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June 28 - Evening

"Praise the Lord.

Praise God in his sanctuary;
praise him in his mighty heavens.
Praise him for his acts of power;
praise him for his surpassing greatness.
Praise him with the sounding of the trumpet,
praise him with the harp and lyre,
praise him with timbrel and dancing,
praise him with the strings and pipe,
praise him with the clash of cymbals,
praise him with resounding cymbals.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

Praise the Lord."

- Psalms 150


This final psalm, Psalm 150, begins and ends with the Hebrew word, Hallelujah which means, “Praise God.” Each verse in this psalm contains the Hebrew verb halel which means “praise.” Halel appears ten times in these six verses.

150:1 tells us where to praise the Lord. The mention of “His holy place” likely refers to the Most Holy Place in the Jerusalem temple. This is set alongside of “the vault of His Power” in the same verse. This likely refers to his throne room in heaven itself.

150:2 tells us why to praise the Lord. The two things mentioned are:
1. His might acts. The two categories of might acts mentioned throughout the Psalms are:
  • the Lord’s creation and sustain of the universe
  • the Lords creation and preservation of Israel.
2. The Lord’s abounding greatness which likely is referring to his general character and his divine nature as in Romans 1:18-20.

150:3-5 tells us how we are to praise the Lord:
  • Blast from the Ram’s horn
  • Lute
  • Lyre
  • Timbrel
  • Dance
  • Strings
  • Flute
  • Sounding cymbals
  • Crashing cymbals

The priest played the ram’s horn. The Levitical singers played the lyres while they sang. The congregation played timbrel (tambourines and danced).
Psalm 81:1-3 also mentions these instruments:

“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout aloud to the God of Jacob! Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre. Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our festival.”

Dancing and the playing of timbrel (tambourines) is mentioned in:

There is also a parallel for Psalm 150:3-5 in 2 Samuel 6:5 and 6:15.
Empipto (Gr) – to fall into (Eng) – the Greek word empipto means “to encounter” or “to fall into” a pit physically as in Matt12:11 or Luke 6:39. In 1 Timothy 3:7 empipto is used metaphorically of the snares, traps or nets that those who want to get rich will fall into.
Do I continuously praise God throughout the day?

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


(morning only)

Complete Text

General Text


Food and healthy diet


Recognition of error
Social Security

A view of the Dome of the Rock and the Mount of Olives from across the roofs of Jerusalem.
Sea Level in the Megiddo Valley

Someone to Quote

"God loves us the way we are, but he refuses to leave us that way."
- Max Lucado

Something to Ponder

To be without Christ is to be…

Without God
(2 Cor.5:19)

Without Life
(John 14:6)

Without Light
(John 8:12)

Without Salvation
(Acts 4:12)

Without Promises
(2 Cor.1:20)

Without Hope

Here’s a Fact

Shishak (Pharaoh Sheshonk I, reign 943-922 BC) invaded Jerusalem and took Solomon’s gold in the fifth year of the seventeen year reign of Solomon’s son Rehoboam (about 924 BC, 2 Chronicles 12:1-2). “When Shishak king of Egypt attacked Jerusalem, he carried off the treasures of the temple of the  Lord and the treasures of the royal palace. He took everything, including the gold shields Solomon had made.” (2 Chr. 12:9) Pharaoh Osorkon (Shishak’s oldest son and the pharaoh that followed Shishak) recorded in 921 BC on a pillar in a temple in Bubastis (Shishak’s city of origin) a list of gifts given to the gods of Egypt – 383 tons of gold and silver.

924 BC – Shishak takes Solomon’s gold from Jerusalem 922 BC – Shishak dies 921 BC – Shishak’s son records in Shishak’s hometown the dedication of 383 tons of gold and silver to Egyptian deities
(Details 1, 2, 3)


"He who leads the upright along an evil path will fall into his own trap,
but the blameless will receive a good inheritance."

- Proverb 28:10

Coach’s Corner

Fear is real, but so is faith.

Daniel 1
New International Version (NIV)
Daniel’s Training in Babylon
In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. And the Lord delivered Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, along with some of the articles from the temple of God. These he carried off to the temple of his god in Babylonia and put in the treasure house of his god.
Then the king ordered Ashpenaz, chief of his court officials, to bring into the king’s service some of the Israelites from the royal family and the nobility— young men without any physical defect, handsome, showing aptitude for every kind of learning, well informed, quick to understand, and qualified to serve in the king’s palace. He was to teach them the language and literature of the Babylonians. The king assigned them a daily amount of food and wine from the king’s table. They were to be trained for three years, and after that they were to enter the king’s service.
Among those who were chosen were some from Judah: Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah. The chief official gave them new names: to Daniel, the name Belteshazzar; to Hananiah, Shadrach; to Mishael, Meshach; and to Azariah, Abednego.
But Daniel resolved not to defile himself with the royal food and wine, and he asked the chief official for permission not to defile himself this way. Now God had caused the official to show favor and compassion to Daniel, 10 but the official told Daniel, “I am afraid of my lord the king, who has assigned your food and drink. Why should he see you looking worse than the other young men your age? The king would then have my head because of you.”
11 Daniel then said to the guard whom the chief official had appointed over Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah, 12 “Please test your servants for ten days: Give us nothing but vegetables to eat and water to drink. 13 Then compare our appearance with that of the young men who eat the royal food, and treat your servants in accordance with what you see.” 14 So he agreed to this and tested them for ten days.
15 At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food. 16 So the guard took away their choice food and the wine they were to drink and gave them vegetables instead.
17 To these four young men God gave knowledge and understanding of all kinds of literature and learning. And Daniel could understand visions and dreams of all kinds.
18 At the end of the time set by the king to bring them into his service, the chief official presented them to Nebuchadnezzar. 19 The king talked with them, and he found none equal to Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael and Azariah; so they entered the king’s service. 20 In every matter of wisdom and understanding about which the king questioned them, he found them ten times better than all the magicians and enchanters in his whole kingdom.
21 And Daniel remained there until the first year of King Cyrus.
1 Kings 21
New International Version (NIV)
Naboth’s Vineyard
21 Some time later there was an incident involving a vineyard belonging to Naboth the Jezreelite. The vineyard was in Jezreel, close to the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. Ahab said to Naboth, “Let me have your vineyard to use for a vegetable garden, since it is close to my palace. In exchange I will give you a better vineyard or, if you prefer, I will pay you whatever it is worth.”
But Naboth replied, “The Lord forbid that I should give you the inheritance of my ancestors.”
So Ahab went home, sullen and angry because Naboth the Jezreelite had said, “I will not give you the inheritance of my ancestors.” He lay on his bed sulking and refused to eat.
His wife Jezebel came in and asked him, “Why are you so sullen? Why won’t you eat?”
He answered her, “Because I said to Naboth the Jezreelite, ‘Sell me your vineyard; or if you prefer, I will give you another vineyard in its place.’ But he said, ‘I will not give you my vineyard.’”
Jezebel his wife said, “Is this how you act as king over Israel? Get up and eat! Cheer up. I’ll get you the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite.”
So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name, placed his seal on them, and sent them to the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city with him. In those letters she wrote:
“Proclaim a day of fasting and seat Naboth in a prominent place among the people.
10 But seat two scoundrels opposite him and have them bring charges that he has cursed both God and the king. Then take him out and stone him to death.”
11 So the elders and nobles who lived in Naboth’s city did as Jezebel directed in the letters she had written to them. 12 They proclaimed a fast and seated Naboth in a prominent place among the people. 13 Then two scoundrels came and sat opposite him and brought charges against Naboth before the people, saying, “Naboth has cursed both God and the king.” So they took him outside the city and stoned him to death. 14 Then they sent word to Jezebel: “Naboth has been stoned to death.”
15 As soon as Jezebel heard that Naboth had been stoned to death, she said to Ahab, “Get up and take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to sell you. He is no longer alive, but dead.” 16 When Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, he got up and went down to take possession of Naboth’s vineyard.
17 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 18 “Go down to meet Ahab king of Israel, who rules in Samaria. He is now in Naboth’s vineyard, where he has gone to take possession of it. 19 Say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Have you not murdered a man and seized his property?’ Then say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: In the place where dogs licked up Naboth’s blood, dogs will lick up your blood—yes, yours!’”
20 Ahab said to Elijah, “So you have found me, my enemy!”
“I have found you,” he answered, “because you have sold yourself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord.
21 He says, ‘I am going to bring disaster on you. I will wipe out your descendants and cut off from Ahab every last male in Israel—slave or free. 22 I will make your house like that of Jeroboam son of Nebat and that of Baasha son of Ahijah, because you have aroused my anger and have caused Israel to sin.’
23 “And also concerning Jezebel the Lord says: ‘Dogs will devour Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel.’
24 “Dogs will eat those belonging to Ahab who die in the city, and the birds will feed on those who die in the country.”
25 (There was never anyone like Ahab, who sold himself to do evil in the eyes of the Lord, urged on by Jezebel his wife. 26 He behaved in the vilest manner by going after idols, like the Amorites the Lord drove out before Israel.)
27 When Ahab heard these words, he tore his clothes, put on sackcloth and fasted. He lay in sackcloth and went around meekly.
28 Then the word of the Lord came to Elijah the Tishbite: 29 “Have you noticed how Ahab has humbled himself before me? Because he has humbled himself, I will not bring this disaster in his day, but I will bring it on his house in the days of his son.”

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