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Today's reading: Psalm 8:1-9

Psalm 8 is a wonderful declaration of the magnificence, glory and goodness of God. One of the things I love about this Psalm is how David makes it clear, as he starts and ends his song, that this incredible, mighty God is also personal. "Oh Lord, our Lord..." (verses 1 and 9).

What does it mean to you that the God who set the moon and stars in place is "your" God? Tami

Our Shield

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Today's reading: Psalm 7:1-17

David is brokenhearted and crying out to God to be his refuge and shelter in a difficult time. I was drawn to verses 8-11 where David recognizes God as being a righteous judge over all people and then boldly proclaims:

"My shield is with God, who saves the upright in heart" (vs. 10).

Do you think of God as your shield (your shelter, refuge, protection)? How would describe having an "upright heart"? Tami

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 19:8-24

Jonathan's candid talk with Saul temporarily resolves the situation between Saul and David. But this peaceful time doesn't last long. After David is once again successful against the Philistine army, Saul turns right back to his murderous thinking. The situation is dire with David literally running for his life. But what we see is that God's hand of protection is absolutely over David. Despite Saul knowing exactly where David is and sending troops (including himself) to capture him, God will not allow anyone to touch David. What an incredible display of God's supernatural power.

What does this passage reveal about God? How has 1 Samuel 19 impacted your thinking about God being in control of your situation as well as His protection (past and present) of you? Tami

Speaking Truth

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Today's reading: 1 Samuel 19:1-7

Have you ever had to confront someone you're close to about their actions, attitude or words? It's not an easy task. In fact, it can be downright uncomfortable and even a little scary. That being the case, taking care with how we approach the situation and address the other person is critical. Jonathan's actions with Saul provide us with a good example of how to speak truth in a difficult situation.

What's one thing that stood out to you about confronting inappropriate behavior from this passage? How important is it to pray and seek God's direction in these types of situations? Tami

Today's reading: 1 Samuel 18:17-30

Saul continues down the dangerous path of jealousy concerning David. Rather than overtly trying to kill David like he did previously with his spear (vs. 11), Saul has now chosen to take a different tactic, a passive-aggressive approach. So we see Saul scheming, planning and putting in place the pieces he thinks are needed for David's demise by the hands of the Philistines. It's a sad scenario that provides us with a vivid display of how sin degrades our thinking and actions when we choose to turn away from God. And making things even worse, our sinful choices don't just impact us, they effect and influence those around us as well.

What do Saul's thoughts and actions show us about the progression of unchecked sin (jealousy)? What impact does Saul's sin have on those around him? Tami

About Me

Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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