If you’re following the schedule, you should read these chapters today: 2 Samuel 23, Galatians 3, Ezekiel 30, Psalm 78:38–72. 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 2 Samuel 21.
It was a busy weekend; sorry for missing some devotionals. Let’s get back to it today, shall we?
David’s last words, recorded here in 2 Samuel 21, refer twice to the Lord as the source of what he wrote. The author of 2 Samuel called these words, “The inspired utterance of David son of Jesse” (v. 1) and David himself said, “The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue” (v. 2). These phrases indicate that David understood the Psalms that he wrote to be God’s word. It was not the word of men that others elevated and claimed to be God’s word; it was given by God through David and David understood that as it was happening. Theologians refer to this concept as “the canonical consciousness.” It means that the writers of scripture knew they were writing scripture. The prophets who spoke verbally for the Lord knew that they were speaking God’s message. Appropriately, those who believed in the Lord recognized these writings and sayings to be God’s word as well. They were treated carefully, therefore, so that the Lord would speak to other generations, like us, though these passages.
The result of this work of God through the authors of scripture and the prophets is that we can have great confidence in their words. They reveal the living God to us, provide us with eternal insight that is useful for everyday service to his, and give us hope that sustains us through problems in this life and our exit from it. This is why we study the text carefully, try to learn what it says and does not say, and apply to our lives through obedience.
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. And, feel free to answer and interact with the questions and comments of others. Have a great day; we'll talk scripture again tomorrow.