Psalm 151 is an additional Psalm, not found in most Bibles. Ascribed to David the text praises God for selecting him to become king and allowing him to defeat the Philistine warrior, likely Goliath, (see 1 Samuel 17 for the complete story).
Psalm 151 is an Apocrypha book and not included in all versions of the Bible. The Revised Standard Version (RSV), Common English Bible (CEB), Eastern Orthodox, and Ethiopian Bibles all include Psalm 151. The Septuagint, an ancient Greek translation of the Jewish scriptures, which was widely used in Jesus’s day, also contains Psalm 151.
When Moses went up the mountain to get the 10 Commandments (the second time), God said “I will write on [the tablets] the words…” Imagine that, God providing written communication for Moses.
But it’s not just Moses, a few centuries later David said, “I have in writing from the hand of the Lord…” God wrote the instructions for David about building the temple, with “all the details,” so there’d be no confusion.
Wouldn’t it be great if God would write things down for us?
Wait, he did — and we can read it every day.
As we approach a new year, I encourage you to read what God said every day. Consider it a New Year’s Resolution, one with eternal ramifications.
Check back next week for the 2013 Bible reading plans.
Despite King David’s many failings, God refers to him as “a man after my own heart.”
A few generations prior, Ruth makes a bold statement of commitment to her mother-in-law and by extension to the God that mom serves. Ruth declares,
“Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay. Your people will be my people and your God my God. Where you die I will die, and there I will be buried. May the Lord deal with me, be it ever so severely, if even death separates you and me.”
Oh, by the way, Ruth is King David’s great grandmother.
Is there a connection? I think so.
Ruth’s sold out, over-the-top commitment to both mom and mom’s God is likely passed on to son Obed, grandson Jesse, and great grandson David. Whether or not great grandmother Ruth is still alive to see David, we do not know. But her influence is evident.
What are we passing on to our children, our grandchildren, and our great grandchildren? Will our actions today influence successive generations? I hope so.
During a time of war, there is a curious story of King David. He mentions that he is thirsty for water from a specific well. Three of his mighty warriors break through enemy lines, draw water from that well, and return to David with it. However, instead of drinking it with gratitude, David pours it out on the ground as an offering to God. [1 Chronicles 11:17-19 and 2 Samuel 23:13-17]
Apparently, he felt that the risk the men took was so great that he was not worthy to taste the water, offering it to God instead.
This action may have parallels to the Old Testament instruction to give a “drink offering” to God. The drink offering was a libation of wine that was poured over the alter or used with meat offerings as part of the Jewish worship rituals. Instructions for its use occur over 45 times in the Jewish law, with 19 other references in the Old Testament.
Since Jesus fulfilled the Old Testament worship practices, it is not surprising for there to only be two mentions of drink offerings in the New Testament. Both were made by Paul, referring to his willingly pouring out his life as a drink-offering to God. [Philippians 2:17 and 2 Timothy 4:6]
It is important to understand that while the Old Testament believers presented their drink offerings ritualistically out of obligation and compulsion, Paul — being freed from the law by Jesus — willing and gladly presented his own life as a drink-offering to God. It was his intentional act of sacrifice and service.
Exploring the Biblical Narrative with Peter DeHaan