Today: Psalms 69:13-28; Acts 1:1-22; 2 Samuel 3:22-39; 2 Samuel 4; 2 Samuel 5:1-5

Psalms 69

David was a warrior, a musician, a poet, and a king. He was also a great prophet of God. Many people aren’t aware that David’s Psalms are filled with detailed prophecies of Jesus Christ, who wouldn’t appear on earth for another thousand years.

In Psalm 69 David prophesied details of Christ’s crucifixion, “They also gave me a bitter herb in my food, and for my thirst they gave me vinegar to drink.” (v.21)

Then in our New Testament reading for today, Peter referenced another of David’s prophesies from this SAME PSALM (what are the chances of that?!), this one about the betrayal and removal of Judas Iscariot, “May his residence be made desolate, and no one live in it,” and “Let another take his office.” (v.25)

Acts 1

In the beginning of Acts, Luke tells us that Jesus appeared to them many times after His resurrection over a period of forty days “speaking of things regarding the kingdom of God.” (v.3) How I wish Luke had given us more details!!

Jesus had told them to wait in Jerusalem for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. And so we see the very first Christian church, comprised of all the 11 disciples (Judas Iscariot was obviously missing), Jesus’ mother Mary, and other followers of Jesus, about 120 people “continually devoting themselves with one mind to prayer.” (v.14)

What would the church look like today if we were continually devoting ourselves with one mind to prayer?

2 Samuel 3-5

The bloodshed continues. Note to self: Do not EVER report to King David that you have killed someone in Saul’s family line!!!