Old Testament Reading: Leviticus 1 & 2
* Psalms Reading: Psalm 47
New Testament: 1st & 2nd Chronicles Introduction – see below
Psalm 47 is all about praising God and realizing His power. In my Bible (ESV), it is titled, “God is King over All the Earth”. When the sons of Korah wrote this psalm/song, perhaps they had just completed a great military victory, or maybe there was some other big event that called for a celebration!
It’s easy to praise God when things are going well, right? Or… do we even remember to praise Him in the good times? A lot of us probably come before God most often when we need something. Sometimes we treat him like a cosmic genie or Santa Claus, asking for the things we want. Sometimes, we simply get busy and forget Him during the good times, but when we need His intervention, then we remember to pray.
It is so important to remember (and I am speaking to myself here too!) to praise God regularly, and talk with Him often. No one likes having that “friend” who only calls when they need something; however, if we have a dear friend in need, we want to help them! God is our Father who cares greatly for us, and He wants a relationship with us. So instead of just asking Him for what we need, we should remember to praise Him regularly and get to know Him better by reading His Word and listening for His still, small voice to speak to our souls.
- Rewrite Psalm 47 into your own words, using actual examples from your own life. Sing or pray the psalm to your Heavenly Father!
- What picture do you get of God from your reading today?
In preparation for beginning 1st Chronicles tomorrow in our New Testament reading, here is our…
Introduction to 1st & 2nd Chronicles
Paul wrote the books of 1 and 2 Corinthians to the church in Corinth which he had personally founded. The city of Corinth was rich and sinful, and the church was struggling to resist the ungodly influences of the pagan society. Paul wrote 1 Corinthians to the church in Corinth specifically to address division and sin in the church.
The most well-known chapter is 1 Corinthians 13, also known as the love chapter. This is sandwiched between two other chapters focusing on spiritual gifts and their use in the church.
The other well-known chapter is 1 Corinthians 15, also known as the resurrection chapter.
In 2 Corinthians, Paul defended the fact that he was an apostle. He emphasized the suffering he had endured for the gospel. He explained that he had not visited the church in Corinth again because he didn’t want to have to come down hard on them publicly. He was happy they had addressed the sin in the church. He emphasized the need to financially help other believers, and pointed out that “God loves a cheerful giver”.
Paul warned in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you – unless, of course, you fail the test?”
I suspect that if Paul were to write to Christians today, he would write something very nearly like 1 & 2 Corinthians, so pay attention as you read it.
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He is an awesome God!