Today’s Tasting: 1 Kings 1-2; Psalms 37, 71, 94
Today’s Tasting introduces the books of Kings, which took the nation of Israel on a journey of living under God’s sovereign rule. Though Israel chose a man as their king, God continued to reign as King over all. However, God used people to work His sovereign purposes, despite their apostasy, harsh policies, and sin-flawed ways. The kingdom divided into northern and southern kingdoms.
Solomon constructed The Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem and set up worship. God sent prophets to warn Israel to serve God only and not forget Him and not to fall into worshiping other gods.
1 Kings 1-2: David’s latter years drew near, but his heart remained tender toward God, the building of The Temple of the Lord, and nation of Israel. David instructed his son, Solomon to be strong and walk in the Lord’s ways, that the Lord establish His Word, and to show loyalty among those who should eat at his table.
Adonijah, David’s son by Haggith, attempted a coup to become the King of Israel. Nathan, the prophet, and Bathsheba, the mother of Solomon, halted Adonijah’s aggression. David appointed the prophet and priest to anoint Solomon King of Israel and decreed his throne greater than David’s throne.
David died. Solomon settled into kingship, established the kingdom, and lived up to his name, peaceable, bringing peace throughout the land.
Psalm 37: “Fret not…trust in the Lord…Delight yourself in the Lord…Commit your ways to the Lord…Be still before the Lord…fret not…Refrain from anger…fret not…the meek shall inherit the land and delight in abundant peace…wait for the Lord…there is a future for the people of peace” (ESV).
Psalm 71: “Rescue me, O God.”
Psalm 94: “Blessed is the one whom you discipline…to give him rest from days of trouble…when anxiety was great within me, you brought joy to my soul.”
Today’s Nourishment: Living in and with peace is attainable. While today’s tasting feeds us a large portion of scripture, the sustenance from the passages nourishes us to set up worship as a priority, fret not, and refrain from anger. Living in a lifestyle of worship, trusting the Lord and His sovereignty so we do not fret, and ridding oneself of grudges nightly, settles a person to attain peace.
Establishing these practices in my life for months, possibly years, proves that peace is attainable. Living with back pain, from my neck to the top of my thighs has forced me to learn to trust and worship God in everything. Peace comes. Nothing or no one may steal the peace within. How may you attain His peace?
- Worship God
- Fret not to trust His sovereignty
- Rid life of grudges nightly
These three practices nourish you to attain peace. You will see a significant difference in your attitude and mental state. Share with us how you plan to practice the points above in order to attain peace.
Tomorrow’s Delight: Psalm 119
Carolyn Marlowe, CCLC
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