Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 2 Samuel 5:1-25

July 11, 2019

“And let it be, when thou hearest the sound of a going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt bestir thyself: for then shall the Lord go out before thee, to smite the host of the Philistines.” (2 Samuel 5:24)

For many months, I had a particular burden on my heart concerning one of my children. I wept many tears and prayed for hours. Often in the night, I woke and beseeched...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 3:1 through 4:12

July 10, 2019

“And all the people took notice of it, and it pleased them: as whatsoever the king did pleased all the people.” (2 Samuel 3:36)

The little girl clumsily descended the stairs, one hand clutching the stair rail and a purse, the other struggling to keep her skirt out of the way of the high-heeled shoes which threatened to fall off at every step. Her hat kept falling down over one eye, making it even more difficult...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 2:1-32

July 9, 2019

“And David sent messengers unto the men of Jabesh-gilead, and said unto them, Blessed be ye of the Lord, that ye have shewed this kindness unto your lord, even unto Saul, and have buried him. And now the Lord shew kindness and truth unto you: and I also will requite you this kindness, because ye have done this thing.” (2 Samuel 2:5-6)

An anecdote about Abraham Lincoln reflects the principle illustrated by David’s example. One of...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 1:1-27

July 8, 2019

“Then David took hold on his clothes, and rent them; and likewise all the men that were with him: and they mourned, and wept, and fasted until even, for Saul, and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of the Lord, and for the house of Israel; because they were fallen by the sword.” (2 Samuel 1:11-12)

It seemed as though the world stood still for a space of...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 29:1 through 31:13

July 7, 2019

“And David was greatly distressed; for the people spake of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and for his daughters: but David encouraged himself in the Lord his God.” (1 Samuel 30:6)

“Discouragement is of the devil,” my mother used to say emphatically when I would get in one of my teenage mood swings. I was not sure I believed her then. I rather enjoyed a...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 28:1-25

July 6, 2019

“Then said Samuel, Wherefore then dost thou ask of me, seeing the Lord is departed from thee, and is become thine enemy?” (1 Samuel 28:16)

Our seven-year-old daughter loves to socialize. She does not meet strangers — just people she has not met before. One day, she was invited to a slumber party by one of her school classmates. As her dad, I saw several legitimate reasons not to let her go. One of my parental responsibilities is...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 26:1 through 27:12

July 5, 2019

“The Lord render to every man his righteousness and his faithfulness: for the Lord delivered thee into my hand to day, but I would not stretch forth mine hand against the Lord’s anointed.” (1 Samuel 26:23)

One time, our family had the opportunity to observe a glassblower at work. She was shaping a vase, which was mounted on a tube so she could put it into the furnace for heating. Repeatedly she placed the vase in...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 25:1-44

July 4, 2019

“And David said to Abigail, Blessed be the Lord God of Israel, which sent thee this day to meet me: And blessed be thy advice, and blessed be thou, which has kept me this day from coming to shed blood, and from avenging myself with mine own hand.” (1 Samuel 25:32-33)

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where you knew you had been wronged? After my husband and I were first married, we moved...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 22:20 through 24:22

July 3, 2019

“The Lord therefore be judge, and judge between me and thee, and see, and plead my cause, and deliver me out of thine hand.” (1 Samuel 24:15)

The man was consumed by revenge. Thugs had beaten his son so badly that he had a skull fracture. The doctors suspected brain damage and possible permanent vision loss. The father tried everything he could to locate the perpetrators. Meanwhile, the son showed no signs of improvement. One Sunday...

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Daybreak: 1 Samuel 21:1 through 22:19

July 2, 2019

“And David arose, and fled that day for fear of Saul, and went to Achish the king of Gath.” (1 Samuel 21:10)

To be the object of a search is a miserable and terrifying experience. About twenty-five years ago, when Romania was still under Communist rule, the police came one night to a pastor’s home. They were searching for religious books — specifically for a Bible. The pastor’s six-year-old daughter heard what was being said at the door...

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