Rest in Jesus as Your Wisdom

According to 1 Corinthians 1:30, Christ has become wisdom for you: “But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God—and righteousness and sanctification and redemption—that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the LORD.’” During the time of Jesus’s ministry, He was known as a … Read more

Psalms 3, 4, and 63 – How David Got His Kingdom Back

Alexander Maclaren’s The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms

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How old was David when he lost his kingdom? He was in his 60’s at least. His son Absalom had turned the people against him and had taken his throne.

David didn’t really fight back. He fled into the wilderness. He allowed himself to be cursed as he fled. He took it all as a chastisement from God.

But in the wilderness he found himself again. He regained his vision and strength of spirit. The trial that should have broken him, only woke him up.

That’s what it looks like when we read the psalms that were probably written during this time.

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Psalms 41, 39, and 55 – A Sick and Weary King Observes the Gathering Storm

Alexander Maclaren’s The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms

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The Psalms show us the aftermath of David’s sin with Bathsheba and Uriah.

(That sin: He got one of his soldier’s wives pregnant and then orchestrated to have that soldier killed in battle.)

Psalm 51 shows us David’s repentance: “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions.”

Psalm 32 may also refer ot the same event: “I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.”

These two psalms speak beautifully of repentance and forgiveness. But the same prophet who pronounced David’s forgiveness (2 Samuel 12:13) also warned of future consequences: “‘Thus says  the LORD, “Behold, I will raise up evil against you out of your own house.”‘” (2 Samuel 12:11)

So, in the years that followed, David lived with both the blessing of forgiveness and the dread of coming evil.

Alexander Maclaren saw other psalms as fitting into that period. They also give us insight into David’s experience.

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Psalm 22 – David Grows as a Prophet

Alexander Maclaren’s The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms

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When Alexander Maclaren (1826-1910) wrote The Life of David As Reflected in His Psalms, he tried to find all the psalms David wrote and put them in order.

He had to decide which psalms David wrote and when he wrote them. Some he could decide with greater certainty than others.

Psalm 22 is one of David’s, but we don’t know when he wrote it. Maclaren included it with what he called the exile psalms.

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Psalms 19 and 8 – David’s Early Works?

Alexander Maclaren’s The Life of David as Reflected in His Psalms

Part 1 of 5

Do we have any Psalms from David’s teenage years, from his time as a shepherd?

When Alexander Maclaren studied the issue, he found none that he could say for sure were written so early. But he did find some that might have been. If not, they were at least “echoes of his thoughts in those first days.”

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Living in Kairos Time

There are two different Greek words translated as “time” in the New Testament. Their meanings are somewhat different. E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien define the two terms in their book, Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand the Bible (IVP Books, 2012). Chronos is the way of speaking about time … Read more

Counter-Cultural Kingdom Giving

In Luke 6:35, Jesus told his disciples to lend expecting nothing in return. This was radically counter-cultural in a world in which people didn’t even give gifts without expecting something in return. It’s counter-cultural to us as well. However, in the Western world, at least our economy runs on rules. In the Roman Empire of the … Read more

David, Bathsheba, and Uriah: What Really Happened?

Understanding Honor/Shame Culture We all read the Bible with a set of cultural assumptions and values. This affects our interpretation. For those of us in the Western world,  many of the these assumptions and values are addressed by E. Randolph Richards and Brandon J. O’Brien, in Misreading Scripture with Western Eyes: Removing Cultural Blinders to Better Understand … Read more