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June 7 - Morning

"You, God, are my God, earnestly I seek you;
I thirst for you, my whole being longs for you,
in a dry and parched land where there is no water.
I have seen you in the sanctuary and beheld your power and your glory.
Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you."

- Psalms 63:1-3

David Searches for God Before Water

The superscript identifies Psalm 63 as a psalm David wrote while in the Desert of Judah. During this time David was a fugitive separated from the conveniences of home. This included his absence from the organized worship of God aligned with the institution overseen by the priests and Levites established by the Lord.

David easily compared this lack of convenient worship and spiritual refreshment available among the priests ministering before the Lord with his life on the run through an untamed wilderness that lacked readily available necessities such as water, rest and nourishment for his body.

David easily saw a connection between his daily struggles to attain physical necessities with his spiritual struggle to find spiritual vitality. But, realizing that he could not maintain his perspective, his faith or his spiritual strength without his God, David decides to make his search for God a priority and to first worship of the Lord in the Judean wilderness, before he searched for water, food and other physical necessities.

            “Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you.” - Psalm 63:3
Yld (Hb) – to bear (Eng) - The meaning of the Hebrew root word yld is “to bear” or “to beget” as in Genesis 4:1 and 4:18. The other verb stems from yld mean “to be born”, “to act as midwife”, “to make one’s lineage known.” Examples are seen in:
Numbers 11:12 when Moses asks the Lord, “Did I conceive this people or did I yld them.”
Genesis 16:1
Jeremiah 22:23
Today I will compare the amount of time I spend thinking about food and drink to the amount of time I spend thinking about God. How much of my effort goes into attaining food compared to how much effort goes into understanding God?

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General Text


Organization of your house and home management


Boldness in the face of opposition

The green Hinnom Valley on the west, southwest and south side of Jerusalem. This was a place of the beautiful grooves of trees and the wicked pagan worship and evil rituals of child sacrifice condemned by the prophets and punished by the Lord. (See 2 Chronicles 28:3; Jeremiah 7:31. Details concerning the Hinnom Valley.)
Tombs around the city of Jerusalem

Someone to Quote

"There is room for all human temperaments in the body of Christ. The Lord uses the choleric, practical, outspoken, and assertive activists as well as the phlegmatic, calm, contemplative, timid, and docile pacifists. But while God doesn't do away with our unique temperaments and personalities, He wishes to adjust them so that they are in line with His character, directed by His will, and energized by His life." - Frank Viola, in "God's Favorite Place on Earth"

Something to Ponder

Forty Things that Happen at the Point of Salvation:
1. Imputed Righteousness
2. Justification
3. Children of God
4. Communication with Holy Spirit
5. Imputed Everlasting Life
6. Baptism of the Holy Spirit
7. Propitiation
8. Reconciliation
9. Redemption
10. Forgiveness
11. Remove Condemnation
12. Remove of Domination Sin Nature
13. Remove Satan’s Power
14. Freedom from Penalty of Mosaic Law
15. Identification with Jesus Christ
16. Indwelling of God the Father
17. Indwelling of Jesus Christ
18. Indwelling of the Holy Spirit
19. Sealing of Your Salvation
20. Circumcision of the Soul
21. Unseen Assets
22. Judgment of Sins
23. Royal Adoption
24. Eternal Relationship to God
25. We are on the Rock Jesus Christ
26. We are a Gift to Christ
27. Royal Priesthood
28. We are a Chosen Generation
29. Access to God
30. Under the Much More Care of God
31. We are His Inheritance
32. We Inherit Christ’s Eternal Future
33. We have a Partnership with God
34. We Become Heavenly Citizens
35. Members of the Royal Family of God
36. We are Light in the Lord
37. United to the Trinity
38. Glorified
39. Complete in Him
40. We Receive Angelic Protection and Service

Here’s a Fact

The Royal Steward (tomb lintel) Inscription confirms the existence of the biblical person Shebna of 2 Kings 18:18-37 and Isaiah 22:15-25


"Do not envy wicked men, do not desire their company; for their hearts plot violence, and their lips talk about making trouble."
- Proverbs 24:1-2

Coach’s Corner

It is easier to be instructed by those we admire. But, truth is truth no matter if it comes from your supporters or from your opponents. Wisdom is wisdom independent of the source, friend or enemy. Always accept truth and learn to recognize wisdom.

1 Samuel 16
New International Version (NIV)
Samuel Anoints David
16 The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul, since I have rejected him as king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil and be on your way; I am sending you to Jesse of Bethlehem. I have chosen one of his sons to be king.”
But Samuel said, “How can I go? If Saul hears about it, he will kill me.”
The Lord said, “Take a heifer with you and say, ‘I have come to sacrifice to the Lord.’
Invite Jesse to the sacrifice, and I will show you what to do. You are to anoint for me the one I indicate.”
Samuel did what the Lord said. When he arrived at Bethlehem, the elders of the town trembled when they met him. They asked, “Do you come in peace?”
Samuel replied, “Yes, in peace; I have come to sacrifice to the Lord. Consecrate yourselves and come to the sacrifice with me.” Then he consecrated Jesse and his sons and invited them to the sacrifice.
When they arrived, Samuel saw Eliab and thought, “Surely the Lord’s anointed stands here before the Lord.”
But the Lord said to Samuel, “Do not consider his appearance or his height, for I have rejected him. The Lord does not look at the things people look at. People look at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”
Then Jesse called Abinadab and had him pass in front of Samuel. But Samuel said, “The Lord has not chosen this one either.” Jesse then had Shammah pass by, but Samuel said, “Nor has the Lord chosen this one.” 10 Jesse had seven of his sons pass before Samuel, but Samuel said to him, “The Lord has not chosen these.” 11 So he asked Jesse, “Are these all the sons you have?”
“There is still the youngest,” Jesse answered. “He is tending the sheep.”
Samuel said, “Send for him; we will not sit down until he arrives.”
12 So he sent for him and had him brought in. He was glowing with health and had a fine appearance and handsome features.
Then the Lord said, “Rise and anoint him; this is the one.”
13 So Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed him in the presence of his brothers, and from that day on the Spirit of the Lord came powerfully upon David. Samuel then went to Ramah.
David in Saul’s Service
14 Now the Spirit of the Lord had departed from Saul, and an evil spirit from the Lord tormented him.
15 Saul’s attendants said to him, “See, an evil spirit from God is tormenting you. 16 Let our lord command his servants here to search for someone who can play the lyre. He will play when the evil spirit from God comes on you, and you will feel better.”
17 So Saul said to his attendants, “Find someone who plays well and bring him to me.”
18 One of the servants answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is a brave man and a warrior. He speaks well and is a fine-looking man. And the Lord is with him.”
19 Then Saul sent messengers to Jesse and said, “Send me your son David, who is with the sheep.” 20 So Jesse took a donkey loaded with bread, a skin of wine and a young goat and sent them with his son David to Saul.
21 David came to Saul and entered his service. Saul liked him very much, and David became one of his armor-bearers. 22 Then Saul sent word to Jesse, saying, “Allow David to remain in my service, for I am pleased with him.”
23 Whenever the spirit from God came on Saul, David would take up his lyre and play. Then relief would come to Saul; he would feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
Isaiah 9
New International Version (NIV)
Nevertheless, there will be no more gloom for those who were in distress. In the past he humbled the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, but in the future he will honor Galilee of the nations, by the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan—

The people walking in darkness     have seen a great light; on those living in the land of deep darkness     a light has dawned.

You have enlarged the nation     and increased their joy; they rejoice before you     as people rejoice at the harvest, as warriors rejoice     when dividing the plunder.

For as in the day of Midian’s defeat,     you have shattered the yoke that burdens them,     the bar across their shoulders,     the rod of their oppressor.

Every warrior’s boot used in battle     and every garment rolled in blood will be destined for burning,     will be fuel for the fire.

For to us a child is born,     to us a son is given,     and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called     Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God,     Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Of the greatness of his government and peace     there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne     and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it     with justice and righteousness     from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty     will accomplish this.
The Lord’s Anger Against Israel

The Lord has sent a message against Jacob;     it will fall on Israel.

All the people will know it—     Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria— who say with pride     and arrogance of heart,
“The bricks have fallen down,     but we will rebuild with dressed stone; the fig trees have been felled,     but we will replace them with cedars.”
But the Lord has strengthened Rezin’s foes against them     and has spurred their enemies on.
Arameans from the east and Philistines from the west     have devoured Israel with open mouth.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.
But the people have not returned to him who struck them,     nor have they sought the Lord Almighty.
So the Lord will cut off from Israel both head and tail,     both palm branch and reed in a single day;
the elders and dignitaries are the head,     the prophets who teach lies are the tail.
Those who guide this people mislead them,     and those who are guided are led astray.
Therefore the Lord will take no pleasure in the young men,     nor will he pity the fatherless and widows, for everyone is ungodly and wicked,     every mouth speaks folly.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.
Surely wickedness burns like a fire;     it consumes briers and thorns, it sets the forest thickets ablaze,     so that it rolls upward in a column of smoke.
By the wrath of the Lord Almighty     the land will be scorched and the people will be fuel for the fire;     they will not spare one another.
On the right they will devour,     but still be hungry; on the left they will eat,     but not be satisfied. Each will feed on the flesh of their own offspring:
    Manasseh will feed on Ephraim, and Ephraim on Manasseh;     together they will turn against Judah.
Yet for all this, his anger is not turned away,
    his hand is still upraised.
Proverbs 13-14
New International Version (NIV)
A wise son heeds his father’s instruction,     but a mocker does not respond to rebukes.

From the fruit of their lips people enjoy good things,     but the unfaithful have an appetite for violence.

Those who guard their lips preserve their lives,     but those who speak rashly will come to ruin.

A sluggard’s appetite is never filled,     but the desires of the diligent are fully satisfied.

The righteous hate what is false,     but the wicked make themselves a stench     and bring shame on themselves.

Righteousness guards the person of integrity,     but wickedness overthrows the sinner.

One person pretends to be rich, yet has nothing;     another pretends to be poor, yet has great wealth.

A person’s riches may ransom their life,     but the poor cannot respond to threatening rebukes.

The light of the righteous shines brightly,     but the lamp of the wicked is snuffed out.
Where there is strife, there is pride,     but wisdom is found in those who take advice.
Dishonest money dwindles away,     but whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.
Hope deferred makes the heart sick,     but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.
Whoever scorns instruction will pay for it,     but whoever respects a command is rewarded.
The teaching of the wise is a fountain of life,     turning a person from the snares of death.
Good judgment wins favor,     but the way of the unfaithful leads to their destruction.
All who are prudent act with knowledge,     but fools expose their folly.
A wicked messenger falls into trouble,     but a trustworthy envoy brings healing.
Whoever disregards discipline comes to poverty and shame,     but whoever heeds correction is honored.
A longing fulfilled is sweet to the soul,     but fools detest turning from evil.
Walk with the wise and become wise,     for a companion of fools suffers harm.
Trouble pursues the sinner,     but the righteous are rewarded with good things.
A good person leaves an inheritance for their children’s children,     but a sinner’s wealth is stored up for the righteous.
An unplowed field produces food for the poor,     but injustice sweeps it away.
Whoever spares the rod hates their children,     but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.
The righteous eat to their hearts’ content,     but the stomach of the wicked goes hungry.
The wise woman builds her house,     but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.

Whoever fears the Lord walks uprightly,     but those who despise him are devious in their ways.

A fool’s mouth lashes out with pride,     but the lips of the wise protect them.

Where there are no oxen, the manger is empty,     but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.

An honest witness does not deceive,     but a false witness pours out lies.

The mocker seeks wisdom and finds none,     but knowledge comes easily to the discerning.

Stay away from a fool,     for you will not find knowledge on their lips.

The wisdom of the prudent is to give thought to their ways,     but the folly of fools is deception.

Fools mock at making amends for sin,     but goodwill is found among the upright.
Each heart knows its own bitterness,     and no one else can share its joy.
The house of the wicked will be destroyed,     but the tent of the upright will flourish.
There is a way that appears to be right,     but in the end it leads to death.
Even in laughter the heart may ache,     and rejoicing may end in grief.
The faithless will be fully repaid for their ways,     and the good rewarded for theirs.
The simple believe anything,     but the prudent give thought to their steps.
The wise fear the Lord and shun evil,     but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.
A quick-tempered person does foolish things,     and the one who devises evil schemes is hated.
The simple inherit folly,     but the prudent are crowned with knowledge.
Evildoers will bow down in the presence of the good,     and the wicked at the gates of the righteous.
The poor are shunned even by their neighbors,     but the rich have many friends.
It is a sin to despise one’s neighbor,     but blessed is the one who is kind to the needy.
Do not those who plot evil go astray?     But those who plan what is good find love and faithfulness.
All hard work brings a profit,     but mere talk leads only to poverty.
The wealth of the wise is their crown,     but the folly of fools yields folly.
A truthful witness saves lives,     but a false witness is deceitful.
Whoever fears the Lord has a secure fortress,     and for their children it will be a refuge.
The fear of the Lord is a fountain of life,     turning a person from the snares of death.
A large population is a king’s glory,     but without subjects a prince is ruined.
Whoever is patient has great understanding,     but one who is quick-tempered displays folly.
A heart at peace gives life to the body,     but envy rots the bones.
Whoever oppresses the poor shows contempt for their Maker,     but whoever is kind to the needy honors God.
When calamity comes, the wicked are brought down,     but even in death the righteous seek refuge in God.
Wisdom reposes in the heart of the discerning     and even among fools she lets herself be known.
Righteousness exalts a nation,     but sin condemns any people.
A king delights in a wise servant,     but a shameful servant arouses his fury.

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