Leviticus 21, Psalms 26–27, Ecclesiastes 4, 1 Timothy 6

If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: Leviticus 21, Psalms 26–27, Ecclesiastes 4, 1 Timothy 6. Click on any of those references to see all the passages in one long page on BibleGateway. If you can't do all the readings today, read Psalm 27.

In Psalm 27, David proclaims his confidence in God, reminding himself that he should not be afraid of anyone (v. 1). Verses 2-3 spell out the extent of his faith in God; although he seemed to be constantly at war with someone, he believed God would watch over and protect him. Verses 4-6 describe his reasons for confidence; namely, that the thing he sought most in life, the one thing he prayed for, was worship (v. 4). Because God was the forefront of his life, he felt confidence in very risky situations that God would watch over and protect him. His confidence was not a foolish expression of arrogance, however, because he recognized that God was sovereign over his life. His cry for God to hear him and have mercy on him (v. 7), for God not to reject or forsake him (vv. 9-10), and for God protect him from his attackers (v. 12) were recognitions that he was entitled to nothing from God; rather, he appealed to God’s goodness (v. 13b) for these things. David’s desire and responsibility before God was simply to seek God’s face (v. 8) and wait for the Lord (v. 14). As he did these things, he was confident that God would hear, answer, protect, and provide for him. 

So often we turn to God when we are in trouble—and only then. We live our lives seeking our own ways and neglecting to seek the Lord’s face. We seek to go our own ways rather than asking God to teach us his ways (v. 11a). We make our ambition to succeed in our career or to accumulate possessions or pleasures for ourselves rather than to know God (v. 4). As you prepare your heart to gather for our worship this morning, let this Psalm ignite your passion to see and know God so that you can follow his will and ways and trust in his plan for your life.

Now for your thoughts: What stood out in your Bible reading for today? What questions do you have about what you read? What are your thoughts about what I wrote above? Post them in the comments below or on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/calvarybiblechurch/. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.