Lord, You Know What I Am Really Like—2 Samuel 7:20

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Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-17, 1 Chronicles 17:1-15, 2 Samuel 7:18-29, 1 Chronicles 17:16-27, 2 Samuel 8:1-14, 1 Chronicles 18:1-13, Psalm 60

Heavenly Father, it’s no wonder you loved David’s heart (Acts 13:22).  Your Word tells us that the feelings in our heart flow out of our mouth (Luke 6:45). David was so good at putting his feelings into words.

 

Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and prayed,

“Who am I, O Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? And now, Sovereign Lord, in addition to everything else, you speak of giving your servant a lasting dynasty! Do you deal with everyone this way, O Sovereign Lord?

“What more can I say to you? You know what your servant is really like, Sovereign Lord.2 Samuel 7:18-20

Lord, we have so many versions of ourselves we even sometimes get confused. We have the version strangers see, the version coworkers see, the version our church family sees, the version our family sees, and the version nobody sees but You.

Lord, only You know what I’m really like.

Jesus, help us to realize You know it all–our thoughts, our attitudes, our ego issues, our selfishness, our hidden anger, resentment and bitterness—You know how much we think and care about You.

 

AND, YOU STILL LOVE, ACCEPT AND FORGIVE US!

 

That’s just amazing!

Lord, help me to spend time being real with You today. Change me and make me into the person You want me to be!

 

In Jesus Name. Amen and Amen!

 

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 8:15-18, 1 Chronicles 18:14-17, 1 Chronicles 6:16-30, 50-53, 31-48, 2 Samuel 9:1-10:19, 1 Chronicles 19:1-19

Lord, Help Me To Be Willing To Look Foolish–2 Samuel 6:22

Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 6:12a; 1 Chronicles 15:1-28; 2 Samuel 6:12b-16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; 2 Samuel 6:17-19a; 1 Chronicles 16:1-43; 2 Samuel 6:19b-23

Heavenly Father, let me just go ahead and admit it–I don’t like looking foolish.  I never have. Because of this I’ve missed out on a lot of fun in my life. So needless to say, I’ve never been the life of the party!

Missing out on fun with my friends pales in comparison to missing out on the best You have for me, so Lord help me to lose my inhibitions like David:

When David returned home to bless his own family, Michal, the daughter of Saul, came out to meet him. She said in disgust, “How distinguished the king of Israel looked today, shamelessly exposing himself to the servant girls like any vulgar person might do!”

David retorted to Michal, “I was dancing before the Lord, who chose me above your father and all his family! He appointed me as the leader of Israel, the people of the Lord, so I celebrate before the Lord. 

Yes, and I am willing to look even more foolish than this, even to be humiliated in my own eyes! But those servant girls you mentioned will indeed think I am distinguished!” So Michal, the daughter of Saul, remained childless throughout her entire life. –2 Samuel 6:20-23

Lord, You deserve all my praise, all my worship; the best I have to offer.  You chose me.  You appointed me, just like David.

Jesus, help me to never give the events of this world (ball games, concerts, political rallies) more uninhibited, enthusiastic participation than my times of worship, praise and service to You.

Lord, sometimes looking foolish means stepping out and telling someone about You.  Give me the courage to do this for Your Kingdom’s sake and that person’s eternal destiny.

Lord, I want to be willing to look foolish for You and Your Kingdom!

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 7:1-17; 1 Chronicles 17:1-15; 2 Samuel 7:18-29; 1 Chronicles 17:16-27; 2 Samuel 8:1-14; 1 Chronicles 18:1-13; Psalm 60

God, You Did It! 1 Chronicles 14:11


Today’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; 1 Chronicles 11:1-3; 1 Chronicles 12:23-40; 2 Samuel 5:17-25; 1 Chronicles 14:8-17; 2 Samuel 5:6-10; 1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 1 Chronicles 3:4b; 2 Samuel 5:13, 4-5, 11-12; 1 Chronicles 14:1-2; 1 Chronicles 13:1-5; 2 Samuel 6:1-11; 1 Chronicles 13:6-14

Heavenly Father, why are we always so amazed when You do what You said You were going to do?

So David and his troops went up to Baal-perazim and defeated the Philistines there. “God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to burst through my enemies like a raging flood!” So they named that place Baal-perazim (which means “the Lord who bursts through”). –1 Chronicles 14:11

… I think David was most amazed by the fact that You used him, a simple shepherd,  to carry out Your will.  You could have picked anyone and You chose him!

Lord, I am with David.  I stand amazed that you choose to use me to speak and teach Your Word. It’s not that I doubt Your power and ability, it’s that I’m so acquainted with my own inabilities and shortcomings.

Lord, help me to remember that the possibilities for my life are endless as long as You are in control.  Jesus, help me to think big because You are big!

Lord, use me to change the world for Your Glory and Your Honor!

 

In Jesus’ Name.  Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 6:12a; 1 Chronicles 15:1-28; 2 Samuel 6:12b-16; 1 Chronicles 15:29; 2 Samuel 6:17-19a; 1 Chronicles 16:1-43; 2 Samuel 6:19b-23

Lord, Help My Motives to Be Pure–2 Samuel 3:9-10


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

Heavenly Father, today’s reading was filled with impure motives.  It’s so easy to deceive others and ourselves into thinking our hearts are in the right place, but You, Lord know the truth.

Abner, had revenge written all over his plot to help David “get what the Lord had promised him.”

May God strike me and even kill me if I don’t do everything I can to help David get what the Lord has promised him!  I’m going to take Saul’s kingdom and give it to David. I will establish the throne of David over Israel as well as Judah, all the way from Dan in the north to Beersheba in the south.”  –2 Samuel 3:9-10

Abner’s impure motives ultimately got him killed.

Holy Spirit, show me the real condition of my heart. Do a daily motive check on my attitudes and point out the things that aren’t pleasing to You.  I join with David in asking You to create in me a clean heart…

Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me. Do not banish me from your presence, and don’t take your Holy Spirit from me. –Psalm 51:10-11

Father, I’m so amazed that You always get Your will and Your plans accomplished whether we work with You or against You.  I want to enjoy life in the flow of Your Spirit and Your will…It’s the sweet spot we’re all looking for.

Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”  Matthew 11:28-30

Lord, You are a God who can be trusted!

You are who You say You are and You will do what You say You will do!

I trust You!

Amen and Amen!

 

©2014, Dianne Guthmuller
Tomorrow’s Scripture Reading: 2 Samuel 5:1-3; 1 Chronicles 11:1-3; 1 Chronicles 12:23-40; 2 Samuel 5:17-25; 1 Chronicles 14:8-17; 2 Samuel 5:6-10; 1 Chronicles 11:4-9; 1 Chronicles 3:4b; 2 Samuel 5:13, 4-5, 11-12; 1 Chronicles 14:1-2; 1 Chronicles 13:1-5; 2 Samuel 6:1-11; 1 Chronicles 13:6-14 

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


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