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King David was known for many things, including being a poet and songwriter. Though David’s life belies such pronouncements as “I will bless the Lord at all times,” or “Let the humble hear and be glad,” today’s psalm does reflect David’s overall desire to magnify the Lord. Like David, we...

Gracious and all-powerful Lord, help me allow the psalms to guide me when I struggle to find insight. Thank you for spiritual directors who lead us back to you. Amen.


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Lectionary Week
August 6–12, 2018
Scripture Overview

David’s family was a mess. Among his children there was rape, murder, and a plot to overthrow him by his son Absalom. Violence followed, and Second Samuel tells the story of Absalom’s death. Even though Absalom had betrayed him, David still loved his son with a parent’s never-ending love—the kind of love that God demonstrates perfectly for us, as David celebrates in Psalm 34. The author of Ephesians warns against acting out of anger, wrath, and malice (the very things that tore apart David’s family). We should instead forgive, as God in Christ has forgiven us. In John, Jesus restates that he is the path to God because he teaches God’s truth. Jesus will give his own life but then raise up those who believe in him.

Questions and Suggestions for Reflection

• Read 2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33. When have you been called to “deal gently” with a loved one?
• Read Psalm 34:1-8. Reflect on a time when you were able to intimately “taste and see” God’s goodness in your life.
• Read Ephesians 4:25–5:2. Are your words and actions imitating Christ?
• Read John 6:35, 41-51. God comes to us in unexpected ways. Who have you discounted as a servant of God? How can you support their ministry?

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