Every somebody started out as a nobody. Inspired by Casting Crowns’ song, “Nobody,” I consider the early days of Samuel’s life. Even though Samuel was the son of a barren woman who was dedicated to the Lord for a life of service, he still had to GROW from somewhere.
Join me as we zero in on Samuel’s beginning to see what we can learn from this “nobody” who eventually had two books of the God’s Holy Word bear his name.
Life’s full of choices, isn’t it? The funny thing is, even when we don’t intentionally choose a response, we have still made a choice. Vertical Worship’s song, “Yes I Will,” reminds us that we can choose to bless the Lord at all times.
King David made that choice, and this week we explore one of the songs he wrote to remind himself of God’s faithfulness.
There’s an impossible situation. You know the one. You lay it at the feet of Jesus only to pick it right back up again. Why do we do that? Perhaps we lack the faith to recognize God’s “got this.” Love and Outcome gives an encouraging message to remind us that God has it all in hand.
God proves Himself over and over again in Scripture. Let’s peek into a couple of true accounts.
Trauma and tragedy can leave us feeling lonely and unseen. For King & Country’s song “God Only Knows” reminds us that God holds a deep love and understanding of you and your circumstances (past or present). Many of the psalms of David poetically reflect our own heart’s cry.
Let’s take a deep look at one of those psalms this week.
Taking a B.I.T.E. out of Scripture – this week’s Bible Interaction Tool Exercises include:
Write in your Bible
Consider the opposite
Make a list
The line in the song that led me to the verse that led me to our focus Psalm this week – Psalm 25:16
How Psalm 25 is an acrostic psalm, meaning each verse starts with a letter of the Hebrew alphabet (which is why is may read more disjointed than other psalms)
Using the BITE of repetition to let the psalm really sink in
My desire to seek God’s face before I seek His hand
Story behind the song “God Only Knows” by For King & Country – YouTube Video
This Week’s Challenge
Read Psalm 25 repeatedly this week. Then take the time to INTERACT with Psalm 25. Mark all of the references to God. Then make notes in a notebook or in the margins of what you learn about God through the words of this Psalm. Next, mark all of the verbs. Make a list of the “God verbs” in one column and a list of the “Me verbs” in another. Observe through this exercise all that God takes on Himself while our role is merely to trust, wait, fear, abide, take refuge, and keep His covenant.
Gauging Our Confidence Against Daniel, Moses, and David
The world today has a way taking good and noble things and twisting them into something God never intended. As we spend time in Scripture inspired by Sanctus Real’s song “Confidence,” the stark contrast between God’s way and the world’s way rises to the surface.
Join me as we jump into God’s Word and combat bad ideas with truth.
If I asked the Apostle Paul to examine my life, I’m pretty sure he would see blessings that I’m not seeing. I’m fairly convinced we’re on the lookout for two different things. That has been confirmed for me this week as I’ve meandered through his letters looking for the blessings he counts. This quest was inspired by Rend Collective’s song, “Counting Every Blessing.”
Join me on a journey through the epistles…it may just change the way you look at things, too.
God’s goodness is unfathomable. David tries to explain it in Psalm 36 with really big metaphors as a witness to the awe he feels when considering God. Similarly, Jordan Feliz’ song “Witness” calls us to testify to the virtues of our Father in heaven as well.
Let’s use the song to inspire us to read the Psalm and see what we learn, shall we?
Exaggerated claims abound these days. You can’t turn on the news for a few minutes without hearing overstatements on all sides…and don’t get me started about “teenager-speak.” Crowder in his song, “All My Hope,” asks us to sing along with quite a claim…the claim that ALL our hope is in Jesus. This week we explore whether or not we place ALL our hope in Jesus. We also consider just what kind of hope we’ve been given.
You will be encouraged and challenged as we consider our living hope and where it asks us to fix our eyes.
Jesus, my Lord, is my Shepherd, and He is a good shepherd. I have the benefit of coming in on the scene after the Good Shepherd has come the first time and will come again. Kutless’ new song, “Shepherd of My Soul” sings of our Shepherd and sent me to Scripture to explore what it says about shepherds.
We are going on a journey this week to compare and contrast shepherds in Scripture. Join me?
I’ve always wondered why it is more acceptable to express our joy over a touchdown (in my case an LSU Tiger touchdown) than in our salvation. MercyMe’s new song, “Happy Dance,” challenges us to let our joy out!
Join me as we head over to 1 Peter to explore unspeakable joy.