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June 8 - Morning

"May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face shine on us —
so that your ways may be known on earth,
your salvation among all nations.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
May the nations be glad and sing for joy,
for you rule the peoples with equity
and guide the nations of the earth.
May the peoples praise you, God;
may all the peoples praise you.
The land yields its harvest;
God, our God, blesses us.

May God bless us still,
so that all the ends of the earth will fear him."

- Psalms 67:1-7

The Blessing of Israel and the Salvation of the Nations

Psalm 67 was a song sung while being accompanied by stringed instruments. The psalmist is asking God to do three things (67:1) so that the nations may know God’s ways and his salvation. The three that are requested for Israel include:

  1. Grace which is mercy in the midst of an inadequate people.
  2. Blessing of God which would manifest the fullness of life as described by Jesus when he referred to it as “life and have it abundantly.” (John 10:10, ESV) For Israel this abundant life was identified as increase (Deuteronomy 7:13 and 28:3-6) rain/life (Hosea 6:3; Psalm 133:3), food (Psalm 132:15) and other gifts (Psalm 128).
  3. God’s face shining on them is an indication of God’s attention which included his favor, protection, life, abundance, etc. (The opposite would be for God to turn his face away or turn his back to them.) This request is directly from the blessing the priests were assigned to speak to the people on God’s behalf in Numbers 6:22-27.

Israel, the people of God, desired (as was God’s plan) to be used by God to show forth his glory, greatness and the blessings of walking in his ways. The rest of the dark, lost world could receive the same “salvation” when they saw and understood what and why Israel was great. When the nations understood and received this salvation they would “praise” God in joyful song. The text in verse 4 literally says then the nations will “rejoice and sing gladly.”

If the nations could understand and receive God as Israel had then they too would find that God would:

  1. “rule the peoples justly” (67:4)
  2. “guide the nations of the earth.” (67:4)

Both of these statements have a prophetic element to them since this has always been the final state in God’s plan of salvation progressively revealed through history. The day the Lord rules in justice and guides the nations of earth into abundant harvests and blessings has been planned and prepared. The ends of the earth will fear God when they hear the knowledge of God and enjoy the blessing of his rule.
Hsb (Hb) – to think (Eng) - The Hebrew root word hsb is used in words meaning “to reckon,” “to plan,” “to devise,” “to be counted.” And, also in words for “weaver” (Ex. 25-31) and “technician” (2 Chron. 26:15).
Is the fact that I have experienced salvation effecting the world? Is the world experiencing the salvation of God because I have experienced God’s salvation? I will demonstrate and manifest God’s presence and his salvation in the world today.

Bible Reading Descriptions Here


Complete Text

General Text


Godly character and words


Compassion for the world
Cultural Values

East of Jerusalem in the Judean Wilderness looking towards the Jordan Valley.
Details of the Western Wall tunnels.

Someone to Quote

"Do not let those who seem worthy of credit, but teach strange doctrines, fill you with apprehension. Stand firm, like an anvil which is beaten. It is the part of the noble athlete to be wounded and yet to conquer."
- Ignatius to Polycarp in 110 AD

Something to Ponder

In their book “Pagan Christianity” Frank Viola and George Barna identify eight ways the modern Christian has been trained to approach the Scriptures in an attempt to find meaning and create their own individualistic form of self-centered Christianity:

  1. Look for verses that inspire you, then highlight, memorize, meditate and hang on refrigerator.
  2. Look for verses that identify a promise from God, confess it, believe it and receive the promise from God.
  3. Look for verses that are a command from God for you to do, make a checklist and obey
  4. Look for verses resist Satan and quote to scare the devil and resist temptation
  5. Look for verses that will prove your doctrinal position to use in theological battle
  6. Look for verses to quote to others to keep them in line and manipulate their lives
  7. Look for verses that “preach” well and can be used as springboards into sermon topics
  8. Look at random verses you flip to and read in hopes of receiving a personal word from God.

Here’s a Fact

Pharaoh Necho of 2 Chron. 35:20-22 and 36:4 is confirmed by these things from Necho’s day:

  • Statues of Necho
  • Herodotus Histories
  • Necho’s name removed from monuments by his son Psammetichus (Psamtik) II


"I (wisdom) love those who love me, and those who seek me find me."
- Proverbs 8:17

Coach’s Corner

Sometimes advice from other people is worthless compared to your own thoughts and experiences because you are the artist painting on the canvas of your life. Other people are merely tourist walking through your art gallery.

1 Samuel 17
New International Version (NIV)
David and Goliath
17 Now the Philistines gathered their forces for war and assembled at Sokoh in Judah. They pitched camp at Ephes Dammim, between Sokoh and Azekah. Saul and the Israelites assembled and camped in the Valley of Elah and drew up their battle line to meet the Philistines. The Philistines occupied one hill and the Israelites another, with the valley between them.
A champion named Goliath, who was from Gath, came out of the Philistine camp. His height was six cubits and a span. He had a bronze helmet on his head and wore a coat of scale armor of bronze weighing five thousand shekels; on his legs he wore bronze greaves, and a bronze javelin was slung on his back. His spear shaft was like a weaver’s rod, and its iron point weighed six hundred shekels. His shield bearer went ahead of him.
Goliath stood and shouted to the ranks of Israel, “Why do you come out and line up for battle? Am I not a Philistine, and are you not the servants of Saul? Choose a man and have him come down to me. If he is able to fight and kill me, we will become your subjects; but if I overcome him and kill him, you will become our subjects and serve us.” 10 Then the Philistine said, “This day I defy the armies of Israel! Give me a man and let us fight each other.” 11 On hearing the Philistine’s words, Saul and all the Israelites were dismayed and terrified.
12 Now David was the son of an Ephrathite named Jesse, who was from Bethlehem in Judah. Jesse had eight sons, and in Saul’s time he was very old. 13 Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. 14 David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, 15 but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem.
16 For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand.
17 Now Jesse said to his son David, “Take this ephah of roasted grain and these ten loaves of bread for your brothers and hurry to their camp. 18 Take along these ten cheeses to the commander of their unit. See how your brothers are and bring back some assurance from them. 19 They are with Saul and all the men of Israel in the Valley of Elah, fighting against the Philistines.”
20 Early in the morning David left the flock in the care of a shepherd, loaded up and set out, as Jesse had directed. He reached the camp as the army was going out to its battle positions, shouting the war cry. 21 Israel and the Philistines were drawing up their lines facing each other. 22 David left his things with the keeper of supplies, ran to the battle lines and asked his brothers how they were. 23 As he was talking with them, Goliath, the Philistine champion from Gath, stepped out from his lines and shouted his usual defiance, and David heard it. 24 Whenever the Israelites saw the man, they all fled from him in great fear.
25 Now the Israelites had been saying, “Do you see how this man keeps coming out? He comes out to defy Israel. The king will give great wealth to the man who kills him. He will also give him his daughter in marriage and will exempt his family from taxes in Israel.”
26 David asked the men standing near him, “What will be done for the man who kills this Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?”
27 They repeated to him what they had been saying and told him, “This is what will be done for the man who kills him.”
28 When Eliab, David’s oldest brother, heard him speaking with the men, he burned with anger at him and asked, “Why have you come down here? And with whom did you leave those few sheep in the wilderness? I know how conceited you are and how wicked your heart is; you came down only to watch the battle.”
29 “Now what have I done?” said David. “Can’t I even speak?” 30 He then turned away to someone else and brought up the same matter, and the men answered him as before. 31 What David said was overheard and reported to Saul, and Saul sent for him.
32 David said to Saul, “Let no one lose heart on account of this Philistine; your servant will go and fight him.”
33 Saul replied, “You are not able to go out against this Philistine and fight him; you are only a young man, and he has been a warrior from his youth.”
34 But David said to Saul, “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, 35 I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. 36 Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. 37 The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine.”
Saul said to David, “Go, and the Lord be with you.”
38 Then Saul dressed David in his own tunic. He put a coat of armor on him and a bronze helmet on his head. 39 David fastened on his sword over the tunic and tried walking around, because he was not used to them.
“I cannot go in these,” he said to Saul, “because I am not used to them.” So he took them off.
40 Then he took his staff in his hand, chose five smooth stones from the stream, put them in the pouch of his shepherd’s bag and, with his sling in his hand, approached the Philistine.
41 Meanwhile, the Philistine, with his shield bearer in front of him, kept coming closer to David. 42 He looked David over and saw that he was little more than a boy, glowing with health and handsome, and he despised him. 43 He said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. 44 “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds and the wild animals!”
45 David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. 46 This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head. This very day I will give the carcasses of the Philistine army to the birds and the wild animals, and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel. 47 All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.”
48 As the Philistine moved closer to attack him, David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet him. 49 Reaching into his bag and taking out a stone, he slung it and struck the Philistine on the forehead. The stone sank into his forehead, and he fell facedown on the ground.
50 So David triumphed over the Philistine with a sling and a stone; without a sword in his hand he struck down the Philistine and killed him.
51 David ran and stood over him. He took hold of the Philistine’s sword and drew it from the sheath. After he killed him, he cut off his head with the sword.
When the Philistines saw that their hero was dead, they turned and ran.
52 Then the men of Israel and Judah surged forward with a shout and pursued the Philistines to the entrance of Gath and to the gates of Ekron. Their dead were strewn along the Shaaraim road to Gath and Ekron. 53 When the Israelites returned from chasing the Philistines, they plundered their camp.
54 David took the Philistine’s head and brought it to Jerusalem; he put the Philistine’s weapons in his own tent.
55 As Saul watched David going out to meet the Philistine, he said to Abner, commander of the army, “Abner, whose son is that young man?”
Abner replied, “As surely as you live, Your Majesty, I don’t know.”
56 The king said, “Find out whose son this young man is.”
57 As soon as David returned from killing the Philistine, Abner took him and brought him before Saul, with David still holding the Philistine’s head.
58 “Whose son are you, young man?” Saul asked him.
David said, “I am the son of your servant Jesse of Bethlehem.”
Isaiah 11
New International Version (NIV)
The Branch From Jesse
A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse;     from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.

The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him—     the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding,     the Spirit of counsel and of might,     the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord—

and he will delight in the fear of the Lord.
He will not judge by what he sees with his eyes,
    or decide by what he hears with his ears;

but with righteousness he will judge the needy,     with justice he will give decisions for the poor of the earth. He will strike the earth with the rod of his mouth;     with the breath of his lips he will slay the wicked.

Righteousness will be his belt     and faithfulness the sash around his waist.

The wolf will live with the lamb,     the leopard will lie down with the goat, the calf and the lion and the yearling together;     and a little child will lead them.

The cow will feed with the bear,     their young will lie down together,     and the lion will eat straw like the ox.

The infant will play near the cobra’s den,     and the young child will put its hand into the viper’s nest.

They will neither harm nor destroy     on all my holy mountain, for the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the Lord     as the waters cover the sea.
10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his resting place will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the surviving remnant of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the Mediterranean.
He will raise a banner for the nations     and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah     from the four quarters of the earth.
Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish,     and Judah’s enemies will be destroyed; Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,     nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.
They will swoop down on the slopes of Philistia to the west;     together they will plunder the people to the east. They will subdue Edom and Moab,     and the Ammonites will be subject to them.
The Lord will dry up     the gulf of the Egyptian sea; with a scorching wind he will sweep his hand     over the Euphrates River. He will break it up into seven streams     so that anyone can cross over in sandals.
There will be a highway for the remnant of his people     that is left from Assyria, as there was for Israel     when they came up from Egypt.
Proverbs 16-17
New International Version (NIV)
To humans belong the plans of the heart,     but from the Lord comes the proper answer of the tongue.

All a person’s ways seem pure to them,     but motives are weighed by the Lord.

Commit to the Lord whatever you do,     and he will establish your plans.

The Lord works out everything to its proper end—     even the wicked for a day of disaster.

The Lord detests all the proud of heart.     Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.

Through love and faithfulness sin is atoned for;     through the fear of the Lord evil is avoided.

When the Lord takes pleasure in anyone’s way,     he causes their enemies to make peace with them.

Better a little with righteousness     than much gain with injustice.

In their hearts humans plan their course,     but the Lord establishes their steps.
The lips of a king speak as an oracle,     and his mouth does not betray justice.
Honest scales and balances belong to the Lord;     all the weights in the bag are of his making.
Kings detest wrongdoing,     for a throne is established through righteousness.
Kings take pleasure in honest lips;     they value the one who speaks what is right.
A king’s wrath is a messenger of death,     but the wise will appease it.
When a king’s face brightens, it means life;     his favor is like a rain cloud in spring.
How much better to get wisdom than gold,     to get insight rather than silver!
The highway of the upright avoids evil;     those who guard their ways preserve their lives.
Pride goes before destruction,     a haughty spirit before a fall.
Better to be lowly in spirit along with the oppressed     than to share plunder with the proud.
Whoever gives heed to instruction prospers,     and blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord.
The wise in heart are called discerning,     and gracious words promote instruction.
Prudence is a fountain of life to the prudent,     but folly brings punishment to fools.
The hearts of the wise make their mouths prudent,     and their lips promote instruction.
Gracious words are a honeycomb,     sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.
There is a way that appears to be right,     but in the end it leads to death.
The appetite of laborers works for them;     their hunger drives them on.
A scoundrel plots evil,     and on their lips it is like a scorching fire.
A perverse person stirs up conflict,     and a gossip separates close friends.
A violent person entices their neighbor     and leads them down a path that is not good.
Whoever winks with their eye is plotting perversity;     whoever purses their lips is bent on evil.
Gray hair is a crown of splendor;     it is attained in the way of righteousness.
Better a patient person than a warrior,     one with self-control than one who takes a city.
The lot is cast into the lap,     but its every decision is from the Lord.
Better a dry crust with peace and quiet     than a house full of feasting, with strife.

A prudent servant will rule over a disgraceful son     and will share the inheritance as one of the family.

The crucible for silver and the furnace for gold,     but the Lord tests the heart.

A wicked person listens to deceitful lips;     a liar pays attention to a destructive tongue.

Whoever mocks the poor shows contempt for their Maker;     whoever gloats over disaster will not go unpunished.

Children’s children are a crown to the aged,     and parents are the pride of their children.

Eloquent lips are unsuited to a godless fool—     how much worse lying lips to a ruler!

A bribe is seen as a charm by the one who gives it;     they think success will come at every turn.

Whoever would foster love covers over an offense,     but whoever repeats the matter separates close friends.
A rebuke impresses a discerning person     more than a hundred lashes a fool.
Evildoers foster rebellion against God;     the messenger of death will be sent against them.
Better to meet a bear robbed of her cubs     than a fool bent on folly.
Evil will never leave the house     of one who pays back evil for good.
Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam;     so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out.
Acquitting the guilty and condemning the innocent—     the Lord detests them both.
Why should fools have money in hand to buy wisdom,     when they are not able to understand it?
A friend loves at all times,     and a brother is born for a time of adversity.
One who has no sense shakes hands in pledge     and puts up security for a neighbor.
Whoever loves a quarrel loves sin;     whoever builds a high gate invites destruction.
One whose heart is corrupt does not prosper;     one whose tongue is perverse falls into trouble.
To have a fool for a child brings grief;     there is no joy for the parent of a godless fool.
A cheerful heart is good medicine,     but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
The wicked accept bribes in secret     to pervert the course of justice.
A discerning person keeps wisdom in view,     but a fool’s eyes wander to the ends of the earth.
A foolish son brings grief to his father     and bitterness to the mother who bore him.
If imposing a fine on the innocent is not good,     surely to flog honest officials is not right.
The one who has knowledge uses words with restraint,     and whoever has understanding is even-tempered.
Even fools are thought wise if they keep silent,     and discerning if they hold their tongues.

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