Welcome back to Week 3 in the Book of 1 Chronicles! Thank you to everyone sharing in the comments on Facebook and Instagram. You are doing so good! Keep on going!!!
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This week’s Reflection & Discussion Questions
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1 Chronicles 16
2 Samuel 23: 1 names David as the “sweet Psalmist of Israel”. David was known for his beautiful songs of thanksgiving and so, we see here, a sweet song of thanks to God. In his song, he commands Israel to give thanks, sing, seek the Lord, remember his works, declare his glory and ascribe to him the worship that is due. He even calls on all creation to come and rejoice with him.
David’s song was not meant to be a solo. David called on God’s people to sing praises with him. At the end, all the people said “Amen!” and praised the Lord. This is the responsibility of God’s people. We are to keep record of what God has done and meditate on them and give thanks. We need to tell others about his wonderful grace and salvation. Focus now on God’s goodness in your life. List below a record of some of the things God has done for you and then give him thanks.
1 Chronicles 17
David lived in a house of Cedar which means David lived in a beautiful and expensive home. He was uncomfortable that the ark of the Lord was just in a tent of curtains. So, David went to Nathan seeking his approval to build a house and Nathan quickly answered him telling him to do it. But then the word of the Lord came to Nathan and told him that David was not to build him a home. Instead, God would build David a house and establish a kingdom through him. In his prayer of thanksgiving, David called himself “your servant” ten times. David was humbled by this gracious gift from God.
Have you ever wanted to do more for God than he’s called you to do? David had a servant’s heart that was willing to be used by God, but God wanted to do something different than he planned. Nathan answered David according to his own human judgement rather than seeking the Lord’s will and so his advice to David was wrong. It is so important that we do not just seek the advice of man when we are making decisions. We need to seek the Lord and his will. Is there something you have desired to do for the Lord that he has yet to open the door for you to do? Pray and ask the Lord if it is really his will or is there something else, he has for you. Trust that whatever he has for you is good and for his glory even if it does not make sense to others.
1 Chronicles 18
The Lord gave David victory, subdued his enemies, expanded his territory and grew his kingdom. According to 1 Chronicles 22:6-10, we will see that the blood shed during these battles would disqualify David from building the temple but it
established the security that his son Solomon would later need to build the temple for the Lord and have the materials for construction.
God wanted to reign in the life of Saul, but Saul resisted God. As a result, David was greater than Saul and God was able to work in the life of David and use him to bless his people. Can you recall a time when you resisted the Lord? Can you see the blessings that you may have missed out on? How can you fully surrender to God now so that he is able to more fully use you?
1 Chronicles 19
Joab saw that he was surrounded both in the front and in the back but rather than surrender, he organized his troops to attack with the plan to help each other. Then he called on his troops to be strong and use their strength for their people and let the Lord do what seems good to him.
When Joab was surrounded by the enemy, he called on his people to be strong. Being strong is a choice not a feeling. We may feel weak, but we can choose to be strong despite our feelings. Joab wisely trusted in God for the outcome of the battle, while simultaneously planning and working hard for the victory. Is there a battle you are fighting where you feel surrounded by the enemy and weak? Make a plan of attack and choose to be strong in the Lord and leave the outcome in the Lord’s hands. What is the first step you can take today toward being stronger in the battles you are facing?
1 Chronicles 20
Even though the giants were huge compared to David and his men – they were no match for them. Even with their huge stature and extra fingers and toes, they could not win because God was on their side.
We do not want to underestimate the power of the enemy. 1 Peter 5:8 tells us to be sober-minded and watchful because our enemy – the devil – is like a roaring lion seeking someone to devour. Only a fool thinks that the enemy is easy to overcome. David’s men counted the fingers and toes of the giant. They were very aware of what they were up against and we too need to be aware of the enemy’s schemes. He will lie to you and tempt you in your weakest areas. Where in your life is the enemy attacking you right now? Is there a lie you have believed or a temptation that is threatening to take you down? Call on the Lord for help and do not let the enemy win! Through the power of God, you must stand strong and not let him defeat you.
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Here’s the Printable Bible Bookmark for 1 Chronicles.
Here’s another explanation of the SOAK Bible Study Method and Bible Coloring Chart if you need more guidance:
Here is the SOAK method I refer to in the video:
And the Bible Coloring Bookmark:
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Highlighters – Acid Free – Bible Hi-Glider
Fine Line Non-bleeding Pens – Micron Archival Ink and Multi-Colored Gel Pens
Colored Pencils – Crayola Twistables and Crayola Colored Pencils
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