Lord, Should I…? 2 Samuel 2:1


Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2:1-3:5; 1 Chronicles 3:1-4a; 2 Samuel 23:8-17; 1 Chronicles 11:10-19; 2 Samuel 23:18-39; 1 Chronicles 11:20-47

Heavenly Father, Oh how I would love to have a relationship with You like David!  He knew when to ask, how long to wait, what Your voice sounded like and when to move.

After this, David asked the Lord, “Should I move back to one of the towns of Judah?”

“Yes,” the Lord replied.

Then David asked, “Which town should I go to?”

“To Hebron,” the Lord answered.    –2 Samuel 2:1

Lord, help me.

Direct me.

Guide me.

Show me the things in my heart that aren’t pleasing to You.

Holy Spirit, speak loudly.

Father, have mercy on me when I miss Your instructions or don’t follow them correctly.

Jesus, thank You for the grace Your death on the cross brought.  I would be so lost without You.

Lord, what should I do with this wonderful day You’ve given me?

 

Waiting for Your Instructions…

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 3:6-4:12

Lord, Help Me to Share–1 Samuel 30:23

 Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-31; 1 Chronicles 12:20-22; 1 Samuel 31:1-13; 1 Chronicles 10:1-14; 1 Chronicles 9:40-44; 2 Samuel 4:4; 2 Samuel 1:1-27

Heavenly Father, selfishness is so prevalent in today’s world.  I must confess that some days I think the older I get the more selfish I become.  I certainly don’t want to be one of those grouchy old people who has to have everything “their way!”

Thank You Lord for the example of David.

Then David returned to the brook Besor and met up with the 200 men who had been left behind because they were too exhausted to go with him. They went out to meet David and his men, and David greeted them joyfully.  But some evil troublemakers among David’s men said, “They didn’t go with us, so they can’t have any of the plunder we recovered. Give them their wives and children, and tell them to be gone.”

But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us.  Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” From then on David made this a decree and regulation for Israel, and it is still followed today.  –1 Samuel 30:21-25

Lord, You have given me so much.  Help me to remember that EVERY good and perfect gift is from You (James 1:17).  Help me to “share and share alike” as David said.

Lord, help me to follow David’s example by asking You for guidance.  Holy Spirit, I know that if I bring my selfish tendencies to You, You will help me replace them with a heart like David’s.

Lord, use who I am and what I have to bless someone today.  I give myself to You!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 2:1-3:5; 1 Chronicles 3:1-4a; 2 Samuel 23:8-17; 1 Chronicles 11:10-19; 2 Samuel 23:18-39; 1 Chronicles 11:20-47

Lord, Protect Me from Human Schemes—1 Samuel 26:17-19

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56

Heavenly Father, I’ve read David and Saul’s story many times. I’m always amazed. David’s complete reliance on You to get Your will accomplished in his life almost seems superhuman, but it wasn’t. David was just a man, but he was a man who knew he had been called by You, the God who made him for a distinct purpose. I think David was always mindful of where he came from; a sheep pasture on a hill in the middle of no-where. He believed that if YOU wanted him to be king YOU would make it happen. There was no scheming on his part but he knew that may not be the case with everyone.

Saul recognized David’s voice and called out, “Is that you, my son David?”

And David replied, “Yes, my lord the king. Why are you chasing me? What have I done? What is my crime?  But now let my lord the king listen to his servant. If the Lord has stirred you up against me, then let him accept my offering. But if this is simply a human scheme, then may those involved be cursed by the Lord. For they have driven me from my home, so I can no longer live among the Lord’s people, and they have said, ‘Go, worship pagan gods.’  —1 Samuel 26:17-19

Lord, in today’s world it’s hard to know what to believe. Greed, manipulation, half-truths, and un-truths being sold as absolute truths through the media, government, and even in Christian organizations and churches. Nothing is worse than humans using Your Word to manipulate others.

Jesus, I say with David, Lord, if You are stirring things up in the world or just in MY little world, so be it. Let me learn from it and grow from it but if these are simply human schemes, protect me. Give me supernatural discernment and peace that You are in control. I will trust You take care of the situation.

Lord, I trust You to fight my battles for me.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 30:1-31, 1 Chronicles 12:20-22, 1 Samuel 31:1-13, 1 Chronicles 10:1-14, 1 Chronicles 9:40-44, 2 Samuel 4:4, 2 Samuel 1:1-27

Lord, Be Our Stronghold in the Wilderness—1 Samuel 23:14

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 23:13-29, Psalms 54, 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

Heavenly Father, as I read Your Word early this morning a phrase jumped off the page:

David now stayed in the strongholds of the wilderness and in the hill country of Ziph. Saul hunted him day after day, but God didn’t let Saul find him.  —1 Samuel 23:14

Lord, I know that in Jewish culture the word wilderness or Midbar in Hebrew didn’t just mean a place that was wild, unsettled, and desolate. It also symbolized a place of struggle, emptiness, and fear. The word stronghold is completely opposite of wilderness meaning a place of security or survival.

Father, you had David safe and secure in his place of struggle, lack and fear. What a beautiful picture! What a message for us in today’s world.

Lord, I have many family and friends who are in a place of struggle, emptiness, and fear. Lord, be their security today. Let them know they will survive and even thrive through this wilderness season. Let them know you are working this hard season for their good and Your Glory (Romans 8:28).

Holy Spirit, comfort them during this time of loneliness, uncertainty and anxiety. Use this song by Out of Darkness to encourage them today.

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

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©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 26:1-27:7, 1 Chronicles 12:1-7, 1 Samuel 27:8-29:11, 1 Chronicles 12:19, Psalm 56

Lord, No One Cares What Happens to Me–Psalm 142:4

Today’s Scripture Reading:  1 Samuel 22:1-2; Psalm 57; Psalm 142; 1 Chronicles 12:8-18; 1 Samuel 22:3-23; Psalm 52; 1 Samuel 23:1-12

Heavenly Father, Your Word is amazing!  No matter what I’m feeling, You know and You understand.  Reading David’s psalms is like reading my own thoughts during life’s tough times:

A psalm of David, regarding his experience in the cave. A prayer.

I cry out to the Lord; 

I plead for the Lord’s mercy. 

I pour out my complaints before him

and tell him all my troubles. 

When I am overwhelmed, 

you alone know the way I should turn. 

Wherever I go, my enemies have set traps for me. 

I look for someone to come and help me, 

but no one gives me a passing thought!

No one will help me;

no one cares a bit what happens to me.

Then 

I pray to you, O Lord. 

I say, “You are my place of refuge. 

You are all I really want in life. 

Hear my cry, for I am very low. 

Rescue me from my persecutors, 

for they are too strong for me. 

Bring me out of prison so I can thank you. 

The godly will crowd around me, 

for you are good to me.”  –Psalm 142

Father, thank You for Your Word.  Thank You for understanding how I feel.  Thanking You for listening to my complaints.  Thank You for caring about me.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 23:13-29; Psalm 54; 1 Samuel 24:1-25:44

Lord, Thank You for Your Comfort–Psalm 34:17-18

 Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15; Psalms 34

Heavenly Father, thank you for being the God of comfort.

The Lord hears his people when they call to him for help. He rescues them from all their troubles. The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed. –Psalm 34:17-18

Lord, You have done this for me. I’ve experienced Your supernatural comfort, but it wasn’t until some time had passed and I looked back did I realize just how close You had been.  Thank You for holding me up during life’s most difficult times.

Lord, help us to remember to call on You when our hearts are breaking.  Help us to look to You in our times of crushing.

Holy Spirit, use us as Your representatives to the brokenhearted.  Show us how to love and care for them during their darkest times.

I pray for my friends who are crushed and brokenhearted today.  Be close to them Lord.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 22:1-2; Psalm 57; Psalm 142; 1 Chronicles 12:8-18; 1 Samuel 22:3-23; Psalm 52; 1 Samuel 23:1-12


Lord, I Want the Confidence of David–1 Samuel 17:32

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; 1 Samuel 19:18-24

Heavenly Father, David amazes me!  I’ve read this passage many times, but I don’t think I’ve ever noticed his extreme confidence.  The wonderful thing about David’s confidence was it was in You, not himself.

Don’t worry about this Philistine,” David told Saul. “I’ll go fight him!” “Don’t be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There’s no way you can fight this Philistine and possibly win! You’re only a boy, and he’s been a man of war since his youth.”

But David persisted. “I have been taking care of my father’s sheep and goats,” he said. “When a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and rescue the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I catch it by the jaw and club it to death. I have done this to both lions and bears, and I’ll do it to this pagan Philistine, too, for he has defied the armies of the living God!  The Lord who rescued me from the claws of the lion and the bear will rescue me from this Philistine!” Saul finally consented. “All right, go ahead,” he said. “And may the Lord be with you!” –1 Samuel 17:32-37

Lord, David made stepping out in Your service look so easy.

Your Word doesn’t show him

Praying…

Pleading…

Bawling and squalling… (very southern term)

Waiting…

to find Your will for this season.

He just did it!

He looked to his preparation and level of expertise, the current situation and the bigness of his God and just did what needed to be done.

Lord, is it really that simple?

Is serving You really this simple?

Talents, gifts, abilities

+ Preparation, training  from my day-to-day life

+ Current situation and need

+ Confidence in Your Power in my life

= Your Will for my life today

Holy Spirit, I know that serving You is a moment-by-moment experience, not a mathematical formula but it helps me to simplify it in this way. Lord, use me today. Like David, my confidence is in You!

David continued to succeed in everything he did, for the Lord

was with him. –1 Samuel 18:14

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 20:1-21:15; Psalm 34

Lord, I Want to Please You–1 Samuel 15:22-23

 

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31

Heavenly Father, it’s so easy to be critical of Saul. It’s so easy to see his mistakes but Saul’s mistakes are our mistakes:

But Samuel replied,“What is more pleasing to the Lord: your burnt offerings and sacrifices or your obedience to his voice?

Listen!

Obedience is better than sacrifice,

and

submission is better than offering the fat of rams.

Rebellion is as sinful as witchcraft,

and

stubbornness as bad as worshiping idols.

So because you have rejected the command of the Lord, he has rejected you as king.”       –1 Samuel 15:22-23

Lord, at times I act just like Saul.  I’d much rather give an offering of money or time than be obedient to the things You’ve told me to do in Your Word.  I would rather claim ignorance than submit to Your command to study the Bible (2 Timothy 2:15).

Jesus, help me to realize that knowing Your Word and rebelling against it is sin and refusing to study God’s Word because we think ignorance is bliss is just plain stupid! Lord, wanting my way more than Your way is making ME god of my life instead of You. Lord, help us to heed the words You spoke through Samuel.

God, forgive me for being like Saul.  I want a heart like David.  Have Your will in my life today.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 17:32-19:17; Psalm 59; Samuel 19:18-24

Lord, Help Me to Be a Leader Who Waits–1 Samuel 13:7-14

Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39; 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-18; 1 Samuel 14:1-52

Heavenly Father, leaders can really be impatient.  We want the world and You to operate  in our timeframe.  Saul was definitely an impatient leader:

Meanwhile, Saul stayed at Gilgal, and his men were trembling with fear. Saul waited there seven days for Samuel, as Samuel had instructed him earlier, but Samuel still didn’t come. Saul realized that his troops were rapidly slipping away.  So he demanded, “Bring me the burnt offering and the peace offerings!” And Saul sacrificed the burnt offering himself.

Just as Saul was finishing with the burnt offering, Samuel arrived. Saul went out to meet and welcome him, but Samuel said, “What is this you have done?”

Saul replied, “I saw my men scattering from me, and you didn’t arrive when you said you would, and the Philistines are at Micmash ready for battle. So I said, ‘The Philistines are ready to march against us at Gilgal, and I haven’t even asked for the Lord’s help!’ So I felt compelled to offer the burnt offering myself before you came.”

“How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.” 1 Samuel 13:7-14

Father, from Saul’s example we see that there are things You may have for us to do that requiring waiting. Help us to wait as long as it takes. Help us to see waiting as a privilege.

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 15:1-17:31

Lord, Show Me My Fight—1 Samuel 11:6

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 9:1-12:25

Heavenly Father, as I read Your account of Saul becoming king I noticed something very interesting.

In 1 Samuel 10, Samuel anointed Saul as King and then on Saul’s way home Your Spirit came powerfully upon him and he began to prophesy. Once Saul got home Samuel called all the people of Israel together and told them Saul would be their new king.

It seemed that Saul wasn’t really feeling qualified to be king. Just as Samuel was introducing Saul as God’s choice to lead Israel, Saul went missing. He was hiding among the baggage (1 Samuel 10:22).

About a month later Saul was in the field plowing with his oxen.That’s definitely not something a king would do. It sounds as if he was practicing some creative avoidance! It sounds as if he hadn’t accepting God’s calling for his life.

But, in a moment it all changed:

When the messengers came to Gibeah of Saul and told the people about their plight, everyone broke into tears. Saul had been plowing a field with his oxen, and when he returned to town, he asked, “What’s the matter? Why is everyone crying?” So they told him about the message from Jabesh.

Then the Spirit of God came powerfully upon Saul, and he became very angry. —1 Samuel 11:4-6

Saul found his fight. The Spirit of God rose up in him, he found his purpose and almost instantly be began to lead the people of Israel. Through Saul’s leadership the Israelites won a great battle at Jabesh-gilead (1 Samuel 11:7-13)

Holy Spirit come powerfully upon me. Show me my fight. Show me my purpose for the day!

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!


©2014, Dianne Guthmuller

Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 1 Chronicles 9:35-39, 1 Samuel 13:1-5, 19-23, 6-8, 1 Samuel 14:1-52

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