Daily Devotional

Daybreak: 2 Samuel 8:1 through 9:13

July 14, 2019

“And David said, Is there yet any that is left of the house of Saul, that I may shew him kindness for Jonathan’s sake?” (2 Samuel 9:1)

Many years ago, my grandparents moved their family of eight children to Portland, Oregon, so they could worship with the people of the Apostolic Faith Church. Not long after they arrived, one of their sons contracted diphtheria and passed away. During his illness, the entire family was quarantined, so...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 7:1-29

July 13, 2019

“I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men: But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.” (2 Samuel 7:14-15)

Our first home was located on a street in a rather poor district of our city. Most of the...

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Daybreak: 2 Samuel 6:1-23

July 12, 2019

“And when they came to Nachon’s threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.” (2 Samuel 6:6-7)

Some years ago, a man named Earl Weaver managed the Baltimore Orioles baseball team. Weaver was a sharp, calculating...

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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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