Only one walks through the valley of the shadow of death with us

David is rightly known as an author who expressed his need for God in times of desperation. But to describe God as a crutch in David’s life wouldn’t be fair. God was not David’s crutch. God was David’s life.

In good times, the credit and adoration of David belonged to God. Whether taking on enemy giants or thinking about the little blessings of life, God was at the forefront of David’s life. Numerous psalms and scripture references show this to be true.

At home, David had Jesse by his side. In Saul’s house he had Jonathan. As a spiritual counselor he had Samuel. On the battlefield he had his three nephews, Joab, Abishai and Asahel. But when it came to walking through the valley of the shadow of death, there was only one individual who could keep him company (Psalm 23:4).

We may receive a lot of support from others throughout our life, but when it comes to the end of day there will only be one that seeks to offer help in life as well as comfort in death.

Are we walking with this shepherd today? (John 10:11, 27-28)

Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live. And whoever lives and believes in Me shall never die. Do you believe this?”” (John 11:25-26 NKJV)

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‘Considered your children:’ David Binkley prayer

But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” (Galatians 4:4-6 ESV)

но когда пришла полнота времени, Бог послал Сына Своего Единородного, Который родился от жены, подчинился закону, чтобы искупить подзаконных, дабы нам получить усыновление. А как вы–сыны, то Бог послал в сердца ваши Духа Сына Своего, вопиющего: ‘Авва, Отче!’ (К Галатам 4:4-6 Russian)

O LORD – my God and King, we come into your mighty and loving presence today, asking that you hear our prayers of thanksgiving. Thank you, dear Father, for making it possible that everyone who trusts and obeys Jesus as Lord is to be considered as your children. As children, we confess that we lack the great superiority of your wisdom. Bless us by your word so that we will continue to grow into full-grown children who more fully understand the responsibilities and consequences of our freedom in Christ. In the precious name of Jesus, Amen.

David Binkley, Sr., Gospel Minister
Cedar Key FL

#prayer #David Binkley

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1-12-2017 Cruelty With Words

King Saul’s army faced the Philistines, “And a champion went out from the camp of the Philistines, named Goliath, from Gath, whose height was six cubits and a span” (1 Samuel 17:4 NKJV). Goliath’s height was 9 ½ feet, and his armor weighed over 125 pounds! For over a month, he said, “I defy the armies of Israel this day; give me a man, that we may fight together” (1 Samuel 17:10 NKJV).  David’s faith was bigger than his body, so Goliath “disdained him; for he was only a youth, ruddy and good-looking. So the Philistine said to David, ‘Am I a dog, that you come to me with sticks?’ And the Philistine cursed David by his gods”      (1 Samuel 17:42-43 NKJV).  Words that either boast of one’s own self, or belittle someone else, are cruel. Like David, our faith can defeat any cruel Goliath, even on-line!

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#cruel-words, #david, #goliath

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7-24-2015 Use The Right Instrument

Why do people listen to what God says at first, but not last? “Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before His presence with singing” (Psalm 100:2 NKJV). We may approach God through the voice music of “singing.” But David added to this: “Then David and all Israel played music before God with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals, and with trumpets” (1 Chronicles 13:8 NKJV). God said “Woe” to those: “Who sing idly to the sound of stringed instruments, And invent for yourselves musical instruments like David” (Amos 6:5 NKJV). Today, Christians should be “speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord” (Ephesians 5:19 NKJV). The churches of Christ don’t use David’s instruments, but our God-given hearts for singing.

This is Johnny Polk, with “Words of Wisdom” brought to you by the Oneida church of Christ.

#david, #instruments, #singing

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Psalm 150 Praise the LORD, not men!

These last 5 Psalms (146-150) are called “Hallelujah Psalms” because they begin and end with that expression: “Praise – Jehovah,” or “Hallelujah.” The author, date, and setting of each Psalm are undetermined, but their acceptance is unquestioned.

Verse 1: Where to “praise God;”

Verse 2: Why “praise God;”

Verse 3-5: How to “praise God;”

Verse 6: Who is to “praise God;”

Verse 1: “Praise the LORD” is “Hallelujah,” or praise Jehovah, The Self-existent Deity; the next is “Praise God,” or “Halleluel,” or praise Elohim, “The Power.” God’s “sanctuary” is the designated, set aside place as “holy” where God should be worshiped. The first in the tabernacle in the wilderness (Exodus 25:8; Hebrews 9:1-5) had a “sanctuary” where worship occurred, then “the Holiest of All” where God was represented as forgiving sins. Next, in the temple in Jerusalem (1 Kings 6:1-17), there was the “sanctuary” and the “inner sanctuary.” Now the church of Christ (Hebrews 8:1-2; 9:6-12; 2 Corinthians 1:1; 6:16) is the “sanctuary,” but Heaven, itself, is “the Most Holy Place.”

Verse 2: Praise Him because of “His mighty acts,” or all those miraculous or providential deeds far beyond “all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20-21). Praise Him for “His excellent greatness,” realizing nothing is great without God, but that all God does is greater than men (1 Corinthians 1:18-25).

Verses 3-5: David added musical instruments to God’s worship (1 Chronicles 23:5), called “instruments of David” authorized by his own authority and not God’s (1 Chronicles 15:16; 2 Chronicles 7:6), and condemned by God’s prophet, Amos (Amos 6:1, 5). The only musical instrument specified by God for the church of Christ is “your heart” (Ephesians 5:19), and there is no authorization in the New Testament for the bringing over and use of “instruments of music, like David.”  None of the instruments listed in Psalm 150 were ever used in the church of Christ by the authority of God.

Verse 6: “Everything that has breath” means every living creature: those that are not human “praise God” because they demonstrate His Wisdom and Creative Power; those that are human praise with words and deeds from their heart: “Therefore by Him let us continually offer the sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of our lips, giving thanks to His name. But do not forget to do good and to share, for with such sacrifices God is well pleased” (Hebrews 13:15-16).

“Praise the LORD!”

 All Scriptures and comments are based upon the New King James Version, unless otherwise noted.

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A Wonderful Old Testament Passage About Friendship

There are a variety of friends out there. There are friends we know at work, there are friends that we went to school with, there are friends that we see in our daily routine such as the person who works behind the counter at the gas station, there are friends that we give the title “best” to, there are friends who take away our need for an enemy, and there are friends who are closer than a brother (Proverbs 18:24). The young man David had such a friend in the person of Jonathan:

Now when he had finished speaking to Saul, the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul. And Jonathan took off the robe that was on him and gave it to David, with his armor, even to his sword and his bow and his belt.” (1 Samuel 18:1-4)

If David ever needed a friend, a true friend, it was at this point in his life. He was young. He was removed from his home. He was about to become a man of war. He was about to become the talk of all the singing ladies of Israel. He was about to become an enemy of Saul, the king of Israel, the father of Jonathan. He was about to lose “everything” in Israel, save the loyalty of a few hundred souls, Jonathan being chief among them.

There were no doubt many times over in David’s life that go beyond what we read when the counsel of Jonathan was vital in God’s plan for David. Encouragement, warnings, trust, love – these formed the essence of the bond between David and Jonathan, and their friendship still stands strong as an example of what it means to be a friend today. When times were good and joyful, David and Jonathan were there for each other. When times were bad and painful, David and Jonathan were there for each other. A friend in need is a friend in deed, and in deed Jonathan was to David what we should be to others. This is why 1 Samuel 18:1-4 is a wonderful passage about friendship!

#a-wonderful-old-testament-passage, #david, #david-and-jonathan, #friendship, #jonathan, #relationships

Guest Article: “I Have Sinned”

“I Have Sinned” by Joshua Gulley

Recently a student at a public high school was sent into the hallway to correct some questions on a test he failed in order to recover some credit. Taking advantage of the opportunity, the student stepped into the restroom with a cigarette lighter and a marijuana pipe. With unfortunate timing (for the student) another teacher stepped out of class to use the restroom and noticed an odd smell as he opened his door. He walked into the bathroom and saw the student, who, interestingly, did not even take the precaution of going into the stall. Instead, he was lighting up in the middle of the bathroom, disdaining the probabilities of being seen. As the student followed the teacher out of the bathroom, he threw the incriminating evidence into the hallway trash can (which the teacher quickly retrieved), and with an air of false pride and anger at what he perceived to be injustice, said, “That wasn’t even mine!” He evidently thought he should be counted innocent because the materials did not belong to him.

This occurrence revealed a couple of things to me about the sin of Adam and Eve in the garden. First, Eve either refused to believe that she would be held accountable for eating the forbidden fruit, or she was so tempted by the possibility of pleasure that she chose not to think about it. We too forget on occasion that “all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account” (Hebrews 4:13). Were we to think matters through thoroughly, we would make wiser choices. Secondly, much the way a defense lawyer tries to direct the jury’s attention away from the evidence and towards circumstances that cast doubt on the defendant’s guilt, we too attempt to justify our sin by comparing it to others who commit “greater sins” or shift the blame to someone else who may have been involved in our crime. The sooner we learn to follow in the footsteps of those who were man enough to say, “I have sinned” (Achan, Joshua 7:20; Saul, 1 Samuel 26:21; David, 2 Samuel 12:13; Solomon, 1 Kings 8:47-48; Daniel, Daniel 9:4-5), the sooner we will find the strength to resist the temptations to which we most often succumb.

A few of the examples listed in the parentheses do not have happy endings and therefore may seem like poor examples to emulate. It must be remembered that sin always has consequences, and that we are not here discussing the proper response to the temptation, but rather the proper course of action to pursue after the wrong choice has already been made. The least (and perhaps the most) that can be said for men like Achan, Saul and David is that they accepted 100% of the responsibility for their sins. They didn’t pass the buck to someone else or try to justify their actions. They just plain admitted they were wrong. They “faced the music” as is often said. Might we learn to do the same, especially in view of the promise made in 1 John 1:9—“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Praise God!

Josh is a teacher of music at the High School level and a teacher of the Bible for the church at his home congregation in Smithville, TN. 

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