Tasks for this week:

  1. Watch all three parts of Believing in the One Who Slays Giants
  2. Complete daily Bible reading
  3. Memorize Psalm 23:1-3 and Psalm 51:10-13

Week 17: Day 4

Today’s F260 Bible reading: Psalm 18; 2 Samuel 9

18:1 For the music director, by the Lord’s servant David, who sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord rescued him from the power of all his enemies, including Saul. He said: “I love you, Lord, my source of strength! 2The Lord is my high ridge, my stronghold, my deliverer. My God is my rocky summit where I take shelter, my shield, the horn that saves me, and my refuge. 3I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise, and I was delivered from my enemies. 4The waves of death engulfed me, the currents of chaos overwhelmed me. 5The ropes of Sheol tightened around me, the snares of death trapped me. 6In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried out to my God. From his heavenly temple he heard my voice; he listened to my cry for help. 7The earth heaved and shook. The roots of the mountains trembled; they heaved because he was angry. 8Smoke ascended from his nose; fire devoured as it came from his mouth. He hurled down fiery coals. 9He made the sky sink as he descended; a thick cloud was under his feet. 10He mounted a winged angel and flew; he glided on the wings of the wind. 11He shrouded himself in darkness, in thick rain clouds. 12From the brightness in front of him came hail and fiery coals. 13The Lord thundered in the sky; the Most High shouted. 14He shot his arrows and scattered them, many lightning bolts and routed them. 15The depths of the sea were exposed; the inner regions of the world were uncovered by your battle cry, Lord, by the powerful breath from your nose. 16He reached down from above and took hold of me; he pulled me from the surging water. 17He rescued me from my strong enemy, from those who hate me, for they were too strong for me. 18They confronted me in my day of calamity, but the Lord helped me. 19He brought me out into a wide open place; he delivered me because he was pleased with me. 20The Lord repaid me for my godly deeds; he rewarded my blameless behavior. 21For I have obeyed the Lord’s commands; I have not rebelled against my God. 22For I am aware of all his regulations, and I do not reject his rules. 23I was innocent before him, and kept myself from sinning. 24The Lord rewarded me for my godly deeds; he took notice of my blameless behavior. 25You prove to be loyal to one who is faithful; you prove to be trustworthy to one who is innocent. 26You prove to be reliable to one who is blameless, but you prove to be deceptive to one who is perverse. 27For you deliver oppressed people, but you bring down those who have a proud look. 28Indeed, you light my lamp, Lord. My God illuminates the darkness around me. 29Indeed, with your help I can charge against an army; by my God’s power I can jump over a wall. 30The one true God acts in a faithful manner; the Lord’s promise is reliable. He is a shield to all who take shelter in him. 31Indeed, who is God besides the Lord? Who is a protector besides our God? 32The one true God gives me strength; he removes the obstacles in my way. 33He gives me the agility of a deer; he enables me to negotiate the rugged terrain. 34He trains my hands for battle; my arms can bend even the strongest bow. 35You give me your protective shield; your right hand supports me. Your willingness to help enables me to prevail. 36You widen my path; my feet do not slip. 37I chase my enemies and catch them; I do not turn back until I wipe them out. 38I beat them to death; they fall at my feet. 39You give me strength for battle; you make my foes kneel before me. 40You make my enemies retreat; I destroy those who hate me. 41They cry out, but there is no one to help them; they cry out to the Lord, but he does not answer them. 42I grind them as fine windblown dust; I beat them underfoot like clay in the streets. 43You rescue me from a hostile army. You make me a leader of nations; people over whom I had no authority are now my subjects. 44When they hear of my exploits, they submit to me. Foreigners are powerless before me. 45Foreigners lose their courage; they shake with fear as they leave their strongholds. 46The Lord is alive! My Protector is praiseworthy. The God who delivers me is exalted as king. 47The one true God completely vindicates me; he makes nations submit to me. 48He delivers me from my enemies. You snatch me away from those who attack me; you rescue me from violent men. 49So I will give you thanks before the nations, O Lord. I will sing praises to you. 50He gives his king magnificent victories; he is faithful to his chosen ruler, to David and his descendants forever.” (NET Bible)
9:1 Then David asked, “Is anyone still left from the family of Saul, so that I may extend kindness to him for the sake of Jonathan?” 2Now there was a servant from Saul’s house named Ziba, so he was summoned to David. The king asked him, “Are you Ziba?” He replied, “At your service.” 3The king asked, “Is there not someone left from Saul’s family that I may extend God’s kindness to him?” Ziba said to the king, “One of Jonathan’s sons is left; both of his feet are crippled.” 4The king asked him, “Where is he?” Ziba told the king, “He is at the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar.” 5So King David had him brought from the house of Makir son of Ammiel in Lo Debar. 6When Mephibosheth son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, came to David, he bowed low with his face toward the ground. David said, “Mephibosheth?” He replied, “Yes, at your service.” 7David said to him, “Don’t be afraid, because I will certainly extend kindness to you for the sake of Jonathan your father. I will give back to you all the land that belonged to your grandfather Saul, and you will be a regular guest at my table.” 8Then Mephibosheth bowed and said, “Of what importance am I, your servant, that you show regard for a dead dog like me?” 9Then the king summoned Ziba, Saul’s attendant, and said to him, “Everything that belonged to Saul and to his entire house I hereby give to your master’s grandson. 10You will cultivate the land for him—you and your sons and your servants. You will bring its produce and it will be food for your master’s grandson to eat. But Mephibosheth, your master’s grandson, will be a regular guest at my table.” (Now Ziba had 15 sons and 20 servants.) 11Ziba said to the king, “Your servant will do everything that my lord the king has instructed his servant to do.” So Mephibosheth was a regular guest at David’s table, just as though he were one of the king’s sons. 12Now Mephibosheth had a young son whose name was Mica. All the members of Ziba’s household were Mephibosheth’s servants. 13Mephibosheth was living in Jerusalem, for he was a regular guest at the king’s table. But both his feet were crippled. (NET Bible)

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