God’s Building Plan

Reading Plan: 1 Chron. 26-29; Psalm 127

Psalm 127:1-2 (NASB)
1 Unless the LORD builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the LORD guards the city, The watchman keeps awake in vain. 2 It is vain for you to rise up early, To retire late, To eat the bread of painful labors; For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

A life without God is futile. Without God, what we work so hard to build is volatile; it will not last. God will build that which lasts for all eternity.

Psalm 127: 1-2 defines a life without God to be lived in vain. God desires to be an essential part of our lives. God desires to guard us against harm. If we rest in Him and trust in Him, then He will build glorious things in our lives by His energy and His effort.


Intimate With God

Reading Plan: Psalms 131, 138-139, 143-145

Psalm 139:1-6 (NASB)
1 O LORD, You have searched me and known me.
2 You know when I sit down and when I rise up; You understand my thought from afar.
3 You scrutinize my path and my lying down, And are intimately acquainted with all my ways.
4 Even before there is a word on my tongue, Behold, O LORD, You know it all.
5 You have enclosed me behind and before, And laid Your hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; It is too high, I cannot attain to it.

Christianity is not a religion but a relationship. Psalm 139 depicts how God is intimately acquainted with all that we do. He is intimately involved in our lives. He knows our inmost thoughts & desires. He is always with us. He is deeply invested in our lives.

In Psalm 139:6, David expressed, “Such knowledge is too wonderful for me.”

How awesome is it that God loves us that much that He searches are souls & desires to know us intimately?

One Body In Christ

Reading Plan: 1 Chron. 23-25

1 Chronicles 25:8 (NASB)
8 They cast lots for their duties, all alike, the small as well as the great, the teacher as well as the pupil.

The Lord seeks order. Order is actually considered a Spiritual calling for the Temple and for the Church. 1 Cor. 14:40 states that everything is to be done decently and in order. As David & the leaders are preparing the Temple, God guides them to heed his instruction & pay close attention to detail.

Also, God intervenes with a call for His sovereignty and our humility. In verse 8, the lot was cast in order to determine the duties and resposnibilities of the priests. In the Church, we all have a place as the body of Christ. Every part of the body serves a purpose (1 Cor. 12).

The lot was cast in order for God to reveal everyone’s duties; whether you were the teacher or the pupil.
This meant that the young may have been brought to a place of service based on God’s calling as His Spirit led. In humility, those who were older would celebrate the raising up of the next generation.

At Crossroads Church, we seek to be organized. We also seek God’s direction to position the right people as His Spirit leads. Everyone matters & has a place in His kingdom. God is sovereign and will move mountains to have His will be done!


The Danger Of Cursing

Reading Plan: Psalms 108-110

Psalm 109:17-18 (NASB)

17 He also loved cursing, so it came to him; And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
18 But he clothed himself with cursing as with his garment, And it entered into his body like water And like oil into his bones.

Many believe this Psalm is a prophetic reference to Judas. No one would be more accursed than him. This psalm pronounces the danger of cursing.

The one who curses will be cursed. The curses do not just come upon you, they dwell deep within you. They become who you are. They define and dictate your life.

We are called to bless. We are called to love and bless our enemies. When we bless others, we are blessed! Our blessings come upon us and fill the depths of our being.

Our words are devoid of meaning without a pure heart that loves God. If we truly love The Lord, the words that overflow from our mouths are blessings and never a curse.

We are blessed to be a blessing!

From Temptation To The Temple

Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 24; 1 Chron. 22; Psalms 307
1 Chronicles 21 (NASB)
1 Then Satan stood up against Israel and moved David to number Israel.

7 God was displeased with this thing, so he struck Israel.

18 Then the angel of The Lord commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go up and build an altar to The Lord on the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite.

2 Samuel 24 (NASB)
1 Now again the anger of The Lord burned against Israel, and it incited David against them to say, “Go, number Israel & Judah.”

18 So Gad came to David that day and said to him, “Go up, erect an altar to the LORD on the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.”
1 Chronicles 21 and 2 Samuel 24 parallel one another. In both chapters, Satan tempts David to take a census of the people. This angers The Lord. It is not clear why this was considered a sin, however, scripture portrays David’s awareness of how he displeased God (2 Samuel 24:10).

Perhaps David wanted to take a census of the people because he wanted to measure the strength of his army. After undergoing a season of rebellion, he may have placed his security in his military defense rather than on the presence of the Lord.

God judges David and Israel by sending a plague upon the land. When God stops the plague he calls for Gad to instruct David to buy a particular plot of land to offer sacrifice on. That piece of land is where the Temple would be built (2 Chron. 3).

God’s love and grace is exemplified through the construction of the Temple. God desires restoration & regardless of our sin, will work all things together for our good!


Listen To His Voice Today

Reading Plan: Psalms 95, 97-99

Psalm 95:6-7 (NLT)
6 Come, let us worship and bow down. Let us kneel before the LORD our maker,
7 for he is our God. We are the people he watches over, the flock under his care.

If only we would listen to his voice today!

This psalm is an invitation for everyone to come & worship the Lord. Everyone is invited. Everyone is loved by God.

When we worship God we discover who He is. He is the Lord. He is all powerful and rules over all. He is our maker. We are not an accident; we are His masterpiece. He is our God!

He watches over us and cares for us.

If only we would listen to His voice today; each and every day. The One who made us, cares for us and watches over us. He desires to speak to us. Are we coming to Him to listen?

Leap Over The Wall

Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 19-21

2 Samuel 22:29-31 (NASB)
29  “For You are my lamp, O LORD; And the LORD illumines my darkness.
30  “For by You I can run upon a troop; By my God I can leap over a wall.
31  “As for God, His way is blameless; The word of the LORD is tested; He is a shield to all who take refuge in Him.

Psalm 18 is the song that is sung at the end of 2 Samuel. It encapsulates the life of David. His life was marked by challenges where his enemies sought to destroy him. He also experienced God’s miracles. God rescued him and allowed him to experience victory. This is the song of the shepherd who arises to be King.

As David reflects upon his life, he understands how God has been faithful. God does rescue. God’s loving kindness and goodness pursued David and overtook him all the days of his life. With God, David could leap over a wall and run upon a troop.

God’s promises proved to be true in David’s life. The same is true for you and I! God is faithful!


Hope & Despair

Reading Plan: Psalms 5, 38, 41-42

Psalm 42:5-8 (NASB)
5  Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.
6  O my God, my soul is in despair within me; Therefore I remember You from the land of the Jordan And the peaks of Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
7  Deep calls to deep at the sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me.
8  The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; And His song will be with me in the night, A prayer to the God of my life.

I love the passion David exudes. Psalm 42 begins with David earnestly expressing how he seeks after God as a deer seeks after water on a hot and arid day. He longs for God’s presence from the depth of his soul.

Then he shares about the troubles that are causing despair in his life. In verse 5, he calls out in faith. He questions why anyone would be in despair if we know that our hope in God will bring forth His presence. The Psalm ends with a proclamation to place your hope in God and praise Him.

In verse 8, David writes that The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime and His song will be with him in the night. David claims the deliverance and blessing of God.

However, in verses 6-7 David’s soul is in despair. He is drowning in sorrow. One moment he trusts in God & the next he is overwhelmed. Moments of despair are sincere. At times, we may feel abandoned, devoid of God’s presence. In those moments, cling to the Lord!

Place your hope in God & He will command His lovingkindness in the day and sing His song in the night.


Joab’s Advice

Reading Plan: 2 Samuel 19-21

2 Samuel 19:7 (NASB)
7  “Now therefore arise, go out and speak kindly to your servants, for I swear by the LORD, if you do not go out, surely not a man will pass the night with you, and this will be worse for you than all the evil that has come upon you from your youth until now.”

God can use anyone. Joab was not a Godly man. He had killed Absalom and Amasa. However, God used him to speak to David in his time of need. Joab’s wise words would protect the Kingdom and save the people.

David was engulfed with grief by the death of his son Absalom. Absalom had led a rebellion seeking to kill David and take over the Kingdom. When Absalom is killed the rebellion ends. Rather than celebrate, David grieves the loss of his son.

Joab warns David that he is stealing the victory from his people. In mourning over his son’s death, David forgets about the thousands who risked their lives for him. Joab urges David to go out to his servants and speak kindly to them.

Another instance where God uses a seemingly unsuitable candidate & speaks through them is found in John 11. Caiaphas, an ungodly man, speaks words that are from the Lord. He proclaims that Jesus will and needs to die for all!

John 11:51-52 (NASB)
51  Now he did not say this on his own initiative, but being high priest that year, he prophesied that Jesus was going to die for the nation,
52  and not for the nation only, but in order that He might also gather together into one the children of God who are scattered abroad.

At times, God may speak in unexpected ways. Be prepared for how God may be trying to speak into your life.


Out Of The Pit

Reading Plan: Psalms 26, 40, 58, 61-62, 64

Psalm 40
1 I waited *patiently for the LORD; And He inclined to me and heard my cry.
2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm.
3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD.

The Band, U2, was inspired by this Psalm to write a song.

For David, this psalm became his anthem. Although he was pursued by armies, God rescued him. God delivered him out of the pit of destruction.

From the pit of despair, David was delivered & God put a new song in his mouth. God desires to deliver us from the pit we are living in. I encourage you to wait patiently for The Lord.

God will set your feet upon a rock & make your steps firm!

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