit show you the areas in which His Word needs to cleanse you, and repent and believe. Embrace God’s forgiveness and sing for joy.
We will be reading many Psalms and oh, what a gift they are to us! When we don’t know what or how to pray, the Psalms give us words of praise, words of mourning, words of hope, words of agony…words to pray. So let’s be praying this week. Praying much. Sisters, we have read Leviticus, we have read Hebrews, we can understand this exhortation from Paul even better now, “Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” (Heb. 3:16) So, yes, let’s come before Him in the name of Jesus and pray.
Bonhoeffer wrote in a little book something that I would love to share with you today, “If we want to read and to pray the prayers of the Bible and especially the Psalms, therefore, we must not ask first what they have to do with us, but what they have to do with Jesus Christ. We must ask how we can understand the Psalms as God’s Word, and then we shall be able to pray them. It does not depend, therefore, on whether the Psalms express adequately that which we feel at a given moment in our heart. If we are to pray aright, perhaps it is quite necessary that we pray contrary to our own heart. Not what we want to pray is important, but what God wants us to pray. If we were dependent entirely on ourselves, we would probably pray only the fourth petition of the Lord’s Prayer. But God wants it otherwise. The richness of the Word of God ought to determine our prayer, not the poverty of our heart.” (Psalms: the Prayer Book of the Bible).
May the Lord bless you as you come to His Word, may your mouth sing His praises, and your heart burst in gladness as you draw near to Him.
I hope to “see” you next Monday in our weekly Webinar at 10:00 AM PST.
Under His sun and by His grace,
Becky Pliego and the team of Christ Church Ladies Fellowship