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Among the most interesting parts of the Psalms are the subtitles found under certain chapter headings throughout the book. We can learn a lot about a psalm from what we find in these brief statements. Sometimes they recount the historical setting behind the writing of a psalm. Psalm 3 tells us that it’s “a Psalm […]

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Man after God’s Own Heart

“That’s a young person after God’s own heart.” Could you think of a higher compliment? Can you imagine a more wonderful title? “Young man, young woman, after God’s own heart.”  God looks down from heaven, and he sees everyone. He watches every movement. He hears every conversation. He listens in on every thought. When God […]

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Beneath the Cross of Jesus

Among the many Old Testament figures who served as types of Christ, David stands out as one of the greatest. In order to understand David as a type of Christ, we must first understand what it is to be a “type.” Once we have that definition in mind, we will be able to see the […]

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David – A Man after God’s Own Heart

Few figures in Scripture are better known to us than David. The better part of three books in the Bible (1 and 2 Samuel and Psalms) were either written by or about David, not to mention the extensive Old Testament history that follows his descendants and their rule over the kingdom of Judah. The importance […]

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Seeking friends after God’s own heart

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be friends with someone whom God calls “a man after my own heart”? Would that sort of friend be desirable for you? Or would it be a bit too intimidating to hang around with someone whom God holds in such esteem? After all, such a […]

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David’s Protection of the Lambs

From an early age, David was tasked with watching and caring for the sheep of his father’s flock. He had to care for their basic needs as well as protect them through the many dangers from which they could not protect themselves. The first mention of David caring for the sheep is found in 1 […]

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Wayward Son 

A father sat with hidden face,  His sobbing shoulders shaking.  Drops from his beard rolled down his robes.  Beneath, his heart fell, breaking.    “My son…my son…” the warrior choked,  Upon the chief of all his woes.  His voice sunk down through hands stained red,  With more blood than his foes.    A spot along […]

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Jonathan and David: Covenantal Friends

Is not the arrow beyond thee?” There it was, David’s answer. It was the answer that would forever physically separate him from his closest friend, Jonathan. David and Jonathan were more than just close friends. Their friendship was a covenantal friendship—a friendship forged by (and with) the Lord. They were friends who spiritually sharpened each […]

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Call Me Abigail

The Word of God is the means placed before us to nourish our faith. The story of David and Abigail is a good example of the incredibly rich nourishment to be had through faith. When a believer digs in—really studies the Word of God—Jehovah-jireh (Provider) continually opens up that wealth of riches. Centrally, when it […]

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Three of David’s Mighty Men

II Samuel 23:15-17 – “And David longed and said, Oh that one would give me drink of water from the well of Bethlehem, which is by the gate! And the three mighty men brake through the host of the Philistines, and drew water out of the well of Bethle­hem, which was by the gate, and […]

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David’s Band

I Samuel 22:2: And every one that was in dis­tress, and every one that was in debt, and every one that was discontented, gathered themselves unto him (David), and he became a captain over them: and there were with him about four hundred. It was a strange band of men that gathered about David at […]

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Love

“And it came to pass, when he had made an end of speaking unto Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” I Samuel 18:1 The birds on the Judean plain still sang. The locusts whirred their dusty serenade. The soft evening […]

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I Samuel Chapters 17, 18, 19

A. David and Goliath (chapter 17). 1. Goliath of Gath: a. Look up Joshua 11:22 and Numbers 13:28-33 in connection with Genesis 6:4 and explain who Goliath was. b. Was Goliath the last of the race of giants? Cf. I Chr. 20:4-8. c. How tall was Goliath? d. By consulting a Bible Dictionary or Encyclopedia […]

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I Samuel 15 & 16

A. Saul’s disobedience. 1. The context of chapter 14:47-52: a. How does the list of Saul’s victories stand in contrast to the history of Saul and Israel after his disobedience as recorded here in chapter 15 (Compare with 16:14 and 17:11)?  b. In light of I Samuel 8:11, what is the significance of the last […]

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Mary

In the first place in this article, I must apologize for being late in answering some of your questions. I believe I have all things sorted out, so that you should be receiving a steady stream of answers to your questions from not on. I have about five or six questions waiting for answers now, […]

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God Looks on the Heart

The nicest compliment that our parents can receive is when someone says something good about one of their children. Have you ever noticed the eyes of a parent light up as a friend remarked about the wholesome attitudes of their teenage son or daughter? When a child receives an award, or perhaps a scholarship to […]

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Sons of Korah

Question: Who were the “sons of Korah” mentioned as authors of several Psalms? Answer: Psalm 45-49, 85 and 88 bear superscriptions that contain the statement, “A Psalm for the sons of Korah”; let us take notice for and not by. It indicates that the sons of Korah were not the authors of these psalms. The […]

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Companions

Wm. Tiptaft, an English minister, once made the statement: “Show me a man’s books and show me a man’s com­panions and I will tell you what sort of man he is.” There is an old adage of unknown origin: “Birds of a feather flock to­gether.” David (??) in the hundred nineteenth Psalm declares: “I am […]

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David and His Mighty Men

David and His Mighty Men, by R. O. Corwin, published by Wm. B. Eerdmans David and His Mighty Men, is a book which pictures for us the character, faithfulness, and vitality of David and his thirty-seven captains, as well as of his common soldiers. The author, R. O. Corwin, was especially interested in the period […]

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